The Yankees today released a statement from Hal Steinbrenner.
I’d like to thank our great fans for their support throughout the entire 2011 season. We shared a number of memorable moments, including Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera’s historic achievements, while earning the right to play in the postseason for the sixteenth time in the last seventeen years.
I personally share in our fans’ disappointment that this season has ended without a championship. That is, and always will be, our singular goal every season. I assure you that this disappointment will strengthen our resolve to field a team in 2012 that can bring a twenty-eighth championship to the Bronx. That work starts now.
We played a very talented team in the Detroit Tigers and they deserve to play in the American League Championship Series. I congratulate Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland and the entire Tigers organization. Their team has given the city of Detroit something to be very proud of.
A few other notes from today.
• Joel Sherman reported that Eric Chavez is “leaning heavily” toward retiring after this injury shortened season. If the Yankees want to give Alex Rodriguez regular DH at-bats next season, they might need another Chavez-type to play the corners, or they could trust Eduardo Nunez with a more regular role.
• A lot of questions in today’s chat about Yu Darvish, who is certainly the biggest name on the international free agent market. Bob Nightengale reports that “rival teams are predicting” the Rangers will be the team to land Darvish. The Yankees would have to be convinced Darvish wouldn’t be another Kei Igawa, and by all accounts, he’s not.
• TBS announced that last night’s Game 5 drew 9.72 million viewers and was the most watched LDS game in cable television history. It was the most watched LDS game on television — network or cable — since the 2005 Game 5 between the Yankees and Angels.
• Baseball America’s latest minor leagues transactions say that Gustavo Molina has elected free agency. That was inevitable. Also inevitable: The Yankees finding a veteran catcher just like him to play a similar role next season.