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End of an era

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hardly a surprise, but stunning just the same.

Joel Sherman reports that Mariano Rivera will announce on Saturday that he will retire at the end of this season. The Yankees iconic, 43-year-old closer went home to Westchester earlier this week and will return to Tampa later today. It’s been widely suspected that he would retire at the end of this season, but the news still carries significant weight.

Rivera debuted with the Yankees in 1995, became a dominant setup man in 1996 and took over the ninth inning in 1997. He’s since set a major-league record with 608 saves. He has 42 postseason saves, and a 0.70 postseason ERA.

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200 Responses to “End of an era”

  1. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Win it for Mo

  2. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Mo deserves to be playing in October…. this team better rally around this guy, and not just the players.

  3. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    We were lucky to have him for this long.

    Thanks, Mo.

  4. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Sucks that Mo’s last year lineup will consist of
    Geriatrics row + Cano

  5. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    2-0 Yanks on the error by Descalso. There’s Cano at 2nd and then everybody else.

  6. RadioKev March 7th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    Sucks that Mo’s last year lineup will consist of
    Geriatrics row + Cano
    ——–

    Ain’t Mo the oldest player on the team? :D

  7. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    They broke the mold when they made Mo….probably the most flawless pitching delivery in the history of the sport

  8. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    “Sucks that Mo’s last year lineup will consist of
    Geriatrics row + Cano”

    They could see his retirement coming. It’s not like they decided to spend more to increase his chances of winning.

  9. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    “Ain’t Mo the oldest player on the team? ”

    He’s ageless and possibly not human

  10. DONNYBROOK March 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Era will Not be over till Jeet leaves or retires. This thread is mis-captioned.

  11. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    The problem with the Tex thing is, like the Arod thing, will this really go away?

    If they make a move, I don’t mind a stop gap but I’d prefer they actually think one step ahead.

  12. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Is this game not on MLB.Tv?

  13. tucker March 7th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    blake says:
    March 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    Sucks that Mo’s last year lineup will consist of
    Geriatrics row + Cano

    Xxxx

    Blake, nice one … Meanwhile, Hal directs his marketing department to figure out ways to monetize Mo’s last hurrah.

  14. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Those who think fans will flock to the Stadium if disaster strikes are naive.
    Seen it before, it can happen again.
    Perhaps it’s Hal’s karma for it to happen again.
    How much it will effect him is questionable as he is a rich man and can absorb the loss.

  15. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Shame,

    Yes I wanted the aviators to be like you

  16. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    blake- do you do dentistry over the internet?

  17. DONNYBROOK March 7th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Lotta people assuming that TEX will return and be Hunky Dory. We saw how Bautista attempted to come back. Stop Gapping for a middle of the order stick issa mistake with an injury of this sort.

  18. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    “If they make a move, I don’t mind a stop gap but I’d prefer they actually think one step ahead.”

    If they started doing it after the 2009 season when the core players were still near their peak, they would be in great shape now.

  19. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    “Mike is purely reactionary.
    It took this injury to wake him up.
    He is just realizing that Hal has stopped spending money.”

    mick-

    are you saying he’d have a hard time keeping up on the blog?

    despite the different sides of the questions we all take on the blog at least we know the questions. francesa seems like he’s behind the news rather than ahead of it.

    but when a media guy like him jumps on an issue how long will it be before the masses of yankee fans are all over hal ?

    i seriously think hal has no idea the backlash he’s heading for.

    naive.

  20. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    mick says:
    March 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    blake- do you do dentistry over the internet?

    No…but I did stay at a Holliday inn express last night

  21. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    It’s not on mlb.tv

    I thought that this game was on ESPN but I guess that’s the game between these two in Tampa on March 11th.

  22. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    We will miss Mo. He is a great pitcher and everyone says just as great a person. I do think Mo and Jeter will try to will the team to win.

  23. DONNYBROOK March 7th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    There’s No “heading” into a backlash. The Fan Sunami is already consuming the Yankee FO.

  24. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    ” I do think Mo and Jeter will try to will the team to win.”

    I don’t count out any team that they are on

  25. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    randy,
    mike is just fueling what most fans know.
    he is bringing them out of their shells while the iron is hot.
    no sense starting trouble if it’s not close to a sure thing.
    this injury was his breaking/selling point.
    as i said at 1:42, hal should be able to absorb this season.
    next year might weigh heavier.

  26. hardwired7 March 7th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Poring over Mo’s career numbers never gets old. They’re straight out of the dead-ball era.

    As Yankee fans, we’re privileged for many reason, but he’s at the top of the list.

  27. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Jeter and Mo can make a difference if the team is close. That’s what remains to be seen.

  28. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Rivera probably has the most flawless pitching delivery in the history of the sport….,now not everyone has his level of athletism but if we want pitchers to stop hurting their arms then he’s the example of how to throw a baseball…..not everyone can repeat like that because its an ability…..but it’s something to learn from

  29. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    @Joelsherman1: Heard Rivera recently asked to speak to Hal and Hank Steinbrenner to tell owners personally his post-’13 retirement plans #Yankees

  30. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    “We will miss Mo.”

    austin mac-

    actually we have him forever. he’s transcended the time he’s in. just like i can see mantle dragging a bunt, yogi standing sideways in left field, or thurman scowling at something in his catching gear , mariano has crossed over to always being there as a yankee.

    it’s really amazing how under crazy george, mariano, jeter, posada, and pettitte all came up together.

  31. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Nova throwing pretty well. The pitching staff could keep this team afloat for a while.. definitely gives it a punchers chance.

  32. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Hal was probably like…..yes….Mo was gonna be such a thorn in my 2014 budget

  33. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I agree it is risky to assume Tex will come back healthy in 10 weeks. Hands are involved in all activities in baseball.

    I do love the Morneau concept. He is far better than Hafner if Tex returns. He would love NYS. I can’t see them taking on the money.

  34. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Good stuff from Nova

  35. kd March 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    If I may be so bold, Mariano Rivera will be the first unanimous election to the Hall of Fame.

    There simply is no fathomable reason to withhold a vote.

  36. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:47 am
    “The Yankees put themselves in this position, at least to a certain extent”
    -
    Obviously true, but some RAB posters’ heads just exploded.

    ———————

    I went over there last night and there were posters saying Obviously this is bad but I think they’ll be ok and everything will work out.

    I’m not saying they will finish last but this is the worst possible scenario for the team before the season starts.

  37. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “Jeter and Mo can make a difference if the team is close. That’s what remains to be seen.”

    i think they stop the run away elevator from crashing to the basement, but they can’t make players be something they aren’t.

    even mo going to hal and homeless hank( that’s what he looks like in that post photo) has to impact the owners and stop them from being complete asses.

    mo raises everyones game.

  38. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    If Mo can get 5 more postseason outs without giving up an earned run his ERA will drop below .70

    Not sure he’ll even get the opportunity.

  39. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I think Morneau could still have near elite baseball left in him if he got out of Target field….YS would really fit him nice…..but as I said earlier if I’m the Twins I probably waiting til the deadline and hoping he has a good first half

  40. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    The Yanks are running on everything. 2 for 4 so far with Gardner picked off.

  41. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Tyler are you watching it somehow or just game cast?

  42. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    blake-

    Unfortunately just gamecast and a description from a Cards site. I thought the game might be on here but instead it’s womens basketball :(

  43. SonyBravo March 7th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Years ago there was a Sports Illustrated feature on Sandy Koufax, titled “The Left Arm Of God.” Remembering that, it often occurs to me that I know who got the right arm of God.

  44. bruceb March 7th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    How many save opportunities will Mo get this year I wonder? I can’t imagine it will be the 49 he had in 2011.

  45. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Shame,

    Yes I wanted the aviators to be like you

    —————————

    And I don’t hold it against you, even a little bit.

  46. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    @Joelsherman1: My fave Rivera stat: If he gave up 21 earned runs without getting an out, his postseason ERA would rise all the way to 2.00 #Yankees #GOAT

  47. kd March 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Mariano Rivera – Dead ball era stats in the steroid era.

    Best ever

  48. Warning Track Power March 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Mo retiring means I am getting older.
    S.O.B.

    If this 2013 can win the World Series for Mo, no better way for him to ride off into
    the sunset.

  49. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Tyler,

    Cool….this was a game I wanted to watch cause I wanted to see Nova and Taveras

  50. hardwired7 March 7th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    If a pitcher completes a season with an e.r.a. that begins with a 1, people are amazed.

    Mo’s done that 11 times.

  51. Mike Ri March 7th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Mo retiring means I am getting older.
    S.O.B.

    —–
    LMAO !!! i was just thinking the same thing !! . . ..

  52. TheStraw March 7th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    There is only one proper way for Mo to go out, which is genuflecting on the mound in a victory pose as the last out of the World Series is made. Whatever odds are stacked against them this year, these guys better get in their guts and make their best effort to send him out in the manner to which he is accustomed.

    We will never see the like of him (and Jete) again on a diamond. The dedication, temperament, passion for winning and desire to succeed at the highest level seem not to exist in most of today’s young players. I hope we realize how special it has been to see these two guys in Pinstripes.

  53. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    trisha should take up a poll

    who is the next important yankee to go down with an injury?

    i’m guessing it’s going to be a pitcher.

  54. TheStraw March 7th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    kd March 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    If I may be so bold, Mariano Rivera will be the first unanimous election to the Hall of Fame.

    There simply is no fathomable reason to withhold a vote.

    _________

    I agree with you, but of course some idiot journalist from another city will do exactly that. Unfortunate, as he does deserve to go in unanimously.

  55. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    nooooooooo mo

    also noooooooooo televised game

  56. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    If only Buck had used Mo in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS. He might have remained the manager for a long time.

  57. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Mustelier singles up the middle. Gameday says he is hitting .500 this spring (don’t know # of ab).

  58. hardwired7 March 7th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Old Timers games are soon going to absolutely kick ass.

  59. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    blake-

    I know that the March 11th game between the Cards-Yanks will be on ESPN. I’ve seen Tavaras play a little this spring and he’s definitely impressive. Ball jumps off his bat. I don’t know if he breaks camp with the team though… they might try to save time on the big league clock rather than keep him on the bench.

  60. Ys Guy March 7th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    hey guys long time no see…

    blake, it would cost the twins about $9M to wait till the trade deadline. i think they’d rather get out now than take that chance.

    i had no problem with the Yanks sending nunez down last year as he richly deserved a demotion.

    from that moment on, i’ve found myself scratching my head at every decision they’ve made regarding nuney.

    at the time he got demoted, they said he was going to only be a SS, which meant he was never going to be of much value to the yankees. it seemed sure they intended to trade him to someone who could start him at SS.

    after he hit well in the PS, i expected them to move him over to 3rd especially after arod’s surgery. but they didn’t, instead, they signed youkilis. im ok with youkilis, but i thought they could have spent that money somewhere else and just made nunez the 3b.

    now it looks like they are finally reconsidering nunez at 3b if they move youkilis over to first base.

    fate may in the end force them into the right decision they never wanted to make.

    i’d move nuney to 3b AND still go get morneau. jeter can play SS and DH, nunez can playSS and 3B, youk can play 3B/1B & DH and morneau can play 1B/DH. Hafner dh’s and PH’s and the older yankees have more depth around the infield and more bats.

  61. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    jacksquat says:
    March 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    Mustelier singles up the middle. Gameday says he is hitting .500 this spring (don’t know # of ab).

    10 I think….he can hit though …I wish we could see how he looks at 3B

  62. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Straw is back? Oh, I have to get in on this conversation.

    If we could select one, would we prefer he spears that Mueller liner to turn a DP in the 9th inning of 2004 game 4? Or would we prefer that Brosius turns that DP on Jay Bell’s bunt in the 9th inning of 2011 Game 7?

  63. Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Over the years many conversations have taken place with guys I know who have baseball backgrounds on the subject of pitchers we would have loved to have faced. Over the years it’s always come down to Sandy Koufax from the leftside and Mariano Rivera from the right side.. They’re the best ever in what they did. Besides, it’s likely you wouldn’t get drilled by either. I remember when Mariano first hit the bigs in 95-96 and would just go up the ladder with high octaine gas.

  64. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Me and many others still in shock from seeing in person how easily he blew people away in 1995 ALDS Game 2

  65. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    “blake, it would cost the twins about $9M to wait till the trade deadline. i think they’d rather get out now than take that chance.”

    I think it depends…..if they thought they could get better players in July then they’d probably prefer that to saving the money…..of course he’d need to have a good 1st half and stay healthy and by waiting they may lose the money and any players they’d get…..

    they do have to sell tickets too and trading one of your more recognizable players to save money before the season starts generally isn’t received too well by fans

  66. mick March 7th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    The Yanks are running on everything. 2 for 4 so far with Gardner picked off.
    ==================
    Welcome back the Dave Collins Era.

  67. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Tyler,
    I saw Taveras hit one time in the futures game last year and he just stood out…..I knew he was a good prospect just from reading but when you see him you know he’s special…..he took off after that game and hasn’t looked back

  68. mick March 7th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    any fielding chances for Musty at 3rd?

  69. mick March 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    how healthy is CC?
    is his elbow cleaned out?
    he is the key, along with kuroda and andy.

  70. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Chad,

    How’s musty look at 3B ?

  71. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I can’t really remember when the cutter became Mo’s pitch because I too remember him doing the up the ladder gas routine in the beginning.

    God, I wanted to strangle Buck in 95 for lifting him to go to Jack McDowell in game 5 of that series.

  72. UpState March 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    “…actually we have him forever. he’s transcended the time he’s in. just like i can see Mantle dragging a bunt, Yogi standing sideways in left field, or Thurman scowling at something in his catching gear , Mariano has crossed over to always being there as a Yankee…

    Thank you for the visuals, RL !
    ….makes you happy & sad at the same time !

  73. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    “I remember when Mariano first hit the bigs in 95-96 and would just go up the ladder with high octaine gas.”

    I remember a game against the O’s. He was blowing hitters away, and the only one he couldn’t get out was Palmeiro.

    Mo is one of a kind. But that reminds me of what is the most fun about sports. Watching a kid develop, not watching some other teams veteran players who join the team you root for.

    btw, I realize that not everyone thinks this way.

  74. mick March 7th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This message from Hal as StubHub is history:

    “Yankees Ticket Exchange will be a safe, convenient, reliable and expedient way to purchase and sell guaranteed authentic Yankees tickets. It is unfortunate that unscrupulous resellers utilize deceptive practices and tactics and employ unofficial websites, all of which give rise to counterfeit tickets. Fans must be careful when purchasing from unauthorized websites as the tickets they are purchasing from the unauthorized resale websites could be counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void and as such will not permit the purchaser to be admitted into Yankee Stadium. We encourage fans to post and purchase tickets only through Yankees Ticket Exchange, the only authorized resale website for the Yankees and yankees.com”

    - Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees Managing General Partner

  75. Bo knows March 7th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    DP around the horn for Yankees

  76. Locke March 7th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I can’t sit this one on the sidelines. I just bought tickets and will be driving down from Georgia to watch him pitch on Saturday.

    He’s an AMAZING pitcher, but an even better person.

  77. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Kozma took Marshall deep. Kozma had terrible minor league numbers but somehow has hit at the big league level. Cards better hope he continues that with Furcal done

  78. blake March 7th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN: Here’s the rest of my Q&A with Hal Steinbrenner where he discusses being a Vikings fan and what entertains him … http://t.co/mghSmIDZz6

  79. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    If only Buck had used Mo in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS. He might have remained the manager for a long time.

    _________________________________________________

    He did use MO in game 5. MO came in after Cone walked in the tying run in the 8th and struck out Mike Blowers to get out of the inning. I beleive he pitched the 9th innning too. McDowell lost it in the 11th

  80. TheStraw March 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hassey….2001 without question. Who knows what would’ve happened in 2004.

  81. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Is that the first run Marshall has given up this Spring? He has been impressive so far.

  82. mick March 7th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Jeter should finish the rest of ST at 1st base.
    No need rushing him back.
    Let’s see what Nunez has as the everyday SS.
    Drop him in the order to get some added power from him.

  83. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    TheStraw March 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    Hassey….2001 without question. Who knows what would’ve happened in 2004.

    ______________________________________

    I agree. 2001 because of what winning that series would have done for NY after 9/11, and would have sent Paul O’Neill out a champion. Mo was a real standup guy always. After losing gam7, he stood at his locker like a man and answered every single question without ever getting flustered

  84. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    “He did use MO in game 5. MO came in after Cone walked in the tying run in the 8th and struck out Mike Blowers to get out of the inning. I beleive he pitched the 9th innning too. McDowell lost it in the 11th”

    You’re right. I am more senile than I thought.

    http://www.baseball-reference......0080.shtml

    But he should have left him in.

  85. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I still feel like the Yanks won in 2001, so I’d choose 2004. Would have been a gratifying win and would have given us a chance to finish some unfinished business forom ’03. Even though it wouldn’t have guaranteed a WS win that year, winning the 2004 ALCS would have continued the curse for those suckers, possibly forever.

  86. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    Is that the first run Marshall has given up this Spring? He has been impressive so far.
    ——————————————————————

    I think it’s the 2nd. 2.57 ERA… he pitched well though. Got a DP ball after the homer. Hard to complain about the pitching thus far this spring. Even the young guys have looked pretty good.

  87. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    3-2 Yanks bottom 6. Mustelier had an RBI groundout after the Stewart/Cervelli combo were on 2nd/3rd. Fear the Yankee catchers!

  88. Pville March 7th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    How many next great closers have come and gone during Mo’s career?

  89. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    How many next great closers have come and gone during Mo’s career?

    Too many to count. Its why its foolish to try and anoint anyone his successor, or wishing on Joba when he came up rather than using him where he’d be most valuable. We are likely never going to see another Mo. One of a kind. Durable, elite, long lasting, consistent closers don’t come around very often. And Mo is the best of them so he probably ain’t comin around ever again.

    Everyone is allowed to cry when Mo steps down forever.

  90. sunny615 March 7th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Mo… man… this year just keeps getting harder and harder

  91. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    as far as Im concerned Mo was the MVP of this NYY team from the day he walked on the mound as their #1 closer, do believe if he played a full season last year he’s retired already

  92. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    There will always be another one…

    Joe D became Mickey
    Jordan became Kobe and then LeBron

    there will always be another great – we just have to hope he’s also a Yankee

  93. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Everyone is allowed to cry when Mo steps down forever.

    —————-

    I agree. I remember the one time baseball almost brought me to tears was the last game at the Stadium. I wasn’t planning on going because as usual I was completely broke… but I took the day off from classes because I was in what I considered emotional distress. Who can sit in on a lecture when the YES network was waxing poetics (hehehehe) all day? I sat on my bed to watch YES starting from like 9am… cried like a small child… and bought a ticket on a credit card and called my roommate to tell her we were going.

    It took me like a year and a half to fully pay off our tickets lol, but it was worth it!

  94. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I actually think it’s much more likely we have a sort of platoon closer situation going forward..

  95. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    just hope Mo will enjoy his final year because this will be a tough one to get thru

    Vegas line for the NYY win total is at 85 as of now, I know teams out or under preform but these guys are usually pretty close as a whole

  96. blake March 7th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Id take the over on 85 wins….I don’t know if they’ll win 90 but unless they really have tons of injuries I think they’ll get over 85

  97. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    I actually think it’s much more likely we have a sort of platoon closer situation going forward..
    —————————–
    they usually don’t work well, RP’s I would think like to know their job scope

  98. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    Id take the over on 85 wins….I don’t know if they’ll win 90 but unless they really have tons of injuries I think they’ll get over 85
    ———————————————-
    you would think they would it’s only 9 games over .500

  99. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Sale just got extended by the White Sox: Sale will receive $35 million guaranteed over the first three years of the deal with club options for the final two that could add an additional $25 million, according to the source.

    He had 2 years of service time already, so this basically buys out 1 year of his free agency.

  100. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    excuse 8 games

  101. UnKnown March 7th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Sucks about MO. The end has to come to all good things obviously, but I think MO could actually go a few more years yet and be very effective.

  102. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I have no idea wny I think this, but I think we’ll see some great performances this year, and fewer injuries than usual after the guys return in May

  103. J. Alfred Prufrock March 7th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Ohhhhhh…..too soon too soon.

  104. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    as far as Im concerned Mo was the MVP of this NYY team from the day he walked on the mound as their #1 closer, do believe if he played a full season last year he’s retired already

    I’m ‘going with Jeter. He plays waaaaaaaaaaaaay more games.

  105. blake March 7th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    @jasoncollette: Sale & Moore are a few months apart in age: Sale signs 5/60 extension while Moore could make as much as $36M over next 7 years

  106. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Start Mo in center for Game 162 after we either clinch or are eliminated

  107. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    UnKnown March 7th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    Sucks about MO. The end has to come to all good things obviously, but I think MO could actually go a few more years yet and be very effective
    ————————————————————-
    prob could but for some players it’s now about the $$$$ and playing it’s about the will to play…Mo was always going out on his terms

  108. joeman March 7th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    as far as Im concerned Mo was the MVP of this NYY team from the day he walked on the mound as their #1 closer, do believe if he played a full season last year he’s retired already

    I’m ‘going with Jeter. He plays waaaaaaaaaaaaay more games.

    ———————————–
    LOL…………great 2nd choice

  109. RMS March 7th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    So glad Mo is a Yankee.
    The greatest closer of all time.
    And a true gentle man. Class act all the way.
    He will be missed.
    Thank you, Mo.

  110. Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    joeman…. This must be the new adjust over / under lines ??? Is this from Vegas Watch . I love the Yanks over 85, kind of a slam dunk now. Far cry from my 100 win side bets I’ve always made in the past.

  111. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    The Cardinals announcers did rave about a play Mustelier made at third. They gave few details, but I’ll take it.

  112. UnKnown March 7th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “Mo was always going out on his terms’

    As he should. Even though I will miss seeing the G.O.A.T play, I still would rather he go out on top of his game, then being forced out because he can’t be effective anymore.

  113. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Mustelier has made 3 plays in the field so far (that I can tell), started a double play in the 4th, then ground balls and throws to 1b in the 5th and 6th, no errors, but no details.

    I wonder if Girardi is even noticing.

  114. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Musty on deck.
    I want this guy to win the 3B job.

  115. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    who gets the award for the sappiest post?

  116. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    1st and 3rd for Musty.

  117. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Musty water memories of the way we got hurt

  118. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Scattered pitchers on the florida mounds we left behind

  119. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    wow, with this noreaster it’s hard to imagine yankees red sox opening day in three weeks.

    if someone said 5 years ago both teams would be fielding such weak starting line ups no one would have believed it.

  120. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I hope Mustelier makes the team. Just made another good play at 3rd.

  121. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    gameday has musty up for about 15 minutes

  122. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Another play to Musty for 3rd out. Stole a base today also.

  123. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Musty getting the entire game at 3rd.
    Play him everyday to get a good look.

  124. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    4-4 top 9th. Lead off double for Maruzak off Mujica

  125. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Two more plays by Mustelier including another rave on a dribbler.

  126. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Two more plays for Mustelier at 3B…

  127. blake March 7th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Musty musty musty!

  128. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Flores singles up middle now 5-4 Yankees

  129. blake March 7th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    @DanBarbarisi: Yankees say Derek Jeter visited his orthopedist today in North Carolina — routine visit, everything as expected, will be back in Camp Fri.

    The real question is if he got a Cajun filet biscuit while there

  130. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Almonte up to bat- strikes out

  131. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Yankees Opening Day vs Boston, Lester pitching:
    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    Youk
    Hafner
    Musteliar 3b
    Ichiro
    Almonte RF
    Cervelli

  132. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Johnson fly out.
    JR Murphy double 6-4

  133. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    @StephenAtHome

    MLB spring training is helping me get my stamina up to watching an entire baseball game this year.

  134. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    get rid of rivera and diaz
    keep mesa, nunez, stewart, nix

  135. Hassey March 7th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Shame is getting into game shape

  136. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Neal GO now bottom 9th Yankees up 6-4.

  137. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Kelvin Perez pitching
    Strikes Wisdom——out.

  138. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    HR ties game.
    Musty to get another AB?

  139. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Wong wings 28 run homer off Perez 6-6
    Almonte just screwed his chances making team
    Just dropped a pop up in RF

  140. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Keep Rivera, send Almonte down.

  141. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Let’s please stop calling him “Musty”, already get enough of that stuff from Girardi.

  142. astrocityfan March 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    blake,
    if jete didnt get a cajun biscuit i will start to doubt his judgement. Cajun filet biscuits are the pinnacle of biscuit technology. :)

  143. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    E by Johnson at 1B.
    Forget him.

  144. mick March 7th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    game over, good one for musty.

  145. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN

    The Yankees don’t have enough power? Don’t tell that to Youkilis, who points to last year’s World Champs as proof. http://sulia.com/c/new-york-ya.....ce=twitter

    —————-

    It almost feels like a contest for who can misrepresent the argument better…

  146. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    How is their lack of power a misrepresentation?

  147. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    @Joelsherman1

    Rapada has shoulder bursitis out 7-10 days. With Logan means both #Yankees LH rlvrs are down

  148. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    @Joelsherman1

    Rapada has shoulder bursitis out 7-10 days. With Logan means both #Yankees LH rlvrs are down

    thank god rondon looks beastly

  149. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    what about vidal nuno?

  150. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    @LoHudYankees: Another day, another injury. Clay Rapada shut down roughly 10 days with shoulder bursitis.

    Meh…..

  151. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    @FeinsandNYDN

    The Yankees don’t have enough power? Don’t tell that to Youkilis, who points to last year’s World Champs as proof. http://sulia.com/c/new-york-ya…..ce=twitter …

    —————-

    It almost feels like a contest for who can misrepresent the argument better…

    Different argument. He is commenting on them not having enough power, not some stuff from last year about being too reliant on the homerun.

    Anyway, they didn’t even have that big a drop in hr before they lost both Granderson and Teixeira, as some like to make it seem (always listing players lost but not players gained).

  152. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    “thank god rondon looks beastly”

    He does…,Nuno looks good too but they probably want him to start

  153. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    The Yankees don’t have enough power? Don’t tell that to Youkilis, who points to last year’s World Champs as proof. http://sulia.com/c/new-york-ya…..ce=twitter …

    Send over Cain and Bumgardner and Posey and Panda, and put us in the NL west and we should be fine

  154. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Sounding like Jeter might be playing as early as March 10. All of these injuries suck but it will be good to get Jeter back.

  155. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Heyman sez:
    Nunez at 3rd, Youk at 1b.
    He evidently didn’t see what Musty did today.

  156. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Getting Jeter back will allow us to trade Nunez for Oscar Taveras !

  157. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Getting Jeter back will allow us to trade Nunez for Oscar Taveras !

    Haha i wish

  158. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    The way the hype machine is talking about Jackie Bradley you’d think he’s Willie mays

  159. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Aren’t the Yankees still carrying close to 70 players?
    Which ones will be sent down next?

  160. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Nunez for Matt Adams would be interesting. Adams is killing the ball in spring training but blocked at 1B by Craig. Same age… Cards need a SS, Yanks need a 1B.

  161. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    If Jeter is back at 75%, how do you bat him leadoff or even 2nd?
    If he shifts gears he could blowout his ankle.
    Start him up 3rd against Lester Opening Day.
    DH Nunez.

  162. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    Getting Jeter back will allow us to trade Nunez for Oscar Taveras !
    ———

    The Cardinals are saving Taveras in a trade for disgruntled Giancarlo Stanton! :)

  163. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    The way the hype machine is talking about Jackie Bradley you’d think he’s Willie mays
    ————————————————–

    Jose Iglesias is hitting .333 in 18 at bats… All star this year!

  164. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    The way the hype machine is talking about Jackie Bradley you’d think he’s Willie mays

    He’s a Red Sox prospect, they are always hyped like crazy. That being said, Bradley does seem like he will be a solid or above average regular.

  165. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    The Cardinals are saving Taveras in a trade for disgruntled Giancarlo Stanton!

    Stanton for Taveras + Miller, who says no?

  166. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    “He’s a Red Sox prospect, they are always hyped like crazy. That being said, Bradley does seem like he will be a solid or above average regular.”

    He’s a good prospect but good grief….my it’s just my twitter feed but it’s full of Jackie poetry wax

  167. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    “The way the hype machine is talking about Jackie Bradley you’d think he’s Willie mays”

    blake-

    is he any good?
    i see he’s ranked higher by baseball america than the three yankee outfield prospects.

  168. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    The Cardinals are saving Taveras in a trade for disgruntled Giancarlo Stanton!

    Stanton for Taveras + Miller, who says no?
    ———————————————————————–

    That’s pretty close… maybe the Cards also add a guy like Matt Adams. Miller scares me a little because he’s been known to be a little immature. No doubting his ability though.

  169. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    “is he any good?
    i see he’s ranked higher by baseball america than the three yankee outfield prospects.”

    Yea he’s actually pretty good….I think he’s ranked higher mainly cause he’s later though…. He seems pretty similar to Mason from what I can tell…. He’s just a little farther along

  170. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Rangers with Profar and Olt

    Orioles with Machado and Bundy could top the Cardinals

  171. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    gardy, ichiro jeter cano youk nunez musty cervelli mesa

  172. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    is he any good?
    i see he’s ranked higher by baseball america than the three yankee outfield prospects.

    —-

    He’s good. Very good fielder, he doesn’t have elite speed though. Has mostly doubles power (will hit probably 10-20 hr a season) but good at getting on base. Like I said, probably above average but he’s not going to be a star player

  173. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Also to be fair, Keith Law has Mason Williams higher on his ranking. I think Williams has a higher ceiling than Bradley but Bradley is closer to the majors.

  174. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Well there goes Rapada

  175. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    “Stanton for Taveras + Miller, who says no?”

    You’re probably not getting a better offer than that from anybody…..Id do it probably if I’m the cards…..always take the already young star over the potential young star

  176. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    Rangers with Profar and Olt

    Orioles with Machado and Bundy could top the Cardinals
    ——————————————————————–

    I still think Stanton will end up a Ranger. I don’t know if the Marlins would want to pay Andrus but I think the Rangers will put either him or Profar in the deal. Can’t see the O’s giving up Machado and Bundy but that would be some package.

  177. Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I still think Stanton will end up a Ranger. I don’t know if the Marlins would want to pay Andrus but I think the Rangers will put either him or Profar in the deal. Can’t see the O’s giving up Machado and Bundy but that would be some package.

    Stanton is a beast but I don’t think I’d give up Profar for him. Finding a star shortstop is so rare nowadays…

  178. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “Orioles with Machado and Bundy could top the Cardinals”

    I asked this awhile back…..I think the marlins would have to do that deal if they can’t sign Stanton….not sure if orioles would or not….I would…. Don’t knowing they would

  179. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Patrick March 7th, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    I still think Stanton will end up a Ranger. I don’t know if the Marlins would want to pay Andrus but I think the Rangers will put either him or Profar in the deal. Can’t see the O’s giving up Machado and Bundy but that would be some package.

    Stanton is a beast but I don’t think I’d give up Profar for him. Finding a star shortstop is so rare nowadays…
    ————————————————————

    Oh I absolutely agree but it helps that Andrus is only 25 and a really good player in his own right. He is going to make a lot of money though so Profar is nice to have.

  180. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    if we play 500 ball through April and 1/2 May we will be fine.
    Tex gives nothing the 1st 2 months anyway.

  181. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Would like to see the video of Mustelier at Third today.
    From what I have seen of his OF play, he has made all the plays, including the running play to deep RF before he was tackled.
    The man can hit and if he can play 3rd he needs to be on the 25 man and get AB’s

  182. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    “Stanton is a beast but I don’t think I’d give up Profar for him. Finding a star shortstop is so rare nowadays…”

    I would if I could sign Andrus…..but I don’t know if they can/will

  183. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    thanks for the jackie bradley scouting reports.

    it sounds like the yankees and the red sox are in a competition for who will turn the corner back to being good sooner.

    the red sox still seem to be all over the charts, but the yankees aren’t a whole lot different.

    the advantage the red sox have is they have already gotten rid of the bad contracts.

    the yankees still have an overwhelming financial advantage if hal changes his mind and decides to use it.

    i think the red sox and the yankees are going to be closer in the standings than people think.

  184. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    The man can hit and if he can play 3rd he needs to be on the 25 man and get AB’s
    ======================
    Why wouldn’t he start at 3B?

  185. tomingeorgia March 7th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    YT,
    I’m with you. Hire Mustelier, a four-corner guy who can hit.

  186. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Mustelier makes a ton of sense but it’s the Yanks. I expect Youk at 3rd and Rivera at 1B on Opening Day, unfortunately. Hope I’m wrong.

  187. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    The Yanks should not be afraid of bringing up 2 or 3 of these rookies.
    What do they have to lose?
    Rivera, Johnson and Diaz?
    Nonsense…

  188. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    The rookies would bring excitement and their is an opportunity to find out what they have.
    Somebody wake up Hal…Cash is on painkillers.

  189. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    The Yankees now have so many ? Marks and we haven’t even seen Hughes, CC, Pettitte, Rivera or Jeter yet.

  190. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    -there-

  191. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Clay Rappada down with a bad shoulder. At least we’ve seen a lot of positives from other LHRP options.

  192. tomingeorgia March 7th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Listening to KMOX, it’s hard to tell, but the voices seemed to like Mustelier’s play today. As Mister mick says, why not?

  193. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    with 3 weeks left they have an open competition to win jobs.
    an opening day with mesa in cf, mustelier at 3b would be exciting.
    hal should realize this.

  194. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    As Mister mick says, why not?
    ===============
    mr tom…only if he earns it.

  195. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    If Musty can play 3B then they kinda have to take him

  196. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The Cardinal announcers apparently were impressed by Muselier’s play at third. I heard the last play coming in on a grounder with a good throw to 1st in bottom 8th.

    He also stole a base.

  197. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    New Post——>

  198. mick March 7th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Musty started a 5-4-3 DP and knocked in a run.

  199. blake March 7th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: Carl Crawford told @DKnobler the boston media was “the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.” #strongwords

  200. Duh Innings II March 8th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Sucks that Mo’s last year lineup will consist of
    Geriatrics row + Cano

    ——————————-

    Yeah “Geriatrics row”.

    Were you calling them that last season when

    - Jeter was hitting like it was 1998?

    - Ichiro was hitting like it was 2001-10?

    - Ibanez was doing his best 2001 World Series Brosius-Jeter dramatic postseason homerun impersonation?

    - Granderson was doing his best prime Reggie Jackson impersonation?

    I doubt you were.

    Age does not matter in MLB. Proof is the 2012 Yanks had the highest average player age and finished with the best record in the league.

    Teixiera and Granderson are out due to injuries and Jeter was out with an injury any player at any age could suffer. Rodriguez is the only old player you could make the case broke down due to age. I wouldn’t consider Teixiera’s injury woes last year due to age. He like A-Rod has put alot of miles on the odometer. Let’s see Mike Trout at age 33 after a decade or so of full-time play.

    If Dan Johnson is the 1B while Teixiera is out, the Yanks would still have a 33-year old at 1B.

    If Juan Rivera is the RF while Granderson is out, the Yanks would have a 34-year old at RF assuming Granderson returns before Rivera’s 35th birthday July 3.

    Youkilis turns 34 next Friday.

    Since when are ages 33 and 34 “geriatric”? You’re not a kid anymore at those ages, but you are not an old man / geriatric either.

    In fact, if the Opening Day starting nine were those two, Cervelli, Cano, Youkilis, Jeter, Suzuki, Gardner, and Hafner, the Yanks would have only three everyday players in the starting nine over 34: Jeter, Suzuki, and Hafner. Jeter and Suzuki defied age last season and who cares if Hafner turns 36 on June 3 when all he has to do is bat and we’re not expecting hit to be a speedster around the bases?

    Fact is the Yanks like everyone else will have to tap into a free-agent market made up of 80-90% thirtysomethings from this list of free agents for 2014:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html

    Romine and Adams are the only homegrown Yankees who MIGHT be MLB-ready for 2014, but let’s get real here. If the Yanks lose Cano you honestly think they’ll go with David Adams at 2B? I don’t think they would. They would most likely sign one of the below secondbasemen from the above list. Note the youngest player on this list is Alexi Casilla, the second youngest Cano, Cedeno,

    Yuniesky Betancourt (32)
    Robinson Cano (31)
    Alexi Casilla (29)
    Ronny Cedeno (31)
    Mark Ellis (37) – $5.75MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Mike Fontenot (34)
    Omar Infante (32)
    Kelly Johnson (32)
    Nick Punto (36)
    Ryan Raburn (33)
    Brian Roberts (36)
    Ramon Santiago (34)
    Skip Schumaker (34)
    Chase Utley (35)
    Ben Zobrist (33) – $7MM club option with a $2.5MM buyout

    Do you honestly see them going with Romine behind the plate? I don’t. I see them going with one or two of the below veteran catchers (not one of them will be under 30 on Opening Day save maybe Flores.)

    Catchers

    Rod Barajas (38)
    Henry Blanco (42)
    John Buck (33)
    Jesus Flores (29)
    Ramon Hernandez (38)
    Gerald Laird (34)
    Brian McCann (30)
    Jose Molina (38)
    Dioner Navarro (30)
    Wil Nieves (36)
    Miguel Olivo (35)
    Ronny Paulino (33)
    Brayan Pena (32)
    A.J. Pierzynski (37)
    Humberto Quintero (34)
    Carlos Ruiz (35)
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia (29)
    Kelly Shoppach (34)
    Chris Snyder (33)
    Geovany Soto (31)
    Kurt Suzuki (30) – $8.5MM club option with a $650K buyout
    Yorvit Torrealba (35)

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