In baseball, there was nothing bigger last week than the World Series. And the Yankees had their own sort of World Series moment on Thursday.
Before Game 2 in Boston, closer Mariano Rivera was presented the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award.
“Clearly unequivocally, he’s the greatest relief pitcher of all time, and did it in a way that was remarkable,” commissioner Bud Selig said. “All records we have said are made to be broken, but this is one that I’m very confident will stand the test of time.”
For the second time in a month, Rivera was celebrated during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park. It’s been that kind of year for the retiring icon.
“All I did was try to do my job,” Rivera said during the news conference when he was presented with the award. “It’s an honor and a privilege to receive this award with such dignity and class because that’s the way I respect the game. That’s the way I play the game. And I still will continue loving the game.”
• The Yankees announced ticket prices for next season, with prices for 96 percent of tickets either remaining the same or decreasing.
• MLB Trade Rumors released its arbitration predictions for the Yankees, including significant — and expected — raises for Dave Robertson and Ivan Nova.
• Another week, another strange turn of events in the Alex Rodriguez saga. This time, his lawyers were blocked from holding a news conference to present a Major League Baseball “whistleblower” who was apparently going to talk negatively about the league’s investigation. Hard to know who or what it would have been about.
• Bloomberg estimated the Yankees total value at $3.3 billion, easily the most valuable of all Major League Baseball franchise.
• There was some coaching news this week, beginning with the news that the Yankees will not bring back strength and conditioning coordinator Dana Cavalea, who’s been in that role since 2007. The move seems to be a direct reaction to the series of injuries this season.
• The Daily News reported that Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long could consider leaving the Yankees to join Don Mattingly’s staff this offseason. Long’s contract expires at the end of the month, but the Yankees have made it clear they want to bring him back.
• In other coaching staff news, the Royals hired Don Wakamatsu to be their bench coach. Wakamatsu worked last season as a special assignment scout for the Yankees. He was around quite a bit in spring training working with players.
• Yankees prospect Tyler Austin was pulled from the Arizona Fall League after playing in just four games. He was removed because of ongoing discomfort in his wrist, which was bothering him during the season as caused him to miss most of the second half of the regular season.
• A high-profile free agent came off the market before becoming available. Tim Lincecum signed a two-year deal to stay with the Giants, setting a very high bar for free agent pitchers.
• And, of course, the Cardinals jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the World Series, helped by last night’s unusual — but, I think, ultimately correct — obstruction call on the final play of the game. Game 4 is tonight in St. Louis.
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