Now that Major League Baseball has officially announced the Yankees schedule spring training trip to Panama, all that’s left is to decide which players will actually head to Mariano Rivera’s home country for a couple of games against the Marlins.
“Obviously we’re going to take a team that represents us very well, but we also have games here,” Girardi said. “These are split-squad games for us.”
The Yankees will play in Panama on March 15 and 16, days when they also have games in Florida against the Orioles and Braves. It seems hard to believe Derek Jeter won’t make the trip for his long-time teammate — in fact, it might make the most sense to let the guys who have played with Rivera head to Panama, and let the relatively new guys stay behind to play the games in Florida — but Girardi said the Yankees have set no travel squad at the moment.
“The interesting thing is, you could try to make a roster now, but a lot of it could change,” Girardi said. “For us to do that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense wasting a lot of time doing that.”
This might actually be one spring training road trip that leaves guys actually wanting to be on the travel list.
“I believe it will be the first game that Mo actually goes on the road with us in spring training, so I’m kind of looking forward to that,” Girardi said. “I’m actually excited to go. I’m excited to see the country. I’ve never been there. We have some special things planned on that Friday before we play, so I’m kind of excited about going there and being in Panama.”
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