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Mariano Rivera may get his chance to roam center field before he hangs up the cleats for good.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Tuesday that he would “absolutely” consider letting his closer play an inning in the outfield during the team’s final series of the season in Houston.
Rivera will not have the opportunity to do so in his home ballpark, however. The Yankees host Tampa Bay on Thursday in their home finale — Rivera’s final game at Yankee Stadium. Girardi said he will not play Rivera out of position against the Rays, who continue to fight for one of the American League’s two wild card spots.
“These games are meaningful to Tampa,” Girardi said, according to ESPN’s Wallace Matthews.
Rivera often spends his time shagging balls during batting practice — a habit that resulted in him tearing his ACL last season — and an oral history of the closer’s career published in Sports Illustrated this week revealed that several former teammates and coaches believed he would have fared
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The Mariano Rivera goodbye tour is heavy into fatigue territory, but the Hard Rock Café may actually be helping fans sick of the long farewell with its recent announcement.
The chain says it is retiring “Enter Sandman” from all its restaurants except the Yankee Stadium location in honor of Rivera, Darren Rovell of ESPN reports.
The move is meant to honor “one of the greatest...
Mariano Rivera always enters late in the game. His bobblehead doll did the same thing.
The New York Yankees were forced to hand out vouchers for the giveaway honoring the career saves leader to the first 18,000 fans who arrived for Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a transportation issue.
A public address announcement in the bottom of the third inning...
In a nightmare season that has seen everything has gone wrong for the New York Yankees it continued to go wrong on a special night for the team’s star. Tuesday was Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night at Yankee Stadium and fans showed up in droves to acquire this tribute to the certain Hall of Famer. Only problem is that the bobleheads didn’t show up. The bobbleheads were coming from...
Mariano Rivera may make a debut on his final weekend before retirement: as a centerfielder.
The 43-year-old closer in his 19th and final big league season has said he’d like to play the outfield.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he’s thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Astros.
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Tampa Bay Rays 4 — New York Yankees 0
In Mariano Rivera‘s final appearance in Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lose 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ivan Nova started tonight’s game and the first run came in the fourth inning. Evan Longoria hit a run-scoring single. Delmon Young would hit a home run to deep left center to give the Rays another run. In seven...
Mariano Rivera‘s goodbye to Yankee Stadium ended with him sweeping the dirt on the pitcher’s mound into a small pile and collecting a handful to take home. But Yankee Stadium’s goodbye to Rivera was in the top of the ninth, when a Joe Girardi-concocted plan that started with what was really an illegal pitching change created a moment that will be remembered in Major League...
It's not hard to believe that throughout all of the season-long tributes and "farewell" swag piling up in his living room, the gift that Mariano Rivera might end up holding most dearly to his heart after he retires was the opportunity to play center field in a major-league game just once.
Now that the Yankees season is officially kaput, there is a real possibility...
Mo leaves the game still pitching at a high level. (Photo: Brandon Steiner)
Roy Halladay isn’t a man of many words. But in this Sports Illustrated article about Mariano Rivera written by Tom Verducci, Halladay says a meeting with Rivera at an All-Star Game event changed his career.
The piece contains quotes from various people around baseball as they pay their respects to a legend...
Last Sunday the Yankees honored Mariano Rivera -- by any measure the greatest closer in baseball history -- with a majestic ceremony befitting a player who showed class both on and off the field. Chants echoed throughout the Stadium. Fans said goodbye and gave Mo several standing ovations. Perhaps Thursday night’s final home appearance for Rivera might feel anticlimactic. The team...
It's not a matter of if, but when. There will come a day, a day like any other, when the society you know, the civilization that has been going strong for thousands of years, grinds to a halt. It could be peak oil, it could be food shortages, or, as the Yankees showed us last night, it could be a lack of promotional bobbleheads.
And on that day,...
Your browser does not support iframes. There were some truly special scenes at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night as Mariano Rivera made his final career pitching appearance in the Bronx. Rivera entered the game with runners on first and second and New York trailing the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 in the top of the eighth. […]
A night to remember in the Bronx as the legend himself, Mariano Rivera bid goodbye to the Bronx.
The top of the 9th came and Mariano was on the mound with two outs, when two familiar faces greeted him on the mound.
The moment summed up every memory that has transpired over the course of almost 20 years of Yankee history.
Good bye to the Sandman.
Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter came out of the dugout to take Mariano Rivera out of the game in his last game at Yankee Stadium during Rays vs. Yankees. Rivera received a standing ovation and was moved to tears by the outpouring of support for his final appearance.
Normally, YED is my second favorite day of the baseball season (beyond only Red Sox Elimination Day), and the source of a fun list of insults. But this year, I have to confess, has been different. It's a rare thing to feel anything close to sympathy for the most spoiled fan base in sports, but there it is, really... the three-fold aging with speed for landmark players...
You've never thought of Roger Clemens as a sportswriter, but the legendary pitcher got his first byline today in his hometown newspaper, the Houston Chronicle, as he said goodbye to Mariano Rivera.
Clemens' lede (that's how we spell it in the business; don't ask me why) is an anecdote about handing the ball to Rivera and trusting him to save what would become Clemens...