go to MSN.com
Found July 19, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Mariano Rivera is a lifelong New York Yankee. He was signed by the team out of Panama, spent six seasons in the team’s minor league system, and made it up to the majors where he pitched 67 innings in 1995. At the time, Rivera was a starting pitcher who was just being converted into a reliever.

When the 26-year-old showed up for spring training in 1996, the team had a number of similar pitchers, so they discussed trading Rivera, former Yankees manager Joe Torre recalls.

“At spring training, there was some conversation about trading him, only because we had an abundance of those types of pitchers,” Torre said this week at a golf outing at Sleepy Hollow Country Club to support the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, via the New York Post. “I didn’t really know where he’d fit. We didn’t think closer because we had other people, but we thought he could contribute. … We really weren’t sure. Obviously, that was the best trade that the Yankees never made.”

The Yankees actually had John Wetteland closing in 1996, and he led the league with 43 saves and made the All-Star Game. After Wetteland signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent, Rivera took over as closer and immediately began putting together his dominant, Hall of Fame career.

I can’t even imagine how much different baseball history would have been had they dealt Rivera. Like Torre says, that was the best trade never made.

THE BACKYARD
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Should Geno Smith sit and Michael Vick start for Jets?

Photo Credit: Jets/Facebook After the New York Jets suffered their Monday Night loss to the Chicago Bears (27-19), two main weaknesses remain evident. One, the Jets secondary has underachieved tremendously being one of the worst in the league. Two, Geno Smith continues to battle with inconsistency throwing the football. In just three weeks, out of 35 quarterbacks that have played...
Via Blog Surface
1 hour ago

Martellus Bennett felt ‘disrespected’ by Rex Ryan

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett said after Monday night’s 27-19 victory over the New York Jets that he entered the game feeling disrespected by coach Rex Ryan. “Today I felt a little disrespected,” Bennett told reporters in the postgame locker room, via ESPN.com. “We [the Bears] played a highlight video, and in the highlight video, Rex is talking about [how the...
Via Sports-Glory
2 hours ago

Ex-CB sues Lane Kiffin, USC, makes troubling allegations

Former USC cornerback Brian Baucham has filed a lawsuit against the university and former head coach Lane Kiffin, alleging that he suffered a brain injury during a game after he was forced to play while ill. According to CBS Los Angeles, Baucham claims he suffered cardiopulmonary damage and brain injury when the Trojans played Cal […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago

Bruce Arians: Hit on Drew Stanton was ‘cheap shot’

For the second straight week, Drew Stanton got it done. The Cardinals' backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, helping the team improve to 3-0. Along the way, however, Stanton was the victim of a brutal hit by Niners linebacker Dan Skuta -- a hit that Cards coach Bruce Arians deemed dirty. https:...
Via Helmet2Helmet
13 hours ago

Silver: NBA will take 'fresh look' at domestic violence policies

NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents. Silver said during a community service event in Staten Island that the league has been discussing with the NBA Players Association ways to further educate players and provide programs to them and their families...
Via NESN.com
13 hours ago

911 audio: Woman says Bironas was ‘dangerous’ and ‘crazy’

Former longtime Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died on Saturday night after flipping his car in a single-car crash in Nashville, and a phone call to 911 indicates the kicker exhibited wild and crazy behavior on the road before the crash. The Tennessean posted audio of a call from a woman reporting the crash. The […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Can Jonathan Papelbon catch Mariano Rivera?

When discussing the best closers of the modern era one name leads every list: Mariano Rivera. Trevor Hoffman, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, and Billy Wagner are part of the next tier down but are short the dominance over many years of the guy above them. Some of their tickets to the Hall of Fame will likely be regular-priced admission rather than induction ceremony. One guy who...
Via The Sports Post
1 day ago

James Harrison to rejoin Steelers for his final season

James Harrison officially retired from the NFL before the season began, but the 36-year-old is coming back to rejoin his old club. The Pittsburgh Steelers will sign Harrison this week. The #Steelers will be signing their own former star LB James Harrison over the next few days, I’m told. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2014 LB James Harrison scheduled to meet Tuesday...
Via Sports-Glory
16 hours ago

LeBron James fan has his Cavaliers arena ban lifted

Remember that fan who ran onto the court when the Miami Heat played the Cleveland Cavaliers two seasons ago with a shirt begging LeBron James to return to Cleveland in 2014? What a nut that guy was, huh? LeBron had won two championships with the Heat and was aiming for a third. There was no […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 hours ago

Chargers lose Danny Woodhead for the season

The San Diego Chargers’ worst fears were confirmed on Monday as running back Danny Woodhead is officially out for the year after suffering a leg injury against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Woodhead will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula and ankle and will be placed in injured reserve this week. The 30-year-old was carted off the field during the Chargers’ 22-10...
Via Rumors and Rants
18 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.