Found May 05, 2012 on
Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals
Well, the New York Yankees are at a crossroads.
And that was well before Mariano Rivera tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee.
I was talking with Mike this week and saying how this Yankee team was in a situation of seriousness. They have a veteran team, aging superstars and aging bench players. Before Jayson Nix and DeWayne Wise were promoted, guys like Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez were playing every day in the outfield. Two guys that weren’t signed this season to play every day.
This is an aging and expensive team in a young man’s game. And the team is only getting more aged and will be getting more expensive.
So, these Yankees are at that crossroads and there are several reasons for this.
First, is the exhorbitant salaries paid to players whose careers are on the decline. You see the decline already. Alex Rodriguez and especially Mark Teixeira are in their decline phases of their careers, former top of the line talent now slowly sinking down the rope to the floor below. Yes,...
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In what very well may be his final tune up start before joining the Yankees in the Bronx, Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch this Sunday for the Triple-A Empire State Yankees.
Pettitte threw 96 pitches in his last start, an extended spring training game on Monday, and declared that he was ready for the big leagues following the start.
“I feel I’m strong enough and ready...
For years Yankees fans have feared what life would be like once Mariano Rivera wasn’t around any longer and even though he vowed that he would comeback, Rivera is gone now and the Yankees are fortunate to have two very solid options to replace him – David Robertson and Rafael Soriano.
One has become one of the top relievers in the game since last season and the other came...
Mariano “Mo” Rivera is the best closer in Major League Baseball history and is arguably the best pitcher in New York Yankees history. His legacy is filled with clutch performances. If there were a baseball definition of “reliability,” “Mo’s” face would lay next to the word. For the past 18 years, there has been on rock of the Yankees pitching staff. That...
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was examined Monday by three doctors at two hospitals as he determines where he will have knee surgery.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said Rivera was seen by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York Presbyterian Hospital and by Dr. Russell Warren, a knee specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Rivera's agent, Fernando Cuza...
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera emphatically stated Friday that a torn ACL in his right knee will not spell the end of his Hall of Fame career.
"I'm coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this," Rivera told reporters Friday in Kansas City.
The 42-year-old all-time saves leader hinted before the season that 2012 would be his final campaign...
From this point forward, perhaps shagging fly balls in the outfield before a game should only be mandatory for pitchers who are under the age of 42. Maybe it isn’t exactly mandatory, but tracking down balls is something some of the Yankees players like to do to warm up and stay in shape. Yankees fans are now crossing their fingers the injury Mariano Rivera suffered while taking...
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was carted off the field today, after he injured his right knee chasing down fly balls during BP at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Apparently, Rivera does this every single day, and according the The Herald’s Steve Buckley, he nags manager Joe Girardi on a regular basis about letting him get some playing time in the outfield.
This is rich people...
KANSAS CITY You're joking, right? This wasn't in the script. The script says Mariano Rivera walks away when he's good and ready, and not a minute sooner. And he doesn't walk, either. He sprints like a jackrabbit in spring and leaps straight into the arms of his teammates, who collectively hoist him onto their shoulders one last time. He's waving his cap in the...
BBDP MVP: Caleb Cotham with 5 IP, ER, 7 K.
Triple-A Empire State: L 3-9 to Pawtucket. L: Figueroa
Kevin Russo: 1/5, 2 K (.317)
Colin Curtis: 1/4, R, RBI, K (.209)
Brandon Laird: 2/4, BB, K (.266) Nice rebound from the 0/4 yesterday.
Ronnier Mustelier: 2/5, R (.400) When does this guy stop hitting?
Frankie Cervelli: 2/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.221) After a slow start, he’s 11 for...
Love or hate the New York Yankees, you have to admit that Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer of all-time. Rivera, 42, was already putting together what could have been a swan song season to close out his career, as he’s recorded 5 saves in 6 chances, with a 1-1 record and 2.16 ERA. Instead, he could be going out more like a dying duck, as he’ll miss the rest of the season...
Mariano Rivera tore his ACL last night in warmups trying to shag a fly ball. The question on everyone's mind is should he retire? This has to be a sign right? I mean he has shagged balls his whole career and he goes down with a torn ACL in his 17th season. The man is 42 years old and his team finally has a chance to be knocked out of the playoffs after it seems like...
The all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera, suffered a torn ACL yesterday while shagging fly balls at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com it is still unknown if he'll ever pitch again.
“At this point, I don't know,” Rivera said, repeating softly (via Hoch), “At this point, I don’t know. I have to face this first.”
According to Hoch...
Reasons why Mariano Rivera will pitch again
When I was a kid I had to beg my Dad to take me to bat day at the original Yankee Stadium. I mean, down on the ground, promise to clean my room, mow the lawn, be nice to Mom kind of begging. These were the days when the South Bronx left a lot to be desired from a safety vantage point on a good day so arming the lot of us probably wasn’t the best idea in the world. My Dad, who...