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The Thursday Takeaway
Joe Blanton pitched a shutout for the Phillies. Bryce Harper drove home the game-winning run for the Nationals. The Royals won at home for the first time this season.
And none of it matters, because Mariano Rivera wrecked his knee. He did not slip off the mound. He was not scrambling to field a bunt. He did not trip while covering first base. Rivera was doing something else that virtually every pitcher does and that he has thoroughly enjoyed doing throughout his career: shagging balls during batting practice.
Asked, after an MRI revealed a torn ACL and meniscus, if he would ever play again, the 42-year-old showed rare emotion and told reporters, “I don’t know.” That Rivera even spoke hours after learning that his career may hang in the balance is a testament to everything he stands for. Few players are able to gain the perspective necessary to face the media before the next morning. Rivera is synonymous with winning, the epitome of a quiet leader, and in...
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Mariano Rivera was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury during batting practice before Thursday's game between the Yankees and Royals in Kansas City, according to news reports.
Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, apparently injured himself shagging fly balls in the outfield, but was smiling as he was carted off, according to a report by The (N.J.) Star-Ledger...
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...
Mariano Rivera tore his ACL when he fell while chasing a fly ball during batting practice prior to the Yankees-Royals game on Thursday. When we learned about the severity of the season-ending injury, LBS writer Steve DelVecchio speculated that it could also be career-ending. After all, consider that Rivera, 42, cryptically hinted in February that this would be his last season.
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...
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 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...
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...
Mariano Rivera isn't done just yet. The Yankees closer tore his ACL shagging fly balls in the outfield before Thursday night's game in Kansas City, but he has vowed to return to the big leagues. He's not letting this injury end his career. "I'm coming back," River told reporters in New York. "Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like...
Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies is a solid option after the number ones. How does that match-up with the Brew Crew? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
TAL'S HANDY STATS
I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...
Reasons why Mariano Rivera will pitch again
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...
This was not a great week to be a closer for a handful of Major League Baseball teams. Between injuries and demotions, many teams are scrambling to find solutions to teh back end of their bullpens.
The most devastating news to any closer came to Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, who suffered a season ending ACL injury shagging fly balls. It was extremely sad to...