Once Again #42 Will Make its Way Onto the Diamond

  With the Retirement of Mariano Rivera at the end of last season, the number 42 jersey in baseball has “officially” been retired.  Rivera was the last player to be grandfathered in after Major League Baseball retired the jersey on this date in 1997. It was not due, however, to some prophecy of Mo’s future dominance that lead to the number’s retirement, but rather to...
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Yankee great Rivera's son on New Hampshire team

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) The son of retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is going to pitch for a collegiate summer program in New Hampshire.
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Baseball Injuries That Will Make You Cringe

Last week, Los Angeles Angels batting coach, Don Baylor broke his leg catching an errant ceremonial first pitch from Vlad Guerrero. It was as brutal as it was bizarre. Baseball is not generally considered to be a contact sport but sometimes we get some horrific, gruesome and downright odd injuries from America's past time. This is a look back at some of baseball's most...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Starting Lineups: The 5 Best Baseball Players To Wear 42

Sixty-seven years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first African-American to play in an MLB game. Then in 1997, the MLB officially retired the number — with active players at the time grandfathered in if they wore 42. And now, with Mariano Rivera finally calling it a career, the number […] The post Starting Lineups: The 5...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees: Cheap bullpen exposed already

Mariano Rivera celebrates a victory against the Baltimore Orioles on August 31, 2009 by shaking catcher Jorge Posada’s hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The significance of a bullpen reared its ugly head last night when the Yankees lost the rubber match between to the Orioles, 5-4. Heading into the ninth inning tied at 3-3, the Orioles took advantage by scoring a pair of runs off...
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Mariano Gets Yet Another Award

Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that the Reliever of the Year Award for the American League will be named after none other then Mariano Rivera. The National League’s Reliever of the Year Award will be named after Trevor Hoffman. The official name of the awards are the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever...
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Reliever Of The Year Awards To Be Named After Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman

Relief pitchers in the MLB will finally be getting the recognition that they deserve. The league announced Wednesday that their new Reliever of the Year Awards to honor the top relievers from each league will be named after two of the greatest: Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. The Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award and Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year Award are...
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MLB names reliever awards after Rivera, Hoffman

NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that they're no longer receiving awards, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are getting their names on some. Major League Baseball said Wednesday it created a "Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award" and a "Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award." Rivera, a 13-time All-Star, retired after last season...
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MLB to Name Reliever Awards After Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman

Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are almost unanimously agreed upon as the greatest relievers in the history of baseball. Rivera and Hoffman currently sit at first and second all-time in career saves. Major League Baseball seems to agree that the duo has set the bar for greatness at the reliever position, and according to CBS Sports, will soon be naming their new reliever award...
Via BlackSportsOnline
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB naming reliever awards after Rivera, Trevor Hoffman

Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman (Credit: Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press) Major League Baseball has decided to reward two of the best relievers in the history of baseball by renaming the annual awards for relievers in each league.  The American League Reliever of the Year Award has been renamed after legendary Mariano Rivera who retired in 2013 after amassing 651 saves (most all...
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Mariano Rivera’s replacement’s replacement? Joe Girardi has no idea

David Robertson was the easy choice to replace Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ closer, but now that Robertson is out with a groin injury manager Joe Girardi isn’t sure who’ll be taking over ninth-inning duties. Asked this morning who’ll serve as the Yankees’ closer, Girardi told Danny Knobler of ESPN New York: “That’s a great question.” Shawn Kelley might get first...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees’ David Robertson sidelined with groin strain

Shawn Kelley, you’re up. With David Robertson going to the disabled list with a groin strain, the Yankees need a new closer for at least the next two weeks. This is a problem the Yanks didn’t have to worry about for the past 19 years with Mariano Rivera anchoring their bullpen. (The 2012 season being an obvious exception, as Rivera appeared in only nine games after tearing his...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why David Robertson's Injury Won't Lead To An All-Out Disaster For Yankees

With David Robertson landing on the disabled list yesterday, it was very tempting to go into panic mode, especially with last year's injury-plagued season, and with Mariano Rivera's first year of retirement underway.It was only natural to ask questions such as these:  Will players drop like flies as they did in 2013? Will the Yankees lead the league in blown saves? Will...
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Yankees Closer David Robertson Headed To DL With Groin Injury

NEW YORK — Yankees closer David Robertson is headed to the disabled list because of a strained groin just three appearances into his role as Mariano Rivera’s replacement. Robertson felt discomfort Sunday five or six pitches into the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, his second save in three outings this season. “It’s really disappointing,” Robertson...
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Yankees David Robertson Placed On 15-Day Disabled List

The New York Yankees may have won Monday’s match-up against the Baltimore Orioles, but the bigger news was what had happened the day before to their closer David Robertson. The heir to closer Mariano Rivera pulled his left-groin while closing out a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It forces all of us to throw another inning later, so obviously, that’s not good for the whole...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees: Houdini to DL

All it took was one text to ruin my good mood from the New York Yankee Opening Day win against the Orioles. Like many other baseball nerds, I opt to have text message alerts when there is breaking news about Yankees. And at exactly 4:45pm this afternoon, my iPhone’s text message went beep and it was the last update I was expecting. Yankees Opening Day good mood was killed via text...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Core Four reunited for Jeter's final home opener

It’s only been a week of the regular season, but every day it seems like we have another “last first” something with Derek Jeter.  Last first Spring Training at bat.  Last first Opening Day game.  Last first hit.  Last first win.  Today at Yankee Stadium, in his last first home opener, there was definitely an aura of sentimentality as the fellow members of the Yankees...
Via Reading Between The Seams
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Mariano Rivera set to release children's book

Mariano Rivera is no longer torturing major league hitters with tantalizing cutters due to retiring after the 2013 season. However, that doesn't mean Rivera isn't still putting in work.According to For the Win, the legendary New York Yankees closer has been working on a memoir aptly entitled "The Closer," which is aimed toward younger audiences and scheduled to...
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Jeter reunites with ‘Core Four’ for final Yankees home opener (VIDEO)

The Core Four are back together — at least for a day — as Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte threw out the first pitch to Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium on Monday.Under overcast skies, New York Yankees fans got their first chance at home to say goodbye to the retiring captain and they did it with a standing ovation.Jeter's final opening game in the Bronx had...
Via The Other Paper
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Only Unbeaten Team in MLB...Or Should Be

The Phillies could be looking at a 5-0 record right now, with the opportunity to complete their second sweep of the season with a victory today over the Cubs.  Of course, due to bullpen woes, that is not the case and instead sit at 3-2.  Papelbon is going to blow saves every once in awhile, even Mariano Rivera did that from time to time.  However, the way he went about his meltdown...
Via We Should Be GM's
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Yankees Relievers Poised to Make Big Impressions

If there’s two things being treated as a given from Yankees’ critics, it’s that they have a weak farm system and did not address the bullpen this winter, particularly with the departure of Mariano Rivera. While the Yankees dedicated hundreds of millions to a new starter, a new outfield, a new backstop and some infield stop gaps, the biggest signing on the reliever side of the...
Via Baseball News Source
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Have Enjoyed Decade Of Dominance On Opening Day At Fenway (Gallery)

The Boston Red Sox will begin their 2014 home schedule Friday against an unfamiliar opponent, as the National League’s Milwaukee Brewers visit for Opening Day at Fenway Park. The team in the visitors’ dugout hasn’t mattered much for the Red Sox in recent home openers, though. Since breaking the Curse of the Bambino in 2004, the Sox have won their first home game in nine consecutive...
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Shawn Kelley: Holds Sleeper for 2014 Fantasy Baseball

Reliever Poised to Leap Forward: Shawn Kelley With the retirement of Mariano Rivera, and the eighth-inning setup man David Robertson moving into the pressured role as heir to the greatest closer of all-time, someone will need to move into the eighth-inning setup role. While the role could be open to anyone who will step up [...]
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants' 'Metallica Night' features inflatable guitar giveaway

As the crescendo of fan excitement builds before Major League Baseball’s Opening Day (at least on this continent), fans can’t wait to size up their team for the 2014 campaign.  Fans also can’t wait for the weather to get warm, to enjoy culinary delights, and take in all those fun promotional giveaways.  The San Francisco Giants are one of the best in the business in promotion...
Via Reading Between The Seams
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Sanchez’s Walk Up Music is Interesting

Walk up music defines the player, right? I mean, recently retired Mariano Rivera famously used Metallica's "Enter Sandman"…Cleveland Indians closer John Axford is considering Ennio Morricone's theme from "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly".  Personally, I'm an "Ecstasy of Gold" man myself…but, really, anything tops what Tony Sanchez is...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

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