Legendary 2004 Yankee dream crusher to manage Dodgers

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Who in Red Sox Nation does not know who it was that turned the ship around in the 2004 ALCS?Remember that series?The New York Yankees were three outs away in the top of the ninth inning from eliminating the Red Sox in a sweep of the 2004 ALCS.Kevin Millar drew a leadoff walk from legendary closer Mariano Rivera and was pinch-run for by Dave Roberts...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Hero Dave Roberts Is The New Dodger Manager

His stolen base in Game Four of the 2004 ALCS turned the tide for the eventual World Series Champions of that year. Dave Roberts now faces a new challenge—manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Roberts had been a finalist for the job along with another former Carmine Hoser from that year—Gabe Kapler. In his 45 games with the Red Sox, Roberts hit .256 with 5 stolen bases. Earlier...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Dave Roberts to be named Dodgers manager

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Roberts will be hired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday night because the team hasn't announced the move that is expected Monday. Roberts is a former Dodgers outfielder who will be the first minority manager in the storied franchise's...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Redsocks go all out to win one for Papi?

One of the saddest legacies of this woebegone Yankee decade - (we are entering Year VI with nothing to show) - was the Former Empire's inability to give Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter final post-seasons. Both played their last games with basically nothing on the line.Imagine Mariano closing a World Series. Imagine Jeter batting in game seven...Two hundred million.. all the kings...

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

Before looking into the individual case of the current Indians closer, Cody Allen, I have to say that my general rule with relief pitcher extensions is never. Relief pitchers have a unique tendency in baseball to come on quickly and disappear just as quickly. There are hundreds of examples of this and very limited examples of sustained success. In fact, Mariano Rivera is the go to...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Miller tabbed as Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year

Andrew Miller was tabbed as the AL's top reliever in his first full season as a closer. Adam Hunger USA TODAY SportsIn one of the better, low-key acquisitions prior to the 2015 season, the New York Yankees signed Andrew Miller and made him their closer -- despite him not handling full-time closing duties.He took the ninth inning and never looked back, earning 36 saves and pitching...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Name every World Series MVP since 1985

Twenty-nine players have received World Series Most Valuable Player honors since 1985 (with 1994 being omitted due to the player's strike that season). Can you name them all? 
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Five Toughest Pitchers—According To David Ortiz

Pedro And PapiIn an article in Derek Jeter's The Players Tribune, David Ortiz lays out for us the five toughest pitchers he's ever faced. Not surprisingly, Pedro Martinez tops the list. After his good friend comes Yankee nemesis Mariano Rivera, followed by Mike Mussina, Sonny Gray and Miami's "hip-hop hurler" Carter Capps. Says Papi of Pedro, "Pedro’s changeup was the best I...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Like Father, Like Son: Brett Siddall Joins the Family Business

Detroit, Michigan. 2005. The site of the Major League Baseball All Star Game. Seventy-seven of the game’s most dominant baseball players have converged at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Manny Ramirez and Mariano Rivera, Pedro Martinez and Albert Pujols. The biggest names in baseball put aside their divisional and league rivalries for the opportunity to give their leagues...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees great Rivera hated pitching in Little League

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch. The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series. Although Rivera's 1985 Panama team didn't reach the World Series, he loved his time in youth baseball. "I was happy with...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mexico keeps going in LLWS, gets to pose with Rivera, too

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Mexico catcher Raul Leon, three teammates and their manager were waiting in the narrow hallway for their turn at the interview room inside Lamade Stadium. They spotted one of baseball's greatest players walking toward them. Yes, it was Mariano Rivera. They had to get a photo. But who would take it? Just then, the manager of the Taiwan team they had just...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera hated pitching in Little League

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch. The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series. Rivera retired after the 2013 season with a record 652 saves. He says he didn't like to pitch as a Little Leaguer because...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

David Cone on pitching

David Cone was a thinking-man’s pitcher before he became a thinking-man’s analyst. The New York Yankees’ television color man took the mound for five teams in 17 major league seasons, and he logged a lion’s share of big wins along the way. Moxie played a role. The right-hander augmented his plus stuff with the same cerebral approach he now takes to the broadcast booth....
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey, Mariano Rivera sneakily surprise fans with free tickets

From a pop-up Delta dugout phone in New York City, a bunch of unsuspecting baseball fans recently had the chance to make a call to famous New York pitchers Matt Harvey and future Hall of Fame Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. We've seen this celebrity-surprises-fan gag many times before but it remains entertaining so long as the fan reactions are genuine, which they certainly are in...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/10)

Much of the Washington Nationals 2015 MLB Draft Class is signed, assigned, and playing ball.  Eleven of the forty draft selections remain unsigned.  The previous highest unsigned pick was third rounder OF Rhett Wiseman.  Wiseman agreed to a deal on July 7 with the Nationals. Here are the current stats for the Nats draft class.  Players we gave  * * * are performing well on the...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Stats Update for the 2015 Nats Draft Class (7/2)

Much of the Washington Nationals 2015 MLB Draft Class is signed, assigned, and playing ball.  Thirteen of the forty draft selections remain unsigned.  The highest unsigned pick is third rounder OF Rhett Wiseman.  Wiseman has been playing in the College Baseball World Series for Vanderbilt.  Even though the season have just began for the draft class, we provide you a beginning...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Harlem Globetrotters Draft Mo’ne Davis

What do Mariano Rivera, Johnny Manziel and Mo’ne Davis have in common? If you answered “they were all selected to join a pretend basketball team to play pretend basketball”…you’re absolutely right! Following in the footsteps of Rivera, the 14-year-old Little League superstar became the latest pop culture phenomenon to be invited to join the Harlem Globetrotters. But, unlike...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera prays for Yankees during visit to Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) Mariano Rivera says the New York Yankees' bullpen is getting by just fine without him. Still, the 45-year-old retired closer put in a prayer for his former teammates during a visit to Israel on Thursday. He says ''they have a tremendous bullpen. They have a great team, period. ''Hopefully, they will continue doing the job that they have been doing for all this time...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals Draft Mariano Rivera’s Kid

For the second time in as many years, the son of legendary closer Mariano Rivera heard his name called on Draft Day. But unlike last year, when the Iona College pitcher was selected by the New York Yankees in the 29th Round, Mariano Rivera III was taken much earlier. With their 4th round selection (134th overall), the #Nats select Mariano Rivera Jr. (RHP, Iona College, NY). —...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera Jr. selected by Washington Nationals

There is absolutely no doubt, pitcher Mariano Rivera Jr. has the pedigree necessary to be a Major League pitcher, but does he have the stuff?  This has been the major question surrounding the Iona College product- and son of legendary reliever Mariano Rivera.  Through his first two seasons, Rivera Jr. had been rather average struggling with his command and often times losing hitters...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera’s Son Picked By Nationals In Fourth Round Of MLB Draft

NEW YORK — Enter Sandman — the sequel. Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former New York Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round with the 134th overall pick Tuesday by the Washington Nationals. Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while...
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera III drafted by Nationals in fourth round of draft

The old cliché, "Like father, like son" certainly is appropriate for this story. Pitcher Mariano Rivera III was drafted Tuesday in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. To say the right-hander from Iona College bears a resemblance to his father on the mound would be a major understatement. His entire delivery couldn't look more like his dad's. Rivera...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Hero Dave Roberts Turns 43 Today

'The Steal'It's the 43rd birthday of Dave Roberts—and yet, he will forever be 32. That's the age he was on October 17, 2004 during Game Four of that year's ALCS. As one of the privileged 34,826 who attended the 5 hour and 2 minute contest, I can personally attest to the fact that Roberts provided the biggest thrill in this Red Sox fan's life. His epic steal off Mariano Rivera will...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

"The Yankees seem to have never met a moment they could not monetize. They scooped up the infield dirt from the game in which Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th hit and put it in capsules that dangled from key chains. They offered a bullpen rubber from one

Billy Witz - the NY Times writer with the NY Post byline name - pens the Gray Lady's most delicious sports lead yet this season... an appreciation of Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner's tight-wadded former reign as the chief cashier of NYC sports.(Question: How is it that a guy named George A. King III writes for the Murdochian Post, while Billy Witz works at the Times?)
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera back with Yankees as guest instructor in spring

  Mariano Rivera is back with the New York Yankees as a guest spring training instructor. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday. He retired as a player following the 2013 season. ''I've decided to come back,'' the 45-year-old joked. Rivera wore a batting practice uniform with his old No. 42 on it and white pinstripe pants as he worked...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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