Every year, the Yankees invite former players to camp to act as guest instructors during Spring Training. As we all remember, Andy Pettitte returned as an instructor in 2012 then suddenly announced he was returning to the baseball. This year it was Jorge Posada‘s turn to be asked to go down to Tampa to act as a guest instructor by the Yankees.
So will Posada pull a Pettitte? All signs point to no. Posada said he has no intentions of playing. Though I’m sure if he did, he’d probably do just as well – at least at the plate – as the guys the Yankees currently have competing for the starting catcher’s job.
But remember, Andy Pettitte also said he had no plans to return when he first arrived in Tampa last February and a few weeks later Jack Curry was tweeting that Pettitte signed a deal to make his return to the club. That was one of the weirdest days I ever had blogging about baseball. I remember that the news broke shortly before the Yankees were scheduled to play a Spring Training game and when people actually began to realize what was happening, Twitter exploded. That was a fun time.
Will we experience that again this year? Probably not but it’s nice to daydream sometimes.
Another player returned to Yankees’ camp this season: Mariano Rivera. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in May 2012, Rivera threw his first live batting practice earlier today. He pitched to two batters and reported no issues with his surgically repaired knee.
It was a relatively quiet day in Yankees camp and we like it that way because as they say, no news is good news. The Yankees are gearing up for their first games of the Spring this weekend. Saturday’s game is not being televised but Sunday’s is at 1 p.m. on YES. The Yankees will be playing the retooled Toronto Blue Jays.