Sherman: Mariano Rivera to retire after 2013

While the news isn’t surprising, it still feels like the universe is piling on at this point.

Via Joel Sherman’s Twitter:

“I can report Yankees have 10 am press conf sked Sat at Steinbrenner Field at which Rivera is set to announce retirement after ’13 season.” He added, “Always possible private Rivera decides to change mind at last sec, but time and room are booked for his retirement announcement #Yankees.”

It was pretty obvious last season when Mariano Rivera tore his ACL that retiring was in his plans after 2012 but that the injury prevented that from happening.

I’m glad we’ll have one last season of Mo and I hope he has a great farewell tour around the Majors.

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Once More With Feeling, or “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”

At this point in time, it appears as though the last chapter of Joba Chamberlain’s career has already been written – as a matter of fact, our own Brien Jackson elucidated such this past Monday. It was less than a week ago that Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman sarcastically dismissed the notion of Chamberlain joining the rotation out of hand and, with the stout right-hander a season away from free agency, essentially validated his parking slip. Despite the not so subtle lack of tact in the statements of Girardi and Cashman, it is difficult to find fault in their bluntness … after all, Chamberlain has not started a game with the Yankees since September 30, 2009. In short, the “Joba to the rotation!” sentiment of the days of yore was dead and buried long before Chamberlain espoused his confidence in his ability to start.

This is not going to be, for the sake of preemptive clarity, an exercise in second-guessing, as far too much of that has occurred.…

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Quote of the Day: Kevin Youkilis

So Kevin Youkilis was talking about the loss of Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson to start the 2013 season and he said:

“Chicks dig the long ball… There are a lot of unhappy women in New York.”

You know what? New York Yankee fans need to embrace Youkilis. You need to forget he ever played for that team 200 miles from here, you need to forget his petulant behavior, his goofy batting stance and forget the fact that he caused us fits when he was with that team that shall remain nameless.

Just wipe all traces of his time with that squad from your memory banks because Kevin Youkilis is a Yankee now and he is pretty hilarious.

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Today’s Yankees lineup: 3/7/12

The Yankees are heading over to Jupiter – Florida, not the planet – to take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here’s the lineup:

Gardner 8
Ichiro 9
Rivera 3
Cervelli 0
Diaz 7
Stewart 2
Mustelier 5
Pirela 4
Maruszak 6

Nova 1

They will be staying overnight because tomorrow they take on the other team that calls Roger Dean Stadium home, the Miami Marlins.

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Mark Teixeira Injury Thoughts & Afterthoughts

Sad Teix

Well this has been a fun start to the 2013 season, huh?  Not exactly what any of us had in mind or expected after a long, frustrating offseason, but I guess for the sake of consistency and tying plot points together you might as well have an injury-filled preseason to reinforce just how bad the offseason was.  Mark Teixeira, whether he rebounded from last year or not, was one of the most important players in this lineup and now he’s out for 8-10 weeks with a sprained tendon in his right wrist.  To be honest, I’m still trying to process everything that relates to this injury in my head, so rather than attempt to formulate a smooth, logical response post I’m just going to go with the old “Ts and AferTs” standby and at least get my thoughts out.

– First things first, this is an absolutely brutal injury.  Brutal.  There’s no other way to describe it and no way to attempt to find a silver lining here.  …

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Thursday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/7/12

If you go to Google News’s realtime coverage of Mark Teixeira, there are 200 articles about the wrist pop heard around the world.

That’s a little nutty but understandable. With the way the Yankees’ 2013 season is already going – and it hasn’t even started yet – there will be a lot of stuff written about everything no matter how big or small.

I’m sure you all know the news by now but in case you don’t because you were hanging out with Kim Jung Un as he was plotting, yet again, to bomb the United States, Teixeira is out for 8-10 weeks thanks to that strained wrist tendon.

Here are a few of those aforementioned 200 articles:

Then we have Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writing about Robinson Cano having to step up while the rest of the lineup is dropping like flies. No pressure, Robbie.…

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Spring Training: Dominican Republic 8, Yankees 2

Hey, it could have been a lot worse for the Yankees today. This same Dominican Republic team beat up on the poor Phillies yesterday scoring 15 runs on 28 hits. At least the Yankees held DR to only eight runs on 13 hits.

All kidding aside, there were some good things in this game, like Hiroki Kuroda‘s performance. He pitched three scoreless innings, gave up two hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Oh, and Zoilo Almonte ended a no-hitter by hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Up until that home run, Dominican pitchers Vidal Nuno, Jose Veras and Juan Cedeno held the Yankee batters to just two walks.

The Yankees also committed two errors – both by Dan Johnson. So their box score line was 2-2-2. Not sure what this means but hopefully it’s not bad and doesn’t have an effect on Derek Jeter.

Robinson Cano had a hit and an RBI for the Dominican team and in even better news, he didn’t get injured.…

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Quick Hit: Teixeira will miss 8-10 weeks

I was having a pretty good day until this news came across the wire. Mark Teixeira has a strained right wrist and will miss 8 to 10 weeks. He will have to rest four weeks before even beginning to rehab the wrist.

I will give you time to gasp, yell, throw something, etc.

Okay. So, now that we know that Teixeira will be out for at least the first month of the season, there are many questions that need to be answered:

  • Who will take over at first base while Tex is out?
  • Who will be the next Yankee to get injured?
  • Will Tex’s April woes actually happen in May instead?
  • Why are the baseball Gods being so cruel to us?
  • What will happen next?
  • A sinkhole?
  • A meteor?
  • Is this actually happening or am I dreaming?
  • Is it too early to drink a bottle of wine?

In all seriousness, it’s as if the Yankees were tempting fate by not having a lot of depth on the bench and now look at what’s happening.…

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Three days in Florida


I had the privilege of spending three days in Florida watching baseball this weekend. I saw three games in three different ballparks: Nationals at Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Tigers at Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, and Yankees at Red Sox at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

The Players

You could hear an audible gasp in Tampa when the Yankees subbed out their regulars for minor league players, and that was after five innings of watching Kevin Youkilis, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and the rest play baseball. You could sense an even greater frustration in Fort Myers, where Brett Gardner, Jayson Nix, and Eduardo Nunez were the most famous players in the ballgame. But for me? I came to see the scrubs. Here are some observations on a few that I got to watch this weekend:

Tyler Austin – I’d never seen him in person before, but one glance could tell you all you need to know about why scouts peg him as a 1st baseman and/or possible tweener.…

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