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2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

The familiar opening guitar riff and drum beat from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared, and what has become perhaps the most legendary custom in the Yankees’ rich history commenced.

As the door to the outfield bullpen opened and Mariano Rivera appeared, the Yankee Stadium crowd rose to its feet. It would grow louder still through the scoreless ninth as the ever-dominant reliever converted yet another save. This one, the 602nd of his career, was one for the record books.

In preserving New York’s 6-4 victory against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Rivera eclipsed Trevor Hoffman for the top spot on baseball’s all-time saves list. The win, coupled with a Boston afternoon loss, trims New York’s playoff magic number to four and the club’s magic number to win the American League East to five.

It’s the seventh time in Rivera’s illustrious career that he has recorded at least 43 saves in a season (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009), as he continues to build on yet another 40-save year. Only Hoffman, who has done it nine times, has more than Rivera’s eight 40-save seasons.

It was the right-hander’s 290th save at home and 32nd against the Twins.

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

The familiar opening guitar riff and drum beat from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared, and what has become perhaps the most legendary custom in the Yankees’ rich history commenced.

As the door to the outfield bullpen opened and Mariano Rivera appeared, the Yankee Stadium crowd rose to its feet. It would grow louder still through the scoreless ninth as the ever-dominant reliever converted yet another save. This one, the 602nd of his career, was one for the record books.

In preserving New York’s 6-4 victory against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Rivera eclipsed Trevor Hoffman for the top spot on baseball’s all-time saves list. The win, coupled with a Boston afternoon loss, trims New York’s playoff magic number to four and the club’s magic number to win the American League East to five.

It’s the seventh time in Rivera’s illustrious career that he has recorded at least 43 saves in a season (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009), as he continues to build on yet another 40-save year. Only Hoffman, who has done it nine times, has more than Rivera’s eight 40-save seasons.

It was the right-hander’s 290th save at home and 32nd against the Twins.

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada

For this week’s head-to-head battle, I wanted to match up two of the best catchers in the game over the last 30 years.  So, why not find two guys that were employed pretty close to each other as well?

This week’s match-up is Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada!!!

Both men were fan favorites in New York , though Carter was also beloved in Montreal as a result of playing there for 10 seasons.

And there numbers are pretty comparable.

Have a look:

Gary Carter Jorge Posada
Seaons 19 17
Games Played 2296 1829
Games Caught 2056 1574
% Of Games Caught 0.89547038 0.860579552
Hits 2092 1664
Batting Average 0.262 0.273
On-Base % 0.335 0.374
Doubles 371 379
Home Runs 324 275
Runs Scored 1025 900
RBI 1225 1065
All-Star 11 5
Silver Slugger 5 5
Gold Glove 3 0
MVP 0 0
Postseasons 3 15
World Series 1 4

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Here are the things that standout most for me:

  • Posada’s number of postseason appearances – 15 in 17 seasons
  • Carter’s hit tally is close to 400 more than Posada’s
  • Home run edge goes to Carter (bit of a surprise)
  • Doubles are extremely close
  • Posada has a good lead in the batting average battle
  • Carter was more productive from a run scoring and run producing standpoint
  • Posada’s 4 WS titles is impressive

Well, I have to say that when I first chose these two players to put against one another, I thought that the numbers would have been a lot closer.

But to be blunt, Gary Carter is a more accomplished player.  His tally of hits, home runs, runs scored, and RBI is well above Posada’s.  And his selection to 11 All-Star Games and Gold Glove Awards puts him on another level as well.

The lone area in which Posada eclipses Carter is in the postseason.  And while that is a team accomplishment, being a starter on a team with so much success has to mean something.  And for me, it means quite a bit!!

But, is it enough to put him with an overall higher ranking than Gary Carter??

For me, ‘No’.  Carter was too consistent and his numbers are a step below elite for catchers.  Posada is a step or two behind Carter on all major offensive statistics except for batting average and on-base percentage.  But that is not enough for me to give him the nod over Carter.  And while I am extremely impressed with the consistency at which Posada and the Yankees appeared in the postseason, it could also be said that Posada happened to be in the right place at the right time.

So, what do you think?  Who do you take in the match-up of Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada???

 

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jorge Posada!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jorge Posada!!!

While watching a bunch of Spring Training action this season, I noticed that the TV cameras focused in quite a bit on former players either in the stands or in the dugouts of their former teams.

Among the players present in camp was Jorge Posada, the most underappreciated member of the ‘Core Four’ of the New York Yankees.

It was nice to see Jorge visiting with the Yankees, though you have to think that many of the players on the team were unrecognizable to him, and he has not been away from the game for that long…  As a matter of fact, he looks like he can throw on a chest protector and still get it done.

And as usual, my mind drifted to Posada and his career.  And of course, I thought about his eventual Hall of Fame candidacy and wondered if he would be elected.

So, that is tonight’s Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jorge Posada!!!

Posada

First, a look at his numbers:

Seasons 17
Games 1829
Hits 1664
Doubles 379
Home Runs 275
Batting Average 0.273
On-Base Percentage 0.374
Runs Scored 900
RBI 1065
All-Star 5
Silver Slugger 5
MVP 0
Post Seasons 15
WS Titles 4

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Jorge Posada put together a fantastic major league baseball career.  For the better part of 15 seasons, Posada anchored the New York Yankees pitching staff with his ability to handle multiple new pitchers every season.

But did he do enough on the field to earn himself a spot in Cooperstown??

I would say ‘No’.  While I really like Jorge Posada, and I also value what he did for a pitching staff that seemingly changed every season, I don’t think that he did enough on offensive, routinely, to gain enshrinement.

His power numbers are solid and his batting and on-base numbers are very good too.  But Jorge Posada was never ‘The Guy’ on offense to get his team going.  Sure, he had his moments in which he shined, but with the offense he played on, he was never the leader, just a somewhat reliable part.

Because of where he played, Jorge Posada was cherished – and rightfully so!!  But, if Jorge Posada played in another market, would he be as cherished?  I am not so sure.  Maybe by his home team, but not by the entire sport.  I would put him in a class right below the Hall of Fame, somewhere with Ted Simmons and Lance Parrish.

Gavel

And now it is your turn. 

Cast your vote for Jorge Posada now!!!

Former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui Retires From Major League Baseball

Former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui Retires From Major League Baseball

From MLB.com

‘Godzilla’ tallied 175 home runs, 760 RBIs in 10 Major League seasons

Slugger Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, announced his retirement on Thursday at a news conference in New York.

Matsui, 38, spent 20 years playing professional baseball, establishing himself as one of Japan’s most dominant hitters with the Yomiuri Giants from 1993-2002 before signing with the Yankees and playing out his career in the Majors. Nicknamed “Godzilla” for his powerful swing, Matsui totaled 332 home runs in Japan and 175 more in the Majors.

“I want to thank all my fans, in the past 20 years — 10 years in Japan and 10 years in the U.S. — who have supported me,” Matsui said. “I was supported by many fans and wonderful coaches and teammates.”

A career .282 hitter with 760 RBIs, Matsui owns the highest home run, RBI and walk totals for any Japanese player in Major League history. He played 1,250 consecutive games to finish his Japanese career and didn’t miss a game in his first three seasons with the Yankees, playing 518 straight contests before finally missing a game.

He was a three-time MVP and nine-time All-Star in the Central League in Japan before coming to America and signing with the Yankees in December 2002. He made two All-Star teams for the Bombers from 2003 to ’09 and won the 2009 World Series MVP after going 8-for-13 with three homers and eight RBIs as the Yankees beat the Phillies.

“I’ve said it numerous times over the years, but it’s worth repeating now: I’ve had a lot of teammates over the years with the Yankees, but I will always consider Hideki one of my favorites,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said in a statement. “The way he went about his business day in and day out was impressive. Despite being shadowed by a large group of reporters, having the pressures of performing for his fans both in New York and Japan and becoming acclimated to the bright lights of New York City, he always remained focused and committed to his job and to those of us he shared the clubhouse with.

“I have a lot of respect for Hideki. He was someone we counted on a great deal and he’s a big reason why we became world champions in 2009.”

Matsui hit 21 homers with the Angels in 2010 then saw his numbers decline with the A’s in 2011. He signed a Minor League contract with Tampa Bay on April 30 and bashed two home runs in his first three games, but he hit .147 in just 34 games after returning to the Majors on May 29.

The Rays designated Matsui for assignment on July 25 and officially released him on Aug. 1.

“These past two years, I wasn’t able to yield very good results, and from around five years ago, both of my knees hadn’t been doing too well,” Matsui said. “Even after going through surgery, my physical condition wasn’t at its best.”

Although he wore down toward the end of his career, Matsui was a significant contributor right from the beginning when he arrived in the Majors. On April 8, 2003, he became the first player in Yankees history to hit a grand slam in his Yankee Stadium debut.

Matsui went on to hit .287 with a .788 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), 16 home runs and 106 RBIs as a 29-year-old rookie, finishing a close second to the Royals’ Angel Berroa in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. He notched career highs the next season with 31 homers and a .912 OPS and compiled a .292/.370/.482 batting line in seven seasons with New York.

“Hideki Matsui, in many ways, embodied what this organization stands for,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “He was dedicated to his craft, embraced his responsibilities to his team and fans, and elevated his play when he was needed the most. He did all these things with a humility that was distinctly his own, which is why he was such a big part of our success and why he will always be a cherished member of the Yankees family.”

Mariano Rivera Will B Back For The 2013 Baseball Season!!

Mariano Rivera Will B Back For The 2013 Baseball Season!!

From Yahoo Sports

What seemed like a forgone conclusion in the months following his torn right ACL suffered during a freak accident in Kansas City, became a 50/50 proposition last week when it was reported that Mariano Rivera was considering retirement.

Well, fear not New York Yankees fans (and all reasonable and sensible baseball fans for that matter) the 42 year old closer made his intentions clear to general manager Brian Cashman on Friday, and the New York Post’s George A. King III reports those intentions are to pitch for the Yankees in 2013.

The iconic closer told Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Friday that he wants to return in 2013. Rivera missed almost the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL and, after initially saying he definitely wanted to come back, he was less sure about it in the last few weeks.

Now all speculation has ended.

“Rivera contacted us and wants to play,” Cashman told The Post.

Rivera, who turns 43 on Nov. 29, will have to work out a new contract with the Yankees to return in 2013. That won’t be an issue — and we hear they need a closer after Rafael Soriano opted out of his contract on Wednesday — but the comeback itself from a major injury and to his pushoff leg won’t be easy.

That’s especially true when you factor in his age, but if there was any one professional athlete that could recover, return, and not miss a single beat, it’s the greatest closer of all-time, future hall of famer, and the athletic freak of nature known as Mariano Rivera.

Since it sounds like he’s 100 percent determined to do just that, there’s reason to doubt it can’t or won’t happen.

Mariano Rivera 2010 Bowman – 1992 Rookie Card Reprint

Mariano Rivera 2010 Bowman – 1992 Rookie Card Reprint

I have been on a little bit of a quest in search of a Mariano Rivera 1992 Bowman rookie baseball card.  It is a card that I would like to add to my collection before Rivera retires.

I just had no clue that they sell for $25.00 or more EVERY time that they are sold on Ebay.  I never thought I would have to pay more than $10.00…

It is time for me to display a tremendous amount of patience as I try to complete this task.

As for now, I will settle for a reprint version of the card.  This one comes courtesy of the 2010 Bowman set.

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

The familiar opening guitar riff and drum beat from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared, and what has become perhaps the most legendary custom in the Yankees’ rich history commenced.

As the door to the outfield bullpen opened and Mariano Rivera appeared, the Yankee Stadium crowd rose to its feet. It would grow louder still through the scoreless ninth as the ever-dominant reliever converted yet another save. This one, the 602nd of his career, was one for the record books.

In preserving New York’s 6-4 victory against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Rivera eclipsed Trevor Hoffman for the top spot on baseball’s all-time saves list. The win, coupled with a Boston afternoon loss, trims New York’s playoff magic number to four and the club’s magic number to win the American League East to five.

It’s the seventh time in Rivera’s illustrious career that he has recorded at least 43 saves in a season (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009), as he continues to build on yet another 40-save year. Only Hoffman, who has done it nine times, has more than Rivera’s eight 40-save seasons.

It was the right-hander’s 290th save at home and 32nd against the Twins.

New York Yankees Aquire Seattle Mariners All-Star Ichiro Suzuki

New York Yankees Aquire Seattle Mariners All-Star Ichiro Suzuki

From The New York Daily News

SEATTLE – Joe Girardi planned to watch his pitchers face Ichiro Suzuki this week in Seattle. Instead, he will be writing his name into the Yankees’ lineup.

The Yankees acquired the 38-year-old outfielder Monday, sending righthanders D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to the Mariners for the former American League Most Valuable Player. The Yankees also received cash from the Mariners in the deal.

Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, is having the worst year of his career for the last-place Mariners, hitting .261 with a .288 on-base percentage and a .353 slugging percentage. He has four home runs, 28 RBI and 15 stolen bases, leading the American League with five triples.

It’s unclear how the Yankees plan to use Ichiro, as he’ll fit into the mix with Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones.

Ichiro is in the final year of a five-year, $90 million deal. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Mitchell appeared in three games with the Yankees this season, throwing 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. He’s 6-4 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 games at Triple-A Scranton.

Farquhar was claimed off waivers by the Yankees from the A’s on June 26.

 

United States Post Office Set Of Stamps Featuring Four Baseball Legends

United States Post Office Set Of Stamps Featuring Four Baseball Legends

By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The U.S. Postal Service honored four members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday morning with commemorative stamps at a ceremony in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater.

Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Joe DiMaggio all had their sweet swings memorialized on a green background. The “Forever” stamps will also be commemorated on Saturday in the cities where each of the great ones played: Williams in Boston, Doby in Cleveland, Stargell in Pittsburgh and DiMaggio in New York.

Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer in his own right and an eight-time National League batting champ with the Padres, was Major League Baseball’s representative at the Friday ceremony.

“This was really nice,” Gwynn said after the ceremony. “These are four guys I’ve read a lot about. I got to play against Stargell. I had long talks about hitting with Williams. It was nerve-racking, though. When you talk about these four guys, they each brought something different to the table.”

Doby was the first African-American player in the American League, joining the Indians just after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947. Williams was the last player to hit .400, batting .406 in 1941, the same year DiMaggio set the record by hitting safely in 56 consecutive games. “Pops” Stargell helped the “We Are Family” Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979.

“It seems like every time I got to first base when he was playing there, he was always giving me some nugget to help me be a better player,” said Gwynn about Stargell, whose career ended in 1982, the year the San Diego right fielder broke into the big leagues. “Those are the little tidbits that enter your mind. I got a chance to talk to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. So, for me it’s nice being here today.”

Stargell’s widow, Margaret, Doby’s son, Larry Jr., and DiMaggio’s granddaughter, Katie Stein, were also in attendance at the event.

Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General, dedicated the stamps, which were unveiled to a packed house on Friday.

“Baseball has a powerful grip on the heartstrings of America,” Donahoe told the crowd. “The sport reflects so much of our unique American culture.”

The U.S. Post Office has been issuing stamps to commemorate Major League players and ballparks since the first Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 1939. A new 20-stamp sheet is now available for $9 each at the Post Office across Main Street from the Hall of Fame Museum and at Post Offices across the U.S.

Sheets are available for each of the four players. One also can opt for an MLB All-Stars sheet that boasts five stamps of each of the players on it.