• Mariano Rivera 2009

    Posted by on November 25th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    The last six seasons, Mo Rivera has been a lock for pitching in 64 to 74 games and providing 70 to 78 innings pitched. Further, in five of those six seasons, his ERA was under two. While Rivera will be 39 in 2009, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Once again, he will close games for the Yankees.

    And, once again, he should be the rubber-stamp of perfection.

    Oh, my stars and garters, how he will be missed when he’s gone.

    Comments on Mariano Rivera 2009

    1. jmeisner
      November 25th, 2008 | 5:10 am

      Er, no mention of the shoulder pain he was enduring all season that required off-season surgery? Mo has been freakishly consistent even into the late stages of his career, but he is human, so he will decline at some point. Yeah, he might have another stellar season, but I wouldn’t be SHOCKED to see an injury-plagued 2009 campaign for Mo.

    2. Justin
      November 25th, 2008 | 8:15 am

      //…he is human, so he will decline at some point.//

      Blasphemy!

    3. Raf
      November 25th, 2008 | 10:17 am

      I have my torch and pitchfork, lets get jmeisner!

      :)

      It has been a great ride, from 95 on up. It has been a pleasure watching Mo pitch, and he seems to be a pretty good guy to boot.

    4. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      November 25th, 2008 | 10:37 am

      jmeisner brings up a good point, because he really does have to decline at some point, doesn’t he? Or did he make a pact with the devil when he was a mediocre starter? ;)

      So let’s say, for argument’s sake, that Mariano gets hurt or finally does decline this year. Steve, will it be your position that Cashman failed to adequately plan for a 39 year old closer?

      As a Sox fan I can say that the comebacks that were achieved (particularly in 2004) are all the more sweeter for coming off such a great player. Undoubtedly the Yankee I’ve respected the most, without any reservations, over the past decade plus. And I liked him even more when he laughed and tipped his cap on Opening Day in 2005.

    5. Raf
      November 25th, 2008 | 10:46 am

      As a Sox fan I can say that the comebacks that were achieved (particularly in 2004) are all the more sweeter for coming off such a great player.
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      To that point, as much as Torre is maligned for his bullpen usage, going to a rested Mo in the 8th with the lead was the right thing to do.

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