Mariano Rivera Injury

Yankees' Rivera not sure whether ACL tear has ended career

Thu, 03 May 2012 23:00:16 -0700 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mariano Rivera tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday night and is out for the season. It is a possible career-ending injury for the New York Yankees' 42-year-old closer.–mlb.html

Mariano Rivera: Possible Knee Injury

Thu, 03 May 2012 18:15:04 -0700 Update:Rivera was carted off with what appears to be a knee injury in pregame batting practice Thursday.

Mariano Rivera Injury: Yankees Closer Injures Knee While Shagging Fly Balls

Thu, 03 May 2012 16:54:37 -0700 Mariano Rivera , the great New York Yankees closer, was carted off the field Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium after appearing to injure his right knee while shagging fly balls during pre-game warm-ups. ( via Eye on Baseball's Twitter ). Rivera was carted off the field after being carried by teammates and Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Rivera was seen to be grimacing in pain and holding his knee …

Mariano Rivera Injury: Yankees Closer Carted Off After Hurting Knee …

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says closer Mariano Rivera has a torn right knee ligament, an injury that could potentially end his career. The 42-year-old right-hander was carted off the field after twisting his right …

Mariano Rivera's Injury Is A Torn ACL, Yankees Announce …

"It appears he has a torn ACL … If that's what it is, it's pretty much as bad as it gets. This is bad. Good teams find a way to overcome things. "There are a lot of things in life that make you feel hopeless. Injuries are not one of …

Mariano Rivera Injury: Yankee Closer Hurts Knee Before Game …

Thursday night in Kansas City, Mariano Rivera was shagging fly balls during the Yankees' pregame activities when he apparently suffered a knee injury, and was placed on a cart and taken from the…

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  • Anonymous says:

    Agree Or Disagree: Power Pitchers Are Less Likely To Have A Long, Successful Career Than Control Pitchers? Basically, as I’ve noticed, pitchers who have great breaking pitches and pin-point accuracy are more likely to have a long, consistently great career than pitchers who rely on blowing batters away with 98+ mph fastballs.

    For example, Mariano Rivera, the all-time saves leader, has had a consistently great career by virtue of a deceiving cutter, not a 100 mph fastball. Flamethrowers, as past experience indicates, are more prone to injury (ala Stephen Strasburg and countless others) and falter after a while because, with age, their fastball inevitably loses speed. You’d be foolish to think that Aroldis Chapman, for example, could continue to throw 100+ mph after 10 years in the league.

    I was having a discussion with co-workers, who are die-hard Dodgers fans, in which we got into talking about potential 300 game winners. They argued that Clayton Kershaw has a great chance at it, mainly because his best pitches are breaking balls. On the other hand, Justin Verlander’s go-to pitch is a 99 mph fastball, and we all know that flamethrower’s careers eventually wither.

    They also think Craig Kimbrel, another pitcher who relies on his 100 mph fastball as his go-to pitch, will likely falter in about 8-10 years, preventing him from breaking Rivera’s record.

    Do you agree with such assertion regarding flamethrowers?
    @Hoolish- Nolan Ryan is an exception, not a rule.
    @D- Not everyone is capable of making such adjustments. To insinuate that it’s easy is, likewise, foolish.

    • Curator says:

      Flamethrowers that rely on flame their entire career certainly will not have as long or successful career as pitchers that learn how to rely on changing speeds, breaking balls and deception. But to think that flamethrowers can’t adjust is likewise foolish.

      Randy Johnson is the greatest example of this, a 100 mph fireballer that adjusted and had a length, successful career. Verlander may follow his lead, throwing 100 for 10 years, and then shifting his stuff and becoming a precision pitcher. Other pitchers that followed suit include Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Andy Pettite. Adjusting to the aging body is the mark that separates the good pitchers from the Hall of Famers, and many flamethrowers make that adjustment.

  • Anonymous says:

    Who Else Feels Some Satisfaction With Seeing How The Red Sox Collapsed? The cherry on top was that Jonathan Papelbon blew it.

    It’s not just the Red Sox I can’t stand, but the entire city of Boston when speaking in terms of pro sports (I love that city of Boston). The entire city is the epitome of unprofessionalism. It’s been like that for over a decade now.

    First, the Patriots coach gets caught cheating and shows no remorse. Then the Red Sox sluggers get caught cheating and show no remorse. And while the Celtics didn’t cheat, they will fill roster with schoolyard bullies like Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins and injury-faking drama queens like Paul Pierce.

    Boston fans make it even worse. Their teams win 6 championships since 2000, five of which are dishonest, and they act like complete pompous jerks. We have won some titles in New York too, and we Yankee fans definitely have enjoyed them, but we are also the first to show repentance for the cheating from Roger Clemens and Chuck Knoblauch and classlessness from Eli Manning.

    Our city showcases classy role models like Mariano Rivera and Curtis Granderson. Boston boasts punks like Papelbon, Garnett, and Bill Belichick.

    So, yes, I’m feeling quite a bit of satisfaction from the Red Sox collapse.
    @Kevin C1001: Sorry, you’re right, the Boston teams never cheated. It’s completely ethical to secretly tape your opponents’ practices and mask your illegal drug use with female fertility drugs.

  • Anonymous says:

    Do You Think Mariano Rivera Deserved To Be Named An All-Star? People are saying Derek Jeter shouldn’t have been an All-Star, but why didn’t anyone say anything about Mariano Rivera’s selection? Or Alex Rodriguez, for that matter? Like Jeter, they both also hav a lot of past laurels.

    Oh well. All three pulled out because of “injuries” so I guess this is moot point anyway.

    • Curator says:

      What are you talking about?
      Mariano Rivera has a 1.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 33 saves.
      But Alex Rodriguez doesn’t deserve to get in?!
      Alex Rodriguez is CLEARLY deserving- he’s the best 3rd baseman in the AL so far this season!

  • Andy Pettitte Announces His Retirement Today. “It Wasn’t There Like I Wanted It To Be” What Are Your Thoughts? Andy Pettitte announced his retirement Friday, settling his own future while putting a large question mark besides that of the New York Yankees pitching staff.

    Pettitte said he reached decision when spending some time on his Texas ranch.

    “When I digged deep down in and I did some soul-searching—I don’t even know how to explain,” Pettitte said. “It wasn’t there. It wasn’t there like I wanted it to be there.”

    On Tuesday, he called Brian Cashman to give the general manager the verdict: One of the most accomplished pitching careers in Yankees history was over. Pettitte was retiring after 16 major league seasons, 13 in pinstripes and five of those ending with World Series titles.

    Pettitte said he felt a “tremendous obligation” to return after New York failed in its pursuit of ace pitcher Cliff Lee. Pettitte knows his retirement leaves New York with only three starting pitchers pencilled in for next season: C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.

    However the fire to compete from April through October had vanished, a realization that grew on him during the two months he spent on the disabled list with a leg injury last summer.

    “I’m ready to go pitch in spring training right now if I had to. My arm feels great. My body feels great. Been working out extremely hard for about the last 3 1/2 weeks, and I know that my body would get to where it needs to be,” he said. “But my heart’s not where it needs to be.”

    He almost retired after 2008 but wanted to pitch in the new Yankee Stadium. He almost retired after 2009 but wanted to defend the World Series title. There was no such lure after 2010.

    “I just feel like that my heart is not fully, completely sold out to do this again, and to do what I feel like I need to do as a player on the New York Yankees,” he said. “It just didn’t feel right for me anymore, didn’t have the hunger, the drive that I felt like I needed.”

    Pettitte didn’t completely rule out a 2012 return but said he couldn’t envision that happening. Pettitte recalled Tino Martinez telling him he had played a year too long.

    He finished with a 240-138 record and 3.88 ERA. He set a major league record for postseason wins, going 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA. He was a three-time All-Star.

    “I’ve never considered myself a Hall of Famer. I feel honored that people are talking about it, never dreamed that I would be able to be talked about,” he said.

    While he can’t place himself in the ranks of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, half of his Core Four teammates, there’s pride that he even would be considered for Cooperstown.

    “I guess I’ve got to be close to having those credentials or you guys wouldn’t be talking about it as much as they do,” Pettitte added.

    Pettitte said the upcoming trial of former teammate Roger Clemens played no part in his decision. Clemens has been indicted on charges he lied to a congressional committee when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Pettitte admitted using human growth hormone and gave Congress a statement saying Clemens told him he had used HGH; Clemens testified Pettitte didn’t remember the conversation correctly.

    “That has not had any effect, I mean zero, in my decision,” Pettitte said. “It’s had no impact on my life.”

  • Anonymous says:

    Yankees Fans: Are We Really The Favorites In The AL East Now? had an article saying the Yankees are now the favorites because of Rafael Soriano. If Soriano doesn’t become a sour apple, the Yankees have the best late-game pitching baseball, the article says, and the starters only have to go six innings.

    I agree, but…

    1. Do you really trust AJ Burnett, Ivan Nova, and Sergio Mitre for six innings, all season long?

    2. There will be a lot of close games. I still trust Mariano Rivera a ton, but at 41 years old, how much can use him? Soriano will be called on for save opportunities pretty regularly, and if he does that, we can’t use him for the eight inning anymore. Do you trust Joba Chamberlain or David Robertson for the eighth inning when that scenario inevitably arises.

    3. I think it’s safe to say there will be 1-run games in the ninth innings regularly, given the inconsistency of the starters. Mariano induces a ton of ground balls and bloopers with his devastating cutter. The right side of the infield is solid defensively. But the left side is questionable. Jeter’s range is nonexistant, and A-Rod’s range is declining fast. Mariano doesn’t hold runners well. All you need is a grounder to the left side, a stolen base, and a blooper, and there’s a cheap blown save.

    4. Jeter has been a liability in the lineup. Posada is a 40-year-old DH showing major signs of declice. A-Rod can no longer carry the entire lineup by himself. Teixeira is becoming injury prone. Gardner has not shown he can last a 162-game schedule. There are problems here, for sure.

    5. Sabathia is a stud, but is coming off knee surgery. It’s not a secret he’s not exactly … um … fit. His arm is amazing, but his knees have to carry a lot more weight than it should.

    That said, we still have some great things going on: Sabathia is a gamer, Cano is a stud, Mariano is amazing, Hughes should improve, Soriano could be a great pickup, Swisher and Granderson looked great at the end of last season, and Gardner is still faster than most NFL running backs.

    What do you think?

    • Curator says:

      Yankees might have the best late inning pitchers, but the Red Sox have the better team. Lets get real, they just added two great players to an already solid team. But the Yankees are easily the 2nd best team in the division and I think they will get a wild card

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