NY TIMES: TORRE SAYS ONLY 3 OUTS FOR RIVERA
- ALERT ESPN AND ALL BBWAA MEMBERS. WHY IS THIS A NY TIMES HEADLINE? IF MARIANO HAS MAINLY BEEN COUNTED ON AS A 1-INNING PITCHER ALL THESE YEARS, WHY WOULD THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT TORRE WANTS TO ONLY USE HIM FOR 1-INNING BE NEWS, YOU TWITTERING BUNCH OF FAILED PHONIES?
- "The most harrowing nightmare for the Yankees is not losing a starting pitcher to a spring injury, which has happened three times in the last eight days. It is losing Mariano Rivera.
“Pretty good, good or just O.K.?” Rivera asked reporters, laughing. “I’m ready.”
- His duty will be different this season, because Manager Joe Torre says he has decided not to ask Rivera to get more than three outs. “I’m serious about that,” Torre said.
It will be a significant departure for Rivera, who recorded four or more outs in 27 percent of his games last season. It was his highest percentage of such outings since 2001.
- One night in May, he worked three innings in a regular-season game for the first time in 10 years."
"Torre told Rivera of his plans at the start of spring training. Rivera said he respected Torre’s wishes, but he would not say if he thought the change would help him.
“I never ask for those things,” Rivera said. “Hey, I’m a worker here. I’m not a boss. I do what they want me to do.”"
- (NOTE: THIS IS NOT MARIANO'S IDEA. A POPULAR BASEBALL BLOG RECENTLY SAID IT WAS, WHICH OF COURSE WAS FALSE).
"Torre made the decision in consultation with General Manager Brian Cashman. While Cashman said he had no problem with the way Torre used Rivera, he added that it was wise to back off this year.“It’s not because he can’t handle it, but just because we want him at his best,” Cashman said."
- From NY Times article by Tyler Kepner, "When Rivera Comes in, it Will Be for 3 Outs," 3/27/07. (requires cookies)