Saturday, February 23, 2013

Posada watches Rivera throw first live bp

2/22/13, "Rivera Pitches and Posada Jokes," NY Times Bats blog, Scott Cacciola

"Spring training had a nostalgic flair for the Yankees on Friday, as two familiar faces made returns of different types.

The longtime catcher Jorge Posada, who retired in 2011 after 17 seasons with the Yankees, arrived at camp to spend five days here as a guest instructor. Posada had a nice vantage point to watch a former teammate, the All-Star closer Mariano Rivera, throw his first live batting practice since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last May.

“I was glad to see Mo,” Posada said, adding that he teased Rivera, 43, about throwing 20 pitches. “I told him that’s a lot for him.”...“He looked like what you’d expect him to look like, which is a good thing,” Girardi said. He ticked through a list of positive signs. “Delivery, ball movement, the strikes he’s throwing, throwing it where he wants to, not taking a lot of time between pitches. Looked normal to me.”

 As for Posada, he arrived at camp at the behest of the team co-owner Hal Steinbrenner, who extended an invitation. Girardi said Posada had free rein to interact with players, and in particular with the team’s young catchers. “I like teaching,” Posada said, emphasizing that he was enjoying retirement with his family. “I have no interest in playing ball.”

Girardi refused to buy into that completely. He recalled how Andy Pettitte showed up at spring training last season as a guest instructor. It only took Pettitte a matter of weeks to unretire, and he eventually joined the Yankees’ rotation last May.

“I think any time we have a guy who’s doing what Jorge’s doing, people are going to speculate,” Girardi said. “And I think it’s fair to do. I mean, Jorge’s a guy who loved to play the game.” Girardi added, “I don’t rule anything out anymore.”" photo Reuters. photo, Posada with Cervelli, 2/27/13, via nyyfans


"Mariano Rivera is the oldest player in the majors, Pettitte the oldest starter:" Sherman

2/23/13, "But there are no throwaways when the oldest player in the majors (Rivera, 43) and the oldest starter (Pettitte, 40)
lift their arms. They know they are way beyond the life expectancy of their careers. Yet even in the twilight there is a same-as-it-ever-was resonance to this camp because of this: Pettitte and Rivera are as important to the Yankees in their 40s as they were in their 20s and 30s....

The winningest handoff in major league history — Pettitte to Rivera looked just fine on a sunny Tampa morning. They already have combined to earn a win and save, respectively, in the same game a record 68 times. And considering how important they remain to the Yankees, the hope around here is: 68 and counting." [79 win-save total including post season]

"Andy-to-Mo handoff as important as ever," NY Post, Joel Sherman


Jeter with guest instructor Posada, spring 2013, reuters via ny post

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