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Peter Abraham reports that Mo and his agent, Fernando Cuza, met with Brian Cashman and the Steinbrenners (Cashman and the Steinbrenners... do I hear hit single?) today in Tampa. No word on how the meetings went.
10/27: Stats Updated
10/23: Mo Softens
interview on Steiner Sports on SIRIUS. Basically, he says all the right things (as far as coming back to the Yankees goes, anyway). It doesn't really matter who manages, the ball is in the Yankees court and he is just being patient and he isn't upset that this wasn't already handled.
10/18: Torre Turns Down Pay Cut
pay cut today. For more on this, check out YanksBlog.com.
This can only hurt our chances or keeping Mo. According to a source close to Mo, he said: "The Yankees are one of 30 teams now."
Bring Back Mo! page. If you link the image to this site, we'll be glad to link to you from the page, as well.
10/10: Mo Talks with Media
Peter Abraham has a report and audio. He says that Torre coming back will definitely factor into his decision a good amount. He will listen to the Yankees offer before becoming a free agent (he didn't say he will absolutely test the market - it depends on how the Yankees approach him). He hopes it will be his last contract. He wants more than 1 year. He will pitch as long as he is able to compete at the level he knows how. So, without getting too excited, he said a lot of the right things and it sounds good as far as him returning to the Bronx.
10/09: 2007 Season Comes to an End
regular season and postseason numbers, so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited and supported MarianoRivera.com this season. Thank you to David for a great year, as well.
It didn't end as we would have liked, but this was an exciting season. The Yanks were written off for dead before the break, but stormed back (with Mariano doing his part) to give the Sox a run and take the Wild Card. Even making the postseason, especially with how we started, was a big accomplishment. Congrats to Mo on another solid season.
We'll continue to have Mo news throughout the offseason with his impending free agency figuring to be a constant topic. So, stay tuned.
10/09: Mo on What's Next
"They had the opportunities and they didn't do nothing with me," he said, "so we'll see what happens. ... This is a business. Nothing against the New York Yankees.
"They figured it was the best for the team and I'm okay with it. ... We'll see what happens. But I would never hold anything against (the Yankees)."
We definitely want him back in New York. But, either way, his free agency will be a hot topic here this offseason.
10/09: 10/8/07: Indians at Yankees
In the 9th, Mo allowed back to back singles to lead off the inning. Kenny Lofton grounded into a fielder's choice for out number one. With runners on 1st and 3rd and the Yankees needing not to lose ground, Mo did exactly what we needed, striking out Franklin Gutierrez. He retired Casey Blake on a deep shot to left center with Johnny Damon racing back and making a great, run saving play of his own.
There was some drama, but he got the job done. With the 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, his postseason ERA drops a single point to 0.77. He has now pitched in 76 postseason games, throwing 117 and 1/3 innings.
Unfortunately, the Yankees were unable to get the offense going. We lost 6-4, bringing the 2007 season to an end. Mo's postseason numbers were as follows: 3 games, 4.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K.
He pitched the bottom of the ninth and got Kenny Lofton to fly to center. Franklin Gutierrez struck out for the second out and Casey Blake flied to center to end the inning.
The 10th was more dramatic. Grady Sizemore worked a 13 pitch at bat and struck out, but Posada allowed a passed ball and his throw to get Sizemore at first was high. Cabrera sacrificed Sizemore to second for the first out. Hafner grounded to second for the second out with Sizemore moving to third. Victor Martinez was walked intentionally and Ryan Garko was hit with a 1-1 pitch to load the bases. Rivera argued to the ump that Garko did not attempt to evade the pitch but it was to no avail. However, Mo toughened and struck out Jhonny Perlata swinging to end the 10th.
With the two innings pitched Rivera has now allowed only 10 earned runs in 114 and 2/3 postseason innings for an ERA of 0.78.
10/02: 2007 Regular Season Ends
Unfortunately, a terrible 2 weeks in April skewed his numbers. From April 28 through his last game, his ERA was just 2.23. So, if you look at that, you could say that he got tattooed a bit in April, but then was business as usual for the rest of the year. The numbers certainly support it.
Thanks to a terrific comeback, the Yankees are back in the postseason and Mo will get a chance to improve on his already incomprehensibly impressive postseason resume. The Yankees have been in the postseason every year that he's played. He's pitched in 73 postseason games, with an 8-1 record, 34 saves and a 0.80 ERA. The Yankees ALDS series with the Indians kicks off on Thursday at 6:30 PM ET on TBS.
named the honorary manager and Mike Mussina was named the honorary pitching coach. Posada was able to pick his bench coach and bullpen coach. He picked Pettitte to be the bench coach and then offered Mo the bullpen coach role. But, Mo turned it down, according to Kat O'Brien. It was then offered to Ron Villone, who accepted.