- It has been written about a million times by now but I need to take a moment to again acknowledge the special feeling after Jeter finished his career at Yankee Stadium with that awesome walk-off hit on Thursday night. Jeter has been getting massive praise and criticism this past week as every baseball fan analyzes his career. I find it hard to measure Jeter’s greatness in numbers alone because there are no stat categories for intangible qualities like team leadership, hard work and penchant for the big moment. Regardless of the chitter chatter, Derek Jeter is indeed a legend and will be remembered as a winner.
- As the season comes to its conclusion I find myself looking to 2015 already. I do not think the Yankees are going to re-sign Dave Robertson and that worries me for the future of the bullpen. Dellin will be elite closer but the pen will lack depth. I am already beginning to accept the fact that A-rod is likely going to be a starting infielder next season and that also bothers me as I have enjoyed the team chemistry better without him in the clubhouse. I also feel that Tanaka’s partially torn UCL is a ticking time bomb that will explode at a bad time and result in a long gap without him when he is forced to have surgery. Isn’t it like me to lead with the negative? On the positive side, the pitching rotation will have returned to health and each of the new Yankees in 2014 will have a fresh new start following their year of adjustment to the Bronx. The team still has its holes but a few moves and some good fortune can easily put them back into the postseason next October.
- I have spent a lot of time this season writing about the way that the addition of a second wild card team has changed the face of the playoff hunt forever. To further my point, consider the fact that the Yankees will barely finish the season over .500 yet they weren’t officially eliminated from playoff contention until September 24th and the season ends on September 28th. That keeps the fans rooting for something and keeps the revenue rolling in for the teams and for Major League Baseball. These executives know what they are doing…
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Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BryanRevello.