- Derek Jeter received a lot of love from baseball fans across the country this past week. It was very typical of him to rush through the applause and get right into the batter’s box for his first at bat of the game since he is always “business as usual” on the field. He probably contributed more to the AL All Star team this year than Mariano Rivera did last year to warrant consideration for All Star MVP, but I think MLB got it right by awarding the MVP to Mike Trout instead of Derek. It almost seemed as if MLB was marketing this All Star game to feature the theme of Jeter “passing the torch” to Trout as “baseball’s next great ambassador”.
- CC Sabathia will undergo season ending knee surgery on his right knee on July 23rd. It seems as if Sabathia dodged a bullet for now because the surgery is a debridgement procedure as opposed to the microfracture procedure that everyone was fearful of. This surgery has a reasonable recovery time that makes a spring training 2015 return a strong possibility as opposed to the microfracture surgery that would have been career threatening. Unfortunately, there is also still that possibility that he may end up needing the microfracture surgery in the future regardless. Let’s all hope that Sabathia can overcome this negative portion of his career because it seems like we are all watching the slow, plodding end of a once phenomenal pitcher.
- As the trade deadline approaches, it still seems like the Yankees are going to acquire more starting pitching. Recent names in the rumor mill include Chien-Ming Wang and Cliff Lee. It is my hope that the Yanks don’t make any current moves without thinking of the long term consequences. Even if Cliff Lee was willing to play for the Yankees, do we really want an expensive, aging and recently injured pitcher because we are so desperate for help? Maybe the best course of action is making minor moves and accepting this season for the injured mess that it was.
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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.