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- Nine facts you may not know about Mo, including:
1. Of the 39 relievers with 200 or more saves, only Mariano Rivera has pitched for one team.
4. For the third straight season, Rivera threw only one wild pitch (this follows four straight seasons of no wild pitches). He has thrown only 12 in his career. Last season, his Yankees teammate A.J. Burnett and the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez each threw 17 to the backstop.
6. For the third straight season, Rivera threw three four-pitch walks (one intentional) to bring his lifetime total of four-pitch walks up to 50, which includes 31 intentional walks.
- Derek Jeter, future part-owner of Yanks?:
The Yankees need to find a way to make Derek Jeter a Yankee for Life. There’s really only one way. At some point the Steinbrenner family would have to take him into the ownership group.
. . . Jeter, of course, is in the final year of his 10-year, $189 million contract. The Yankees and Jeter will come together on a new deal at some point, but Jeter needs to be a Yankee for Life and there is a way to make him one. The Yankees need to work out a deal with Jeter where they allow him to become part of Yankees ownership after his playing days are complete. Players cannot be part of ownership, so this would have to be a separate deal.
. . . Jeter is set on being an owner when his playing days are done. Without specifically talking about the Yankees, Jeter told The Post yesterday that being an owner is “definitely a goal of mine.”
- A story on how Nick Swisher acclimated himself with the Bombers last season:
. . . The free-spirited Swisher credits Posada, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera for encouraging him to be himself.
“You have to be yourself; that’s the only way you’re going to be comfortable,” Jeter said. “The more comfortable you are, the better you’ll play.”
“Coming into a new team, you’re walking on eggshells early, trying to get to know everybody’s personalities,” Swisher said. “I was just trying to be a piece of the puzzle. The first couple days of camp, I was a little quiet, but this team welcomed me in and let me be myself. I can’t thank the guys enough for that.”
- Good news: Jesus Montero is the #4 rated prospect by Baseball Prospectus. Bad news: He’s the only Yankee on the 101-person list.
- How is Bernie Williams coping with his retirement from the game?
Back on Monday.