Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Pete Barrett Podcast Is Back

COMING SOON: Next week, Interview with ESPN Radio's Ryan Ruocco!

The Pete Barrett Podcast is returning to NY Sports Cookie just in time for the summer. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Should Mariano really want Mo'?

A Thursday night in May, a warning track in Kansas City, a batting practice fly ball.  Such an atypical scenario couldn’t be the end to one of the most exciting careers in baseball history.  And yet that was the thought of virtually every Yankee fan, and even Rivera himself didn’t do much to dispel the notion that the illustrious career of the greatest closer ever to pick up a baseball may be ended at the hands of a torn ACL.

So today when Mariano Rivera announced to the public that he would indeed return for the 2013 season the Yankee universe breathed a collective sigh of relief.  Every fan’s fear of losing a man, who even though he only threw really one pitch was able to remain one the most unhittable pitchers ever, was relinquished and moved on to encouraging thoughts of Mo rehabbing and returning next year to a standing ovation.   On the surface this of course seems like the right move, but what if he didn’t come back? What are the risks of his return that no one in the baseball world wants to address?

David Robertson is the heir apparent to the closer role and will presumptively cast into that role now that Rivera is no longer an option. So far this season he has been the set-up man and pitched 11 innings without surrendering a run.   At age 26 he looks every bit like the man of the future for the Yankees and after what the organization did to Joba Chamberlain I imagine they want to leave Robertson in one role and groom him accordingly.

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