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Posted by: Patrick
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

Posted by: Patrick
Just a note - I've updated all of the stats based pages here at MarianoRivera.com. Thank you for reading.

10/23: Mo Softens

Posted by: Patrick
If previous reports regarding the feelings of Mo were to be believed, it appears that he has softened a bit, in an 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.
Posted by: Patrick
Joe Torre turned down a 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."
Posted by: Patrick
Do you want Mo back with the Yankees? Do you have a website, blog, MySpace or similar? Want to make your feelings know? If so, we've created an image for you to do so. You can find it on the 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.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo spoke with reporters today and 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.
Posted by: Patrick
The 2007 season has come to an end for the Yankees and for Mr. Rivera. We've already talked about his 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.
Posted by: Patrick
From Ed Price:

"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.
Posted by: Patrick
If this was Mariano's last performance as a Yankee, he went out in style. He entered in the top of the 8th with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out. He induced a ground ball from Asdrubal Cabrera to get the second out. Travis Hafner followed with a slow roller to Jeter, who charged and made an incredible play to throw Hafner out, ending the inning and saving a run.

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.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation but Torre summoned the Sandman for the ninth. Mo delivered with a perfect inning. He got Sizemore to fly to left for the first out. That was followed by a Cabrera swinging strikeout. Finally, he caught Travis Hafner looking to end the game. His postseason ERA remains at 0.78.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was able to work two scoreless innings for his teammates, but they couldn't get him any runs and the Yankees eventually lost 2-1 to go down 0-2 against the Cleveland Indians in a best of five series.

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.
Posted by: Patrick
The numbers that Mo put up in 2007 would be considered a good season for most closers. Fortunately, Mo is not most closers. With that in mind, 2007 ended up being his worst as a full season reliever. He ended up with a record of 3-4, 30 saves and 71.1 innings pitched over 67 games with a 3.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and .248 BAA. Those aren't bad numbers at all - they're just uncharacteristic of Mo. His highest ERA before this year, since becoming a full time reliever, was 2.85. His lowest save total was 28, but that was in a season where he only pitched in 45 games due to injury. Besides that, the lowest total was last year's 34, when he pitched in 4 fewer games.

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.
Posted by: Patrick
For the season finale, Jorge Posada was 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.