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Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:48 am
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Robertson

By Evan Brunell

Mariano's successor? The other day, I read a piece suggesting that the Yankees could theoretically sign Jonathan Papelbon in the offseason, have him set up Mariano Rivera's final year in town and then take over.

It's possible. But it's more probably that Rivera's successor is already on the team, and I'm not talking about Rafael Soriano.

“There are a lot of similarities there in how they throw their fastballs,” catcher Russell Martin told the New York Post when asked to compare Rivera and setup man David Robertson, who has broken through in a big way this season with a 1.23 ERA in 58 1/3 innings, striking out 89 and walking 31. That ERA is unsustainably low, but speaks to the impact the righty has had in the bullpen. Robertson is no Rivera -- who is? -- but those kind of strikeout numbers would work quite well in a closer's role. While Robertson walks a bit too much, that hasn't bothered other walk-prone closers such as Carlos Marmol, even if it increases the chances of an occasional blowup.

“Maybe that can happen a few years down the road,” Robertson said of replacing Rivera. “But I don’t have to worry about that. Mo’s not leaving. It would be cool to do [to be the closer]. But we have No. 42 and he ain’t leaving.”

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:21 am
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

Mariano's successor? The other day, I read a piece suggesting that the could theoretically sign in the offseason, have him set up 's final year in town and then take over.

It's possible. But it's more probably that Rivera's successor is already on the team, and I'm not talking about .
Sure the Yankees could sign Papelbon but they more than likely will not because their focus is going to be on locking up CC Sabathia when he opts out this offseason (his agent is Scott Boras so the opt out is just a mere formality at this point).

Rafael Soriano has an opt out that he could choose to exercise. After seeing the way that he has pitched this season I as a Yankee fan can only hope that he does opt out. By the way does Boone Logan have an opt out clause in his contract for this season? He has been nightmarish to watch as well.

 

“There are a lot of similarities there in how they throw their fastballs,” catcher told the when asked to compare Rivera and setup man , who has broken through in a big way this season with a 1.23 ERA in 58 1/3 innings, striking out 89 and walking 31. That ERA is unsustainably low, but speaks to the impact the righty has had in the bullpen. Robertson is no Rivera -- who is? -- but those kind of strikeout numbers would work quite well in a closer's role. While Robertson walks a bit too much, that hasn't bothered other walk-prone closers such as , even if it increases the chances of an occasional blowup.

Nobody is Mariano Rivera so it would be unfair to comapre David Robertson to him.

 

“Maybe that can happen a few years down the road,” Robertson said of replacing Rivera. “But I don’t have to worry about that. Mo’s not leaving. It would be cool to do [to be the closer]. But we have No. 42 and he ain’t leaving.”

As long as Mariano can effectively throw The Cutter, get guys out, and save games for the New York Yankees he is not going anywhere until he is ready to hang it up. David Robertson is showing the Yankees management and front office as well as us Yankees fans that he is ready to take the baton from when Mo does eventually call it a career.




Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

The author tells us that
Prior to the season, 99 instances of 20-plus homers with less than 20 walks have occurred in baseball history. Now, eight are on pace to add to the total, with 50 coming since 1991 in further evidence how the game has changed and tilted toward power. is on pace for his fourth such distinction
In checking Soriano's career stats, it does not show that he has ever hit 20+ home runs in a season while receiving fewer than 20 walks during said season.    Inasmuch as Soriano already has 22 walks this year, he will not meet the parameters of the author's perceived baseball stat.    Does the author really mean to tout the stat of a player hitting more than 20 homers in a season while walking fewer times than the number of homers he hit that year?    It may just be that the author (Evan Brunell) simply has a hard time expressing himself.    This season may well be the fourth time Soriano hits more than 20 home runs and has fewer walks than home runs ( he currently has 24 homers and 22 walks). 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

I thought is was Joba?



Since: May 8, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

Robertson has nasty stuff. But no one can replace Mo they can only try and fill a huge void that will be missed once he is gone. It will be a sad day in yankee stadium when "sand man" is no longer playing when the cool hand luke demeanor Mo comes running to the mound. The yankees knew this day was near approaching and with Mos cutter losing its snap and location looks like that day is finally upon us. I feel that Robertson will step nicely into the closer role. He has the nasty stuff and the cut throat mentality. It will be exciting to see the next guy to step up.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

Hey silky, we got Sparky Lyle from the  sux and a few others, not to mention  the Babe. Tho Pap is not in the same league as Mo, you right there.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

after this year mo is gone.  they are grooming robertson since soriano is pretty much blowing highly overpaid chunks.  you can see it in mo's face that he's frustrated and after he gets the record, he's done.  what's he got left to prove????



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Pepper: Is Rivera's sucessor Robertson?

Dear 1990,

Your bias is showing through. Papelbon is a very good closer. Is he Rivera? No, but who is?


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