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Mariano Rivera on Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod Won’t Be a Disctraction to the Yankees in 2015

October 31st, 2014 at 8:24 AM
By Doug Rush

It bodes well for Alex Rodriguez when two of the veteran leaders of the New York Yankees locker room publicly speak up for him in Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, as they are eager to get him back in the lineup.

But when Mariano Rivera, A-Rod's long-time teammate of 10 years before his retirement after the 2013 season, speaks up publicly for him, like he has in the past, that speaks extra volumes given Rivera's character both on and off the field, plus his legacy to the sport.

On Thursday while attending an event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan, Rivera again, spoke up in defense for his long-time friend and former teammate and said he won't be a distraction for the Yankees this coming season.

“I don’t think it will be a distraction,” Rivera said. “He paid his dues, he paid his suspension and he’s legitimate like the rest of the league. Hopefully he comes ready to play and does well for the team, because he has a contract. He has to be there for the team and hopefully he does well.”

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Former New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis Announces Retirement from Baseball

October 30th, 2014 at 3:53 PM
By Doug Rush

In the year of the retirements, several people who were on the New York Yankees or who once played for the New York Yankees have been announcing their retirements from baseball.

Derek Jeter. Bobby Abreu. Octavio Dotel. And even first base coach Mick Kelleher. On Thursday, another former Yankees player has decided to hang up the spikes for good, as Kevin Youkilis announced through his agency that he will be retiring from baseball after 11 years in the sport.

Youkilis spent the majority of his career as a member of the Boston Red Sox, playing from 2004 until 2012 and winning two World Series with the Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in June of 2012 after trouble had brewed with the players and then-manager Bobby Valentine.

After the 2012 season, the Yankees then signed Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million deal to play in place for Alex Rodriguez who was at the time recovering from hip surgery and would miss most of the 2013 season, but Youkilis himself would run into injury problems as well with his back.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Boston Red Sox Interested in Pursuing Yankees 3B Chase Headley

October 30th, 2014 at 8:31 AM
By Doug Rush

Now that the 2014 World Series is officially over, teams have the next five days to prepare their game plans for free agency and the 2015 season.

The Boston Red Sox are apparently focusing on adding a third basemen for next year and they have several of the top targets on their list like San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval and Milwaukee Brewers' Aramis Ramirez. But as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported on Wednesday night, the Red Sox are also interested in New York Yankees third basemen Chase Headley.

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Alex Rodriguez’s Suspension Over; Officially Reinstated Back to Baseball, New York Yankees for 2015

October 30th, 2014 at 2:15 AM
By Doug Rush

When the clock struck 12:01 am on the East coast, it was good news for the New York Yankees and more importantly, especially great news for Alex Rodriguez.

Because when the San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series on Wednesday night over the Kansas City Royals, the 2014 baseball season officially ended and when the clock struck midnight, A-Rod's season-long suspension officially ended.

And with the suspension ending, A-Rod is now officially reinstated back to baseball and back to the Yankees roster; as is his remaining three years and $61 million left on his contract. A-Rod was suspended for the entire 2014 season for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis case in which he was accused of purchasing and using performance enhancing drugs.

The Yankees offense without A-Rod in the lineup struggled in most of 2013 and all of 2014. The Yankees traded for Chase Headley in the middle of the season and will look to bring him back for 2015 and beyond; which means the Yankees aren't sure if A-Rod at 39 years old will be an everyday 3rd basemen or look to be a designated hitter.

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New York Yankees Interested in Reunion with Royals’ Raul Ibanez for Hitting Coach Job: Report

October 29th, 2014 at 5:55 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees have gone almost an entire month without filling the void for their hitting coach spot; that is ever since they relieved Kevin Long of those duties earlier in the month after seven years with the team.

The Yankees appear to be waiting for the end of the 2014 World Series to interview their next possible candidate for the job, and it's one many Yankee fans know very well from his heroics from the 2012 postseason.

George King of the New York Post has reported that the Yankees are extremely interested in interviewing current Kansas City Royals outfielder/designated hitter Raul Ibanez for their hitting coach job.

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