Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and the 6 Vets the Yankees Will Need to Win in 2012

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Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and the 6 Vets the Yankees Will Need to Win in 2012
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Every day is Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.

At 11-8 they’re not quite on top of the AL East with the first month of the season drawing to a close, but the Yankees are still getting it done. They’re fourth overall in runs scored, third in batting average, second in homers, and third in OPS (behind the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox). 

Still, 11-8 is not much to write home about and frankly the Yanks’ pitching is, at the moment, in the toilet (and that’s being kind.) Their ERA is at 4.41, near the worst in the majors, and with Michael Pineda out for the season it doesn’t show signs of improving. But that’s not even the Yanks’ biggest problem. No, the single largest hurdle facing the Yankees in 2012 is Father Time.

The 2012 Yankees are an old, old team.  If they’re going to stand a real chance at competing in the stacked AL East, they’re going to need big-time production out of the following six veteran players.

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