Yankees: 4 Reasons You Won't Want to Miss Spring Training
Baseball is back, as pitchers and catchers are officially reporting to their team’s respective spring training facility in either Arizona or Florida.
The New York Yankees spring home is in Tampa, Florida, and the normally-anticipated media circus that comes with life in the pinstripes should be at an all-time high.
There are too many unanswered questions about this team, not to mention the four other AL East teams surrounding them, as they head into the 2013 MLB season.
Fans will be looking to get a lot answers this spring, but here are the four questions that caused the most commotions during the offseason.
You shouldn’t expect to find any new revelations here, as the anomalies are vast and many cannot be solved until the regular season gets going.
Will Mariano Rivera, Be Mariano Rivera Again?
The greatest closer ever to play the game is coming back from a significant injury on his push-off leg, but more importantly, Mariano Rivera is also a year older.
At 43 years old, Mo will be deemed an immortal if he dominates once again in 2013, but that would be fine by Yankees fans.
The good old days of having a luxury named Rafael Soriano to come in and save the season like last year are long gone.
Can Mo, at the very least, be a shell of his old self?
If not, there will be trouble in the Bronx, that's for sure.
Will the Real Alex Rodriguez Please Stand Up?
One thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment when it comes to A-Rod.
This year Rodriguez will have to answer an array of questions, starting with his alleged PED use over the last three seasons, his other hip’s surgery, the possibility of him breaking MLB’s home run record and the fact he will be 38 years old come June.
That would entail A-Rod to come out of hiding, as no one has seen the man since the PED allegations hit the news wires over a month ago.
The Yankees brass is hoping he never comes out again so they can void his contract and shave $114 million off their payroll.
“The guilty think all talk is of themselves.” - Chaucer
A 2nd-Rate Catching Competition
Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine will be duking it out to be the guy behind the plate everyday this season.
So basically fans are in for a competition featuring a minor leaguer, a journeyman and an injured prospect, with one winning arguably the most important starting position on the field.
Romine has been rumored to be starting the season down in Triple-A, but personally, I would rather have him than Cervelli backing up Stewart.
The Yankee brass owes it to the fans to explore all options here and not be so careless about the catching role like they were during the offseason.
Not one player in this trio can do squat with the bat, so the results will be dismal, if not scary at best.
The team went down with Jeter in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS. After barely beating the Orioles to advance onward, the depleted Yankees didn’t have a shot without their steadfast captain on the field. And the Tigers took advantage, sweeping the Yankees right out of the playoffs.
Jeter’s left ankle was shattered, which led to him having surgery. The post-op left the captain in a walking boot, and it reportedly only came off on January 12, 2013.
That was just four short weeks ago, but doctors finally gave Jeter the nod to start running again.
That happened only yesterday, as it was "The Big Story" featured on the Associated Press website. Jeter cannot take off his sock without it hitting the news wires. So no hiding this time for the captain as the world is watching.
Look, it is no big secret that the captain has to be healthy for this team to be any good in 2013. But Jeter will turn 39 this summer and inevitably Father Time will be coming soon. The question is how close is he?