News and Notes from Around Yankees Universe. Covering Mauer, Girardi..

Kevin RozellSenior Writer ISeptember 28, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Manager Joe Girardi (R) of the New York Yankees sits next to pitcher Andy Pettitte in the dugout before the start of the baseball game against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on September 23, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Here is some of the latest news surrounding Yankees Universe, and I thought I would catch up on some of the things I missed.

Peter Abraham says that maybe it’s time to reward Girardi for the great job he did managing the team this year. I say no. Win the World Series…and then you can have a reward. This is New York. We expect to make the playoffs.

A fourth-grader in Syracuse, NY was told to turn his Yankee shirt inside out by his teacher. He showed up to class this week with a Yankee t-shirt at Van Buren Elementary School, and his teacher told him to go to the bathroom and turn it inside out. He did what he said, and was later told to wear it that way until school let out. At first, the kid thought his teacher was joking, but he seriously meant it. The teacher is a big Red Sox fan, but that’s just wrong. The kid should be allowed to wear whatever he wants.

The idea that the Yankees are going Mauer frustrates me.  Not because I don’t like Mauer, but I would like to see the young catching prospects come up through the system. I know you can’t ever bank on a prospect, but Jesus Montero isn’t just any normal player. The guy is unbelievable.

I like Mauer as much as the next guy, but I rather have Montero be the heir apparent to Posada. Montero has something that people call “light tower power”. He is preparing to be the Yankees catcher as of now. His bat is major league ready..but his defense isn’t. Montero hasn’t turned 20 years old yet and he’s with the Trenton Thunder. His numbers this past season: .337AVG 17HR 70RBI .389OBP .562SLG .951OPS. Jesus can’t be moved to first base because the Yanks already locked Teixeira up for 8 years.

The fact of the matter is that Jorge Posada still has a productive bat and I’m in no rush to push him out the door. People always complain about his catching, but they blow it way out of proportion. His bat makes up for those mistakes. We will have to wait and see what happens.

FanGraphs breaks down Alex Rodriguez in the postseason. We all know that he has struggled mightily in big spots, but that can change. The ‘09 Postseason could be his October.

The idea that Joba is back and better than ever… Joba definitely made an improvement in his last start, but let’s not get crazy here. He wasn’t dominant, but pitched much better than his previous starts. Chad Gaudin has been as good, if not better in his last few starts.

The Yankees achieved a new homerun record at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod’s Homer on Friday was the 127th longball hit at the stadium this season. Their previous high of 126 was achieved at the old Yankee Stadium in both ‘04 and ‘05.

SportsPro Magazine ranked the world’s 200 most valuable sports properties, and the Yankees ranked 12th on that list. This isn’t just the U.S., so it just shows how big the Bronx Bombers are in the world of sports. As you can see, the Yankees are estimated to be worth $1.19 Billion. They rank ahead of the Olympic Games, PGA, both NY football teams, and the entire National Hockey League. You can thank George Steinbrenner for all of that.

Top 20 (Click here to see the rest)

1 National Football League; 32 NFL franchises Football – US$4.5 billion
2 Major League Baseball; 32 MLB franchises Baseball – US$3.936 billion
3 National Basketball Association; 30 NBA franchises Basketball – US$2.344 billion
4 Nascar France family; Motorsport – US$1.9 billion
5 Fifa World Cup; Fifa Soccer – US$1.7 billion
6 Indian Premier League BCCI (India) Cricket US$1.6 billion
7 Scuderia Ferrari; Fiat Motorsport – US$1.55 billion
8 Manchester United FC; Malcolm Glazer Soccer – US$1.495 billion
9 Formula One; CVC/Royal Bank of Scotland Motorsport – US$1.45 billion
10 Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones Football US$1.278 billion
11 ETW Corp/Tiger Woods Design Tiger Woods Golf US$1.25 billion
12 New York Yankees George Steinbrenner Baseball US$1.19 billion
13 Uefa Champions League Uefa Soccer US$1.1 billion
14 Real Madrid Club Members Soccer US$1.073 billion
15 Olympic Games (Summer) International Olympic Committee Multi-Sports US$1.024 billion
16 Nicklaus Design and Golf Equipmt Jack Nicklaus Golf US$1 billion
17 Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder Football US$999 million
18 PGA Tour PGA of America Golf US$970 million
19 New York Giants John Mara/Steven Tisch Football US$932 million
20 New York Jets Robert Wood Johnson IV Football US$927 million

-Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer ever. We all know it, but nobody seems to appreciate what he has done for the team this year. The guy put up another 40+ Save this season with an ERA below 2.00! He turns 40 years old soon, and he still averages over a strikeout per inning. Mo’s Season Stats: 62.1IP (W-L) 3-3  42SV  1.88ERA  12BB  69K. He recently recorded his 1000th Strikeout of his career. This guy has been the MVP of this seam since he joined them…

The Yankees open and close the 2010 season against the Red Sox. They will meet on both April 5 and Oct. 3 of next year. Here is the complete 2010 schedule for next season.

Most of the Yankee tickets will remain at the same price next season.

Ninety-seven percent of the 2010 full-season ticket license pricing for regular-season games at Yankee Stadium will either remain the same or decrease. According to a release issued by the club, of the 50,086 seats in the stadium, prices for 41,928 tickets (84 percent) will remain the same from 2009, while 6,454 tickets (13 percent) will see a decrease in price. There will be in an increase in price for 1,704 tickets (three percent).

Additionally, a total of 3,400 Field Level seats, currently priced at $325 as part of full-season licenses, will drop to $250 or $235 each next season, depending on location, as will all 1,208 Suite seats in the Delta Sky360 Suite. Of the 1,894 Suite seats in the Legends Suites, 1,846 will drop in price. The balance of the Legends Suite seats will have no price change. Also, all Field Level seats not in the aforementioned locations will remain at their current prices. Additionally, non-Suite tickets in the Bleachers, Grandstand and Terrace levels will see no change in price in the 2010 season. In the Main Level, 10,111 seat locations will see no increase in price. The remaining 1,704 seats in Sections 216-217 and 223-224 currently priced at $100 will be $125 next season, marking the only increases for 2010.

No date has been set for the sale of 2010 season tickets.

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Anthony Claggett off of waivers from the Yankees.

Octavio Dotel says that he would want to play for the Mets or Yankees next season. Dotel has played for both teams before, and he would like to go back if he gets the right opportunity. Dotel has put up solid numbers this season, but we already saw this guy faily in New York. He allowed 54 hits in 61.2 innings, walking 36 and striking out 74 for an ERA of 3.36 during the ‘09 season. He projects as a Type A free agent this off-season. He had a 10.80ERA with the Yankees over his 14 game stint with them. Who needs him…

Jerry Hairston Jr. got a cortisone shot in his left wrist. He said it hasn’t been the same since he dove for a ball in Cinncinati. His MRI showed that he had tendonitis, but he is not listed as day-to-day.

A-Rod, Jeter, Cano and Teixeira make a good case for the best infield of all-time. The only one that seems to come close is the 1976 Reds, who had Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, Pete Rose. The Yankees seem to blow everyone away. Think about the money they are making and the insane numbers these four players put up this year. They combine for 699Hits, 106HR’s, 357RBI’s, 51SB’s…and the season isn’t over yet. Not just that, but many of them are Gold Glove caliber players. They definitely make a good case for the best infield ever.

Postseason Ticket Info:  2009 Postseason ALDS/ALCS Partial Plan Pre-On-Sale Information, 2009 Postseason Ticket Pricing, 2009 Yankees Postseason Schedule, Postseason Invoice Letter