June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

The following passage comes from my book of motivational essays titled Impossible is an Illusion.  This book is available on Amazon and other book sellers.

This motivational story has a distinct Yankees theme so I'll share it here.

(We have shared this story previously, but since it is a fan favorite and it’s the All-Star break, we will re-run this article today.)

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June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

The following passage comes from my book of motivational and reflective essays titled Impossible is an Illusion (Wipf and Stock Publishers).  

This story has a distinct Yankees theme, and since we now have so many new readers and visitors, I will once again share this motivational passage here.

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This is one of those stories that, at once, is hard to believe, but it is the absolute truth.  This is one of those stories that remind us all that failure need not be permanent.  This is true even for people who are considered the greatest of all time, for, you see, they weren’t always considered as such.

This seems like a story about baseball, but more, it’s a story about failure.  And success. 

Great success. 

Great success that came only after dismal failure.

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The Bullpen History of the Yankees

The Bullpen History of the Yankees

The signings of Zach Britton and Adam Ottavino has been greeted with approval and excitement by Yankee fans everywhere. In today’s bullpen-driven game the Yanks should enter the season with perhaps the most dominant pen in the game, with five pitchers who could be considered “closer material”. Now I know it’s a long season, and bullpens can wear down, but the Yankee relief corps sure looks built to last.

It should be no surprise that the Yankees are again seeking to build their club with a shutdown bullpen. History shows that one the consistent pieces in successful Yankee teams has been quality relief pitching. 

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Mo’s Cutter - Guest Post by John Rizzo

Mo’s Cutter - Guest Post by John Rizzo

Mariano Rivera's cutter has earned him the first unanimous Hall of Fame vote in MLB history.  He devastated teams with this pitch for 17 years and continued to see success even into his final seasons when his velocity began to drop.  To the average baseball fan this feat is impressive, obviously.  But when looked at closer, this is absolutely and truly unbelievable.  One pitch, 17 years, 652 saves, and a HOF induction, but how exactly was Mo able to do it?  

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Yankees Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina Elected to the Hall of Fame!

Yankees Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina Elected to the Hall of Fame!

Jeff Idelson, the President of the Baseball Hall of Fame, made the official announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame induction class earlier today on MLBNetwork. This year, the Today’s Game Veterans Committee and the BBWAA have elected 6 players to forever be remembered in the annals of Major League Baseball History. Joining them, will be two great Yankees pitchers, with their inductions into the halls of Cooperstown, NY.

These two amazing Yankees pitchers will join 26 other Yankees players, executives, and managers in Cooperstown this summer.

The first Yankee announced to be joining the 2019 Hall of Fame class, who will spur much debate about what cap he will be wearing in Cooperstown, with 76.7% of the vote, starting pitcher: Mike Mussina.

In his 18-Year Career, Mussina collected 83.0 WAR, pitched to an ERA of 3.86, and a WHIP of 1.192 over 3562.2 innings while pitching exclusively in the AL East. Even with his 5 All-Star Games, and 7 Gold Glove awards, Mussina’s case for the Hall of Fame had been greatly debated.

The second Yankee announced to be joining the 2019 Hall of Fame class, and the first ever player to be elected unanimously by the BBWAA, with 100% of the vote, and is- without a doubt- the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history: Mariano Rivera.

In his 19-Year Career, Mariano collected 56.2 WAR, set the career record for Saves with 652, and pitched to an ERA of 2.21, and a WHIP of 1.000 over 1283.2 innings. In addition to his 13 All-Star Games, and 5 World Series Rings, Rivera’s advanced stats also paint the picture an amazing pitcher.

Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina join fellow BBWAA 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee’s: Roy Halladay (RHP) and Edgar Martinez (DH/3B); alongside Veteran’s Committee Inductee’s: Lee Smith (RHP) and Harold Baines (DH/OF).

Congratulations to all the players above on Baseball Immortality and Welcome to Cooperstown!

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The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

Here is a fun exercise for a Sunday afternoon. The New York Post asked its baseball writers to list the Top-Ten Yankees of all time.

I decided to follow their lead and list mine as well. I also made a few other shorter lists as well.

I created my lists before looking carefully at the lists in the Post, although I would guess the Top-10 lists are very similar.

Please add your list to the comments!

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