For only the second time in the last five years, the New York Yankees (85-77) will not be playing baseball into October. In a season full of injuries, adversity, and emotional moments, the Bronx Bombers now face a winter filled with more questions to answer than ever before. The team was able to make it interesting for the fans in September as they remained in contention for the second Wild Card spot for most of the month. Of course, the team had to say goodbye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, two members of the original core 4 who ended their careers on a solid note. It was a great scene to watch Pettitte win his final start with a complete game in his home state. It will definitely be interesting to see the potential retirement tour that Derek Jeter could have next year. Even though it is only Houston, you have to be happy that the team ended its season with a three game winning streak. Now, the winter draws near and the questions will be answered bit by bit.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Show presented by BaldVinny.com, our own editor Jason Evans and myself recapped the Yankees’ season and looked ahead to some of the major storylines in this offseason as we look ahead to 2014. Here are some of the topics that we discussed throughout the show:
- Best/Worst Non-Rivera moments of 2013
- Reflections on Mariano and Andy’s Careers
- Robinson Cano‘s contract negotiation. Will Cano be a Yankee next season?
- Does Hal Steinbrenner and the front office stick to the $189 million plan?
- Biggest need for the Yankees in Free Agency?
- Will Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson be back in pinstripes?
- Status of Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman
- Alex Rodriguez‘s appeal – How many games will he play in 2014?
- Should the Yankees spend on international free agents?
- World Series Predictions!
We at Yanks Go Yard hope to bring you great coverage of the offseason and are always looking for writers to join the great team that we have here!