Yankees' last waltz?

Posted: March 29, 2013

These three long-serving Yankees - Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte - may finally be facing their last waltz. They won four World Series titles from 1996 to 2000 and a fifth when they beat the Phillies in 2009. (They also appeared in the Series in 2001 and 2003.) This year, however, Jeter is hurt, and Rivera plans to retire at season's end.

What the core players did: Nobody has done it better than Jeter, Rivera, and Pettitte. Before 2009, the trio won the Series in 2000, 1999, 1998, and 1996. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Joba Chamberlain, CC Sabathia, and Robinson Cano were part of the 2009 core that beat the Phillies, four games to two. Here is how Jeter, Rivera, and Pettitte have fared:

Jeter: 1996: .314 regular season; .250 World Series. 1999: .349 regular season; .353 World Series. 2009: .334 regular season; .407 World Series.

Rivera:1996: 8-3 regular season; 1.59 ERA World Series. 1999: 45 saves regular season; 2 saves, 0.00 ERA and World Series MVP; 2009: 44 saves regular season;

2 saves, 0.00 ERA World Series.

Pettitte: 1996: 21-8 regular season; 1-1 World Series. 1999: 14-11 regular season; 0-0 World Series. 2009: 14-8 regular season; 2-0 World Series.

Conclusion: The Phillies would trade World Series results with the Yankees any day.

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