Mariano Rivera says there’s “no chance” he’ll pitch in Panama games

Open Thread: 2/26 Camp Notes
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No surprise here, but Mariano Rivera told Anthony Rieber there is “no chance” he will pitch when the Yankees play a pair of exhibition games in his native Panama next month. Mo will be there as a promoter and to do charity work, but not play. Not gonna lie, it would have been neat to see him on the mound one more time, even in a meaningless game.

The Yankees and Marlins will play two games at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City on March 15th and 16th. Those will be split squad games — the Yankees have regular Grapefruit League games scheduled for those two days as well.

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Open Thread: 2/26 Camp Notes
2014 Season Preview: Fifth Starter Candidates
  • Tanuki Tanaka (Formerly Bob Buttons)

    I’ll take it as a yes as to him playing CF.

  • Barb

    Shocker.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    So you’re saying…

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

    Mariano had an absolutely perfect send off for the best closer that will ever draw a breath. See him on the mound again for what??? He probably hasn’t touched a baseball in 5-6 months. Mariano is WAY too smart to entertain an idiotic idea like that.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Mo should throw out the ceremonial first pitch except change it up and make him throw out the ceremonial last pitch, after the game is over.

      • Chris Z

        And here to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 9th inning please welcome the sandman! Mariano Rivera!

      • pat

        I like this idea. Rangers did something similarly unique with Pudge in 2012. He threw his ceremonial first pitch from home to second.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewallbreakers Scully