Saturday, November 28, 2009

The "Core Four" and More...

As we all know by now the New York Yankees "Core Four" of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada captured their fifth World Series Championship.  The most championships of any players to come through Albany (does Bernie Williams get another one from being with the team in Spring Training?).  Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland who pitched in Albany during the 1988 season and third base coach Rob Thomson who was a coach in Albany in 1992, also got their first rings in 2009. 

Meanwhile among other active former Albany Colonie Yankees, the 1991 battery of catcher Brad Ausmus and pitcher Russ Springer looks to be winding down in their respective careers.  Ausmus served as a catcher for Joe Torre's NL West Champion L.A. Dodgers in 2009, while Springer started the year in Oakland pitching under Bob Geren another former Albany Colonie Yankees catcher, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays to try and shore up their bullpen for a playoff push.

I would gather that if asked back Ausmus a future manager in the making will give it another go, while Springer appears ready to hang 'em up.

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