The New York Yankees have lost the best closer in MLB history for the season, following the devastating ACL injury to Mariano Rivera one week ago. Simply put, there is no possible way to replace a player such as Rivera. You cannot replace one of the best pitchers to ever step on a big league mound. It just doesn’t work that way.
And while the Yankees believed that promoting everyone toward the back end of the bullpen by one inning would be the most logical solution, they may be having second thoughts after watching the conclusion of their past two games against the American League East leading Tampa Bay Rays.
I was the first to endorse David Robertson as New York’s closer of the future. You could argue that he has been the most dominant reliever in the game over the past season or so, and that includes Rivera. Unfortunately, we have seen over the past two games that while Robertson may one day be the answer to take over as closer for the Yankees in the future, his time may be not be quite now.