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 Jesus Montero #83 Of The New York Yankees Works

Francisco Cervelli fractured a bone in his foot and will be out for at least four weeks, leaving the backup catching position wide open for Jesus Montero. Yankees fans have anticipated his arrival at the major league level for a while now, but he won’t be handed the job. He’ll have to battle it out with Austin Romine during spring training, but he’ll definitely be the favorite to take the job. According to Bryan Hoch, there is no plans for Jorge Posada to strap on the gear and will remain the team’s designated hitter.

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Here are two books that are set for release in the near future:

THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE: AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD

Hardcover: 480 pages : Publisher: Harper (October 12, 2010)

“Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle. The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer’s reputation in his latter years. In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.”

“Candid, compassionate…the best of the Mantle biographies.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Beauty of Love (Foreword by Joe Torre): A Memoir of Miracles, Hope, and Healing

Hardcover: 304 pages : Publisher: Atria (August 31, 2010)

“JORGE and LAURA POSADA were accustomed to being on top of the world. After a romantic courtship, the lives of these newlyweds were filled with unimaginable success and joy. But all of that changed when their first-born son was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped skull. Their priorities swiftly changed, as Jorge and Laura navigated their way through the challenges of their son’s diagnosis and eventual treatment, which has included eight major surgeries. Laura stayed home with her son, while Jorge suffered in silence as he tried to stay strong under the pressure to perform as a Yankees baseball player.Amid their fear, confusion, and anxiety as young parents, they decided to keep their son’s sickness a secret to protect him from a media frenzy, but in time they realized it was this very celebrity status that would allow them to make a difference—not only for patients with craniosynostosis but for people suffering from any type of illness. They decided to open the Jorge Posada Foundation to help kids with the same condition, a decision that gave new meaning to their lives. Before being a celebrity athlete or a lawyer, Jorge and Laura are a father and a mother, a husband and a wife—and the fortitude and foundations of their family values have helped them face even the worst of days. The Beauty of Love is more than a memoir about dealing with childhood illness—it is a heartfelt and uplifting illustration of how a couple can endure stress and strife and come out stronger on the other side.”
 
“The sacrifices that Laura and Jorge endured for their son will resonate with parents everywhere. It’s impossible to not be moved by The Beauty of Love.” — KELLY RIPA, co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly

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Photograph by Nigel Parry for The New York Times

Mariano Rivera is human just like everyone else, but to many of us fans, he seems immortal. He’s not just your average closer. He truly sets the gold standard for closers throughout Major League Baseball. We will probably never see another pitcher toe the rubber that can do what he does. He’s the best at what he does, and is a lock for the Hall of Fame upon his retirement. And what can you attribute most of his success to? His signature cutter, or as Mo likes to call it… “The Kotter.” Mo is 40 years old now, but he has shown no signs of slowing down. It’s truly amazing what he’s done…and you can’t say it enough about him.
 
New York Times Magazine ran a great article (by James Traub), called “Mariano Rivera, King of the Closers.” It’s a must read for any Yankees fan. Not only that, but they also include this great video, which explains everything you need to know on how he throws his signature cutter pitch.

“I respect Mo more than anybody in the game. The guy goes out there, gets three outs and shakes (Jorge) Posada’s hand. You appreciate someone who respects the game like he does, respects the people he plays with and against, and obviously his results speak for themselves.” —Michael Young

Nigel Parry for The New York Times

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