The Yankees’ Core Four has been whittled down to one man standing. All within a matter of days, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have succumb to strains and pains of various severities. Only Derek Jeter has been able to keep himself out of the MRI tube, so you can’t blame the Captain if he is sleeping with one eye open.
With the recent injuries to the Yankees core, along with the more serious injury to the younger Curtis Granderson, has come the usually panic over the team’s age. While the “mileage” on some of the Yankees’ better players is a real concern, it should also be noted that the Yankees age is not out of line with recent championship teams. Because of their impressive collection of talented players, the Yankees have the luxury of treating these recent injuries conservatively. As long as they can keep the bumps and bruises from developing into more serious injuries, age shouldn’t be an obstacle that prevents the Yankees from winning #28.
2010 Yankees Average Age Compared to Past Championship Teams