Are the New York Yankees too old to win the World Series?

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Are the New York Yankees too old to win another World Series with the roster that they have today? How many more games can Mariano Rivera save this year? Can Derek Jeter be consistent enough to make a difference in the day-to-day standings? Will A-Rod stay healthy all season? These questions are yet to be answered. Only time will tell. The Yankees have fourteen players on their roster that are 30 years of age or older. Many of the players that are over 30 are very integral parts of the line-up.

I think that the veteran leadership is really good for their younger players to help them become professionals. The older players’ bodies are not what they used be. Derek Jeter for instance does not cover the same amount of area that he once did. He is not as fast. He still produces day in and day out, but still not the same player. The thing that stands out about him is that losing is not an option and he does whatever needs to be done to help the Yankees win a World Series. He is the captain of the team and leads by example.

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I believe that having an older team is a good thing for the Yankees. I would not say that for every organization, but for this team, it works. The Yankee leadership is a major factor to their success along with fielding the players that give them the best chance to win. Fielding an older club means that you are working more on probabilities, and opponent tendencies. One of the best examples of this is Mariano Rivera who does not have the overpowering pitches of his younger days. He throws his cut fastball and moves it around the plate to get called strikes or batters to swing at bad pitches. As the most prolific closer in the history of baseball at age 42, Rivera shows that age is just a number. The Yankees have three players on their roster that have five World Series rings: Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. That is a lot of hardware.

With the veteran leadership and having a very good team dynamic the Yankees have a very good chance of getting back to the World Series again to possibly win an unprecedented 28th World Championship. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera could possibly end their careers on top and all with one team. They have good pitching with CC Sabbathia, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova in the starting lineup. Alex Rodriguez, Nunez, Jeter, Teixeira, and Cano platooning the infield, their defense is solid. Andruw Jones, Granderson, Swisher, and Ibanez working the outfield make a lot of great defensive plays. They have some pitchers on the DL who will be back in the line-up soon. Andy Pettitte should be just about ready to come up from the minors to jump into the starting pitching rotation. Their big hitters are starting slow, but coming along nicely. Joe Girardi is putting all his pieces together to make a run at another pennant. These guys are older, but they sure can play ball. Playing on the team that fans love to hate must be fun, especially when you win.

In my humble opinion, the Yankees are not too old to win another World Series. Let’s all watch and see how things turn out at the end of the season.

Mike Samuels is an MLB writer for The Sports Blitz.  He can be contacted at

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