But as this resonates within Yankees Universe, the fans I have spoken believe that sending Jeter out on top is already preordained in baseball history.
As perfect an ending that World Series Champ would be for the Captain, a lot has to go right for the Yankees this season for them to even contend.
Not only do the Yankees have the reigning champion Red Sox to deal with in the AL East but three other competitive teams.
The Rays have won 90+ games for four seasons in a row, while the Orioles continue to grow into a more legitimate pain to beat. And the Blue Jays have had everything possible go wrong for too many years that time’s about up on their bad luck.
Add Jeter’s departure to the Yankees missing the 2013 postseason and that equals an immense amount of pressure not to fail.
I have been asked to explain MLB’s new expansion of instant replay enough times now that it warranted a Baseball Basic answer.
An umpire in baseball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, here is a breakdown of the new instant replay system for the newbie baseball fan.
Please keep in mind that MLB wants this to be efficient so 2014 season is sort of a test run.
Why did MLB need to expand the use of instant replay?
Humans make mistakes.
Umpires are human, and sometimes they make bad calls.
And since the use of modern technology can cut these inaccuracies there is no reason not to make some use of this in baseball.
Hence, MLB has been under pressure to develop and expand the use of instant replay for some time now.
Until now instant replay in MLB consisted of umpires being able to check what they considered to be a questionable home run. This called for the game to stop, the umpiring crew to leave the field and re-watch the disputed homer before coming to a decision.