SARASOTA, Fla. – For weeks, Buck Showalter had to listen to question after question when Mariano Rivera retired. Showalter was Rivera’s first big league manager, and as much as he admired the great No. 42, the queries were tiresome.
Now, he’ll have to put up with it again. Derek Jeter has announced that 2014 will be his last year with the Yankees. Showalter was Jeter’s first big league manager in 1995, and now he’s scheduled to be the opposing manager for Jeter’s last scheduled home game at Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles conclude a four-game series with the Yankees on Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium. It’s New York’s last scheduled home game of the season. (Yankees fans will probably emphasize regular season.)
Jeter’s last scheduled appearance in Baltimore will come on Sept. 14. He’s batted .304 in 273 games against the Orioles, more than any other opponent. His 136 RBIs against Baltimore are also his best. His 15 home runs and 80 RBIs at Oriole Park are the best at any park.
NOTES: As expected, A.J. Burnett did not sign with the Orioles. He reached agreement on a one-year, $16 contract with Philadelphia.
-Former Orioles catcher Ronny Paulino was suspended 100 games for use of testosterone. Paulino, who is the Tigers’ organization, had been suspended 50 games in 2010 for PED use.