Monday, January 28, 2013

Yankees Monday Round-Up: MVP Baseball 2003 Style!

If one were to dust off their Playstation 2 and find their copy of MVP Baseball 2003 (with Former Yankee Randy Johnson, as a Diamondback, on the cover) and then decide to play as the Yankees, Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera are both on the team. Today both made headlines as the Yankees signed Rivera to a one-year minor league deal and Johnson announced his retirement.

Johnson will go down as one of the most injury prone players to ever wear pinstripes. In 2003, he made his first trip to the disabled list with a stress fracture in the right hand. He was traded after the season in a deal with...Juan Rivera for Javier Vazquez.

Johnson would also make a comeback to New York in 2010 and then a wrist injury hit him in May. In August, he suffered a setback and would miss the remainder of the season. That's all she wrote for Johnson's Yankee career...

Rivera would go on to play for the Angels and Dodgers on a more daily basis after starting his career in New York. The Yankees signed him with an invite to spring training. In 2012 with the Dodgers, he hit .244/.286/.375 with nine homers in 339 plate appearances. 

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