In addition to Derek Jeter, these three holdovers from the late-nineties golden era made major contributions this season.
With his shoulder troubles comfortably in the past, Posada’s shown himself to be impressively clutch: He has knocked in 18.4 percent of his RBI opportunitiesó the highest percentage on the team.
Who remembers the Astros and that HGH business? Pettitte has been in late-nineties mode all year, a reliable innings-eater and steadying presence. He’ll likely be back in that familiar No. 2 starter role in the postseason.
The one-pitch genius seems likely to keep at it until he’s 80. Rivera’s ERA was under 2.00 for the sixth time in the past seven years, and he has given up three runs since July.