Aug 12, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts after the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

David Robertson ‘not officially’ Yankees’ closer


In an interview with MLB Network Radio, David Robertson stated that he has not officially been titled as the closer for the Bronx Bombers yet.

It’s not officially mine yet. I guess I’m the front runner for the job, that’s how I’m going to approach it…The pressure I don’t think will bother me; I’m not Mo. If I have the success that I’ve had in the 8th in the 9th, I’ll be ok.

Many New York fans feel that Robertson is not ready for the job that Mariano Rivera once held and had been hoping that the Yankees would be in for closer Grant Balfour. Balfour signed a two-year, $12 million contract with division rivals the Tampa Bay Rays earlier last week.

Last year as the setup man for Rivera, Robertson earned a 5-1 record over 70 games with a 2.04 ERA. He also recorded three saves in what was Rivera’s final year. Other in house options include free agent acquisitions Matt Thornton and Shawn Kelley. Fernando Rodney, Kevin Gregg, Joel Hanranhan, Rafael Betancourt, and Jose Valverde remain the free agent pitchers available currently who have closer experience.

Tags: New York Yankees

  • William

    Is he ready? We don’t know yet his stats last year were better than Mo’s except for walks per 9. I am not comparing Robertson to Rivera only asserting that he can not be much more ready with stats like last year. The job is his to lose. I think with some patience early on by Girardi, Robertson will be formidable closer. I like his attitude also. He sounds humble and balanced. He is willing to earn the job.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/roberda08.shtml#pitching_standard::none

  • New_Core

    Many Yankee fans feel that Robertson aint ready?? Where did you get that crap?? I don’t believe you don’t have a clue!!