New York Yankees head of communications Jason Zillo catches up with ESNY’s Mike Vivalo to discuss Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and the 2019 team’s chances.
Timing is everything. To say Jason Zillo started his career at the right time is quite the understatement. The New York Yankees head of communications is in the 24th season of his tenure with the organization, which started in 1996.
It just so happens, a couple of young players named Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte were starting their careers with the team around that time as well. Five rings and many games later, Rivera is now a Baseball Hall of Famer and Jeter is set for his induction into the class of 2020.
I asked Zillo, since a player has finally achieved the never before seen unanimous vote (Rivera), does that mean the barrier has been broken? Is Jeter the next to receive the unanimous nod?
Also, since Jeter is a lock whether unanimous or not, will his mere presence on the ballot help his best bud Posada, and also, perhaps, Pettitte receive more votes? Only time will tell. (Posada will have to be elected by the Today Era committee, having already fallen off the ballot.)
Until then, let’s celebrate the past Yankee greats and enjoy the success of the current team, which has its eye on ring No. 28 and that all-too-tremendous parade.