Cory Lidle's back in the news as the National Transportation Safety Board has released the details of its investigation into his fatal small plane crash. Unfortunately, they have been unable to determine whether Lidle or his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, who was also killed in the accident, was actually flying the plane when it crashed, which leaves Lidle's family in a lurch regarding a $1.05 million accidental death benefit. In fact, there's very little new information in this AP story whatsoever. What they have determined is that the ban on small planes flying below 1,100 feet over the East River enacted after Lidle's accident should be made permanent, but even that is merely a recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration.
In other news, the Associated Press noticed that Jorge Posada's contract is up after this year and that he doesn't yet have an extension. I'm sure he'll get one in time. The only other Yankees playing on multi-year deals whose contracts expire after this season are Mike Myers and Joe Torre, and Mariano Rivera, who is playing out his option this year. Bobby Abreu and Andy Pettitte have options for 2008. This season could change a lot, but I expect extensions for Jorge and Mo and Abreu's option to get picked up. Myers won't be back. As for Joe and Andy . . . difficult to see, always in motion is future.