Being labeled as being the most valuable in any aspect of life is a pretty special occurrence. It’s not every day that you or I get an honor like that, and the same goes for professional sports. There have been plenty of players in Major League Baseball that have extraordinary careers and get elected to the Hall of Fame, yet either fail to win an MVP award or possibly just win one. When a player [...]
Lester Admits to Drinking in Clubhouse. With reports swirling around about the behavior of the Red Sox pitching staff in September, Jon Lester decided to come out and set the story straight. He admitted that he, Josh Beckett, and John Lackey did in fact drink in the clubhouse during games that they weren’t pitching. However, all of the pitchers, including former manager, Terry Francona, said that the alcohol wasn’t in the dugout, contrary to reports. [...]
Update: According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, if the White Sox cut payroll as expected, it’s likely that either John Danks or Mark Buehrle will not return in 2012. Looking at the free agent market for starting pitchers can be quite depressing. As of this writing it’s not known whether C.C. Sabathia will be a free agent. The next best free agent pitcher after C.C. assuming he opts-out is C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers and it’s widely believed Wilson [...]
There was only one player that was inducted into the Hall of Fame from 1940 to 1944 in honor of those that had to put their careers on hold and go abroad to defend the United States in World War II. Who was the one player worthy enough of being inducted during this time? Second baseman Rogers Hornsby, one of the most prolific right-handed hitters in MLB history. During his 23 seasons in Major League [...]
The New York Mets have struggled in recent years, only making two postseason appearances since 2000. Several large-ticket free agent signings led to the promise of better things to come, but several of those signings didn’t pan out according to plan (Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay, to name a few). However, the Mets have had stars who have shined in the spotlight of the big city since the beginning of the 21st century, [...]
With the World Series matchup now settled and the Cardinals back in it again, my mind wanders back to 2006 NLCS when these same Cardinals beat the Mets. Aside from getting sick, it makes me think what is it going to take to get the Mets back to the doorstep of the World Series and maybe, god willing, into it. Well it all starts this offseason. Now by no means do I think the Mets [...]
It was certainly interesting to have the Mets finish out of the playoffs, but then to also have the Yankees play themselves out of the first round……. Same difference. What is happening to MLB? In a year when the new, ‘shopping mall’ stadiums like Citi Field were all over the place, the field area is never full and the fans come for lunch, shopping, playing games or just strolling, but never just to watch a [...]
“I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there as opposed to a team that comes in for three games and doesn’t really have to alter an approach… We’re taking a very serious look at it, and done some analyses, and I would think sometime in October we’ll make a decision as to exactly what we’re going to do. Any changes we [...]
Put It In The Books! The Mets 2011 season is finally over! What can I say about the Mets 2011 season except thankfully it has finally come to an end. Coming into this season I didn’t expect much and in turn we didn’t get much from this team Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins put out there this year. I know there are people who will for some reason say this was a good season. I [...]
I saw a picture yesterday of the Mets clubhouse room with all the empty cubby holes – this group knew ahead of time that they could go home and they did. They were all ready to leave and they went. Some to rest up and get healthy, some just to stay home and get to know their wives and kids again – there are some newborns to see, too. I’ve often wondered what kind of [...]
I’ve just re-read a column I wrote in the Spring when all was fresh and new and we were excited, but didn’t know what the season would bring. The column was titled “The Boys in the Booth” and I loved re-reading it. With talent like Gary, Keith and Ron – you’ve already hit an inside the park home run. Now I’m going to say goodbye and/or see you in the spring to some others. First [...]
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Last updated: 05/18/2013
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