John Strubel

My name is John Strubel and I have been a Mets fan since 1972. Professionally, I have been a working member of the media since 1987. In addition to media relations and broadcast work for the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays minor league affiliates, my career spans 25 years in the radio industry as a on-air personality, program director and sports-talk show host. You can reach me at john@johnstrubel.com or on Twitter @johnstrubel

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Spring Swagger or Naïveté?

An article by posted on March 3, 2015 0 Comments
Spring Swagger or Naïveté?

Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects and the 30-something coming back from season-ending surgery is once again fresh […]

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One Play, Two First Basemen, and the Elusive Third Out

An article by posted on October 27, 2014 0 Comments
One Play, Two First Basemen, and the Elusive Third Out

Even in hindsight the story is hard to fathom. The New York Mets came to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, at home, trailing the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. They were three outs away from losing the Series. Hold on, this isn’t the story you’re […]

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Jerry Grote: The Man Behind The Mask

An article by posted on October 26, 2014 0 Comments
Jerry Grote: The Man Behind The Mask

Winning was Jerry Grote’s bliss. In fact, his most joyous moment on the diamond was captured on film when teammate Jerry Koosman leapt into his arms after the final out of the 1969 World Series. In 1976, Bob Myrick found out the hard way how Grote felt about losing when the Mets rookie pitcher beat […]

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A Bag of Balls, A Lot of Questions

An article by posted on October 13, 2014 0 Comments
A Bag of Balls, A Lot of Questions

Former New York Mets catcher Ed Hearn says he has a bag of baseballs in his cellar. They are all from 1986; all from the National League Championship Series; all evidence that Michael Warren Scott cheated. The rumors started long before the NLCS. In May 1985, during one of Scott’s starts at Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs first baseman Leon Durham found a piece […]

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July 4, 1985: No End in Sight

An article by posted on July 3, 2014 0 Comments
July 4, 1985: No End in Sight

Thousands of baseball books have been published. Millions of baseball stories have been told, every one of them starts with the same basic understanding: two teams, nine innings, balls, strikes, runs, hits and errors. Along the way there are various twists and turns ending in perfect games, no hitters, walk off home runs and everything […]

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Bowties and Rings

An article by posted on June 30, 2014 0 Comments
Bowties and Rings

Frank Cashen, who served as Mets general manager from 1980 through 1991, died today at age 88. Cashen was regarded by many as the architect of the last Mets World Series championship team in 1986. The following was originally written about Cashen and current Mets GM Sandy Alderson, shortly after Alderson assumed control in 2010. Frank Cashen […]

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Alderson Outsmarts NY Media

An article by posted on May 13, 2014 0 Comments
Alderson Outsmarts NY Media

Sandy Alderson’s disappearing act on Sunday was brilliant. The New York Mets made a miraculous comeback to avoid being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, capped off by a walk-off single by Ruben Tejada, who has been struggling for, well, all of 2013 and the first six weeks of the 2014 season. The team […]

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Ruben Tejada: Stage Fright?

An article by posted on March 13, 2014 0 Comments
Ruben Tejada: Stage Fright?

During a commercial break on my sports talk show a well-known New York sportswriter said to me, you know what’s wrong with Roberto Alomar? He has stage fright. It was July 2002. The New York Mets were in the middle of a free-fall. Alomar was being booed relentlessly. Stage fright? I thought as I put my […]

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Featured Post: It’s No Laughing Matter

An article by posted on February 16, 2014 0 Comments
Featured Post: It’s No Laughing Matter

For Sandy Alderson, Twitter isn’t serious business. The social media platform is like Monday’s “open mic night” at the local comedy house. He will fire a two-thumb, 140-character zinger every, oh, 60 days or so but, for the most part, the laughs are few, the comedy is amateur and the room is dormant. Hey, is […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Stick

An article by posted on December 26, 2013 0 Comments
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Stick

There are a lot memories, a lot of history, being left at Candlestick Park. Willie Mays recorded his 3,000th hit at The Stick; Bill Walsh won his first NFL game and O.J. Simpson played his final game at Candlestick; a massive earthquake rocked the Bay Area and the 1989 World Series; um, Jerry Rice (enough said); and […]

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