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A Tale of Two Pitchers

An article by posted on May 30, 2016 0 Comments
A Tale of Two Pitchers

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Sports Illustrated called it “The most hyped pitching debut the game had ever seen.” Retailers couldn’t keep his jersey in stock due to demand. And when Stephen Strasburg made his debut the 21-year-old phenom did not disappoint. He compiled a 2.91 ERA. In […]

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MLB Feature: Why Steroids Aren’t Going Away

An article by posted on May 27, 2016 0 Comments
MLB Feature: Why Steroids Aren’t Going Away

Last spring I interviewed Steve Kettmann for Metsmerized Online following the publication of his book “Baseball Maverick,” and one of the questions involved whether he’d noticed any indication that the Mets front office was adjusting to a post-steroid era. I thought his response was interesting. MB: Given this front office’s statistical predilections, have there been […]

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Syndergaard Speeds Up Delivery, Felt Good Despite Loss

An article by posted on May 7, 2016 0 Comments
Syndergaard Speeds Up Delivery, Felt Good Despite Loss

New York Mets pitcher, Noah Syndergaard provided another quality start in Friday’s 2-0 loss to the San Diego Padres. Syndergaard was not the problem in yesterday’s loss as the offense could not solve a San Diego starter for the second consecutive night. Syndergaard pitched six innings while allowing two runs on six hits. Thor walked […]

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MMO Game Recap: Cespedes’ Pinch-Hit Homer Sparks Stunning Comeback Win

An article by posted on April 27, 2016 0 Comments
MMO Game Recap: Cespedes’ Pinch-Hit Homer Sparks Stunning Comeback Win

The New York Mets (12-7) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (9-12) in a wild comeback win by a score of 4-3. An incredible game from the Mets, showing a never say die attitude. Pitching: Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) kept his team in the game by limiting the Reds to three runs over five innings of […]

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Morning Grind: NYC Tobacco Ban Will Be Ineffective

An article by posted on March 24, 2016 0 Comments
Morning Grind: NYC Tobacco Ban Will Be Ineffective

Whether players like it or not, New York City has enacted a smokeless tobacco ban that will prevent them from using chewing tobacco at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. As we see from the quotes, there are players like Lucas Duda, to whom it’ll have no effect. There are others who do use it. We don’t know what, […]

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White Sox Dropped The Ball On LaRoche Situation

An article by posted on March 18, 2016 0 Comments
White Sox Dropped The Ball On LaRoche Situation

Being a father while being a big leaguer must be extremely difficult. You are effectively on the road nine months out of the year and often miss the formative years of your own children. That’s why we hear stories about how players like bringing their kids around whenever possible. There are the stories of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry […]

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The Chapman Suspension Is a Joke

An article by posted on March 1, 2016 0 Comments
The Chapman Suspension Is a Joke

All the media and the fans were up in arms when Ray Rice received a two game suspension for knocking out his fiancée and dragging her out of an elevator. That weak suspension was 12.5% of the NFL season. The same people had similar angry reactions when Greg Hardy only received a four game suspension. […]

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Book Review: “The Closer” by Mariano Rivera

An article by posted on February 26, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: “The Closer” by Mariano Rivera

I’m not sure if it occurs in the first, second or third trimester. But some time while we’re in the womb, all Mets fans—actually all New Yorkers who are fans of NL Baseball—receive the gene that makes us hate the Yankees. However, maybe once every generation, a player dons the pinstripes who we hate…but who […]

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MLB Domestic Violence Policy: Manfred’s Not the One in No-Win Situation

An article by posted on February 20, 2016 0 Comments
MLB Domestic Violence Policy: Manfred’s Not the One in No-Win Situation

Due to the disturbing actions of a couple of players, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Rob Manfred is in a “no win” position when doling out punishment in these domestic violence cases. Nonsense. The only way that Manfred is in a no-win position is if he doesn’t come down hard on Jose Reyes and Aroldis Chapman. You want […]

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NYC Ban On Smokeless Tobacco Won’t Help Without Culture Change

An article by posted on February 5, 2016 0 Comments
NYC Ban On Smokeless Tobacco Won’t Help Without Culture Change

This is a whole new generation. When I was growing up, we had candy cigarettes (gone) and Big League Chew (still around). While playing baseball, we used to have the candy cigarettes so we could smoke like Keith Hernandez, or we would shove a ton of Big League Chew in our mouths to look like Lenny Dykstra. […]

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