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MMO Fan Shot: The World Baseball Classic Is Not A Nuisance

An article by posted on March 2, 2013 0 Comments
MMO Fan Shot: The World Baseball Classic Is Not A Nuisance

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, righthander Chien-Ming Wang tossed six shutout innings to lead Chinese Taipei to a 4-1 victory over Australia. The 2013 World Baseball Classic is officially underway. As the tournament kicks off, the sentiment from most fans I run into is that they view the WBC as a “big pain in the ass”. […]

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Featured Post: Is It Time To Start Buying Into Sandy Alderson’s Plan?

An article by posted on March 1, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Is It Time To Start Buying Into Sandy Alderson’s Plan?

Yes. That title is for real. We have been so busy ridiculing the man for his cost-cutting style of management, that we are not taking the time to take a step back and see the big picture. You could sit and watch the thirty minute episodes of Bob Ross’ show, which featured him painting, and […]

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It’s Just Not In The Cards For Pete Rose

An article by posted on February 21, 2013 0 Comments
It’s Just Not In The Cards For Pete Rose

“I am not asking for anyone to feel sorry for me. I am only asking that Topps and MLB not compound my punishment by deleting the truth of what I achieved.” “Please believe me, I have suffered very much for what I did, but I need to respond when what I did fair and square […]

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Sifting Through Some Old Mets Relics And Memories Makes Me Believe in 2013

An article by posted on February 19, 2013 0 Comments
Sifting Through Some Old Mets Relics And Memories Makes Me Believe in 2013

Tucked away in the mountains of Tehachapi, Calif. rests a modest cottage. Living in that cottage are John and Jill Nelson. These are my parents. In any given room, you can find the typical conventions of any old west-style household. There are paintings of horses on every wall, candle holders made from welded horseshoes on […]

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Featured Post: My First Championship, My First Car, My Own Personal Evolution

An article by posted on February 13, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: My First Championship, My First Car, My Own Personal Evolution

1986 was a great year. Sure, there was Doc and Darryl, Keith and Kid, Mookie and Mitchell, slow rollers and swagger. But for me, personally, it was also one of the best years of my life. I turned 21 that November. I was now ‘legal.’ I started my senior year in college, my entire life and […]

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The Super Bowl: 3 Hours Closer To Opening Day

An article by posted on February 3, 2013 0 Comments
The Super Bowl: 3 Hours Closer To Opening Day

Hall of Fame second basenan Rogers Hornsby was once asked what he does all winter. He replied, “I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” After champagne is poured in the locker room and the commissioner presents the World Series trophy to the winning manager, I start the […]

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Understanding the Business of Baseball: Insurance on Player Contracts

An article by posted on February 1, 2013 0 Comments
Understanding the Business of Baseball: Insurance on Player Contracts

The business of baseball is a lot tougher to grasp than the dynamics of “on-the-field” play. As fans, we look at the end result of every decision made. Did he sign? Who did we trade? When was he drafted? Rarely do we get to see what happens behind closed doors. Recently, the injury of Alex […]

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Stan Musial And Frank Thomas Recall A Cleaner Time

An article by posted on January 29, 2013 0 Comments
Stan Musial And Frank Thomas Recall A Cleaner Time

This morning, I’d like to comment a little on two stories from the weekend, neither of them Mets related because, well, they haven’t done anything. The first is Stan Musial’s funeral and the second Frank Thomas’ comments from the White Sox’s annual fan convention. In different ways, both speak to baseball’s history in a profound […]

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The Forgotten Players: The Untold Story Of Performance Enhancing Drugs In Baseball

An article by posted on January 25, 2013 0 Comments

I once heard an interview where a player gave his estimation of how many players were on some sort of performance enhancing drug when he played in the early 2000s. He said it was ninety percent of the players—in other words, nine out of ten guys. Let that marinate for a second. I don’t remember […]

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Will The Mets Cap Matt Harvey’s Innings Again In 2013?

An article by posted on January 24, 2013 0 Comments
Will The Mets Cap Matt Harvey’s Innings Again In 2013?

Sports Illustrated released a list on Tuesday about a baseball phenomenon called the “Year-After Effect.” It’s been also referred to by the more widely known “Verducci Effect”, named after the SI journalist. But it was actually based on principles and protocols established by Rick Peterson, the former pitching coach, who was at Oakland at the […]

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