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The ratings service announced late last month that it was lowering the rating on the bonds issued to finance Citi Field to BB, two levels below investment grade, while continuing to rate the outlook as negative.
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Amazin’! Mets owners refi $450M in loans
The owners of the Mets have scored some financial relief.
After a months-long process, team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have refinanced $450 million in loans borrowed against cable network SportsNet New York, which airs Mets games, The Post has learned.
While the financial terms could not be learned, some of the proceeds are expected to go toward funding the cash-strapped team’s day-to-day operations.
The Mets declined comment. SNY did not return calls for comment. ...
How about an actual baseball discussion? What do you guys expect of Johan Santana on 2013?
He obviously fell apart but I think that was kind of a fluke.
Seems wrong, somehow, that Santana needs to tack on a whole lot of medicrity to get into the Hall of Fame. I think I'm turning into more of a peak voter as time goes by, as a result of facts like that. How do you see his chances?
What do you guys expect of Johan Santana on 2013?
re 22: Cedeno had his career year at 29, with an OPS+ about 20 points higher than any other season
Santana feels to me like a little peakier Ron Guidry (note: I discount ERA+ during the "sillyball era" a good bit; seems to have been very easy to throw up huge ERA+). That doesn't cut it for the HoF.
Matt--One reason I picked Schilling's won loss record is because it's a cut above a lot of HOVG pitchers--it seems like the minimum wins you'd need without a hellacious peak; an inner circle peak. I wasn't thinking specifically of the four you mentioned, but it does happen that 216 wins would put Santana well ahead of all of them, and I don't think that's coincidental.
Cone had 194 wins. Appier had 169. Stieb had 176. Sabes had 167. If Santana gets to 216 wins, he isn't going to need to do better than the peak of those guys, who averaged 177 wins for their careers. A guy with 177 wins needs a near historic peak to make the HOF. A guy with 216 wins doesn't.
I can't find a GB/FB ratios for him pre-1988, but he wasn't an extreme groundball pitcher for the years I can find. He just kind of seems like a DIPS outlier.
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