Thirty years ago today (and tomorrow morning), announcer John Sterling was well on his way to being beyond insufferable…
The voice on the other end of the phone was tense. The message was a newspaper editor’s equivalent of a naked threat.
“Need that story.”
It was 30 years ago today. More importantly, it was past 4 a.m. and I was on deadline in the press box at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium, trying to find language that would capture the history I’d just witnessed.
The Mets and ...
Ben Zobrist? Don’t get me wrong, He’s a good player. But he’s the GUY they would overpay for? He is a free agent next year.
The torches are out in New York.
What’s the worst that can happen? The guy could come up, get buried, lose his confidence, and become a used up husk of a player.
Sandy Alderson recently chided media members for overzealousness by dubbing them the denizens of Panic City. Funny. Alderson has a dry wit. What he doesn’t have is a good enough offense to support a superb rotation. What he doesn’t have yet is a trade market ready to deliver him a bat to enliven a comatose lineup.
The answers, for now, must come internally. And ...
Wright was in uniform with the team early last month for three games in San Diego, at which time he told reporters he unequivocally expected to return this season. Wright has been visiting with Watkins every Monday, at which time the doctor and patient review a checklist and a workout is prescribed for the upcoming week.
Wright said he was told early on that surgery wouldn’t be an option — unless he was careless in his rehab and the condition worsened.
“From the moment I was diagnosed ...
Signing Bonilla was still questionable.
IF these guys can stay healthy…
“They said I went viral, and I said, ‘What the heck is that?’” Moller told The Post Monday by phone. “It was crazy. When he hit that double, it was like: ‘Oh my gosh.’ You couldn’t control your emotions. I was so happy.
“When he was a day old, he was in my arms. … He’s still a kid to me. It’s crazy.”
Moller, 82, has been a Mets fan since the team was born. Growing up in Bay Ridge — attending PS 185, Fort Hamilton High School and Brooklyn College before joining the ...
Makes sure you watch the videos. His grandfather’s reaction to one of his hits was priceless.
Then, just like that, Matz transformed into a force as dominant at the plate as he was on the mound. The rookie from Long Island cracked a two-run double in his first big league plate appearance Sunday, en route to a three-hit, four-RBI day in the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Reds.
Turns out all the Mets’ flagging offense needed was … another starting pitcher. Matz became the first player—pitcher or ...
General manager Sandy Alderson insisted that he is willing to “overpay” to acquire a bat to aid the New York Mets, but there simply is nothing to bid on right now.
“I would characterize us as somewhat aggressive,” Alderson said Friday. “… Are we prepared to overpay? Me, personally, yeah, I’m prepared to overpay. But there has to be something to overpay for.
“You get to the point where you’re prepared, based on the short term, to maybe do a little more than you’d otherwise ...
The latest Robothal.
It’s Matz time!
Wilmer Flores is not a shortstop.
Wilmer Flores’ next destination could be second base.
According to a club source, the Mets have begun discussing the possibility of installing Ruben Tejada as the shortstop and moving Flores to second once Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list. In that setup, Murphy would play third base.
“That would be the best defensive alignment,” the source said.
A source familiar with internal discussions confirmed to ESPN.com that there is a “good possibility” that Flores will be shifted to second base when Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.
Murphy would man third base, while Flores would play second base and Ruben Tejada—at least in the short term—would handle shortstop. Struggling rookie Dilson Herrera would be the odd man out as far as a starting infielder.
I’d assume Herrera would be demoted to AAA, since ...Read More...
Shut up, you moran.
The study (via the Wall Street Journal) is highly unscientific and for entertainment purposes only, but oh how entertaining it is. The company proofread 150 comments from articles on each of the 30 teams’ official websites, all at least 50 words long, and counted up the spelling and grammar mistakes per 100 words. And while baseball fans as a whole are stronger than their football counterparts, things still get pretty rough, especially in the Northeast.
if you read only one Father’s Day sports story this weekend, make it this one
“Terry Collins moved his father to Florida last winter, but as spring training approached, the old man’s compass pointed back to Midland, Michigan. It’s freezing up there, said Terry. But Loren “Bud” Collins was 95, and knew where he wanted to rest.
“I just think it’s time to go home,” he said.”
Rest or Tommy John surgery?
The possibility of surgery was broached earlier in the afternoon when manager Terry Collins said the ways for Lagares’ elbow to improve would be to rest or have Tommy John surgery. Collins added Lagares can play through this injury.
“A lot of guys have,” Collins said. “We just have to be careful he doesn’t get crazy and make an awkward throw or try to overthrow too much.”
He’s got money. Why doesn’t he just pay a mover?
Watch those innings. It certainly worked for the Nationals with Strasburg.
With Gee seemingly out of options, the Mets announced Friday he would make a spot start against the Braves on Sunday. Gee, looking to prove he belonged in the rotation, was crushed and the Mets DFA’d him Monday.
In six seasons with the Mets, Gee went 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA.
Gee will be unavailable for a few days after starting Sunday’s game. Bobby Parnell will not be asked to work a third straight day on Monday as he returns from Tommy John surgery. And Sean Gilmartin’s availability for the series opener against the Jays also is questionable since he logged two innings on Sunday.
So Morris—a 10th-round pick in 2010—appears a very brief safety net and an appropriate choice because he already is on the 40-man roster and within relative proximity.
Vic Black, also ...
According to Foxsports.com reports, the clubs have engaged in preliminary discussions, though the talks have gained little traction.
[Aramis] Ramirez, 36, is a three-time All-Star with plans to retire after the season. He is off to a slow start, hitting .213 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 48 games.
Is it the Mets or the sportswriters turning this into a mess?
The arrangement already has infuriated Gee, who has felt yo-yoed. The Mets have tried to trade him since the beginning of last offseason and may have been able to swap him to the Dodgers for Juan Uribe (before Uribe was moved to the Braves). But at the time the Mets did not think David Wright’s absence was going to be extended much further and were comfortable with the pre-DL Daniel Murphy playing third.
Back to a five-man rotation with another young gun coming up in a few weeks.
Manager Terry Collins on Saturday scrapped the team’s new six-man rotation — sending Gee to the bullpen — that had been implemented to help ensure Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard won’t need shutdowns or layoffs during the season.
Of course, they don’t even know if it will be effective.
“It’s not without precedent. That’s the significant thing,” said John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. “In baseball, almost everything has precedent. Even when we went from a one-man rotation to a two, or from a two to a three, it was from the worry of overuse and the shrinking number of off-days. That has been a constant since the 1870s.
“The Mets are different in that it’s a ‘prophylactic’ use of the six-man ...
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