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Monday, November 23, 2015

Ken Johnson, Only Loser of 9-Inning No-Hitter, Dies at 82

His son Kenneth Jr. said that his father had been bedridden with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and that he died after contracting a kidney infection.

For three seasons in the heart of his career, 1965-67, pitching for the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (the franchise moved after the 1965 season), Johnson was an effective starter, going 43-27 with 26 complete games. It was earlier, however, on April 23, 1964, that while pitching for Houston (then known as the Colt .45s) against the Cincinnati Reds, he claimed his spot in history.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Daily News Luipica out as Zuckerman swings ax.

The bloodbath has begun at the Daily News.

Long-time columnist Mike Lupica is among those who are heading out the door, as owner Mort Zuckerman desperately swings his cost-cutting ax, The Post has learned.

spanx for the memories Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: new york

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sandomir: As Mets Rise, City Starts to Change Its Pinstripes

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Matt Harvey is mentioned only once in the article and not in the excerpt.

It is not just a feeling. By the measures of attendance and television viewership, the Mets are surging while their crosstown rivals are sliding a bit. It is an improbable reversal of fortune, given that the Yankees have dominated the market so clearly since they won four World Series from 1996 to 2000, capped by a triumph over the Mets in the so-called Subway Series.

The Yankees’ paid attendance at home is averaging 39,537 a game, down 5.6 percent from the average at this time last year, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The Yankees, who trail first-place Toronto by three games in the American League East, have never averaged below 40,000 fans a game since moving to the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.

The Mets are averaging 31,257 a game this season, a 17.6 percent rise from last season. That is still about 10,000 short of the capacity at Citi Field, but this season’s increase of 4,689 fans a game represents a drastic shift from a dispiriting trend: Attendance had fallen almost 32 percent from a peak of 38,941 during the inaugural season of the ballpark six years ago.

Yet perhaps a more precise reflection of the passion of a fan base is viewership on a team’s cable television channel. After all, most fans prefer to watch games without having to buy tickets, which can be expensive.

The Yankees’ YES Network started in 2002, soon after the peak years of the dynasty. The Mets’ SNY began in 2006 and then capitalized on a three-year period when the Mets were a good team, albeit one that endured heart-wrenching late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008.

For most of the past six years, there was no doubt that the Yankees were a better television product than the Mets, who spiraled into a skein of losing seasons.

But the Yankees, who averaged 454,000 viewers a game in 2007, are drawing only 256,000 this season, a 10 percent decrease from 2014 after a comparable number of games.

The Mets’ average television audience, which reached a high of 314,171 in 2007, bottomed out at 138,627 in 2013 before a slight revival to just over 144,000 last season.

But so far this season, viewership is up 62 percent, to 240,091 a game. And games are averaging 324,195 viewers since the Mets acquired the slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.

For the season, the Yankees’ lead over the Mets in average viewership is about 20,000 — a far cry from four years ago, when the difference was more than 200,000.

Much of the surge in attendance and viewership for the Mets can be easily explained. The Mets are suddenly a fascinating, charismatic, winning team, built on the powerful young pitching that the team long promoted as its eventual main attraction, and an offensive attack that is now as powerful as it was anemic before late July.

JEe (Jason) Posted: September 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, merchandise, mets, new york, tv ratings, yankees

 

 

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