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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Apparenty, the Wilpons don’t want to be late on the next round of bank payments.
“Secondary considerations” was how Mets GM Sandy Alderson last month characterized the team’s decision to have Matt Harvey start the third game of this season at Washington, and subsequently, the second home game at Citi Field, instead of Opening Day at either stadium.
Well, that second home game was Tuesday night. And Harvey didn’t disappoint, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings while striking ...
Posted: April 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I MOCK this draft! MOCK IT!
1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
Tate was number one last time and he has done nothing to change that. If anything, there is less competition now then there was a month ago. This pick would appear to be down to Tate or Rodgers. There is an outside chance with the Diamondbacks could go off board and decide to try and spread out their large bonus over multiple picks….
2. Houston Astros – Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)
Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo have more in common than their prodigious power.
“The biggest piece of advice, especially as a kid, is just to enjoy it,” Gallo said. “I know it’s cliché, but just to have fun. Growing up—when you start getting that pressure that you’re going to get drafted and colleges—you kind of lose the fun in the game and why you played it in the first place. I’ve gotten it back now and I really enjoy playing it. But in high school, it was tough having scouts at every game. I ...
Maddon and Epstein both said before the game they weren’t concerned about Lester’s move becoming an issue. Maybe, but now Lester’s “dead arm” issue from spring training has led to a poor start to his Cubs career.
“It might take him a little while to get into a good routine yet, but I have no doubts he will,” Epstein said.
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
I’m always on the lookout for pitchers with the potential to have a jump in performance. Jimmy Nelson season looks promising.
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 14, 1915:
A few lines from the Pacific coast chronicle the death of one of the greatest ball players the game has known. His skin happened to be black and he never shone in the majors, however. He was [Bill] Monroe, an infielder, who went to the coast with Rube Foster’s negro team…Those who have seen him play say he was a Lajoie and a Wagner combined.
I was stunned to learn that Monroe isn’t in the Hall of Fame. That’s a traveshamockery.
Monroe was indeed one heck of a ...Read More...
The Harvey Effect has definitely impacted the Citi Field ticket sales, as the attendance for Tuesday’s game is expected to be near 40,000. Monday’s home opener was the second largest crowd at Citi Field (43,947) behind the 2013 All-Star Game. Once fans figured out how the rotation would unfold on the team’s 10-game homestand, tickets for Harvey’s starts have spiked. The attendance for his scheduled Sunday start is expected to be near 40,000 as well.
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
In which a Reddit user discusses his theory that Mike Trout really wants to be a meteorologist.
I developed this theory by spending a day looking through all of Trout’s photos on Twitter ... and I saw a pattern start to form. I saw the Trout tweeted about weather rather often, and has been for a while.
Another user notes that on Twitter “Trout follows 17 different meteorologists and 20+ weather related accounts.”
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 01:22 AM | 26 comment(s)
Monday, April 13, 2015
Wilmington could be the home of a Double-A Eastern League franchise as early as 2016, a possibility revealed earlier this month because of a legal matter involving the potential sale of the Binghamton Mets.
The late Matt Minker, who founded the Blue Rocks and built Frawley Stadium for their 1993 rebirth, long envisioned Wilmington’s location and metropolitan population as ideal for an Eastern League franchise. He nearly secured one for a move several years before his death in 2007.
Now his ...
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You can judge the quality of a hidden-ball trick by the number of seconds of dead air it produces from the broadcast booth while everyone is trying to figure out what just happened. In this case: 16 seconds.
Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old Mets fan who lives in New London, New Hampshire, raised $6,700 on Kickstarter to pay for the placards. He was frustrated when the owners cut spending as they dealt with the fallout from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Now he’s angry the Mets maintain a payroll similar to those of middle-market teams, even though they say they hope to contend with a club buoyed by the return of star pitcher Matt Harvey from elbow surgery.
“They asked us to be patient through the ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 13, 1915:
Joe Jackson has suffered a nervous collapse as the result of his family troubles. Within the last 10 days he has lost 15 or 20 pounds in weight as the result of not eating and brooding over his troubles.
In an effort to get in shape after his layoff of nearly two weeks he worked throughout Saturday’s game at Columbus and looked like the same old Joe. Twice he sent Mensor back to the left field fence to capture his long drives. He got a single and a triple, his ...
Home openers in Flushing, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, St. Louis, San Francisco and Toronto. CHATTER UP!
Posted: April 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 136 comment(s)
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Anybody can stay up till one in the morning. What eats at you, numbs you, puts you into coma watching is the bottomless party: another pop-up, or another three-hop infield grounder that ends the inning and rolls around the next, on and on, perhaps forever. BB ad infinitum.
As stated, I’m glad I wasn’t there—and believe or strongly guess that the the later, game-tying Yankee runs were greeted by outer cheers and inner groans by some or many in pinstripes last night.
It’s all in ...
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