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Trivia Contest: Win DVD of Johan Santana No-Hitter

Trivia Contest: Win DVD of Johan Santana No-Hitter

MLB Productions is once again offering fans of Blogging Mets a chance to win a DVD of Johan Santana’s historic no-hitter. It is all part of a promotion of an iTunes digital download sale: Allowing fans to watch everything from their favorite teams and players to some of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball […]

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Yanks Land Masahiro Tanaka; Riskiest Contract Ever?

The Yankees have “won” the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, landing the Japanese pitcher with a stunning seven-year, $155 million contract, on top of the $20 million posting fee. This could be the riskiest contract ever handed out by a baseball team. Yes, Tanaka has absolutely impossible stats; last season he was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA. […]

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Alex Rodriguez Suspended for 2014 Season

An arbitrator has thrown the book at Alex Rodriguez, suspending him for the entire 2014 season as well as the post season, it was announced on Saturday. While it is likely that A-Rod did indeed use PEDs, MLB’s behavior in this case was deplorable and he was treated unfairly by both the league and the […]

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Sudden Obsession with Draft Picks

Up until a year ago if a team signed a Type-A or Type-B free agent (which encompassed most quality players), that team would lose a draft pick. And guess what — no one cared. But suddenly everyone is considering draft picks to be the holy grail of building a champion, and teams are loath to […]

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Digesting Hall of Fame Voting

Given a day to fully digest the voting for the Hall of Fame, one can come to the conclusion that voters really do not like PED guys, and that the 10-player limit will be a problem for years to come. All of the players with concrete ties to PEDs lost votes — Roger Clemens and […]

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Complete Hall of Fame Voting

Here is the complete voting for the Hall of Fame: Player (Years on ballot) Total Votes Percentage Greg Maddux (1) 555 97.2 Tom Glavine (1) 525 91.9 Frank Thomas (1) 478 83.7 Craig Biggio (2) 427 74.8 Mike Piazza (2) 355 62.2 Jack Morris (15) 351 61.5 Jeff Bagwell (4) 310 54.3 Tim Raines (7) […]

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Mike Piazza Got 62% of Hall of Fame Vote

Mike Piazza got 62% of the Hall of Fame vote, up from 57% in his first year of eligibility. Still though, these voters are a disgrace. I have said it before and I will say it again — there is absolutely no concrete evidence that Piazza took PEDs. Yet many of these voters have made […]

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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Elected to Hall of Fame

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have been elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, it was announced Wednesday. Craig Biggio finished just 0.2% short of the 75% needed for induction. Mike Piazza also fell short, continuing to be victimized by unfounded PED rumors. Maddux was named on 97% […]

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Mike Piazza Not Elected to Hall of Fame Again

Baseball writers have once again snubbed Mike Piazza, failing to elect him to the Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility. The former Metfell short of the 75% was needed for induction. Mike Piazza is a victim of whispers that he used PEDs despite the fact that there has never been any credible […]

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Strange Hall of Fame Votes by MLB.com Writers

On Tuesday MLB.com released the Hall of Fame ballots by its 17 writers who have a vote, and it revealed a remarkable lack of consistency by some of the individual writers. There was some consistency — for example, a few writers apparently will not vote for any PED guys, so they did not. But then […]

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IBWAA Elects Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Biggio to Hall of Fame

Two days before the official Hall of Fame announcement, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) has spoken, voting Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Craig Biggio into the Hall. It is important to note that Mike Piazza did not appear on the ballot; the IBWAA correctly voted him in last year. Hopefully […]

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Diamondbacks Land Mark Trumbo

The Mets were apparently never in on Mark Trumbo, so fans should not be too upset that the Diamondbacks landed Trumbo on Tuesday. It was a classic case of trading prospects for a proven player. In a three-way deal, Arizona sent left-handed starter Tyler Skaggs, who was the 10th rated prospect in all of baseball […]

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MLB Fixes Japanese Posting System

MLB and Japanese baseball have entered into an agreement that drastically alters the posting process. Now it is fair, instead of the old system that only benefited the Japanese teams. Japanese players are bound to their teams for nine years, then they become free agents. Under the old system, if a player who had not […]

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Odd Trades Proliferate MLB So Far

There are always baseball trades that make you shake your head, but thus far this week there has been a series of odd deals that is making this one of the strangest off-seasons in memory. Here is a rundown on these trades: – The Tigers sent Doug Fister to the Nationals for Steve Lombardozzi and […]

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My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

Each year I break down the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, with predictions of who I think will get in. The only thing missing was an actual vote. But now as a proud member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA), I have a vote. Granted, it is not for the real Hall […]

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Idea to Eliminate PEDs from Baseball

In the wake of the Jhonny Peralta signing and players disgusted that he is profiting from his PED use, there has been a call to increase the punishment for positive steroid tests. I wrote about a few possibilities earlier this week, but now I have an even better idea that could rid the sport of […]

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Analyzing 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot

It’s that time of year again — the Baseball Hall of Fame released its 2014 ballot on Tuesday. This is a good year; there are three no-doubt-about-it first-ballot Hall of Famers as well several other quality players making their debuts. They join a literal All-Star cast of leftovers who have yet to be voted in […]

Players Disgusted by Jhonny Peralta PEDs "Reward"

Players Disgusted by Jhonny Peralta PEDs “Reward”

Just as in life, there are certain moments in baseball that are just the final straw. For example, the induction of an undeserving Bill Mazeroski into the Hall of Fame forced a complete overhaul of the Veterans Committee. And now the mega-bucks signing of Jhonny Peralta could change the punishment for players caught using PEDs, […]

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Prince Fielder Traded to Rangers for Ian Kinsler

A shocking trade in the world of baseball Wednesday night — the Tigers sent Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. Fielder is just 29 years old and despite his size is one of the most durable players in the league — he played in all 162 games in four of the […]

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McCutchen, Cabrera IBWAA MVPs

The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced its final 2013 awards on Thursday, naming Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera as MVPs of their leagues. McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs as he helped the Pirates to their first winning record and first playoff appearance since 1992. His numbers were […]

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Kershaw, Scherzer IBWAA Cy Young Winners

The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced Wednesday that its members have voted Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer as the Cy Young winners in their respective leagues. Both were no brainers. Kershaw had a sensational season, leading the National League in ERA at 1.83 ERA and strikeouts with 232 to go along with […]

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Turner Field, Mets House of Horrors, to be Demolished

The mayor of Atlanta said on Tuesday that Turner Field, the scene of so many Mets disasters, will be torn down after the Braves move out following the 2016 season. The Braves shocked the baseball world on Monday when they announced that they are moving to a new stadium to be built in suburban Cobb […]

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IBWAA Votes Hurdle, Farrell Manager of the Year

The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced Tuesday that Clint Hurdle and John Farrell have been voted Manager of the Year in their respective leagues. Hurdle led the Pirates to their first winning season and their first playoff berth since 1992. Farrell was even better in his first season in Boston, leading the […]

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Fernandez, Myers Win IBWAA Rookie of the Year

The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced on Monday that Jose Fernandez and Wil Myers have been voted Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues. Fernandez had one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time, pitching to a 2.19 ERA and posting a 12-6 record with 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings […]