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Not Even .500

Not Even .500

The Mets lost to the Brewers Thursday night for their 82nd loss, which means the Mets won’t even finish .500 this season. And that is an absolute disgrace. .500 means nothing, really. Either way, it was a waste of a season, except for a couple of bright spots (Dickey, Pagan, Davis, Niese, Pelfrey, and, uh, […]

"The Tenth Inning"

“The Tenth Inning”

How does Ken Burns do it? No, not put together documentaries. I know how to do that. No, how does he manage to find the biggest blowhards to talk about baseball? Burns was back the past two nights with “The Tenth Inning,” a continuation of his seminal nine-part baseball documentary. Aside from a dubious history of baseball (I […]

Expand Wild Card?

Expand Wild Card?

There has been more talk lately about expanding the playoffs to include a second wild card team from each league. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said he’s open to the idea. Proponents site two reasons for doing this — on-field fairness and off-field drama. We’ll examine the latter reason first. Take a look at this year’s American […]

Video: Rusty Staub Day

Not only is Rusty Staub one of the most popular Mets ever, he is my favorite Met of all time. The Mets held a retirement ceremony for him in 1985. First there is a video montage, then he makes an on-field speech:

Omar's Wasted Cash

Omar’s Wasted Cash

No, this is not another article about Oliver Perez’s $12 million or Luis Castillo’s $6 million. This is about Omar Minaya’s wasteful ways that slipped under the radar. That’s because individually, these signings are relatively insignificant. But put them together and they add up. Here are six absolutely useless deals Minaya made in the off season:   Alex […]

Next Mets Manager

Next Mets Manager

Speculation on who will be the next manager of the Mets is running rampant (how do you think it makes Jerry Manuel feel?). The talk got a big boost Monday with an appearance by outgoing Dodgers manager Joe Torre on WFAN, where he refused to “shut the door” on managing again. When asked specifically about […]

Mets vs. Cowboys

Mets vs. Cowboys

I had quite a dilemma Sunday morning. The Mets-Braves game and the Cowboys-Bears game both started at the same time (10am Pacific time). Which game do I watch? Well, it wasn’t really a dilemma at all. Even though I am a much bigger baseball fan than football fan, the Mets season is all but over, […]

Video: Mets “Help Wanted” Ad

This is just funny stuff, and unfortunately, much of it rings true.

Playing the Race Card

Playing the Race Card

An interesting little conversation on the Mets-Braves broadcast Friday night — Gary Cohen asked Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling whether the swing of Braves rookie Jason Heyward (left) reminds them of anyone. Darling said, “John Milner?” Hernandez said no, that Milner tried to lift everything. Cohen asked, “Stargell or McCovey?” Hernandez said no. Cohen said,” […]

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Top 10 Greatest Living Ballplayers

When Joe DiMaggio was alive, he insisted on being introduced as “the greatest living ballplayer,” whether he actually was or not. Since he died, that mantle has not been bestowed upon anyone. It’s too difficult a task to assign the moniker to any one player, so I’ve come up with the top 10 greatest living ballplayers — […]

Phillies or Braves?

Phillies or Braves?

Let’s face it, it doesn’t really matter who wins the NL East as long as it’s not going to be the Mets (and it won’t be). But as baseball fans we should have a rooting interest one way or the other. So which hated team are you pulling for — the Phillies or the Braves? […]

The Next Mets GM

The Next Mets GM

There’s been a lot of talk lately about who will be the next general manager of the Mets. First off, let’s hope the Wilpons do the right thing and actually remove Omar Minaya from the post. Given the way they operate, it’s not a sure thing. But for this exercise, let’s assume they do it. […]

Video: Now the Fun Starts?!

Here is a 1983 Mets promo with the tag line “Now the fun starts.” I don’t remember that ever being the Mets motto. It certainly wasn’t true, as the Mets finished in last place with a 68-94 record that year. However, Darryl Strawberry won the Rookie of the Year award and they obtained Keith Hernandez midway […]

Santana to Have Surgery

Santana to Have Surgery

The Mets announced today that Johan Santana will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. It is unclear if Santana will be ready by opening day 2011. The Mets released a statement: “An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the […]

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

The media are making a fuss about that trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded vets that the Mets made, but Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez skipped. I don’t think this is really a big deal, but I do find it interesting that the only three players who didn’t go are […]

THE Review: "Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend"

THE Review: “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend”

Willie Mays is a towering figure in baseball — arguably the best player ever. Yet up until recently there was no definitive biography of the man, in part because the very private Mays would never cooperate on one. But now there is James Hirsch’s “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend.” Hirsch was able to convince […]

Dillon Gee Whiz

Dillon Gee Whiz

I could only get the Washington feed of Tuesday’s game, and the announcers were quite dismayed after Henry Blanco tossed the ball with which Dillon Gee made his first professional pitch into the dugout. “Did the Hall of Fame ask for it?” one joked. The other added, “Hey, if he’s got a perfect game two […]

Didn't Miss a Thing

Didn’t Miss a Thing

I was gone for a few days, visiting Seattle and its beautiful Safeco Field (I’ll have a big posting on stadiums coming up soon). I missed Sunday’s 18-5 offensive outburst, but fortunately I was back in time to see Monday’s 13-3 embarrassment at the hands of the lowly Nationals. What a game it was — […]