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Old Timers’ Day, Koufax Last Hit, Saturday Baseball



By Mike Silva ~ June 26th, 2011. Filed under: Morning Digest.

Want to get your juices flowing for Old Timers’ Day at the Stadium later today? Check out this video with highlights from last year’s festivities. It includes interviews with Cecil Fielder, Ron Blomberg, Rick Cerone, Nick Swisher, Bob Turley, and Jerry Coleman.

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Davey Johnson tells a story about how he got the last hit that Sandy Koufax ever gave up. Koufax response was pretty funny

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Also, would it surprise anyone if Wally Backman joined Johnson’s staff as a bench coach sometime in the next year or so to become his heir apparent? I remember last year at Citi Field how Davey said that Wally becoming a manager “surprised him” out of all his former ’86 players. There are a lot of similarities between the two, and it would be a good transition for the Nationals going from the fiery Johnson to the fiery and up and coming Backman. Most believe, however, Bo Porter is more than likely to get tabbed Johnson’s heir apparent.

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Jack O’ Connell blogs for the Yankees over at the MLBblogs Network. He believes it’s bad for baseball to not have games on a Saturday afternoon. He doesn’t count the 4pm start time as afternoon baseball (I agree).

I get his point about marketing the game to kids, but I think it’s just as important to have games at reasonable times throughout the season – not just Saturday. Having the choice, I would encourage MLB to start playoff games at 7pm versus focusing on the Saturday matinee, thus giving young fans a chance to finish the game before bedtime (albeit a better chance thanks to commercials).

There are so many things to do during the summer that a perfect day ends with a night at the ballpark. Start your day, get chores done around the house, and enjoy the pool. Leave around 5 pm to get the park, and finish your day rooting for your favorite team; a pretty full Saturday in my opinion.

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I found this list of right handed batters/left handed throwers over at the Hardball Times. There are a plethora of Mets on the list; including some blasts from the past.

The top ten included Rickey HendersonCleon Jones, and Mark Carreon. Carreon was a pretty good pinch hitter off the Mets bench for three seasons. His retirement has been sketchy as he was arrested for kidnapping his wife, and was named in the Mitchell Report.

Jones actually told Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno of WFAN that he switched to the right handed side of the plate as a kid because he didn’t want to lose the only baseball he and his friends had on the field they played.

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Where does Dirk Nowitzki’s first pitch rank? It’s pretty bad, although fans in our poll posted last week believe Wizards guard John Wall takes the cake. Honestly, I can’t believe Gary “Bababooey” Dell’Abate is off the hook.

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