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Retire Enter Sandman, Yanks Control Rays Destiny, Is NY Right for David, Looking Back ’96

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

We have waxed poetic about Mariano Rivera for days now. I don’t think there is anything else left to say about his impact on the Yankees and the game of baseball. We all know he is going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but what about the entrance music that has become famous […]

Gossage: Rivera’s Job a “Piece of Cake”

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Goose Gossage was on the air with Evan Roberts of WFAN yesterday from Six Flags Great Adventure. They talked about the greatness of¬†Mariano Rivera, but you could tell that Goose had his doubts that Rivera could sustain his current length of dominance if he had to do multiple inning saves. From 1977 to 1985 Gossage […]

Looking at the Top Closers Using WPA

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Over the weekend I mused about whether there needs to be a better way to evaluate the effectiveness of closers. Marty Noble suggested a point system, while Tom Tango of “Inside the Book” pointed me to a piece of his that used Leverage Index to weigh performance. Yesterday, NYBD reader Birtelcom recommended Baseball Reference’s WPA […]

K-Rod Quietly Having Great Season

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

I suspect it will be virtually impossible to be a closer in New York for a generation at least. The culprit is Mariano Rivera, of course, and his seemingly endless run of perfection. As a result, the mere mortals that try to hold down the same job across town seem like poor custodians of late […]

What’s the Fastest Pitch Ever Thrown?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Last night Kevin Burkhardt interviewed Indians Hall of Famer Bob Feller during the ballgame. Feller is known to tell it like it is and tout his accomplishments, however I had to do a double take when he claimed he threw a pitch at 107.9 mph back in the mid forties. It got me thinking what […]

NYBD Mets “All Decade Team”

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I did the all decade team a little different. Instead of compiling the “best at each position”, I put a player who I felt had the “best individual” season on the team. This includes starting lineup, pinch hitting performance, bullpen, and manager. Here it goes, give me your thoughts. The Mets All Decade Team (2000 […]

Looking at the Competitions Latest Moves

Friday, December 4th, 2009

While Mets fans complain about Alex Cora (a move I am indifferent about), Chris Coste (not something I care about), and Henry Blanco (a move I like) they may have missed some of the moves the competition made this week. The Braves replaced Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano with Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito. The […]

Still Wish Mets Had Billy Wagner?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Well, we’re beginning to see how the Billy Wagner Saga is playing out. Less than two months after the Mets traded Wagner to the Boston Red Sox, Wagner is now talking about retiring. “Why wouldn’t I? I’ve got nothing else to (accomplish),” Wagner told the New York Post. Of course, it is Billy Wagner’s prerogative […]

Mets Deal Looks Good if Wagner Retires

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Mike Puma of the NY Post reports that former Mets pitcher Billy Wagner told the paper yesterday he’s planning to retire rather than pursue a closer’s job. Many wanted the Mets to keep Wagner so they could acquire the two draft picks that his Type A status would bring. Perhaps the Mets knew of Wagner’s […]

Wagner’s Poor Postseason Results Continue

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Small sample size? Mets fans saw a shaky Billy Wagner during the 2006 playoffs. Going into this afternoon’s contest Wagner had a 9.28 career playoff ERA and a WHIP of 1.8. I realize Jonathan Papelbon was responsible for the inherited runners, and the loss, but Wagner was asked to get three outs in the eighth […]