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A Bad Situation Ends With a Great Yankees Collector’s Item

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

All of us here have been in agreement that it was a bad job by the Mets to deny the Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Scranton the opportunity to play in Newark while their home park, PNC Field, is under renovation. In case you are in the dark about what I am referring to, the Yankees asked […]

Despite Wilpons’ Attempt, the 2012 Scranton Yankees Not Severely Affected by Gypsy-Type Season

Friday, January 27th, 2012

A few weeks ago, several writers were asked by Mike Silva to write a small piece on “The Most Intriguing Yankees Prospects for 2012,” not necessarily the top guys, but guys who are at a crossroads or as I thought, need to have a big impact this season for the future of the parent club. […]

Listen: Ralph Branca “A Moment in Time” @ 8pm

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I have the pleasure of Ralph Branca headlining the show tonight. Ralph recently published a book with David Ritz called “A Moment in Time: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace.” Hear him talk about the “shot heard ’round the world” and how the Giants stole the 1951 pennant with an elaborate system to steal signs […]

Morning Digest: Girardi, Reyes, Add to Wild Card Drama on Final Day

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Yesterday night started with a typical media fake outrage talking point in the Jose Reyes batting title controversy. Regardless of the fact that players before Reyes have sat out to protect their stats, somehow the New York media found it offensive that Reyes elected to bunt for a hit to start the game, and then […]

The 2012 New York Mets a.k.a The Not Ready For Newark Players

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Legendary Star Ledger sports writer Jerry Izenberg breaks the story and gives all the dirty details about how the Yankees had reached agreement with Essex County and the Newark Bears to move their AAA team from Scranton to Newark for ONE YEAR, as their Scranton ballpark gets much needed renovations. It would have been not […]

The Mets Out Evil the Evil Empire

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The last time the Mets blocked a minor league team from coming into the Tri-State Area it led to the wildly successful Long Island Ducks and the Atlantic League. Seventeen years later the Mets play the baseball grinch again by blocking the Scranton Yankees from playing their 2012 International League home schedule at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium […]

Rockland Boulders And America’s Best New Ballpark

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Rockland Boulders debuted this past June in the Can-Am League, but I have spent very little time covering the team. In a town that has two major baseball franchises, minor league teams in Coney Island and Trenton, and the Long Island Ducks, it’s difficult to generate press even in humble quarters like this site. […]

Newark Baseball Appears on the Brink

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Every Friday I take a look at what is going on with Independent Baseball. Today, I took at look at the Newark Bears and wonder if there still is a future for this troubled Can-Am League team. Baseball in Newark has a rich tradition that dates back to 1902. There were the Newark Indians, Newark […]

Best Independent Baseball Team Ever?

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Every Friday during the season I am going to discuss something regarding independent baseball. When you think of the various leagues across the country what usually comes to mind are ballplayers that just aren’t good enough for affiliated baseball. Yes, many are a notch below, but the 2001 Newark Bears were a team that went […]

Long Island Ducks Begin Their 12th Season Tonight

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I will, as I do every year, follow the Atlantic League and the Long Island Ducks throughout the season. The Ducks will begin their twelfth season tonight on the road in Bridgeport to play the Bluefish. Every Friday I am going to try and share an Atlantic League fact or player of interest that is […]