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R.A. Dickey: The Trade, Fans and Media

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Now that R.A. Dickey is official going north of the border to Toronto, it’s appropriate to talk about the trade and assess the situation. As I said during Sunday night’s “NY Baseball Talk” podcast, the Dickey scenario takes on three interesting storylines: the actual trade, the fan reaction and how the media elected to paint […]

Wrong Timing for R.A. Dickey

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

The R.A. Dickey story has come full circle. Just three short years ago he was best known for a Chris Mad Dog Russo rant on YouTube. Today, he is the NL Cy Young Award winner and poised to land a multi-year deal at the age of 38. In-between there has been a couple of near no-hitters, […]

Is the Knuckleball an Endangered Species?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

On Saturday, I attended a screening of Knuckleball! at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The documentary, by award-winning filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, follows knuckleballers R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield during the 2011 season. Stern and Sundberg also tell the story about how both pitchers came to embrace and master this unique pitch.  Charlie Hough, Phil Niekro, Jim Bouton  and long-time White Sox […]

R.A. Dickey’s Streak Ends, Looking Back at Doc’s

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Braves ended R.A. Dickey’s streak of 14-consecutive quality starts that fell just short of Dwight Gooden’s team record set in 1985. Ironically, it was the Braves that ended Doc’s on July 4th of that season. That was the infamous 19 inning game that ended at 4:00 AM. Dickey’s streak has been over two seasons, […]

Win VIP Admission to See Knuckleball!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

As I mentioned during last night’s radio program, I am giving away a free VIP admission to the baseball documentary Knuckleball! The winner and a guest will sit in a special reserved section at the premiere and receive a signed movie poster by R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Charlie Hough, and Jim Bouton. The first person […]

Where’s The Outrage Over This Performance Enhancing Drug?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Do you really think baseball or any of our American sports are drug free? I am not talking about narcotics, steroids or even amphetamines. I am talking about legal, over-the-counter type of drugs that may be used a bit more than normal. Earlier this year, HBO’s Real Sports did a profile on the painkiller Toradol. ”You […]

Lifetime Contract for R.A. Dickey?

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The Mets should give Dickey a Wakefield style deal where it can just be extended every year forever.Do it @MetsGM! — Craig Glaser (@sabometrics) March 30, 2012 This  is an interesting idea by Craig Glaser aka @sabometrics on Twitter. There are reports the Mets are thinking about exercising R.A. Dickey‘s 2013 option worth $5 million […]

R.A. Dickey and That Crazy Statement

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Back in July of 2010 there were rumors the Mets were looking for starting pitching. Roy Oswalt‘s name was brought into the conversation, but most reports had the then 32-year old as costing Jonathan Niese plus top prospects. For a team on the periphery of the Wild Card race, and with a thin farm system, […]

Athletes Have Responsibility to Their Employer

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Joba Chamberlain is always a polarizing topic, but the reaction to breaking his ankle on a trampoline has been interesting. There really is no in-between, as some absolve Chamberlain since he was “playing with his son,” while others believe this is another demonstration of his immaturity and recklessness I understand the counterpoint. Spending time with […]

Taking Small Pleasures in a Challenging Season

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

If you listen to the mainstream media, there appears to be no reason to watch the 2012 New York Mets. Some pundits (Michael Kay- ESPN) have the team winning 55 games. I would imagine that most publications will have them a lock for last place when they post their predictions later this month. Even the […]