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Pete Rose on Shea Stadium

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I have been meaning to share a bunch of pictures I took from my August visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Recently, I posted original scouting reports on Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Johan Santana. There were some great quotes posted throughout the museum. One of my favorites was by Pete Rose […]

Jack McDowell’s New York Odyssey

Monday, September 5th, 2011

If I asked you what pitcher lead the American League from 1990-1995 in wins, complete games, and innings you probably would say Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens. You would be wrong on both counts as it was none other than the 1993 AL Cy Young Award winner, Jack McDowell. Sometimes overlooked during a career that was […]

HoJo Returns, Will His Bat Be Corked?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The news about Howard Johnson returning to the diamond this weekend at the age of 50 to play with his son Glen for the Rockland Boulders conjures up memories of his career. In case you are unaware, Johnson will suit up for the Boulders- a member of the independent Canadian American League- for a game this weekend […]

Looking Back at the Mets Trading David Cone

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Nineteen years ago today the Mets sent David Cone to Toronto for Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson. Cone may be remembered today more for his time with the Yankees, but he became an elite pitcher across town with the Mets. Acquired on March 27th, 1987, along with Chris Jelic, for Rick Anderson, Mauro Gozzo, and Ed Hearn, Cone would join an already loaded rotation […]

Original Scouting Reports on Santana, Seaver, and Koufax

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

During my visit to the Hall of Fame I came across quite a few interesting pieces. Throughout the next week I will share some of my favorites, but you will also be able to access photos of the trip on Shutterfly. To start off, I took pictures of original scouting reports for Johan Santana, Tom […]

The Softer Side of Kevin Mitchell

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Last Saturday, Darryl Strawberry’s Sports Grill participated in Douglaston Community Day and celebrated their one year anniversary. As part of the festivities Strawberry invited former teammates, New York athletes, and coaches. Terry Leach, Barry Lyons, former Giants punter Sean Landeta, Buddy Harrelson, and Kevin Mitchell showed up to sign autographs for the fans. Mitchell was the most surprising guest as we […]

Looking Back: What If 1994

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This is a little old, but figured I would share it since we talked about the viability of baseball in Montreal earlier this week. What If Sports ran a sim of the complete 1994 season on the 10 year anniversary of the strike. It’s been 17 years since the players and owners walked out on […]

Watch: Derek Jeter’s First Career Hit at Kingdome

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

I will have more on Derek Jeter‘s dramatic 3,000th hit later on. For now, enjoy his first hit from May 30th, 1995 off the Mariners Tim Belcher at the Kingdome.

Brooklyn Still a Pure Baseball Experience a Decade Later

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I was in attendance last night for the Brooklyn Cyclones/Aberdeen Ironbirds game at MCU Park in Coney Island. I decided to take in the game as a fan, electing to avoid the chaos an event such as “Angel Pagan Bobble Head Night” creates when you have tons of mainstream media in the building. Taking in […]

Six Degrees of Separation From the Last Mets Balk-Off

Friday, June 17th, 2011

When D.J. Carrasco balked in the winning run last night, it was the first time for the team since Roger McDowell did it on May 28th, 1989 in Los Angeles. There are many individuals in that game (see boxscore) that are/have been involved with the organization. Willie Randolph played second for the Dodgers. Current Bisons […]

Seaver Anniversary Today, Watch His Cincy Return

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Mets Police reminds us that 34 years ago today Tom Seaver was deal by the Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, Pat Zachry, and Dan Norman. He would return to Shea Stadium on August 21st of that season, strike out 11, toss a complete game, and beat the Mets 5-1. Jerry […]

Watch: McDowell vs. Jefferies Brawl in 1989

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Great video I found on YouTube. This is a blast from the past. It’s the final Mets home game in 1989. I still remember watching this game. Gregg Jefferies grounded out to end the ball game, and promptly raced over to brawl with the Phillies closer, and former Met, Roger McDowell. From what I have […]

What Could Lenny Dykstra Have Been?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Lenny Dykstra once promised to be the best leadoff hitter in baseball. Now, 25 years since he hit two memorable postseason homeruns for the Mets, he is a punch line as everyone is talking about his attempt to “rescue” Doc Gooden from the “Celebrity Rehab” reality show. I have chronicled Dykstra’s misfortunes since his days […]

Don Mattingly the Second Baseman?

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Don Mattingly is arguably one of the best defensive first baseman in the history of baseball. His production from 1984-1989 is right up there with the greats in Yankees history. Many remember that Mattingly started his Yankees career in left field before moving to first base. What they may not know is Mattingly was nearly […]

Nothing Sadder Than a Star Struggling to Hang On

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Thirty nine years ago today Willie Mays was acquired by the Mets from the San Francisco Giants for Charlie Williams and $50,000. The Mays trade anniversary, and watching Shaquille O’ Neal hobble around the court for the Celtics the other night, got me to thinking about stars that may have held on too long. If […]