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Red Flags on Matt Capps; Colon In Citi Field?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

There were reports out of the Milwaukee GM meetings that Matt Capps might be on the top of the Mets closer shopping list. Capps was a name I did not discuss on Sunday when I talked about who would be a fit to close ballgames at Citi Field next season. Unlike Broxton, Lidge and Nathan, […]

Accolades, Prognostications and Hype, Oh My!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

It was pre-ordained. It was a team that was predicted by so-called baseball experts to be one of the greatest in baseball history. A team personally handcrafted and built by a genius named Theo Epstein, a man many considered to be one of the greatest GM’s in baseball history. Yes, everyone celebrated from Harvard Yard […]

The Yankees Postseason Rotation is Still Murky

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The ALDS will start on Friday, September 30th. Despite the fact that we are week away, it doesn’t appear the Yankees postseason rotation is any more settled today than 10 days ago. You know CC Sabathia will take Games 1 in every series. Ivan Nova, a minor leaguer in the middle of the season, very […]

Nitkowski Talks About Media and the “Controversial” Stem Cell Therapy

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

On Sunday, C.J. Nitkowski joined me during my 1240 AM WGBB show. He shared his memories of 9-11 and the 2001 Mets team that he was a part of during the month of September. We also discussed his attempt to use stem cell therapy on his shoulder in order to revive his pitching career. If […]

Montero Being Manny, Flooded Ballpark, HoJo on Moneyball, A.J. In the Mix

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Excited about Jesus Montero‘s two-home run game? The last player 21-and-under in baseball history to homer twice in one of their first five games was Manny Ramirez, who accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium on September 3rd, 1993 as a member of the Indians. It was only the second game of Ramirez’s big league career. Sara Rimer […]

Could Baseball Succeed in Montreal the Second Time Around?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff listed the five worst baseball markets in a recent column: Tampa Bay, Arizona, Oakland, Miami, and Washington. It made me think of the Montreal Expos and whether MLB really did their best to save baseball in the Province of Quebec. I am not sure any of those cities mentioned by Davidoff are worse than […]

Will Yanks Like Inge, Pepsi Porch, Senior Saviors, 50 Amazin Years, Vance Worley

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The Tigers designated Brandon Inge for assignment last night. Inge has struggled this season hitting only .177 with a homer and 17 RBI. Since I live in Smithtown, Long Island I could swear I heard cheers coming west from Manhasset. Why? Because WFAN’s Mike Francesa has talked about “liking Inge a lot” on his radio show. He […]

Is Bartolo Colon the Next Tommy John?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Back in the seventies Tommy John underwent a revolutionary surgery that has become a common part of the baseball injury vernacular. Could Bartolo Colon be the pioneer for stem cell therapy that will be commonplace 15 years from now? Former St. John’s product C.J. Nitkowski has been pitching in Japan the last four seasons and decided he wanted to try to make […]

Jeter’s Wire, Rickey Speaks, Cone in Mets Booth, Is Lowe the Right Fit

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Bob Raissman talks with David Check of MLB Productions about the upcoming documentary on Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit. “Derek Jeter 3K,” as it will be called, will have an inside look at his quest for 3,000 hits starting with the rehab in Tampa. You will get to see Jeter behind the scenes and wearing a wire during his […]

1-A, Where’s the Purse, Another Michael Kay Gem

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

I keep hearing dialogue about the Yankees acquiring a starting pitcher, or 1-A to team with CC Sabathia. For me, it should be about what lefty the Yankees can acquire. That’s because I think they have their #2 or 1-A in Bartolo Colon. Colon is throwing in the mid-nineties, keeps the ball down, and has the historical […]

Cashman’s Winter Continues to Fare Well

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Yankees fans wanted Cliff Lee, but Brian Cashman gave them a bargain bin that included Russell Martin, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Luis Ayala, Andruw Jones, and Eric Chavez. His “inactivity” was criticized widely, since the entire fan base could only focus on is the loss of Lee to the Phillies. This morning, after a 10-3 […]

Watch: Francesa Calmly Discuss Rivera/Colon

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I have to agree with Francesa on this one. Colon was dominant, but never do I pass up the opportunity to go to Rivera in the ninth inning. Classic second guess. Anyway, Mike’s response to criticism is just plain funny

Colon’s Performance Has Positive Ripple Effect

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Three starts and 33 innings into the baseball season I may have my first “eating crow” moment of 2011. When Brian Cashman signed Bartolo Colon this winter I thought Omar Minaya had somehow stolen Cashman and made the move. Colon had missed all of 2010, and hadn’t started more than 20 games since winning the Cy […]

Can You Read Ozzie Guillen’s Lips?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was in rare form at Yankee Stadium last night. Arguing a strike three call he went crazy on the umpire. If you were watching the game, like me, you clearly heard some four letter words not even suitable for this non FCC regulated website. Click on the photo and let […]

Value Signings Key to Strong Early Start

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Who says the Yankees “struck out” on the free agent market? Despite losing out on Cliff Lee, the under the radar signings made by Brian Cashman has been very important to the Yankees first place start. Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Bartolo Colon, and Freddy Garcia all have played important roles through the first three weeks […]