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Baseball Sees Itself in Canseco

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Great day I walked on to the field and then flexed for the crowd got a loud possitive cheer loved it — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) April 21, 2012 The beauty and downfall of social media is that it allows complete transparency into the world of people. The invisible wall that once separated fans from who […]

The Crushing MLB Schedule Should Be 154 Games

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin was a guest of Chris Russo on Mad Dog Radio, yesterday. During the interview he pointed out that his team played 203 games 227 days last season. Think about that. Spring schedules are now in excess of 30 games. Granted, most of the star players don’t play the entire game […]

Media & MLB Failed a Test, Not Just Braun

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Now that all the information has come out and a decision made, what is the fallout from the Ryan Braun failed drug test fiasco? Braun is the one that failed the drug test. He is also the one that has to play with suspicions going forward. Think it was hard to win an award before? Don’t be […]

Wilpon’s Folly: Time to End the Charade

Friday, December 16th, 2011

When we discuss the Mets we should be talking about free agency, trades, and possible spring positional battles. You probably were expecting me to comment on why it’s a bad idea for the Mets to deal for Oakland ace Gio Gonzalez. Unfortunately, that isn’t my focus, as the big story about the team continues to be […]

The Real Crime is the Leak to Braun’s Test Results

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Since news leaked that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun failed a drug test this past October, the media has focused on the legitimacy of records, awards, and whether Bud Selig’s attempt to clean up the sport of performance-enhancing drugs has been a failure. All those, in my opinion, are secondary issues, as the real crime […]

John Rocker on New Book, the Mets, Bud Selig, Steroids, and Politics

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Former Braves pitcher John Rocker joined me on last night’s radio program to discuss his new book “Scars and Strikes.” It’s been over a decade since his infamous Sports Illustrated interview  with Jeff Pearlman that published on December 27th, 1999. If Mets fans are expecting the same brash and cocky individual they remember from the 1999 NLCS, think again. Rocker […]

The Shame of Losing Jose Reyes

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We all knew this day was coming, but for Mets fans it still hurts knowing that Jose Reyes will no longer be playing shortstop at Citi Field. Once the Marlins crossed the $100 million dollar threshold, it was game, set, match for the Reyes sweepstakes. Clearly, giving Reyes a 6-year deal and an option comes with risk. He’s […]

Selig’s Final Act Should Be Reinstating Pete Rose

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

David Brown of Yahoo’s Big League Stew caught up with Pete Rose earlier this week. Rose gave Brown a lengthy and honest interview that is a must-read for any baseball fan. Today, instead of managing in the big leagues, Rose spends his days signing autographs and attending dinners with baseball fans through his web business at PeteRose.com. When […]

Mets and Yanks History With the 2nd Wild Card

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Bud Selig announced yesterday that MLB has added a second Wild Card team that he hopes will be in effect for the 2012 season. I am all for this as I believe it will engage more cities later in the season. It will also give meaning to winning a division championship, which has largely been […]

Where Does the Selig-Wilpon Love Affair Come From?

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

It’s clear that Bud Selig has no intention of addressing the reality of the Mets financial situation. Despite having an ownership team that is heavily indebted and unable to lucratively sell minority shares of the franchise, Selig continues to publically support Wilpon ownership. Unless there is an angel with a billion dollars in cash, Wilpon […]

That Sound Under the Engine is Your Imagination

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

You buy a used car and upon driving it home it starts to make all sorts of sounds. You are having trouble starting it, and it doesn’t seem to be of the same quality that you were promised at the dealer. You take it back, but they claim nothing is wrong. It’s you that has […]

Are the Mets Receiving Revenue Sharing?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Bud Selig recently gave the Mets an enthusiastic “thumbs up” when talking about the team’s finances. This despite the Madoff suit still looming over ownership, $500 million in loans due in 2014, $450 million borrowed against SNY, and $600 million in Citi Field debt. Let’s also not forget they are over a month behind in […]

Bobby Valentine, Executive Producer, But What’s Next?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Big league manager on two continents, ESPN broadcaster, civil servant in Stamford, CT and now executive producer is a term you can use to describe Bobby Valentine. The man that seems to have his hand in just about everything made an appearance on Saturday at the Hamptons Film Festival. His latest venture is a film […]

Rain, MLB Incompetence, and Jack Zduriencik Will Decide ALDS

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

MLB worries about how a one-game Wild Card playoff will impact the integrity of a 162 game schedule. What I worry about more is how the suits at MLB impact the integrity of the 162 game schedule. Last night’s Game 1 between the Tigers and Yankees should never have taken place. You can’t tell me […]

Einhorn Gone, But Endgame Still the Same

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

There is good news regarding the Mets ownership situation. Regardless of what transpired today, the endgame for Wilpon ownership in the Mets will be very soon. On the same day that Fred Wilpon told the media how “confident he was in the Mets plan on and off the field,” despite the $200 million dollar ownership […]