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Wright Facing Similar Crossroad as Strawberry

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

David Wright set a historic team record last night when he homered off Mark Buehrle to give the Mets a 2-1 lead, a game they ultimately would win 5-1. Those two RBI were the 734th and 735th of his career, setting the Mets record that was previously held by Darryl Strawberry. It’s amazing that he’s […]

Don’t Expect Reyes’ Return to Be Very Memorable

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Jose Reyes returns to New York tonight as a member of the Miami Marlins. It will be weird to see the former Mets shortstop decked out in the silly art deco Miami uniform. This is not the first time in team history a star is returning to his former place of employment. The Mets have done […]

Looking Back: Gammons ’86 Playoff Preview

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I thought it would be fun to look back at the preview of the playoffs and I found this old Sports Illustrated article by Peter Gammons from October 6th, 1986. Gammons previews all four playoff teams, but he seems particularly excited about […]

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 […]

Watch: Darryl Strawberry on David Letterman from 1988

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Watch Darryl Strawberry on David Letterman. The title says 1987, but when you hear him speak it’s 1988 (Wrigley with lights referenced). Thought this was kind of interesting for everyone to enjoy.  

Morning Digest: Classic Media Meltdown Edition

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The New York media has gone soft. As someone who started watching sports in the first days of WFAN, the era of the Worst Team Money Could Buy, and when George Steinbrenner had his fastball I can attest to it. I am not asking for what happened here in the 70s. You aren’t going to […]

The State of Independent Baseball

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Every Friday I discuss the latest Independent Baseball news and history. Yesterday, I contributed my thoughts on the “state of Independent Baseball” over at the Perpetual Post. I wanted to share it with you here at NYBD.  I believe independent baseball has an important place in the game today. First, from a standpoint of continuing […]

Listen: Weekly Digest @ 6pm

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I am back with another edition of the show tonight at 6pm. Hear me “peel the onion” on Brian Cashman’s comments about A.J. Burnett and Mike Pelfrey‘s analysis on the Mets. Our very own Joe Delgrippo was at the Trenton Thunder-Binghamton series earlier in the week, and gives his thoughts on prospects such as Matt […]

Indy Smorgasbord: Darryl Strawberry and the St. Paul Saints, Tony Phillips Comeback, and the Ducks 5 Millionth Fan

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Every Friday we take a look at Independent Baseball. Today we do a smorgasbord of Independent news, history, and facts.  Darryl Strawberry would play an important role on the 1996 Yankees. In a little less than half a season he hit 11 homers and drove in 36 runs. He hit .417 with 3 homers against the […]

Looking Back at the Northern League

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Every Friday we look at Independent Baseball. Today, I take a look at the now defunct Northern League, which is arguably where independent baseball began. Both the Northern and Frontier Leagues were born in 1993, but it was the success of the Northern League that paved the way for other independent leagues to crop up […]