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Pedro Martinez: The Best Ever?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

During the same week that it was revealed Ryan Braun failed a drug test and John Rocker admitted using performance enhancing drugs during his career, the player I thought most about was Pedro Martinez. Martinez officially announced his retirement earlier in the month. To be fair, most thought of him as retired after he didn’t pitch in 2010. So now […]

September 10th, 1999 - Best Game Ever Pitched?

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I was listening to Joel Sherman last night on MLB Home Plate on Sirius XM. One of the topics discussed was the best game that Sherman has ever seen pitched, and he immediately brought up Pedro Martinez‘s 17-strikeout game versus the Yankees at the Stadium on September 10th, 1999. Martinez gave up a single run […]

What CC Will the Yankees Get?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

CC Sabathia is back safely in the fold and should provide the Yankees the top of the rotation anchor they need to content in 2012. But what have the Yankees signed on for the next five years? Will he be as good as the last 3, or anything close to it? What are the Yankees getting […]

Morning Digest: Michael Cuddyer Right Fit for the Yankees

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

We have discussed the Yankees need to decide on Nick Swisher‘s $10.25 million dollar option for next season. I already have gone on record saying it’s time to move away from Swisher and look for a replacement, preferably cheaper and of better value. Let Swisher build his brand and sell CDs on someone else’s dime. One […]

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 […]

Pedro Martinez: Most Dominant Pitcher Ever?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Earlier in the week I called Pedro Martinez the “Sandy Koufax of our generation.” This was done just by the eye test. I remember how feared and dominant Martinez was as a member of the Red Sox. Even as he declined during his days as a Met, Martinez still put together one of the better pitching performances in […]

Cashman on Burnett, Mets vs. Yanks for Pedro in ’97, Overpaid Selig, Nick Swisher Album, Matt Harvey and Learning from Generation K, Johan Santana’s Future

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Brian Cashman addressed A.J. Burnett with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN yesterday.  We signed a pitcher who was .500. That is what his career record was. He’s a .500 pitcher. He can be electric and dominant. He’s an inconsistent guy. But what he does is give you innings, sometimes their high quality, sometimes they’re […]

Wright’s Stance, Alfonso Soriano, Matsui Reunion, SF in Lead for Beltran

Monday, July 25th, 2011

David Wright returned from the disable list to hit a homer and drive in six runs this weekend in Florida. Chuck Johnson, who does scouting and contributes here at NYBD, had this to say about his observations about the weekend: I was shocked at the changes David Wright made to his stance and set-up. He’s less […]

Top 10 Mets Pitching Seasons

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

We did the top positional player seasons earlier this week. Today we look at the Mets best pitching seasons. 1. Doc Gooden (1985) - No contest. His 1.53 ERA is the best for a single season.  Didn’t give up an earned run the entire month of September. Year W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO […]

You Don’t Get a Gold Star for Winning the Value Equation

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Very rarely does the NBA take center stage on the fourth of July weekend, but the class of 2010 and Lebron James were the big story as fans relaxed, watched the fireworks, and barbequed the last four days. So while everyone is watching this unfold on the internet, what does it take to land a […]

Vote For Pedro

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

When Mike and I discussed a possible return of Pedro Martinez this spring, I said the following conditions would be necessary for it to make sense. 1. The Mets would need to be in contention. 2. The Mets would need to be one starting pitcher short. The second condition seemed like an obvious one, since […]

Watch: Top 10 Baseball Brawls

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Found this courtesy of our good friend Michael Baron of Metsblog. Top Ten Baseball Fights - The best video clips are right here

Pedro and Mets Reunion?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Steve Popper of the Bergen Record threw out something interesting today via twitter: Told to me: IF Mets are in contention - don’t rule out Pedro return. When I asked him to clarify Steve went on to say “it’s a big if and a long way off.” I was at Pedro’s appearance on “Joe Buck […]

James: Gooden, Cone, and Guidry Belong in HOF

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Bill James is at it again, this time stirring debate on a new way of evaluating pitchers in the Hall of Fame. The Bill James Gold Mine 2010 compares starting pitchers across history. I won’t get into the nuts and bolts of it, you can read it for yourself, but essentially its system that measures […]

Short Guys Need Not Apply

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

As someone who is only 5’8” (with shoes on) I have to admit you get taken aback when standing next to professional athletes. During a trip to Tampa in 2008, I had the chance to cover the Yankees for a couple of days. During that time I am standing in the locker room next to […]