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Are the Mets Forcing Scranton to Barnstorm Over ’06 Snub?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Yankees have announced their Triple-A affiliate will play its home games in six different locations in 2012: Rochester, Batavia, Syracuse, Lehigh Valley, Buffalo, and Pawtucket. This is due to renovation of PNC Field, which will take the entire 2012 season. The Mets not only rejected the Yankees request to play at Bears & Eagles Stadium in […]

What Is Your Favorite Old Ballpark? Honoring Torre, Wright’s Crossroad and Friendly Neighborhood

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Last night the SNY booth was discussing old ballparks and it gave me the idea to reach out to my Twitter and Facebook followers to ask what old ballpark would they have liked to watch a game. Here are the responses I received: Ebbetts Field Polo Grounds Crosley Field Jarry Park Original Yankee Stadium Astrodome […]

Could Rockland Be the Perfect Site for the Scranton Yankees in 2012?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Each week we take a look at what is going on with independent baseball. This week I opine about the 2012 home of the Scranton Yankees, and whether Provident Bank Park in Rockland County would be the perfect fit. Last week, Robert Pimpsner of Gotham Baseball Magazine discussed the possibility of the Scranton Yankees playing their 2012 […]

End the Season on Labor Day, Sept Trades, Scranton Yanks in Staten Island, Fan Interference

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Today is Labor Day and it’s the unofficial end of summer. School starts tomorrow, the NFL starts next Sunday, and there will be no more long weekends in the Hamptons. Should baseball end as well? Longtime journalist Frank Deford believes so. Last week, he wrote a piece for NPR where he proposes a 140 game scheduled and […]

Parnell and BABIP, Bill Buckner on Curb, Second Spitter, Jesus Montero and Marketing of the Future

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Check out this blurb from a piece by Andy McCullough in the Star Ledger about Bobby Parnell: Few Mets have experienced patches of bad luck like him this season. He possesses the second-highest batting average on balls in play (.343), which measures how often a hit is recorded when the hitter makes contact. The average for a […]

Listen: Weekly Digest Tonight at 6pm

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Tonight I am headlined by longtime sports writer Phil Pepe. Phil has been a friend to the show over the years, and he will discuss his latest book “1961*: The Inside Story of the Maris-Mantle Home Run Chase.” Pepe had a firsthand look at the ’61 Yanks and the historic home run race as he […]

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 […]

NY-Penn League ASG A Local Affair

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The New York- Penn League will play its All Star Game next Tuesday, August 17th, at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island. Of course, that is the home of the local Staten Island Yankees, whose selections include pitchers Mikey O’Brien, Preston Clairborne and Chase Whitley, shortstop Jose Mojica and outfielder Eduardo Sosa. Staten Island […]

Players to Watch in the NY-Penn League

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The NY- Penn League short season opened up on Friday night. Of course, that means we can talk about the Brooklyn Cyclone and Staten Island Yankees for the next couple of months. NYBD contributor Jed Weisberger writes for MILB.com and did a preview of players to watch this season. Some of the names he mentioned […]

Tampa and Staten Island Win League Championships

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The Tampa and Staten Island Yankees both won their respective league championships last night. Staten Island, thanks to five scorless innings of relief by Benjamin Watkins, defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers by the score of 5-2 and the series 2-1. The Yankees broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with three runs. CF Zoilo Almonte […]