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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 […]

Tom Seaver, Born to be a Dodger?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I had an opportunity to chat with Steven Travers last night, author of a new book called “The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times,” on my radio program. Never before has someone delved into the career of the man known as “The Franchise.” You all know about his accomplishments on the field, but Travers […]

Listen: Tom Seaver: The Last Icon

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

We do a Mets-centric show tonight, as Steven Travers, author of a new book called “The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times.”  We will discuss Seaver’s career, learn about him personally, and see how he rates versus the greatest pitchers of all-time. Later in the show I will discuss why the Mets should retire Gary […]

Seaver Carries Mets to Game 4 Victory- Series Tied

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Just 24 hours ago it appeared the ’09 Yankees were well on their well to finishing the ’73 Mets off quickly. The Mets have battled back and thanks to their ace now have tied the Sim Series at two-apiece. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 12 in the […]

The “Melk Man” Delivers in Game 1

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

It was a classic start to this year’s NYBD Sim Series between the 1973 Mets and 2009 Yankees. Tom Seaver took on CC Sabathia at the new Yankee Stadium and both delivered outstanding performances. In the end, it was the most unlikely member of the Yankees roster that did the most damage to give them a 1-0 lead. Melky […]

Chris Capuano’s Unique Place in Mets History

Monday, August 29th, 2011

With everyone preparing for Hurricane Irene you might have missed a dominant pitching performance by Chris Capuano on Friday. Capuano’s complete game 13 strikeout shutout of Atlanta might appear to be another win in a season that will end short of the playoffs, but as Mark Simon noted at ESPN NY this is one of the best […]

Original Scouting Reports on Santana, Seaver, and Koufax

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

During my visit to the Hall of Fame I came across quite a few interesting pieces. Throughout the next week I will share some of my favorites, but you will also be able to access photos of the trip on Shutterfly. To start off, I took pictures of original scouting reports for Johan Santana, Tom […]

Seaver On Pitch Counts: “I Had My Own Pitch Count”

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Marc Malusis did a great in studio interview on WFAN with “The Franchise” Tom Seaver. It was inevitable that pitch counts would come up during the conversation. When asked his thoughts on pitch counts he told Malusis “I had a pitch count. Whose pitch count was it? It was mine.  I know where I felt my effectiveness […]

Mets As Sellers, Tex vs. Giambi, Matsui and New HOF, BBWAA Dilemma

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Carlos Beltran likely played his final home game as a member of the Mets yesterday. Today is just another day where we read rumors and wait for the eventual announcement that Beltran has been dealt. I know that the blogosphere and Twitter will “light up” with a polarizing reaction. This won’t be like the K-Rod […]

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 […]

Where Does Reyes Season Stand in Mets History?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

To date, has Jose Reyes had the best overall season in Mets history? Hard to compare him with pitchers; besides, no one will ever top Dwight Gooden‘s 1985 season (24-4, 1.53) in terms of total impact. He was the difference between the Mets being a contender, versus a third place also-ran. Offensively, however, I was surprised to […]

Gracious Kingman, ’73 Redux, Radio Ratings

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I never saw Dave Kingman play, but heard stories about his mammoth homers, as well as his dour personality. Everyone knows the story about how he sent a dead rat to a reporter in the mail. This Sunday, the Stockton Ports brought Kingman in as part of a Fathers Day promotion. This version of “King Kong” […]

Seaver Anniversary Today, Watch His Cincy Return

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Mets Police reminds us that 34 years ago today Tom Seaver was deal by the Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, Pat Zachry, and Dan Norman. He would return to Shea Stadium on August 21st of that season, strike out 11, toss a complete game, and beat the Mets 5-1. Jerry […]

Mike Francesa: A Modern Day Dick Young

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Back in the 1950s through the 1970s, here in New York City, there used to be a curmudgeonly sports columnist named Dick Young He was a right-wing conservative in every way and a brilliant baseball writer. He was the best-read and best-known writer in this huge market but as he got older, he became angrier […]

Reunions Don’t Always Go Well

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

One of the biggest surprises the first week of spring training was the Mets signing former phenom Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal. It’s been eleven years since Izzy last pitched for the Mets. Of course, he was part of a deadline deal in 1999 when then GM Steve Phillips sent him to Oakland […]