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Meat the Mets

24 Jun

A Newsday sportswriter almost came to blows with Mets reliever Jason Vargas after tossing off a probably sarcastic, “See you tomorrow, Mickey?” to embattled manager, Mickey Callaway. Just a few days before, the Mets dumped their pitching coach, Dave Eiland, in favor of octogenarian Phil Regan. Evan Drelich, the new media beat writer for The […]

NY’s Second Baseball Voice

19 Jun

Gary Cohen, the magnificent voice of the New York Mets, called his 2,000th game on Tuesday, spanning 31 years in the booth–TV and radio–for the Metropolitans. In a Q&A in today’s The Athletic, he explains how he had to adjust from one medium to the other. Well, even 14 years later, I’m still a radio […]

No De-Fens: Red Sox Unravel

12 Jun

The inexplicable has happened. The Red Sox sunk to a new low last night as they continue their horrendous play. Here’s a description from The Athletic that illustrates their epic undoing. The Rangers led 4-3 to open the inning when Nomar Mazara hit a one-out single with a runner on second. Betts tried to fire […]

Red Blunder

5 Jun

Clint Frazier has succeeded in making himself look selfish and immature by avoiding the media after some terrible plays in the OF in the KC and Boston series. Instead, he made Luke Voit and other teammates answer for his poor play. Here’s what he told reporters in an eight-minute self flagellation reminscent of Elton John’s […]

Keuchel Doodle Do?

4 Jun

We are officially in WWKD (What Will Keuchel Do) mode as several teams are in the mix, but reports are he wants to play for the Yankees and will shave his looooong beard. I’m not sure–still think someone like Marcus Stroman or Mike Minor might be the pick, because DK is only a one-year sign.

Mickey Callaway’s Mea Culpa

3 Jun

Joel Sherman of the New York Post did quite a job on the Mets manager, who he thinks is close to being out the door. But Callaway did his best impression of a manager not long for his gig after a loss to the D’backs on Sunday: “We put ourselves in a position to win […]

Boo-ston Fans

3 Jun

My correspondence with a friend who was reared in Boston about how the Yankees, replacements and all, were playing more like last year’s Red Sox squad, and vice versa, was met with his statement that Boston fans have given up on the Red Sox and prefer to focus on the Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. That […]

Dinger Bats

31 May

Jayson Stark of The Athletic has an analysis of how balls are flying out of the park in today’s issue. He writes: Wait. Did somebody just say something about “the way the ball is flying?” Good segue! At this pace, there will be 6,516 home runs hit this season. That would be nearly 1,000 more than […]

Baseball Has the Runs

30 May

I don’t recall another season with so many lopsided, high-scoring games as this one. Box scores are eye-popping with multi-homer games no longer an anomaly, but rather the norm. Have to wonder if the MLB honchos have decided that juicing the game with a livelier ball and exit velo measurements will add fan interest. Obviously, […]

When Heroes Can’t Play

28 May

Chad Jennings, who covers the Boston Red Sox for The Athletic, attended a difficult press conference Monday at which Dustin Pedroia acknowledged that he is no longer sure he’ll return to play. Jennings’s thoughtful piece includes this well-crafted phrase: He said he’s not day-to-day, but hour-to-hour. He might feel fine at lunch and broken by dinner.