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2013 TOPPS HERITAGE NL PITCHING LEADERS
I wasn’t planning to write about the 2013 Topps Heritage set quite yet.
I only bought one pack of the stuff on a trip to Target to pick up a roll of packing tape, so I didn’t feel qualified to expound in detail on how it does/doesn’t modernize the spirit of the 1964 issue. There’s a full box in my near future, which will give me the opportunity to take a deeper dive.
But then I opened that one pack, and the very first card just smacked me in the face with its bittersweetness: a National League pitching leaders card featuring former Met R.A. Dickey in the number two slot.
Following the logic of the pre-sabermetric 1964 original, “pitching leaders” is here defined as the moundsmen with the most 2012 wins. Flip the card over and you find a list that runs from Gio Gonzalez and his 21 down to a host of pitchers with 7.
But the lineup on this current version can’t hold a candle to the 1964 edition, which featured Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal, Warre...
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It’s not often that a Yankee will have much praise for a Met and vice versa. Then again, it’s pretty rare to see a Yankee managing legend coaching a current Mets superstar.
That’s exactly what we are getting with this year’s World Baseball Classic with Joe Torre managing Mets third baseman David Wright for team USA. Wright’s presence in the American clubhouse has been...
Mets pitching prospect Michael Fulmer tore the meniscus in his right knee and is on his way to New York where they will perform surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage.
Hat tip to Mack’s Mets.
No word yet as to the cause of the injury, but we’re now tracking down the information and will update this post once we learn more.
Fulmer was participating in STEP camp in Port St...
VALDESPIN: Decked by Verlander (AP)
Jordany Valdespin is not an easy person to like, and especially hard to cheer for. Ask a question and he’ll often mumble an indifferent and inaudible answer.
He exudes confidence on the field, but crosses the line with a brash attitude, tendency to showboat and not always hustle. Off the field he wears a bright red baseball cap reading “JV...
Happy Birthday Johan Santana!!!
Any chance you’ll be coming back any time soon to pitch for the Mets? They have you penciled in for Opening Day, but Manager Terry Collins appears to be closer and closer every day to using his eraser.
So, what did you do on your birthday, Johan? Pitch in a spring training game? Maybe get some side work in? Run in the outfield with some of...
Wright has been absolutely smashing the ball over at the World Baseball Classic, and he really has been “the guy” for USA Baseball. Wright has simply shown that he cares more than anyone else on his team about winning for his country, and I think that is great. Although Wright’s teams haven’t really won anything, outside of the 2006 team, Wright is a “winner” and truly...
Apparently, Jordany Valdespin was not wearing a cup when Justin Verlander hit him. The Detroit Tigers' pitcher lost control of one of his pitches and it sailed inside to Valdespin. Verlander says he instantly knew where it was going to get Valdespin. Valdespin had not chance and was hit in the groin.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Valdespin's injury...
First off, I hope that Johan Santana had a very happy 34th birthday yesterday. To have been with the Mets for five years and not have had years taken off his life is a tremendous accomplishment. So congratulations.
Johan spent his 34th birthday telling everyone that things are all right between him and the Mets regarding the pitching shape he's in. Wonderful. But of course...
It was a little over a week ago when the Mets pointed to March 14 as the target date for getting Johan Santana in an exhibition game. Doing so would have given him three, maybe four starts to be ready for Opening Day.
It won’t happen.
Outside of that ill-advised mound session, we haven’t seen, or heard, much from the testy lefty this spring. Today, he sniped at reporters who...
Mark Buehrle allowed one run while pitching into the fourth inning, but Carlos Paulino lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday with an RBI single in the 10th inning.
Paulino singled to center off reliever Tommy Hottovy, who hit two batters with pitches in the inning.
Buehrle gave up four hits and a walk in 3 2-3 innings.