Dan Le Batard's ballot opens up a Pandora's Box of journalistic questions

Ballot pic via Deadspin Dan Le Batard's decision to turn his baseball Hall of Fame ballot over to Deadspin and the subsequent one-year suspension he earned from the Baseball Writers' Association of America has sparked plenty of reaction, including debates about how good the resulting ballot was, the nature of the Hall of Fame itself, the place of the BBWAA, Deadspin...
Via Awful Announcing
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall Of Fame: ’90 Braves Best ‘90s Mets…Again

You can still hear the clattering. The Hall Of Fame vote – made public almost a full day ago – has elicited much moaning and shouting about how flawed the process is. The words floated about are “broken,” “unworkable” and “antiquated.” You won’t hear any argument here; your intrepid columnist is about to join the clatter. An MSM member as estimable as Dan LeBatard...
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel Autograph, Hannah Storm Cleav-Bomb & J.R. Smith Shoelace Evidence

What was more surprising: Armando Benitez and Jacque Jones getting Baseball Hall of Fame votes or Bobby Petrino getting re-hired at Louisville? BBWAA…
Via Busted Coverage
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Le Batard Outrage Proves Again How Media Perceives Fans

Yesterday's Hall Of Fame announcement came with the usual controversy and debates over who was and wasn't elected, and who did and did not receive votes. However, the biggest storyline that developed after the announcement, in my opinion, was Dan Le Batard's decision to turn his ballot over to Deadspin. Like most people, I shook my head in disapproval when I first heard...
Via Lady At The Bat
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What Did You Expect?

I got dumped in college at a party. My mom's response was "well, what did you expect?" It seemed harsh at the time, but looking back I think "yup, should've seen that coming a mile away". This is why whatever outrage I might have normally had about Mike Piazza not making it, like the outrage I had last year, has been muted. Because it gets tiring writing...
Via Metstradamus
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

I'll start by laying out my feelings regarding the Baseball Hall of Fame so you have a point of reference regarding my opinions. I am of the opinion that there are far...FAR...too many people in the Hall of Fame. To me, it is now the Hall of Pretty Good. I believe the Hall should be reserved for the behemoths, the truly dominant forces of baseball. I'm sorry, Kirby Puckett...
Via Effing Mets
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard is the BBWAA member who gave his Hall of Fame vote to Deadspin

The awful, terrible, shameful BBWAA member that provided Deadspin with a Hall of Fame vote isn't an old voter without his pulse on the sports world anymore - it was Dan Le Batard of ESPN. Le Batard's rationale behind giving up his ballot was sound and logical. You can read the whole thing over at Deadspin, but this is the money paragraph. "I don't think...
Via Awful Announcing
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

All-Time Mets/Yankees Team

Spurred on by the announcement of Carlos Beltron in pinstripes, the NJ Star Ledger posted its all-time lineup of players who've played for both the Mets and the Yankees.  The only criteria to make the team was that players must have suited up for both clubs.  Here's who made the cut:Catcher: Yogi Berra (Yankees: 2,116 games; Mets: 4)First base: John Olerud (Yankees: 49...
Via Effing Mets
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Field of Dreams: Mets edition – Pitchers

On the second Wednesday of every month, I will be constructing the Mets’ Field of Dreams.  Each month I will take a different spot on the roster and choose the best Met, or Mets, to ever play the positions.  On the final month, I will give the full roster, the starting line up, and the manager for the Mets’ Field of Dreams.  Today, I will focus on the pitchers we will have...
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

They Don't Get High On Their Own Supply

It's now officially silly season, as crazy rumors of deals, and crazy rumors about conversations about deals come to the light of day. The first interesting one came about yesterday when it was reported that the Mets discussed an Ike Davis trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, hoping to get outfielder Norichika Aoki in return. But that the trade was quickly shot down, with the Brewers...
Via Metstradamus
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Postgame Wrap: Giants Score More Runs Than Cardinals, Win Game

After yesterday’s stomping, the Giants could have done almost anything today and have it qualify as an improvement. They could have tripped and fallen jumping out of the dugout to celebrate a perfect game, or lost in extra inning on a walk-off walk to an American League relief pitcher, or re-signed Armando Benitez for today’s start. It still would have been better than yesterday...
Via Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle
June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Road Gets Rougher With Braves Coming In

The Atlanta Braves don’t have Chipper Jones anymore, but still represent the yardstick in which the Mets like to measure themselves. There is no longer a rivalry for National League East supremacy, and what there once was had been dominated by the Braves. Kenny Rogers’ wildness and Armando Benitez ensured trumped Robin Ventura’s grand slam single. DAVIS: Still here. Arguably...
Via New York Mets Report
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Today Is The 15th Anniversary Of My Favorite Baseball Fight Ever

Thanks to Camden Chat for the heads up that it’s been 15 years since the O’s-Yanks brawl that Armando Benitez touched off by beaning Tino Martinez and Alan Mills ended by clocking Darryl Strawberry. See the Mills punch below at the 37-second mark; it is the best.
Via Mr. Irrelevant
May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Insane Old School Baseball Brawl…Must Watch…Orioles vs. Yankees 1998

Hope that you are having a good evening. As the baseball season is in full swing, we have been lucky to see a few scuffles this season, however after watching the video below nothing can really compare. While, the era of  instantaneous communications, had not yet prevailed this violent confrontation may be hitting your eyes for the first time and you are in for a treat. Over the...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Fans pack chilly Camden Yards for playoff return

The weather was more appropriate for a football game, with temperatures dipping into the 40s under an overcast sky. Even if it was snowing, nothing was going to keep Orioles fans from showing up at Camden Yards on Sunday for the first baseball playoff game in Baltimore since 1997. After 14 straight losing seasons, the Orioles pulled off a stunning reversal by winning 93 games to...
Via AP on Fox
October 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The doorstep of redemption

The Orioles have won their 80th game. What else is there to say. With a sweep today the Orioles will finally end the 14-year losing streak that has plagued this team, its fans and the city of Baltimore. Confederate money, 30-3, Jeff Maier, Raffy–gate, Mazzilli, The Mother’s Day Massacre, Armando Benitez, Omar Dhal, BJ Ryan, Kurt Ainsworth – all will be wiped away.  The Orioles...
Via Oriole Post
September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Birds- a Threat for Playoff Push?

We all know about the many notorious division rivalries in Major League Baseball…but the O’s and Yanks? This past week has shown growing tension between AL East contenders: Baltimore and New York. After a couple of stressful, nail-biters this week, it seems as if the Orioles are posing a late season threat on the Pinstripers, having 23 games left in the regular season. Yanks...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Steel Kidneys

For all the complaining we do as Mets fans when we have to endure a broadcast crew other than Gary, Keith and Ron, ESPN play-by-play guy Dan Shulman hit it right on the head in the ninth inning: "It takes a hearty soul to be a Mets fan sometimes." Couldn't have said it better myself.Well, I would have added brains of stone, kidneys of steel, and nervous systems made...
Via Metstradamus
August 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Stepping Up and Taking the Blame

As the Mets relax on their off day today, I thought it’d be appropriate to look back at the last few games and see where things took a turn for the worse. Blame Yankee Stadium all you want. Sure, Russel Martin’s homer yesterday was definitely of the “wall-scraping” variety, but the Mets blew numerous opportunities to add on. Their offense has been pretty clutch thus far this...
Via The Daily Stache
June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Emergency Bullpen Action

The Giants bullpen has been a strength since Armando Benitez was exorcised.  It had moments of doubt here and there, sure.  But it’s been strength. This is probably just one of those moments.  But geeze, this thing doesn’t look good. It kills me to say that about Steve Edlefsen.  I like him.  A lot.  He had been a consistent ground ball machine.  That slider wasn’t...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Former ML closer Armando Benitez signs with Ducks

Former New York Mets closer Armando Benitez has signed to play for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Benitez had 289 saves in a 15-year major league career that ended in 2008. The 39-year-old right-hander last pitched professionally in 2010, when he played for Newark of the Atlantic League and then Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins' top minor league club...
Via AP on Fox
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Mother F*#$er!

Well that was a doozy of a blown save, wasn't it? Even Armando Benitez slow clapped that one for that one.The parallels have all been pointed out: Francisco, Benitez. Benitez, Francisco. The build, the stare, the strut, the fastball, the blown saves ... all eerily the same between Francisco and Benitez. And you might think that the Mother's Day Meltdown would cement their...
Via Metstradamus
May 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Tribute to Mariano Rivera from a Mets fan

For those who think that a closer's importance is overrated, let me discuss something I usually bring up about as often as I offer tributes to Yankees - the 2000 World Series.The Mets led Game 1, 3-2, going into the ninth. If they won the first game it could have changed the tone of the whole series. The Yankees were two-time defending world champions. They had swept the last...
Via Subway Squawkers
May 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets Quick Hits: The 5 Spot

1. Big Pelf continues strong start. He is mixing all of his pitches, especially his curve-ball. He is still throwing his splitter, but much less than before and as a result it’s much more effective. His new wind-up seems to help him push off better and throw with more power, which has resulted in the return on his signature hard sinker. 2. Frank Francisco is not a very good closer...
Via BigAppleMetsTalk
April 21, 2012  |  Discuss

My Reyes moment...

Photo by Michael BaronA popular radio show today was debating the merits of doing a tribute to Jose Reyes upon his return as a Miami Marlin. The discussion evolved into the host tweaking the fan base over whether or not they could even define "that" moment with Jose Reyes.  The argument was that with other Mets' greats there were definable moments which galvanized...
Via Mets Fever
April 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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