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Celebrating Mike Piazza

Happy New Year! 2016 has been kicked off with a bang if you’re a Mets fan. First, word came that there will be a series of celebrations commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the last Mets World Championship. 30 years is a heckuva long time ago, but it should be fun stuff, even if a lot of those memories will be lost among the younger fans among us. But today belongs to...
Via Mets360.com
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: 1993 Toronto Blue Jays World Series roster

Can you name all 26 members of the Blue Jays' 1993 World Series winning roster?
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Amazin’ Moments: Todd Zeile Goes Out With A Bang

Following the defection of John Olerud to the Seattle Mariners as a free agent following the 1999 season, the Mets found themselves casting about for a first baseman. To the surprise of many, Steve Phillips announced the signing of Todd Zeile to fill the position. Zeile had come to the majors as a catcher with the Cardinals […]
Via Mets Merized Online
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Links: July 17, 2015

Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy: The Mets Are Throwing the Dan Warthen Slider (FanGraphs) – Warthen, a former Padres pitching coach, is teaching a “different kind of slider” to his current Mets pitchers. Sounds a bit like a cutter, but he insists otherwise. Whatever the name, as Eno Sarris notes, it’s working well for Warthen’s pitchers. If talk...
Via Padres Public
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Least Likely Cycles in MLB History

The Sporting News and Leon M. Trice I’ve written in the recent past about the least likely three-homer games, the least likely no-hitters, and the worst seasons to get MVP votes. In keeping with that basic underlying theme, today we will talk about the most unlikely players to have hit for the cycle. As you probably know, hitting for the cycle means having a single, a double...
Via Baseball Essential
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Chuck “Bobo” Brayton (1925-2015)

While watching the broadcast of the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Cactus League contest this afternoon, I learned that the Pacific Northwest baseball community had lost a legend. That legend is Frederick Charles Brayton. He was known to friends, family and players alike as “Bobo” Brayton. Bobo was the head coach at Washington State University from 1962 to 1994, which also...
Via Baseball Essential
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part VII – John Olerud vs. Dwight Gooden

Six weeks ago, the “Which Mets Season Was the Best” bracket began, and John Olerud’s 1998 season came out victorious over Jose Reyes’ 2011 season. The very next week, Dwight Gooden’s 1985 season beat out Jesse Orosco’s 1983 season. Last week, Gooden beat out Tom Seaver’s 1969 season by 21 votes. That being said, it is time for these two to go head to head in...
Via Mets360.com
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part VI – Tom Seaver vs Dwight Gooden

Last week, John Olerud went up against David Wright in the semifinals of the “Which Mets season was the best” competition, and Olerud was victorious by fewer than 10 votes. Needless to say, it was a close competition, and this week may be even closer. In the first round of the bracket, Tom Seaver’s 1969 season beat R.A. Dickey’s 2012 season, so he will face Dwight ...
Via Mets360.com
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part V – John Olerud vs David Wright

Last week, round one of the “Which Mets season was the best” bracket came to a completion, with Tom Seaver’s 1969 season topping R.A. Dickey’s 2012 season by 30 votes. Now, it is time to begin round two, which will be between John Olerud and David Wright. Both of these players won their respective matchups in the first round, and now they will go head to head to see...
Via Mets360.com
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Reed Wins Golden Spikes Award

Kentucky Wildcats two-way star AJ Reed has been selected as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making Reed a unanimous pick as the national player of the year, it was announced on Thursday in Los Angeles during ESPN’s SportsCenter. Reed’s clean sweep of the 2014 national player of the year awards includes...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

UK Baseball Star AJ Reed Named SEC Male Athlete of the Year

Kentucky two-way star AJ Reed and Florida softball standout Hannah Rogers have been named 2013-14 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year, in a voting by the league’s athletics directors, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced on Tuesday. “AJ and Hannah are true examples of outstanding student-athletes,” Slive said. “They have competed at...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Reed Honored as Nation’s Top Dual-Threat College Baseball Player

Kentucky Wildcats star AJ Reed has been named the winner of the 2014 John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s top two-way player, it was announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon. Reed put together one of the finest seasons in the history of college baseball in 2014, winning the Dick Howser Trophy, Baseball America’s College Player of the Year...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Reed named All-American; Signs first MLB deal with Houston Astros

Kentucky Wildcats first-baseman/pitcher A.J. Reed has been named a first-team All-America as the utility player, it was announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Reed, a second-round pick of the 2014 MLB Draft (No. 42 overall) by the Houston Astros, also inked his first professional contract on Wednesday with the Astros. He will begin his professional career...
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Memorable Vedder Cup Moments

We’re one week away from the beginning of 2014′s installment of the storied Vedder Cup. The Mariners currently hold a 47-43 edge in the all-time series, but the Padres can even things up with a season sweep. Not only have there been several players who’ve been on both sides of baseball’s most intense interleague series (as things are scheduled right now, Chris Young should...
Via Padres Public
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome home, mate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You remember the 1993 World Series for Joe Carter's jump for joy after his clinching home run for Toronto in Game 6. Ryan Rowland-Smith remembers that Terry Mulholland started for Philadelphia, Ed Sprague played third base for Toronto and John Olerud held his hands just so in the left-handed batter's box. Diamondbacks left-hander Rowland-Smith became hooked on...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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