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The Fall Classic

Now is the time to say goodbye to the baseball season — what a season. The Yankees turned out to be the best team, while the Mets were the one of the worst.

Eric Wedge of the Cleveland Indians and Cecil Cooper of the Houston Astros were shown the door as managers. Also two GMs were fired: JP Ricciardi of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kevin Towers of the San Diego Padres. One has to wonder if Mets GM Omar Minaya will be joining them?

So off to fall. The cold weather, basketball, football and hockey. The Mets have the whole off-season to turn things around. The Yankees have it all. And I will miss baseball.

“Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.”

Until then, see ya at The Fall Classic.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th to all and what a great day to attend a ball game — especially in New York. A lot of good games going on and the New York weather is finally beautiful.

Inspirational Quote
“Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people.” — Steve Busby
Until then, see ya at the park!

The Girardi Watch

The chants have begun. The media is starting also. It has come to the point, that Joe Girardi’s job maybe in danger. The New York Daily News back headline reads: “Torre We Want You Back!” The Yankees this season are 0-5 against the Boston Red Sox and have looked horrible, with A-Rod and his book destined back this week or next. 

Folks, the time has come as the Yankees are hurting and need someone to manage the team better. No, Torre is not coming back, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Bobby Valentine take over. With a new stadium and all, the Yankee fans deserve better.

Until then, see ya at the park!

Dugout Notes & Quotes

The series of all series is this weekend with the Yankees taking on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Interesting story in Long Island Newsday that Joe Girardi is fighting to keep his job, while Terry Francona doesn’t have to worry about his job. On my radio show Baseball Talk I stated that Girardi has until the middle of the season and then he’s out. I stand by my statement.

Looks like Xavier Nady will not need surgery, but just rehab on his arm. Good news for the Yankees. They are also set to put Chien-Ming Wang on the DL and see if they can help him with  his mechanics. 

MLB Standings

AL East

Toronto 12-5
Yankees 9-6
Red Sox 9-6
Orioles 8-9
Rays 6-10

AL Central

White Sox 8-7
Tigers 8-7
Royals 8-7
Twins 8-9
Indians 6-11

AL West

Mariners 10-6
Rangers 7-9
Angels 6-9
A’s 5-9

NL East

Marlins 11-4
Braves 7-8
Phillies 6-8
Mets 6-9
Nationals 3-11

NL Central

Cardinals 11-5
Reds 9-6
Pirates 9-6
Cubs 8-6
Brewers 6-9
Astros 6-10

NL West

Dodgers 11-5
Padres 9-6
Giants 6-8
Diamondbacks 6-9
Rockies 5-9

Jose Reyes of the Mets keeps hitting the ball pretty good with 939 career hits. He’s tied for 10th with former Met Keith Hernandez on the Mets’ all-time hits list. Here’s a list of the most hitting Mets:

1. Ed Kranepool 1,418
2. Cleon Jones 1,188
3. Edgardo Alfonzo 1,136
4. Mookie Wilson 1,112
5. Bud Harrelson 1,029
6. Mike Piazza 1,028
7. Darryl Strawberry 1,025
8. Howard Johnson 997
9. Jerry Grote 994
10. Keith Hernandez 939
10. Jose Reyes 939

Until then see ya at the park!

Home Run Heaven

So far, 21 home runs have been hit out of the new Yankee Stadium. Thanks to Long Island Newsday, they put together a list of stadiums that are the best and worse for hitting the long ball. 

Here’s a breakdown of the stadiums:

Home Run Friendly Parks

  • U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) 2.76 a game.
  • Great American Ball Park (Reds) 2.64 a game.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Orioles) 2.55 a game.
  • Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Rangers) 2.52 a game.
  • Comerica Park (Tigers) 2.49 a game.

Home Run Unfriendly Parks

  • Dodger Stadium (Dodgers) 1.48 a game.
  • AT&T Park (Giants) 1.48 a game.
  • Kauffman Stadium (Royals) 1.52 a game.
  • Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) 1.54 a game.
  • McAfee Coliseum (A’s) 1.54 a game.
Until then, see ya at the park!

No Joy in the Bronx

Maybe the Yankees should have stayed in “The House that Ruth Built” across the street? This, by all means, might be Ruth’s jinx on the Yankees moving to a new stadium. Maybe the Yankees should’ve kept the other “Joe” at the helm? The new “Joe” I give until the middle of the season, then he’s bye-bye.

The Yankees were horrible yesterday as the Cleveland Indians sent the balls flying all over in a 22-4 all-out-blitz. I would hold my head down in disgust. With their star-talent and payroll, they better turn it around fast. Right now it’s not looking good.

Swisher’s Debut

Maybe the Yankees need Nick Swisher to pitch more games. He’s not the only position player to pitch for the Yankees. Here’s a list of the other Yankees who pitched in:

  • 2009 Nick Swisher
  • 1997 Wade Boggs
  • 1996 Mike Aldrete
  • 1991 Alvaro Espinoza
  • 1987 Rick Cerone
  • 1968 Gene Michael
  • 1968 Rocky Colavito

Sheffield’s 500th

Gary Sheffield, who probably thought his career was over, finally made it to the 500th home run club. Here’s a look at the active players with 500 or more:

  • Ken Griffey Jr., 613
  • Alex Rodriguez 553
  • Jim Thome 543
  • Manny Ramirez 527

Happy Birthday MLBlogs

I’ve been here since 2005 and it has been great. From covering the first WBC to appearing on “Under the Lights” it has been the toast of the town. From the “Red Sox Chick” to my radio co-host Carl “The Cabbie” to “A” to “The Baseball Collector” it was, and still is, our little “Dead Poets Society.” I read “A’s” column this morning, who writes “Dispatches from Red Sox Teen Nation” soon to be just “Red Sox Nation,” about the memories.

MLBlogs is the home of baseball, America’s Pastime, and the home of many. I started at MLBlogs to promote my book and, in turn, Baseball Talk radio was born, appearances on MLB Radio, writing assignments, interview for stories, etc. It didn’t hurt my career, but promote it. For that, I’m so grateful. I’ll be here until they take me out in a wheelchair. Mark, Captain-my-Captain, thank you!!!!!

Until then, see you at the MLBlogs party!


Spring is around the corner, so they say.

Yesterday, New York looked more like winter with the snow falling and that’s not a good sign for baseball. The weather looks much better today and soon the season will begin. Here’s a countdown:

  • 24 Days until the home opener at Citifield.
  • 27 Days until the home opener at Yankee Stadium.

Pledge your allegiance!

Until then see ya at the park!

Teixeira’s #25

When Mark Teixeira signed on with the Yankees, he wanted to wear #23 but it’s Don Mattingly’s retired number. So, he settled for #25. Here’s a look at players that have worn #25 in the Yankees organization.

  • Hank Bauer 1948-51
  • Joe Pepitone 1962-69
  • Bobby Bonds 1975
  • Willie Randolph 1976
  • Tommy John 1979-82, 1986-89
  • Don Baylor 1983-85
  • Jim Abbott 1993-94
  • Ruben Sierra 1005-96
  • Joe Girardi 1996-99
  • Jason Giambi 2002-08

Until then see ya at the park!

Around the League & Antarctica

the weather seems to be getting nicer, the sun is shining and Spring
Training is in full swing. This is what baseball fans wait for each
season, the start of summer. All the hoopla surrounding A-Rod, should fade away if he just tells the truth. But, who knows what A-Rod has up his sleeve? Do you believe A-Rod?

Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady
are in a financial pinch, after seeing their assets frozen by
investigators who are investigating the Robert Allen Stanford Company.
Anybody have a few bucks to offer?

Tom Glavine signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Looking on the West Coast, second-baseman Orlando Hudson signed a $3.4 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers. He’s expected to fill the void Jeff Kent left announcing his retirement this past winter. Also, David Ortiz is still complaining about soreness in his left shoulder and sat out of the Red Sox workout session.

For all you Mets fans, take a look at, brought to you by scribe John Strubel. Similar to what the Sporting News offers, Strubel has a Mets digital magazine. Interesting stuff.

The Coolest Race

All interested runners, take a look at John Hanc’s new book: “The Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon.” I’ve
known John for the last 20-years from the New York Institute of
Technology and writing. A great scribe, who authored seven previous
books, John’s byline can be seen in Newsday, The New York Times, Runner’s World, etc. By the way, he did complete 24 marathons.

Until then, see ya in Antarctica!

Back to Business

I’m pretty much done on the whole A-Rod saga and probably won’t mention anymore here or at my other writing space “The Journal News” ( Too much and then Miguel Tejada pleading guilty that he lied to Congress. What’s next?

Anyway, here’s a look at recent signings by team:

Angels — Bobby Abreu
Nationals — Adam Dunn
Orioles — Signed INF Ty Wigginton to a two-year contract.
Royals — Signed OF Eric Shortell and LHP Dan Cevette to Minor League contracts.
Rangers — Signed OF Andruw Jones and RHP Brendan Donnelly to Minor League contracts.
Blue Jays — Acquired RHP Matt Brush from the Padres.
Astros — Signed OF Michael Bourn, RHP Sammy Gervacio, LHP Polin Trinidad and LHP Wesley Wright to one-year contracts.
Padres — Named John Vander Wal professional scout.

Until then, see ya at Spring Training!

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