June 16, 2013
1The next two relievers in line for promotions to the majors should probably be lefthanders Cesar Jimenez and Mauricio Robles. Jimenez, a minor-league free-agent signing in the offseason, has pitched well all season with the IronPigs. Robles, 24, had a 1.17 ERA in his first six appearances with the IronPigs. 2The campaign for Darin Ruf to replace Ryan Howard at first base is a ridiculous one for obvious reasons. Before Saturday, Ruf had 10 more plate appearances than Howard but one fewer home run, one fewer extra-base hit and one fewer RBI. 3Phillippe Aumont's demotion from the Phillies to Lehigh Valley has not helped his confidence so far. The righthander went into the weekend with a 7.56 ERA in nine appearances and had walked 14 batters in 81/3 innings.
February 29, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Spring training, like Florida in general, is life at a slower pace. It is a chance for all of us to focus on baseball as it used to be: close, intimate, unpretentious. You are more likely to see a player walking around the clubhouse putting together a round of golf, as Kyle Kendrick was doing yesterday, as you are to see him hunched over a video screen looking for the edge that might help him make it through a marathon season. Spring training is the place where baseball still exists in its organic state, a languid series of fielding practice and sliding drills featuring millionaire athletes whose contracted salaries do not begin until Opening Day. In short, it is a place for the Sam Perlozzos of the world.
October 20, 2011 |
DWIGHT GOODEN told ESPN's E:60 that he missed the Mets' 1986 World Series parade because he was in a drug dealer's apartment high on cocaine. In an interview that aired last night, the former Cy Young Award winner who has a long history of drug addiction, explained what happened to him after the Mets' Game 7 win over the Red Sox: After that game was over, we're celebrating and everything at the ballpark, in the clubhouse, and me and some...
June 6, 1997 |
In one place, Dwight Gooden says he wants to stay with the New York Yankees. In another, he said he is willing to be shipped out if that's what owner George Steinbrenner wants. "I would rather spend the rest of my career with the Yankees because of everything they stand for and everything Mr. Steinbrenner has done for me," the righthander said yesterday in an interview with the Tampa Tribune. Steinbrenner is said to be displeased with Gooden for a May 7 incident in Arlington, Texas.
April 27, 1996 |
Forty-eight hours after being placed on waivers, Dwight Gooden was back in the Yankees' rotation. Gooden, 0-3 with an 11.48 ERA, will replace David Cone against Minnesota today. Cone has a blister on his right middle finger. Gooden was put on waivers Wednesday, a necessary procedure if the Yankees want to send him to the minors. Teams can claim him until Tuesday. Lefthander Frank Viola, who has made just three appearances in the majors since May 1994, was brought up from the minors by Toronto.
March 4, 1996 |
He was supposed to be long gone by now. Dallas Green was supposed to be back on that Pennsylvania farm of his, growing unpronounceable flowers with his wife Sylvia and lamenting the incorrigibility of the modern baseball player. Hired in 1993 by a New York Mets administration since deposed, Green was supposed to be too harsh, too unbending and too unfeeling to suffer through the huge rebuilding process the Mets were about to undertake. Kids needed their egos caressed, not crushed.
November 5, 1994 |
If there is a 1995 season, Dwight Gooden will not be a part of it. Gooden, the beloved but bedeviled pitcher who carried the New York Mets to baseball's biggest prize, was suspended yesterday for the 1995 season because of repeated drug violations. Gooden, who will turn 30 in two weeks, already had been suspended once this year - for 60 days on June 28 after testing positive for drugs. He underwent treatment at the Betty Ford Center from July 22 to Aug. 14, but tested positive again.
April 7, 1994 |
What's this? The New York Mets, losers of 103 games a year ago, unbeaten and in first place? "I don't think you can set up the victory parade for anything yet," Mets manager Dallas Green said after yesterday's 4-1 victory completed a three-game sweep of the host Chicago Cubs. "A series doesn't make a year. But we came to play in very difficult weather. We took it to the other guys. " It was the first time the Mets had ever swept a three-game set on the road to open the season, and they're 3-0 for the first time since 1987.
June 13, 1993 |
Danny Jackson was sprawled across the clubhouse floor before last night's game, fervently exercising. The instant the game ended, he was airborne, his big left hand thrust skyward. In between those moments, Jackson occupied a level he hadn't visited in several years, shutting out the New York Mets, 3-0, at Shea Stadium. "It had been so long," said Jackson. "I was so happy. " It was Jackson's first shutout since September 1988, his first complete- game victory since September 1988, his first complete game since July 1989.
March 8, 1992 |
It was just a game of catch at 10 in the morning. Ah, but it wasn't any old game of catch - not when the man playing it was Dwight Gooden. So cameras clicked. Videotape rolled. And the man who has been the National League's greatest pitcher of his generation made one cautious toss after another - smiling all the while for the folks back home. If it were anyone else, it might not have mattered quite so much. But when the New York Mets gaze at Gooden these days, they might just be gazing at their entire season.