June 11, 2013 |
TERRY COLLINS and Sandy Alderson have seen enough. One day after watching the New York Mets lose to Miami in 20 innings, they saw them fall in 10 to the worst team in the major leagues. So after yesterday's 8-4 home defeat, the Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis to Triple A Las Vegas. And outfielder Mike Baxter. And reliever Rob Carson. "I do believe there's an honor to play here, there's a privilege to play here. It's not just, put the uniform on and be here," Collins said.
June 10, 2013
Fed up after being swept by the lowly Marlins for a second straight weekend, the 23-35 New York Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis and two other players to triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday's defeat. Before Davis, who had been making $3.125 million and was a staple at first base for the Mets since April 2010, was sent down, manager Terry Collins pinch-hit for him against the Marlins. But you can't fault Collins: Davis was hitting .161 with 66 strikeouts this season. Also bounced were outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson.
June 3, 2013 |
ALTHOUGH Marcell Ozuna's 16-game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday, Miami's 22-year-old rookie outfielder bounced back in a big way yesterday. Ozuna had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs to help the Marlins complete a three-game sweep over the visiting New York Mets with an 11-6 win. "I'm feeling great," Ozuna said. "Everything is going good. Whenever I cross the [white] line, I am trying to help the team. " Greg Dobbs hit a three-run homer, and Ed Lucas and Chris Coghlan each had four hits and two RBI for the Marlins, who tied a season high with 16 hits and swept the Mets in Miami for the first time since May 28-30, 2004, outscoring the Mets by 24-8 in the series.
May 28, 2013 |
DANIEL MURPHY emphatically flipped his bat to the ground while he ran to first on his RBI single to centerfield. Take that Brett Gardner. Murphy had the go-ahead hit in the eighth after being denied a homer by Gardner two innings earlier, and the New York Mets rallied to beat the rival Yankees, 2-1, last night for their second straight home win after losing eight in a row. "I was fairly angry after he took that from us," Murphy said. David Wright hit his first home run at Citi Field this year leading off the seventh.
May 22, 2013 |
The New York Yankees are combining with English Premier League power Manchester City as owners of a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015. The team, the 20th in a league that has doubled in size in two decades, will be called New York City Football Club. It has less than two years to find a temporary home while focusing on a permanent stadium. The expansion fee for the new team is $100 million. Manchester City, owned by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, will be the controlling owner.
April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Time will tell whether the weekend was a respite against a rotten team or a springboard to a turnaround for the Phillies. Either way, they will take their three-game sweep of the New York Mets, a team that would be even worse off if not for the presence of young pitching star Matt Harvey in their rotation and the rancid Miami Marlins in their division. It can be said with certainty that the Mets are on the road to nowhere this season, even though their charter flight took them to Miami after Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field.
April 16, 2013 |
It's a good time to reflect on what's great about sports and athletics - how we are lifted up and reminded of the better part of our nature. So runners can challenge themselves to run 26.2 miles and we gather to cheer their acomplishment - and no murderous act, for whatever addled motive, can do anything other than redouble our appreciation and strengthen the resolve to strive for our best. So a baseball player can change his society by playing the game at the highest athletic standard, while gracefully dealing with racist vitriol and disparagement.
April 10, 2013 |
START SPREADING the news: According to the Wall Street Journal , Tuesday was the first day since June 18, 1890, that three Philadelphia teams played three New York teams on the same day. On that day, the Journal noted, the Phillies played the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in a National League game, the Athletics played the Brooklyn Gladiators in an American Association game, and the Quakers played the New York Giants in a Players' League game....
April 9, 2013 |
A text message awaited Roy Halladay on Monday night. Again, he had failed when 99 pitches from his right arm yielded seven runs over four innings in a 7-2 Phillies loss to the New York Mets. He slammed the ball in his glove before surrendering it and kicked at the mound dirt with both feet. "You are my hero," the text message said. It was sent by Braden, his 12-year-old son. For a moment, Halladay cracked a smile. He craves perspective during his most trying days as a professional athlete.