May 15, 2015 |
CALL THIS THE week of flip-flops. First on Chip, and now this: I want the designated hitter in the National League. While doubling the potential trade partners for Ryan Howard seems motivation enough, I want it for the same reasons many of you don't. Uniformity. Collegiate baseball uses a designated hitter. High school baseball uses a designated hitter. Hell, American Legion even uses it. Congratulations to Little League for holding out, but then again, man, those pitchers can hit. More and more, the ones coming into the major leagues cannot.
February 13, 2015 |
Fourth in a series of NL East previews) Taking a look at the New York Mets: Manager: Terry Collins Last 5 years: 2014: 79-83, second place (tied); 2013: 74-88, third place; 2012: 74-88, fourth place; 2011: 77-85, fourth place; 2010: 79-83, fourth place Additions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF John Mayberry Jr. Losses: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, OF Bobby Abreu What to expect: The Mets haven't been to the playoffs since their 2006 NLCS loss to the Cardinals and have posted six consecutive losing seasons.
September 26, 2014 |
MIAMI - It was 7 years ago, so it was difficult for him to recall off the cuff, but Kyle Kendrick said he wasn't sure where he finished in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in the fall of 2007. He finished fifth, behind Ryan Braun (the winner), Troy Tulowitzki, Hunter Pence and Arizona outfielder Chris Young. Kendrick was asked that question yesterday afternoon because there's a member of the Phillies pitching staff who should garner votes when members of the Baseball Writers Association of America fill out their ballots this week.
April 30, 2014
CARLOS RUIZ entered the fourth week of the 2014 season hitting .204 without an RBI in 14 games. A week later, the Phillies catcher has been honored as the National League's Player of the Week. In the six games he started in Los Angeles and Arizona, Ruiz hit .500 (11-for-22) with a .593 OBP. Both numbers led all of baseball for the week. Ruiz began the week by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI in a 7-0 win over the Dodgers last Monday. He ended it by knocking in one run and scoring another in the eighth inning of a 6-5, come-from-behind win in Arizona on Saturday.
July 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The seventh inning Sunday started and ended with a standing ovation at Citi Field. Dwight Gooden, seated in a suite directly behind home plate, waved to the Mets fans on his bobblehead day. They stood to salute a man whose name often is invoked in the same sentence as 24-year-old pitcher Matt Harvey. When Harvey threw his 112th pitch, a 96-m.p.h. fastball that John Mayberry Jr. skied to center, everyone rose again. The noise was loudest now. Five days earlier, Harvey captured a national audience's attention in this ballpark.
July 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Cliff Lee has seen the numbers. He knows the Phillies were outscored by 45 runs in their first 96 games but entered the all-star break at .500. It is less a function of his team than a result of the National League East's occupants. Yes, Lee said, the Phillies have played their best baseball in the last three weeks. But . . . "Lucky for us, the Braves haven't really run away with it," Lee said. "As bad as we've played, we're within striking distance. It's not my job to make those decisions, whether we are buyers or sellers.
July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The greatest closer ever stood alone. Metallica's power chords were drowned out by the cheers of an entire stadium and its two dugouts. Mariano Rivera gazed upon them all and removed his Yankees cap. It was 10:51 p.m. on Tuesday when baseball's poetry overcame a 43-year-old Panamanian. This, the 84th All-Star Game, was a celebration for Rivera in his final season. It produced an indelible moment when "Enter Sandman" played and Rivera jogged from the bullpen to an empty field across town from where his legend was born.