Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of Major League Baseball, and now, the pitcher with the lowest ERA as well, left the mound one last time Thursday, and he was not alone.
Long time teammates and two of the “Core Four”, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to make the pitching change with one out left in the 9th and helped the Yankee Stadium crowd say goodbye to a legend. Continue reading
For the second time, Andy Pettitte has decided to call it a career, at a Friday press conference announcing his retirement.
He will retire as the all-time leader in postseason wins (19), along with a firm place as one of the greatest starting pitchers in the long history of the New York Yankees. Continue reading
He’s on the over of Sports Illustrated. He has taken New York by storm. He has drawn comparisons from Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to Roger Clemens to Justin Verlander.
He has an ERA of 1.44, 0.73 WHIP, 62 K in 56.1 innings. He is the Mets pitching phenom, Matt Harvey.
We know he is here to stay – the only question now is, will he start the All-Star Game, taking place at Citifield in July? He is definitely the favorite, as well as the hometown hero, so it is in the bag, right? Well, just for kicks, lets throw around a few other names who could be on the mound for that first inning in Flushing, Queens.* Continue reading
Today, flawed people judged other flawed people. Mistaken people judged other mistaken people. The greedy judged the greedy.
Judges generally have nothing at stake other than their reputation, which can easily be forgotten when the next case comes through. The judged are the ones who have to live with the consequences.
The Baseball Writers of America decided today that swift justice, no matter who got stuck in the crosswind, was acceptable when voting who would not make the Hall of Fame – and that was every player eligible for induction.
At 2 PM today, Baseball Writers will be setting a standard for who during the “Steroid Era” can be considered a Hall of Famer and who cannot.
What this standard is, exactly, nobody seems to know. Continue reading
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The New York Mets are a team in flux. Since the signing of Jason Bay and the Madoff Scandal, the Mets have done very little spending and have been selling off or letting go of their expensive pieces. Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and others have left and suddenly the Mets sit at an interesting point: Do they start building now, or do they wait a bit longer before making their move.
This “will they or won’t they” is an important factor right now as the future of R.A. Dickey depends on the answer.
Phase V: Regrowth Through Youth and Pitching
With their moves, the new Marlins of 1998 had only a $15 million total salary payroll. This was a staggering change from the $52 million of the year prior – leaving only 29% of the cost remaining. Livan Hernandez and Preston Wilson would make up some of the very few good pieces this team had left. All in all, the Marlins would become the first (and only in history to this point) team to lose 100 games in a defense of a World Series Championship.
1999 would be a year of change for the Marlins, though not necessarily in a positive moving direction. Wayne Huizenga finally sold the team; to Boca Raton native, John Henry. They also struck big in the draft, selecting future World Series MVP, Josh Beckett, with the first overall pick.
Every year of my childhood, I spent two weeks in Florida each year with my grandparents. For whatever reason, I began to have a kinship with the new sports teams that would appear in the South Florida market over those years – specifically the Panthers and Marlins. While relevant for a few years, the Panthers have lived a fairly mediocre and uneventful existence since 1996.
The Marlins, on the other hand, have been full of success, controversy, and reinvention. Just this week, once again, Miami was full of change when a mega-deal between the Marlins and Blue Jays commenced sending every Marlin making money to Toronto – including Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson – in return for cheap prospects.
While my following of the team has fallen to being inconsequential over the years, they have always been very intriguing to look into. They are coming up on their 20th anniversary in 2013, so it is as good of a time as any to look back at the eventful history of the Marlins:
Injured San Francisco Giants closer, Brian Wilson, tries to rally his team late in Game 6 of the 2012 NLCS vs. the Cardinals by playing “We Will Rock You” on his teammates’ heads.
Brian Wilson…still getting it done.
This time of year, starting pitchers get all the looks for the Cy Young award and why not, they pitch the most innings and have the longest effect on games of anyone during the game.
There have been several relief pitchers that have won the Cy Young, but like starting pitchers and the MVP, it is few and far between. But every so often, there comes a reliever that should get the attention of the media and their league.
This year, we have one in the American League that should be under major consideration: the Tampa Bay Ray’s closer, Fernando Rodney.