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Nov 26, 2020
Yankees’ greatness is reality check to Mets’ Steve Cohen-mania

Yankees’ greatness is reality check to Mets’ Steve Cohen-mania

According to the legend, this was before the 1934 baseball season. New York City was baseball flush, as always. The Giants had won the 1933 World Series. The Yankees had won in 1932, and had won in 1927 and 1928, too. The Giants were about to break spring training camp in Miami Beach when someone...
Nov 24, 2020
Mets facing more pressure to make MLB free-agency splash

Mets facing more pressure to make MLB free-agency splash

The past couple of days have injected a helpful dash of reality into what has been a pie-eyed dream ride for the Mets for all of November. From the moment Steve Cohen and his checkbook took control of the team, he has been a daily source of unedited glee for most Mets fans. He has...
Nov 23, 2020
Mets surprise gives Sandy Alderson chance to rewrite legacy

Mets surprise gives Sandy Alderson chance to rewrite legacy

Back when this was all fresh and new — what was that, two whole weeks ago? — Sandy Alderson described his newfound place in the Mets’ baseball hierarchy as team president thusly: “I have a seat at the table, but I don’t sit at the head of the table.” Monday, he had to alter that...
Nov 18, 2020
Mets are the big winners of Robinson Cano suspension

Mets are the big winners of Robinson Cano suspension

It took, tops, 30 seconds for the gravity of the news item — Robinson Cano, suspended for a year as a PED repeat offender — to sink in for that faction of New York baseball fans who are partial to the Mets. Steroids are still a serious issue in baseball. Steroids are bad. Players who...
Nov 14, 2020

Baseball cards always will hold transcendent place in game’s history

It feels like the right time to tell this story, but then it is always good to tell a story about fathers, sons and baseball, isn’t it? This begins on Easter Sunday 2010, when Derek Hogue told his father, Michael, about something he’d just purchased. The two had always shared a passion for baseball anyway,...
Nov 11, 2020
Mets should make strong push for quirky Trevor Bauer

Mets should make strong push for quirky Trevor Bauer

OK, so let’s take the New Normal out for a test drive today. This is the New Normal for the Mets: There are no pipe dreams. There are no baseball ideas that make you double over in caution (or constipation) before you get halfway through the sentence. In the same way that most cars today...
Nov 10, 2020
Steve Cohen is a kindred spirit for long-suffering Mets fans

Steve Cohen is a kindred spirit for long-suffering Mets fans

Fans can be brutal to one another. They are always on guard for frauds, on the lookout for posers, wary of those who don’t display proper credentials. They seek fellow true believers, regardless of subject, regardless of genre; they shun fakers. If you call yourself a Springsteen fan, best not list “Dancing in the Dark”...
Nov 7, 2020
Mets need to make things right with Carlos Beltran

Mets need to make things right with Carlos Beltran

A.J. Hinch, who managed the 2017 Astros that treated baseball ethics like a dog treats yard grass, and who managed the 2019 Astros whom came five outs away from another title that may or may not have been tainted, has gotten another job, leading the Detroit Tigers. Alex Cora, who helped mastermind the shenanigans of...
Oct 31, 2020

Examining best and worst of New York sports teams owners

Every aggrieved sports fan has the same blueprint: Just get me a new owner, any new owner, and things are going to get better. They have to get better. Of course, they don’t always get better, but that doesn’t mean fans stop trying, or yearning. Mets fans have wanted new owners for years. This week,...
Oct 31, 2020

George Springer should be at center of Steve Cohen’s Mets overhaul

Maybe this won’t matter. Maybe Steve Cohen really is planning on looking at the offseason the way you or I would stepping up to a breakfast buffet (at least back in the halcyon days when a “breakfast buffet” didn’t conjure the same image as a friendly round of Russian roulette, anyway). (“Do I want the...
Oct 30, 2020

Fred Wilpon’s complicated Mets legacy could never overcome Madoff stain

For most of the 37 years in which he owned the Yankees, a quote George Steinbrenner issued on the day he officially put together a group to purchase his baseball team alternately haunted him and caused gales of laughter in his wake because of the supreme irony attached to every syllable. “We plan absentee ownership...

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