Marty Noble is a senior member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and editor of SCOREBOOK, the annual journal of the BBWAA's New York chapter.
|Dwight Gooden was such a dominating force that fans would trade an out for the opportunity to watch him reduce another batter to rubble.
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|While the Nationals were doing nothing in L.A. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the Mets were doing something good in the Big Citi. As a result, this statement will stand regardless of the Thursday night results from the left coast: The Mets are ahead of the Nationals.
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|A modest line drive off the bat of Jose Reyes glanced off the glove of the Mets' second baseman and bounced into right field in the first inning on Wednesday night. Citi Field hardly reacted. Those who had reached their seats or at least witnessed the second play of the night stirred ever so slightly. Certainly no one expressed even the smallest measure of dissatisfaction. The second baseman was Wilmer Flores.
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|Secured in the bag of tricks Jon Niese carries to ballparks on the days he pitches is a tool essential for a man in his line of work, a tourniquet.
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|The Blue Jays' deficit in the AL East standings stands today at 1 1/2 games, a cause for angst among folks who dream in pinstripes. On July 28 the team from the north was decidedly south of the Yankees -- in third place, eight games behind. The Yankees aren't necessarily in cataclysmic descent, but rather the Jays, with a power play the Maple Leafs envy, are in astounding ascent, having won eight straight games and 12 of 15.
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|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman waited until his team had played 105 games -- and won 60 of them -- and until a genuine need for more starting pitching developed. Michael Pineda went down with a right forearm strain, consequently Luis Severino came up. Cause and effect, but legitimate cause and effect in this case.
More» Cashman, Girardi talk Severino's debut|
|Any time belief or faith is spoken in the same sentence as the Mets, a link to the "Ya Gotta Believe" NL champions of 1973 comes out of hiding. Our brains bring forth images of George Theodore, George Stone, George Thomas Seaver, Yogi, the Wall Ball, Tug McGraw and the three-word phrase that fueled the team's borderline preposterous run to the NL championship.
More» Tug McGraw gets the final out|
|So, now what? A more appropriate question cannot be asked in the aftermath of the Mets-Brewers deal that didn't happen. The untraded -- red-eyed Wilmer Flores and rehabbing Zack Wheeler -- are still property of the Mets. And Carlos Gomez is now on his way to Houston.
More» Collins on halted deal, Flores' mindset|
|During the days when baseball's royalty visited the leafy and lovely village of Cooperstown, N.Y., someone must have said "You look great" to 60-year-old Dennis Eckersley, because he looks as if his 40th birthday is a few years in the future. Eck has displaced Sandy Koufax as the Hall of Famer who defies time and confounds the folks who flood the city in midsummer each year. Not that Koufax, closing in on 80, looks his age.
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|Dick Enberg always has been precise. He is exacting. His elocution, his eloquence, his choice of adverbs and adjectives. His timing. So there was Enberg on Saturday afternoon in, appropriately, the perfect setting -- Cooperstown, to be exact; at Doubleday Field, to be precise. Enberg was there to receive the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award for outstanding work as a baseball announcer and deliver salutes and words of appreciation for those had ushered him to this point in his life.
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|It was the morning after the night before for some of us who had inhabited the Hawkeye Room downstairs at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Thursday night into Friday. Nature couldn't have provided a more comfortable setting.
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|Buck Showalter's affection for "The Andy Griffith Show" is well-documented, and his knowledge of it is beyond staggering.
|Congratulations, folks. Nice job -- for the most part in the Greatest Living Player vote. Hank Aaron and Willie Mays were no brainers as half of the GLP quartet. And no one on this (Dodger) blue planet we inhabit was going to quarrel with Sandy Koufax, but It was the other selection that tickled me. Johnny Bench as one of the four greatest still roaming the earth. That's the one I didn't see coming, though the Reds' Hall of Fame catcher was my choice.
More» MLB's 'Greatest Living Players' announced|
|How would other prominent Mets first baseman have handled the play Duda made on Saturday?
More» Duda knocks down liner, gets the out|
|Fifty-four years ago today, a Candlestick blast rocked pitcher Stu Miller and prompted a scoring decision that affected an All-Star Game.
More»Prime 9 looks at the top All-Star Game Moments|
|The seventh day of the seventh month has arrived. For men and women of a certain age, the double digits of the date can prompt at least a thought and probably more about the man who made No. 7 so cool, significant and symbolic.
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|Today is the day when picnics, patriotism and parades join hands with pitchouts, popups and power hitting, and when flags and fly balls fill the air.
More»Gehrig delivers his famous speech at Yankee Stadium|
|It was the first night of the rest of the Mets' season, and Daniel Murphy was stationed at third base, also known as his best position. Ruben Tejada was to Murphy's immediate left, finally deployed at shortstop on what we've been told is supposed to be a permanent basis. As permanent as anything is with the Mets of the six-man, five-man, six-man rotation.
More» Collins discusses the offense's struggles|
|Montreal was and, presumably still is, a terrific city. I haven't visited since the the National League stepped out of international play and created the Nationals. I do miss the charm, restaurants and the exchange rate that made visits to Montreal enjoyable.
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|The 1968 season produced the most brilliant, long-term pitching performance in Bob Gibson's Hall of Fame career: 11 starts, eight shutouts. When it ended, he had produced what remains the lowest single-season ERA for a qualifying pitcher since 1906.
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