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Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Mussina Needs A Win Tonight

Yankees Rumors & News

Since he came up in 1991 Mike Mussina has been one of the premier pitchers in baseball. He won 18 games his sophomore year and has won at least 12 every season since.

His resume is nearly hall of fame worthy as he is consistently been one of the most dominating pitchers in the nineties and has found success even today. He is fourth among active pitchers with 267 wins, 23 shutouts, and 57 complete games and he sixth in strike outs with 2800. He is also climbing some all-timey lists as well.

Despite all of that he may never sniff the hall of fame because the biggest knock against him is that he never won 20 games. Even though the stat is more of a team stat, it is a legitimate gripe. After all, is that guy really hall of fame worthy if he can’t string together one 20 win season?

Regardless he takes the mound tonight with a 17-9 record …

Yankees Rumors & News

Last night New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s hits mark at Yankee Stadium. Jeters 1,270th single came against Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd in the first inning. After Jeter reached base he took off his helmet and received a huge ovation from the 52,558 fans.
 The 85-year old Yankee Stadium will be torn down after this season being replaced by a new $1.3 billion one across River Avenue. Gehrig’s last hit in Yankee Stadium (1,269) came in 1939. Jeter recorded his first hit at Yankee Stadium in 1995 as a 20-year old. He has spent all of his 14 years with the franchise and it took him 81 fewer home games than the Iron Horse to break his record. Jeter has turned up his play hitting .378 since August 17th and has a .306 average on the season.
For …

Jets partner with StubHub

Jets Rumors & News

The New York Jets announced their partnership with StubHub yesterday to auction off 2,000 seats in the their “Coaches Club” section. The online auction will begin on Sunday, October 19th, and run through Monday, October 27th. Winners of the exclusive sale will seat fans five yards behind the team’s bench in the new Meadowlands stadium. The section located on the 50-yard line has it’s own bar/lounge area with complimentary food and drinks to go along with the section’s own security team. Members will receive free VIP parking next to stadium and can stand in the tunnel before games and listen to Head Coach Eric Manginis press conference.
This is the first time a U.S. sports team has auctioned off their personal seat licenses. Also this will be the first time the market will be setting the price for the best seats in Giants Stadium. Bids will start at $5,000 per …

40 Years Ago: A Look Back at the 1968 Mets

Mets Rumors & News

While the 2008 Mets are giving us all a heart attack, let’s take one more look back to see how the Mets became the Mets.
1968 was a sad year for America: F Troop went off the air, a generation of young men fled to Canada just to avoid hearing the song “Yummy Yummy Yummy” by the Ohio Express and the nation went into shock when Planet of the Apes didn’t win an Oscar for Best Picture. But for the Mets, 1968 was the year that Gil Hodges came back to town.
After finishing in last place in 1967 for the fifth time in the team’s first six years of existence, the ’68 squad went 73-89 (the most wins for the team up to that point) and ended up in ninth place (out of 10 teams―this was the last year before division play would start). But that …

Mixed Results in Hughes’ First Start Back

Yankees Rumors & News

Phil Hughes stepped on a major league mound last night, wearing glasses, for the first time since April 29 and got a no decision in the Yankees 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox last night.

The Yankees were looking for big things from the 22-year-old this season and going into last nights game he still had zero wins for the year. He would not pick up his first win last night despite pitching decently.

The trouble was that he did not go deep enough into the game to get credit for the victory. After he threw 33 pitches in a scoreless first inning he threw 50 more for a total of 89 over four innings in which he allowed just four hits, one run, two walks, and four strike outs.

Hughes struggled at times causing his pitch count to get so high so early in the game. He was getting ahead of hitters for the most part, but could not put …

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