Archive for July 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

Ok, I’m confused. The Mets looks like a competent, productive, fundamentally sound baseball team. A real-live major league team. Who are these guys? What happened? Has the front office embarrassed the organization so much that the players took it upon themselves to decide that somebody had to act professionally around here? Yes, they lost the second game of last night’s double dip, and there were a couple of flashbacks to their previous sloppy play (note to Mets: do not, I repeat, do not try to steal home), but for the most part, the on-the-field, Three Stooges-like follies have ended (at least for now) and have been replaced by a team that is doing everything right.

The Mets have won five out of their last six, and if it’s a matter of too little, too late, at least the Mets are worth watching again (not that I ever stopped watching – we just can’t help ourselves, can we?). Nobody’s falling down. Nobody’s pants have fallen off. Nobody’s been arrested. Nobody’s shot …

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Luis Castillo

Mets Rumors & News

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction had a New York flavor to it this year: Former Yankee and Met Rickey Henderson and former Yankee second baseman Joe Gordon were inducted, and former Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek won the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award. Rickey surprised everyone with his eloquent and humble speech. It may have been more entertaining, though, if he would have just strung together some of his more famous quotes:

“Rickey don’t like it when Rickey can’t find Rickey’s limo.”

“Rickey got a big ranch. Rickey got a big bull. Rickey got horses. Rickey got chickens and everything. And Rickey got a 20-gallon hat.”

“All I’m asking for is what I want.”

And he once left a voice mail for Padres GM Kevin Towers: “Kevin, this Rickey, calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball.”

A group of Mets players have decided not to shave until they reach .500. I once vowed not to shave until Omar Minaya stopped giving me a headache and making me dizzy …

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The Mets Fire Bernazard (and Still Blow It)

Mets Rumors & News

Couldn’t the Mets have just sent out a press release stating that they fired VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard? Maybe they could have marched out Jay Horwitz to read it. No questions, please. Or Ron Swoboda could have held court, regaling the media with stories of the ’69 Mets and finished with: “Oh, by the way, the Mets have fired Tony Bernazard.” Even having Mr. Met come out with cue cards (THE METS . . . HAVE FIRED . . . TONY BERNAZARD) followed by the Pepsi Party Patrol shooting T-shirts into the rows of reporters would have been better than what happened. Haven’t Fred and Jeff Wilpon seen Omar Minaya speak in front of an audience before?

The Mets can’t even make something as routine as a press conference routine. Who holds a press conference announcing  a behind-the-scenes executive’s firing anyway? A GM’s? Yes. A manager’s? Yes. But VP of Player Development? No. When Minaya started attacking the Daily News’ Adam Rubin, I wanted to jump into …

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Lee to the Bulls?

Knicks Rumors & News

There has been speculation that the Chicago Bulls are interested in acquiring David Lee. Lee is coming off a career season where he led the NBA with 65 double-doubles. If he does not sign a one year deal with the Knicks will try and work out a sign-and-trade. Lee is looking for $7-$10 million for multiple years while the Knicks want something shorter and cheaper.

The Bulls would look to trade PG Kirk Hinrich who is owed $27 million the next three seasons. With the emergence of Derrick Rose and the signing of Jannero Pargo it makes Hinrich an overpaid backup. Instead, New York should look into acquiring F Tyrus Thomas because of his versatility and contract. He is in the last year of his rookie contract which pays him $4.7 million next season. The Knicks should also push the Bulls to take Jared Jeffries in return. He is under contract for the next two seasons and will free up more cap space for next season.

Thomas was selected fourth overall in the …

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Knicks talking to Wafer?

Knicks Rumors & News

Donnie Walsh has had discussions with Von Wafer, according to the guard’s agent. Wafer averaged a career high 9.7 points for the Rockets last season. The five-year pro was on the Knicks summer league roster last season but found his niche with Houston. The former second round pick shot 45% from three last season and would provide the Knicks with another shooter off the bench. New York could offer Wafer a one-year deal worth the biannual exception (about $2.9 million). 

Fast forward to about 65 minutes and listen to me (7/23/09

Hot Stove Player of the Week: CC Sabathia

Yankees Rumors & News

Monday was the 40th anniversary of mankind’s greatest feat: The moon landing. This week the Mets couldn’t achieve mankind’s easiest feat: Winning a series against the Washington Nationals. The whole organization is dysfunctional and a complete mess. We should give them a one-way ticket to the moon. Things couldn’t be better over in the Bronx, though. The Yankees have won seven straight since the All-Star break. And they celebrated the team’s history on Sunday. Who else could put on an Old-Timers’ Day like the Yanks? Is there any other team that could draw such past greats as Homer Bush, Jerry Narron, Charlie Hayes, Chad Curtis, Pat Kelly, Aaron Small, Dave Eiland and Jim Coates? Ok, ok, Yogi, Whitey, Reggie and Goose were there, too.


CC Sabathia: The Yankee ace threw seven shutout innings vs. Detroit on Saturday, and after struggling early last night, finished with seven innings pitched while allowing three runs, and picked up his second win of the week. The whole Yankee rotation was the main reason …

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

It’s Time to Clean House in Flushing

Mets Rumors & News

The time is just about right for a murder/suicide in Mets Land. I’m not saying things are so bad that somebody should actually be killed (though watching the Mets offense these days is putting me in a coma, and I’ve signed the appropriate papers for my wife to pull the plug if need be); I’m speaking figuratively here. The Wilpons should fire everybody (and I mean everybody), and then sell the team. There’s your murder/suicide.

It hasn’t been a smooth ride for Fred Wilpon – and now son Jeff (why does Fred’s son have to take after Fredo Corleone? Couldn’t he have had a Michael or Sonny instead? Or should we go with a Sheriff Buford T. Justice/Junior analogy here?) – since he took full control of the Mets and bought out Nelson Doubleday. Did the wrong owner leave? The Wilpons listen to the wrong people, hire the wrong people, sign the wrong people and meddle in the wrong places. In the last 10 years (well, maybe …

Monday, July 20th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

I’m pretty sure I never even heard of Fernando Nieve before the season started, but when he grabbed his leg crossing first base last night, I thought, “Oh no, what are the Mets going to do without Fernando Nieve?!” Never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares) did I think Gary Sheffield would be on the team, either, but he leads the Mets in home runs, and now even he’s out with a leg “cramp.” The Mets already have nine players on the disabled list, and here come some more.

Things have been bleak for a while for the Mets, but somewhere in the back of your mind you want to buy into the “Just hang in there until Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and John Maine get back” party line, and hope they have another miracle in them. You dig out an old Ron Santo baseball card, kidnap your neighbor’s black cat and have it walk in front of the card, and pray for a …

Knicks to sign Sessions?

Rumors have been flying that the Knicks could offer Milwaukee Bucks PG Ramon Sessions the NBA mid-level exception. The MLE is worth $5.8 million for the upcoming NBA season. The Bucks would have seven days to decide if they want to match restricted free agent’s offer sheet. Sessions is 23 years old and showed a hard work ethic as he played is way to the NBA through the NBDL.

In his rookie season he recorded 24 assists in the second to last game of the season. During his sophomore season he thrived as a starter averaging 15.1 points and 7.6 assists in 39 games. The Bucks selected PG Brandon Jennings in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft and showed his potential as he led the summer league with 8.2 assists per game. The franchise wants him to be the future starter which could make Sessions expendable. The team also has Luke Ridnour and Michael Redd in the backcourt. They will be making a combined $23.5 million next …

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Mariano Rivera

Yankees Rumors & News

The National League lost the All-Star Game yet again, and you can’t even blame the Mets for it. David Wright went 1 for 2 and scored a run, and Frankie Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth. The AL now has the home-field advantage in the World Series once more. How dumb is that rule? What’s next? The Home Run Derby winner gets to host Thanksgiving dinner for the World Champion? The Mets, of course, did not have a representative in the Derby, but they did come out on top in the Dropped Pop-up Showdown and the Base-running Blunder Regatta. It was also oldies week around here, as the Devils try to reclaim past glory with the hiring of Jacques Lemaire. Sure, he won eight Stanley Cups and was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player and won a Cup and two Jack Adams Awards as a coach, but he brought hockey to a standstill with the trap and made the game as exciting as watching paint dry (though sometimes …

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Knicks lose again

The Pistons rookie class outshined New York in a 96-73 win yesterday. Austin Daye (27-13) and DaJuan Summers (26-8) combined for 53 points and 21 rebounds. Jonas Jerebko, the Pistons other rookie was the third best player on the court as he tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds.Detriot shot 52% from the field and outrebounded the Knicks 51-32.

Toney Douglas struggled from the field again shooting 1-6. However, he had 10 assists and the rookie is showing the ability to lead the and defend. The points will come as he averaged 21.5 points in his senior season at Florida State.  Jordan Hill needs to get in better game shape as he lacked intensity on the defensive side. He finished with 14 points, five rebounds and one blocked shot. He has yet to dominate the paint or glass but it is also two games into the summer.

All eyes were on to see if Morris Almond could sustain his shooting touch. He led the Knicks with 17 points in the first game but shot 4-11 …

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

10 Reasons For the Mets to Have Hope

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets are six-and-a-half games behind the Phillies (and of course also trail the Marlins and Braves) and are also six-and-a-half back in the wild card race (and have seven teams ahead of them), so it may take a miracle or at least wishful thinking for them to make the playoffs. But here are 10 reasons why the Mets should at least have some hope going into the second half of the season.

1. Their injured players are starting to come back. So far it’s only been Angel Pagan and Oliver Perez, but Pagan stabilizes their outfield defense and is a better leadoff man than Alex Cora. Cora can move to the eighth spot, and Luis Castillo slots into the second hole, which improves the lineup. Perez was his usual crazy self in his one start back, but he did win the game and he has to be better than Tim Redding, right? And there have been actual signs of life for Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes. They’ve both started …

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