Archive for July 2009


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Knicks lose first summer league game

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New York lost their summer-league opener, 90-86 to the Memphis Grizzles. Knicks SG Morris Almondscored the first points of the summer. He led the team with 17 points and made three shots from downtown. The former first-rounder (2007-Utah Jazz) is expected to earn a partially guaranteed contract for next season. He was third in the nation in scoring (26.4) in his senior season at Rice University.

Head coach Mike D’Antoni was impressed with his defense as he was matched up mostly against F Sam Young(finished 3-10 from the field). Almond is athletic and has good size for his position at 6″6″. Donnie Walsh tried to acquire him last season.

Another bright spot was rookie Toney Douglas who had 11 assists and zero turnovers. However, he shot just 2-13 scoring eight points. Walsh, felt Douglas ran the team well and believes he can be a capable backup to PG Chris Duhon. There have been rumors that the Greek team Olympiakos has made a two year offer to G Nate Robinson.

The other …

Monday, July 13th, 2009

A New York All-Star Game Retrospective

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The Midsummer Classic has been played in New York City eight times – on four occasions at Yankee Stadium, twice at the Polo Grounds, once at Ebbets Field and once at Shea Stadium. The first All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in 1933, and from 1959 to 1962 two All-Star Games were played each season. The MVP Award wasn’t handed out until 1962. Here’s a look back at all eight New York All-Star contests.

1934 (Polo Grounds): This was the second All-Star Game, and is most remembered for Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell striking out five Hall-of-Famers in a row. Starting in the first inning, the lefty screwball artist punched out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin consecutively. The AL went on to win the game, though, by a score of 9-7. Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx were arguably the greatest 3, 4, 5 hitters ever put into a lineup. They only went a combined 2 for 11, though, with Foxx getting both hits and driving in the …

Saturday, July 11th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Francoeur is a Met. I’m not sure I like the sound of that, but I guess I’ll have to get used to it. It’s the latest in a long line of Braves who became Mets, some good, some bad (that means you, Tom Glavine): Warren Spahn, Jim Beauchamp, Felix Millan, George Stone, Joe Torre, Willie Montanez, Brett Butler, Greg McMichael, Julio Franco, Jorge Sosa, Gary Sheffield. Who’s next? A 40-year-old Chipper Jones? This is one of those change-of-scenery deals, but will it change Francoeur’s knowledge of the strike zone? The Mets needed to do something, and this may just be the beginning (or is this it?). Ryan Church had trouble staying on the field, and even when healthy wasn’t highly thought of by the Mets hierarchy for whatever reason. Here are five things to like about the deal and five things not to like:

Positives

1. Francoeur is five-and-a-half years younger than Church. He’s younger than David Wright and Jose Reyes. He may be a …

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Hideki Matsui

Yankees Rumors & News

After taking a two-week absence to quietly ponder the Hot Stove Player of the Week’s place in modern society and how it can benefit mankind as a whole, it’s back and better than ever (ok, I was on vacation two week’s ago and just didn’t feel like doing it last week; and it’s still as mediocre as ever). Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Mets were hit over the head with the Liberty Bell by the Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love, but the Yankees made America proud by taking three out of four against the Blue Jays and showing our country’s biggest rival and threat to national security – Canada – who’s the boss. Next up between the two countries: The battle for bacon supremecy. The other big news around baseball this week was the return of Manny Ramirez. In some circles he was treated like a conquering hero instead of the ass-clown that he really is. He’s selfish, fakes injuries to get out …

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Bad Lineups Throughout Mets History

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The Mets scored a run last night! Actually five runs! It was the first time they pushed a player across the plate since Saturday, and the first time a non-pitcher drove in a run since Friday. Having to watch the Mets’ meager offense every day brings back memories of other feable lineups throughout Mets history. Of course this year’s version is due to injuries, while some of the lineups from the days of yore were just plain bad. Lenny Dykstra just filed for bankruptcy; maybe the Mets’ offense can do the same thing.

In the last game before the 2000 All-Star break, the Mets threw this lineup out on the field:

Melvin Mora SS, Derek Bell RF, Edgardo Alfonzo 2B, Todd Zeile 1B, Benny Agbayani LF, Robin Ventura 3B, Jay Payton CF, Todd Pratt C

With Mike Piazza out of the lineup, they look pretty thin, but on a total of six hits they beat the Yankees, 2-0. And, of course, they went all the way to the World Series …

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

NBA salary cap changes

The NBA salary cap is estimated to drop between $50.4 million and $53.6 million for the 2010-2011 season. The figures for this upcoming season has the cap at $57.7 million per team. This is down $1 million from $58.7 from the previous campaign.  Commissioner David Stern notes the changes was based due to the economic recession.

ESPN writes the Knicks will be one of the teams most affected by the reduced cap. New York planned on luring Lebron James with the idea of pairing him with another marquee free agent in 2010. However, if this move goes through then the franchise can sign only one player to a maximum contract. The Knicks have to pay $23,736,207 in luxury tax having a payroll over $71.15 million.

The NBA announced that the luxury tax would be set at $69.92 million next season. The league also announced that the midlevel exception (MLE) a salary option for teams over the cap  would be $5.854 million next season up from $5.58 million.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Grant Hill interested in the Knicks?

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The Knicks tried to acquire Grant Hill nine years ago when they were shopping Patrick Ewing. It did not work out for New York since Hill landed in Orlando via sign-and-trade and Ewing was dealt to Seattle. With Jason Kiddstaying in Dallas, the franchise is looking to land another all-star veteran. Yesterday, Hill was given a Knicks jersey, visited the teams training facility and had dinner with Head Coach Mike D’Antoni and team president Donnie Walsh. Hill played under D’Atoni in 2007-2008 when he coached Phoenix.

The 36-year old has the option to re-sign with Suns and has drawn interest from Boston. Last season marked the first time in his 14-year career he did not miss a regular season game. He finished the season strong averarging 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and shot 55% from the field in April. He also became the 17th active player to reach 14,000 points.

New York can offer Hill their mid-level-exception (MLE) worth up to about $5.6 million and a biennial exception. The bi-annual exception …

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Q&A With Thurman Munson Biographer Marty Appel

Yankees Rumors & News

Marty Appel is the behind-the-scenes Mr. Yankee. He was the PR guru for the Yankees back in the 1970s, and you’ve seen him in Yankeeographies and anywhere else a Yankee expert is needed. He was around the team for Thurman Munson’s whole career, and, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Munson’s tragic death, he’s just written a book about the former Yankee catcher, Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain (Doubleday), which will be released on July 7th. Appel was friends with Munson, and his insights into the grouchy, yet lovable Yankee are far-reaching and detailed, and include a minute-by-minute account of the Captain’s fateful last flight. He interviewed Munson’s siblings and former teammates, and Appel was there himself as a first-hand witness to the Munson era. After his PR days with the Yanks ended, Appel moved on to produce Yankee broadcasts on WPIX, started his own PR firm, has written countless books, including having co-written Munson’s autobiography in the late ’70s, and was …

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Mets Are Driving Me Crazy

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The Mets took three out of four from a quality Cardinals team last week, and then followed that up by losing five out of six to the Yankees and Milwaukee. They gut out wins, and then at the drop of a hat absolutely fall apart and look like a T-ball team doing it. Their up-and-down play is driving me so crazy I’m having arguments with myself. I almost beat myself up on the way to work this morning with this conversation I had while walking up 8th Avenue.

Me: With all that’s happened to the Mets this year, they’re still only two games out of first place. Ya gotta believe.

Me: The only reason they’re close is because the Phillies are struggling, but Raul Ibanez will be back and you know those guys will get themselves together. And even the Marlins have passed the Mets now. The Mets have been playing like buffoons all season. They’ve lost so many games that had nothing to do with injuries. The …

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