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.
|Tuesday can be a new beginning for the Mets as No. 2 prospect Zack Wheeler makes his big league debut when the Mets faces the Braves in Atlanta.
More»Wheeler looks ahead to MLB debut against Braves|
|For this night of intracity baseball in New York, here are some news bits and observations from the press box that might not have made the cut otherwise.
More» Duda plates two runs with a double to left|
|Bobby Parnell is more of a closer than he was when the Subway Series began on Monday night, more of a closer because of what he did and how he did it.
More» Parnell closes the door, notches eighth save|
|In the strange and challenging world of the Mets, all is considered, measured and, too often, lamented.
More» Collins on Davis' miscues, Harvey's start|
|An undeniable link now exists between the erstwhile Franchise and Matt Harvey, who is doing at Citi Field what Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden did at Shea Stadium. Each has pitched an Imperfect Game.
More» Harvey throws 6 2/3 perfect innings|
|For the White Sox, it's their first trip to Queens. But manager Robin Ventura and two of his coaches, Joe McEwing and Daryl Boston, are quite familiar with this borough of New York City, having played for the Mets. This series is "something like a homecoming," Ventura said. "But it's more about the faces you remember."
More» Ventura on the White Sox missed chances|
|Because of injuries and austerity measures uncharacteristic to the franchise since CBS was in charge of the treasury, the Yankees' roster is limited. Their personnel has deteriorated, from superior in 2012 to subordinate in 2013. There is no substitute for talent, but these Yankees are more than getting by with substitute talent.
More» Overbay drills a solo homer to extend lead|
|Mickey Mantle's 1960 contract for $60,000, the original contract painstakingly preserved by Mantle's wife, Merlyn, goes on auction Wednesday as part of an effort by Steiner Sports to raise funds to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. The auction concludes June 2.
More»A Mickey Mantle exhibit opens at Yankees Museum|
|It is unfair to compare rising stars to legends of the past, but Matt Harvey has some Mets fans thinking back to the glory days of Tom Seaver.
More» Harvey fans seven over six innings of work|
|While many teams and cities covet hosting an All-Star Game, the Mets for years seemingly wanted no part of it. But now, for the first time since Shea Stadium's inaugural 1964 season, the Midsummer Classic comes to Queens.
More»Array of All-Star events will lead up to July 16 game|
|The remedial powers of the summer game were summoned once more Saturday at Fenway Park. Raise a pennant, wave a flag. Wave a magic wand and make it all disappear. And it all worked. Boston had stood at attention, rigid and staring straight ahead, not wanting to look, for too many days. It was at ease again Saturday.
More» Neil Diamond sings 'Sweet Caroline' at Fenway|
|The enduring routine that distinguishes big league baseball from other sports and comforts the game's participants will return to Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon following a one-day absence.
More»Teams, fans react to news of Boston suspect's capture|
|Monday was the ninth Opening Day in David Wright's career, his first as the betrothed of Molly Beers, the first as a Rockefeller-rich young man and the first as the captain of the team that benefits so from his presence and his production. And through all those relatively recent life changes, he seems to have changed no more than the beaks of eagles.
More»Wright on injuries, Opening Day, being named captain|
|Baseball is here -- thank goodness -- almost every day for sixth months, even for those who follow teams that will disperse well before Columbus Day. It's here again, and with its return comes the return of daily structure for those more involved and those consumed by the daily-ness of it. Box scores with cereal, kibitzing at coffee break, log-on with lunch, MLB Tonight as a nightcap.
More» Bo Jackson throws out ceremonial first pitch|
|Superstition is as much a part of the game as double plays and high-and-tight fastballs. And the No. 13 is as much a part of superstition outside the game as any black cat. We have 13s all around us this year. But no special allowances will be made for them. Instead, we offer a salute to the number Dave Concepcion, Edgardo Alfonzo and Clint Hurdle favor.
|As an acknowledgement of Sweet 16 weekend, MLB.com herein presents its sixth Sweet 16 Salute, this one devoted to the defending World Series champions, the Giants.
More»A look back at Buster Posey's 2012 NL MVP season|
|In my 5 1/2; decades of obsessive baseball monitoring, I've reached these conclusions about the guys in the booth -- Vin Scully is the most entertaining/knowledgeable color or play-by-play man, and Tim McCarver is No. 2, not far behind.
More»Tim McCarver discusses receiving the Frick Award|
|The doors at Huggins-Stengel Field are still open. Literally. You can walk right in, sit right down and let your mind roll on. It rolled backwards Monday morning, back to when baseball wasn't so locked down, locked up and lock-jawed.
|Manager Davey Johnson has three former or current closers -- Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen -- at his disposal in the Nationals' 2013 bullpen.
More» Soriano will lead revamped 'pen for Nats|
|The Yankees appear to be sinking like a stone. The superiority that enabled Mariano Rivera to amass so many postseason records has been eroded.
More»Emotional Rivera plans to leave it all on the field|
|I never covered Duke Snider. The Dodgers had gone West long before I had a BBWAA card and access to a big league clubhouse. But I had learned to make two subway transfers to get from the Bronx to Flatbush when tokens still cost 15 cents, all quite unbeknownst to my parents. So the Duke [...] More»|
|MLB.com writer Marty Noble covered the Mets for the better part of 40 years and experienced or discovered hundreds of facts and anecdotes about the team. This being the 50th anniversary season of the Mets, Noble regularly will provide snippets from the club?s history. This one is from 1990. These installments also mark the [...] More»|
|MLB.com writer Marty Noble covered the Mets for the better part of 40 years and experienced or discovered hundreds of facts and anecdotes about the team. This being the 50th anniversary season of the Mets, Mets.com regularly will provide snippets from the club?s history, beginning with this curious set of circumstances involving the Mets? greatest [...] More»|