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.
|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.
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|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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|Decades before my baseball writing assignment was changed to writing columns, obituaries and only occasional news stories, I was a reporter/writer. I took my job seriously and probably emphasized writing more than reporting. Not an uncommon error in judgment for rookies.
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|The surface is synthetic, and it may not be as green as the natural lawns Jon Niese is accustomed to. He may see the other team's grass as greener, though. It may be an ally to his defense as well; a needed ally for this reason: the Mets' defense has been wholly unreliable whenever Niese has pitched.
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|Noah Syndergarrd is a big man -- 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. But inexperience and the recent resume of the Jays readily could have shrunk his image. That he silenced that offense in what became a rousing 4-3, 11-inning Mets victory was David and Goliath stuff, though David probably was a head shorter than the Mets' starter.
More» Syndergaard fans 11, holds Blue Jays to one|
|Hours before Chris Heston began his no-hitter Tuesday night, a brief exchange on the bench in visiting dugout at Citi Field focused on the Mets' starters for the first two games of the series against the Giants.
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|At some point before or during the Yankees' home game against the Blue Jays on July 4, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard is bound -- read: obligated -- to salute the anniversary of the no-hitter Dave Righetti threw against the Red Sox in 1983. An annual salute to Rags is warranted for that achievement, on the 53rd birthday of one George M. Steinbrenner, and others.
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|The unforgiving randomness of big league baseball is a powerful force that can equalize the '27 Yankees and the '62 Mets on a given day. Yet eyebrows were raised and double takes executed 30 years ago when the Phillies beat the Mets, 26-7.
|The names live on in Mets history, even now, three years and a week after Johan Santana eliminated that perplexing double negative -- no no-no -- from the resume of a franchise steeped in pitching lore. Leron Lee, Mike Compton, Chin Hui Tsao, Kit Pellow and Paul Hoover. Each was a professional party pooper. Each was responsible for the one hit in a Mets one-hitter; or, put another way, each denied the Mets a no-hitter.
More» Heston seals no-no at Citi Field with 11th K|
|Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, remarkably, hit into four triple plays in a sequence of 10 seasons, with his first 57 years ago today. Not only does four in 10 seasons seem to be stunningly frequent, four in any number of season is unmatched. Indeed, no player before or since has hit into triples plays as often Robinson. You could look it up.
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|By elevating Lenny Harris to the third-base coaching job, the Marlins put the former big leaguer at what many folks consider the threshold of managing in the big leagues. Its next step ought to involve Harris making out lineup cards and making decisions in the dugout.
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|The 20-6 home record the Mets carried after sweeping the Phillies might have influenced some folks to show up. But the chance to see Matt Harvey on a Friday night seemingly was as seductive as Ms. Sue Ann Nivens at her Saturday night best.
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|Dave Winfield, now a special assistant to executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Tony Clark, also serves as a spokesman for the Capital One Cup. He will be in Omaha for the CWS, which begins June 13.
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|The Mets will only go as far as their starting rotation takes them, but being one-dimensional doesn't bode well for their postseason aspirations.
More» deGrom strikes out 11, allows one hit|
|As much as anyone anywhere, Tim McCarver cares about baseball; he has since his days catching the likes of Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.
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|Regression toward the mean regularly undermines hope, make impossible the best dreams and neutralizes or, in this game, offsets extended winning streaks. It plays spoiler long before the first days of September. It clearly has been at work on the Mets since their 11-game winning streak.
More» Harvey fans nine over eight scoreless frames|
|After hitting six home runs in three games last week, Bryce Harper -- The Capital Punisher Jr. -- had a shot at the gigantic target who is his D.C. baseball ancestor. He fell short, but his feat brought back memories of Frank Howard, who slugged homers long and far for the Senators of the 1960s.
More» Howard belts a home run off Lolich|
|Many gathered Tuesday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center to celebrate the Hall of Fame catcher's 90th birthday, which came a day after the public learned of a petition to make him a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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|The man with the most World Series jewelry ever as well as a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame and three Most Valuable Player Awards has been nominated to receive a piece of hardware that would recognize and celebrate his non-baseball contributions to his fellow man.
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