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.
|The Yankees will take the field on Opening Day with several new faces in the lineup, but Jacoby Ellsbury's impact in center field will stand out among the others once balls start flying at Yankee Stadium.
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|Brian McCann's presence behind the plate, in the middle of the batting order and on the mound for all conversations clearly makes the Yankees a more formidable foe.
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|John Charles Kucks of Hoboken, N.J., who became a Wall Street guy, was gone from the Yankees by Memorial Day 1959, and from the game by October 1960. IHe pitched 19 innings over four straight Yankees World Series appearances, his only start coming in that sweet Game 7. Nineteen innings in eight appearances. And his ERA was 1.89. Now he's gone too. But in this household, he is not forgotten.
More» Yankees take Game 7 from Dodgers|
|With the World Series on deck and in the aftermath of riveting playoff series, we get this sad news about one of the most successful managers of our time. Not sad for him, but for us.
More»Leyland, Dombrowski on Leyland's decision to retire|
|The roots of the Mets and Jets are deep. But the roots of the Yankees and Giants are as deep as the Empire State Building is tall. The older franchises have combined for 35 championships, the Mets and Jets have three. The Mets and Jets rhyme. The Yankees and Giants win. But not this year.
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|The Mets eliminated one of their many uncertainties as quickly as possible after the closing of another season of oops, ouch and uh-oh. They said on Monday that Terry Collins returns next season for a fourth summer in the Citi. He is contracted for a fifth, and a sixth is at least contractually possible.
More»Alderson, Collins discuss extension for Mets skipper|
|The season is complete, and now the seats at the big Citi get a few months to recover. But the Hall at Citi Field still conducts business. And on Sunday afternoon, the doors were opened for Mike Piazza, who became the 27th inductee into the Mets' Hall of Fame.
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|There are few who would argue against the fact that Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer in Major League history. But let's take it a step further and assert that no one has ever played any position better than Rivera.
More» Mo enters to ovation after being honored|
|The New York market, steeped in baseball grandeur for decades, has had more than its share of extraordinary players -- on each side of the river -- in the last 20 years. We here have been entertained by O'Neill and Ordonez, Bernie and Beltran, Posada, Piazza and Pedro, Coney and Cano, Robin, Rickey and Reyes, Tino and Tom, Doc, Darryl and Donnie. That list of dazzlers omits five others who have made news or will make news this weekend -- a starter, a finisher, two captains and the "lightning-Rod."
More» Wright jacks two-run homer in return from DL|
|The defending World Series champion Giants are fighting to stay out of last place in the final weeks of the season, which is the last place they expected to be.
More» Pagan's triples for his third hit of the game|
|The fence runs from Baltimore to Atlanta to Tokyo to Philadelphia to Chicago to Norfolk, Va., to New York to Cincinnati, back to Baltimore, to Los Angeles and finally to Washington D.C. Pretty long fence! And now I'm sitting on it, wondering whether the man who built the fence, one of the most successful managers baseball has known since the mid-80s, might be worthy of one more extension of that long fence, one that reaches Cooperstown, N.Y. The question: Is Davey Johnson worthy of a plaque and a permanent place in baseball's Smithsonian?
More» Johnson on comeback win, clutch hitting|
|With an 18-1 record set in 1959, Pirates closer ElRoy Face is the owner of the highest single-season winning percentage in the history of the game, .947. The Tigers' 3-0 victory at Citi Field on Saturday moved Max Scherzer's record to 19-1 and his percentage to .950.
More» Scherzer on driving in run off of Harvey|
|Folks purchasing tickets for the Mets game against the Tigers on Friday evening received a Jay Horwitz bobblehead. Some of the proceeds go to the "Hope Shines for Shannon" fund that supports longtime Mets employee Shannon Forde, who is fighting cancer.
More»Jay Horwitz meets with Mets fans, signs bobbleheads|
|One-hundred and twenty-four games into their 2013 season, the Mets have 38 games remaining -- but who's counting? -- and 38 to make some personnel determinations. Call it 38 and perplexing.
More» Collins on Lagares' defensive prowess|
|Three weekend games in the home of the Saux are to serve as the springboard that will re-introduce Joe Girardi's group to the races in the American League East and for two Wild Card admissions to the postseason. However, one conclusion was abundantly clear: the Yankees aren't equipped to pull it off.
More» Shuck throws out Soriano in the first inning|
|When they were teammates or opponents, Goose Gossage thought little of Rickey Henderson. Now they are Cooperstown comrades, and they enjoy each other more than Gossage ever had anticipated.
More»O'Day, Ruppert, White inducted into the Hall of Fame|
|On an induction day without any living inductees or modern-era players to enter the Hall of Fame, the Hall made tasty lemonade out of what could have been a lemon.
More»Ripken delivers Gehrig's HOF plaque text|
|Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby and the 10 members of the Class of 1945, each of whom was denied the experience of an enshrinement ceremony, are to form posthumously a class of a different sort. They are to be inducted properly, formally, finally into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
More»Lou Gehrig is the "Luckiest Man on the Earth"|
|Heroes and villains seldom fade away in his city, not when they have done their best or worst on a baseball field. How many years ago did Gionfriddo deny Joe D. in the World Series? And though the Dodgers, that Yankee Stadium and both players are gone, this market holds to that moment. Like elephants and rock and roll, New York City doesn't forget.
More» Harvey holds AL scoreless over two innings|
|Mets pitching legend Tom Seaver delivered the ceremonial first pitch at the 84th All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
More» Mets great Seaver throws out first pitch|
|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»|