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.
|During the days when baseball's royalty visited the leafy and lovely village of Cooperstown, N.Y., someone must have said "You look great" to 60-year-old Dennis Eckersley, because he looks as if his 40th birthday is a few years in the future. Eck has displaced Sandy Koufax as the Hall of Famer who defies time and confounds the folks who flood the city in midsummer each year. Not that Koufax, closing in on 80, looks his age.
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|Dick Enberg always has been precise. He is exacting. His elocution, his eloquence, his choice of adverbs and adjectives. His timing. So there was Enberg on Saturday afternoon in, appropriately, the perfect setting -- Cooperstown, to be exact; at Doubleday Field, to be precise. Enberg was there to receive the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award for outstanding work as a baseball announcer and deliver salutes and words of appreciation for those had ushered him to this point in his life.
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|It was the morning after the night before for some of us who had inhabited the Hawkeye Room downstairs at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Thursday night into Friday. Nature couldn't have provided a more comfortable setting.
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|Buck Showalter's affection for "The Andy Griffith Show" is well-documented, and his knowledge of it is beyond staggering.
|Congratulations, folks. Nice job -- for the most part in the Greatest Living Player vote. Hank Aaron and Willie Mays were no brainers as half of the GLP quartet. And no one on this (Dodger) blue planet we inhabit was going to quarrel with Sandy Koufax, but It was the other selection that tickled me. Johnny Bench as one of the four greatest still roaming the earth. That's the one I didn't see coming, though the Reds' Hall of Fame catcher was my choice.
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|How would other prominent Mets first baseman have handled the play Duda made on Saturday?
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|Fifty-four years ago today, a Candlestick blast rocked pitcher Stu Miller and prompted a scoring decision that affected an All-Star Game.
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|The seventh day of the seventh month has arrived. For men and women of a certain age, the double digits of the date can prompt at least a thought and probably more about the man who made No. 7 so cool, significant and symbolic.
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|Today is the day when picnics, patriotism and parades join hands with pitchouts, popups and power hitting, and when flags and fly balls fill the air.
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|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.
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|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.
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|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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