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 is the hope of the men in charge that the Mets of '15 will focus more of what they ought to do and what they can do and less on what can't be so readily accomplished. To that end, the fences at Citi Field have been relocated again, moved closer to the plate.
|It was a peculiar bunch that brought the American pastime to Japan in 1934, a diverse collection that included an international demigod, celebrities of a more pedestrian stripe, a few relative unknowns, at least one man involved in honest-to-goodness espionage and an older gentleman who favored straw hats, seldom was seen in informal attire and who answered to the name Mack. What an entourage!
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|More than a few Game 7s have lacked the tension, distinction and splendor that legendary penultimate games provided. And then the Giants and Royals struck a mighty blow for Game 7s Wednesday night, reclaiming for the final scheduled game a sense of supremacy.
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|Losing the ALCS has to gnaw at Buck Showalter's insides. He brought the better team into the series and didn't win a game. He came close this time, if the games are measured only by runs. But his team was beaten as soundly as a team can be beaten while being outscored by merely six runs in four games.
More» Showalter on series-ending loss to Royals|
|As the surprise party raged on in the Royals' clubhouse Wednesday evening -- surprise, the Royals had swept the Orioles in the American League Championship Series -- a man with strong ties to Kansas City baseball celebrated in a more modest manner in his Queens, N. Y., home. Ed Charles celebrated the AL championship as well as his own clairvoyance.
|If the Giants and Dodgers survive their current series, one will deny the other a World Series berth. It could be Mattingly vs. Bochy, not Dressen vs. Durocher, in the best of seven. It could be Kemp and Kershaw vs. Posey and Peavy. And, if it is, we'll recall Thomson and Branca, Koufax and Marichal. And we'll revel in what it is -- and what it was.
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|Baseball writers often have their recounts of a game typed up and ready to go in a game's late innings, when all of a sudden, the sensational happens, forcing them to rewrite their stories with details of new legendary moments in the game's history.
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|We scoffed earlier this season when Robin Ventura, Derek Jeter's teammate in 2002 and '03, suggested the captain was the greatest Yankee ever. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Yogi and Mantle readily came to mind, and still do. But Jeter so often has done the remarkable -- see Sept. 25, 2014 -- that he cannot be ignored. He's part of the conversation. Isn't he?
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|With Derek Jeter about to retire, Bob Sheppard's electronic legacy also is about to take its leave.
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|The Mets are reportedly considering moving in their outfield fences for next season. But that move would have consequences both offensively and defensively.
More» Lagares runs a country mile to haul in drive|
|New York City baseball has come to the intersection of no chance and highly improbable as it continues moving toward October. The Mets weeks ago pulled to the curb on No Chance Boulevard and put it in park. Only in the past week have their vitals become noticeable again. And the Yankees, after months dealing with detours, were stuck at a light on Highly Improbable Avenue. Gridlock alert.
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|The presence of Michael Jordan, the other great winner of that generation, said so much about Derek Jeter, didn't it? It said more than the words of Michael Kay, Rudy G., Tulo, Big Papi, Shaq and Kobe, said more than the thousands of words spoken by others at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and more than words written by the folks paid to provide perspective. That 23 showed up for 2 was more eloquent, too, and a powerful means of measuring the Yankees shortstop on his day of days.
More» Jordan on playing in AFL with Jeter|
|Derek Jeter is nearing the end of an unremarkable season. His range is diminished and his current batting average wouldn't get him many checks on a Hall of Fame ballot. Jeter hit like Mario Mendoza in August. But to compare the 2014 version of him with his glittering legacy is unfair.
More»Jeter on being considered among other Yankee greats|
|The history of the Met's cleanup spot is rather spotty, though Dave Kingman was the Mets' cleanup man in 410 games and had as much if not more raw power than either of the two players with more cleanup starts (Darryl Strawberry, 599; Mike Piazza, 554).
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|The Yankees retired Joe Torre's No. 6 on Saturday, and in years to come few will likely remember that the former NL MVP Award winner made his mark in the big leagues as a No. 9 before joining the Bronx Bombers.
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|Joe Torre's engaging personality has made it a pleasure for members of the media to cover the Hall of Famer and his teams since his days as a player in the 1960s and '70s.
More»Torre is inducted into the Hall of Fame|
|To some degree and in a strange way, the Mets can relax. David Wright is hurting and was hurting even before Dan Straily's pitch bruised his already bruised left rotator cuff. With road series against the A's and Dodgers next on the Mets' agenda, pain in Wright's left shoulder is about as positive a piece of news as the club is likely to get for a while.
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|Dwight Gooden's emergence in 1984 enabled New York to use two superlatives repeatedly -- youngest and best. For half of the 1984 baseball season, Gooden was described merely as the youngest everything -- youngest pitcher, youngster phenom, youngest All-Star. He was 19. And by the end of the season, he was universally identified as the best pitcher, regardless of age.
More» Dwight Gooden strikes out the side|
|Ruben Sierra once told Joe Torre that all the Yankees' organization cares about is winning. The words seemingly hold true even now, 18 years after Sierra's intended insult to Torre and, not coincidentally, in the 20th year of Derek Jeter's career. The serious sense of George Steinbrenner's "We damn well better win," still fills the clubhouse.
More» Jeter leaps to rob Holaday of a base hit|
|One of the best and most enduring lines ever uttered during a telecast of any baseball game came from the lips of -- well, we'll get to that. When it was said and where it was said for the first time is lost forever. And how many times it has been repeated also is unknown. The line lives on because it was a piece of genius -- clever and appropriate.
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