Sunday, March 18, 2018

Don't pay the man. He just writes the same thing over and over.

For decades, Lupica has written the exact same thing about the Mets during Spring Training.

Change "Callaway" to "Randolph" or "Collins" or "Valentine" or "Howe."

Change "Conforto" to "Bay" or "Burnitz" or "Agbayani" or "Cuddyer."

It's not baseball analysis. It's Mets PR:

"Does a lot have to break right for the Mets? Yeah. A lot has to break right. Is it crazy to think the big things might break right? Somebody has to explain to me why, or how."

I can say this about any team, any year, any sport. "If a lot breaks right, it's not crazy that this team can compete."

That empty observation does not qualify as analysis or a prediction.

"There is a famous line out of the city’s baseball past, from a season 40 years ago exactly. It was after Bob Lemon replaced Billy Martin and the Yankees came back from being 14½ games behind the Red Sox and Lem was explaining, in his wry way, about the secret of the Yankees’ success after he took over for Billy.

'I just try to keep the pitching straightened out, and hope Reggie hits,' Lem said."

The 1977 Yankees. The 1986 Mets. The 2004 Red Sox. The 1980 US Olympic hockey team.

So, now that you've brought up a 40-year-old quote from a Yankee manager, what does that have to do with the 2018 Mets?

"Mickey Callaway is the one entrusted with getting the pitching straightened out, with Thor and deGrom and Harvey and Matz and everybody else. Then he hopes Cespedes hits. There are other things that need to happen, you bet. They need to get a solid year out of Todd Frazier at third. And it wouldn’t hurt if Adrian Gonzalez were even close to what he used to be on the other side of the infield. Nobody is suggesting they’re great. You don’t have to be to make a great baseball summer again in National League New York.

Mets fans just want a chance. I believe they might have one. New York Mights. Hope might not be the best possible business plan in baseball. What else are you supposed to do at this time of year?"

What a waste of time.

Once again, I truly wonder if Lupica is employed by the Mets and just conning the Daily News.

This entire article provides zero information to its readers. Lupica is just a pea-brain hyping up the Mets and slagging on the Yankees.

You wouldn't know that the Yankees won 21 more games than the Mets did last season. Oh, and the Yankees added the NL MVP.

"How come I keep thinking Stanton is going to do waaaay more DH-ing this season than he thought he was signing up for with our kids on 161st Street?"

Is this supposed to be a slag on Stanton's fielding abilities?

Yeah, no one cares.

Stanton is the Yankees' DH. Stanton is essentially replacing Matt Holliday. Hooray for the Yankees.

"You turn on these early-round games in March Madness and sometimes see so many empty seats, even close to the court, you think for a second you might be watching a Yankee home game."


Lupica in mid-season form. Look out, Cashman.

For what it's worth, do you know what the attendance was at Yankee home games last season?


Not the ARod heydays, but hardly and empty stadium.

"By the way?

You know what the Yankees might be sort of and kind of hoping?

That Alex Cobb doesn’t end up pitching for the Red Sox this season."

Well, it's like Bob "Lem" Lemon told me forty years ago, chomping on a cheap cigar and using a fungo bat to scratch his scrotum. Lem sez to me he sez, "I'm gonna put a lineup out there every day and hope they play good."

Because Hope is the currency of Spring Training.

Even if five-time Cy Young Award winner Alex Cobb ends up pitching at the Fens, Yankee fans still have Hope and Grit, and they can dream of the playoffs if a lot of things break right this year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Start the inning with a runner on second base.

I would like to find a single baseball fan who endorses this idea.

I would also challenge anyone to read the following clarification without laughing:

"For purposes of calculating earned runs under Rule 9.16, the runner who begins an inning on second base pursuant to this rule shall be deemed to be a runner who has reached second base because of a fielding error, but no error shall be charged to the opposing team or to any player."

Thanks for clearing that up.

Since the minor leagues no longer take the game of baseball seriously, what are the precise rules for ghost runners, "Indian rubbing," and do-overs?

What "shall be charged" to the pitcher's ERA if the runner on second base has to abandon the base because the game is being played in the middle of the street and a car drives by and "time out" was called but "time in" was not called by the same person?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Not that I put too much stock in Spring Training performances ...

... but this is the Matt Harvey performance being described as "solid":

"Harvey allowed five runs on six hits. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out two in 4.2 innings work. 


The top of the Yankees’ lineup -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Stanton -- had four of the hits against Harvey and he dominated the rest of the lineup, which admittedly were largely fringe players.

But, if Saturday is how a bad day is going to go for Harvey, then the Mets rotation is going to be fine."

If the Yankee lineup scores a run per inning, they're also going to be fine.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

When Erik Kratz talks, people listen.

Yes, the Mets are more "selective" when they retire player numbers.

Nice try, Mets.

I don't even know why the Mets spend so much energy comparing themselves to the Yankees.

Funny thing is, if you walk around Citi Field, half the alumni have a plaque or a banner. I like to take a stroll and add up the cocaine addicts and steroid cheats.

Friday, February 23, 2018

If it's laughable, then laugh.

"Maybe Cashman was being cheeky, but it’s a bad look. Say what you will about the Yankees — and everything possible has been — they are the big boys on the block, in the Big Apple and in our pastime. The Yankees are so bit that only a team from the NFL (the Dallas Cowboys) is worth more, at $4 billion. Everything about the Yankees, from their history, to the names burned in our collective history, to their opulent new stadium and the prices to sit in said stadium is outsized.

The Yankees are so burned into the sports vernacular that Vince Lombardi’s first goal as head coach was to make his Green Bay Packers the New York Yankees of football. When tourists return from a trip to New York and either complain or marvel at the size and speed of everything, that’s what the Yankees represent, the mythology of money and skyscrapers and the House That Ruth Built."

Jeez, pal. He's just trying to take the pressure off.

Why? Because, in case you hadn't noticed, everyone wants to be the underdog.

There's a new sheriff in town.

The guts it takes to discipline a bench warmer in a spring training game.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nice guy, bad contract.

The horror of this contract is seldom, if ever, brought up.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

These writers hated Girardi the whole time.

All I ask is that I get a nickel every time Boone says "the process."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

"Hitting .300" is something people care about again?

Public free agent/contract disputes between pro sports players and pro sports ownership?

One time, I'd like to see a commenter take the side of the players:

"All you need to know about the current impasse with free agents in baseball is the headline I saw the other day about Eric Hosmer looking for an 8- or 9-year deal.

Well, OK, Hosmer can look for a contract like that.

But on what planet?"

The same planet where a 65-year-old man can tweet that Justin Timberlake's halftime show was the greatest halftime show ever.

"And on what planet is a $125 million, five-year deal something about which J.D. Martinez gets to act insulted, a glorified DH who had one really great home-run year splitting time between the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks?"

When the Mets sign J.D. Martinez, Lupica will compare Martinez to Roberto Clemente.

"But owners are supposed to be colluding because they’re not giving guys like Martinez the kind of seven-year deal that the Yankees gave Jacoby Ellsbury, somebody the Yankees now can’t give away."

Not sure if the owners are "supposed to be" colluding. The players and their agents are grumbling and that's what they always do. 

"And if you want to look at a longer contract than that, look at where the Mariners are with Robinson Cano, four years into his 10-year and $240 million deal.

You know how many times Cano has hit .300 in Seattle so far?


Weird about-face.

I think the Mariners will regret a 10-year deal and I always have. Cano's first four years in Seattle have been good, but not MVP worthy.

But every NY writer, including Lupica, has spent four years ripping the Yankees for letting Cano go.

So Lupica just admitted the Yankees made a smart move. But he did it indirectly and probably unintentionally.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The moment Yankee fans decided they wanted the Yankees to get Yu Darvish.

In case you forgot or were unaware ...

... Mike Lupica is buddies with Buck Showalter.

The ostensible purpose of the article is to explain that Manny Machado's manager is aware of the fact that Manny Machado is an excellent baseball player.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

He doesn't see it.

John Harper won't vote for the hardcore users whose late-career stats made a farce of the record books (his words):

"As I heard Ron Darling and Mike Lowell, two respected former players, say on MLB Network during a round-table discussion: basically, that even before testing, every player knew it was wrong, and if you took steroids you traded the numbers and the financial rewards for the Hall of Fame."

Next paragraph:

"I’m hoping this is the year Edgar Martinez makes it. I’ve voted for him for years, and DH or not, he’s a perfect example of the need to reward excellence. As a pure hitter he was one of the best ever, as pitchers who faced him are the first to tell you."

37-year-old Edgar Martinez:

 .324/.423/.579, 37 HRs, 31 doubles, 145 RBIs.