Jerry Izenberg of the Star Ledger reports that on numerous occasions the New York Mets, using their territorial rights, blocked a move that would have allowed the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton Wilkes-barre Yankees, to play at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark for the 2012 season, while their own ballpark was undergoing renovations. This is an absolute must read for Newark Bears fans.
Izenberg explains that the Mets feared that the Yankees move to Newark would have deterred fans from going to games at Citi Field and describes the deal as "stone cold dead" and points out that Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo thanked the Yankees and General Manager Brian Cashman for their consideration.
I'm actually at a lose of words right now. Seriously, what a season 2012 could have been, even if it would have been for a lone year. It's no secret that attendance at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium hasn't been up to par, so to speak, over past seasons. A team stocked with top major-league ready prospects would have been like revisiting the early 20th century when future Yankees roamed the fields in Newark and could have potentially opened the door for other affiliates to move into the area. Unfortunately, like the Newark Bears of old it appears that any chance of that happening is history.
What a morning it has been for Mets fans and not in a good way. Rather than try to sum up the fallout from a controversial article on Mets owner Fred Wilpon that published in the New Yorker we're going to let the following direct quotes speak for themselves. Click here to read the full article.
Fred Wilpon in regards to Mets shortstop Jose Reyes:
“He’s a racehorse,” Wilpon said. When Reyes started with the Mets, in 2003, just before his twentieth birthday, he was pegged as a future star. Injuries have limited him to a more pedestrian career, though he’s off to a good start this season. “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” Wilpon said, referring to the Red Sox’ signing of the former Tampa Bay player to a seven-year, $142-million contract. “He’s had everything wrong with him,” Wilpon said of Reyes. “He won’t get it.”
Greetings Bears fans! We're en route to Bears and Eagles Stadium for today's charity contest against Hank's Yanks. The weather isn't the greatest but it should hold up enough for them to play. Stay tuned for a live blog:
As I'm sure a lot people were, I was a huge fan of The "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the pro wrestler, growing up as a kid, especially during his time in WCW. Even when the umm...sport? reached new lows in the late 90s, Savage made it entertaining with his larger than live personality and his outlandish Slim Jim commercials. Unfortunately as many of you have probably already heard, Savage passed away this morning at the age of 58 after crashing his vehicle into a tree following a heart attack.
So where does this all fit in? In his past life, well before the squared circle, Savage (real name Randy Poffo) was a baseball player with dreams of making it to the big leagues. While he never quite got there, he sure did get close.
In 1971, at the ripe age of 18 Poffo made his debut as an outfielder with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (the Rookie League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals). In 63 at-bats Poffo hit .286 with two home runs. The Macho Man returned to the GCL Cardinals for a second go around in 1972 and put up similar numbers. In 168 at-bats Poffo hit .274 with four home runs and even flashed a little speed with four stolen bases which matched his career-high.
His best season in affiliated ball by far came in 1973 when he tore up Rookie level pitching with the GCL Red Birds by hitting .344 in 61 at-bats before getting called up to Single-A for the first time as a 20 year-old. I'm sure his reaction was something along the lines of "Ohhh....Yeah!".
Unfortunately, Poffo's production dropped off upon being promoted to the Orangeburg Cardinals and was cut loose by the team.
In 1974, Poffo latched onto the Tampa Tarpons, the Rookie league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. However, he struggled hitting just .232 before hanging up his cleats and ultimately leaving the game. The rest...well the rest is history. Who would have thought that a little known minor leaguer would go on one day to headline sold-out arenas alongside the likes of Hulk Hogan and Sting?
Those wishing to share thoughts with Randy's family can send a message to the following email address: InMemoryOfRandy@gmail.com
The press conference didn't even happen yet and it was clear that the relationship between Jorge Posada and the New York Yankees was damaged, perhaps beyond repair. I know you're probably thinking this isn't a Yankees blog and you're right we normally don't pick up too many New York Yankees news tidbits around here but when a cornerstone player for over a decade ...that's a game changer.
Last night began innocently enough, with Posada being a late scratch from the team's contest against the Boston Red Sox after he was slated to bat ninth in the batting order for the first time in over a decade. However, soon it became very clear that there was more to this story with Yankees General Manager telling reporters that the 39 year-old switch hitting catcher wanted out of the lineup due to being insulted by his position in the batting order (the number nine hole).
From there the truth became a bit more clouded. First Posada's father told YES Network correspondent and former New York Times journalist Jack Curry that his son made a mistake and should have played in the ball game. Jorge's wife Laura, on the other hand, maintained that her husband could not to play due to stiffness in his back. The truth...well the truth really doesn't even matter at this point. The relationship between one of sports arguably most well-known and respected teams and their long-time backstop is in peril.
What should the Yankees do? Frankly, I feel as if the team should punish Posada to the greatest extent possible. Why? Because they need to take a stand and protect the integrity of the organization. You can't let guys ask out of the lineup to make a statement regardless of their seniority and their popularity with the fan base.
Going back to the hitting ninth in the lineup argument, I have to say that I think it's probably the best spot for the veteran. This isn't just a prolonged slump we're talking about with Posada this season. The team is nearly one quarter of the way through the regular season and Posada is hitting .165 as the team's primary designated hitter. That's not just bad...it's atrocious for a guy who is making in excess of $13 million this season.
If I were in Posada's position I'd be in the lineup even if I were batting tenth in the order, but then again they're not paying me millions to go out there and play. Just my two cents of course.
Click through to check out a recap of last night's events via the Twitter Tale of the Tape:
I have a confession: I love my iPhone. I consider it to be the single the best purchase I've ever made (and believe me I've made plenty of them). Sure, I'm not thrilled will having to shell out nearly $70 on a monthly basis but that comes with the territory of owning a smartphone. After roughly a year with the device, I've been in the hunt for some gaming titles to go along with my favorite apps. Unfortunately, I've yet to really find a good baseball iOS game.
Earlier in the week, I was provided a free review copy of iOOTP 2011, which retails in the iTunes App Store for $4.99. The game, which is modeled after the Out of the Park Baseball PC franchise, enables you to control any one of the 30 MLB teams without actually playing the games out (think MLB Front Office Manager only with better, more detailed rosters). Instead, you get to play the role of Manager and General Manager and control the games from the comfort of the dugout. All of that sounds good, but what really matters is whether or not the game is any good?
Paul over at Paul's Random Baseball Stuff brings us up to date on the latest Bears signing, right-handed pitcher Jacob Wild who hails from Kingsburg, California. Prior to signing with the Bears, Wild had spent his entire career in the lower levels of the Seattle Mariners farm system after he was drafted by the organization in the 26th round of the 2007 Draft. Soon after signing in 2007, the pitcher made an immediate impact with the Rookie League Mariners in Peoria by posting an ERA of 1.88 in 48 innings pitched. His strong rookie performance earned him the honor of being named the 2007 Peoria Most Valuable Pitcher. In 2008, Wild advanced to the Mariners' Class A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (try saying that three times fast!) where he made 9 starts and pitched to an ERA of 3.67.
As a result of solid numbers at the higher level Wild was promoted again mid-season; this time to the Class A+ High Desert Mavericks of the California League for the second half of the season. It is there where things began to unravel. In 26.1 innings, the 6'5" pitcher allowed 23 runs, which resulted in a ballooned ERA of 7.18. Wild remained with the Mavericks and had a much better time on the mound going (6-8), primarily as a starter, with a 4.09 ERA in 132 innings pitched.
Last year, Wild logged 117 innings between Seattle's Class A+ and Class AA affiliates while still struggling to be effective before his departure from the ball club.
I have no idea how his numbers will translate over in the Can-Am League, which some say is similar to the level of play in the affiliated Class AA league (i.e. Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets). If that's the case, it's really an unknown because Wild has only pitched in 4.2 innings to date, all of which came last season.
While his stats sheet isn't all that flashy, with the exception of his rookie season of course, I do feel that Wild has a shot to play an important role with this year's Bears ball club. Like teammate, Burt Reynolds, who I profiled earlier in the week, Wild is still relatively young at 26 years of age so the developmental process is still ongoing.
Throughout his career Wild has worked as both a starter and a reliever so he could really slot into either role with Newark. To me, it appears that Wild has had more success pitching out of the bullpen so perhaps he could be the late inning swing-man / spot-start option for the Bears, similar to the role that D.J. Carrasco was supposed to fill this year in Queens when he signed a two-year deal with the Mets.
I suppose we'll get a better idea of Wild's role with the team once Spring Training begins in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, check out Jacob Wild's career stats courtesy of Baseball Reference:
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|2010||25||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||SEA||6||6||.500||5.52||30||18||3||0||0||117.1||143||79||72||19||38||95||1.543||7.3|