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.
|Leave it to the Yankees, those killjoys in pinstripes, to be Interleague party poopers. They couldn't be satisfied with the merely scheduled engagement against the hottest team in the hemisphere. Nooo, they wanted more.
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|The breathtaking catch made in center field by Gold Glove Award winner Juan Lagares on Wednesday night was, as some Mets players said, inspirational. Well, it inspired this -- a position-by-position "best of" for Mets defenders, covering 53-plus seasons. Offense has no place in this evaluation.
More» Rose gives love to MLB.com on Lagares' grab|
|The Braves are here. Has anyone noticed? And among those who are aware of their presence, are there some who are passionate -- one way of the other -- about the "A" team? Does anyone here hate them, fear them, like them, root for or against them? Does anyone here in the Big City or in the big Citi give a wit that the second-place team in the National League East is in town for three nights to engage the first-place New York Mets?
More» Niese holds Braves to one run over 6 2/3|
|To this point, the Mets have performed like the 2002 Angels and last summer's Giants, using a dozen papercuts to bleed their opponents. But another downpour might undermine this team. Those with Mets memories may recall a sequence of injuries that occurred in the ugly summer of 1992.
More» Mets discuss D'Arnaud and Blevins' injuries|
|New York Mets pitchers want their opponents to know the outside of the plate will not be shared. Or as Bob Gibson once noted, "The inside half can be yours. The outside half belongs to me."
More» Duda discusses the 7-5 win over Marlins|
|After drawing comparisons to Mets legends Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, Matt Harvey drew new comparisons to all-time greats like Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, Nolan Ryan and Pedro Martinez after making his presence felt when he protected his teammates against the Phils on Tuesday night.
More» Harvey hits Utley with a pitch|
|Jacob deGrom was solid and the Mets' defense took chances that paid off in their home opener on Monday. New York beat Philadelphia, 2-0.
More» Mets introduced before home opener|
|For the 655th time in his career Rodriguez had struck a blow good for four total bases and a warm reception -- a different sort of Bronx cheer. His first home run since Sept. 20, 2013 pleased him and made him a tad nostalgic. "It's been a long time," he said.
More» A-Rod goes yard for first home run of season|
|In spite of themselves and abominable conditions, and because of a preposterous rally in the eighth inning that probably would have violated the Branch Rickey Lemon Law, the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
More» Yanks take lead with three runs in the 8th|
|R.A. Dickey won 20 games in 2012 -- special for a knuckleballer, but hardly unprecedented. That he lost merely six of his 33 starts was remarkable and has been identified as "probably a typographical error" by other members of the knuckler fraternity Kappa Delta Wiggle. Phil Niekro suggested Dickey's 2012 warrants an asterisk. "Not illegal or anything like that," Niekro said once. "Just impossible."
More»Dickey, Martin on building chemistry with knuckleball|
|A strong start would benefit the Mets this season in particular because of the composition of their early schedule, the compromised status of the NL East-favored Nationals and their own need to transform spoken confidence to favorable results and thereby eliminate whatever doubts may linger after six seasons without a winning record.
More»Look back at David Wright's legendary Mets career|
|Longtime beat writer Nick Peters, who passed away Sunday at 75, was as up-to-date on all things Giants as anyone else was knowledgeable about any team.
More»Nick Peters discusses his career covering baseball|
|To celebrate Sweet 16 weekend, we herein present the seventh Sweet 16 Festival, this one devoted to the Cincinnati Reds.
|Al Rosen is remembered as a proud, talented, powerful, strong-willed and motivated third baseman whose shooting-star career ended too early, or, as Ted Williams characterized him decades ago, "As good an all-around player as we've got in our league." The 1953 American League MVP passed away on Friday at 91.
|In honor of Reggie Jackson's intention to auction off the 13 individual letters of the Yankee Stadium sign that that stood from 1976 until the team moved across the street to the regal and current stadium that carries the same identity, here's a a description of each letter at it applies to the Yankees of 1976 through 2008.
More»A look back at the 1977 World Series|
|David Wright taking Noah Syndergaard to task for leaving the dugout of a spring intrasquad game early brought back memories of NL MVP Kirk Gibson's intensity and professionalism with the Dodgers during the club's World Series run in 1988.
More»Syndergaard, Wright discuss clubhouse teaching moment|
|So now, he's Melvin Upton Jr., of the Braves, a franchise that twice has changed its first name. Of course, we'll all go along with this latest change of identity in the big leagues. The adjustment won't be too difficult.
More»Melvin Upton Jr. on using birth name, bouncing back|
|A conspicuous line separates fantasy baseball, upper or lower case, from what is about to begin in Florida and Arizona. The same heavy line ought to distinguish what is likely to develop from what some folks hope will happen.
More»Mets can contend with a young and talented rotation|
|How is it that Goose Gossage has a plaque in Cooperstown, based largely on what he accomplished with the Yankees, but no more than a plaque in Monument Park? At the same time, Paul O'Neill has a plaque in the Bronx. No problem with that. Posada deserves one, too. But retiring his number? If they must.
More»Pettitte's No. 46 will be retired in 2015|
|One of the many ever-changing aspects of baseball is the vernacular used by the players on the field, the fans in the stands and the media covering the game to describe the action on the diamond.
|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 clubâs 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 clubâs history, beginning with this curious set of circumstances involving the Metsâ greatest [...] More»|