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.
|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.
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|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.
More» Revere robs Duda of a home run in the 4th|
|The game was at its best for four days this past weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., as legends reunited, bringing back sentimental thoughts and appreciation for the greats.
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|Atlanta embraced Tom Glavine because of he was a pure-bred Brave, because he made his offseason home in nearby Alpharetta, Ga. and because he could pitch and win. It endured his growing pains and that unbecoming 7-17 record in 1988. The city had taken him to its heart and made him a favorite son. Glavine could have run for office had he not run to the Mets. But, with powerful misgivings his general manager later made public, he split.
More»Tom Glavine joins Matt Vasgersian on High Heat|
|While Tom Seaver's Hall of Fame standing has brought him unique acclaim and been so fulfilling, he is quite willing to be displaced as the highest percentile vote-getter -- so long as his replacement is the right player. Derek Jeter is the right player. Seaver says so. Moreover, he thinks the Yankees' captain ought to be the first unanimously elected Hall of Famer.
More»Tom Seaver takes his place among baseball's greats|
|It's been a rewarding life for Bobby Cox. Simplified, it's been about smoking cigars, working his farm, earning ejections, winning more than 2,500 baseball games and untold friends and being one of the most pleasant people on the planet.
More»Cox excited for Cooperstown induction|
|Just a second. What is the big fuss about Madison Bumgarner? So he's hit three home runs this season, and two of them have been grand slams. Nice, but before we re-involve ourselves in the pennant races, please allow for a repeat of the question and some explanation of why hitting three home runs, two of them slams, in a season doesn't seem like all that much to folks who monitored the game before last week.
More» Bumgarner sends a grand slam to left field|
|Because the National League East standings that exist today are, in some ways, comparable to those of the All-Star break of 1973 -- and because the Mets finally are performing at a competitive level -- folks in these parts have begun to think (read: fantasize) that the Mets of 2014 could repeat the unfathomable rise-and- conquer achieved by Rusty, Tug, Tom Terrfic, Cleon, Koozy, Matlack, Buddy and Yogi 41years ago.
More» Collins happy with Mets' great homestand|
|The All-Star Game electorate ought to be proud of the mandate it afforded the Yankees captain. Electing him was the proper thing to do, something akin to Mickey Mantle being named to the All-Star team in 1968.
More»MLB Tonight discusses Jeter's All-Star Game career|
|The speeches we embrace most fervently are powerful, persuasive and, in many cases, presidential. In all cases, they are political -- except the one delivered 75 years ago today on a baseball diamond in the South Bronx. Lou Gehrig was apolitical, as far as we know. He wasn't the president of anything.
More»Gehrig delivers his famous speech at Yankee Stadium|
|Such were the seeds that blossomed into a tug-of-war relationship between veteran baseball executive and beat reporter. Frank Cashen had worked in my business for 16 years. Here I was, covering his for about 16 hours. We didn't hit it off.
More»Jim Duquette on the passing of Frank Cashen|
|It was gratifying to see Travis d'Arnaud succeed in such a smashing way in his first game back. As a receiver, d'Arnaud appears properly equipped. But the word on him had been that his ultra-quick bat would make him a hitter who catches rather than a catcher who hits. After the trade, word was d'Arnaud was not an error in judgment.
More» d'Arnaud returns with a three-run blast|
|Charlie Zabansky moved from memory to memory, embracing every one of them. If he didn't recognize a face, he recalled a uniform number -- even with Al Downing, Rickey Henderson, Tino Martinez, and Lee Mazzilli each wearing No. 24. Charlie would extend his right hand, share a warm smile and some sage words and maybe request a photo. Every Old-Timer accommodated him.
More» 68th annual Yankees Old-Timers' Game|
|Earlier this month when the Yankees were a .500 team and the Mets could only aspire to be, I wondered how a New York hybrid might fare. How might a team made of active 2014 Mets and Yankees prosper?
More» Jeter goes 3-for-4 in last game in Seattle|
|Cross-country road trips to San Diego were worth it for the chance to see and talk with Jerry Coleman and Tony Gwynn. And now, the available moments and those two wonderful men are gone, taken from us.
More»Headley, Black reflect on Gwynn's legacy, personality|
|Daniel Murphy, who undeservedly took flak for going on paternity leave in April to be there for the birth of his son, was invited to the White House to speak at the Working Families Summit on Monday. Perhaps shedding light on the matter will help detractors understand what the rest of us know without the need of an explanation: There are some things in life more important than anything else.
More»Murphy talks son's birth, 2014 Mets with MLB Network|
|In 1989, when Don Zimmer was managing the Cubs to a first-place finish, his team played a two-game series at Shea Stadium, on Labor Day and the day after. The dirge of 1978 had expired by then. He could speak about the Yankees' gallant charge and the Red Sox's maddening downfall that year without increasing his blood pressure to a dangerous level. And what he spoke of mostly that day was the effect of Ron Guidry.
More» Sox broadcasters announce passing of Zimmer|
|Ron Gardenhire hardly is the guy who has everything. But it's a comfortable void. He is as content as Joe Mauer is talented, as delightful as Minneapolis is cold, as self-deprecating as Rodney Dangerfield was, well, self-deprecating. Enter his office or find him in the dugout or behind the batting cage and expect a smile to form on your face. He has a supply he carries in his back pocket.
More»Celebrate Gardy's 1,000th managerial win|
|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»|