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.
|This weekend, football's final fling until after baseball's All-Star break, is all about number 50. Not the 50-yard line or Ken Strong of the New York Giants of the 1930s and '40s, the only player for whom No. 50 is retired, but for the 50th Super Bowl. You might have heard it's being contested on Sunday.
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|The first nugget pulled from the pile of precious property was a personal phone book that began with Joe Altobelli, the former Orioles and Giants manager, and ended with -- who else? -- Don Zimmer.
|Ken Griffey Jr. wasn't afraid of unfair comparisons to Willie Mays when he chose to wear the Say Hey Kid's No. 24 as a 19-year-old Mariners rookie in 1989, and an examination of his Hall of Fame career shows he lived up to the Giants' legend.
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|The latest Hall of Fame ballot arrived last month, wearing a smile, one as endearing as any put forth by Cameron Diaz, Shirley Temple, George Clooney or baseball exec Earvin Johnson, one as widely recognized in the game as the Mona Lisa smile is recognized in the world of art, a smile as much fun as Red Skelton's and as sincere as the Pope's. The ballot carried the name "Ken Griffey Jr."
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|The newspaper business has been hit hard in the last 25 years. Circulation and advertising revenue have tumbled, and the impact of the printed word has diminished dramatically. And now this. The newspaper world, particularly New York City, has been crushed. The death of Phil Pepe has brought folks in that special world to their knees.
|After a few more days of meetings, the manager who pushed his team deeper into baseball's postseason tournament than any lucid, rational baseball follower could have anticipated, will become free to enjoy all he has accomplished. And a substantial amount exists for Terry Collins.
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|The Mets had their chances. But they dropped the ball, figuratively and literally. They kicked it, missed it, bobbled it, booted it and threw it away. And in the end -- which spilled into Monday morning -- they had no means of stopping Kansas City as the Royals captured the World Series championship.
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|When the Mets still dared to play Daniel Murphy in left field in 2009, a new website popped up, one that chronicled his adventures and misadventures. "Oh Murph!" was its name, and it was mostly supportive of the man the club expected to develop into a productive hitter.
More» Murphy discusses his 8th-inning error|
|Late in Spring Training 1987, mere days after the Mets had acquired David Cone, he was on the mound in a game against the Cardinals in St. Petersburg, Fla., 60-feet, six inches from fearsome slugger Jack Clark. The Mets and Cardinals were familiar adversaries. But Clark knew little about Cone. The 24-year-old pitcher had little big league experience, just a cup of coffee with the Royals the previous year.
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|To the dismay of Terry Collins, David Wright and those who figure to shoehorn their way into Citi Field for Game 3 (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8 p.m. game time), the World Series is two losses old. After 23 innings, most of which have been intense, the Royals' performance has been quite strong; the Mets' has been just OK.
More» Cuddyer on the team's approach for Game 3|
|Though we've had one almost every year, the World Series never gets old. It remains wonderful, special, entertaining, exceptional, terrific, breathtaking, nostalgic and extraordinary. And every so often, we get one that's even better than all of that.
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|The Mets often have provided the unexpected and the unlikely in their 54 seasons. Herein, MLB.com presents what it considers the 41 most unlikley occurrences in Mets history. Why 41? It's a salute to Tom Seaver, of course. The Franchise became a most pleasant surprise for the franchise.
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|The 2015 World Series already is a surprise, partly because the Mets are involved. When the season began, the idea of the Mets reaching the postseason was difficult to imagine, and by midseason -- when David Wright was an observer, Travis d'Arnaud was also on the DL, and a three-run rally was a fantasy -- it was unfathomable.
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|The Mets not only defeated the Cubs, 4-1, on Sunday night, they won the game started by Chicago's premier starting pitcher: Jake Arrieta. The Mets won the game they weren't supposed to win, the one the Cubs pretty much assumed would be theirs.
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|A sense had developed among those who monitor all Mets matters that pitching successfully had become something less than a stand-alone priority in the life of Matt Harvey, that his celebrity mattered to him, not more than his career, but that it had encroached on his field of focus and reduced his hunger. But that didn't seem to be the case in Game 1 of the NLCS, when the righty pitched 7 2/3 innings in a 4-2 New York victory over Chicago.
More» Harvey on his dominant start, victory|
|The Cubs were the Mets' first enemies. They were not merely opponents -- they were rivals, some would say bitter rivals. It started as a fight to stay out of the National League cellar, and by the end of the decade they were fighting for the first NL East title.
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|The bottom of the seventh inning came and went in a New York minute, faster than a speeding bullet or Mookie sprinting first to third. Compared to the 13 half-innings that had preceded it and the four that would follow, it was a blur, requiring merely eight pitches. For the Mets, it was quick and painful. For the Dodgers, it was peaceful and reassuring.
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|Eleven days after he suffered a heart attack, Rusty Staub was back. There was Le Grande Orange in living color as NBC used to say -- emphasis on living. He was moving up the dugout steps as he had so often in the eighth and ninth innings of games at Shea Stadium in the first half of the '80s. In those days, he had a bat in his hands. On Monday night, minutes before the Mets resumed their quest for another shot at the World Series, he had the crowd in his hands.
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|Joe Maddon is inventive, clever, intriguing and quite likable. And he's not the National League Manager of the Year. Terry Collins is.
More» Collins on deGrom, postseason emotions|
|Houston clearly was the better of the two teams in this best-of-one scenario between the Astros and Yankees, but the score doesn't capture how uneven it was.
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|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»|