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.
|On Saturday the Baseball Hall of Fame announced another replacement. Ozzie Smith, who made folks in all markets forget his Cardinals predecessors at shortstop -- Marty Marion, Dal Maxvill and Garry Templeton -- has been added to the Hall's board of directors.
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|A different Fab Four was performing in the Hawkeye Room that sweet summer Sunday night in 2004. Kirby Puckett, Ozzie Smith, Eddie Murray and Dave Winfield provided a soulful impression of the Temptations as a combo headlined by Mudcat Grant played. Other Hall of Famers formed a perimeter in the room adjacent to the bar in the Otesaga, the hotel headquarters for Induction Weekend, and were quite entertained.
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|The pending baseball season, the Mets' 55th and the 113th for the Yankees, ends with a 6, and that portends something special happening. The big city is all but guaranteed an extraordinary occurrence involving at least one of its two big league franchises because of the calendar.
|The time has come for our annual salute to Sweet 16 weekend.This year, we focus on the Phillies,
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|When the Mets are playing, the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field is where folks congregate to watch their guys on television monitors and cheer (or moan). The Mets were playing the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The room was crowded.
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|A void was created on Friday when Shannon Forde, the Mets' sweetheart, the passionate professional cherished by everyone in baseball's widespread family of media folks, passed.
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|When Billy Williams was in the on-deck circle, he'd put a stick of gum -- Wrigley's, of course -- in his mouth and chew it until he reached the plate. Then he'd remove the wad, flip it in the air and hit it with his bat. He always made contact.
|Twenty years ago, Mets pitching prospects Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson were pictured on the covers of two national publications and were the featured faces in the late March baseball sections published by three New York dailies.
|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.
More»Ken Griffey Jr. sets record on way to Cooperstown|
|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."
More»Griffey Jr. elected to Hall of Fame for 2016|
|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.
More»Wright on team chemistry, forecasting Mets' success|
|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.
More»Relive the Mets' amazing run to the 2015 Fall Classic|