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Wally Backman will return next season to manage Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday. Last season, Backman guided the Mets' top minor league affiliate to an 81-63 record, good enough to win a division title. Backman's future with the Mets had been in doubt. He has long aspired to manage in the big leagues, though that chance may not come with the Mets in the near future. At the end...Read more »
Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:
Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...Read more »
It was a predictable reaction.
As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.
A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...Read more »
Using the term "on top of his game" to describe Pedro Martinez could apply to his superb, Hall of Fame-caliber playing career or his surprisingly excellent commentary as an analyst for TBS' post-game coverage.
On the pages of Sports Illustrated's new, beautifully illustrated, coffee table book, "Baseball's Greatest," the phrase is focused on Pedro's performance during the...Read more »
Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.
Boy was that a missed opportunity.
At the time, Puig...Read more »
The old hidden ball trick is alive and well, thanks to Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Here's how it unfolded: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning Saturday at Dodger Stadium, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead with one out. Skip Schumacker and Juan Uribe advanced to second and third, respectively, and Andre Ethier scored on the play.
With...Read more »
Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been out with groin tightness since Saturday and was not expected to play in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Twins.
Well, he did. And the Royals are happy he did.
Cain absolutely robbed Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe of a home run in the bottom of the fifth in Minnesota Thursday.
Plouffe hit the ball high to left-center, but Cain...Read more »
Chad Qualls could use some fist-pumping lessons from Joba Chamberlain.
The situation: With runners on the corners and the game tied at 2, Qualls struck out Mets shortstop Omar Quintanilla to end the top of the eighth. The excited Marlins reliever fist-pumped as he walked towards the dugout, but he lost his footing midway between the mound and the third-base line, leading to one of the most...Read more »
Robinson Cano was removed from the All-Star Game after getting hit with a pitch on the right quadriceps by Matt Harvey in the first inning.
X-Rays on Cano's leg came back negative. FOX's Ken Rosenthal reported that Cano was examined by a Mets doctor and has been diagnosed with a right quadriceps contusion.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia replaced Cano in the American League...Read more »
The Mets have showed a soft spot for their crosstown rivals closer this year. Like every other team in MLB, they honored Mariano Rivera during his farewell tour, but they've decided to bring out the big guns for the closer's 13th and final All-Star Game.
According to reports, Rivera will hear his infamous entrance song, Metallica's "Enter Sandman," as he makes his way out from the...Read more »