Major League Baseball’s Review at the Two-Thirds Point

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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Major league baseball is at the 2/3 mark of the 2015 season and begs for a review. These are the dog days, heading into mid-August with sellers selling and buyers hoping to rent their way to top of the heap. Re: Toronto Blue Jays. [Read more…]

Major League Baseball Quarter-Pole Report

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Memorial Day is roughly the quarter pole of the Major League Baseball season, and along with July 4 and Labor Day, holidays that not only mark progress for your favorite team, but offer All-American encouragement to eat copious amounts of food and to drink until death. So assuming you haven’t taken the last suggestion literally, you can read here my observations of the first quarter of baseball season. Please keep in mind I am a Cub fan so therefore distracted with visions of Bryant and Lester leading fantastic post season charges, culminating with topless women in the streets of Chicago. I may not be completely objective.

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One overriding observation from the beginning of the season is that in the wake of the retirement of Derek Jeter, the game is in good hands of youngsters such as Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. It’s difficult for me to remember an era when such a plethora of young, accomplished star players has taken a toehold in the majors. Each of the names I mentioned is appointment viewing for fans. If you are more a fan of dominant pitching, Matt Harvey and a couple of his mound mates in New York should satisfy your appetite. Big free agent signees Max Scherzer and Jon Lester squared off yesterday at Wrigley with Scherzer getting the better of it. This time. Compelling matchups abound in baseball this year. Chris Sale of the White Sox faced off against reigning AL Cy Young winner Cory Kluber last week in one of the most fun and interesting pitching duels I’ve ever seen. Though the Indians lost 2-1, Kluber was dominant and left me to wonder, how the hell did he start the season 0-5 as he did? There hasn’t been a better time in recent history for baseball fans. Do yourself a favor and catch a few of these matchups. [Read more…]

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, Gone at 83

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Back in the late 1970s, I was a teenager. Yes, I am that old. In ’77 or ’78, I am not sure which, a friend and I were playing golf at what was then Waveland Golf Course, and is now Sidney Marovitz on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. We teed off and about two holes into the round we noticed a single player about a hole behind us. He caught up to us on the third, and much to our delight, the player turned out to be Ernie Banks. Rather than play through us which would have been much more expedient for him, he completed the nine-hole round with us, two die hard Cub fans. We talked about golf and the Cubs, and it might be the best few holes of golf I have ever played.

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Ernie died on Friday at the age of 83. Mr. Cub, first ballot Hall of Famer in 1977, baseball and Cubs ambassador, author of the the famous “Let’s Play Two” phrase. He played 19 years with the Cubs, and famously or infamously never played in a playoff game. The divisional format baseball now uses didn’t come into use until the 1969 season, when the Cubs blew a large lead to the Mets in August and September, losing the newly created NL East division. Until then Major League Baseball was divided into either eight- or 10-team leagues, American and National and the winners of each league then met in the World Series. That was the heyday of Ernie’s career. He came to the Cubs in 1953 from the Negro Leagues, the Kansas City Monarchs. A shortstop for the bulk of his career, he won the National League MVP in back-to-back seasons in 1958 and 1959. Long before shortstop became a power position, he embodied the athletic, powerful guy at a position that typically had a small, thin powerless player manning it. [Read more…]

Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

June 7, 2014: Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

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50 Cent Throws First Pitch at Mets Game, Fails Miserably

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

50 Cent survived nine bullet wounds at close range. That’s about as impressive as it gets. His first pitch tonight was the opposite of impressive.

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Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

April 13, 2014: Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

Click HERE to download or listen below.

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Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

Click HERE to download or listen below.

New-York-Sports-Minute

New York Radio Hosts Blast Player For Seeing His Child Born

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Attention all New York professional athletes; don’t have a kid during the season. If you do, you better not miss any time on the field. Being there for your family is not above the team.

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2014 MLB Team Preview: New York Mets

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

New York Mets
Founded: 1962
Division Titles: 5
National League Pennants: 4
World Series Titles: 2 (1969, 1986) 

2013 Record: 74-88, 3rd Place in the NL East 
Key Losses: Johan Santana, Shaun Marcum, LaTroy Hawkins, Matt Harvey*
Key Additions: Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, Chris Young

I want to point out that last year I predicted the Mets would finish with a record of 74-88. Which they did. Exactly so. So we now know something about me: I’m good at guessing how this particular baseball team would finish the 2013 season. Why couldn’t I have this power with guessing lottery numbers? Or NCAA brackets? Oh well. On to this year’s preview!

The 2013 New York Mets were a revelation in starting pitching talent. From some of their young pitchers, like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, greatness was expected and delivered. Speaking as a Braves fan, I was not expecting Dillon Gee’s ascension, which was a not-so-nice surprise for New York’s division rivals. Alas, the Mets’ pitching success was undone by a spate of injuries, the hardest to swallow being Harvey’s need for Tommy John surgery with the feared prognosis that he would not pitch at all in 2014.** [Read more…]

Sandy Alderson Should Be Commended for Being Optimistic

By Leslie Monteiro
PSDC Contributor

When Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says something, the New York media is quick to analyze what he is saying. Even if he says nothing by being a wordsmith, it gets analyzed.

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Alderson privately told his staff that the Mets should win 90 games this season even without Mets ace Matt Harvey is pitching. That created a reaction from sports radio talkie, sportswriters and fans, and it was good enough to be in the back page of the New York Daily News on Thursday. The reactions ranged from guffaws to outrage. [Read more…]

Why Is Nelson Cruz Still Looking for Work?

By Leslie Monteiro
PSDC Contributor

Nelson Cruz was looking forward to an opportunity of getting a nice payday from some MLB team as he entered the free agent market.  He thought he did enough to warrant it.

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Unfortunately for him, teams have been hesitant to sign him for whatever reason. He almost had a deal with the Mariners, but talks are on hold at the moment for whatever reason. This is obviously not what he had in mind. [Read more…]

Tim Hudson’s Ankle Destroyed By Eric Young Jr.

Tim Hudson had to leave Wednesday’s game on a stretcher after having his ankle stepped on while covering first base. Eric Young Jr. was the runner and, as you can see in the video, was visibly shaken up by the incident. At 38 years of age, a comeback seems unlikely for Hudson. That’s a tough way to go out.