Coronavirus Filler: The 1989 Mets Yearbook

It’s good to see that as the 80’s ended the ancient technology of being able to reproduce a tiny NY on a Mets logo still existed.  Also, the Mets seem to have a Core Four before such things were trendy.

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MLB Proposal reportedly not going over so well with players

Goooooood.

Regular followers know that I think Baseball is horribly broken, and have been looking for something to mix things up.

I personally have not missed baseball at all.  Not one bit.  ZE-RO.  Nada.

Why?  Because the version of baseball we were served in the 2010’s was AWFUL.   It was the worst decade for Interesting Moments since the 1930s.  If you are a Cubs fan, congrats.  Everyone else fell asleep.

So for me, I’d just as soon not have the 2020 season at all.  There’s even HBO MAX as of tomorrow in case Netflix, Amazon. Hulu, Disney+, 11 Star Wars movies and 700+ hours of Star Trek couldn’t keep you busy on top of the entire internet, one million podcasts, and BOOKS.  (I just read End Of October, which is not at all about baseball.  Actually baseball is mentioned once I believe).  Maybe I will start Mets Police Book Club.



Anyway…

players bristled at the notion of taking further pay reductions — particularly ones that would affect the highest-paid players (via ESPN)

….but before you go ripping the players, consider that maybe the owners are trying to drive a wedge between the players.  We’ve seen unions break up in other sports.

This news comes just hours after SNY Baseball Insider tweeted

Oh.

Anyway, I’m happy as a clam (are clams happy) without baseball and discussing old yearbook covers.  Maybe SNY can make even more content around 1986 for me not to watch.

Let’s let this whole thing burn for a year, maybe two – and maybe Baseball can come back with a version of itself that is fan friendly, less expensive, and not a 4 hour slog of relief pitchers.   If not….hey I don’t miss it.  I am not the least bit bored.

Best Mets By Number: 57

57 has only been issued seven times….but there is one who stands far above the rest.  He pitched the greatest game in Mets history, and no it wasn’t that foolish night you guys wrecked his career so we coudl get t-shirts (I hope his foot is better)….it was the penultimate game of 2008 when he took the ball and handed in an awesome performance.

Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #32: Alex Rodriguez

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Back around 2000 there was a cover story (I think for Sports Illustrated) asking who was the best of the young shortstops – Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, or Alex Rodriguez. Nomar went on to marry Mia Hamm, Jeter won some World Series rings, and ARod, well, he became one of, if not the, greatest shortstop to play the game.

ARod had power (696 HRs), speed (329 SBs) and he could hit for average (winning the batting title in 1996). In the field, while he wasn’t Ozzie, he would win 2 Gold Gloves before he moved to third base.

Along the way he won 3 MVPs and finished 2nd two other times.

Yes, he did use PEDs, that is a documented fact. As has been discussed before though, PED usage is not a factor when determining HOI eligibility.

Regardless of what he did off the field, for his playing career Alex Rodriguez is definitely an Immortal.

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.