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Hall of Fame Ballot

The 2013 baseball hall of fame class was announced this afternoon and no one got in. It was a stunning move in which the ballot that was thought to be loaded. Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio all missed out. Biggio was the closest to reaching the 75% needed to get in.

I believe Clemens and Bonds will eventually get in because even though theyíve both been linked to steroids; both players were hall of famers before they took the steroids. The writers probably wanted to make a point to not let these two get in on the first try. Sosa will probably never get in.

Hall of Fame, Mike Piazza
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The two biggest shocks were Piazza and Biggio. Piazza has never tested for steroids and never showed up on any of the lists of offenders. Piazza was arguably the greatest hitting catcher of all time and should have gotten in this year. Itís dangerous to think writers kept him out because they might think he took performance enhancing drugs. Where do we draw the line?

Biggio is an even bigger shocker as he is thought to be a clean player and had over 3,000 hits in his career. 3,000 hits has been an automatic number getting players into Cooperstown. I donít even know how a writer could have voted against him? The guy had an amazing career playing for just one team and playing at a high level at three different positions. He started as a catcher, moved to second base and finished in center field. He is a local guy too as he played his college ball at Seton Hall.

This was an awful day for major league baseball.
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Winter Meetings

After signing David Wright last week it now seems that the Mets are trying to trade R.A. Dickey. General Managerís and team officials are all at the Winter Meetings in Nashville this week where many deals get done or at least the ground work for future deals. Itís really not known what Dickey is looking for but it would be a big mistake to trade him.

The Mets are not a win now team as we know but you can never have enough pitching and Dickey was by far our best player last year. Where are the Mets planning on getting the 20 wins he had last season? You can argue that he is old but he throws a knuckle ball. He might be able to pitch effectively the next three or four years.

Some teams that have been linked to Dickey are the Red Sox, Rangers and Royals. The Red Sox seem to be linked to everyone though so far this week. They signed catcher Mike Napoli and intend on having him play first base. If the Mets donít trade Dickey it seems they might trade Jon Niese instead. You might be able to get more for Niese since heís younger and has a reasonable contract.

It seems like the Mike Pelfrey era is over as the Mets did not tender him a contract. Heís not expected to be ready by Spring Training anyway. He was serviceable at best. Outside of last year, he never missed starts. He was frustrating because he good look so good for long stretches but then just give it up as easy.

The Mets are meeting with Scott Hairstonís reps today.

Josh Hamilton
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The big free agents this year are Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and Zack Greinke.
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Baseball Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball released their list of 37 players who are eligible to be inducted into the next class of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the first steroid class featuring Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Mike Piazza is also on the ballot for the first time.

This is going to be a fascinating vote as no one really thinks Clemens and Bonds will get in this time but they should eventually. Clemens and Bonds were Hall-of-Famers before they started taking steroids. There is no chance Sosa makes it in. He embarrassed himself in front of Congress a few years back when he suddenly couldnít remember the English language.

Mike Piazza, New York Mets
Paul Abell/US Presswire
Piazza is an interesting case as well. He has never been linked to steroids but people seem to think he may have done it as some point. His numbers easily put him in the Hall. He hit 427 homeruns, had 1,335 RBIís, was a twelve-time All-Star, was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1993 and one of the best hitting catchers of all-time with a career .308 batting average.

Some other notables still on the ballot are Dale Murphy, Don Mattingly, Lee Smith and Jack Morris. You need to get 75% of the vote to get inducted into Cooperstown. You need to get 5% of the vote to stay on the ballot.
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Dickey Wins CY Young

R.A. Dickey, CY Young, New York Mets
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R.A. Dickey became the third Met to win the NL CY Young Award yesterday as he beat out Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals. He went 20-6 on the season with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts. He is the first knuckleballer to win the award.

The other Mets to win the award were Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. Seaver won the award in 1969, 1973 and 1975 while Gooden won his in 1985. Dickey got 27 of a possible 32 first-place votes. His twenty win season was the first by a Met since Frank Viola in 1990. The team went 74-88 overall


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Reyes to Toronto

Jose Reyes
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The first huge trade of the baseball season is about to go down with anyone being paid on the Marlins going to the Toronto Blue Jays. The proposed trade will send Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio going to the Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar and some prospects.

If the trade goes through the Marlins would have traded all their big free agent signings from last season. They have already traded Heath Bell earlier. This trade would significantly improve the Blue Jays


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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy
Greg M. Cooper, US PRESSWIRE
Itís been a while since Iíve posted. I lost power to my home on Monday, October 29th and didnít get it back until this past Monday night due to the Hurricane. Itís been really awful seeing the amount of destruction that has been caused. The fact that I donít own a smart phone didnít help as I had no idea what was going on around me.

Iím very grateful that my family only lost power because I have friends that lost everything. I just moved back to Toms River after living in Point Pleasant the last seven years. If we hadnít moved, we would have lost everything


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Thoughts on a Thursday

I donít know why but I just canít get into this World Series. The Giants have a 1-0 lead on the Tigers after they beat up Justin Verlander last night. Pablo Sandoval hit three homeruns in a 8-3 victory. The two teams are currently scoreless in the seventh inning.
San Francisco Giants
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As soon as the Yankees were eliminated I was pretty content with whoever wins so I donít feel the need to watch. Iíll turn it on every now and then to see the score but Iím definitely not watching every inning. I guess if they go to a seventh game Iíll check that out


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Tigers advance to World Series

Detroit Tigers
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Tigers finished the sweep of the Yankees today with a 8-1 win in Detroit. The Tigers return to the World Series for the first time since 2006 when they lost to the Cardinals. Max Scherzer pitched 5.2 innings with ten strikeouts for the victory.

Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta hit homeruns in the game. Peralta actually had two homeruns in the win. C.C. Sabathia went 3.2 innings giving up 11 hits and five earned runs for the loss


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Yankees in trouble

Tonight was supposed to be game four of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers but the game was postponed due to the threat of rain. The game will be played tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm ET. If you arenít aware the Tigers are up 3-0 in the series.

The Yankees are having a historically poor offensive showing this postseason. I heard the stat on ESPN radio this morning but they have the fifth or sixth worst batting average for a team that has played more than seven postseason games


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Wild Night of Baseball

I donít know if there is anything better than October baseball and last night proved it. The Yankees and Athletics had dramatic late inning rallies to end both ball games. The Yankees were down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Joe Girardi pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez. He sent up Raul Ibanez who homered off Oriole closer Jim Johnson to tie the game with one out. Ibanez would cap the game off with another homerun in the bottom of the twelfth inning off Brian Matusz to end it.

Raul Ibanez, New York Yankees
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The Yankees are now up two games to one with a chance to close out the series tonight. The Yankees will throw Phil Hughes and the Orioles will counter with Joe Saunders. Saunders beat the Rangers last week in a one-game playoff to see who would face the Yankees


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Playoff Baseball

Chris Carpenter
Joy R. Absalon/US PRESSWIRE
There were two baseball games played so far today with one in progress and one to come later tonight. In the opening game of the day the Cardinals shut out the Nationals by a score of 8-0. The Cardinals jumped all over Edwin Jackson. The Nationals really dropped the ball shutting down Stephen Strasburg in the regular season. The Cardinals now lead the series 2-1.

The Giants evened up their series with the Reds winning in Cincinnati by a score of 8-3. The Reds had to start Mike Leake in place of Johnny Cueto. Leake managed to go 4.1 innings giving up five earned runs. Angel Pagan hit a leadoff homerun to jump start the Giants and Tim Lincecum went 4.1 innings for the win in relief. The deciding fifth game is set for tomorrow afternoon


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Postseason begins tonight

We have two baseball games tonight with the implementation of the second Wild Card. The Braves and Cardinals are about to meet in Atlanta with the winner set to face the Washington Nationals. Kyle Lohse pitches against Kris Medlen. The Cardinals finished the season at 88-74 while the Braves went 94-68.

Chipper Jones
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I wouldnít normally root for the Braves but Iíve seen the Cardinals win two World Series since 2006 so Iím hoping Atlanta wins tonight. As much as Chipper Jones has tortured Mets fans over the years, we respect the guy and it would be pretty cool to see him have one last run


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Baseball season ends

Well the baseball postseason begins tomorrow night without my Mets but all hope is not lost. There are plenty of teams playing in October this season that we can easily root for. If I chose to watch the American League the two teams that come to my mind are the Aís and Oís.

The Athletics are a pretty amazing story. They came from 13 games back to overtake the Texas Rangers and win the AL West. Can you even name five players on that team? Moneyball is back and the Aís are a true feel good story. They open up the postseason in Detroit taking on the Tigers


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Mets end season

The Mets wrap up another awful season later today against the Marlins at 4:00 pm. The Mets are 73-88 going into the finale currently on a four-game losing streak. The only silver lining of this season is they beat out the Marlins for last place in the division.

Terry Collins, New York Mets
William Perlman/US Presswire
The Mets played above their heads in the first half of the season but completely collapsed in the second half which has been the same story since 2007. The front office never acquired help for the team around the All-Star break and they just couldnít hit enough to stay competitive


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Dickey goes for 20

R.A. Dickey
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R.A. Dickey looks to win his 20th game this afternoon as the Mets wrap up a four-game series with the Pirates. The Mets have won two of the first three games. Dickey is 19-6 on the season and will oppose Kevin Correia who is 11-10. This is the last home game for the Mets this season.

If Dickey wins his 20th game how can he not win the NL CY Young Award? The team is 13 games under .500 but he has 13 more wins than losses. It was a shame he didnít start the All-Star game back in July and it would be even worse if he misses this award


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Harvey leaves with lead

Matt Harvey made his final start of the year tonight for the Mets and pitched very well leaving with the lead after seven innings. Harvey only gave up one hit, a leadoff homerun to Jimmy Rollins to start the game. His final line shows seven innings pitched, one hit, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Matt Harvey
Frank Victores/US Presswire
If the Mets are able to hold the lead Harvey will finish his rookie season with a 4-5 record to go along with a 2.73 ERA. He pitched much better than his record shows as evidenced by the ERA. The Mets just have not been able to score for him much like most of the other pitchers on the roster


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Mets looking to trade Ike?

The Mets didnít lose today as they were rained out but the bigger news has been stories going around about how the team could trade Ike Davis in the offseason. As usual with the Mets, this information makes no sense to me. Davis is young and is our only legitimate power hitter.

Ike Davis
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The man didnít hit at all in the beginning of the year and he still has 27 homeruns and plays a good first base. Why would you trade him? They supposedly want to take a look at Lucas Duda at first place but have we forgotten that he was sent to the minors for a month earlier this year


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Football Weekend

The Mets lost tonight to the Braves by a score of 3-0. Jon Niese was the hard luck loser only giving up one run in six innings. The Mets offense no showed again which has been a common them in the second half. They were shut out by Paul Maholm, are you kidding me?

Bobby Parnell and Jenry Mejia each gave up one run in relief. Basically once the Braves got two runs it was over. The Mets only had five hits on the night and they continue to be horrendous at home this season


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Orioles tie Yankees

We officially have a race in the AL East. The Orioles defeated the Yankees tonight by a score of 10-6 to tie the Yankees for first place for the second time in three days. I actually turned it on in the bottom of the 8th inning and saw the home runs by Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis to blow the game open.

The Yankees have been playing some mediocre baseball for quite some time now. Itís pretty hard to blow a ten game lead but theyíve done it. This team just canít score if they donít hit homeruns and the pitching hasnít been good for some time now


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Davis homers in win

R.A. Dickey
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
The Mets beat the Cardinals today by a score of 6-2. The reason they won? R.A. Dickey pitched and got his 18th win of the season. Dickey went 6.2 innings giving up both Cardinal runs. He struck out five batters along the way.

The offense was led by Ike Davis who hit his 26th homerun on the year. Heís had a knack for hitting three-run homers which was the case today. He now has 77 RBIís on the season. He is only two behind David Wright for the team lead and has hit 13 homeruns since the All-Star break. He now has nine more homeruns than Wright to lead the team as well


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