Thursday, May 24, 2018

Have we found out where the donations are going for the Memorial Day Unis/Merch?


My cousin Shannon from over at pointed this out to me.

Looks like we might have finally got an answer about the donations from the unis/caps being worn on Memorial Day. There was quite a few of us over the years asking about this. Where was the money going? No one ever had an answer. You can also read a post about this from last week here.
In March, baseball’s vice-president of social responsibility, Melanie LeGrande, reached out to James Wright, the former president and a professor of history at Dartmouth College.The subject: How baseball might more accurately capture the significance of Memorial Day.Starting in 2008, the sport had used proceeds from sales of Memorial Day commemorative apparel to fund the Welcome Back Veterans initiative — a worthy cause, but one only loosely tied to Memorial Day, which honors those who died in combat.By aligning with two new charities for this Memorial Day — charities supporting children and families grieving the loss of a service member — baseball is responding to criticism of its previous efforts and showing a better understanding of the holiday.The charities baseball selected — the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS) and Folds of Honor Foundation — will receive 100 percent of the royalties from the sales of Memorial Day apparel, league officials said. Royalties are the amount of money baseball receives from a licensee for the use of its marks; they are correlated to sales, so the more merchandise baseball sells, the more money it donates. The sport has pledged a minimum $500,000 collective donation.“They let us know that they felt Memorial Day belongs to those who served and died,” said Diana Roday Hosford, the vice-president of sports and entertainment for TAPS. “They wanted to recognize organizations that supported the surviving families left behind after a life of selfless service and sacrifice.”

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Mets Post Game Notes 5/23/18

Marlins 2, Mets 1
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Marlins (19-30) vs. Mets (24-21)

Metscellaneous: New York has lost two straight and finished the homestand 5-3...The club is 2-4 in rubber games and 12-13 at home...The Mets fell to 4-2 vs. Miami this year.

Leading/Trailing After Eight: The Mets fell to 17-2 when leading after eight innings this year...New York also lost on April 21 4-3 at Atlanta after leading 3-2 heading to the ninth...Miami won its first game this season when trailing after eight innings (1-24). 

Strikeouts: Mets pitching struck out 10 batters tonight...It was the club's eighth straight game with nine or more strikeouts, tied for the longest streak in franchise history (also July 24-31, 2016).

Jacob deGrom: Spun 7.0 shutout innings, allowed four hits and struck out eight...Has allowed one run in his last 33.1 innings (0.27 ERA) in his last six starts and lowered his season ERA to 1.54...In that six-start span, deGrom has struck out 47, walked 10 and allowed 21 hits.

deCiti: Is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA (five earned runs/31.0 innings) at Citi Field this season with 45 strikeouts and four walks (five starts)...Lowered his career home ERA to 2.26 (93 earned runs/370.0 innings...The 2.26 home ERA is second-lowest among active pitchers with 300 or more innings at home...Clayton Kershaw is first (2.07 ERA). 

One Run or Fewer: deGrom has allowed one run or fewer in 53 of his 117 career starts (45 percent)...The 53 games are the most such games in a pitcher's first 117 games since 1908.

Seth Lugo: Extended his career-best scoreless streak to 15.0 innings tonight..Has struck out 16 and walked one batter during the run while allowing eight hits during that stretch dating to May 1.

Brandon Nimmo: Hit his third home run of the season with his go-ahead solo homer in the fifth inning...Four of his nine
career homers have given the Mets the lead or tied the game (three go-ahead homers and one game-tying homer)...Finished the game 2-3 and reached base three times...In 18 starts this season, Nimmo owns a .420 OBP.

Marlins: Have won two straight and finished a six-game road trip, 3-3.

Caught Stealing: J.T. Realmuto caught Amed Rosario stealing for the first out of the fifth inning...This season, Marlins catchers have caught 19 of 35 opponents attempting to steal (54.3%), the highest caught stealing percentage and most caught stealing in the majors this season.

Dan Straily: Worked 6.0 innings and allowed one run, earned, on four hits in a no-decision...Struck out five and walked three...Over his last two starts, Straily has allowed one run in 13.0 innings of work (0.69 ERA)...In four starts this month, Straily owns a 2.04 ERA (five earned runs/22.0 innings)...Since joining the Marlins, Straily owns a 1.69 ERA (four earned runs/21.1 innings) in four starts vs. the Mets.

Derek Dietrich: Hit by a pitch twice tonight and now has been hit eight times this season.

Adam Conley: Pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win...Has a 1.83 ERA (nine earned runs/44.1 innings) in 10 career games (seven starts) against the Mets.

                                                                1      2     3     4     5     6      7     8     9             R     H     E  LOB
Marlins                                                 0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2             2     9     0     12
Mets                                                      0     0     0     0      1      0     0     0     0              1      6      1      7

Winning Pitcher: Adam Conley (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Jeurys Familia (2-2)
Save: Brad Ziegler (9)

Marlins: None
Mets: Brandon Nimmo (3, 5th inning off Dan Straily, 0 on, 1 out)

Time: 2:47            Attendance: 24,808

Upcoming Pitching at Milwaukee
Thurs., May 24 LHP Steven Matz (1-3, 4.42) vs. RHP Zach Davies (2-3, 4.24)                   8:10 p.m. ET (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050)
Fri., May 25     RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 2.91) vs. RHP Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98)      8:10 p.m. ET (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050)
Sat., May 26           LHP Jason Vargas (1-3, 9.87) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (4-3, 3.86)   4:10 p.m. ET (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050)
Sun., May 27          RHP Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.32) vs. RHP Jhoulys ChacĂ­n (3-1, 3.32)      2:10 p.m. ET (PIX11, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050)


What Happened last night to the Mets?

It was 1-0 Mets in the 8th inning when I had to turn in last night. I was like the Mets should have this without a problem. I was wrong. What is going on with Familia. Shouldn’t we as Mets fans be able to go,” Jeurys is in. We got this?”. What happened to the Mets sharing the closer responsibility? Should Familia be moved into a 7th/8th inning role and one of the other relievers be slotting in to close out the game?
I honestly have no idea what to do at this point. You folks have any ideas? Oh yeah. Hey offense wake up too! One run a game isn’t going to help this team win. I know. No Frazier. No Cespedes. But there are enough major league hitters on this team that should be able to get the offense going.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mets Game Notes 5/23/18

Dole whip spotted at Citi Field?

This could be a game changer for some folks that dream about having dole whips in Disney World. I can see certain friends of mine pushing through folks to get at this. Have you guys ever had a dole whip? No? Know what it is? No? What is wrong with you?!?!?
From Wikipedia
Dole Whip (also known as Dole Soft Serve) is a soft serve pineapple-flavored ice cream created by Dole Food Company in 1986.
Dole Whip has achieved a cult following among Disney park-goers. Disneyland and Walt Disney World serve Dole Whip by itself, or with Dole pineapple juice. The latter combination is called a Dole Whip float.