Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wright is finally coming to grips with his career?




This is the first time I have seen David Wright “wonder” about his career.


David Wright will give another comeback attempt his best shot, but he is offering no promises.

After undergoing three surgeries in the last 20 months, the Mets captain — who last played in a major league game in May 2016 — continues to rehab with the idea he can return and contribute in some capacity.

“When it’s all said and done I want to be able to say I did everything I could and if it works, that is obviously the goal,” Wright said Saturday at the team’s spring training complex. “If it doesn’t work I will rest easy knowing I gave it my best shot.”


Read more at the NY Post.
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Game Used Piazza Induction Base

This base was used during the Mets
 Vs. Brewers game on September 29 2013 at Citi Field. 
Mike Piazza was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame during 
a pregame ceremony. The sides of the base say "Mets Hall of Fame" 
and it also displays the commemorative Mike Piazza induction logo. 
This is the only time this logo was ever used on the field.

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Local pickup is available for free

Some Mets Fans Lose Their Sh!t Last Night On Twitter

Just when you thought it was safe to get somewhat close to the water.


Mets fans losing their shit over nothing on twitter? You don't say.

Some folks started going nuts that The Mets having a "team" bonding exercise, hanging on a beach, sports fishing for sharks, and that Donald Trump Jr was there. Some were calling for Callaway to be fired over this. I was watching Nimmo's instagram story and it looks like to me that there wasn't just team members there. Was it a "chartered" group where there was a large group run by a shark fishing company? I can't so for sure if it was or wasn't. It kind of looks that way to me. They also seem to to be releasing the sharks back into the ocean. My biggest thing with this is sharks being taught that food is accessible at the beach. This then raises the mistaken identity shark attacks and people getting bit.





Why is anyone calling for someone else's job for something like this? Have you guys lost your minds? Just stop with the nonsense. Was it a good look? For some yes, for others no. You guys have a right to your opinions. It's true. But the ridiculousness of theft the pitchforks out for "reasons" has got to stop.

Friday, February 16, 2018

@mets is this Thor Funko Legit?







Is this legit Mets or someone messing with us?




- big hoax that I missed the wrong logo on. My brain is shot.



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Game Used Piazza BP Gloves




Game used Mile Piazza Mets batting gloves show good use these were
obtained from another collector questions ask.

Mets sign Jason Vargas. Twitter Happy? Angry?






From ESPN


“The New York Mets and starting pitcher Jason Vargas have reached agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.”

Read more here


So are the Wilpons still cheap? Twitter happy? Angry?
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Game Used 1972 Tidewater Tides Jersey





This is a Great, Rare, Vintage Tidewater Tides minor league Game Used baseball uniform jersey. This wonderful Old piece has a Great, Vintage design, with embroidered NY Mets logo, sewn-on letters & numbers (including $40 on the back) and 1972 dated strip tag, is marked "Wilson - Made in USA", an Original, Vintage example, from the 1970's, and is Rare to Find. The Tides were a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. This is marked Size 42, but actually measures approx. 21" from armpit to armpit and 31" from top to bottom. This appears to be in Very Good, Crisp condition, with some light soiling from use.

OABT S2 E7: SNY’s Steve Gelbsy joins the boys. Mets talk and more.

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Pitchers and Catchers have reported and Spring Training is officially in full swing. As usual Darren and Brian catch you up on all things Mets over the last week.

SNY's Steve Gelbs joins us live from Port Saint Lucie to chat about camp, his last couple seasons with the team, and what we should expect out of the guys in 2018. 



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Game Used? Maybe? Maybe Not?

This is an interesting one....










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@mediagoon Lazy Links Mets Stories




Yep. I am being super lazy again and have no energy to do anything but link today. Worked 52 hours in last three days. I’m surprised I’m even writing this. Expecting @metspolice to take shots at me today.


Dave Eiland says he found Matt Harvey’s flaws.

“Mechanically, It looks to me like he got into some bad habits simply because he had some injuries,” Dave Eiland said Wednesday. “And he was probably doing something with his lower half to help his upper half, which is his arm, so it looks like he got into some bad habits.” -Read more at NY Post

Goon- Oh, so it’s not wanting to be in the spotlight and hitting fashion week?

Callaway doesn’t like dry humping-

“Dry humping is something that I feel very strongly about,” Callaway said before the cameras on Wednesday. “We’re going to be very diligent about that. And that’s a lot of wear and tear that’s needless. And if I haven’t prepared the right way, that will happen.”

“Dry humping, of course, is the fastest way for a manager to draw the ire of his relievers. As you can guess, it is clubhouse vernacular for the act of warming up a pitcher without putting him in a ballgame. Dry hump a reliever enough and you’ll burn him out.” Read more at the Athletic.

Goon- Say what? Dry humping? Really?

The Start of Panik Citi?

“The Mets covet Joe Panik. They discussed working out a deal for the Giants’ All-Star second baseman internally this winter, a front office source said. The Giants need a center fielder and they — and other teams — have expressed interest in former Gold Glove center fielder Juan Lagares.

“But, realistically, that is not a deal the Mets want to make right now, the source said.” Read more at the Daily News

Goon- Waiting for Mets fans to lose it.... hit the Panik Citi button and run wild on twitter.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Good question Jessie! How many former players are on the outs with the Mets?



Great ask Jessie. It seems the Wilpons try not to acknowledge players from before the 1986 team and even then that seems like its only the same few guys who they bring back all the time. After that its mid 90s and up... How many players do you think are on the outs with the Mets?




Mets: Quick Hits from the Media



I am feeling lazy as hell today. I worked 17 hrs yesterday, woke up  a tad earlier then I should have today and I am totally wiped out. So you are getting some Lazy Goon writing today.


First Base already?

That is something that is going to be a tough decision,” Callaway said. “Dom Smith has come into camp looking real good, he’s in great shape. He did a great job this offseason of preparing.
“I had a talk with him and the expectation for Dom is to go out there and do everything he can to be on the major league team. Adrian Gonzalez is going to be one of the most prepared guys you have ever seen and has already expressed his willingness to mentor Dom Smith, so I expect we are going to have two first basemen who are going to have good camps, and that is going to be a tough decision in the end.”

Read more from the NY POST here. 

Todd Frazier, leadoff hitter?

 Brandon Nimmo had a .379 on-base percentage last season and could be part of the solution, but Callaway and team brass are leaning toward using Juan Lagares as the primary option in center with Conforto sidelined. Lagares does not profile as a leadoff hitter.
Among the ideas that have been discussed is using Todd Frazier in the leadoff spot. Frazier had a .344 on-base percentage last season, but doesn’t have much speed.
Read more here at the NY POST 

This is wacky. I expect Nimmo to win the CF/Leadoff job until  Conforto gets back

Pressure pushing down on mePressing down on you no man ask for Under pressure that brings a building down Splits a family in two- Queen or Callaway?

“It’s very evident we are prepared in every way to go out and do something special,” Callaway said. “If we do not do the things, it’s going to be on me. The front office has gotten us the players. The coaching staff is the best coaching staff in the big leagues.
“[The players] want to go out there and do whatever it takes. When you get a group like that, you can do something special. If we don’t do something special with the things we have in place, it’s going to be on the leadership of that. And that is going to be on me. I am going to work tirelessly every day for each and every one of them to be the best I can be and help them be the best they can be.”
Read more at the NY POST

BTW, I dare you to try and not read that like NEGAN from The Walking Dead.

 Did we know Callaway and Eiland had a previous mentorship?

Eiland, 51, goes back with Callaway two decades, when the two former pitchers hit it off at opposite ends of their playing careers as teammates in the Tampa Bay organization in 1998.
“Dave took me under his wing, and instantly I saw the value in Dave Eiland and who he was as a person… It was evident right away that he was gonna hold me accountable for the things I did,” Callaway said. “So I’ve had a respect for Dave Eiland from Day One. I’ve got to see him coaching against him over the years…and I respect him probably more than anybody in the game.”
Read more at the NY DAILY NEWS

New Pitching coach is 51? Damn not that much older then me. I am getting old.


Agents,PEDS, Lawsuits, Mets Players

Jeurys Familia was caught off guard Tuesday morning by the news his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, were being sued by a man who claimed they basically employed him to procure PEDs for their clients.
Familia said he knew of the man, Juan Carlos Nunez — who filed the bombshell complaint on Monday — but said he never received any type of PEDs or “help” from him.
“I just know of him because I have been with that company for almost 10 years now,” Familia said, “But no, I don’t get anything from him. I don’t know anyone who did. I don’t know anything about it. I can’t say anything.”
Familia is one of several ACES clients in the Mets clubhouse. The Brooklyn-based agency also represents Mets captain David Wright, outfielder Juan Lagares and catcher Kevin Plawecki, who said he had just heard about the case secondhand Tuesday morning in the clubhouse.
Plawecki said he has never met Nunez and didn’t want to comment on his agents or the suit.
Wright was not available for comment Tuesday

Read the rest hear at the NY DAILY NEWS 

@metspolice fire away about my laziness today.... I am fully aware of my lack of trying to put real thoughts up. 32 hrs in two days of work has already gotten to me....

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Open Workouts Start Wednesday

I wonder if I can make it in time there next Friday before the first game. Nope. Just checked my itinerary.


Via MILB.com

The New York Mets officially begin practice at their spring training complex on Wednesday morning and the workouts are open to the general public.

The Mets will practice everyday and fans can come watch for free. That includes spring training game days, although the open workout period for fans ends at 11:30 a.m. on those days.

Gates at First Data Field open at 9:30 a.m. Fans can park in the main lot and must enter the complex behind Field 2, which is located near Gate 1.

Merchandise will be available for purchase between the practice fields for the duration of open workouts. The main Fan Shop inside First Data Field is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets to spring training games can be purchased at the First Data Field box office from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday.

Food and drinks will also be sold during open workouts.
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Yikes!!! This PED/Agents thing is getting deeper.



 WOW. First we have an agent before Spring Training "warning" team owners they need to start saying players and if they don't it seems like there's collusion something going on and might lead to players all throughout the game to sit out spring training. Now we have this PED/Agents thing happening. This is getting crazy.

 Questions:
Is this guy Juan Carlos Nunez really a former rogue employee? Is he telling the truth? Does this implicate that Daniel Murphy and David Wright were doing stuff they shouldn't have been doing? I hope not and I'm not saying that any of this is true but its just crazy.

From CBS Sports 

Seth and Sam Levinson provided MLBTR the following statement:
"While we have not yet seen the complaint, Juan Nunez is a convicted felon who spent time in federal prison. He betrayed his family, the players who trusted him and the very people who gave him an opportunity at a great life and career. He was terminated almost six (6) years ago, in August of 2012, after his betrayals came to light. ACES has been thoroughly investigated, and at every turn, has fully cooperated.  The MLBPA exonerated us, all of the players cleared us, and it was conclusively proven that we did absolutely nothing wrong. This is nothing more than a shakedown by a man broken by his own criminal actions.  We will take the fight to Mr. Nunez for any meritless and defamatory claims, and we will seek all available remedies and damages that his criminal behavior has caused."  From MLBtraderumors

A total of 14 players were suspended for their ties to Biogenesis back in 2013, 10 of whom were represented by ACES. The agency was investigated by MLBPA and later cleared of any wrongdoing. MLB has also investigated ACES, though the league generally defers to the union for agent-related matters. MLB declined comment about Nunez's lawsuit and it is unclear whether the league and/or the MLBPA will launch another investigation.

 ACES is one of the largest player agencies in baseball. Their current roster of clients includes Rockies outfielder Charlie BlackmonIndians righty Carlos CarrascoDodgers lefty Rich HillCubs lefty Jon LesterNationals second baseman Daniel MurphyRed Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and Metsthird baseman David Wright, among many others."

Read more about it here.

Baseball Agents, PEDs, Lawsuits




This is an interesting in the NYPost

“Two Brooklyn sports agents threw one of their flunkies “under the proverbial bus” to cover their tracks in an infamous MLB doping scandal, according a $2.5 million lawsuit filed Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court by the former employee.

Plaintiff Juan Carlos Nunez — who claims he was stiffed on commission fees — says he recruited players from the Dominican Republic for high-profile agents Sam and Seth Levinson, who were representing then San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera in 2012 when he was caught taking PEDs from disgraced Florida lab Biogenesis America.

Cabrera, also a former Yankee, falsely claimed he innocently purchased medication that caused a false positive and even showed a bogus medical website that he said he bought the drugs from.”


Read more here.
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Mets Not Only NY Baseball Team To Anger Former Players





You hear from some of the old timers that the Mets don't like to show respect to former players in Flushing. Seems like this might be happening in the Bronx too. Is it a generational thing?

From the NY DAILY NEWS
Gossage has ruffled some feathers with controversial comments the past couple of years— taking shots at former and current players and questioning the use of sabermetrics— and now he took shots at the Yankees GM in an interview with the Daily News on Monday, saying he isn't "a big fan" of him and that George Steinbrenner is "rolling over in his grave."
"He would've been gone 10 years ago if George was still around," Gossage said of Cashman. "He'd have been gone when he jumped out of that f--king airplane. Do you think he’s a good f--king baseball guy, really? He doesn’t believe in f--king coaching."
He added: "Well, with power, is that what happens to you, you turn into a f--king a--shole. Is that it? I don’t know."
Read more here. 

Marlins Initiate Mascot Massacre




Stupid cheap Wilpons can’t even pay their...... wait what? What the. It’s Derek Jeter and the Marlins?

From the NY Post
“Nobody is safe in Miami. Not even mythical creatures.

According to Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ, Derek Jeter has ended the sea creature race at Marlins games, continuing an offseason of upheaval from the new CEO.

Last week, the Marlins let go of the man inside Billy the Martin, but the mascot itself will be back. Bob the Shark, Julio the Octopus, Angel the Stone Crab and Spike the Sea Dragon were not as lucky and will have to find a new line of work.

The race, featuring four people in foam fish costumes sprinting from the warning track of center field to third base, had been a fixture at Marlins Park since 2012.”

Read more here

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MiLB Announces Copa de la Diversion




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USA Today 2018 MLB Projections




82-80 Mets? In second place in the NL East? The way Mets Twitter was making it out
The Mets were going to be in last place under Miami.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets pitchers stay healthy that they could have a better win loss/record. But who knows. I’m very curious to say how many games Cespedes is on the field for this season.

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MLB Florida Spring Training Patch





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I’m finally getting around to this after my QBC brain Drain and I don’t this is a great Patch. I really like the Interstate looking ones from the last few years and this is just “there”. Also, can we stop with these rubberized patches? They are just meh.
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Mets to show up to work outs later in the day.



Let's see how this works out for the Mets. Will this prevent injuries? JAR JAR Collins might no like that....

From the NY Post
The first noticeable difference this spring will be Callaway’s schedule, which appears more favorable to the players than his predecessor’s. Under Collins, players were generally on the field by 9 a.m., and worked out past noon.
Callaway plans to have players on the field at 10 a.m., and finished by 11:15.
“I want to get on and off the field,” Callaway said. “You can’t have standing around. That leads to injuries.”
Maybe the biggest theme this spring will be injuries — or more specifically preventing them. The hurt parade last year started in camp, with Matz and Lugo hitting the disabled list before Opening Day.
Read more here. 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Game Used Lima Jersey

I feel like this jersey has been on eBay for years at this point.







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Friday, February 9, 2018

Mets Tiki

Just picked this up at Lids




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Buddy Harrelson has alzheimers.



There were rumors about this for a while and then a few weeks ago I was  told by one of his friends on how bad Buddy's health was doing. I feel really bad about this. A few years ago Nestle had a wiffleball tournament at Citi Field in the Parking Lot and I was invited to field a team. I got Buddy as my "manager" and he kept cracking me up with "Come on Mediagoon. Be that Goon,Guy. That's rightt your a Goonguy...." My thoughts to Buddy and his family.

From the NY POST
But the red flags kept appearing. Harrelson started getting lost driving familiar routes. His ex-wife, Kim, was a car-length behind when Harrelson zoomed past a turn he’d taken a million times in his Hauppauge neighborhood. He then over-corrected by taking a sharp left from the far-right lane, nearly causing an accident.
Rudansky listened as Kim described the harrowing experience before Harrelson admitted this wasn’t the first time he’d become disoriented. In October 2015, Harrelson was driving to his condo in Venice, Fla., where he visited after every baseball season. It was an annual trek — he knew the roads by heart.
Except this time.
“I had no idea where I was,” Harrelson said. “Scared the hell out of me.”
All the data pointed in the same direction. The doctor, armed with test results from an MRI and CT scan, plus his own observations during the office visit, exhaled slowly before delivering the diagnosis.
He looked at Kim and said, “[Harrelson] has Alzheimer’s.”


You can read the whole article here. 

McMahon Wants Tebow for XFL



Did anyone else hear this? Vince wants Tebow for the XFL? I bet Tebow could pull it off...


SI.com: On his conference call, McMahon said you’d be welcome in the league. Have you thought about seeing what happens when that league launches?
Tebow: That’s very nice of him, but 2020 is a long way from now. I’m focused on today, I’m focused on spring training and a lot of things before that. I’m not even close to thinking about that right now.
SI.com: So that’s not a “no” or a “yes.”
Tebow: What if it’s a “I have no idea?” That’s in 2020 and I’m super excited about baseball.

Read more at http://www.mandatory.com/wrestlezone/news/922661-tim-tebow-comments-on-vince-mcmahon-wanting-him-for-the-xfl-relaunch#sfPP6AHdzjmOs8Sz.99

OATB S2 Ep 6: Happy Frazier Day








Brian rejoices over the signing of Todd Frazier, and the boys contemplate what the Mets might do next to finish off their offseason. Plus, Noah Syndergaard thinks the force will be strong with New York's staff this year, and it's got everyone pumped up on what might be ahead for 2018. All that, plus the guys answer callers' voicemails, live questions, and more. Sit back and relax for another episode of Orange and Blue Thing.
An "Orange and Blue Thing" is something that Mets fans can relate to, so that's what we talk about. The comments section turns in to a live chat room, and the fan engagement is cool to see.
Co-hosted by Darren Meenan and Brian Erni, our episodes are taped live each Thursday at 6pm Eastern. We're a pretty visual show, so if you can, try to catch the live stream on Facebook.com/The7Line. For now give a listen and if you're in to it, share with your friends, subscribe and leave a review.



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Thursday, February 8, 2018

World’s Fare at Citi Field Parking Lot in April.

This is definitely a better use of the Shea parking lot instead of a mall.


Experience Diversity Through Cuisine

100+ Curated International Food Vendors and Beer Garden, Live Music and Street Art

The World's Fare at CitiField is reimagining one of the most iconic fairs. Over 100 vendors will come together in New York City’s most diverse borough and unite through authentic food, drink and music curated by the city’s leading culinary advocates. The World’s Fare will be a grand celebration, advocating equality & diversity in the food industry, and promoting incredible male and female talent that make New York City’s food scene so unique.

The World’s Fare has formed a culinary committee co-chaired by renowned Danish chef Claus Meyer, American author, journalist and culinary historian Doctor Jessica B. Harris and Singapore based KF Seetoh who is the creator and curator of The World Street Food Congress. Meyer and Seetoh will champion and support chefs, restaurants, street food vendors and food businesses participating in the event.

A fantastic team of the City’s leading culinary voices have signed on to curate the diverse food offerings at The World’s Fare lead by:

Liza Mosquito deGuia, Founder, Chief Storyteller & TV Host for food. curated.

Joe DiStefano, Queens Food Writer & Adventurer, Chopsticks & Marrow

Kelly Dobkin - Senior Editor of Zagat

Curtiss Calleo - Founder of The Gastronauts, NYC’s Adventurous Eating Club

Fany Gerson - Founder & Chef of La NewYorkina & DOUGH Doughnuts, James Beard Nominated Author of My Sweet Mexico

Chris Cheung - Executive Chef of East Wind Snack Shop & Founder of The Asian Food Mafia

Russell Jackson - TV Host & Chef of Subculture Dining

Chitra Agrawal - Founder of Brooklyn Delhi & Author of Vibrant India

Niko Triantafillou - Food Writer & Dessert Enthusiast

Michael Stewart - Director of Food Outreach, Kickstarter

Dave Cook - Photojournalist, Eating in Translation

Clarice Lam, Chef/Owner of The Baking Bean

One dollar of every ticket sold will go to The Melting Pot Foundation USA, which operates a community culinary center based in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

CitiField is centrally located in New York City, near the 7 line and a short distance from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The location is intended to bring back memories of the World’s Fairs of the past, by being in the shadow of the landmarks and structures that were built around them, including the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion.

In addition to the food and drink offerings, throughout the weekend live music will be performed by bands representing about a dozen cultures as well as art installations including LEGO Art, 4 dimensional drawings, street art and painted scripture.

Event Highlights

Chefs, restaurants and street food vendors representing as many as 100 cultures.
An expertly curated international beer garden will offer tastings of over 80 craft beers from about 45 breweries.
Scholarships to attend The World’s Fare, free of charge, for 4 food vendors selected by committee members and tastemakers.
Awards for best food determined by committee members and tastemakers.
Visitors’ choice award for top vendor determined by attendees.
Art, music and activities embracing and transcending many different cultures and age groups are an integral part of the festival.
The World’s Fare will be a family-friendly event running from 11am – 8pm on both days. Tickets are being sold for entry for access to vendors and activities as well as to the international beer garden in a separate, ticketed, over-21 area.

Get tickets here.


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MLBPA to open Spring Training Camp for unsigned players?




This is interesting. Guess the players union dues will be paying for this.

From Yahoo.

“The baseball players’ union is scouting sites and making preliminary arrangements to conduct its own spring training for as many as 100 unsigned free agents, sources said Wednesday.

With 30 camps set to open early next week and an unusual number of players still without contracts – some among the top free agents on the market – the union is investigating sites in Florida and Arizona in case it determines a 31st camp is necessary. The IMG baseball academy in Bradenton, Florida, was believed to be among at least three options. The union also is identifying coaches and other personnel to staff the facility.”

This next quote is my favorite-

“So, spring’s new harbinger is grown men shrieking at each other through reporters on Twitter. Which, as spring harbingers go, falls somewhere between a fresh set of abdominal muscles and dome-headed mascots pretending to load semi-trucks.

It is fine theater, the men charged with running the game and herding the players and providing the talent (for a small percentage), all mad or suspicious or adamant and defending their jobs, occasionally at the cost of decorum. Perhaps, one day, at the cost of labor peace. So, yeah, real baseball games. Because that $10 billion ain’t gonna divvy up itself.”

To me it feels as if the sports agents are the ones that are going to kill the sport because of their greed.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018