Sunday, May 31, 2020

2014 Forever Collectibles New York Mets Team Gnome Bench Go NY Mets





Item is in great looking condition with light shelf wear and is 7 inches tall x 9 inches long.

Gnome does not come with original box or any packing but will be safely packed for shipping.

Payment due 3 days from end of auction.
Paypal is the only form of payment I accept.
I no longer ship outside the USA.

I am so scared and horrified by this. I won't be able to sleep tonight.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

MiLB Community First



I know the fallout from a lot of the MLB teams cutting MiLB teams and players, but I know MiLB does do a lot of good charity work.









If you are looking to do something to help out folks during the pandemic.


I think we need a good laugh today. $10,000 Syndergaard bobble head on eBay.




I wonder if someone could make a deal for both... Geez. I have no idea why anyone thinks they can get this much money for the bobbles.

The Complete History of WWF Hasbro Figures - #MajorHasbro #WWFHasbro #VintageToys








If you are a wrestling figure collector this is a fun watch.



Here it is! 2 years in the making...Matt, Brian and Mark sit down for 4+ hours to discuss the greatest line in the history of toys....The WWF Hasbro figures! The guys go series by series, talk about each figure and also stories behind the production, how they got them and what COULD have been. In between each series, we get TONS of guest spots including all your favorite Major Pod characters and many more! Sit down and enjoy some nostalgia! For more videos on the Hasbro Topic... The True Story of the Hasbro Rhythm and Blues Greg Valentine - https://youtu.be/r7hL_hMQ31U

Friday, May 29, 2020

Look at what the @Mets found. Mercury Mets!



I love how this is such a polarizing MLB promotion.

NYCB: Drive In Movie DreamWorks© How to Train Your Dragon (2010.) Tickets go on sale now!

The biggest thing that concerns me about the Drive in Movie "coming" back, is the idling of the cars. The NYCB figured that out too and said no idling of vehicles.


Due to popular demand we are extending our Drive in Movie series at NYCB LIVE.
Next weekend, June 5-7 at 7pm catch
DreamWorks© How to Train Your Dragon (2010.)
Tickets go on sale now!

All ages are welcome to join our drive-in movie screening. Please note, this event is rain or shine and will broadcast on our large exterior LED wall facing Hempstead turnpike. 

We have proudly partnered with Hofstra University radio for the sound broadcast and tune in information will be provided before and during the film screening. 

Food & non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Outside food is permitted as well. For any alcoholic beverages brought in from outside, as always, we encourage non driver guests to drink responsibly and driver guests to never drink and drive. 

The safety and wellness of our guests and staff are our top priority, please below information for our safety protocols:
  • Driver must be wearing a face covering while checking in at the gate.
  • All guests must be wearing a face covering when they are outside of their vehicles.
  • Parking spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis with the directional assistance of our parking staff.
  • All vehicles will be spaced 6 feet apart minimum by the direction of our parking staff.
  • Guests are not permitted to watch the movie in a tailgating style. (Tents and lawn chairs are not permitted.) However, guests are permitted to seat in their beds or lift gate if they have an SUV, as long as they remain in their vehicle.
  • Guests are to stay within their vehicle unless using the restroom or ordering food from a food truck. 
  • Guests are not permitted to idle during the showing. 
  • We will have additional sanitizing stations placed near portable restrooms and food trucks. 
  • To keep our guests safe all staff in our lots will have a face covering.
  • No pets are allowed.

Tickets are now available to purchase at $30. All advance tickets will be mobile-only. Each ticket permits one car.

Pending availability, tickets will be sold at the gate via credit/debit card only for $35.
No cash will be accepted at the gate.

For any questions please reach out to our guest services team at guestservices@nassaucoliseum.com.







NYC Baseball Bar Foley's is closed down permanently.

This sucks. I have been there a few times. One of the time's was for a few beers at my Bachelor party in 2017.












Mets Minor League Mayhem.



Let's check out what was said.


You guys should read the whole post. "Bottom Feeding Snakes." "Torn UCL but the team wouldn't let me go to the doctor and wanted me to pitch in High A ball because they were in the playoffs. When I said no, I was made to be the bad guy." "Big non playing baseball name comes in gets paid, and takes jobs away from guys playing the game their whole lives."

This needs to be picked up more.

Also now the MLB announced about the draft being 5 Rounds and on June 10th. They can' even figure out how to have an agreement with the MLBPA to get the season started.


Here are the players released according to Michael Mayer,

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dream Team Basketball gear is available.


When I was in my early teens, the Team USA Dream Team was the biggest thing that was happening. I remember I wanted some of the gear. I used to play basketball in Freshman and Sophomore years in HS 10 hours a day in the summer. Looks like the gear is back. Now I have to decide if I might buy any.



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Baseball Players vs Owners playing 2020 season




NBA, NHL, MLS, AEW, WWE, probably the NBA have all worked out ways to bring sports (sports entertainment) back to the fans during this pandemic. Funny enough the players and owners of  the MLB can’t get out of their own way and bring baseball back. Honestly at this point, even though I love baseball, I feel like I don’t care if it comes back or not in 2020z

From the NY Post.

There will be more fights, naturally. There might not be much living for baseball, though, if the players and owners can’t find sufficient common ground in the next week or so to restart this pandemic-delayed campaign. And this sliding-scale concept, proposed by MLB to the players association on Tuesday, generated about as much excitement on the players’ side as did the “No postgame showers” suggestion.
As veteran pitcher Brett Anderson of the Brewers tweeted, “Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys.”
Of course the players view this as a divisive tactic. How couldn’t they? Suddenly Gerrit Cole and his fellow baseball one-percenters find themselves with the dilemma of being either magnanimous or selfish? Yuck.
Don’t bother summoning setups that might seem comparable on the surface. The collectively bargained revenue-sharing rules, by which the big-market entity Yankees must write a check to the small-market Rays and so on, are founded on the principle of competitive balance. This idea emanates from the principal that the clubs want to save. When teams deploy sliding scales on their own employees, as the Mets recently did to control costs during the shutdown, they can do so unchecked. Whereas for teams to proffer that to a union, to instruct it how to divvy up its share of the kitty, feels patronizing.
Read more here.

Anyone else feel this way?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

@QBConvention: Would you want to see a Queens Baseball Convention(QBC) Virtual event?


I have been tossing this idea around with Dan after seeing so many folks I know being a part of other type of virtual conventions. Would this be something that would interest you folks?

New York Mets donate 100,000 face masks to MTA



From AMNY.com
The New York Mets have joined the effort to keep MTA workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mets donated 100,000 cloth face masks to the transit agency, which is distributing them to its workers, the MTA announced Friday.
“On behalf of Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the entire Mets organization, we are proud to provide masks for the frontline workers at the MTA,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Providing masks is our way of saying thank you to these brave individuals for all they are doing during the pandemic.”
The masks are the Mets colors of blue and orange, and read “New York Tough.”
“I thank the New York Mets for this terrific delivery – it’s a home run for the MTA and its entire workforce who are the heroes moving heroes of this pandemic,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “I can’t wait to see the team on the field because I’m unbelievably bullish about their prospects.”
Read more here.

That's good to help out. But I thought that Essential workers need the N95s.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Have a safe Memorial Day.



Have a safe Memorual Day. Remember those that have gave their lives to keep us safe.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Mets Tiki Shirt



Description
Celebrate your New York Mets with this unique Tiki button-up shirt. It has a fun and exciting pattern to ensure you're always ready for a victory party. The one-of-a-kind graphics on this New York Mets shirt will show that your lifelong loyalty is never-ending.


This would be a cool Father’s Day gift. I also am not linking this because it’s on the website I don’t like to use or promote. Just do a google search and you can find this.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

New Book: Working a "Perfect Game"- Conversations With Umpires



Over the course of four years, prolific baseball writer and editor Bill Nowlin interviewed 72 major league umpires, another two dozen call-up and AAA umpires, and four umpire supervisors. The result is the most complete and intimate portrait ever done of a vitally important yet largely unappreciated aspect of professional baseball.
Nowlin’s deep knowledge of the game and of umpiring and his conversational interview style provide the perfect setting for the umpires to open up about themselves and their profession, and they do. From part-time call-ups to 30+ year veterans, the profiles that take shape transform the “men in blue” from anonymous background figures to fully formed characters—passionate, dedicated, driven, grateful.
Join all the big-name umpires and young up-and-comers as they describe the challenges, frustrations, and disappointments they have faced, while they speak to the excitement and honor of being at the pinnacle of their profession, all the while mixing in funny and poignant moments from their careers.
By the end of Working a “Perfect Game,” readers not only have a detailed picture of the day-to-day life of a major league umpire, but also an authentic understanding of the personalities and people hidden behind the mask of the game’s arbiters.
Bill Nowlin's book is divided into two parts: A collection of interviews, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at everything umpire, from school, to the minor leagues, to getting the call, to spring training, to favorite positions, to instant replay, and more. Read about
  • The long, hard road to reaching the majors, from umpire school, to the low minors, onward to Triple A until getting the call – 10 years or more of grueling travel, cheap hotels, and low pay
  • The passion that drives umpires – the pursuit of perfection and the love of baseball
  • The variety of ways the umps got started and who helped them keep their eyes on the prize
  • The never-ending logistics – airplanes, hotels, different cities, different ballparks
  • Life under a microscope, with every ball and strike and every safe and out evaluated electronically, with results tabulated and reported and game tapes published
  • Ejections – a necessary task, but one that is anything but relished, and why every umpire recalls the first time he gave someone the thumb
  • The thrill of post season baseball, from the joy of getting the call to the intense pressure of the ultimate baseball spotlight
  • The burden and privilege of being the ultimate upholders of the integrity of baseball, a responsibility that they take very seriously
Working a “Perfect Game” will give you deep insight into and understanding of the most important part of baseball no one knows about – umpiring. You’ll never watch a game the same way.

For more info and to order click here.

Mets Lantern.



Tell your friends and neighbors that you are proud to be a New York Mets fan. With this Solar Garden Lantern, put your New York Mets pride on display in your yard or garden and no one will doubt where your allegiance lies. Add this piece to your New York Mets collection today.

I wonder if Bray Wyatt/The Fiend would want this.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Baseball- Who thinks it going to get played after this?

Who do we think the villains of this story is?


From the NY POST
The Post, however, has obtained a March 26 email from an MLB lawyer to top league officials that documents the substance of talks between two MLB officials and two MLBPA officials from earlier that morning. The email covers seven points, including that MLB explained to the union officials that MLB would need a second negotiation if games were not played in front of fans to determine pay and claims that union officials understood that concept.
Thus, the email seemingly offers evidence that the union was aware that further talks were potentially necessary.
The two sides had a formal negotiating session last Tuesday in which MLB laid out extensively its proposal for restarting the game focusing on safety and health guidelines The sides also talked economics, but MLB did not make its expected proposal for a 50-50 split in revenues this year. The sides have not formally spoken since, with the clock ticking if MLB actually intends to begin a second spring training in mid-June and start the season the first week of July.
The staredown and absence of talks is based on neither side wanting to flinch on economics. Players Association executive director Tony Clark and powerful agent Scott Boras have been publicly strong in stating the matter of salary already has been determined for a 2020 restart and no further negotiations need be held. 
“The contract itself is very clear that in the event of a partial season players will get paid pro rata salary — whether with fans or without. And it doesn’t require any further concessions on pay from players who have already agreed to give up billions of dollars in salary in the event of a partial season in which they would be taking on unprecedented risks and burdens. Having said that, both sides are free to make any additional proposals they want. If they have a proposal on economics they should make it as we’ve repeatedly invited them to do. We have the right to respond to it. Despite all their posturing they still haven’t done so. Rather than actually negotiating over these issues the league is focusing on leaking self-serving internal memos to the media. Public posturing is not going to help us have a season.
“That the Commissioner’s office has claimed it needs additional salary concessions should not be surprising to anybody. But there’s a difference between what they are entitled to and what they want. The fact is that the league has conceded that they will be better off economically playing a season than not playing a season. And so far the league has not provided any underlying documents to support their economic claims. Meanwhile we continue to focus on the health and safety aspects of the league’s proposal.” 

Read more here. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Brian Myers FKA WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins has some cool merch out.



Brian Myers friend of the Queens Baseball Convention. Friend of this site. Friend of Media Goon himself has some cool new merchandise out on Pro Wrestling Tees right now. I picked up this cool looking orange and blue cap from there. 

Here are some cool shirts.






Get yours here.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Mets Amazin’ Activities


 Mets have this up on their website. Click the pic.

Mets Masks for sale

When in modern times would you think places like Lids and MLB Shop would be selling face masks.


I guess these could be worn whenever the fans can go back to games? Maybe for players to wear on field?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cuomo says Horse and Car Race Tracks can reopen June 1st. Baseball might be next.



As long as there aren't any crowds sports events can start coming back. I still don't know how I feel about any of this anymore.

From the NY Daily News

Gov. Cuomo announced horse racetracks and an upstate car-racing track can reopen June 1, but fans will have to stay away for now.And he suggested it might not be long before the Yankees or Mets could be playing, too.
The order means races can start running again at Belmont Park as Cuomo seeks to reopen the state without causing a spike in coronavirus cases or deaths.
“Remember, the problem here are crowds and gatherings. So what can you do or what economic activity is willing to reopen without a crowd?” Cuomo said. “It can still be televised. Great. If you can have economic activity without a crowd, that’s great.”
Along with Belmont, which is run by a state agency, the Watkins Glen International track in upstate Schuyler County will open to prepare for a NASCAR race planned for August. The famed Saratoga Race Track is also set to reopen in August.As for baseball, Cuomo said he has no control over whether or how Major League Baseball decides to restart.He suggested he has no problem with games as long as proper safety precautions are taken, which he said would rule out fans attending for now.

Read more here.

MLB's plan to open up baseball.



Let's see some of what MLB is talking about to restart the league.

From the NY POST.

Spring Training.
Upon arriving at spring training, all players and support staff must undergo a screening 48-72 hours prior to the report date. Temperatures will be taken with a contactless thermometer, either a saliva or nasal swab test will be administered and so will a blood test. The MLB plan then calls for those tested to self-quarantine for the 24-48 hours until results are generated.

A negative test will allow a player to join spring training. A positive test would lead to the person being forbidden from club facilities and being placed in self-isolation.
For the entirety of the 2020 season, the plan calls for players to have their temperatures taken twice daily and screening for the virus multiple times a week.
Any individual with a temperature more than 100 degrees or symptoms of the virus will be subject to immediate screening for COVID-19.
Further items include:

Testing/Medical Protocols
— Each club must maintain a dedicated testing site outside of the home or visiting clubhouses in spring training and its major league facility for testing.
— Each club must maintain an isolation area as far from clubhouses as possible for any individual showing symptoms or who has registered a positive test.
— MLB will provide free diagnostics for those who live in the household of individuals with ballpark access, plus health care workers and first responders in the team’s home city as a public service.
— Players will be provided thermometers to use each morning twice consecutively and then have to register the results in a database.
— MLB will not formally restrict off-field activities, but will encourage those who are part of the game to avoid areas such as crowded bars, clubs and restaurants and other activities that increase the risk of contracting the virus. Who Has Access In Spring/Regular Season
— There will be three tiers for each team
Tier 1: players (maximum 50), manager, coaches (8 maximum), bullpen catchers (2 maximum), trainers (2 maximum), team physicians (2 maximum), strength/condition coach (1 maximum),
Tier 1 has access to restricted areas such as clubhouses. Lockers in the home and visiting clubhouses must be arranged to have six feet between them and/or use other areas to build temporary lockers to afford the spacing. Showering in the clubhouse is discouraged as is use of indoor hitting cages when outdoor batting practice is available. Those throwing batting practice must wear masks.
Only active players and those likely to be used should sit in dugouts during games with spacing. Those not active will have designated areas, including sitting in the stands. Buffet-style meals are prohibited. The use of all saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy pools and cryotherapy chambers are prohibited.
Tier 2: Is non-playing personnel who can maintain distance from Tier 1 and wear protective items while performing their jobs. This includes clubhouse staff, additional coaches, strength and conditioning staff and medical staff, traveling secretary, ownership, baseball operations staff, media relations, translators, video/replay personnel, head groundskeeper and security. Teams may have no more than 35 individuals in Tier 2 at any time.
Tier 3: Includes broadcasters, transportation providers and additional security who do not need contact with Tier 1 personnel. There may be up to 150 Tier 3 individuals at one time.

During Games
— When the ball is out of play or in between pitches, fielders are encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner.
— First and third base coaches must remain in or behind the coach’s box and shall not approach a baserunner, fielder or umpire on-field.
— Players on opposite teams should not socialize, fraternize, or come within six feet of each other before the game, during warm-ups, in-between innings or after the game.
— Pitchers should bring their own rosin bag to the mound, and batters should have their own pine tar and batting donuts that they bring with them to and from the on-deck circle.
— All non-playing personnel must wear masks at all times in the dugout and all personnel must make all efforts to avoid touching their face with their hands (including to give signs), wiping away sweat with their hands, licking their fingers, whistling with their fingers, etc. Spitting is prohibited (including but not limited to, saliva, sunflower seeds, or tobacco) at all times in club facilities.
— Any baseball that is put in play and touched by multiple players shall be removed and exchanged for a new baseball. After an out, players are strongly discouraged from throwing the ball around the infield.
Read more here.

This is very, very interesting. Is it even worth playing? I miss baseball but we have already gotten through a couple of months without it.


Friday, May 15, 2020

The Pandemic Baseball Book Club


There are some writers that I know here first hand, like Brian Wright, Michael Stahl and the author of this piece Mark Healey. Mark is a fella I have known for a while now and he is one of the biggest supporters of the Queens Baseball Convention and a solid guy all around. I want to put this out there to help Mark, Michael, Brian and the other authors that I don't know personally. We've all have had various degrees of boredom during this Stay at Home time and what better way to relieve some of that boredom then by reading some books that baseball is the subject? Also if you want to see my interview with Michael Stahl co author of Big Sexy: In is Own Words , click here. I was thinking about doing an interview with Mark also. I am in the midst of reading Gotham Baseball and I think interviewing Mark about it might be fun. Anyway let's get on with this post Mark I apologize now for taking a lot of the article from the Rockawave but I think in your words this will get explained better.

From Rockawave

A group of baseball authors forms group to support each other during COVID-19

As our country continues to suffer through this coronavirus pandemic, with lives being lost every day, and brave folks working on the front lines to keep the rest of us safe and healthy, having to cancel a book launch is a very minor thing.
The members of the Pandemic Baseball Book Club all recognize this, but when you are an author, and you spend years writing a book, you still have to find a way to promote it. The question is how to do so in these unprecedented times.

When Jason Turbow, author of They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers had a few book events shelved, an idea started to form.
“Two bookstore Q&As I was scheduled to do in April — with Eric Nusbaum and Brad Balukjian, respectively — were canceled due to the pandemic, I began thinking about ways that baseball authors might be able to promote new releases amid a fractured landscape,” said Turbow. “Doing the Q&As virtually made sense, with video posted for whoever might be interested. Eric came up with the name. I built a website. Brad helped organize. We started to recruit authors with their own impacted book launches. Anika Orrock gave us some amazing artwork and boundless enthusiasm. Before we knew it there were nearly 20 of us, supporting each other in whatever ways we could, a community of long-timers and first-timers bonded together in a way that we’d never have even considered had the world around us not fallen apart. The impending plight of independent bookshops became clearer, that became another mission. Now we drive any sales we can to bookshop.org,” said Turnow 


Anika Orrock is the author and illustrator of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
“The moment I saw Brad Balukjian’s post about his book tour cancellations, I became aware I was not the only person launching years of research and hard work into a pandemic void (without baseball, no less),” said Orrock. “When we connected with one another, and then with Jason Turbow and Eric Nusbaum, and then with a handful of other baseball authors, I realized we were on to something––and not simply a promotional platform. Our experimental gathering-slash-support group has grown into a sizable innovative community. In a time of isolation, the most typically-isolated kind of people have managed to come together over the two things they have in common: baseball and unfortunate timing. But perhaps just baseball.”

Balukjian, author of The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife is another one of the founders of the club.
“Pre-pandemic, I started Tweeting about other people’s baseball books, figuring we shouldn’t look at each other as competition, but as collaborators,” said Balukjian. “Without knowing her at all, I Tweeted Anika to congratulate her on being the #1-selling baseball book on Amazon, and she quickly wrote back to thank me and suggested we talk about how we could work together to promote during the pandemic. The next thing you know, we had a logo, a website, a podcast, and 20 writers working together!”
Eric Nusbaum, author of Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between was supposed to be part of a Q&A with Jason Turbow in San Francisco to discuss Stealing Home and They Bled Blue.
“When I wrote him in March to officially cancel the event, he responded to the effect of ‘how about some sort of online book promotion instead?” and Nusbaum thought it was a great idea.

“I’ve been along for the ride ever since,” he said.
First-time author D.B. Firstman, Hall of Name: Baseball’s Most Magnificent Monikers from ‘The Only Nolan’ to ‘Van Lingle Mungo’ and More, had been following Balukjian on Twitter and was supposed to have a book launch on April 3.
“I was already following Brad on Twitter in the months leading up to the publishing of his book, so when he started talking about forming this club, I asked him if I could join,” said Firstman. “After all, I’m a first-time self-published author, trying to get my books into the hands of readers in any way possible, and I was willing to pitch in in any way they needed.”

Emily Nemens, author of The Cactus League had been in touch with Orrock on Twitter before the pandemic began.
“Annika and I were two women with baseball books coming out this spring—both a bit odd-lady out (mine being fiction, hers illustrated). A mutual admiration society, you could say. When the pandemic hit, she quickly pulled me into PBBC,” said Nemens.
Mitchell Nathanson, author of Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original was one of the first members of the PBBC.

“I was invited by Brad shortly after the ‘core four’ founded it, he said. “[That] makes me sort of the Scott Brosius of the PBBC.”
A reviewer of Jacob Kornhauser’s The Cup of

Coffee Club: 11 Players and Their Brush with Baseball History pointed him toward the club as a possible promotional tool as the pandemic started.
“I’m so glad he did because I’ve made friends and colleagues where I never would have and have helped promote not only my book but new baseball books as a whole this Spring,” said Kornhauser.

Jon Pessah stumbled across the PBBC while doing searches of baseball-related websites, saw a few authors he knew that had joined the group, and made a mental note. As he was getting to release his latest book Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask, his agent sent him an email with the link and one word: Interesting!
“That was followed by another email from my publisher with the same message,” said Pessah. “By the time Brad reached out to me, I already knew I wanted to be part of this group.

Chris Haft learned about the club through word-of-mouth, and as he put it, “almost by standing on the balcony of his apartment in Oakland and yelling across San Francisco Bay.”

“John Shea, the great San Francisco Chronicle baseball reporter who happens to be a great friend of mine, urged me a couple of weeks ago to contact Jason Turbow about joining the club,” said Haft.

Haft collaborated on From the Stick to the Cove: My Six Decades with the San Francisco Giants, an autobiography of longtime clubhouse attendant Mike Murphy, who’s kind of a cult figure among longtime Giants fans (he gets standing ovations during pregame introductions on Opening Day).

“This word-of-mouth phenomenon is what we’re missing in the absence of Major League baseball being played,” said Haft. “John, who just released his unparalleled book on Willie Mays [24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid] and I were counting on plenty of free publicity from the Giants’ broadcasters, who surely would have talked about our respective books during game broadcasts. So this club is a godsend for helping put the word out. Even if we had “normal” baseball, this club still would be a great way for us to meet, bond, and exchange thoughts and ideas.”

Ralph Carhart is getting ready to release his book, By The Hall Ball: One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown said he followed a bunch of the authors on twitter and saw they were forming this collective, “so I reached out to one of them and they invited me to join them.”

As for me, I stumbled across the PBBC by accident, on social media, and wanted to be a part of it.; I love that a portion of sales from Gotham Baseball: New York’s All-Time Teamis going to help out indie bookstores like Avoid The Day Bookstore in Rockaway.
The fact that this group of authors big and small is supporting each other is additionally great.
Other titles of the PBBC include:
The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars: The Best Players at Each Position for the Amazin’sBy Brian Wright
Baseball for Kids: A Young Fan’s Guide to the History of the…By Adam C MacKinnon
Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run RevolutionBy Jared Diamond
Billy Ball: Billy Martin and the Resurrection of the Oakland A’sBy Dale Tafoya
Isabel “lefty” Alvarez: The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball StarBy Kat D. Williams
Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team ChemistryBy Joan Ryan
K: A History of Baseball in Ten PitchesBy Tyler Kepner
Big Sexy: In His Own WordsBy Bartolo Colon and Michael Stahl
You can purchase any of the books listed in this story at www.pbbclub.com/ where you can also see and hear interviews with many of the authors, read the blog, and get cool swag from the online shop.
The Pandemic Baseball Book Club illustrations are by Anika Orrock

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David Wright should be getting full pay in for 2020


From the NY Post
Former Mets captain David Wright, who retired after the 2018 season, is still expected to receive his full salary — even though Major League Baseball has been shut down since mid-March and is holding out hope to play an 82-game season.

The Mets owe Wright $12 million, but his salary is partly covered by insurance. The former Mets captain received $15 million in 2019.

Though Wright is still set to receive a big payday, the highest-paid player in baseball this season might be a former slugger who has not appeared in a game since July 18, 2016.
According to The Athletic, Prince Fielder, owed $24 million in the final year of his contract with the Rangers, is to receive his full termination pay under terms of the March agreement between the owners and players regarding a shortened or canceled 2020 season.
Read more here.

At least this doesn't have to become the Bonilla getting paid joke.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

I can't even come up with a headline for this. Kinda feels like whining about money but I back the health safety concerns.



Take less money to play baseball in 2020? Blake Snell will see you in 2021.

The Rays’ Cy Young Award winner made little secret about how he feels regarding a potential 50-50 revenue split that MLB owners are expected to propose to the union in order to resume its season, saying it’s “just not worth it” to play on a reduced salary.

“Y’all gotta understand, man, for me to go, for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof, it’s a shorter season, less pay,” Snell said Wednesday night on his Twitch channel.

“I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? And that’s just the way it is for me. Like, I’m sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I’m making is way lower, why would I think about doing that? Like you know, I’m just, I’m sorry.”
I get the players not wanting to play. I get wanting money. But Snell is coming off whiny while there are essential workers are busting their asses everyday getting a fraction of what a Baseball player is making. If there is baseball great, if there isn't any fine. I have other things to worry about than some players complaining about money. I am behind them about the health issues though.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Star Wars The Mandalorian Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Case










Star Wars The Mandalorian Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Case. Condition is New. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.

Premium articulation and detailing: Star Wars fans and collectors can display these highly poseable
Look for other figures from a galaxy far, far away: look for movie- and Entertainment-inspired Star Wars the black series figures to build a Star Wars Galaxy (each sold separately. Subject to availability)
Collectors can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from Star Wars the black series!
With exquisite features and decoration, This series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.
Star Wars The Black Series includes figures, vehicles, and role play items from the 40-plus-year Legacy of the Star Wars Galaxy, including Comics, movies, and animated series. (Additional products each sold separately. Subject to availability.)
Includes:

Case contains the 8 individually packaged action figures including (subject to change):

Supreme Leader Kylo Ren
Rey and D-O
Sith Trooper
The Mandalorian
Cal Kestis
Second Sister Inqiusitor
First Order Stormtrooper
Jawa

I have these up for $299 buy it now or the bidding starts at $38 bucks. There is a reserve on this item.

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