Marty Noble is a senior member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and editor of SCOREBOOK, the annual journal of the BBWAA's New York chapter.
|So now, he's Melvin Upton Jr., of the Braves, a franchise that twice has changed its first name. Of course, we'll all go along with this latest change of identity in the big leagues. The adjustment won't be too difficult.
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|A conspicuous line separates fantasy baseball, upper or lower case, from what is about to begin in Florida and Arizona. The same heavy line ought to distinguish what is likely to develop from what some folks hope will happen.
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|How is it that Goose Gossage has a plaque in Cooperstown, based largely on what he accomplished with the Yankees, but no more than a plaque in Monument Park? At the same time, Paul O'Neill has a plaque in the Bronx. No problem with that. Posada deserves one, too. But retiring his number? If they must.
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|One of the many ever-changing aspects of baseball is the vernacular used by the players on the field, the fans in the stands and the media covering the game to describe the action on the diamond.
|If nothing else, Rocky Bridges was distinctive -- in appearance and manner. He had to be called Rocky Bridges; he looked the part. Rocky Bridges is gone now. He was 87 years funny.
|They were dark days for the Red Sox then, 1958-66. And oh, how I enjoyed them. I was a Yankees fan, a Mickey Mantle devotee, living just off the intersection of Tremont Avenue and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Fifteen cents and 15 minutes could get me to Yankee Stadium and often did.
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|Monograms and abbreviations used in essays and discussions about Hall of Fame candidates and inductees typically include ERA, RBI, OPS, OBA and now, for some, the uncomfortable acronym WAR. The members of the 2015 class are related by a different three-letter set: HBP.
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|Following his Hall of Fame induction in July, John Smoltz will be one of four bull's-eyes in the next high-temp roast in Cooperstown, N.Y. Indeed, he may be the primary target; not because of who he is or all that he has accomplished in the game, but because two of the roasters will be former Braves colleagues, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.
More»Smoltz and Glavine discuss their Hall of Fame careers|
|No need to look up the statistics of Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz. Anyone who's been around baseball for 30 or 40 years knows the broad strokes of this troika. And those strokes form the most treasured monogram in North American sports: HOF.
More»MLB Tonight takes a look at 2015 Hall of Fame ballot|
|The Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the late 1940s and '50s are well represented in the Hall. Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and their manager, Walter Alston, have been inducted. But a question remains about one prominent figure from the days of Ebbets Field and Dem Bums.
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|It is the hope of the men in charge that the Mets of '15 will focus more of what they ought to do and what they can do and less on what can't be so readily accomplished. To that end, the fences at Citi Field have been relocated again, moved closer to the plate.
|It was a peculiar bunch that brought the American pastime to Japan in 1934, a diverse collection that included an international demigod, celebrities of a more pedestrian stripe, a few relative unknowns, at least one man involved in honest-to-goodness espionage and an older gentleman who favored straw hats, seldom was seen in informal attire and who answered to the name Mack. What an entourage!
More»Hall of Fame shares 1934 Japan All-Star tour footage|
|More than a few Game 7s have lacked the tension, distinction and splendor that legendary penultimate games provided. And then the Giants and Royals struck a mighty blow for Game 7s Wednesday night, reclaiming for the final scheduled game a sense of supremacy.
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|Losing the ALCS has to gnaw at Buck Showalter's insides. He brought the better team into the series and didn't win a game. He came close this time, if the games are measured only by runs. But his team was beaten as soundly as a team can be beaten while being outscored by merely six runs in four games.
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|As the surprise party raged on in the Royals' clubhouse Wednesday evening -- surprise, the Royals had swept the Orioles in the American League Championship Series -- a man with strong ties to Kansas City baseball celebrated in a more modest manner in his Queens, N. Y., home. Ed Charles celebrated the AL championship as well as his own clairvoyance.
|If the Giants and Dodgers survive their current series, one will deny the other a World Series berth. It could be Mattingly vs. Bochy, not Dressen vs. Durocher, in the best of seven. It could be Kemp and Kershaw vs. Posey and Peavy. And, if it is, we'll recall Thomson and Branca, Koufax and Marichal. And we'll revel in what it is -- and what it was.
More» Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round The World|
|Baseball writers often have their recounts of a game typed up and ready to go in a game's late innings, when all of a sudden, the sensational happens, forcing them to rewrite their stories with details of new legendary moments in the game's history.
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|We scoffed earlier this season when Robin Ventura, Derek Jeter's teammate in 2002 and '03, suggested the captain was the greatest Yankee ever. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Yogi and Mantle readily came to mind, and still do. But Jeter so often has done the remarkable -- see Sept. 25, 2014 -- that he cannot be ignored. He's part of the conversation. Isn't he?
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|With Derek Jeter about to retire, Bob Sheppard's electronic legacy also is about to take its leave.
More»Bob Sheppard looks back at some special moments|
|The Mets are reportedly considering moving in their outfield fences for next season. But that move would have consequences both offensively and defensively.
More» Lagares runs a country mile to haul in drive|
|I never covered Duke Snider. The Dodgers had gone West long before I had a BBWAA card and access to a big league clubhouse. But I had learned to make two subway transfers to get from the Bronx to Flatbush when tokens still cost 15 cents, all quite unbeknownst to my parents. So the Duke [...] More»|
|MLB.com writer Marty Noble covered the Mets for the better part of 40 years and experienced or discovered hundreds of facts and anecdotes about the team. This being the 50th anniversary season of the Mets, Noble regularly will provide snippets from the clubâs history. This one is from 1990. These installments also mark the [...] More»|
|MLB.com writer Marty Noble covered the Mets for the better part of 40 years and experienced or discovered hundreds of facts and anecdotes about the team. This being the 50th anniversary season of the Mets, Mets.com regularly will provide snippets from the clubâs history, beginning with this curious set of circumstances involving the Metsâ greatest [...] More»|