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.
|The game was at its best for four days this past weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., as legends reunited, bringing back sentimental thoughts and appreciation for the greats.
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|Atlanta embraced Tom Glavine because of he was a pure-bred Brave, because he made his offseason home in nearby Alpharetta, Ga. and because he could pitch and win. It endured his growing pains and that unbecoming 7-17 record in 1988. The city had taken him to its heart and made him a favorite son. Glavine could have run for office had he not run to the Mets. But, with powerful misgivings his general manager later made public, he split.
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|While Tom Seaver's Hall of Fame standing has brought him unique acclaim and been so fulfilling, he is quite willing to be displaced as the highest percentile vote-getter -- so long as his replacement is the right player. Derek Jeter is the right player. Seaver says so. Moreover, he thinks the Yankees' captain ought to be the first unanimously elected Hall of Famer.
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|It's been a rewarding life for Bobby Cox. Simplified, it's been about smoking cigars, working his farm, earning ejections, winning more than 2,500 baseball games and untold friends and being one of the most pleasant people on the planet.
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|Just a second. What is the big fuss about Madison Bumgarner? So he's hit three home runs this season, and two of them have been grand slams. Nice, but before we re-involve ourselves in the pennant races, please allow for a repeat of the question and some explanation of why hitting three home runs, two of them slams, in a season doesn't seem like all that much to folks who monitored the game before last week.
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|Because the National League East standings that exist today are, in some ways, comparable to those of the All-Star break of 1973 -- and because the Mets finally are performing at a competitive level -- folks in these parts have begun to think (read: fantasize) that the Mets of 2014 could repeat the unfathomable rise-and- conquer achieved by Rusty, Tug, Tom Terrfic, Cleon, Koozy, Matlack, Buddy and Yogi 41years ago.
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|The All-Star Game electorate ought to be proud of the mandate it afforded the Yankees captain. Electing him was the proper thing to do, something akin to Mickey Mantle being named to the All-Star team in 1968.
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|The speeches we embrace most fervently are powerful, persuasive and, in many cases, presidential. In all cases, they are political -- except the one delivered 75 years ago today on a baseball diamond in the South Bronx. Lou Gehrig was apolitical, as far as we know. He wasn't the president of anything.
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|Such were the seeds that blossomed into a tug-of-war relationship between veteran baseball executive and beat reporter. Frank Cashen had worked in my business for 16 years. Here I was, covering his for about 16 hours. We didn't hit it off.
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|It was gratifying to see Travis d'Arnaud succeed in such a smashing way in his first game back. As a receiver, d'Arnaud appears properly equipped. But the word on him had been that his ultra-quick bat would make him a hitter who catches rather than a catcher who hits. After the trade, word was d'Arnaud was not an error in judgment.
More» d'Arnaud returns with a three-run blast|
|Charlie Zabansky moved from memory to memory, embracing every one of them. If he didn't recognize a face, he recalled a uniform number -- even with Al Downing, Rickey Henderson, Tino Martinez, and Lee Mazzilli each wearing No. 24. Charlie would extend his right hand, share a warm smile and some sage words and maybe request a photo. Every Old-Timer accommodated him.
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|Earlier this month when the Yankees were a .500 team and the Mets could only aspire to be, I wondered how a New York hybrid might fare. How might a team made of active 2014 Mets and Yankees prosper?
More» Jeter goes 3-for-4 in last game in Seattle|
|Cross-country road trips to San Diego were worth it for the chance to see and talk with Jerry Coleman and Tony Gwynn. And now, the available moments and those two wonderful men are gone, taken from us.
More»Headley, Black reflect on Gwynn's legacy, personality|
|Daniel Murphy, who undeservedly took flak for going on paternity leave in April to be there for the birth of his son, was invited to the White House to speak at the Working Families Summit on Monday. Perhaps shedding light on the matter will help detractors understand what the rest of us know without the need of an explanation: There are some things in life more important than anything else.
More»Murphy talks son's birth, 2014 Mets with MLB Network|
|In 1989, when Don Zimmer was managing the Cubs to a first-place finish, his team played a two-game series at Shea Stadium, on Labor Day and the day after. The dirge of 1978 had expired by then. He could speak about the Yankees' gallant charge and the Red Sox's maddening downfall that year without increasing his blood pressure to a dangerous level. And what he spoke of mostly that day was the effect of Ron Guidry.
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|Ron Gardenhire hardly is the guy who has everything. But it's a comfortable void. He is as content as Joe Mauer is talented, as delightful as Minneapolis is cold, as self-deprecating as Rodney Dangerfield was, well, self-deprecating. Enter his office or find him in the dugout or behind the batting cage and expect a smile to form on your face. He has a supply he carries in his back pocket.
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|Juan Lagares is a treasure in center field. He is a dynamic defender, the most gifted defender on the Mets' roster, even now that the roster includes Matt den Dekker, whose reputation also is branded in leather, not in white ash, maple or any other wood.
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|The last weekend of July, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux -- both Hall of Fame inductees -- will reunite with Steve Avery and John Smoltz to celebrate in Cooperstown. Smoltz may also be invited to the HOF in the very near future, but Avery, whose career was cut short by injury, may have been the most talented of the '93 Braves Fab Four.
More» Steve Avery visits the broadcast booth|
|The Mes were dramatically improved the following year with the additions of Robin Ventura and Rickey Henderson, but the acquisition of Mike Piazza had changed so much more.
More» Piazza's solid debut with the Mets|
|An elderly man with a B -- for Brooklyn -- in his bonnet called early Tuesday morning. The Dodgers were in town; he was excited. Fifty-seven years later, this otherwise logical and lucid octogenarian still hopes the devil has reserved a particularly hot spot for Walter O'Malley, the man who kidnapped his passion.
More» Scully reminisces about Ebbets Field|