Michael Conforto returned from the disabled list and homered in his first start. Yoenis Cespedes hit his third home run of the season. Jay Bruce made his first home run of the year a grand slam. If Jacob deGrom didn’t quite have everything working, he battled and he got the outs when they really mattered.
I know the Mets are not going to keep up this pace to have a 135-27 season, but I’m gonna enjoy this run while it lasts.
The Trenton Thunder are hoping to take advantage of the demise of the Camden Riversharks to recruit new fans.
If you’ve got hats, shirts, jerseys, pants, shorts, socks or shoes of the Camden Riversharks, (or the Atlantic City Surf or Newark Bears), you may exchange your items at the Thunder ticket office and receive a $13 ticket to a 2016 Thunder game (based upon availability), a food voucher, and 20% off at the Thunder company store. There’s a limit of one item of clothing per person per transaction.
“We’re proud to put together a program of this nature,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurleyin a team-issued press release. “The Thunder play the highest level of professional baseball in the state of New Jersey and we are here to stay!”
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not planning to trade in my Bears or Riversharks caps for Thunder tix. But then again, I’ve still got a NJ Cardinals cap too.
Last night, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza would be inducted this summer as the Class of 2016.
Griffey set a new record, appearing on 437 of the 440 ballots cast. (The old record was held by Tom Seaver – our first Mets representative in Cooperstown – who received 98.84 percent of the vote in 1992.)
It took four years, but Piazza finally crossed the 75 percent threshold in this year’s election. And while I can’t figure out how a man who’s been retired from baseball since 2007 managed to do anything that “made him a Hall of Famer” since the last election, I’d rather celebrate the voters getting something right.
The Can-Am League is moving away from playing real baseball next year.
The league announced on Friday that it will adopt an extra innings tie breaker rule for 2014, based on existing International Baseball Federation rules.
If games reach the 11th inning, the player in the batting order preceding the innings leadoff hitter will be placed at second base. Should he score, the run and RBI will count for the team’s offensive stats, but it will not affect the pitcher’s ERA.
In an amazing feat of doublespeak, Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff touted the new rule as an “innovation” while bragging about its popularity in the World Baseball Classic and other international competitions.