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Meet Todd Frazier & support Operation Shoebox NJ on Saturday, 1/23/2016

Signed Todd Frazier baseball card from my collection

January 20 Update: This event has been postponed due to weather concerns.

Next Saturday, new Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will be signing autographs to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit charity  that ships personal care packages to US troops deployed around the world.

Frazier, a 2015 All-Star and Home Run Derby champ, is a lifelong New Jersey resident who was part of the 1998 Toms River Little League World Champion team and played for Rutgers University before turning pro.

Pro Custom Solar will be hosting the charity event at Freehold Raceway Mall on Jan. 23 from noon until 2 p.m. Frazier will sign one flat item for a $20 donation. Memorabilia (a bat, jersey, etc.) will be signed for a $50 donation.

Source: TapIntoSomerville

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‘Nasty Boys’ to lead Reds’ Opening Day parade |

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Reds winning the 1990 World Series over the A’s….   the “Nasty Boys” trio of Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers will serve as grand marshals of the 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

— ‘Nasty Boys’ to lead Reds’ Opening Day parade |

Randy Myers is probably best remembered as one third of this Cincinnati trio, but he started his career with the New York Mets and shared closing duties with Roger McDowell on the 1988 National League East pennant-winning team.

This would be a fun year to go experience Cincinnati’s famed Opening Day festivities. They’ve also got a pretty nifty triple bobblehead giveaway planned in April.

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Former Somerset Patriots player Ryan Freel dead of apparent suicide

Ryan Freel, who played parts of 8 seasons in the major leagues and finished his baseball playing career with the Somerset Patriots in 2010, was found dead yesterday. According to a report by the Florida Times-Union, police believe Freel shot himself with a gun to commit suicide.

Freel’s former Reds teammates Brandon Phillips and Sean Casey expressed their thoughts via Twitter:

Ryan Dunleavy, who covered Freel’s final season in professional baseball, remembers his time in the Atlantic League at his Patriots Pulse blog for MyCentral

In case anyone who reads this needs them,

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Sorry for spoiling you party, Chipper (well, not really)


Lucas Duda hits against the Braves during a 2010 game at Citi Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Lucas Duda hits against the Braves during a 2010 game at Citi Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Lucas Duda and Jonathon Niese led the Mets to victory last night, spoiling the Braves’ Chipper Jones love-fest and preventing the Braves from taking advantage of the Nationals’ loss to gain ground on Washington.

It was nice to see Niese end his 2012 season with a strong start, and it was surprising to see Duda come through with the big hit.

Maybe in 2020 or so, we’ll be watching the Mets honor David Wright with a similar ceremony at the end of his career.

Also, congratulations to Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds, who pitched the 7th no-hitter of 2012.

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Rattled R.A. & slumping bats sink Mets

The Mets lost again, the seventh time in their last 10 games, as they fell to the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Wednesday. If there was a bright spot, at least the Philadelphia Phillies also lost so the Mets are still clinging to a tenuous one-game lead for third place in the NL East.

R.A. Dickey
R.A. Dickey (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

But let’s talk about some people in baseball who had worse days than the Mets:

Back to the Mets, though. Someone should really remind the offense that the season isn’t over yet. Mike Leake limited the Mets to just four hits in his complete game victory, and New York’s lone run scored when Daniel Murphy hit into a double play.

R.A. Dickey had a disappointing start, allowing five runs on ten hits (including three home runs) and two walks over six innings even though he struck out 10. Thanks to the movement of Dickey’s knuckleball, Josh Thole set a team record he probably wishes he didn’t have – he was charged with three passed balls in the game.

Dickey may have been bothered by the umpires’ decision to require him to cut off friendship bracelets made for him by his daughters. Terry Collins had this to say after the game:

“The rule is, as they explained it, you’re not suppose to have anything on your wrist. They must be newly enforcing it. Twenty-three starts he hasn’t had to take it off yet. So tonight it was an issue…. We just want to know what the big deal was…I think it bothered him, yes. He still has to pitch through it and he knows that.”

Collins plans to mess with his starting pitchers’ routines by going to a six-man rotation this week, ostensibly to give Johan Santana and Chris Young extra rest. Remember how well Santana did on extra rest in his first start after his no-hitter? Evidently the Mets’ skipper forgot, even though he said after that game that he regretted his decision. Hopefully it works out better this time around.