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The Mets have been surprisingly good so far

Matt Harvey's 2013 Topps Heritage baseball card
Matt Harvey’s 2013 Topps Heritage baseball card

With today’s Mets-Twins series finale postponed until August due to weather conditions, the Mets can celebrate the abbreviate series sweep as they head to even worse weather in Denver.

I watched Matt Harvey flirt with a no-hitter into the seventh inning yesterday. Mike Pelfrey‘s fast start in 2010 should remind me not to overestimate a few early season games, and Harvey own limited major league track record (Saturday was just his 13th big league game) is another reason not to jump the gun… but he sure looks like something special so far, doesn’t he?

I missed most of Friday night’s fireworks while I was attending a friend’s surprise 60th birthday party, but I have to admit that the offense has been a lot more productive than I expected so far this year. I suspect a lot of it has to do with the quality of opposition the Mets have faced, but they still lead the league in runs scored and are in the top five teams for just about every basic offensive category. Let’s enjoy it for however long it lasts.

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Mets Autograph of the Week: Billy Beane

With the film Moneyball due to open this weekend, it seems appropriate to make Billy Beane the subject of my latest “Mets Autograph of the Week” feature.

signed Billy Bean 1986 Donruss card from my collection

Beane achieved his greatest fame as an executive for the Oakland Athletics. He pioneered a method of team-building using statistical analysis to find and acquire players with under-valued skills so that the A’s could build a competitive roster despite having a smaller payroll than many of their opponents.

Beane was the subject Michael Lewis‘ 2003 best-seller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which has been adapted for the new film starring Brad Pitt.

But Beane’s baseball career began much earlier than all that. The Mets made him the 23rd overall pick in the 1980 amateur draft. (The team’s first round picks that year also included Darryl Strawberry and John Gibbons.)

Beane advanced through the minors and reached the big leagues in 1984, but in two seasons with the Mets he only appeared in a total of 13 games. In January of 1986, the Mets sent Beane to the Minnesota Twins as part of the deal that brought Tim Teufel to New York.

After spending parts of six seasons in the majors with four different teams, Beane retired with a lifetime .219 batting average, 3 home runs and 29 RBI in 148 games played.

I purchased this signed card from a dealer at an autograph show last winter for a few dollars.

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Another reason to root for the Twins

西岡剛
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I’m a Mets fan, and that’s not going to change just because some of the players are annoying and the owner is being sued for more money than most of us will ever see in a lifetime.

But when I need an American League team to root for, I choose the Minnesota Twins. Partly that’s because they play smart baseball, and partly it’s because I’m a Pat Neshek fan.

I like baseball players who are characters, and it looks like I’ve got another reason to root for the Twins.

Their new infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, was interviewed for a profile spot on a local television newscast. He said:

“I will make an exciting play, but I will make an exciting error too. So don’t miss it.”

I think I may have a new favorite player. 🙂

For a summary of the Nishioka profile piece, check out Twinkie Town (Part 1) (Part 2)

Thanks to Old Time Family Baseball at the Eephus League of Baseball Minutiae for sharing that great quote.

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Boof! (Part II)

Boof-Bonser

Here’s a 2007 Fleer card of Boof Bonser that I got signed through the mail sometime in 2007. If he makes it into a major league game for the Mets next year, it will go in the binder.

I suppose I should start looking for Ronny Paulino and D.J. Carrasco cards to get signed next year.

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October Baseball

Baseball sign by the team of the Minnesota Twins.
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The MLB playoffs start this afternoon, when most people are still at work or in school. They’ll probably finish for the evening sometime after midnight on the East Coast. (Thanks for the great scheduling, TBS.)

I don’t have a natural rooting interest, since my team went into a funk right before the All-Star Break and never came out of it. But I’m going to adopt the Minnesota Twins for however long they last. (I really hope they can beat the Yankees this year.)

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