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Actual (former) Mets scheduled to attend Queens Baseball Convention

Autographed 1989 Topps Ron Darling card from my collection
Autographed 1989 Topps Ron Darling card from my collection

The inaugural Queens Baseball Convention got more interesting on Monday, when Shannon Shark announced that two World Series champion New York Mets are scheduled to attend.

Ron Darling and Ed Kranepool will each participate in a question & answer session and sign autographs at the January 18, 2014 event. The autograph cost is included in the admission price, but due to time limits, not everyone is guaranteed to receive an autograph.

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While I’m not currently planning to go to the Queens Baseball Convention, any of my friends are welcome to talk me into going with them.

The next two weeks are probably the swan song for this blog. The domain renewal is coming up, and I don’t really feel the same enthusiasm for baseball that I did when I began.  

I could still change my mind, but I’m having a hard time imagining what I might find to say about the 2014 Mets that anyone would want to read and other commitments will keep me from going to more than a handful of minor league games next season.

I do want to thank everyone who stops by to read Random Baseball Stuff, and I appreciate the friends I’ve made because of this blog. 

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Franklin to return for 6th season as Trenton skipper

Tony Franklin (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Trenton Thunder announced Thursday that Tony Franklin will return for his sixth season as the club’s manager in 2012. He was led the Thunder to three playoff appearances and two Eastern League titles during his first five years, and he will win his 1000th career game sometime in April.

Also returned is pitching coach Tommy Phelps, back for a fourth season. Staten Island Yankees manager Tom Slater was named the Thunder’s new hitting coach, while former Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen coach Luis Dorante rounds out the uniformed coaching staff.

The Thunder also announced the 5th annual Allentown Baseball Hot Stove Dinner, which will take place on January 31st, 2012 in Hamilton. Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is scheduled to appear, as is Mets announcer Ron Darling.

While I’m not planning to turn this into a New York Yankees or Trenton Thunder blog, I expect to spend more time writing about the Eastern League this season than I have in previous years, since I ended up buying a Thunder ticket plan.

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Autographing Adventures at Citi


I spent a lot of time at the Union Square branch of Citibank this weekend so I could see Ike Davis, Ron Darling and John Franco and get their autographs. (I also managed to finish some holiday shopping and do some sightseeing while I was in Manahattan.)

On Saturday, I arrived at the bank branch at about 11:30 a.m. I figured that should be early enough, since Ike Davis wasn’t due until 1 p.m.  It was just early enough to get in the door and wait in the foyer… I underestimated how much of a draw Ike would be.

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