- The Arizona Diamondbacks are suing the Maricopa County Stadium District to alter the terms of their lease so they can seek a new ballpark before it expires in 2028.
- Former New York Giant Daryl Spencer passed away yesterday at the age of 88.
- Micah Owings talks about the role his faith has played in his professional baseball career. After spending last season in the Atlantic League, the 34-year-0ld pitcher has an invitation to spring training with the Seattle Mariners.
- Rich Mueller looks at a 1992 interview with then-Topps Vice President of Sports Sy Berger as he reminisces about the “Boyhood Photos of the Stars” subset that debuted 45 years ago in Topps’ 1972 set.
- Mets Police wants us to take a look at a video of the 1972 Opening Day ceremonies, which took place shortly after Gil Hodges died. (Hat tip: Uni Watch)
- Brian Joura looks at Terry Collins legacy as Mets manager at Mets 360.
- Bill Baer asks if the Nationals will extend Dusty Baker’s contract at Hardball Talk.
- Mets Police also wants us to remember it’s the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mets, the worst team that money could buy.
- Original Met Chris Cannizzaro passed away last week at the age of 78. Cannizzaro was also an original San Diego Padre, and was their first All-Star in 1969.
- Connor Byrne reviewed some remaining off-season needs for each National League East team for MLB Trade Rumors. It should not come as a surprise that the Mets could use a center fielder, a right-handed reliever and a left-handed reliever.
- Collect the Mets looks at the history of relic cards and wonders where recent Futures Game relics can be found.
I contributed to the Mets article that’s part of C70 At The Bat’s annual season preview “Playing Pepper” series. Go check it out to see what nine bloggers have to say about the Mets’ chances in 2016.
Tony Phillips, a member of the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics, died of an apparent heart attack according to a report by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 56.
Phillips recorded 2,023 hits during an 18-year major league career. He spent nine years with Oakland over two tours of duty, and five years with the Detroit Tigers. Near the end of his major league career, Phillips appeared in 52 games for the 1998 New York Mets. As recently as last year, he was still playing independent baseball.
I really love the back page of the New York Post today.
Today was the first official day of spring training for the Mets, but that means even less than usual when most of the Mets players have been working out in Port St. Lucie for days already. Still, any sign that baseball season is on the way is welcome…Let’s go Mets!
Aaron Rakers, a former major league pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres, as well as a member of the starting rotation for the Atlantic League’s York Revolution in 2008, recently lost his wife at far too young an age.
Friends and family members are raising money for an education fund for their two young children using GoFundMe. In one day, 177 people have already donated $17,725.