Friday, August 16, 2019

Tanaka Proves Once Again To Be Yankees' Ace

Masahiro Tanaka taking on Yasiel Puig early in Friday night's game. Photo by Jason Schott.



In recent years, whenever the Yankees have faced a crisis with their pitching, Masahiro Tanaka has a performance that proves he is the ace of their starting rotation.

Books: "Scouting and Scoring" On Evolution Of Stats In Baseball





Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball
By Christopher J. Phillips
Princeton University Press; hardcover, 320 pages; 27.95

Baseball has always been known as a numbers game, and that is no truer than now in what can certainly be called the analytics era. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Books: "After The Fall" On Nixon's Comeback





After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon
By Kasey S.  Pipes
Regnery History; hardcover; $29.99

Richard Nixon became the first and only American president to resign from office, which he did on August 9, 1974, to avoid nearly certain impeachment. 

Books: Beatriz Williams' New Novel "The Golden Hour"





The Golden Hour 
By Beatriz Williams
William Morrow; hardcover, $26.99; E-Book, $12.99

Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of ten novels, including The Summer Wives, A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, and A Certain Age.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Books: "Mrs. Everything" By Jennifer Weiner





Mrs. Everything
By Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books; hardcover; $28.00

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and her memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. With over 11 million copies of her books in print in 36 countries, Weiner has established herself as a writing powerhouse that creates plenty of discussion.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Books: "Moondust" on Apollo 11





Moondust: In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth
By Andrew Smith
Harper Perennial; paperback; $16.99

This July marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and to commemorate it, there is a new edition of journalist Andrew Smith’s Moondust.

Books: "The Oysterville Sewing Circle"





The Oysterville Sewing Circle
By Susan Wiggs
William Morrow; hardcover; $26.99; available today, August 13

Susan Wiggs is the author of more than fifty novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series and the instant New York Times bestseller Family Tree. Her award-winning books have been translated into two dozen languages. She lives with her husband on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound.

Mets & Marlins Will Play In Puerto Rico

Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets and Miami Marlins will play a three-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 28th-30th, 2020, as announced by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday morning. The three-game set will serve as home games for the Marlins.

Monday, August 12, 2019

GAME 2: Torres Trounces Orioles As Yanks Sweep Twinbill

Gleyber Torres returning to the dugout after his second home run of the night. Photo by Jason Schott.



Gleyber Torres dominated the Baltimore Orioles all season, and the second game of Monday's doubleheader was no exception as he hit two home runs in the Yankees' 11-8 win.

GAME 1: Yankees Bash Birds With Long Ball Yet Again

Gleyber Torres at bat in the eighth inning of Game 1. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Yankees opened their doubleheader on Monday with an 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1, led by four home runs and a strong outing from starter James Paxton.

Yankees 2020 Schedule Released

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.



The 2020 New York Yankees schedule was released on Monday, and here are the highlights:

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The 1994 Yankees: What Could Have Been

Don Mattingly.



25 years ago today was one of the most heartbreaking days in baseball history, as the players went on strike, never to return. The World Series was cancelled, something that was unthinkable considering it had never happened before The strike even dragged into 1995, shortening that season to 144 games.

Nats Salvage Finale, Deny Mets Perfect Homestand

Jacob deGrom firing a pitch for the Mets on Sunday. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets came up short on Sunday, as the Washington Nationals salvaged the final game of their three-game series, 7-4, at Citi Field on Sunday.

The Day Mets' Season Changed

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.


Sunday, July 28th will go down as one of the most consequential days of the Mets' season, and if they keep up this run and make it a special season, their history.

Yankees Doubleheader Monday: What You Need To Know

Yankee Stadium during a doubleheader against Baltimore earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees will play a separate-admission doubleheader on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles with Game 1 beginning at 1:05 p.m. and Game 2 beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Books: "The Swallows” By Lisa Lutz





The Swallows
By Lisa Lutz
Ballantine Hardcover; $27.00; available this Tuesday, August 13

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling, Alex Award-winning author of the Spellman Files series, as well as the novels Heads You Lose (with David Hayward), How to Start a Fire, and The Passenger. She has also written for film and TV, including HBO's "The Deuce." She lives part-time in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mets Stun Nats Again, With Guillorme One Of The Heroes

Seth Lugo closing it out for the Mets in the ninth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


For the second straight night, the Mets came from behind late to beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 43,875 at Citi Field.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Mets Stage Late Comeback To Walk-Off Against Washington

The Mets celebrate a huge win. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals and win, 7-6, on Friday night at Citi Field.

Stroman Makes His Mets' Debut At Electric Citi Field


Marcus Stroman on the mound for the Mets. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets have been on quite a tear since the All-Star Break, as they have worked themselves into the thick of the Wild Card race. They  hosted one of the teams they're chasing, the Washington Nationals, who hold the top Wild Card spot, at Citi Field on Friday night for the start of a three-game set. 

Mets Sign Panik To Take Over Second Base

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On Friday, the Mets announced the signing free agent infielder Joe Panik, a move that was rather expected ever since the Giants designated him for assignment on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Yankees, White Sox To Play At Field Of Dreams Next August





Some would say entering Yankee Stadium feels like entering a field of dreams. Now, the Yankees will get to play at the real thing.

Mets Sign Brach To Bolster Bullpen

Brad Brach.



On Thursday, the Mets announced the signing of free agent right-handed pitcher Brad Brach, another arm to continue to bolster their much-improved bullpen down the stretch.

Red Bulls Update On Valot and Etienne, Jr.

Red Bull Arena. Photo by Jason Schott.



On Thursday, the Red Bulls placed midfielder Florian Valot on the Season Ending Injury list.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mets Ready For Nats After Sweeping Marlins

Pete Alonso connecting on his first inning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 7-2, at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep and keep their torrid pace going.

The Mets are now 59-56, including a Major League-best 19-6 since the All-Star Break, best in the Major Leagues, and they have won 13 of their last 14 games. It is their first 13-1 stretch since 1990.

Red Bulls Add Winger Josh Sims From Southampton

Josh Sims.



The Red Bulls have added English winger Josh Sims on loan from Southampton FC, the club announced today. Sims joins New York on loan until the end of the 2019 season and will be added to the Red Bulls roster as a Young Designated Player, pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Keeping Wheeler The Best Move Mets Didn't Make

Zack Wheeler pitching to Curtis Granderson in the sixth inning Tuesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.



Zack Wheeler turned in his second straight superb outing since the Mets decided to keep him at the trade deadline despite heavy rumors that he would be dealt to a contender.

Contending Mets' Playoff Destiny Could Be Decided By Success At Citi Field

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.



In the classic baseball movie "Major League," there's a scene where the Cleveland Indians are shooting an American Express ad and after the players say nobody recognizes them, their Manager Lou Brown says, "we're contenders now!"

Callaway On How The Mets Will Cover For Cano

Robinson Cano. @Mets.



Mets second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game against the Pirates with a leg injury, and was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday morning.

Brooklyn's Own Rasheem Dunn Commits To St. John's

@StJohnsBball.



Brooklyn native Rasheem Dunn has committed to the St. John’s men’s basketball program, the school announced on Tuesday.

Seton Hall Hoops In Italy - How To Catch The Games

Myles Powell. @SetonHallMBB.



The Seton Hall men's basketball team embarks on its foreign tour of Italy Wednesday night and will be playing three exhibition games against select Italian clubs that fans and media can watch live on FloHoops.com.

Mets Minor League Update, Including Brooklyn Cyclones

Photo by Jason Schott.



Let's take a look at how the Mets' Minor League affiliates, including our hometown Brooklyn Cyclones, are performing with around a month left in their seasons.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Mets Sweep Marlins To Get Above .500 For First Time In 3 Months

Jacob deGrom firing a pitch during Game 1. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets entered their doubleheader on Monday against the Miami Marlins with a chance to secure a winning record for the first time since May 2 when they were 16-15.

Mets' Syndergaard National League Player Of The Week

Noah Syndergaard. @Mets.



Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard of the surging New York Mets has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week, and rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays has been chosen the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week. Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman earned Play of the Week honors in his debut at Pittsburgh Saturday night.

Books: "Love at First Like" By Hannah Orenstein





Love at First Like: A Novel
By Hannah Orenstein
Atria; paperback; $16.99; available August 6

Hannah Orenstein has written a scintillating novel perfect for the social media world we live in, Love at First Like, which is a scintillating read about a jewelry store owner and Instagram influencer who posts a white lie that spirals out of control.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Yankees Sweep Boston To Continue Domination At Stadium

Aaron Judge (99) and Cameron Maybin celebrate. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Yankees completed their sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 7-4 win on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

This came after Boston took three out of four at Fenway a weekend ago and actually showed signs of getting into the American League East race by cutting the Yankees' lead down to eight games.

Books: "The Birthday Girl" By Melissa de la Cruz






The Birthday Girl
By Melissa de la Cruz
Dutton; hardcover, 288 pages; $27.00; available Tuesday, August 6

Melissa de la Cruz, how is beloved by so many young readers for her fifty novels of magic, fantasy, and contemporary realism, now makes her triumphant return to fiction for grown-ups with The Birthday Girl.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Red Bulls Hold On Against Toronto To Leap Into Third

The Red Bulls celebrate their first goal. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Red Bulls held on for a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

With the win, the Red Bulls leaped into third place in the Eastern Conference  with a record of 11-4-9 with 37 points. They are two points behind Atlanta and Philadelphia, who each have 39 points, for the top spots in the table.

Mets' Lugo, Yankees' Kahnle Relievers Of The Month

Seth Lugo.


It was a good month to be a reliever in New York in July, as Seth Lugo of the Mets has been named the National League Reliever of the Month, and Tommy Kahnle of the Yankees has been voted the American League Reliever of the Month.

Red Bulls Sign Buckmaster, Loan Epps To Memphis

Provided by the Red Bulls.



The Red Bulls made a pair of transactions, as they have signed 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick Rece Buckmaster to an MLS contract, and they loaned midfielder Marcus Epps to Memphis 901 FC (USL Championship) for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Yankees-Red Sox Saturday Doubleheader Info

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.



On Saturday, August 3, the Yankees will play a separate-admission doubleheader vs. the Boston Red Sox with Game 1 beginning at 1:05 p.m. and Game 2 beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Books: "Almost Yankees" On 1981 Columbus Clippers





Almost Yankees: The Summer of ’81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You’ve Never Heard Of
By J. David Herman
University of Nebraska Press; 344 pages; hardcover, $29.95; eBook, $29.95

J. David Herman has written a poignant and nostalgic narrative of the lives and travails of Minor League Baseball in the new book Almost Yankees.

Books: New Political Books From Tomi Lahren & Kevin Williamson





Political discourse in this country has changed tremendously, and there is a pair of new books that capture how they have dealt with it through personal experience and how you can learn: The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics by Kevin Williamson, and Never Play Dead by Tomi Lahren.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Cyclones Salvage One Against Lowell After Losing Ground

Garrison Bryant pitching for the Cyclones against Lowell. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Cyclones beat the Lowell Spinners, 6-1, on Thursday night at MCU Park, to salvage the final game of the four-game set.

Lowell took three of four in the series and improved to 29-16, opening up a nine-game lead over Connecticut (20-25) in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division.