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Sports Thoughts with Mike Lalor: Baseball HOF & Resurgent Knicks

Baseball Hall of Fame Congratulations to Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza who were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWA). Both are extremely deserving, and Ken Griffey, Jr. set a new standard for percentage of voting obtained, with 99.3% (437 out of 440); the previous record was held by ... Read More »

MLB Hot Stove with Mike Lalor

NEW YORK YANKEES Yankees acquire LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for four minor league players. On Monday, the Yankees surprisingly traded for the hard throwing Cincinnati closer in exchange for 3B Eric Jagielo, RHP Rookie Davis, RHP Caleb Cotham, and 2B Tony Renda.  Chapman, 27, is being investigated by MLB under its new domestic violence policy following an ... Read More »

MLB Hot Stove Notes with Mike Lalor

During this past week, the San Francisco Giants landed their second-big name pitcher of the offseason, signing former Red/Royal RHP Johnny Cueto to a 6-year, $130 million contract. Cueto will now join a formidable 1-2-3 staff for the Giants, along with LHP Madison Bumgarner and RHP Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija signed a 5-year, $90 million contract earlier in December. Cueto should ... Read More »

MLB Winter Meetings Highlights: Yanks, Mets and more

By Mike Lalor, Contributing Writer Highlights from baseball’s annual Winter Meetings: 1) Big Free Agent signings. It is clear that MLB is flush with revenue. Teams have the money to spend, and they are exercising capitalism to its fullest. Witness some of the big signings in the days leading up to, and following, the annual Winter Meetings: • SP Zack ... Read More »

MLB Winter Meetings Preview: NY Yankees

By Mike Lalor, Contributing Writer Major League Baseball will hold its 114th annual Winter Meetings from December 6th through the 10th in Nashville, Tennessee.  For baseball fans around the world and those within the industry, the annual Winter Meetings are an exciting time where many teams shape their rosters for the coming season through trades and free agent signings.  In ... Read More »

MLB Winter Meetings Preview: NY Mets

By Mike Lalor, Contributing Writer Major League Baseball will hold its 114th annual Winter Meetings from December 6th through the 10th in Nashville, Tennessee.  For baseball fans around the world and those within the industry, the annual Winter Meetings are an exciting time where many teams shape their rosters for the coming season through trades and free agent signings.  In ... Read More »

MLB Hot Stove Report by Mike Lalor

Early MLB Hot Stove thoughts The Hot Stove seems to be warming up quicker than usual early in the baseball offseason. The General Managers meeting this week in Boca Raton, FL certainly helped, and for sure, set the foundation for future player movement. During the GM meetings, the New York Yankees made their first move of the off-season, acquiring 26-year ... Read More »

My Mets Story by Gina Brinskelle

By Gina Brinskelle I am watching the Mets in the World Series. I don't get to say that very often! Yes, technically I was alive in 1986 but I don't remember. However, I do remember 2000 and it still stings. During this current World Series, the Fox broadcasters have made many outrageous comments but one specific comment has stuck with ... Read More »

My Mets Story by Gregory Nichols

By Gregory Nichols, lifelong Mets fan and creator of the "Disgruntled Mets Fan" page on Facebook My earliest memory of the Mets is my family celebrating the World Series win in 1986. I don't remember anything about the game. I just remember my family celebrating, dancing and my older brother printing out "World Champions" on his DOT matrix printer. Ironically, at ... Read More »