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Major league Baseball want’s to speed things up…

With Baseball players starting Spring training.?…

The League is workimng to bring down the time it takes for a game….

That’s Good Thing for players and fans….

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…..the league announced rule changes for the 2018 season intended to increase the speed of play and shorten games.

The most drastic revision will be a limit on the number of visits to the pitcher’s mound per game. Until this season, coaches, managers and other players could confer with their pitcher as much as they wanted. They’ll now be limited to just six visits per nine-inning game. Teams will be allotted one additional mound visit for each extra inning.

There are some exceptions to what qualifies as a mound visit, according to MLB’s new rules, including:

A. Discussions between pitchers and position player(s) that (i) occur between batters in the normal course of play and do not require either the position player(s) or the pitcher to relocate;
B. Visits by position players to the mound to clean spikes in rainy conditions;
C. Visits to the mound due to an injury or potential injury of the pitcher; and
D. Visits to the mound after the announcement of an offensive substitution.

The MLB also said it plans to set two-minute limits on breaks between innings and at pitching changes….

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Mike Francesa manage the Yankees?…Huh?

He’s a talking head…

He ain’t no coach….

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The Yankees are still looking for a new manager and the Sports Pope believes he’s qualified.

On his Monday show, WFAN host Mike Francesa said he feels he has what it takes to be the manager of the Yankees after being asked if he’d ever take the job if offered.

“Do I think I can manage the Yankees? Sure, but I’m not gonna get a chance to manage the Yankees,” Francesa said to a caller in audio captured by Twitter user Funhouse.

The caller tried to make the argument that if Donald Trump can be President, Francesa can be the Yankees manager.

“I definitely could, but the point is they’re not going to hire me to do that because they’re going to hire someone who either spent 20 years playing the game or spent that time as a coach or a manager and I understand that,” Francesa said. “Just like they’re not gonna give someone my radio show who doesn’t have any experience at least behind a microphone.”…

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LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs 11-1 to advance to first World Series since 1988

…from the LA Times….

Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to advance to World Series

  

Bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen pitching.

Kris Bryant flied to left.

Anthony Rizzo flied to deep right.

Willson Contreras lined to short.

DODGERS WIN!

image…Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Derek Jeter Day ….The Captain’s Mother’s Day tribute

I’m a NY Mets fan, but Jeter deserves the day for his selfless time with the NY Yankees and his ability to help the team win during his time with them….Jeter was wildly popular during his playing days…And the team picked Mothers Day to retire the guys mother and have him honor her…

Except, perhaps, for Derek Jeter’s mother, Maureen Zusi was the happiest mom in the place.

To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, Zusi’s daughter, Meghan, took her to Yankee Stadium to see the Bronx Bombers retire Jeter’s number. Zusi, 59, said she was moved by Jeter’s decision to honor his mother by having the ceremony on Mother’s Day.

“He’s a classy guy, he’s a great ballplayer, he’s a fine son,” Zusi said. “I mean, he picked today, Mother’s Day, to honor his mother. How do you go wrong with that?”

Zusi, of Union, N.J., said she was also in the Bronx with her daughter to see Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium at-bat in 2014, when he hit a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles to win the game.

Yankees retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2, unveil Monument Park plaque

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Derek Jeter speaks at Sunday’s ceremony in Yankee Stadium.(ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“I have never felt the Stadium rock like it did that night,” Zusi said. “The amount of love in the Stadium that night for him. The guys today, they just play the game. He honors the game, it means so much to him.”

Fans cheered like Jeter had just hit a grand slam when the retired shortstop unveiled his pinstripe plaque in Monument Park….

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KC Royals beat the NY Mets to take the World Series…

It really came off Matt Harvey’s great game UP TO the ninth inning…..

The Royals where losing 2 to zip….and just like that they tied the score and held on to erupt the game into a 7 to 2 win in 12 innings…..

In the end?

Th Mets pitching and feilding errors wasn’t any match against the Royals nickel and diming their way to their first World Series win in ages…..

With a packed Citi Field calling for Matt Harvey to complete a shutout and keep the Mets’ World Series hopes alive, the Mets’ ace talked his way back out to pitch the ninth inning Sunday.

The final frame did not go the way he had planned, however, as Harvey allowed a walk and double without getting an out and the Mets blew a two-run lead, eventually falling 7-2 in 12 innings and losing the Series four games to one.

“If I was tired and didn’t think I could get three outs I wouldn’t have gone out there,” Harvey said. “I wish I had gotten them.”

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Still, with Jeurys Familia on the mound, they came oh-so-close to getting that final out. With a 2-1 lead and one out, David Wright fielded a ground ball and got one out at first. But with Eric Hosmer charging home, Lucas Duda’s errant throw home allowed the Royals to tie the game. A good throw would have ended the game and sent the Series back to Kansas City.

“It took some balls to make the play,” Duda said about Hosmer’s gamble. “No excuses, I didn’t make the throw. I’m very disappointed.”

 

The Royals blew it open with a five-run 12th.

The Mets finished with just four hits, a painful end to what had been such a magnificent season, at least heading into the Fall Classic.

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Matt Harvey convinces Terry Collins to let him pitch the ninth but it doesn’t work out the way they hoped as the Royals tie the game.

Terry Collins had some regrets about allowing Harvey to start the ninth instead of Familia.

“I told him he had gotten us where we needed to go,” Collins said about his dugout conversation with the Dark Knight. “He told me ‘I want this game. I want this game bad.’ … I let my heart get in the way of my gut. … I love my players. I trust my players. It didn’t work. It’s my fault not his.”

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The Mets got ran over by the Royals….

The Mets got TO the World Series on it’s pitching primarily and it’s bats…..

So far they have not gotten over on either…

Jacob deGrom’s tightrope walk snaps in one meltdown inning

It took the Kansas City Royals 14 innings  Tuesday night…..

It took them MUCH less last night to run over the NY Mets 7 to 1….

“We expected to be here,” Manager Ned Yost said Wednesday night. Given the evidence and the attitude, how to question that?

With Kauffman Stadium putting another packed house between the glorious present and those dormant days of — oh, say, May 2014 — the Royals essentially schooled the New York Mets on Wednesday night, taking a 7-1 victory in Game 2 of the World Series, seizing a two-games-to-none lead as the affair shifts Friday to New York. They did it behind a sterling performance from a recently shaky pitcher, Johnny Cueto, who brazenly tossed a complete game. But they also did it with the brand of baseball they have built over the past two Octobers, a brand that features such scintillating elements as “putting the bat on the ball” and “fielding your position.”

Maybe it’s not sexy. But add up those little elements — the fact that the Royals saw 131 pitches from the Mets and swung and missed six times, the fact that their winning four-run rally featured nary an extra-base hit — and it is enough to define a team. For now, it is defining this series….

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The NY Mets are going to the World Series!…

They added the bats to a great pictching rotation and here we ARE….

The Mets led the Cubs the whole time….

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They believed. While others laughed at Terry Collins’ proclamations that the waiting was over for the Mets and this was a playoff team, his players bought into it. When outsiders mocked the young pitchers who openly said their goal was the World Series this year, their teammates just nodded and got back to work.

And Wednesday, while the rest of the baseball world just shook their heads in disbelief, the Mets were back where they believe they belong — heading to the World Series for the first time in 15 years.

Daniel Murphy hit a historic home run as the Mets finished off the Cubs, beating them 8-3 at Wrigley Field to complete a sweep of the NLCS. The series sweep gives the Mets their first trip to the World Series since 2000 and the fifth World Series appearance in franchise history.

The champagne celebration at Wrigley was slightly dimmed by the apparent loss of Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets slugger left the game in the bottom of the second inning with left shoulder soreness. During an in-game interview with TBS, Terry Collins said that the centerfielder could not lift his left arm…..

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FBI investigating front-office officials for the Baseballs St. Louis Cardinals…

Strange doings Major League baseball, eh?

Computers just ain’t too secure these days….

The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, hacked into internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.

The officials did not say which employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it. The investigation is being led by the F.B.I.’s Houston field office and has progressed to the point that subpoenas have been served on the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for electronic correspondence.

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The New York Mets finally find ways to win….

They have won 11 games in a row…

A club record….

They are in 1st Place, someplace they RARELY visit ….

Fans are pinching themselves….

The next few games are against the OTRHER NY metro team….The Yankees….

Can the winning streak last?

Where will they be AFTER the All-Star game….And the most important question?

Can they keep all this together to make the play-off’s this fall?

Bring on the Yankees — the ’27 Yankees.

In 19 seasons of interleague play, the Mets have never been higher emotionally heading into a Subway Series. One of these days they will lose, but such talk seems fictitious for now.

“It’s a lot of fun to be a Met,” Daniel Murphy said after his team tied a franchise record with an 11th straight victory by beating the Braves 6-3 at Citi Field on Thursday.

Up next is a three-game series in The Bronx against a Yankees team that has gotten rolling after a slow start, with six victories in seven games.

The Mets (13-3) will enter the Subway Series with the best record in the major leagues after completing the first 10-0 homestand in club history. The team’s last 11-game winning streak came in 1990.

So the timing of a clash with the Yankees would seem perfect….

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A-Rod as will others will probably be banned from Baseball for the rest of the season ..

This will go to arbitration…..

And A-Rod will NOT be playing……

The Yankees WILL be saving money…..

…from espn…..

Alex Rodriguez will be suspended Monday, likely through the end of the 2014 season, sources told “Outside the Lines” Saturday.

About 12 other players will also be suspended Monday, according to sources.

Several sources familiar with the talks said tense deliberations between Rodriguez and commissioner Bud Selig’s office broke down completely Saturday after Selig told officials he would no longer negotiate.

One source told OTL that MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner called MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred on Saturday asking for a meeting between the union, MLB, the Yankees and Rodriguez’s camp, but MLB refused.

MLB has said repeatedly that the Yankees have no place in negotiations and that discipline was the domain of Selig and no one else, a source said. Several sources also said that Selig was “furious” with Rodriguez for telling reporters he would not negotiate, even as his attorneys sought a deal to mitigate MLB’s looming punishment.

Previous reports, including from “Outside the Lines,” have said eight other major league players were facing suspensions, but sources said Saturday the number could be about 12 when the announcements are made.

Both Manfred and Weiner refused to comment.

A source from Rodriguez’s camp told ESPN New York that Rodriguez has no interest in a settlement and is prepared to fight baseball in arbitration…

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Mets and Yankee’s Open their season today…..

PLAY BALL!

Baseball returns to New York on Monday afternoon, returns with a most rare Opening Day, both the Yankees and Mets opening at home, opening their seasons about five minutes apart. Monday in the city, on the Yankee side of the Triborough and the Mets side, the conversation is about all that.

“The one thing that never changes on Opening Day is hope,” David Wright, the captain and face of the Mets, says Sunday at Citi Field. “Hope never gets old.”

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Jose Reyes returns to NY and his team loses to the Mets…..He gets NO Hits…

Reyes hitless in NY return, Mets beat Marlins 2-1

Reyes hitless in NY return, Mets beat Marlins 2-1

Jose Reyes went hitless in his return to Citi Field and Lucas Duda lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that caromed off reliever Edward Mujica, sending the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night……….