The class of 2014. #HOFWKND
The class of 2014. #HOFWKND
50 Cent threw out the first pitch at the Mets game. It did not go well.
If someone could pair this up with a gif of Bartolo Colon swinging a bat I think we’d all appreciate it.
Mets/Phillies game getting intense…
Bartolo Colon swings very hard.
Yes, please keep telling me that the DH ruins the game.
|—||Howie Rose, Mets radio announcer, referring to the Mets’ inability to hold a lead having scored in the 1st inning of all three games this season. They lost the first two to the Nationals.|
Ralph Kiner, Hall of Fame slugger who died on February 6, will be honored by both the Pirates and Mets this season.
The Pirates who retired his number in 1987, will wear the “4” patch for 2014. The Mets will honor Kiner, the last living member of the franchise’s original television broadcast team, with a microphone patch.
Pirates patch courtesy of @mlb
Mets patch is courtesy of centerfieldmaz.com
Mets lineup for today’s exhibition game against the Cubs.
The game is in Las Vegas at Cashman Field, home of the Mets’ AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. (The 51s are named for Area 51, which explains the Star Trek font.)
Btw, the 2541.9 miles between Vegas and Queens gives the Mets the privilege of being located furthest away from their AAA affiliate. Number two are the Twins who are 1015 miles from the Rochester (NY) Red Wings.
Image courtesy of @adamrubinESPN
Obit of the Day: The Pirates’ Only Living Hall of Famer
So many trivia questions, so little time:
What player has the most career home runs in their first 5 seasons?
Who is the only player to lead his league in home runs for 7 consecutive seasons?
Who was the first National League slugger to hit 50+ home runs in two consecutive seasons?
Who was the second person, after Babe Ruth, to hit at least 40 home runs in five consecutive seasons?
Who was the only National Leaguer to hit at least 54 home runs between 1931 and 1997?
The answer to all of these questions is “Ralph Kiner.”
And yet, he was barely elected to the Hall of Fame, receiving 273 votes (he needed 272) in 1975 his 15th and final year of eligibility, from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Even the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he set all those records, didn’t retire his uniform number, 4, for another twelve years.
Part of the reason for the Hall of Fame delay was his limited time on the field. Mr. Kiner retired from baseball at age 32 after a back injury made it impossible for him to play. It was so hampering that after his first seven seasons he had hit 294 home runs, but in his last three only 75.
And the Pirates were terrible during his time with the franchise. Between the time Mr. Kiner joined the team in 1946 and when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1953, Pittsburgh never finished higher than fourth and usually in the bottom half of the National League standings. (Later Pirates Hall of Famers, like Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente, were part of perennial playoff contenders including two World Series crowns.)
He did receive more recognition during his career than after. He was selected to six consecutive All-Star games (1948-1953) and finished in the top ten in MVP voting for five straight seasons (1947-1951) especially impressive playing on such abysmal teams.
Following Mr. Kiner’s retirement he found a successful second career as a broadcaster. Spending the 1961 season with the Chicago White Sox, Mr. Kiner headed to New York to join the television broadcast booth with Bob Murphy and Lindsay Nelson for the expansion New York Mets. Mr. Kiner would broadcast Mets games for 52 seasons. He was the last of the original Mets’ broadcasters.
Known for misspeaking on occasion - wishing a hearty “Happy Birthday!” on Fathers’ Day - Mr. Kiner became more closely identified with the Mets than the Pirates by the end of his career. (A friend of Obit of the Day who is lifelong Pittsburgh fan believes this is why he is overlooked by the Pirates and their fans.)
Ralph Kiner, the fourth oldest living Hall of Famer, died on February 6^, 2014 at the age of 91.
(Image of Ralph Kiner, circa 1948-1953, is uncited - on six different websites - and courtesy of democratherald.com)
^ Coincidentally Mr. Kiner died on Babe Ruth’s birthday. Mr. Ruth was the only person to hit home runs more often than Mr. Kiner (11.76 at-bats per home run vs. 14.11) until the sluggers of the 1990s.
Baseball Hall of Famer and long-time Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner died today.
Kiner was 91. From 1946-1952 he led the National League in home runs, the only person to lead a league for seven consecutive seasons. He hit 54 home runs in 1948, no one would hit more until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961 and no one hit more in the National League until Mark McGwire hit 70 in 1998.
Kiner also hit a home run every 14.1 at bats, fourth behind Ruth (who was born on February 6, coincidentally), Bonds, and McGwire.
He was also the last original TV broadcaster for the NY Mets joining the team for their inaugural season in 1962 and serving as a guest analyst through last season.
Sources: Baseball Hall of Fame, baseball-reference.com, Wikipedia
Top image: Kiner, circa 1946, copyright Corbis.com and courtesy of baseballhistorypodcast.com
Bottom image: Bob Murphy (brother of Jack Murphy of San Diego fame), Lindsey Nelson, and Ralph Kiner, circa 1962, courtesy of 2guystalkingmetsbaseball.com
MEET THE METS,
MEET THE METS,
Step right up and greet the Mets!
Bring your kiddies,
bring your wife;
Guaranteed to have the time of your life
They have a long way to go to match the Mets and Astros who played 23 1/2 scoreless innings on April 15, 1968.
The Astros won the game in the bottom of the 24th on an error by Mets’ SS Al Weis. (Ugh)
Les Rohr took the loss and Wade Blasingame earned the win.
Btw, Tom Seaver started the game for NY and threw 10 innings.
Sources: Wikianswers and retrosheet.org
|—||Mets OF Eric Young Jr. after Tim Hudson’s gruesome injury. (x)|
Tim Hudson’s gruesome ankle injury tonight. Pray.
Fractured it….if that wasn’t obvious.
Kudos to Eric Young, Jr. who stayed with Hudson, apologized with tears in his eyes, and was an all around good guy last night. (Old Time Family Baseball has a great post on what this means for Hudson, besides surgery.)
Now stopping watching it, it’s hypnotic horror will only do bad things to your mind.
"Harvey has a chance to pull Mets fans into the organization’s time tunnel – back to 1984 when Doc Gooden introduced himself to the world with a blow-away fifth inning in that year’s All-Star Game.
Gooden struck out Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon and Alvin Davis with a fastball that might as well have been shot out of a rifle – that’s how overmatched the American League’s sluggers were. Gooden, only 19, was the advertisement of the gathering storm in Flushing, which is why the parallel to Harvey is so striking, even though he’s five years older.” - Bob Klapisch, The Record
Also a reminder that Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon, and Alvin Davis were All-Stars in 1984. And Parrish and Lemon were starters.