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Forever The Kid: Gary Carter Loses His Battle With Cancer

A True Competitor, NY Remembers Him and ’86

(New York, NY) – The sad news finally came.  Gary Carter lost his cancer fight and passed away today at the young age of 57.  A former champion and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, he will always be remembered for his love of life and his love of the game.

Overall, Carter hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs with the Expos, Mets, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He set the major league record for putouts by a catcher, a testament to his durability despite nine knee operations

Carter stayed in baseball after his playing days ended. He became a broadcaster for the Florida Marlins, coached and managed for the Mets in the minors, managed two independent minor league teams and coached in college.

A great player, a great family man.  May he rest in peace.


National Prince: NL All-Star’s Defeat AL 5-1

Prince Fielder’s 3-1 Blast the Big Blow

(Phoenix, AZ) – For the 2nd year in the row the National League will have home field advantage in the World Series thanks to their 5-1 win over the American League in the 2011 All-Star Game.  Roy Halladay pitched well (only for 2 innings) but the AL was able to get on the board first with a homer by Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez off of Cliff Lee.  However Texas’s C.J. Wilson gave up a 3-run shot to Prince Fielder and the NL would tack on two more with RBI’s from Ethier and Sandoval to easily win.

The AL did have to overcome the lost of some premier starters such as Jon Lester, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander for various reasons and in the end the NL just proved more adapt at making their hits count.

See All-Star Box Score here.

Yard Man: Cano Wins 2011 Home Run Derby

Puts on a Great Show vs. Adrian Gonzalez

(Phoenix, AZ) – Our own Robbie Cano has been crowned King of the Dinger, taking this year’s All-Star Derby over Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez in a very entertaining contest.  Gonzo hit 9 to start it all off but Cano followed with 8 in the first round.  In the 2nd round it was 11 to 12 (20 total each) with one by Cano measuring 472 feet!   Then in the final Gonzalez posted 11 home runs but Cano went last and with his father pitching to him he blasted a new final round total of 12 to take the crown.

Cano had great support from his other team mates at the event:  Russell Martin, Curtis Granderson and David Robertson.  Congrats to Robbie!

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

Yankee Fans Know this swing well!



History! Jeter Homers for His 3,000th Hit

First Yankee to Achieve the Milestone

(New York, NY) – Well fortunately DJ ended the drama early with a single in his first at bat and a towering homer into the left field stands his next time up to reach the famous 3,000 hit plateau.  His 3rd homer of the season tied the game at 1-1 and the answer to the trivia question is:  Tampa’s David Price was the pitcher.  For those that like numbers:  No. 2 got his 2nd hit of the day and he did it at 2 PM.

The FNY team was ready to see it last night but the rain changed that.  That being said congrats to the Captain from Section 430 on a well deserved feat and his career to date.

Post Note:  Jeter would end the day 5-5 with the game winning RBI in the 8th as the Yanks went on to take the game 5-4 over Tampa.  Mariano got his 22nd save while David Robertson (2-0) picked up the win.  It was an instant Yankee Classic for the YES network.

See Yanks-Tampa box score here

See historic hit here.

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

Jeter's 3rd Homer of the season will be one to remember forever.



Oct 29 – New York Leaders: Yanks Sign Girardi for 3 More Years, Mets Ink New GM Alderson

New Mets Manager to Come Next

(New York, NY)  – Taking  advantage of the off day  in the World series, The Yankees and Mets made major announcements.  First the Bombers: The Yankees announced Friday that Girardi will return as manager through the 2013 season after agreeing to terms on a deal worth $9 million, representing a pay raise from his previous contract.  In his three seasons at the helm, Girardi has managed New York to a 287-199 record.  He has missed the playoffs once, won it all once, and made it to the ALCS in the other.  There was speculation over the summer Girardi might go to lead the Chicago Cubs but in the end he remains in the Yankees fold.

In Queens, a new era began for the Mets.  Sandy Alderson, an ex-Marine and former GM for the Oakland A’s, will guide the beleaguered franchise in their quest for the playoffs and more.  He is the 12th GM for the team.  His first duty will be to find a manager to take over for the fired Jerry Manuel, followed by figuring out how to get a better performance out of a high-priced squad.  We wish him luck.

Aug 23 – Ex-Yankee Roundup: Sweet Lou Retires, Damon Picked up by Red Sox on Waivers

(New York, NY) – An emotional Lou Pinella has managed his last game.  Ending his 4-years with the Cubs on Sunday (with a loss to Atlanta), Sweet Lou, an Ex-Yankee great, leaves earlier than expected to take care of his ailing mother.  It did not end as he wanted, with the Cubs making the playoffs his first 2 years there (2007-2008) but this year was a disaster.  Piniella finished with an overall record  of 1,835-1,713 as a manager.  He trailed only Tony La Russa, Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers.  In 18 years in the majors as a player—he had a .291 career batting average — and another 23 as a manager, Piniella made five trips to the World Series and has three championship rings. He began his professional playing career in 1962.  As a fiery player and an even more fiery leader, he will be missed in the game.

Meanwhile Johnny Damon has 48 hours to decide if he wants to go to Boston for a another playoff run.,  His contract includes a clause that gives him veto power over trades to all but eight teams. Because the Red Sox aren’t one of those clubs, he can block any move.  Damon has hit .270 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs during his first season in Detroit.

Jul 13 – National Moment: NL Wins for First time Since 1996 with 3-1 Triumph over AL Squad

NL will Have World Series Home Field Advantage

Anaheim, CA) – Well all good things must come to an end.  And for Derek Jeter another first.  First time in his 11 times as an All-Star he was on the losing side.  A bases-clearing double by Atlanta’s Brian McCann in the 7th inning off of Chicago’s Matt Thornton provided all the runs the NL would need in a 3-1 win.  Our own Phil Hughes took the loss after giving up two singles in facing 3 batters.  For the AL they struggled against the strong NL pitching and could only muster one run on a sac fly by Robinson Cano.  Swisher was 0-1 with a strikeout and A-Rod did not even get in the game!.  Andy Pettitte pitched well with 2 K’s in one inning of work while Jeter was 1-2 with a walk.

Many pitchers clocked 99 and 100 mph fastballs and there were 18 strikeouts across both teams.  Broxton got the save and Matt Capps got the win for the Nationals League.  It was not a terribly exciting game but did have some good defensive plays with the force out of David Ortiz by Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the 9th the most critical for the AL.

See All-Star game box score here.

Notes: There was a moment of silence before the game for George Steinbrenner. The Yankees wore a black armband to commemorate his passing.