Betting on the New York Mets

During the summer months, one of the most watched sports would be that of Major League Baseball. Today, many people around the world watch the sport as it is broadcast internationally. One team that has quite a following is the New York Mets. Fans for this team are very loyal, sticking by their team through the thick and thin. Another way these fans express themselves is by placing sports bets on their team’s games.

Fans have many different kinds of baseball bets they can make. Some will stick with one type while others may place multiple bets of different types. One of these includes over and under betting. This particular bet isn’t dependent upon which team wins but rather what the combined final score is. Bookmakers will set a total prior to the game. This number will always include a decimal to prevent any bets needing to be cancelled. An upcoming game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals may have the total set at 7.5. An over bet would win if the total score is 8 or higher. On the flip side, an under bet would win if the total score is 7 or less.

After sports bets have been made, if fans want some more baseball related fun they should try out one of the many baseball themed slot machines that can be found at online casinos like Lucky Nugget. A popular one is the King of Swing. This slot machine game actually lets players have a turn at bat when they get to the homerun derby bonus round. Nine pitches are thrown and depending upon the result of each hit, free spins and bonus multipliers may be awarded. With many successful hits, the rewards could pile up fast. The homerun derby is triggered with pitcher symbols appearing on the reels.

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The 4 Craziest Arrests In MLB History

When it comes to living under the microscope of the public eye, pro athletes have to endure the same level of public scrutiny as their silver screen counterparts. This often means that their bad behavior is broadcasted to the world — especially when one of our beloved ball players has broken the law.

While criminal activity and sports is nothing new, these MLB baseball players top the charts in terms of outlandish arrest stories. Here are the top 5 craziest arrests in all of major league baseball’s storied history.

1) Mike Leake

You’d think that a salary of $425,000 (plus a signing bonus of 2.3 million) would be enough cash for Leake to enjoy a comfortable living. However, many Reds fans were left scratching their heads in bewilderment when this wealthy pro athlete was arrested in 2011 for. . . misdemeanor shoplifting? Apparently Leake took a page from fellow five-fingered celebrity bandit, Winona Ryder, when he stole six t-shirts off the clearance rack at a Macy’s Department store. Maybe he just didn’t want to wait in line?

2) Pete Rose

Rose was yet another well-paid ballplayer who felt the need to have a side hustle to make extra cash. In 1990, Rose plead guilty on two counts of tax evasion for failing to report earnings he made through selling autographed memorabilia, and horse race winnings.

Unlike his colleague Mike Leake, Rose’s crime amounted to over $366,000 which he eventually had to pay in back taxes and interest. His punishment was more severe as well. While Leake merely received a slap on the wrist and an embarrassing  charge on his criminal arrest record, Rose was sentenced to five months in a medium security prison, fined $50,000, and ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service.

3) Jim Leyritz

Our list takes a more serious turn when Yankees playoff hero, Jim Leyritz, when he was arrested in 2007 after he was involved in a drunk driving crash that killed the other driver. Leyritz was charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter. It was later discovered that the other driver who killed was also intoxicated and Leyritz was acquitted of his manslaughter charge three years later in 2010. To make legal matters even worse for Leyritz, he was also arrested in 2009 on an unrelated charge of battery against his former wife.

4) Byron McLaughlin

McLaughlin proves that pro baseball players getting arrested is nothing new. Back in the late ‘70s, McLaughlin played baseball for the Seattle Mariners by day, and ran a shady counterfeit shoe business by night. McLaughlin partnered with Korean manufacturers to create knock-offs of popular name brands such as Converse, Adidas, and Vans.

McLaughlin was selling the shoes across the border in Mexico, sometimes bringing in over $750,000 in just one month! The craziest part of this story? After McLaughlin plead guilty to money laundering charges, he fled the country and has never been seen since!

The 2013 MLB season has just started, and hopefully the latest round of draft picks won’t struggle with the same ethical dilemmas as their pro baseball predecessors.

Author byline: Jessica Ruane is a writer for Instant Checkmate.com, an online service that provides arrest records to the general public.

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Mets Fans Shouldn’t Boo Chipper Jones, They Should Boo The Skill Sets Instead

Chipper Jones makes his last appearance as a major league baseball player in NYC this weekend. The Mets, like other teams around the league, will honor Jones as he sails off into retirement. Most of you will boo and kill the organization for honoring a player who was a thorn in the Mets side for the last 19 years. Your anger towards Jones is ill advised, your anger should be towards the Skill Sets for not heading the lesson that Jones was teaching the Mets whenever they were the Braves opponent, that lesson was “you need me to be a Met”.

Think about it, Jones owned the Mets, not just with his lifetime .314/.410/.553 splits against them or the 49 home runs he hit against them either, what Jones tried to show the Mets was, you need to act and think like a winner as to become one. When Jones would come to NY he played the stage better than any Tony award winning actor. We chanted “LAAAAAARRRRRYYYYYY, LAAAAAAARRRRRYYYYYYY” and he ate it up. He loved the fact that Mets fans had a passion, fire, and desire that matched his. For a guy born in the South, he had a New York mentality and I think a want to play here as well.

Why didn’t the Mets ever make a strong move on Jones when he was a free agent?  You would have thought an owner whose team was owned by a superstar player who had that balls to the wall, win at all cost mentality,  would say “hell if I can’t beat him then I want to join him”.

As much as Jones loved the Braves, Atlanta and playing in the South, I have to think is the Mets made an offer above and beyond like they did to land Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, Jones would have had a difficult time turning them down. We know his love for the city and Shea Stadium was so strong he named one of his sons Shea.   Back in 2000, Jones signed a 6 yr/$90mil deal with Atlanta but when that deal was up, he re-signed for 3yrs at $40 mil, this was in the days of the Mets swimming in Madoff bucks so the thought that Freddy Skill Sets couldn’t have raised the stakes for Jones is ridiculous. I don’t remember if there was talk of the Mets making a pitch for Jones back in 2000 or even in 2006, I doubt there was but in hind sight there should have been. It could be that the Skill Sets felt that going after Jones and even signing Jones would have led to fans revolting that a despised opponent would join their beloved Mets.  Well, I guess we see what happens when you give in to the lunatic fringe of your fan base.

This is why, as much as I loathe the Highlanders and old Boss George, he knew players like Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and David Cone were the kind of players he needed to win championships. You think he cared that they were former Mets? Hell, he signed Wade Boggs to play 3rd base who played for a team and organization he hated with a passion.

Think about Chipper as a Met. Imagine him with a kid like Jordany Vladespin ? Remember he called out Jason Heywood who came up as one of the hottest prospects in baseball for not playing due to fatigue. Jones went right at Heywood and made the Braves right fielder grow up fast.  I can’t say the Mets would have won a World Series championship with Jones on the team but I could guarantee he would have had no problem stepping up and holding his teammates accountable for their play.  I’m also sure he would have gone down as one of the greatest Mets players of all time.

So when Chipper Jones comes up to bat for the first time on Friday night, what Mets fans should do is turn towards the owner’s box at Citi Field and give the Skill Sets a rousing standing boo not just for never pursuing Jones when he was a free agent but for not having the smarts to understand the lesson Chipper was teaching.

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YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE A STAND

If it weren’t for the idiocy of Major League Baseball, all the talk last night and this morning would have been about the emotional and beautifully choreographed pre-game ceremony at Citi Field to honor the memory of the attack of September 11th and the first responders that gave their lives and the others who risked theirs to help others.

I was brought to tears seeing Mike Piazza lead a parade of heroes from the right field side of Citi Field and John Franco doing the same on the left field side.  Then having the ball park lights dim for a moment of silence followed by a spine tingling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Marc Anthony. Franco and Piazza then took center stage in their snow white Mets uni tops with the words “9-11-01 we will never forget” embroidered on the sleeve just like it was 10 years ago, to deliver the first pitch of the game. In an eerie silence, Franco, a “Noo Yawk” guy through and through tossed a perfect strike to Piazza, the man who made the Mets relevant again. In fact  what struck me about last night was how sad it was for two reasons, the first was what the commemoration of the evening was for of course, the other, it reminded me when the last time the Mets were a big deal in this town, that choked me up as well.

The Mets wore the same snow whites that they had on 9-21-11, the first sports event in NYC since the demise of the Twin Towers, but on their heads that night were the caps of the FDNY, NYPD, and PAPD the three groups the club had become very close to due to their working side by side during the awful aftermath of the attack. At the time MLB said the Mets couldn’t wear those caps during a major league game and the Mets in turn led by Bobby Valentine told MLB to kiss their New York City ass, we’re wearing them.  What did MLB do? Nothing, just like every other bully that is stood up to. The Mets wore the first responder caps and celebrated in those caps when Mike Piazza, he of the NYPD batting helmet as well, hit his home run that put a smile on faces that thought they’d never smile again. It was not just a classic NY moment or one the best moments in Mets history it showed that baseball, just like during all of the countries dark times, came through once again, it always does, its what makes baseball the great pastime it is.

The Mets of 2011 asked MLB if they could have permission to wear the hats of the first responders again as they did 10 years ago. MLB said no, just like they did 10 years ago. This time though the Mets rolled over, scared to take a stand. There was no Valentine, or Franco, or Ventura, or Zeile on the team to tell MLB to take their no cap memo and shove it up their tight ass’s. The players thought about ignoring the order but claimed the organization would have been severely punished if they did. If the Mets banded together and wore the caps, what was MLB going to do? Absolutely nothing.  Again to beat the bully you need to stand up to the bully.

I don’t know if I’ve told this story here but if I did I apologize but I think it should be told here.  As I’ve mention on numerous occasions, I manage a 14-15 year old Babe Ruth Team on Staten Island.  During the heat wave of the summer, a day that was 97 degrees, I had scheduled a practice. We try to have at least one practice a week during the season to work on some deficiencies and to go over the pitching rotation for the upcoming games. We also take a round of infield/outfield drills and batting practice, in all it runs about two hours. The place we like to practice is Miller Field in the New Dorp section as it was a one time air base during WWII and has plenty of fields to choose from. Now because of the heat I was ready to cancel practice and let the boys enjoy their pools or whatever they were doing to stay cool. Every kid that I called said, “ah coach it ain’t that hot we can practice” my son told me he was getting texts from some players asking him to convince me to hold practice. What could I do? They want to play, fine let’s go practice. So with the equipment and a case of water, off to Miller Field we go. We were the only people in the park. Acres of land at our disposal. As we were half way through batting practice a federal parks department employee pulls up to the field asking “who is in charge here”? “ Well, that would be me”, “do you have a permit to play here” Ms. Fed asks. “A permit? For what? To play baseball”? “Yes” she said, “Ah no” I say “Well, she says then you will have to leave”.

After I stopped laughing I ask here to clear her cart from the pitcher’s mound so we could continue to play. Again she ask me if this was an organized team and where was our permit and on and on really annoying the living shit out of me. I told her the organization we played for and that we had permits to play games here but being a programed bureaucrat all she knew was I didn’t have permit for the field and I had to leave. At this point I asked her what her title was and she rattled off some administrative rank, I then told her to call someone with authority to make me leave, like the Federal Park Police, and while I wait for the police to come, we will continue to play baseball.

Well, instead of calling the police, she called her supervisor who in turn called the league president who had to come down to the park to make me leave the park.  So while I’m being screamed at with threats, I told my assistant coach, to continue with the practice this way I’ll go argue with these women long enough for all the players get their batting practice swings.   For a good half hour, we argued back in forth about the lack of common sense being applied here, which was enough time for the team to finish practice. When the coach told me practice was over, I thanked the ladies and said “yeah you know what, your right we don’t belong here, we’ll leave”.

I didn’t give a shit about the two Federal Flunkies but the woman who ran the league was so mad at me she stopped talking to me. It didn’t bother me in the least, you know why? She couldn’t do anything to me, what could she do, tell me I can’t manage the team anymore? No. Luckily I had all the parents of the kids behind me 100 %. That’s why I took the stand. I knew there was nothing anyone was going to do to me to make me regret my decision.

As I told the Feds, this will make a great story in the Staten Island Advance “Youth Coach and kids Thrown out of Park For Playing Ball” or maybe one of the local TV stations would love to expose the story, I had me some bullets in my gun.  Sometimes you have to take a stand.

That is what has me pissed off at the Mets, especially David Wright. If Wright led the way and wore the NYPD cap he wore in the dugout on the field what was MLB going to do? NOTHING! If the whole Mets team would have worn the caps on the field what was MLB going to do? NOTHING!

The bad publicity from this should be a huge embarrassment to MLB and I can’t believe no one in the P.R. department didn’t beg Bud Selig or Clueless Joe Torre, who by the way showed is true colors as a big time phony,  to let the Mets wear the caps.

You know what in the long run maybe MLB was right did it really matter if the Mets wore the first responder caps? No one was watching anyway, especially with the Jets-Cowboys game on NBC.

Enjoy those single digit post season ratings in the post season Bud, you douchebag.

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BBA ANNOUNCE THEIR 2011 ALL STAR SELECTIONS

Here is the press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance announcing the BBA’s selections for the NL an AL starters for the 2011 All Star Game:


BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE NAMES 2011 ALL-STARS

 

Outfielders Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers led their respective leagues in balloting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as conducted by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and announced today.

Bautista, who has an American League-leading 1.133 OPS to go along with his 24 home runs, was named on 50 ballots, not including one ballot that placed him at third base.  Bautista was joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who received 48 votes, and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, who tallied 23 votes.

There were few close races in the AL voting by the BBA.  The tightest was at third base, where Yankee Alex Rodriguez outpolled Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers 30-16.  All other races were decided by at least twenty votes save the nod for starting pitcher.  Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won that 16-6 over Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, but many bloggers did not designate a specific starter so fewer votes were cast in that category.

Other American League nods were to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was selected at that position.

Over in the National League, Kemp’s stellar first half–he sits second in batting average, first in home runs, second in RBI and has 21 stolen bases to boot–earned him mention on 54 ballots.  Accompanying him in the outfield was Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

As in the junior circuit, the closest race in the NL was at the hot corner.  Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco edged out Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres 21-14, with Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones receiving 10 votes.

The other races were not a contest, as Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes all won their slots by at least 25 votes.

Starting the contest for the NL was Roy Halladay, who easily outpolled his Philadelphia teammate Cole Hamels for the honor.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  As a secondary goal, they vote on various awards throughout the year.  In January, they recommended Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the Baseball Hall of Fame and in March, they created a new award to honor the top internet writer and then named it after the first recipient, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski.  You can find the BBA at their website or on Facebook.  You can follow the Alliance at @baseballblogs on Twitter or via the hashtag #BBBA.

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JONAH KERI AND JERRY CRASNICK JOIN ME ON BBA BASEBALL TALK TONIGHT AT 10PM ET ON BLOG TALK RADIO

  Tonight at 10PM ET I will be hosting the Baseball Bloggers Alliance Baseball Talk Podcast on Blog Talk Radio. My guests will be Jonah Kerri, author of the book The Extra 2%, How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First (published by ESPN Books/Ballantine Books) and Jerry Crasnick, baseball columnists for ESPN.com and Baseball America   

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CHILL-AX METS FANS

Have you come off the ledge? Good. If Mets fans are going to react to every game this season like they have over last night’s season opener, there will be a shortage of nitroglycerin pills in NYC hospitals by June.

Sure it sucks to lose on opening day (night?) and Big Pelf was far from good but some Mets fans are acting like the season just ended instead of just starting. Maybe it’s due to the Mets proficiency of winning on opening day or maybe it was the sheer dominance of Josh Johnson or maybe it’s that we are dying to root for a team that looks, acts and plays like a confident Major League Baseball team, but if you’re bringing a football mentality to this baseball season, you’ll get burned out by Memorial Day weekend. There’s going to be rough patches, and that’s when we’ll see what the team and the manager is made of. If I could give Terry Collins a bit of advice, don’t fall into that bad habit of saying the team how proud you are that the team played hard and never gave up, that’s not to be commended it’s to be expected. Collins did make a move that worked out nicely as Willie Harris 2 for 4 breaking up Josh Johnson no-no.

Big Pelf had a rough night; if that two seam doesn’t sink then he’s sunk.  Give Buck some credit on that at bat, he worked the count to his favor and proceeded to foul of pitch after pitch, not only seeing Pelf’s full arsenal of pitches but also frustrating Pelf to make that perfect out pitch, a sinking two seamer that Buck will either over swing at at strikeout or hit on the ground for tidy double play. Pelfrey came with the two seam but instead of breaking down and in it was up and away enough for Buck, who has power, to extend his arms and place the ball on row over the right field fence. As bad as that pitch was, it was the strength of John Buck that put it out of the park.

Pelfrey then fell into that lack of focus that he needs to get over if he is to be a top shelf pitcher as he let Omar Infante walk into second base with a stolen base in the 5th . That was followed by a Hanley Ramirez single which ended Pelf’s night.

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MLB, NY METS AND SUSAN G. KOMEN GO TO BAT FOR BREAST CANCER AWARNESS

Please check out this press release from the NY Mets:

HONORARY BAT GIRL CONTEST OPEN FOR METS FANS

TO SHARE THEIR “GOING TO BAT AGAINST BREAST CANCER” STORIES

 

Submission Entry Period for Chance to be Honored On-Field at Citi Field

During Mother’s Day Celebrations Open Now Through April 1 at HonoraryBatGirl.com

 

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 17, 2011 – Major League Baseball® and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, launched the 2011 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and have demonstrated a commitment to eradicating the disease. Mets fans ages 18 and older can go online at www.honorarybatgirl.com to share inspirational stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer.”

 

During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, one Honorary Bat Girl representing the Mets will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony at Citi Field and receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game. Entries may be submitted at www.honorarybatgirl.com, a Web site powered by MLB.com, and will be accepted until the submission period closes on Thursday, April 14.

 

A celebrity panel of judges will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal as determined by online fan votes.

 

During the nine-week online submission period, fans can share stories of inspiration and hope, how they or loved ones are supporting the fight against breast cancer and why they want to be an Honorary Bat Girl for their favorite MLB Club. Testimonials can be submitted by breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters of the cause.

 

The program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In two years, nearly 2,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than six million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a joint partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

 

On Mother’s Day, May 8, hundreds of MLB players are expected to use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games will be auctioned exclusively MLB.com at a later date to raise addi

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I’LL BE HOSTING TWO SHOWS TONIGHT ON BLOG TALK RADIO

A busy night of baseball talk in on tap for tonight as I will be hosting two shows on Blog Talk Radio.

At 9PM ET on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN my guest will be Aaron Skirboll, author of the book” THE PITTSBURGH COCAINE SEVEN, How a Rag Tag Group of Fans Took The Fall for Major League Baseball”

Then at 10PM ET I’ll be hosting the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Baseball Talk. My guest will be Dr. Tom Hanson of Baseball Confidence.com will talk about the mental side of baseball. In the second segment of the program the Subway Squawkers, Lisa Swan and Jon Lewin will join me as we look at the Mets, Yankees and all the happenings at the Winter Meetings.

I hope you can join us live but if you can’t make sure to visit the THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN show page and BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE BASEBALL TALK show page on BLOG TALK RADIO   

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