Mets Sign Lefty Laffey

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Needing some help in the pitching staff, the Mets went out and signed lefthander Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training.

The former Yankee, who made 11 relief appearances in the Bronx. Last year in 22 appearances – 16 starts – he went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in Toronto.

Sports betting review says, the 27 year-old held lefties to a .262 batting average and a .721 OPS in 148 career games, 65 of them starts with four teams over six seasons. He also pitched for the Indians and Mariners.

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LISTEN TO ROB ABRUZZESE OF BRONX BASEBALL DAILY ON THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN

Taking a little break from Mets related talk on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN, my guest today on the podcast was Rob Abruzzese of Bronx Baseball Daily. Rob and I discussed Brian Cashman’s winter of discontent, the Yankee starting rotation and the landscape of the AL East among other topics.

Check out the podcast right here at Kranepool Society or at the show page on Blog Talk Radio and on iTunes

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PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL TONIGHT AT 9PM ET ON BLOG TALK RADIO

 

Tonight at 9PM ET we  will have another edition of PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL on BLOGTALK RADIO.  Our guest tonight will be Ben Kabak of the Yankee blog River Ave Blues.

You can join in the conversation as well by calling into the show at (646) 595-4462

See you on the radio tonight at 9PM ET on PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL

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MUNSON: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A YANKEE CAPITAN & SATCHEL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND

 

 

I know as Mets fans this is not the best time to talk about a book dealing with the Highlanders but MUNSON: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain by Marty Appel(Random House) is a must read as Thurman Munson was a not only a revered Yankee but he was respected by everyone in the game. At the time of his death, which is approaching its 30th Anniversary (W-O-W!!!!) the big debate with baseball fans when it came to the catcher position was Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Munson. All three could hit and Bench was the better receiver and Fisk the more durable but none were tougher or more of a clutch hitter (back in the 70’s we believed in clutch hitting) than Munson.

 

As tough and productive as Munson was on the field he was as complex off it and if anyone could give you a look at the complexity and the esteem that Thurman Munson held with his teammates and his peers it’s Marty Appel.

 

Appel was the long time Yankees PR Director in the heyday of “The Bronx is Burning” era of Yankee baseball.

 

Put your team alliance aside for now and pick up MUNSON: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain by Marty Appel as it is not only gives you an inside look at baseball back in the 70’s but it chronicles the life and times of a player who was headed for the Hall of Fame who was taken at young life as he tried to juggle his responsibility as a husband, parent, teammate and leader.

 

MUNSON: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain can be found in book stores and at

Amazon

BN

BORDERS 

 

 

One of the things about baseball that it has head and shoulders over other sports is it’s characters and one of the greatest of all time was Satchel Paige. In SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Hero, (Random House) Larry Tye goes in depth about not just Paige the pitcher but Paige the man taking us from his childhood in Mobile, Alabama through the Negro Leagues, to his Barn Storming Tours to finally making it to the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and winning AL Rookie of the Year at the age of 42.  After reading SATCHEL : The Life and Times of an American Legend, and ask yourself where does Paige rank on the list of all time pitchers and if you didn’t think he was a top 10 before you may be surprised you change your mind after reading this book.

 

SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Hero can be found at book stores and at

Amazon

BN

Borders

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GEORGE: THE POOR LITTLE RICH BOY WHO BUILT THE YANKEE EMPIRE-PETER GOLENBOCK

 

 

 

Another way I know I’m getting old is I remember when George Steinbrenner bought the Highlanders from CBS back in 1973. In his new book GEORGE The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built The Yankee Empire, (published by Wiley) bestselling author, Peter Golenbock tells the story of Boss George and his team only the way Golenbock can with extensive interviews and highly entertaining anecdotes throughout this book. No one knows the history of the Highlanders like Golenbock . Of course the Highlander fan would love this book but put aside your Highlander hating for a moment, this book is a history lesson as the Highlanders were down and out and love him or hate him Steinbrenner brought them back to prominence to the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

It takes a gifted writer like Golenbock to tell the story of such a complex man as George Steinbrenner GEORGE The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built The Yankee Empire is an informative and entertaining read.

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PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL TONIGHT @ 9PM EASTERN

 

Join us tonight for Pro Baseball Central at 9PM Eastern on Blog Talk Radio We will talk Mets Yankees and all the news and views around MLB Our guest tonight will be Ben Kabak of the Yankee blog River Ave Blues

Click here to listen live

or click on the link to the right for the podcast

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ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL

Just back from Brooklyn and threaten my kids that I’m selling our house and moving back to Bay Ridge. The best part of where I live on Staten Island is it’s only five miles from Bay Ridge and that softens the blow of not living in my home boro.

I am reading The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Veducci (thank you Doubleday) and what Torre talks about in the beginning of the book when he took over the team was how he pushed the point of team or individual exactly what Jerry Manuel has set out to do this spring with the Mets. Torre goes on to say that was the difference between the Highlander teams of the late 90′s to the teams he had from 2002 to 2007 there was not that focus on doing what was best for the team over what looked better on the players stat sheet. Sometimes that gets lost in all the numbers and sabermetrics that consume baseball today. I have no problem with the stats and studies in fact I am hoping by tomorrow that the mail man brings me my 2009 Baseball Prospectus, but what gets lost in those numbers sometimes is the things that make teams winners. Hitting behind runners, taking an extra base on a hit, hitting the cut off man and the cut off man catching the ball in the right position to make a throw to hold or throw out a runner, pitchers hitting their spots and picking up a teammate kind of gets lost in the numbers. I’m glad to see J-Man trying to bring that back to the Mets.

Happy Birthday to Faith and Fear in Flushing Keep up the great work !!!

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