Domesitc violence offender Jay Mariotti controversially hired by a pair of San Francisco newspapers
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2015. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Matt Harvey's people made two big decisions for him this week.
Back in June, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had plenty to say about his team's payroll. Tuesday night, things had changed dramatically.
Since 2007, Kevin Burkhardt has been the sideline reporter for SNY for Mets games. But the past two weeks, his services were required by Fox, where he was hired to broadcast N.F.L. games this season.
When Brian Cashman revealed that Derek Jeter was going back on the disabled list, his difficult 2013 season over, the reaction was overwhelmingly one of sadness more than surprise.
The news broke yesterday afternoon: the Mets, once the centerpiece for the brand new effort to build a 24-hour sports radio station on W.F.A.N., were no longer wanted by that same radio station.
For the first few years after CC Sabathia signed with the Yankees, he provided precisely what a pitcher with his contract should: an unmatchable advantage.
For the roughly 40 years since George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1973, the team's business model has been built around two things: big names, acquired and kept at any price, and winning.
It is easy to get lost in the defining plays of Yankees history, and forget that the team was hardly perfect prior to them.
There are no shortage of reasons why the Yankees find themselves just 2.5 games out of the wold card spot as they start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox Friday night.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with Mike Francesa. And if you wholly ignore the context of his previous statements, or what things cost in baseball, or ownership's current financial circumstances, there was some reason for optimism.