'Baseball, I've often said, is a social institution'
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and a contributing writer for Sports on Earth. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
This week, the Baseball Writers Association of America released the 37 former major leaguers, retired for at least five seasons, who roughly 600 writers can vote into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Twenty-four of these are newcomers.
As originally envisioned by the New York Knicks, Jason Kidd was brought in to be Jeremy Lin's backup.
It's decision time for the New York Mets and David Wright.
With the expected return of Andy Pettitte, following last week's agreement with Hiroki Kuroda, the New York Yankees have all but assured themselves of a successful execution of their offseason plan. A deal with Mariano Rivera is assumed to be next.
The Mets have exceeded expectations in one respect: this off-season, which because of the ownership group's financial contraints was supposed to be an uneventful one, hasn't been.
For roughly as long as a second team in New York has been Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's white whale, the New York Red Bulls, the area's first team, have expressed support for the idea.
With Major League Baseball's winter meetings just six days away, and New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looking for clarity by that time, it would ordinarily be encouraging that the Mets made David Wright a contract offer.
Through the first 12 games of the N.B.A. season, the New York Knicks were 9-3, thanks in large part to Raymond Felton.
As the New York Cosmos, namesake of the North American Soccer League team of the 70s and 80s, prepare to return to the field in 2013 as a possible steppingstone to joining Major League Soccer, their primary opponent will be the legacy of the Cosmos themselves.
One of the more interesting subplots in the 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets' season has always promised to be the battle between Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans for minutes on the court.