Category Archives: New York Mets Store

Jed Lowrie Jersey

Choose best cheap Jed Lowrie New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Jed Lowrie gear sale, buy Jed Lowrie jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

It was believed that INF Jed Lowrie was going to make his long-awaited Mets debut at some point this week. But then came the report that he wouldn’t be joining the team in Washington for the upcoming series with the Nationals.

Now we know why.

Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed SNY’s Andy Martino’s report that Lowrie has a slight hamstring strain that is prohibiting his return. Now he must fly back down to Florida for more rehab in the coming weeks.

“So we had him checked out in New York and we have a low Grade 1 hamstring strain,” Callaway said on Wednesday night prior to the series opener. “We’ll send him back to Florida and reassess him in a couple weeks.”

Callaway added that Lowrie told them after his rehab games this weekend on Friday and Saturday that he was feeling the injury.

This is an entirely separate injury than what Lowrie was working his way back from. He suffered a left knee capsule sprain during Spring Training, but he had made it to rehab games beginning late last month. He made it to Triple-A Syracuse on May 4 where he went 4-for-24 with a solo homer, two walks and nine strikeouts.

If there is any consolation for Lowrie missing more time, it wasn’t a setback to his original injury. Also, a Grade 1 strain shouldn’t take too long to work back to full strength.

But that’s all said with fingers crossed that the super utility man can make his way back to the Mets soon.

Terry Leach Jersey

Choose best cheap Terry Leach New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Terry Leach gear sale, buy Terry Leach jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

Terry Leach serves as vice president of risk and chief risk officer. Leach joined AMP in 2006 as the manager of AMPO, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of AMP providing natural gas and electric aggregation services to municipalities. He has held various positions during his tenure, most recently as director of risk operations until May 20, 2019, when he assumed his current position. He is responsible for chairing the Risk Management Committee and providing overall management of the Middle Office – the independent oversight, compliance, control and monitoring office for the organization. His other responsibilities include management of AMP’s Corporate Energy Risk Control Policy, overseeing the Enterprise Risk Management Program, the strategic planning process, and ensuring compliance with enterprise wide internal controls.

Prior to AMP, Leach served as Green Mountain Energy Company’s Midwest and Eastern regions operation manager, and also served as assistant Ohio Secretary of State from 1996 to 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Franklin University and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Ron Darling Jersey

Choose best cheap Ron Darling New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Ron Darling gear sale, buy Ron Darling jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

New York Mets broadcaster Ron Darling arrived at Citi Field for the team’s first home game this season in a daze. Five months earlier, back in November, the 58-year-old had first noticed something wrong when he couldn’t complete his normal workout routine—and then when he couldn’t remember getting home afterwards. Doctors would later diagnose him with an embolic stroke, and further tests revealed a mass near the top of his chest.

When he returned from spring training, follow-up scans showed that the mass had grown, which is why docs spoke with Darling hours before New York’s home opener to tell him he’d need surgery. The ultimate diagnosis was thyroid cancer.

On Opening Day, Darling initially only told SNY colleagues that he’d be slightly late to the ballpark. He was still processing the news as he headed to work. But after calling a 4-0 loss to the Nationals, he opened up to his longtime boothmates Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez. “I said, ‘Hey guys, I’ve got to tell you something,’” Darling recalled. “That was the first time I ever got emotional. It was very, very strange. I could barely spit it out.”

A little over a week later, during the fourth inning of an 11-7 loss in Atlanta, Darling passed the news on to viewers. “I’ll kick its you know what,” he said.

Just a couple years earlier, Darling’s father had been diagnosed with colon cancer. At first it was considered inoperable, but experimental therapy allowed surgeons to remove the growth. Now 80, the elder Darling was just returning to full health when his son received his diagnosis. “It was kind of surreal,” Darling said.

“When you’re a former athlete, you think part of you is immortal,” he said. “You suddenly realize you are very mortal. My first thoughts weren’t about cancer. My first thoughts were, I’ve got a young son, I’ve got a wife, brothers, a mom and a dad. My thought was, How do I get better?”

What was supposed to be a two-hour operation ended up taking six as surgeons removed a softball-sized tumor, and Darling was left without his voice afterwards. Pain made the next few weeks difficult—”I wouldn’t say that was my favorite time,” Darling said, playing down the hardship as he is wont to do.

“Ronny is a very old school tough guy,” SNY senior coordinating producer Gregg Picker said. “I don’t think any of us on the team, as close as we are to him, know the half of what he had to go through.”

Over the course of his six-week absence, Darling and SNY reportedly received 5,000 get well messages. “The sad part about cancer is that almost everyone is affected by it,” Darling said, “so everyone who would contact me would say, My sister had thyroid cancer or He had this or that, and now he’s been in great health for the last 15 years.”

During his time away, Darling was able to spend more time with his family than he was ever could in past seasons. “Eating with my family every night, that was a really nice part of it,” he said. “Now that I’m back to a full schedule, occasionally I think about how they are home barbecuing and I wish I was there.”

However, when Darling returned to his post in June, he said, “You don’t realize until you’re away how much this is in your blood.” He was concerned about the tenor of his voice and his stamina early on, but Picker rarely saw an issue, especially after the first few minutes of any given broadcast.

“I remember being ecstatic that he was back in the booth,” Picker said. “We could do our thing and we could be whole again. You feel rather incomplete and you just don’t feel whole when you are missing someone like him.”

Darling now has the green light to work a full schedule as the Mets contend for a wild card. During the postseason, he’ll once again call games nationally for TBS. Only after all of that will he return for another set of tests, when doctors will determine what, if any, steps to take next.

“I’m not anxious about it,” Darling said. “I’m so busy doing my thing. To tell you the truth when you go through this, you spend so much time with doctors in hospitals, I’m really treasuring that I don’t have to see them.”

John Franco Jersey

Choose best cheap John Franco New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth John Franco gear sale, buy John Franco jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

Since their inception as a Major League Baseball team in 1962, the New York Mets have had the honor of sending 16 former players to the Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF). Of those players, only two (Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza) have entered the hall with a Mets hat on their plaque.

As the team awaits its next Hall of Fame inductee, fans and analysts have debated which players are most deserving. Some expect third basemen David Wright will be selected when he becomes eligible.

However, there is one former Met who did not receive the consideration he deserved: John Franco. During the relief pitcher’s first (and only) year on the ballot, he received a meager 4.6% of the votes. His failure to receive the necessary 5% threshold eliminated him from further opportunities. Despite his dismissed candidacy, Franco deserves to be considered as one of the best relievers in baseball history.
The Precedent

The most difficult hurdle during Franco’s HOF push was his position. As a former closer and relief pitcher, his chances of election were slim. In the history of baseball, only eight players (Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Bruce Sutter, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith, and Mariano Rivera) have ever been voted in. Saves have simply never held the same perceived importance as starting pitches statistics.
The Numbers

Because eight players have been selected for the Hall of Fame, there is a baseline with which candidates can be evaluated. The average number of career saves amongst Hall of Famers currently stands at 413 (Wilhelm has the least at 228 and Rivera holds the most at 652). Their average Earned Run Average (ERA) is 2.86 (Eckersley is highest at 3.50 and Rivera is lowest at 2.21). The group has also averaged 1,404 strikeouts over their careers.

During his 21-year major league career, Franco was able to amass comparable numbers. His 424 career saves put him above the HOF median. His 2.89 career ERA also placed him well within the range of other Hall of Famers.

While his 975 strikeouts were below the pace of the other relievers, Franco did not have the benefit of serving in a dual role of starter and reliever like many of the Hall of Famers did. In fact, in Franco’s 1,119 career MLB games, he never appeared as a starter.
The Accolades

In addition to HOF worth numbers, Franco also recorded several noteworthy accomplishments. He was a four-time All-Star and is a member of the Mets’ Hall of Fame. His 424 saves are the fifth most in baseball history (and ranked second when he retired in 2005 and the most ever by a left-handed pitcher.

If would have been difficult for Franco to get the 75% vote necessary for election into the National Hall of Fame, his career accolades were worthy of multiple years of eligibility. It’s a shame the former Mets’ team captain didn’t receive an opportunity to keep his place on the ballot.

Gil Hodges Jersey

Choose best cheap Gil Hodges New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Gil Hodges gear sale, buy Gil Hodges jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

At first base or in the manager’s office, Gil Hodges made the impossible seem possible during 27 seasons in the big leagues.

Today, he stands on the precipice of Cooperstown.

Hodges, who played for the Dodgers and the Mets for 18 big league seasons before managing the Senators and Mets for nine years prior to his death at the age of 47, is one of 10 finalists on this year’s Golden Era ballot that will be considered by the committee on managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The 16-person committee will vote at baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, Calif., and the results of the vote will be announced Dec. 8.

The 10 candidates on the Golden Era Committee ballot are: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills and Hodges. Any candidate who is named on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted in the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015.

The Golden Era Committee consists of Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Pat Gillick, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton; baseball executives Jim Frey, David Glass, Roland Hemond, and Bob Watson; and veteran media members Steve Hirdt, Dick Kaegel, Phil Pepe and Tracy Ringolsby.

Born April 4, 1924 in Princeton, Ind., Gilbert Raymond Hodges grew up the son of a coal miner. Along with his older brother Bob, “Bud Hodge” – as Gil was known – excelled at baseball from an early age in his hometown of Petersburg, Ind. He enrolled at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., after high school, and in 1943 was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. That summer, Hodges appeared in one game as a third baseman with Brooklyn before he was drafted into the Marines for service in World War II.

After serving 29 months in the Pacific, Hodges was discharged and reported to the Dodgers at a new position: Catcher. But with future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella on the horizon, Dodgers manager Leo Durocher moved the athletic Hodges to first base.

By 1949, Hodges was entrenched there after hitting 23 home runs and driving in 115 runs en route to the first of eight All-Star Game selections. Defensively, Hodges’ huge hands made his transition to first base seem seamless.

“I don’t know why he ever wears a first baseman’s glove,” said teammate Pee Wee Reese in reference to Hodges’ defensive skills. “He sure doesn’t need one.”

From 1949-57, Hodges averaged 32 home runs and 108 RBI per season. During those seasons, the Dodgers won five National League pennants and the 1955 World Series title. His peak as a power hitter came on Aug. 31, 1950, when Hodges became just the second modern-era National League player to hit four home runs in one game.

Hodges moved with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958, and in 1959 he hit 25 home runs and drove in 80 runs in just 124 games to help LA win its first National League pennant. Hodges hit .391 in the World Series against the White Sox, leading the Dodgers to their second Fall Classic title in five years.

“It was a person like Hodges who made me feel at ease,” said Dodgers manager Walter Alston, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983. “He never gave me any trouble and he was as great a man off the field as he was on it.”

Hodges wound down his playing career as a part-timer with the Dodgers in 1960-61 and the Mets from 1962-63. In the latter year, the Senators tabbed Hodges as their manager, and he stayed with Washington through the 1967 season.

The next year, Hodges took over the Mets, who had never won more than more than 66 games in a season. By 1969, the Miracle Mets were World Champions.

“Everybody I’ve talked to says he’s the guy who made the difference between being World Champions and a second-rate ballclub,” said outfielder Cleon Jones, who caught the final out – a fly ball to left field – of the 1969 World Series against the Orioles. “We would have been real happy to finish second. But he wasn’t satisfied with that.”

Hodges managed the Mets through the 1971 season, but was felled by a heart attack on April 2, 1972, as he left a Florida golf course following a round of 27 holes. Hodges, who had first suffered a heart attack in 1968, died two days short of his 48th birthday.

As a player, Hodges finished with 370 homers, 1,274 RBI and a .273 batting average. He finished in the top 20 of the NL Most Valuable Player voting eight times and won three Gold Glove Awards at first base – despite the fact that the award was not created until 1957.

As a manager, Hodges was 660-753 in nine seasons, including 100 regular season wins and the World Series title with the 1969 Mets.

“He expected the consummate professional attitude and approach every day,” said Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, who came of age as a hurler under Hodges’ tutelage with the Mets. “We’re not 100 percent every day. Sometimes, you’re only 80 percent. But his attitude was, if you’re at 80 percent, give me 100 percent of that 80 percent. That’s what he got.”

Fernando Tatis Jersey

Choose best cheap Fernando Tatis New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Fernando Tatis gear sale, buy Fernando Tatis jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

[Fernando Tatis Jr. is] most likely done for the remainder of the season. It’s been really tough for him over the last couple of days to kind of swallow this. For us, it’s a tough blow. For him, we’re going to take care of him.”

That line from San Diego Padres manager Andy Green was met by howls of anguish from the assembled baseball internet. Fernando Tatis Jr. had been a revelation, a dynamic defensive shortstop mashed into a power/speed hitting package that might even impress Ronald Acuña Jr.. Losing him for the rest of the year makes the season a little less bearable, and robs us of what was shaping up to be a fascinating NL Rookie of the Year race against Mets slugger Pete Alonso. Why can’t we have nice things?

But what baseball taketh away it first had to give, and while Tatis Jr.’s absence from our lives is a minor tragedy, it’s worth remembering that it’s incredible we the Tatis Jr. that we did. His was a season to celebrate, not to mourn. So let’s celebrate it.

Fernando Tatis Jr. did this:

A team finding itself with a 20-year-old who also happens to be a plus defensive shortstop might be happy for them to hit like a utility infielder. Tatis Jr. hit like an MVP candidate, going .317/.379/.590 in a little more than half a season, while also terrorizing teams on the bases. Watch that last video again. He tags and scores on a sacrifice fly that never left the infield, and he did it from second base. There’s a sort of brilliant recklessness to his game which, when combined with his profound athletic talent, makes him one of the most watchable players in the game.

With respect to Alonso, a very fine player in his own right, there’s only so much aesthetic joy you can derive from a right-handed slugging first basemen. (I think Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas probably stole all of their future swagger and kept it for themselves. Blame the ‘90s.) Tatis Jr., meanwhile, thrilled, at the plate, on the bases and at shortstop. Injuries took and are taking a big bite out of his season, but he’s expected to be back and healthy for 2020. Assuming that’s true, leaning on “why can’t be have nice things” here seems misguided. In Tatis Jr., baseball has given us a very nice thing, and we’ll be enjoying him for a long time yet.

Duke Snider Jersey

Choose best cheap Duke Snider New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Duke Snider gear sale, buy Duke Snider jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

The Yankees had Mickey Mantle, the Giants had Willie Mays and the Brooklyn Dodgers had “The Duke of Flatbush.” At the time when there were three New York baseball teams, the team that had your allegiance was as important in the five boroughs as life itself, and in the 1950’s nobody represented Brooklyn baseball more than Duke Snider. Those team rivalries of yesterday live on a half century later with members of that generation. Willie Mays recalled “Duke was a fine man, a terrific hitter and a great friend, even though he was a Dodger.”

Edwin Donald Snider was called Duke his entire life. He got the nickname from his parents as a young boy because of the way he strutted around like he was royalty. On the baseball field, Duke was royalty. He gracefully patrolled centerfield in Brooklyn and was one of the most prolific power hitters of the 1950s, as he hit more home runs and had more RBI in the decade than any other player.

Duke’s star seemed to have shone brightest when the pressure was on. In 1949, on the season’s final day, he drove in the winning run to clinch the pennant for the Dodgers and in 1955 he led Brooklyn to their one and only World Series victory over the Yankees. In total, Snider hit .286 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 36 World Series games, and is the only player to hit at least 4 home runs in two different Fall Classics.

In 1957, when the Dodgers played their final game in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles, it was Duke Snider that hit the last home run ever in Ebbets Field, and fittingly that home run was hit off Robin Roberts. In his career Snider hit 19 home runs off of Roberts – no other batter in major league history has hit that many home runs off of a single pitcher.

Tommy Lasorda who played with Snider in Brooklyn in 1955 and 1956 recalled “I was Duke’s teammate and looked up to him with respect. Duke was not only a great player, but he was a great person, too. He loved his family and loved the Dodgers. He was the true Dodger and represented the Dodgers to the highest degree of class, dignity and character.”

Donn Clendenon Jersey

Choose best cheap Donn Clendenon New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Donn Clendenon gear sale, buy Donn Clendenon jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

On March 1, 1969, Donn Clendenon retired from professional baseball. Seven months later, he was playing again and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1969 World Series as a member of the world champion New York Mets. All of this occurred due to trades, contracts and other concerns that are part of the business of baseball. However, it also has to do with the personality of Clendenon and how he worked to bounce back from seemingly adverse situations. A gifted student and athlete, he consistently worked other jobs while playing professional baseball and received his law degree six years after retiring from the sport for good in 1972. A ten-month addiction to cocaine and a 1987 arrest for possession nearly put an end to his law practice. But Clendenon bounced back, moving to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he worked as a drug counselor and practiced law before succumbing, like his father and his grandfather before him, to chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2005.

Combined Brains and Athletic Talent

Born in Neosho, Missouri, in 1935 to Claude and Helen Clendenon, Donn was only six months old when his father died from leukemia. At the time of his death, Claude Clendenon was a professor of psychology and mathematics and chairman of the mathematics department at Langston University, an all-black university in Langston, Oklahoma. Clendenon’s mother demanded high academic achievement from her son in deference to his father’s accomplishments. At the age of 15, Clendenon was second in his class at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. Two years later, he graduated as a letterman in nine sports and received a host of scholarship offers.

When he was only six years old, Clendenon’s mother married a man named Nish Williams. In addition to academic excellence, Clendenon’s new stepfather also made other demands. As a former standout baseball player in the Negro Leagues during the 1930s, Williams decided he was going to make his stepson into a professional baseball player. “I knew that if I didn’t play baseball,” Clendenon recalled in his book, Miracle in New York, “that I just might not get my allowance—and no allowance meant no money for gas and no spending money.” Williams served as a coach on virtually every baseball team that Clendenon played on, including his college team at Atlanta’s Morehouse College.

Clendenon also received pointers from some of the players Williams knew from the Negro Leagues, including such legendary names as Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Don Newcombe. Following his excellent athletic performance in high school, Clendenon was prepared to attend UCLA on a scholarship. However, some coaches from nearby Morehouse College visited his mother, and convinced her that he should attend college closer to home. Clendenon attended Morehouse, and became a 12-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball.

Morehouse College was the premier academic institution for young African-American men. Just before Clendenon arrived in 1952, the freshman class were assigned big brothers to help the students acclimate themselves to Morehouse and college life. Although the policy had ended when he arrived, a Morehouse graduate volunteered to be Clendenon’s big brother. His name was Martin Luther King Jr.
Found Baseball Success

During summers off from Morehouse, Clendenon played semi-pro baseball for Atlanta’s Black Crackers, a team coached and managed by Nish Williams. Although his mother wanted him to be a doctor, Clendenon decided that he wanted to teach. After graduating from Morehouse, Clendenon taught fourth grade for a while, and then went to the Pittsburgh Pirates try-out camp in Florida. “Nish convinced me that I could, in effect, have my cake and eat it too if I went into professional sports,” Clendenon wrote. “I could have a dozen good years as a professional athlete; make some money; develop a name for myself; and use the off-season to pursue my future plans.”

Beginning in September of 1956, Clendenon began a five-year stint with a team in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. In September of 1961, the Pirates called him up to join the major league club. For the next seven seasons Clendenon became known as a power hitter. Led by Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, the Pirates became known as “the Lumber Company” because of their ability to score many runs. However, Clendenon also became known as a batter who’d swing at just about anything. In 1963 and again in 1968 he led the National League in strike-outs.

As a member of the Pirates, Clendenon averaged 17 home runs per season along with 76 RBIs and an overall .278 batting average. Following the 1968 season, the Pirates did not put Clendenon on their protected player list, and he was drafted by the expansion Montreal Expos. A few months later, he was traded to the Houston Astros. The Astros had just hired Harry Walker as their manager. Walker had been the Pirates manager from 1965 to 1967, and Clendenon did not want to play for him again. “Our personalities definitely clashed,” Clendenon recalled in Miracle in New York, “and it took me too long to learn to just ignore him.”
Developed Interests Outside Baseball

Although he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clendenon always worked during the off-season. He worked initially as a management trainee at the Mellon Bank and Trust Company. Beginning in 1962, he held a job as an Allegheny County detective for the district attorney’s office, where he worked with underprivileged juveniles. In 1964 Clendenon went to work at U.S. Steel as a management trainee. While working at U.S. Steel, he decided to attend law school and enrolled at Duquesne University School of Law in 1965. Job pressures, the demands of baseball, and his step-father’s illness forced him to drop out of law school in 1967, but he eventually returned to school and graduated in 1978.

Because he was earning a steady income from his non-baseball jobs, Clendenon decided that he no longer needed to play professional sports. On March 1, 1969, he announced his retirement from baseball. The Astros were upset with Clendenon because they had lost a player that they had traded for. With the assistance of baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, the Astros and Expos hammered out a deal. Montreal sent two pitchers and $100,000 to Houston and the Expos eventually signed Clendenon to a three-year deal.
At a Glance …

Born Donn Alvin Clendenon on July 15, 1935, in Neosho, MO; died of leukemia on September 17, 2005, in Sioux Falls, SD; son of Claude and Helen Morre Clendenon; married Deanna, 1965 (divorced); married Anne, 1993; children: Eric Val, Donn Alvin Jr., Donna. Education: Morehouse College, BA, 1956; Duquesne University School of Law, 1978.

Career: Professional baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1961–68, New York Mets, 1969–71, and St. Louis Cardinals, 1972; Mellon Bank and Trust, management trainee, 1961–62; Allegheny County detective, 1962–64; U.S. Steel, management trainee, 1964; Scripto Pen Company, labor relations/personnel, 1967–71; Donn Clendenon’s nightclub and restaurant, owner, 1968–71; General Electric, personnel consultant, 1971–72; Mead Corporation, personnel consultant, 1972–78; Bostick, Gerren & Clendenon, law partner, 1978–80; Dap Inc., director of personnel, 1978–80; Western International Contractors Inc., president & CEO, 1980–85; Chicago Economic Development, president & CEO, 1985–86; Anderson, Carlson, Carter & Hay, attorney, 1986–87; Keystone-Carroll Treatment Center, Sioux Falls, SD, counselor, 1987–92; Clendenon, Henney & Hoy, law partner, 1992–?.

Awards: World Series Most Valuable Player, 1969.
Joined Miracle Mets

Clendenon played only one month for the Expos. On June 15, 1969, he was traded to the New York Mets, a move favored by both Clendenon and the Mets. The Mets felt that, with the addition of Clendenon, they finally had a championship caliber team. “He [Clendenon] was the catalyst on the team,” outfielder Art Shamsky recalled to Stanley Cohen, author of A Magic Summer. “You can talk about our pitching, which was great, and whatever else, but until June we were just a potentially good team. When Clendenon joined us, he gave us the right-handed power we needed, some more experience, and we became a really good team from that point on.” Third baseman Wayne Garrett agreed, telling Cohen, “Clendenon was probably the key to our whole season, because when he came over we really came alive.”

The 1969 New York Mets are part of baseball lore. When Clendenon joined the team, they were 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs. By the All-Star break, the Mets had closed the gap to 4 1/2 games. With a pitching staff that included Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Tug McGraw, and Jerry Koosman, the Mets eventually won the National League pennant and met the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. After losing the first game of the series, the Mets won the next four to capture the world championship. Clendenon hit three home runs and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

After playing a final season for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, Clendenon retired from baseball for good. He may have been retired from baseball, but his career in business and law was just beginning. Clendenon served in a variety of positions in the business world, including five years as president and CEO of Western International Contractors, and several stints as an attorney or partner with law firms. It was during the mid-1980s, while working at the law firm of Anderson, Carlson, Carter & Hay, that Clendenon’s life took an unexpected turn for the worse. Enjoying his wealth but feeling his age, Clendenon became addicted to cocaine. “I was 49 turning 50; that [taking cocaine] was kind of like a birthday present for me,” he reminisced to William C. Rhoden of the New York Times. “I was hooked immediately.” After an arrest for cocaine possession in 1988, Clendenon was forced to resign from the law firm and to admit his addiction.

Clendenon sought treatment for drug abuse at a facility in Utah, and it was there that he was diagnosed with leukemia, the same disease that killed his father. But Clendenon had no intention of giving up. He kicked his drug habit and moved away from the big city, telling Rhoden “I had to go to a place where I could change my environment, my associates and everything else.”

In 1987 he moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a small city that he grew to love, he told a reporter for the Argus Leader: “It is a spiritual community. People are friendly. It had a low crime rate and has a great school system for my daughter. I can be left alone to pursue my vocation outside of athletics.” Clendenon soon became a valuable member of his community: he was a certified drug counselor at the Keystone-Carroll Treatment Center and in 1992 he returned to law in the firm of Clendenon, Henney & Hoy, where he practiced for a number of years. He also supported numerous local charities and was known for bringing some of his friends—the best known names in baseball—to promote events in sleepy Sioux Falls. Clendenon faced his leukemia with real bravery, telling Rhoden in 1999: “I will die from it or a side effect of it. It’s going to eventually take me, I know. But I keep fighting.” Clendenon’s fight ended on September 17, 2005, and he is remembered fondly by Mets fans and the citizens of Sioux Falls.

Desi Relaford Jersey

Choose best cheap Desi Relaford New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Desi Relaford gear sale, buy Desi Relaford jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

(Note from Jimmy – Some of you may have seen my Twitter blurbs or read my previous official announcement of Desi Relaford coming on board Jimmy Scott’s High & Tight to write a bi-weekly column about his career in baseball. Some of you may have scoffed. “Desi Relaford and Jimmy Scott? Bawlderdash.”

Time for you to refute. Because this, right here, right now, is the first column of what we’re going to call “By Desi Relaford” columns, at least until we can think of another title for this series. Yes, series.

When I state this is “the first,” it implies more than one, which leads us to the series format of columns written by the one and only Desi Relaford, the 11-year Major League veteran who had hopes and dreams just like any kid, any player.
You might say, “Desi made it to the bigs. That would be good enough for me.” But from Desi’s perspective, just making it wasn’t good enough. And that’s what separates fans from players. There’s a divide there, the “You played in the big leagues so stop whining” divide that will likely never be filled.

Fans will always tell a player to be thankful they made it in the first place. And players will always wish they had done more. It’s what I now call the “Theory of Baseball Relativity.”

If I remember, I’ll write something about that one day soon. Until then, let’s start at The End for Desi. Because as hard as it is for a ballplayer to make it, it’s even harder to quit.

By Desi Relaford, at Jimmy Scott’s High & Tight.)
Why So Soon?
By Desi Relaford

As a career winds down and ends, baseball players begin to see that there is much more to life after baseball. But are we ready for what that life has in store?

I understand how easy it is to assume that everyone you see on television playing baseball is a multi-millionaire who resides on Easy Street, USA or (Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Japan, etc).

In some cases this is the absolute truth. There are guys playing now who make more money than God. (Well, almost!) But there are far more players who don’t see that side of “dreamland” than those who do. For them, the end always comes too soon.

“Hey Desi, Skip needs to see you in his office,” Mike Gallego relayed to me after a tap on the shoulder.

Mike was a real cool guy that I had a good rapport with. At that moment, he didn’t look at me long enough for me to get a read on him. I don’t know how it is in most work settings, but I know in pro ball, a player generally knows why he’s being summoned by a manager.

Most of the time it wasn’t good! Now, we’ve all been on that walk that felt like the green mile, but this walk was a stroll with a bop and carefree as ever since we had just won the game. I honestly had no idea why he wanted to see me. It could have been anything.

“Hey Des, sit down.” Clint spoke softly, which was odd and alarming because if you know Clint Hurdle, then you know that he has an amazingly loud voice. I braced for the worst.

“You know you’ve done a great job for us so far, but you also know you’ve struggled here for a couple of weeks. So we’ve decided to designate you…blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

The room seemed to grow bigger and bigger along with everything in it. Even the chair felt like a king’s throne. I don’t even think my feet could touch the ground. I felt so small. At that exact moment, I felt worthless. After the “we’re going to designate you” part, I zoned out. That was literally the last thing I heard him say.

To my surprise and chagrin, this was the beginning of the end. I remember staring, almost sneering, at Clint’s outstretched hand as I walked out of his office with a turned shoulder as cold as the transaction that had just transpired.

To this day, that is the only act I regret in my baseball career. It was classless; something I still have never apologized for.

Since that day, my baseball career has been a mere shell of its former self. A major injury, a couple of injustices, a couple of minor league tours and big league cup of coffee later, the dream is apparently over. What a bitter, stinging reality to face for a lifelong player and fan of the game. What do you do when the phone stops ringing?

What do you do when you’ve been labeled a “has been” by your potential suitors? How do you deal with being one the boys, in that elite class one minute and on the outside looking in the next? Could it be? Could it be time for… Don’t SAY IT! Reti.. DON’T SAY IT! Retirement! AAAAAAAAARRRRRGH!

Regardless of a player’s status, there comes a time that we must call it quits. It’s the American dream to play Major League Baseball and a goal so many people try to attain.

In my profession, if you get the opportunity to leave the game on your own terms, you are one of a rare breed. In most cases, it’s forced on you. It’s definitely not a time that most look forward to.

It’s hard to deal with losing something or someone of great importance. When you’re forced out of the game, you’re losing someone and something. You’re losing a job and a privilege, but the loss that hurts the most is losing a part of yourself.

You lose the part of yourself that would set you apart from the crowd no matter the situation. You lose a part of you that made you special to a worldwide audience. You lose the right to call yourself a Major League Baseball player.

What hurts most of all in a lot of cases is not just being released or not receiving a call. It is the fact that you are no longer allowed to do what you’ve trained your mind, body and soul to do for the majority of your life. You can’t just walk away without a fight. Believe me, when that time comes there is a fight.

Whether you’re trying to cope or come to terms with your own inner struggle, there is a fight. Jumping through a series of their fire-riddled hoops disguised as lies, minor league stints, independent leagues and 15-hour bus rides just to get an ever-fleeting chance, is a fight.

Sure, playing baseball is playing baseball, but nothing compares to Major League Baseball. There must be something infectiously special about it because just about every guy I have ever known or met would love to trade places with me, even if it were just for one at-bat. I take that with the highest of honors.

After the fight you’re left tired and wandering aimlessly in search of purpose and fulfillment. We all know or heard of that guy or girl who just couldn’t get over “the break-up” with the love of their lives. The end of a big league career is like that, but worse…a lot worse.

Women come and go, but Major League Baseball careers aren’t so plentiful. Multitudes of players, including career minor leaguers, make up generational groups of men no longer in baseball who are searching for what’s next. What is going to replace that adrenaline rush or sense of accomplishment? My sense of belonging? Or better yet, what is going to replace my income?

After injecting your entire life with a conquest as daunting and near impossible as making it to the big leagues, the last thing on your mind is mentally preparing to retire. If you arrive anywhere short of your retirement age goal, it’s Disappointment City.

Can you imagine how hard it would be to visualize and dedicate yourself to being the most elite player you can be while simultaneously preparing yourself to walk away? This would be an extreme exercise in futility (either that or try to get a big league invite while having the name Desi Relaford).

So what is out there right now during The Great Depression II in this dog eat dog world? Here’s a clue. A sizable portion of professional ball players (major and minor leagues) don’t have degree or much less any form of higher education.

So you tell me what’s on tap for in the real world for a baseball expert! There are a few options, but not a whole lot based on your skill level outside of the game.

Making the transition from baseball life to real life is a hurdle that can at times seem insurmountable. The baseball life is “The Life.” It’s a fairy tale. Let me try to open a visual portal into the world of Major League Baseball. Think heaven, only it’s a baseball heaven. You don’t carry your own bags.

There are people who clean up after you. Please believe me when I say this, if you ask you shall receive, or at least everything that the law would allow. Then again, we also know from the recent past ballplayers could even get away with procuring felonious items as well (PED’S).

Big league baseball provided a myriad of supporters that would range from individuals in the organizations whose job it was to make sure we didn’t have to do too much. Grown men making dumb money, being treated like spoiled children.

I loved every minute of it!

There is someone there to help you find housing. In some lower level minor leagues some teams provide host families. Whether you tear an ACL or get the sniffles, the doctor comes to you at the park and provides care. Once again, it’s “The Life.”
All that you are accountable for as a player is to be on time and give 100 percent of what you have and they will take care of the rest.

Being waited on and catered to has its ups and downs, and one of the downs is that it is invitingly easy to get accustomed to “The Life,” hence the real world dilemma of “The End.” You’re suddenly thrown into the Indy 500 driving a lemon. In my opinion, we professional athletes are cut from a different cloth. It’s a thicker, tougher, more resilient cloth.
Though under-skilled, we have over-sized hearts and multiple talents. Just like our whole careers, this is the moment we once again have to show and prove that we are able to overcome the odds.

When all is said and done, we ultimately need to just appreciate that endearing era in our lives. We need to relish the fact that during our time we put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces (some not so friendly faces as well).
We must acknowledge the fact that what we accomplished was special, that there are legions of boys (young and old) who would give an arm and a leg for the opportunity. And we must come to the realization that nothing lasts forever. But still, why does it have to end so soon?

Desi Relaford will be writing bi-weekly articles for Jimmy Scott’s High & Tight. He was drafted out of high school in the fourth round of the 1991 Major League draft. He played for eight teams over 11 seasons, manning every position except first base and catcher.

Desi never officially retired, although he hasn’t played since the end of the 2007 season. To hear more from him, you can listen to his interview at Jimmy Scott’s High & Tight.

Casey Stengel Jersey

Choose best cheap Casey Stengel New York Mets jersey online, womens youth youth Casey Stengel gear sale, buy Casey Stengel jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

“Casey (Stengel) knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven’t even caught on to yet.” – Sparky Anderson

Casey Stengel’s 54 distinguished years in baseball spanned everything from the Dead Ball Era to Mickey Mantle’s booming home runs. Through it all, Stengel’s colorful personality and instantly quotable remarks made him one of baseball’s most beloved characters.

Stengel’s first full major league season as a player began in 1913 as the first Brooklyn player to bat, and subsequently homer, at Ebbets Field. After nine big league seasons in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Stengel was traded to the New York Giants midway through the 1921 season. The young player was already gaining attention for his zany antics on the diamond.

“(Stengel) is a dandy ballplayer, but it’s all from the neck down,” remarked scout Mike Kahoe.

The Kansas City native found a home at the Polo Grounds when he became Hall of Fame manager John McGraw’s protégé and unofficial assistant coach. From 1922-23, Stengel hit .355 as a platoon outfielder with the Giants and homered in Game 1 of the 1923 World Series.

Stengel hit another home run in Game 3 and thumbed his nose at the New York Yankees bench while rounding third base. Baseball commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis was in attendance that day and promptly fined Stengel for his antics.

“Casey Stengel just can’t help being Casey Stengel,” Landis lamented.

After two more seasons in the major leagues, Stengel spent several seasons managing in the minor leagues. This included a memorable moment when Stengel released himself as a player, fired himself as a manager and resigned as owner of Boston’s minor-league Worcester affiliate club to manage Triple-A Toledo.

Stengel eventually earned a big league shot as manager of the Dodgers (1934-36) and the Boston Braves (1938-43) with middling success. “I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged,” Stengel later recalled. “We call it discharged because there is no question I had to leave.”

Finally in 1949, Stengel got a call from Yankees Hall of Fame owner George Weiss to lead a team loaded with talent.

“There is less wrong with this team than any team I have ever managed,” Stengel said. Featuring stars like Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and a young Mickey Mantle, Stengel’s Yankees found immediate success and became the first team to win five consecutive World Series championships from 1949-1953. Stengel is often credited with reviving the practice of “platooning” his players when he took over the pinstripes, a tactic he learned from McGraw during his days with the Giants.

When asked to divulge his managerial strategy, Stangel deadpanned, “Keep the five guys who hate you away from the five who are undecided.”

While his team hogged the baseball spotlight, Stengel took the opportunity to expand his repertoire of odd sayings that would later be affectionately dubbed ‘Stengelese.’ His famous sayings included everything from the obvious (“You got to get twenty-seven outs to win”) to the head-scratchers (“There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them”).

The Yankees fired Stengel following a loss in the 1960 World Series, citing Stengel’s advancing age. Two years later, Stengel returned to the Big Apple to manage the expansion Mets and captured the hearts of New Yorkers all over again.

Celebrated as baseball’s lovable losers, the Mets lost 404 games in Stengel’s three and a half years at the helm, prompting the old skipper to ask, “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

Stengel finally retired in 1965 with seven World Series titles, tied with fellow Yankees manager Joe McCarthy for the most all-time. A year later, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“It is fashionable to say that successful people, in any field, could have been whatever they wanted,” wrote Mickey Herskowitz in the Houston Post. “But you could not picture Casey Stengel being anything else but what he was, the greatest showman baseball ever knew.”