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It’s tough duty being a relief pitcher in the major leagues. You can be a hero one day, a bum the next. You’re only as good as your last appearance.

Seth Lugo was reminded of that Sunday night at Citi Field where his streak of 15 scoreless innings ended when he gave up a crucial run in the top of the ninth inning that proved to be enough for the Dodgers to escape with a 3-2 come-from-behind win.

It had to happen at some point. Lugo had been brilliant of late. He hadn’t allowed a run since Aug. 17 and had retired the Dodgers in order Saturday night to earn the win in the Mets 3-0 victory.

But after getting the final out of the eighth inning Sunday night, Lugo surrendered a run in the ninth when Kiké Hernandez hit a double off the wall with one out before Jedd Gyorko slashed a two-out hit to drive in the game-winning run.

Lugo took the loss, but don’t blame Lugo for the dire situation the Mets find themselves in four games out of the final wild-card spot with 13 games to play. He has been too good for that. An argument can be made the right-hander might be the most important contributor to keeping the Mets in the postseason race. Entering the game, he was 1-1 with five saves and a 1.86 ERA since the All-Star break and has emerged as Mickey Callaway’s go-to guy after high-priced closer Edwin Diaz lost his confidence and became unreliable.

But as his stock as a reliever continues to rise, Lugo made it clear he still thinks of himself as a starter.

“All my personal goals are starter-based,” Lugo said after Saturday’s game. “I’d like to win 20 games. I’ve still never had a nine-inning complete game. I had a seven-inning one in the minors in a doubleheader. All my goals are more starter-based.”
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It seemed an odd time for Lugo to be reminding everybody he’d rather be doing something else than what he’s actually doing to help his team. His comments came after being questioned why he pitched out of a full wind-up Saturday night and his answer was something like, “I’m a starter. Gotta keep my wind-up.”

Though the timing might be odd, you can’t blame Lugo for taking the opportunity to remind the Mets that he’s a starter at heart. Taken in the 34th round of the 2011 draft, he completed his long-shot journey to the big leagues in 2016 where he made five starts and two relief appearances.

Lugo was in the starting rotation in 2017 where he was 7-5 with a 4.67 ERA, but all but five of his 54 appearances in 2018 came as a reliever. All 53 of his appearances this season have come as a reliever where he has emerged as one of the team’s most valuable players.

“He can be a multiple-inning reliever,” Callaway said. “He can be just a closer. He can be a starter. I think he could fulfill anything you want and whatever the team needs.”

Callaway said he doesn’t mind Lugo lobbying to be a starter even in the midst of a pennant race. With Sunday night’s loss, the Mets are four games behind the Cubs for the second wild-card spot.
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“We understand his feelings,” Callaway said. “He views himself as a starter someday and he probably will be at some point. We feel like he could start. But at this moment our best team is with him in the bullpen. That could change or that could stay the same way.”

Money might also be a motivator. The top-10 highest-paid starters earn anywhere from $25 million to $34 million a year, while the top 10 closers earned from $6.5 million to $17 million. Lugo is making $591,875 on a one-year contract this season.

Maybe he just wants to escape being a winner one night and a loser the next.

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The New York Mets have officially released veteran right-handed reliever Drew Gagnon ahead of the 40-man deadline.

The offseason continues for the New York Mets, and on Friday, they made their latest move. Ahead of the 40-man deadline, the Mets have decided to release right-handed reliever Drew Gagnon.

The 29-year old appeared in 23 games with the team over the last two seasons.

Gagnon is reportedly close to inking a deal for a team in the Korea Baseball Organization League.

This past season, Gagnon pitched in 18 games for the Mets. In that span of time, he posted a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 8.37 and a WHIP of 1.732. Gagnon additionally struck out 17 batters and walked seven through 23.2 innings pitched.

In 2018, he went 2-1 with an ERA of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.667 through five appearances (one start). During that campaign, he struck out eight batters and walked five through 12 full innings pitched.

Needless to say, he struggled during his entire time in Queens, combining for a 7.32 ERA and a 1.710 WHIP.

Gagnon didn’t stand out from the bullpen, however, which possessed numerous issues this past year. The Mets relievers in 2019 finished 25th in the majors with a combined 4.95 ERA. It’s definitely an aspect of the game they’ll need to improve on ahead of the 2020 campaign.

As one goes, however, another arrives. This week, the Mets inked a minor-league deal with left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve. It comes with an invite to Spring Training, so there’s a chance Shreve can receive a promotion to the big leagues if he impresses.

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“I consider cocaine the devil on this earth,” testified New York Mets’ first baseman Keith Hernandez. He described cocaine as “a demon in me.

Hernandez stated that he had used massive amounts of the substance starting in 1980 after he and his wife separated. He developed what he described as an “insatiable desire for more” and admitted that he played under the influence of cocaine in his career.

After he saw St. Louis Cardinals’ teammate Lonnie Smith have a such a bad experience after using cocaine that he couldn’t play in a game, Hernandez realized he had to break the habit.

Just before he was traded to the Mets in June, 1983, Hernandez, who had lost 10 pounds, awoke with a nose bleed.

“I had the shakes and I wound up throwing a gram down the toilet,” he testified during the trial of alleged cocaine dealer Curtis Strong, who had been the Philadelphia Phillies’ clubhouse caterer.

Hernandez and the other players that testified had been granted immunity from prosecution.

When he was asked to provide the names of other players with whom he had shared cocaine, Hernandez became uncomfortable. Unlike when he broke the law by obtaining and using cocaine, this time Hernandez took on the role of a law-abiding citizen.

He named pitcher Lary Sorenson and outfielder Bernie Carbo, a Boston Red Sox hero in the 1975 World Series.

Lonnie Smith testified that he had purchased cocaine from the defendant Strong for himself, Joaquin Andujar and Hernandez.

The list of players named in testimony sounded like an All-Star team. Included were Dave Parker, Gary Mathews, Enos Cabell, Al Holland, Jeff Leonard and J.R. Richard.

Strong’s defense lawyer. Adam Renfroe, insisted that baseball was on trial and that the players were “nothing but junkies.”

He called them “hero-criminals” who “sell drugs and are still selling drugs to baseball players around the league.”

Reports claim that by the time he joined the Mets, Hernandez was no longer using cocaine. Despite the fact that drug users often offer unreliable testimony, Hernandez should be believed.

He certainly played extremely well during his time with the Mets. He has been an excellent, if sometimes overly emotional broadcaster over the last few years.

Of course, we will always wonder what would have happened if one of Strong’s customers had been Mary or Joe Average Citizen.

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LOUISVILLE — Tim Tebow loves the highs, the lows, all of it. So despite experiencing the worst stretch of his professional baseball career, the ex-football star doesn’t care if he gets negative headlines. It’s not why he’s still playing.

“It’s never as good as it seems, it’s never as bad as it seems. That’s something I learned a long time ago in sports,” Tebow said during this week’s three-game series between his Syracuse Mets and the Louisville Bats. “I didn’t do it for the praise of it. I did it because it was a passion, and I wanted to fulfill it and do something that I love.”

Tebow’s series went pretty much how the 2019 season has gone for the 31-year-old quarterback-turned-outfielder. He went 1 for 7 with a walk and an RBI, raising his batting average to .131, as his Mets took the series. The fans flocked to Slugger Field — 21,886 of them, some wearing his football jerseys, others holding Sports Illustrated covers in the hopes of snagging an autograph.

The fans show up not for his .376 OBPS and 34 strikeouts in 26 games, but for his perfect-for-television personality.

The Pawtucket Red Sox (+10.9 percent), Rochester Red Wings (+19.3 percent), Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (+33.8 percent), Lehigh Valley IronPigs (+6.5 percent) and Louisville (+21.1 percent) have all had significant attendance bumps with Tebow in town.

“You’re always trying to do good and the best you can,” Tebow said. “I don’t think I put extra pressure on myself to do better because more people would show up.”

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Tebow said he’s still adjusting to the minor league baseball lifestyle — especially the long bus rides. And he admitted he misses football, which he last played in 2015. It especially hits him around Thanksgiving, when college football teams are playing their rivalry games and the NFL teams are fighting for a playoff spot.

He called baseball a “funny game.” Sometimes you don’t get rewarded when you play well, and sometimes you do when you don’t. That’s why he’s here.

“It’s about having patience, following a process and really, truly trying to improve every day,” he said. “Not just focusing on just what happens in the game and results of it.”

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With the Toronto Blue Jays struggling this season and building for the future, pitcher Marcus Stroman is starting to generate a lot of interest among teams looking to make a postseason push.

The 28-year-old was selected to his first All-Star Game this season and has a 3.06 ERA. However, Stroman has a 6-10 record, and Toronto sits 27.5 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

The Blue Jays will undoubtedly be sellers this year as they continue to rebuild and retool their team around younger players like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. That makes Stroman a key target for teams looking for another starter to help carry them on a deep postseason run.

The trade market for Stroman figures to be strong. Here, we’ll break down a few teams that have had reported interest in the All-Star and come up with potential packages they could offer Toronto.

The Boston Red Sox are in the middle of the AL wild-card race, but they’ll need to bolster their starting rotation to defend their World Series title.

Boston’s starting rotation ranks 20th in MLB with a 4.79 ERA. Outside of David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez, inconsistency has plagued the other starters as of late. In particular, Chris Sale has been a major disappointment with a 4-9 record.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Red Sox sent a top advisor to see Stroman pitch against the Detroit Tigers on Friday. They sent another to watch Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard.

Adding Stroman would give the Red Sox one of the most formidable top-of-rotation units in the American League, but it could cost them some of their top prospects.

The Chicago Cubs were in a similar situation when they traded away four players, including talented prospect Eloy Jimenez, to acquire Jose Quintana two seasons ago. Like Stroman, Quintana was performing well on a Chicago White Sox team that was struggling to give him adequate run support.

If Boston wants to snag Stroman, a similar package would likely be on the table.

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The Department of State has declassified a cable on the November 9, 2011 kidnapping and November 12 rescue of Washington Nationals star catcher Wilson Ramos in response to a National Security Archive Freedom of Information Act request. According to the previously “Secret/NOFORN” cable composed by the US Embassy in Caracas, Ramos’s rescue “was the result of good police work” by Venezuela’s Corps of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigative Corps (CICPC).
“Free Wilson” signs left at Nationals Park on November 11, 2011. Courtesy SB Nation.

“Free Wilson” signs left at Nationals Park on November 11, 2011. Courtesy SB Nation.

On the evening of November 9th, Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint from his mother’s home in the city of Valencia, near the Caribbean coast. According to Ramos’s account, the gunmen threw him into the back of a Chevorlet Captiva and covered his face with a black t-shirt. They drove to a mountainous region near the town of Montalban in central Venezuala. There, they did not physically harm Ramos, attempted to feed him (arepas with sardines), and told him that they “were going to ask for a ton of cash for [him].”

According to the Department of State cable, the CICPC “already had the abductors under investigation prior to Ramos’s kidnapping because the group had kidnapped other individuals in the same area of Valencia.” The State Department also reported that the CICPC used “source information and wiretaps” to immediately “identify the individuals responsible and and the location where Ramos was being held.” This information allowed CICPC to “act quickly and immediately” and begin planning its rescue mission. State reports that approximately 300 CICPC officials worked on the case. Hugo Chavez, himself, had repeatedly called the CICPC director demanding updates, and personally authorized the search and rescue mission.

After 50 hours in captivity, Venezuelan commandos raided the building he was being held and exchanged gunfire with his captors for –according to Ramos– as long as fifteen minutes. Finally Ramos was rescued, and was returned at 3:0o AM to a celebrating crowd at his mother’s house in Valencia.
Ramos, at CICPC headquarters in Valencia on November 12, 2011. Courtesy, Associated Press.

Ramos, at CICPC headquarters in Valencia on November 12, 2011. Courtesy, Associated Press.

“Thank God, I’m alive and here at home…I thank you for everything. I don’t have words to express all that I feel, and how thankful I am for all your help. Thank you, for real. I really love you,” Ramos told the crowd.

According to the State Department cable, based on US Embassy contacts with Venezuelan law enforcement and media reports, “The kidnapping ring responsible for Ramos’s abduction does not appear to have been highly sophisticated. The kidnappers may have believed Ramos would be an easy target and perhaps underestimated the international media attention” his kidnapping would generate.

The embassy was correct. Ramos –who hit .267 with 15 home runs in 2011– was a beloved member of the Washington Nationals, and fans throughout the Washington, DC area, United States, and world closely watched for any updates on his plight. Distraught National Fans held a vigil at Nationals Park. It is likely the outpouring of Nationals and American, Venezuelan, and international baseball fans contributed to the catcher’s release. He remains a highly-productive and much loved player on the Washington Nationals.
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Washington Nationals fans gather for a vigil at Nationals Park on November 11, 2011. Courtesy SB Nation.

But the State Department cable does not close the case on Wilson Ramos’s kidnapping. After his return, questions began to emerge about the exact nature of the crime. A February 2012 Sports Illustrated article raised the possibility that Ramos may have been kidnapped because “he chased the wrong woman.” The same article also speculated that Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera secretly paid the ransom to bring Ramos home. Finally, Sports Illustrated posited that to save face, the Venezuelan authorities may have arrested six people with no actual relation to the kidnapping.
Ramos and his bobblehead, which was release by the Nationals during the 2014 season, three years after his kidnapping and release.

Ramos and his bobblehead, which was release by the Nationals during the 2014 season, three years after his kidnapping and release.

The declassified cable, written before the Sports Illustrated article was published, does not answer any of these theories. It does, however offer an additional one: that the FARC, a Colombian guerrilla movement, may have been behind the kidnapping. The cable reports that “in his public statements Ramos claimed that two abductors spoke with Colombia accents and spoke of a ‘la guerilla.’”

The cable also raises more questions. After its speculation on the FARC, a substantial section of the cable has been redacted on claimed “national security” grounds , leaving the public to wonder which aspect of the Wilson Ramos kidnapping still remains hidden.

Of course, the National Security Archive has appealed this redaction.

9/27/2019 UPDATE: And we won! Below is a side-by-side of the original redactions and the fully-released version provided by State after we appealed. The new version shows that the original redacts hid that State had Venezuelan law enforcement contacts, and that those contacts had “received no evidence to corroborate a FARC connection.” State’s Venezuelan law enforcement Sources also reported that they believed the “shoot out” was actually a Corps of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigative Corps (CICPC) “diversion to disorient the abductors during the raid.”

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The New York Mets star right fielder Michael Conforto is not a flashy guy in the least bit. He is having another productive season on the diamond. His reputation as a humble guy who does whatever it takes to win has continued throughout 2019 through the highs and lows of the season.

Despite all this, some fans do not appreciate the results. He is on pace to set some notable career highs while competing alongside some of the best sluggers in baseball.

Conforto’s biggest moment of the year came last Friday night. Sure to be a Mets classic game, Scooter knocked the game-winning hit in an amazing comeback versus the Washington Nationals. Citi Field blew its nonexistence roof off. The scene on the field included the usual mob with Conforto getting his shirt ripped off by Pete Alonso.

The early part of Conforto’s career has been interesting. The young man from Seattle struggled at the plate in 2016 and revisited the minor leagues to get back his stroke. With his earlier issues seemingly over, he is producing at the levels many believed he could.

Not too many players can say they have been in the World Series in their first season. However, Conforto was one of the fortunate ones who can. He was a big part of the Mets’ success in 2015 both in the regular season and playoffs.

His reputation as a streaky hitter is made up for when he comes up with timely hits like he did last week. As he goes, so does the team. The Mets are counting on his bat as much as anyone else.

Conforto may never get the respect he has earned and deserves from everyone. Injuries have limited him in some of his best seasons. In other years, the team’s failure made his production look less valuable.

This year is the one where it could look different. With the team still vying for a playoff spot, every connection he makes with the ball matters.

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Following a breakout campaign in 2018 for the New York Mets, many of us were excited to have Brandon Nimmo already entrenched as a starting outfielder heading into this past year. Instead of having a full season’s worth of games to build upon that breakout, he dealt with his fair share of issues before finishing strong.

Upon finally getting an opportunity to play regularly in April 2018, Nimmo took advantage of it by producing a 193 wRC+ through his first 43 plate appearances. He followed that up with a similarly awesome 169 (nice) wRC+ through 101 plate appearances in May, and the rest was history en route to a 4.5-fWAR performance.

This past March/April, though? It was a much different experience. In fact, that applies to what he did from Opening Day through May 20th before hitting the injured list with neck issues. The first 161 plate appearances of his 2019 season led to a .200/.344/.323 line and an 88 wRC+. While his 16.1% walk rate during this time was among the 10 best in baseball, it was accompanied by a 29.8% strikeout rate, which was among the 15 worst in baseball.

Not necessarily the best combination to have.

He went on to spend what felt like forever on the sideline as the Mets went through valleys and peaks with regard to team performance prior to Nimmo returning to the lineup on September 1st. It’s not as if his future with New York was hanging in the balance depending on how he finished the season (that was never brought up anywhere), but Nimmo isn’t a baseball-playing robot — he’s human. After watching what the Mets just did, it’d only be normal for him to potentially put a little pressure on himself to perform down the stretch and remind everyone what he can do.

With a pretty set infield moving forward, the salary of Jed Lowrie on the books, an All-Star season from Jeff McNeil, a breakout of J.D. Davis, the presence of Dominic Smith (for now, at least), and a possible return of Yoenis Cespedes in 2020, there’s a bit of a roster logjam in the outfield. So, it definitely wasn’t a bad thing for Nimmo to show that he was both healthy and productive over the season’s final month.

His performance was exactly what we would’ve expected from Nimmo based off his 2018 numbers, and his ending to the year was what we all hoped the entire season was going to be for him. Through his final 93 trips to the plate, the 26-year-old posted a much more Nimmo-like .261/.430/.565 triple slash, which led to a 159 wRC+.

The progression he had between his abbreviated first half and an abbreviated second half is noteworthy, too. Here’s how his walk rate, strikeout rate, soft-hit rate, and hard-hit rate all changed between these two periods of time:

The same can be said about the progression of his plate-discipline numbers:

Although his chase rate went up, it was still much lower than the league-wide average of 31.6%. More importantly, he got more aggressive on pitches inside the strike zone, and that increased aggression led to more contact. With the rise in hard contact during his return in September, it’s not hard to see how Nimmo was able to not only increase his overall productivity, but to also see an uptick in power production (his ISO went from .123 to .304).

Nimmo’s reemergence — where he seemingly stepped right in and performed like nothing ever happened — adds to a part of the roster that Brodie Van Wagenen will need to make some decisions about. Based off how he built the 2019 roster, one would imagine he’ll favor having more depth than not, but still, something will have to give for 2020.

Lowrie and Robinson Cano haven’t exactly been models for staying healthy over the past year, but right now, they’re likely penciled into positions that fills up the infield when accompanied by Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso. That also pushes McNeil and Davis into the outfield with the handful of other options out there. Even if Cespedes isn’t counted on for anything, there’s still a bit of a logjam going on.

And obviously, the Mets have some holes that need to be filled elsewhere, so this perceived surplus of position players gives BVW some options to consider, which we all know he loves to do.

It was great to see Nimmo finally return from a way-too-long stint on the injured list before the year wrapped up. It was even better to see him return to the player we saw have success last season. It also makes what is surely an already tricky situation to maneuver even more tricky for the front office.

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[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.

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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.

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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.”