Mets induct Mike Piazza into team’s Hall of Fame (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Piazza was never one to hide his emotions.

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Sports Beat “Jay gets his day”

Bobblehead doll giveaways have long been popular promotions at ballparks. Normally the souvenir is a likeness of a current or former player. Tomorrow the Mets will probably have what has to be a first as they will be giving all who come to Citi Field a bobblehead of their longtime public relations director Jay Horwitz.

I have known Jay since 1980. Yes, we’ve had some disagreements over the years and some of the arguments have been heated, but to Jay’s credit, he has always been willing to listen; hasn’t held grudges; and most importantly, has given me the access that I need.

There is no doubt that Jay will be enshrined into the Mets Hall of Fame when he retires but that won’t be for another 30 years. Congratulations, Jay!

The most important aspect of Jay Horwitz Bobblehead Day is that a portion of the ticket revenue will be earmarked for the Hope Shines for Shannon Foundation. Shannon Forde, a St. John’s University alumnus, has been working in the Mets media relations department for 20 years. In 2012 she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. The costs associated with fighting that insidious disease are staggering. Amazingly, Shannon continues to work with enthusiasm and vigor while raising a family.

The National Hockey League announced that a pair of games involving the three local teams will be played at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week. The Devils will play the Rangers in one game while the Islanders take on the Blueshirts in the other. The Rangers will be the visiting team in both contests.

It makes sense that the Devils game would take place at Yankee Stadium since it’s located very close to the GW Bridge, I find it disgraceful that the NHL has turned up its nose at Citi Field.

While I understand the economies of scale of having two games at one venue, Citi Field is adjacent to the Islanders’ Nassau/Suffolk fan base. Queens has more Islanders fans than any other borough including Brooklyn where the team will be moving in 2015. It also would have created more buzz for the NHL to utilize both of New York’s ballparks.

The US Open gets underway at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday but you can catch some quality tennis there today and tomorrow for free as the US Open Qualifying Tournament for a number of wild card spots will be taking place.

The PGA Tour makes its annual stop in our area as the Barclays Tournament will take place at Liberty State Park Golf Course today through Sunday. There will be free shuttle buses running from the Pavonia PATH stop in Jersey City.

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The Juice: Miguel Cabrera hits walk-off homer for Tigers; Nationals survive wild night in Atlanta (Big League Stew)

The Juice returns for season No. 6! It’s almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more.

The Detroit Tigers offense went into a mini slump on Friday, scoring only one total run in a doubleheader loss to the Kansas City Royals. Miguel Cabrera wasn’t going to allow that to carry over on Saturday though. After doubling to give Detroit a 4-3 lead in the fourth, Cabrera came up again leading off the ninth inning with the game tied and delivered the sixth walk-off home run of his Hall of Fame career to give the Tigers a 6-5 victory .
Of course the natural question to ask next is why would Kansas City even bother having Aaron Crow pitch to Cabrera in that position. Walking the lead-off batter isn’t a great option, either, but it’s better than the ultimate result.
And it may have even got Cabrera’s bat out of the game all together.
From the Associated Press:
”Every at-bat, every game, you want to do something good, because I think people pay for that,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera has been slowed by a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg. He was healthy enough to take a victory lap and looked relatively comfortable rounding the bases as a sellout crowd of 41,850 cheered.
”When you hit a home run like that, you’re loose, smooth,” he said.
Who’s this guy kidding? He’s always smooth.

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Baseball-Highlights of Friday’s MLB games (Reuters)

Aug 16 (The Sports XChange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games – - – - Dodgers 4, Phillies 0 Zack Greinke outdueled Cliff Lee, and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers ran their latest winning streak to nine with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers, a major-league-best 41-8 since June 22, also spoiled the debut of Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman for the Chicago Cubs and most recently Philadelphia’s third base coach, was promoted when Charlie Manuel was fired earlier in the day. …

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Phillies fire manager Charlie Manuel, name Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as his replacement (Big League Stew)

Charlie Manuel won his 1,000th career game as a manager on Monday. If he’s going to get win No. 1,001, it won’t be in the Philadelphia Phillies dugout.
The Phillies announced on Friday they’ve fired Manuel and replaced him with Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis. Manuel is the first manager fired in MLB this season.
General manager Ruben Amaro cried at one point during Friday’s press conference and called Manuel “a very important part of the Phillies history and our success here.” But Amaro said he recently told Manuel that the Phillies would not be renewing his contract for 2015 and, at that point, the two men agreed it would be better to start the transition now. The Phillies losing 19 or their last 23 games probably didn’t help.
“It was an understanding,” Manuel said. “I wanted to put the Philadelphia Phillies above myself.”
Said Amaro: “Making this change is not easy for me — not easy of me personally or for the organization.”

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Diamondbacks 3B Davidson leads US past World 4-2 (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Davidson was overwhelmed when a Hall of Fame representative stopped by and asked for some game-used equipment to display in Cooperstown.

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Piazza to join Mets Hall of Fame in September (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Piazza understands what it’s like to be a New York Mets fan. That’s why his selection for the team’s Hall of Fame means so much to him

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Piazza to join Mets Hall of Fame in September (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Piazza understands what it’s like to be a New York Mets fan. That’s why his selection for the team’s Hall of Fame means so much to him

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Montreal renames street to honor Gary Carter (Big League Stew)

Catcher Gary Carter has already been immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but now he’s immortalized in Montreal too, where he used to star for the Expos.
At a Tuesday ceremony, Montreal officially renamed a street in his honor, or in this case, honour. Gary Carter Street will now replace Faillon Street West on Montreal maps. According to the Montreal Gazette , the street was chosen because it’s near the ex-Jarry Park Stadium, where the Expos played 1969-1976.
Carter, who died in 2012 from brain cancer at age 57, played for the Expos 1974-1984. He was a seven-time All-Star and MVP runner-up in 1980. He later played for the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gary Carter Street is the first of two namings in Montreal to honor Carter. Gary Carter baseball park is opening June 15. From the Gazette:
Little league teams from across Quebec are to participate in a series of baseball games for the park’s opening. Montreal sportscaster Rodger Brulotte, who will emcee Tuesday’s event, has been working on the park opening for months and described Carter as “legendary” among Quebec baseball fans.
While the Expos might be gone, it’s nice to know that Montreal will always remember “The Kid.”
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Closing Time: Eric Chavez turns back the clock; Adam LaRoche springs forward (Roto Arcade)

It’s a casual Friday. All bullets, all the time.
• The Arizona at Miami game got out of hand quickly, as the Snakes posted six runs in the first three innings and turned the game into a rout. Paul Goldschmidt clocked a couple of homers, because that’s what Goldschmidts do, and I’d like to burn every nice thing I said about Kevin Slowey this spring.
But let’s try to find an actionable item here. Say hello to Arizona’s cleanup man, Eric Chavez .
The veteran lefty swinger filled the box score nicely, with three singles and a homer over five trips. Chavez knocked in two runs and is slashing .337/.398/.584 on the year. He’s still a useful player at age 35, worthy of a fantasy audit.
A decade ago, the Chavez story was much different. He was one of the superstars on the Oakland juggernaut of the early 2000s, one of the players Moneyball more or less ignored so we could all learn to appreciate Scott Hatteberg . Chavez offered a nifty mix of power and patience, and he also bagged six Gold Gloves in a row. Durability wasn’t an issue back then, as Chavez logged 151 games or more in five of six seasons.
Alas, the wave broke in Chavez’s late 20s, when his body began to betray him. He missed a month of time in 2006 and things got progressively worse; from 2007-2010, he never played in more than 90 games. A career on a possible Hall of Fame trajectory quickly spiraled out of control.

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