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Ten years on: Piazza HR still resonates

Ten days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, New York City, like the nation, was in a state of shock as smoke rose from where gleaming monuments had stood.Industries halted as the world watched the unforgettable images that emanated from Manhattan. Included was Major League Baseball, which...

Monday, September 12, 2011, 2:28 AM

Francisco Rodriguez: Welcome back

The question posed to Terry Collins following the Mets’ loss to the Padres last Thursday was unflinching in its honesty. The response was equally blunt.“This is the big leagues. These are men. They have to realize what they’re facing, they have to realize what it takes to play here 162 times,”...

Friday, August 19, 2011, 3:48 AM

Niese strong despite Mets loss

Jon Niese was the image of defeat as he slowly walked off the mound with his face buried in his jersey.The crowd took to its feet in appreciation for a job well done anyway.Niese (11-9) was the hard luck loser, 3-2, Thursday against the Padres. On a day in which the bullpen was depleted, Niese was...

Friday, August 12, 2011, 2:24 AM

Murphy’s season is done

The news was not as devastating as the Mets initially feared, but the end result is the same.Daniel Murphy’s season is over and Jose Reyes will not play for the next two weeks.Murphy suffered a sprain of his left MCL and will miss the remainder of the season, while Reyes was placed on the 15-day DL...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 2:43 AM

Nassau Coliseum: Now what?

It was just after 11:30 p.m. Monday night when Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and New York Islanders owner Charles Wang began the unpleasant task of walking to the room where media, business and union leaders and grassroots employees waited for them to publicly acknowledge what was already...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 2:34 AM

Islanders hold rally for new stadium

Matt Moulson’s words were blunt and powerful.“Charles had made it pretty clear that he’s passionate about staying in Long Island. I don’t know how much more the guy can do,” the Islanders left wing said during Wednesday’s rally to energize Nassau County residents to vote for Nassau County Executive...

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 3:37 AM

Mets reportedly have deal to send Carlos Beltran to Giants

Carlos Beltran is no longer a New York Met.The right fielder was not in the lineup for the Mets in Cincinnati last night and multiple reports indicate that the Mets and San Francisco Giants were finalizing a trade that would send Beltran to the world champions for pitching prospect Zach Wheeler.“...

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 2:30 AM

Mets fans say their goodbyes to Carlos Beltran before likely trade

It felt like a goodbye.Carlos Beltran dug into the batters’ box in the ninth inning of the Mets’ loss to St. Louis yesterday, and the 37,416 attendees took to their feet and applauded.It may very well turn out to be a goodbye to one of the greatest talents in franchise history. There has been...

Friday, July 22, 2011, 2:31 AM

Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran: All-Star duo’s return gives life to Mets, but for how long?

The Mets had flatlined. The doctor brought out the defibrillator Tuesday night.The barely-hanging-on-to-the-periphery-of-the-playoffs Mets had Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran return to the lineup for the start of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. They made their impact right away....

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 4:18 AM