June 2011

Ron Swoboda doubleheader in NYC

From the fine folks at Cirillo World PR:

SWOBODA AT GALLAGHER’S, EMPIRE CITY CASINO TUESDAY, JUNE 28: During the sixties, Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda was used to playing in doubleheaders, which were customary in those days. So, the legendary 1969 World Champion Mets outfielder will be no stranger to playing in the twinbill he has on the schedule on Tuesday, June 28. First, Rocky will host the “POWER HITTER POWER LUNCH” on at 12 NOON at Gallagher’s Steak House (228 West 52ndStreet in New York City) for a look at the New York Mets past and present and a special luncheon menu.  The event is priced at $62 and includes: three-course “Power Lunch,” Q & A session with the World Series hero, and one autograph per customer.  Reservations are recommended by calling 212.245.5336.Gallagher’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to the AHRC New York City Foundation to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  AHRC New York City Foundation presents the annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner; the 32nd edition is scheduled in 2012 for January 31. Then, at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Swoboda appears  at the Entertainment Lounge from 4:30-6:00 pm for a Question & Answer session, autographs and a look back at the 50-year annals of the New York National League Franchise. Admission is free.

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—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

R.A. Dickey for governor?

Kudos to Duke law student Pat Andriola, who discovered this gem: Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey received a write-in vote in the New York gubernatorial race won by Andrew Cuomo last November. So did Donald Duck, apparently. Via the fine folks at Fangraphs:

Internet denizen Pat Andriola has brought to the world’s attention this actually official document, which reveals that R.A. Dickey was, in fact, the recipient of no less than one vote for New York’s most recent gubernatorial election.

Click the link above for a picture of the document. And uh, good for you, R.A.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Mets select Brandon Nimmo 13th overall

Here’s MLB.com’s bio on outfielder Brandon Nimmo, whom the Mets just selected 13th overall out of Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming:

A high school player whose Wyoming high school has no baseball team, Nimmo put himself on the map over the summer, winning MVP honors at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. He’s got a smooth, left-handed swing that allows him to consistently make hard contact. There should be plenty of power in his bat in the future as well.

A good athlete who has played football and run track in the past, he’s got decent speed when healthy — he dealt with some knee tendinitis early this spring that was not a long-term concern. Nimmo has a solid throwing arm and has shown the ability to play all three outfield positions, though a corner is the most likely in the future.

The most difficult thing for Nimmo has been getting seen this spring, but scouts likely have gotten enough of a feel for this outfielder, who has drawn comparisons to Paul O’Neill, to be drafted and signed away from his commitment to the University of Arkansas.

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—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

World Baseball Classic to expand to 28 teams

The World Baseball Classic announced its plan Wednesday morning to expand from 16 to 28 teams in 2013 through use of a qualifying round. The expansion will give more players an opportunity to play in the tournament, though fewer big leaguers may actually qualify for to the round of 16 — and it’s not yet clear exactly when in the fall of 2012 the preliminary games will be played. Among the teams that now have to qualify for the tournament are Canada and Panama, which could affect Mets players Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada if they choose to participate in the event.

Here’s a list of participating countries and those Major League Mets who participated in the 2009 event:

Automatic Qualifiers
1. Dominican Republic (Jose Reyes)
2. Mexico (Scott Hairston)
3. Puerto Rico (Carlos Beltran)
4. United States (David Wright)
5. Venezuela (Francisco Rodriguez)

Qualifying Round Invitees
1. Canada (Jason Bay)
2. Panama (Ruben Tejada)

*Note: Angel Pagan (Puerto Rico) and Johan Santana (Venezuela) did not participate due to injuries.

—-Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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