Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

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The Raiders are awful again, and are reportedly ready to trade some of their most valuable assets -- including WR Amari Cooper. Should the Jets have interest?

Cooper -- the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 Draft -- left the Raiders' Week 6 loss due to a concussion and has had a down 2018 so far after having just 48 receptions for 680 yards in 2017. But he was highly productive during his first two years in the league when the Raiders were actually competitive. 

He had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season in 2015 as the Raiders went 7-9. During Oakland's 12-4 season in 2016, Cooper reeled in 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Danny Abriano
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Mets legend and current SNY announcer Keith Hernandez will headline the 2019 Queens Baseball Convention (QBC), it was announced Monday.

Hernandez will take part in an hour-long panel discussion that will include questions from attendees, and will be taking part in an autograph session.

The fan-run QBC, presented by SNY, is taking place on January 19, 2019 at Katch Astoria. 

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Cleveland Indians General Manager Mike Chernoff answers a question at an Indians end of season news conference in Cleveland, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (Phil Long/AP)
Cleveland Indians General Manager Mike Chernoff answers a question at an Indians end of season news conference in Cleveland, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (Phil Long/AP)

Indians GM Mike Chernoff, who the Mets have interest in for their top baseball operations job, is now viewed as being less likely to interview, league sources told SNY's Andy Martino. 

Chernoff, 37, has worked in Cleveland with former team president and current Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro, and current Indians president Chris Antonetti. Both are close with Omar Minaya. Chernoff is the son of Mark Chernoff, VP of programming for WFAN.

This first round of "interviews" has taken many forms -- from sit-downs in New York to informal telephone conversations, notes Martino.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Giants QB Phil Simms said the 2018 team was built for Eli Manning "to have success" and that it isn't "working out" for the 37-year-old.

When asked by Christopher Russo on Mad Dog Radio if Manning was done as a "big-time starting quarterback," Simms said yes. 

"As a big-time starting quarterback? Yes.," he said. "Okay, when you phrase it that way, as a big-time starter he is. ... The Giants built this team for this year for Eli Manning to have success. That's what they did. They re-did basically the whole offensive line. They've signed Odell Beckham Jr.  They bring in an offensive coach, the defensive coach. Everything was there. They draft Saquon Barkley, which is a great deal. We saw the kid can be great, we know that. So it's all set up. Sterling Shephard, a good second receiver.  Evan Engram, we know he's hurt, but it's all there because we want the quarterback to do well, and it's not working out."

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Every Sunday, we'll be taking a look at how notable Mets prospects are faring in the Arizona Fall League. The AFL features some of the best prospects in baseball and its regular season runs through Nov. 15. The Championship Game is Nov. 17. 


Peter Alonso, 1B

The 23-year-old Alonso, the No. 58 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, has played four games and is hitting .500 with one homer and one double -- good for a 1.306 OPS in 16 at-bats.

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Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (L) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (L) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

There's no indication that the Giants are open to trading Eli Manning (and let's not forget Manning's no-trade clause). But if they did want to toy with the idea of trading him, are the Jacksonville Jaguars a fit?

ESPN's Matt Hasselbeck thinks so, and believes the Giants would be doing Manning a "solid" by trading him to Jacksonville.

"Tom Coughlin loves Eli Manning. Eli Manning is Tom Coughlin's quarterback," Hasselbeck said Sunday morning on ESPN. "If you said to Tom Coughlin, 'what are you looking for in a quarterback,' he's thinking about what Eli Manning was for him. Having him in that organization would be of value to the Jacksonville Jaguars. And it lets the Giants and Giants fans turn the page."

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath during pre game warm up before game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath during pre game warm up before game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath is a fan of rookie Sam Darnold, but stressed that how high Darnold reaches will be about his surrounding cast.

"I do see a physical ability and I understand a mental ability," Namath said Sunday before the Jets honored the 50th anniversary of their Super Bowl III victory. "But I can't emphasize enough -- it's about the front line of both sides of the ball, it's about the kicking game, it's about the entire team, man."

Namath then started talking about Archie Manning, who he said would have been the first Manning Hall-of-Famer if the Saints (the team Namath referred to as the 'Aints') had put a quality team around him.

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar (41) celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Count Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner among those who think Miguel Andujar should win the American League Rookie of the Year award over Shohei Ohtani of the Angels.

"Second year in a row we've got a homegrown kid that's a candidate for Rookie of the Year," Steinbrenner told Don La Greca during an appearance on ESPN radio. "And in my opinion, he should get it."

Andujar, 23, hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and a Yankees-rookie record 47 doubles in 149 games. He was a major liability at third base, though, where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) in 1,1691 innings. Andujar's likely competition for the award is Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, who became baseball's first true two-way player since Babe Ruth...

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key 2018 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends (Between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1) : Free agency begins

The Mets should be making their GM hire right around the time free agency begins, meaning immediate pressure on whoever gets the gig to come up with a plan and start executing it. Outfielder Bryce Harper and shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado headline the free agent class. The Mets may look for a new catcher, and Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos will both be available. Among the top tier starting pitchers available are Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel. When it comes to relievers, Craig Kimbrel, Adam Ottavino, and old friend Jeurys Familia are among the headliners.

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Top Mets prospects Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez both homered in the Arizona Fall Leauge on Wednesday night while playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Alonso, the No. 58 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, finished a triple shy of the cycle. He had an infield single in the first inning, doubled to left in the third, homered to left in the sixth, and walked in the eighth. The 23-year-old went 2-for-4 on Tuesday in what was his first game with Scottsdale. 

After doing work on Wednesday, Alonso took time out to meet some of his smallest fans... 

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Aug 18, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) puts the ball in New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) glove after the last out in the ninth inning of the game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Aug 18, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) puts the ball in New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) glove after the last out in the ninth inning of the game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Mets future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

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Knicks coach David Fizdale talks about challenging Tim Hardway Jr on defense, and rookie Mitchell Robinson spending time in the G League

Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson (ankle) will make his return to the Knicks for their preseason finale on Friday night, head coach David Fizdale told reporters Wednesday.

Robinson had to be helped off the court last Wednesday night after spraining his right ankle during the second half of the game against the Nets. He did not return.

The injury happened when Robinson stepped on Rodions Kurucs' foot.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Before their season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees put out a call for the 'Avengers' on Twitter, saying it was 'all on the line.'

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (AKA Thor), who has been voyaging around Europe -- where he became a Viking -- had a response to the Yankees on Wednesday morning.

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Feb 15, 2018; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals director player development Gary LaRocque uses his cell phone during workout drill at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2018; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals director player development Gary LaRocque uses his cell phone during workout drill at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Hall of Fame manager and current Red Sox executive Tony La Russa recently called the Mets to give a strong endorsement for Gary LaRocque, who the team is considering to fill their GM or president of baseball operations role.

"I don't want to disrespect anyone who is being considered, but there isn't going to be anyone who is better than [LaRocque]," La Russa told Mike Puma of the New York Post. "Whoever the best candidates are, he is right there at least tied with them."

Along with LaRocque, MLB executive Kim Ng, Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson, and Doug Melvin are being interviewed during Round 1 of the process. According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets are still open to agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Casey Close for one of the roles, along with at least one other unidentified candidate whose name has not been reported. 

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-100. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-100. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Knicks will waive Joakim Noah before the roster needs to be set on Oct. 15 if they are unable to trade him, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

Before training camp, it was reported that the team was likely to cut ties with Noah, who has not reported for any team activities. 

Noah, who has two years remaining on his four-year, $72.6 million contract, could be waived through the stretch provision, but how much money the Knicks would save will depend on the terms of a potential buyout.

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May 25, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Recording artist Lil Wayne is watching a game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 25, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Recording artist Lil Wayne is watching a game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

A day after Eli Manning hinted that he wasn't much of a Lil Wayne fan, the rapper -- who sat alongside Odell Beckham Jr. as the wide receiver gave his controversial interview to ESPN -- fired back at the Giants QB.

"I don't care what you watch. You don't got to do me like that," Lil Wayne said on his Instragram story on Tuesday. "I f*cks with you Eli. It's all good. You ain't got to watch much of me, but you can listen if you could. You probably need to the way you've been playing." 

Click below for the full video (NSFW)

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

The Giants have officially released tackle Ereck Flowers after failing to trade him, and have signed tackle Brian Mihalik to replace him on the roster. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported Monday that things between the Giants and Flowers had been building for a while, and that Flowers had already been told to leave the Giants facility.

Flowers, who the Giants selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, struggled badly earlier this season after having poor seasons in 2017 and 2016. 

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First base umpire Angel Hernandez was almost impossibly bad at his job on Monday night during Game 3 of the ALDS, with three of his safe/out calls at first base overturned after replay review.

Hernandez, who was savaged by the fans at Yankee Stadium while making awful calls against both the Yankees and Red Sox, told Luke Voit at one point during the game that he'll "get the next one right." And Voit wasn't a fan of that attempt at humor.

"These guys are human," Voit said. "They are going to make mistakes. It's tough though, the delays while the play gets reviewed. It kind of breaks up the game."

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Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 15, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

CC Sabathia is 38 years old, on balky knees, and set for free agency. But he reiterated Monday that he wants to pitch in 2019. 

"I definitely want to play next year," he said before Game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. "I'll play anywhere, whoever needs me.''

Sabathia, who gets the start in Game 4 on Tuesday, had a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 140 strikeouts in 153.0 innings (29 starts) during the season. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walks toward the dugout after being relieved during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (AP)

Pedro Martinez said Sunday night that Yankees ace Luis Severino wasn't "totally healthy" in the middle of the season and pitched through it, negatively impacting his season as he struggled badly. Severino says the claim from Martinez isn't true.

"I didn't know until I finally spoke to Severino that Severino wasn't totally healthy, and they could not afford to stop him from pitching," Martinez said Sunday on the MLB Network." So that ended up affecting the Cy Young-type of season that he was having and affecting his performance when they needed him the most."

Severino, who has been mentored in a way by Martinez -- who he has worked with during offseasons -- said he didn't know where Martinez got his information, and that he cares about his arm and being healthy. 

Tags: Luis Severino, Danny Abriano
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Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) defends in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) defends in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Knicks said they wouldn't take shortcuts with their rebuild, despite the Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler asking for a trade and listing them among his preferred destinations. And it seems they're being true to their word.

New York has not reached out to the Timberwolves at any point about interest in trading for Butler, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who says a trade of Butler to the Heat recently fell apart after Minnesota tried to re-work the deal at the last minute.

After listing the Knicks, Clippers, and Nets as his three preferred landing spots, Butler had reportedly made the Heat his top trade destination.   

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The Yankees demolished David Price during his start in Game 2 of the ALDS, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora is ready to turn to Price again -- as a reliever. 

"Obviously we need outs," Cora said, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. "Actually, we were just talking about him, me and [pitching coach] Dana [LeVangie], and there were a few things that we noticed, actually the last few weeks, that he's not doing the way he did in those 11 outings or whatever it was," Cora said. "I know physically he's fine, and we know where we're going. So most likely we'll use him in some spot, yeah."

And Cora isn't just offering lip service about using Price in relief.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) carries the ball past Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Adams (29) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) carries the ball past Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Adams (29) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Giants came in to Carolina needing a win to prevent their season from falling into the abyss -- and to deflect attention away from Odell Beckham Jr.'s comments about Eli Manning.

Things started out well, with Beckham on fire receiving and returning punts as the Giants took a 3-0 lead. Then they got disastrous, with the defense getting gashed and Beckham botching a punt return that led to a Panthers touchdown and 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. 

Big Blue stabilized things late in the second quarter as Beckham launched a shocking 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley, the defense firmed up, and Aldrick Rosas nailed a 53-yard field goal as they cut the deficit to 20-13 entering the half...

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Danny Abriano
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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was asked point blank by ESPN's Josina Anderson if there was an "issue" with Eli Manning at quarterback, and his answer was a bit shocking.

"Uh, I don't know," Beckham said during an interview that aired Sunday, adding that "we know Eli's not running (the ball)".

"Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket," Beckham added. "We know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know ... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I'm. ... I want to go over the top of somebody."

Beckham, who has been vocal about the need for the team needing to throw the ball downfield more, said he hasn't "been in the place" where he's been able to do what he's capable of doing...

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Justin Dunn rebounded from a rough 2017 season, dominating in High-A St. Lucie before a promotion to Double-A Binghamton this past season, and is now ranked as one of the Top 100 Prospects (No. 89) in baseball, according to MLB.com

So what was the difference for the 23-year-old?

John Sickels of SB Nation points to Dunn's improved strikeout-to-walk rate and the advancement of his secondary pitches...

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Yankees OF Aaron Judge has gone deep in both games of the ALDS against the Red Sox, and did even more damage Saturday night while leaving Fenway Park. 

After the Yankees evened the ALDS, Judge blasted Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" -- the Bombers' postgame victory song at Yankee Stadium -- as he left the ballpark.

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Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers will miss Sunday's game against the Broncos due to what head coach Todd Bowles recently called a "serious illness," reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Bowles is expected to call the defensive plays in Rodgers' absence.

The 49-year-old Rodgers could miss several weeks, according to Bowles. 

Bowles said Friday that Rodgers was unable to do interviews due to the illness, but did not divulge the type of ailment Rodgers was dealing with. 

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets will interview Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson for their GM job next Wednesday, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Watson joined the Nats as part of their pro scouting department in January of 2017 as a special assistant to GM Mike Rizzo.

Prior to joining the Nats, Watson was the senior vice president of baseball operations for the Diamondbacks, where he oversaw their scouting and player development departments while working in tandem with Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart.

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J.A. Happ, who the Yankees hoped would be a weapon against the Red Sox throughout the ALDS, failed to escape the second inning during Game 1 on Friday night in Boston.

As of now, the Yankees have Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and CC Sabathia lined up to start Games 2, 3, and 4 (if necessary) respectively. However, if the Yankees are down two games to one heading into Game 4, it's fair to wonder if they'll bring Happ -- who tossed only 44 pitches Friday night -- back on short rest.

If the series goes the distance and Happ isn't used on short rest, he would be well-rested for Game 5 in Boston...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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SS Andres Gimenez (No. 55), 1B Peter Alonso (No. 58), OF Jarred Kelenic (No. 62), and RHP Justin Dunn (No. 89) all moved up on MLB.com's new Top 100 prospects list.

Gimenez was No. 60, Alonso No. 65. Kelenic No. 69, and Dunn No. 100 on the midseason list. 

In the middle of the season, Baseball America's new farm system rankings had the Mets as the No. 19 overall system in baseball, up from No. 27 before the season...

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A day before starting Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS, Curt Schilling told reporters, "I'm not sure of any scenario more enjoyable than making 55,000 people from New York shut up," Yankees fans roared during the game, and Schilling, usually known for his postseason prowess, allowed six runs in three innings. Ouch.  (AP)
A day before starting Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS, Curt Schilling told reporters, "I'm not sure of any scenario more enjoyable than making 55,000 people from New York shut up," Yankees fans roared during the game, and Schilling, usually known for his postseason prowess, allowed six runs in three innings. Ouch. (AP)

With the Yankees and Red Sox set to kick off the best-of-five ALDS on Friday night in Boston, let's take a look back at their three other postseason meetings...

1999 ALCS (Yankees won 4-1)

The Red Sox had the best pitcher on the planet (Pedro Martinez), but the Yankees were an unstoppable force about to win their second of three-consecutive World Series titles.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about his ALDS roster, the rivalry with the Boston, and what makes Game 1 starter J.A. Happ so successful.

The Yankees let go of a poorly-kept secret on Thursday, announcing that J.A. Happ -- who has tremendous career numbers against the Red Sox -- will start Game 1 of the ALDS in Boston on Friday.

New York's choice to go with Luis Severino over Happ in the Wild Card game against the A's suggested their minds were on a potential ALDS date with the Red Sox, SNY's Andy Martino surmised earlier this week. And the Yanks will now be able to turn to Happ twice if the series goes five games (or if they start him on short rest in a potential Game 4).

After Happ, the Yankees will turn to Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Dan Duquette, who was dismissed Wednesday as GM of the Orioles (along with manager Buck Showalter) will not receive an interview to be the Mets' GM/president of baseball operations, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

The 60-year-old Duquette's name is one that had been floated in recent months as a potential replacement for Sandy Alderson. 

Duquette had been GM of the Orioles since 2011, after stints as GM of the Red Sox (1994-2002), Expos (1987-1994) and Brewers (1980-87).

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

WR Sterling Shepard (back), LB Connor Barwin (knee), and CB Eli Apple (groin) were all full participants for the Giants at practice on Thursday, and all look like they'll be ready when Big Blue faces the Panthers on Sunday.

Shepard had a cyst on his back removed and has missed practice on Wednesday, and Apple has missed the last two games.

DT Damon Harrison (knee) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday, while Olivier Vernon (ankle) was limited for the second straight day.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Evan Engram, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Danny Abriano
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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom was unanimously named 2018's Baseball Digest Pitcher of the Year, it was announced Thursday.

"It's a great honor," deGrom said in a press release. "I had a simple philosophy this season - to take it pitch-by-pitch and inning-by-inning. It was my job to put up zeros and that's what I tried to do. I tried to control what I could control. What I'm most proud of this year was my consistency."

DeGrom received all 15 first place votes while racking up 45 points. Max Scherzer was his closest competition (with 18 points), followed by Blake Snell, Justin Verlander, Aaron Nola, and Chris Sale

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Mar 11, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 11, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

The Islanders announced Thursday that Anders Lee has been named team captain, becoming the 15th captain in franchise history.

Lee replaces John Tavares, who left for the Maple Leafs as a free agent during the offseason.

"It's extremely humbling, quite an honor to be a captain of this organization," Lee said. "It's definitely one of the most special things that's happened in my hockey career."

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Luis Severino got the Yankees to the fifth inning during the Wild Card game against the Athletics on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, and the bullpen took it from there.

Here's how they fared...

  • Dellin Betances entered with runners on first and second and none out with the Yankees up, 2-0, in the fifth inning and got Matt Chapman to line out, Jed Lowrie to fly out, and Khris Davis to strike out to escape the jam. Betances came back out for the sixth, tossing a perfect frame with two strikeouts. 
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It took Yankees RHP Luis Severino 29 pitches to record one out in his 2017 Wild Card game start, with him managing just that one out as he was bombed by the Twins.

Things were different Wednesday night in the 2018 Wild Card game against the A's at Yankee Stadium, with Severino dominant early before faltering a bit late.

Overall, Severino tossed four innings while allowing two hits, walking four and striking out seven. 

With his fastball touching 99 MPH, Severino retired the side in order on 10 pitches in the first inning, which included two strikeouts...

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

WR Sterling Shepard (back), DT Damon Harrison (knee), LB Connor Barwin (knee), and TE Evan Engram (knee) all missed practice for the Giants on Wednesday.

Shepard had a cyst on his back removed but is expected to be ready to play on Sunday against the Panthers.

"(Sterling Shepard) had a little thing taken off the base of his back that is just going to take him a day or so to get back from, otherwise he'll be fine," head coach Pat Shurmur said.

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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Noah Syndergaard is frolicking around Ireland, and he gave Mets fans a shock Wednesday when he posted a photo on Instagram of him in the barber's chair.

Before Syndergaard could reveal the finished result -- he got a bit taken off the sides as he prepares for a role as a Viking in a History Channel show (yes, that's really happening), fans took to Twitter to freak out over the possibility that Thor was having all of his locks chopped off.

Click below to see...

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets WR Robby Anderson already had both of his legal issues behind him. Now, he can rest easy knowing he won't face any discipline from the league.

"The matter has been addressed," an NFL spokesman told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, noting that Anderson will not be suspended. 

Back in June, Anderson received six months of "non-reporting probation" stemming from his arrest on reckless driving charges from January, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, but the incident was still under review at that time by the NFL under their Personal Conduct Policy...

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While watching Mets fans shower David Wright with love and thunderous ovations this past Saturday night at Citi Field, Jacob deGrom wondered if something like that at Citi Field could be in store for him in the future. 

"It's rare that happens anymore that guys spend their whole career with one team, and it shows you how special it is," deGrom said Sunday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "Definitely you think, 'What if this could be me?' however many years down the road."

DeGrom, who is under contract through the 2020 season, said multiple times this past season that he is open to a long-term contract extension with the Mets...

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Luis Severino will start for the Yankees in the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game on Wednesday night against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium,  manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday. 

Of the Yankees' starting pitchers, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka, and Lance Lynn will also be on the roster. 

"We talked through it," Boone said about the Yankees picking Severino. "A lot of guys had input on the decision and had reasons one way or the other. I just kind of took all that info and slept on it and felt like at some point Sunday I decided for sure I wanted to go with Sevy for this game."

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With the MLB Postseason about to begin, who should Mets fans be rooting for to win the World Series? And which team winning it all would be the most awful?

On a scale from "that would be awesome" to "this makes me want to vomit," here's a guide...

1. Oakland Athletics

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley said Monday that the team should feel disrespected that the Saints played a soft zone defense against them during Sunday's loss. 

And he thinks the best way to combat it is to run the ball.

"Personally, run the ball," he said. "That's something where I step in, where the offensive line steps in, and that's something that we've got to take personal. When we see a team playing cover two and playing soft zone, that has to be disrespectful to us and that's something we are really aware of and we hope to solve that problem really soon."

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Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Aug 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Sunday that the team not being players for most of the top free agents in recent years was a "total recommendation" of the baseball operations department, adding that pursuing top free agents going forward would depend on the views of their next GM.

The Mets are replacing Sandy Alderson, who helped usher in the Moneyball Era when he was GM of the Oakland Athletics. Alderson spoke often during his Mets tenure about his aversion to handing out contracts that were enormous in terms of both years and dollars, explaining that those deals have a low probability of working out. 

When free agency begins, two of the most prized free agents in history will hit the open market -- 26 year-old infielder Manny Machado and 25-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper...

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) hits against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) hits against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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As the buzz filled Citi Field on Saturday night with a sold out crowd of 43,928 on hand for what would have been an otherwise meaningless second-to-last game of the 2018 season for the Mets, some people started tweeting about how the atmosphere was like a strange cross between Opening Day and a playoff game. But that doesn't quite capture it. 

Because it was David Wright night, with the Mets captain preparing to take a bow after taking two at-bats, the game wasn't meaningless. And the atmosphere was like nothing ever felt before, because nothing like that had ever happened before at Citi Field -- or really for the Mets at all, going back to their days at Shea Stadium and the Polo Grounds.

With Wright slated to get those two at-bats before taking his position one last time and then being taken out of the game, the crowd knew what to expect. They knew how many ovations would be required.They knew they were there to say goodbye to someone who took his first at-bat for the team way back in 2004. 

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David Wright thanks Mets fans for their support and love over the years

Mets captain David Wright took to the field after Saturday night's game to address the crowd that had flocked to a sold out Citi Field to support him. 

"This is love," Wright said. "I can't say anything else. This is love. ... You guys welcomed me with open arms as a 21-year-old kid."

"I love you guys. I love you," Wright continued, talking about the "pretty good times" and "rough years" they had together and adding that "the best I can do is just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting me."

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David Wright leaves the game to a standing ovation and hugs from his teammates

After taking his position at third base to begin the top of the fifth inning on Saturday night at Citi Field, Mets captain David Wright was taken out by manager Mickey Callaway. 

Once Callaway made the move, Wright began a slow walk from third base to near the pitchers mound, as tears welled up in his eyes. Wright waved to the crowd and made his way off the infield, before greeting his teammates who were all standing outside the dugout waiting to embrace him.

The sold out crowd at Citi Field roared throughout, until Wright left the field. He came back out for a brief curtain call before again leaving the field -- likely for the last time ever -- and entering the clubhouse...

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