The first big news to come out of the Mets’ spring training home, Port St. Lucie, Fla., was Tim Tebow announcing he was giving up on his dreams of making it to the majors. At age 33 Tebow conceded he’d never be suiting up for a game at Citi Field.

While he never enjoyed the on-field success in baseball that he had in his college and pro football career, you have to give him credit for giving it a try and staying with it from the time the Mets signed him in 2016 until now.

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The playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before sporting events has been a tradition going back to the 19th century. While there have always been political issues dividing this country, playing the national anthem before athletic contests wa…

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Trevor Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award pitching in a shortened season for the Reds, was the most hyped free agent this off-season. Mets fans wouldn’t have given a remote thought of Bauer coming to Queens back when the W…

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There was so much promise when Steven Matz was called up by the Mets from the minors in 2015. He grew up in Suffolk County and quickly became a hero with both his superb pitching and his ability to hit, which made it seem as if he was a posit…

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Mets owner Steve Cohen faced his first public relations crisis since buying the team when a story broke last Monday about a former female baseball journalist who accused new general manager Jared Porter of sexual harassment incidents occurrin…

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The long-rumored trade between the Nets and the Rockets that brought sharpshooting guard James Harden to our area was finally completed last Thursday. As is the case with many NBA deals, two other teams, the Pacers and the Cavaliers, were nee…

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Last Thursday the Mets and Indians woke up the somnambulant baseball world with a six-player deal that sent All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Queens and dispatching shortstops Amed Rosario and Andres …

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Mets owner Steven Cohen has scored points with fans for being active on Twitter. Anticipating the blowback he’d get from the Flushing faithful for not trading prospects to acquire American League Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Blake Snell fro…

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Much to the chagrin of most of their fans, the New York Jets picked the worst possible time to become the National Football League’s hottest team. Last Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns (who were missing most of their receivers bec…

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Mets President Sandy Alderson finally got around to hiring a general manager last week when he chose Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general manager Jared Porter to fill the vacancy created by the dismissal of Brodie Van Wagenen. The 41-year-o…

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The Mets signed their first marquee free agent under the aegis of new owner Steve Cohen when catcher James McCann agreed to a four-year deal in the $40 million range. McCann, who is one of the premier backstops in baseball, would have gotten …

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The future sure seemed quite bright for Steven Matz when he finally graduated from the Mets minor league system in the summer of 2015 to pitch for the varsity team at Citi Field. He won all four of his decisions and pitched well in the Mets’ …

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Mets President Sandy Alderson held a Zoom press conference last Monday to announce Luis Rojas will be getting a second year as manager. He also revealed the Mets will not hire a president of baseball operations in 2021. Alderson indicated the…

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It’s no secret the Mets former owners, the Wilpons, made their share of financial and personnel blunders running the team. Among their biggest doozies was offering outfielder Bobby Bonilla a 25-year annuity, which pays him $1.19 million each …

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Less than a week after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris became the first woman to ever be on a winning national election ticket, another gender glass ceiling was broken when the Marlins named Kim Ng to be their general manager.

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Everyone knew new Mets owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson would make changes, but hardly anyone expected they would come as fast as they did.The Mets sent out a press release last Friday afternoon confirming Cohen had officia…

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In the days leading up to the Major League Baseball team owners’ meeting to approve Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets from the Wilpon family, a new wrinkle seemed to arise. Fans were not worried so much about whether Cohen would get the bles…

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Former Mets third baseman David Wright will be the first to admit that when one thinks of “The Captain” in New York baseball circles, it is Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter who comes to mind. Nonetheless, Wright was a great player and serve…

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The Jets decided to cut ties with their talented yet disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell last Thursday. Bell was vocal about how he was being utilized by Jets head coach Adam Gase. With the season beyond repair the Jets’ corporate triumvira…

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Yankees fans were understandably upset at seeing another season go by the boards without an addition to their team’s 27 World Series championships after a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday. The Bronx Bombers’ last World Series title came…

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The New York Rangers’ decision to buy out the remainder of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract did not get the attention it deserved. Most observers felt the Rangers were determined to go in a younger direction and continuing to employ the…

The Mets probable new majority owner, Steve Cohen, made news last Thursday when he announced that Sandy Alderson, who was the Mets general manager for seven years, would be the club’s new president. Alderson took a leave of absence in July 20…

Although it was expected Steve Cohen would ultimately be the buyer of the New York Mets, it was still surprising to get the press release from the team last Monday that the Wilpon family had agreed in principle to sell the team to him. The sa…

Last Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets named the greatest Canadian basketball player of all-time, Steve Nash, to be their new head coach. Nash logged 20 years as one of the best point guards in NBA history. The question, of course, is “Does that t…

Although Tom Seaver had been in ill health in recent years because of battles with both dementia and Lyme disease, the news of his death was a shock for most since there weren’t any reports of him being critically ill. Like many with pre-exis…

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Last Thursday afternoon Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was caught by a “hot mic.” Unlike Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brenneman, who was caught in a similar predicament the week before and was vilified for uttering an anti-gay sl…

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The 2020 US Open starts Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center but like nearly every other sporting event going on these days it’s being played without any fans.Not surprisingly, a number of top tennis players are skipping…

In my 2020 Mets preview I wrote how Mets starter Steven Matz has been inconsistent through his five seasons in Flushing. He could dominate hitters one game and get hit like a pinata by them in the very next.So far in this pandemic-shortened s…

Jose Reyes, whom most would consider to be the best shortstop in Mets history, announced his retirement last week. Many missed this news because it was overshadowed by the Yoenis Cespedes AWOL drama in Atlanta.Granted, it seemed to be a foreg…

Few good things have happened to the Mets in Atlanta over the last 25 years. This past weekend may have taken the cake. Getting swept by the Braves is almost par for the course so what was most newsworthy was mercurial outfielder Yoenis Cespe…

The Jets traded All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks last Saturday, for a treasure trove of high draft picks over the next two years along with safety Bradley McDougald.Adams has long been vociferous about the lack of Jets leade…

The Mets are scheduled to begin their truncated 2020 season tomorrow but more exciting action may be in the executive suite as the owners, the Wilpon family, have announced their intention to sell their equity stake. The investment banking fi…

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Major League Baseball is hoping to salvage something from COVID-19-plagued 2020 by starting a 60-game season next week. Teams have been using their ballparks for a second “spring training” the last two weeks.Media coverage has changed because…

One of the more shocking radio stories in recent years was the 2017 arrest and conviction of WFAN morning air personality Craig Carton for being an integral part of a ticket-selling Ponzi scheme.He was the on-air wise guy half of “Boomer &…

Major League Baseball and its players association finally came to an agreement last week regarding compensation a season shortened by the coronavirus. A sixty-game season is scheduled to begin in three weeks.Most sports columnists were unders…

Gov. Cuomo broke the news last Monday that the 2020 US Open will take place as scheduled from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13. The next day, United States Tennis Association executives gathered at Arthur Ashe Stadium and conducted a Zoom press confe…

NASCAR officials took dramatic action last Wednesday in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder when they announced Confederate flags would no longer be allowed to be flown at any of their sanctioned races. In addition, spectators will not be …

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league was wrong in ostracizing players who opted to kneel during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the 2016 season. This issue had quieted down over the past four years but came back…

When we hear the term “Mr. Met” it’s understandable that images of a beloved mascot with a big baseball head and Mets uniform come to mind. If there ever was a real person who deserved the moniker it’s Jay Horwitz, who has been employed by th…

COVID-19 claimed a longstanding cable sports show when SNY, which has been ravaged by the lack of Mets games and live events, announced it would cancel “Loudmouths,” which debuted when SNY came on the air in 2006. “Loudmouths” was a local kno…

One wouldn’t normally link Bob Watson and Phyllis George, who both passed away last week, but both were sports pioneers, albeit in different ways.Watson played 19 seasons and batted .295 with 184 homers. I have no doubt his home run total cou…

It sure didn’t take long for the plans of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez to buy the Mets to fall apart. Less then three weeks after the buzz started about their interest in running Queens’ Major League Baseball franchise, the New York Post…

COVID-19 has ravaged all parts of society. The pandemic took a toll on the New York Post’s sports section last week as two of its longtime and very respected columnists, George Willis and Kevin Kernan, announced on social media that their pos…

When news broke about Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez being interested in becoming managing owners of the Mets I was skeptical. Was this a concocted story by a desperate sports media looking to fill pages and airtime since there are no spor…

COVID-19 claimed its first professional sports league casualty when the reborn spring pro football league, the XFL, decided to pack it in for good last week.There hasn’t been an official statement from the league confirming its demise but the…

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I will spare the flowery talk about how sports has always served as a welcoming distraction for us in troubling times as in the aftermath of 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy, which was de rigueur for every sports columnist and talk show radio host i…

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