October 4, 1985 – The End of the Mets’ Hopes

It's October 4, 1985. Can Sid Fernandez keep the Mets' hopes alive against Tim Raines and the Montreal Expos? https://t.co/SV9sJuk5aw pic.twitter.com/XvEiEtu4Qo — Paul Dylan (@heyblue) August 27, 2017 Heading into the top of the 8th, here's Fernandez's pitching line!! pic.twitter.com/lw3KqZ2TBV — Paul Dylan (@heyblue) August 27, 2017 Sid Fernandez took a no-hitter 7 1/3 innings in game #159 of the season, before losing the no-no, the shutout, the game, and ultimately, the chance at a division title for the 1985 Mets in my Strat-O-Matic replay. Mitch Webster doubles with one out in the 8th to break up the no-hitter, but … Continue reading

1985 NL Replay – Can the Mets Come Back?

For a limited time, CLICK HERE TO TAKE 25% OFF a 1985 New York Mets as-played scorebook! Six games back with six games to play, the 2nd place New York Mets met the NL East division-leading St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis for a three game series beginning on October 1, 1985 in my replay of the National League season. The Cards’ magic number was 1, meaning they needed to win only one of the three games to clinch the division. It was an incredible series, highlighted by a 15-inning contest in game two, in which two 20-game winners (Dwight … Continue reading

Free 2016 Chicago Cubs As-Played Scorebook (PDF)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF COPY of the 2016 Chicago Cubs as-played replay scorebook. On April 21, 2016, Kris Bryant hit two home runs and drove in six as the Cubs destroyed the Cincinnati Reds by the score of 16-0. Anthony Rizzo had a homer and 3 RBI, and Ben Zobrist and David Ross contributed long balls of their own in the offensive eruption. On any other night, the Cubs’ bats would have been the lead story, but Jake Arrieta upstaged his teammates by throwing 9 innings of no-hit, no-run ball. It was the second no-hitter of his … Continue reading

Sadaharu Oh on Paper

Here’s a clip of a young, shirtless Sadaharu Oh slicing through paper with a samurai sword: I recently finished reading Oh’s autobiography (co-authored by Dave Falkner), Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball, and it is not simply an excellent book, it may be the best autobiography I’ve ever read. Fascinating in its insight, beautiful in its prose, courageous in its revelations, Oh and Falkner have written a compelling account of Oh’s journey to master hitting baseballs as far as they can be hit. The book was first published in 1974 and it remains among the best of its genre. … Continue reading

The Reggie! Project: 1969 Mets Opening Day

Seaver, Reggie and the Mets Land in First Place in NL East After Spoiling Montreal Expos’ Franchise Debut OPENING DAY – April 8, 1969 NEW YORK, NY – Tom Seaver allowed only 2 earned runs over 6 2/3 innings and Reggie Jackson homered in his first plate appearance of the season as the New York Mets toppled the expansion Expos of Montreal in the first game of the 1969 baseball season. For the New York Mets, this marks the first time in franchise history the team has won on Opening Day. Consequently, with a record on the season of 1-0, … Continue reading