The Yankees took the no-brainer approach to improving their pitching staff, making an undisclosed but reportedly huge offer to C.C. Sabathia. But on the heels of that offer, Hank Steinbrenner confirmed that New York is preparing bids for both A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe, with the idea that adding both would provide the security missing Read More
By Howard Megdal 11/13/08 1:52am
Free agency opens on Friday. The Yankees need to sign C.C. Sabathia as soon as possible once it does. He is not the final piece—but it will be extremely difficult for New York them to win in 2009 without him. He represents something the Yankees do not have: an in-prime superstar.
Let’s start with the Read More
By Howard Megdal 11/07/08 4:35am
As the Mets assess ways to improve their pitching staff this offseason, Oliver Perez, who has been a mainstay of the starting rotation, is mentioned as one of several options. But if the Mets are serious about consolidating 2008’s gains, they have no choice but to sign Perez, who is the best of their plausible Read More
By Howard Megdal 10/27/08 3:04am
A peculiar irony facing the New York Knicks as they embark upon their season Wednesday night against the Miami Heat is that the what little talent they have is completely at odds with the system new coach Mike D’Antoni has installed.
D’Antoni brought his “seven seconds or less” offense to New York, which thrives on Read More
By Howard Megdal 10/24/08 2:30am
The Big East Conference, which started in 1979 as a seven-team collection of northeastern Catholic schools, and which dominated college basketball for much of the 1980s, has become a virtual national championship in and of itself since expanding to 16 teams in 2005.
The basketball conference now boasts schools as far west as Milwaukee and Read More
By Howard Megdal 10/03/08 8:07pm
With Brian Cashman now signed on to run baseball operations for the ailing New York Yankees through the 2011 season, the team will now turn its attention to starting another postseason streak. Fortunately for the Yankees, they have lots of money, and the holes they most need to address can be plugged with the free-agent Read More
By Howard Megdal 10/02/08 1:35am
So what are the poor, pathetic, sidelined Mets to do as they approach roster decisions this winter?
At first glance, their options for building a team that can play consistently good baseball for an entire season are grim: A weak free agent class provides little in the way of help, either offensively or with starting Read More
By Howard Megdal 9/29/08 12:53pm
It’s not just that the Mets lost to the Florida Marlins Sunday, 4-2, to finish out of the playoffs—it’s how they lost.
There was little question that New York’s bullpen would provide an obstacle for the team’s stellar starting pitching and offense to overcome. But in the final three games of the season, while the Read More
By Howard Megdal 9/26/08 5:44pm
The Mets continued their season of stupefying depths and dizzying heights with arguably their most improbable win yet—a 7-6 result over the Cubs on Thursday night, one night after a 9-6 loss to the Cubs that saw the team strand a runner at third in each of the last five innings.
The ups and downs Read More
By Howard Megdal 9/22/08 12:40pm
It wasn’t supposed to end like this.
For a stadium that had witnessed so much, from countless no-hitters and perfect games, to more championship banners than any other major professional sports franchise, the end was supposed to come late in October, a final out squeezed by Derek Jeter to make the Yankees champions.
Instead, the Read More