Ernie Palladino

Dellin Betances (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Betances’ Spring Problems Should Not Be Shrugged Off

Dellin Betances has looked no where near the flamethrower who made the All-Star team as David Robertson’s setup man. And Andrew Miller has had just a so-so spring.

03/27/2015

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Palladino: Colon Just As Good An Opening Day Choice As Harvey

If the Mets expect to be relevant this year, Matt Harvey will pitch plenty of pressure games. Opening Day is not one of them. It’s just one of 162.

03/25/2015

Chris Borland  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images), Peyton Hillis

Palladino: Hillis, Borland Show NFL Concussions No Laughing Matter

The Giants did Peyton Hillis a big favor when they cut him. They gave him a chance to preserve his brain by taking away the one incentive — dollars — that keeps players coming back.

03/23/2015

Greg Hardy (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Palladino: Cowboys’ Signing Of Hardy Shows Nothing Has Changed

Don’t play them. Don’t sign them. Don’t even answer their agents’ phone calls. It’ll never happen. The teams don’t care, not really. Not when it gets in the way of a winning record.

03/20/2015

David Wright #5 of the New York Mets looks on before the game at Tradition Field on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Palladino: Zack Wheeler Is Replaceable, But David Wright Isn’t

There are bad breaks, and then there are bad breaks. Some just make it harder to win. Others destroy teams.

03/18/2015

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets’ Trade for Fitzpatrick Just As Vital As Revis Signing

He’s not as sexy as Revis, for sure. But sometimes the smaller offseason moves can affect a unit as profoundly as the big ones.

03/13/2015

Masahiro Tanaka speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Early Mojo Calls Only For Guarded Optimism

Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.

03/11/2015

Woody Johnson (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) and Darrelle Revis (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: If Revis Hits Market, Woody Has To Act And Bring Him To Jets

It’s time to crawl out from the onerous shadow of Idzik. Assuming Revis comes free, get him, if only to offer real hope for 2015.

03/04/2015

Simeon Rice during his playing days for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images), Giants great Michael Strahan kisses his Hall of Fame bust during his enshrinement ceremony in 2014 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Palladino: Hey, Simeon Rice — Lay Off Strahan!

“I dominated when I played. There was nobody better at my position. Nobody.” Actually, Simeon, there was. His name is Michael Strahan.

03/02/2015

Hal Steinbrenner (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images), George Steinbrenner (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Palladino: Hal Steinbrenner Doesn’t Sound Like ‘The Boss’ At All

If the old man ever heard the new-age, “I’m OK, you’re OK” stuff coming out of Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner’s mouth lately, he’d blow his top.

02/27/2015

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Palladino: Beefy Sabathia Feels Fine, But For How Long?

A large man with a “bum knee,” as the 305-pound lefty called it, can’t help but run into trouble down the line. It is almost inevitable.

02/23/2015

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Palladino: Center Ring Of Yankees’ Circus Will Belong To A-Rod

It’ll be A-Rod, A-Rod, A-Rod all spring. And that, ironically, means good news for the pitchers and anyone else who doesn’t wear No. 13.

02/20/2015

Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees walks to the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 28, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Palladino: Retiring Pettitte’s Number Should Catch HOF Voters’ Attention

The issue comes down to public relations versus responsibility. A team can set its own standards as to how the franchise tells its story. The writers have to tell it straight. That’s not happening right now.

02/18/2015

Matt Harvey (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Palladino: Sizzling Comeback Not Guaranteed For Mets’ Harvey

The dream, of course, is that Matt Harvey will be dominant coming off Tommy John surgery. The reality says he’s 50-50 to resume his reign of terror on NL hitters until he actually starts proving it.

02/13/2015

A fan holds up a sign in appreciation of late Giants owner Wellington Mara (Photo by Brian Killian/NFLPhotoLibrary), Knicks owner James Dolan  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images), Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Palladino: Team Image — It’s All In The Letters

The way owners and front office executives react to angry letters tells a lot about them as people. It separates class from trash, smart from idiotic.

02/11/2015

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