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Ernie Palladino

Shane Greene (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images), Jacob deGrom  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Replacement Arms Key For Mets, Yankees In Second Half

Good fortune certainly smiles if the kid works out. If he doesn’t, then the position goes down the tubes. If enough spots follow, then the season goes out the window.

07/14/2014

Bartolo Colon grounds out to first in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 10, 2014 at Citi Field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Pitchers Batting 8th? Going Away From Book Helps Mets

It might have been asking too much for Bartolo Colon to become an offensive force out of that spot. Still, there was some clear thinking from manager Terry Collins.

07/11/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Palladino: Derek Jeter, The Illusionist, Shows Why His Mind Will Be Missed

Along with his clutch hits, clean fielding, and instinctive base running, Derek Jeter showed again Monday why baseball is going to miss this guy. He’s just so smart.

07/09/2014

Brandon McCarthy (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Palladino: McCarthy Trade Not A Season-Saver For Yankees

Nabbing either Samardzija or Hammel would have done Brian Cashman a lot of good. But since the A’s swooped in and grabbed them both, the Yanks GM has apparently flown into panic mode.

07/07/2014

A sparse crowd at Citi Field. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Palladino: Who Swiped Our Baseball Season?

However it went down, retrieving the purloined property is going to be quite a task, probably an impossible one.

07/04/2014

Former general manager Frank Cashen speaks during a press conference for his induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Palladino: Frank Cashen Was The Mets’ Last Great Architect

When he died Monday at age 88, he took with him a piece of Mets history that even Wilpon’s financial miscues and baseball tomfoolery of the current century could not overshadow.

07/02/2014

Baseball star Lou Gehrig (1903 - 1941) hits a home run. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Palladino: Gehrig’s Legendary Speech Still Teaches Us Lessons Today

Gehrig taught a lesson on July 4, 1939. His speech, the greatest ever delivered in the sports arena, continues to teach today.

06/30/2014

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Palladino: When MLB Teams Play Poorly, Fans Should Get Refund

Since baseball has all but abandoned the single-admission, Sunday doubleheader in favor of day-night twin bills, Teixeira’s idea is the next best thing.

06/27/2014

Scott Kazmir pitches against the Mets at Citi Field on June 24, 2014. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Palladino: Scott Kazmir And A Brief History Of Horrible Mets Trades

Regardless of Tuesday’s result, the Scott Kazmir move most definitely backfired on the Mets. But it was hardly a unique occurrence in the annals of team history.

06/25/2014

CC Sabathia (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees Need CC Sabathia To Mend Quickly

CC Sabathia is going south, to Tampa, that is. That’s good news for the Yanks because the trip represents a major step forward in getting off the DL.

06/23/2014

Zack Wheeler high-fives Taylor Teagarden after pitching a complete game to defeat the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Palladino: Believe It Or Not, Mets Still Have Shot In Weak NL East

Here are the Mets, playing more like Single-A than MLB, performing before empty seats at Citi Field, just five games off the lead. One good streak, and the season could look totally different.

06/20/2014

Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox spits out chewing tobacco after grounding into a double play against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on August 29, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Palladino: It’s Time For MLB To Ban Chewing Tobacco

It’s too late for the best pure hitter of our generation. But with a little change in culture, MLB could save others.

06/18/2014

Masahiro Tanaka  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Palladino: Fearless Masahiro Tanaka Is The Yankees’ Lifeline

Now begins the talk, and it’s all good and it’s all justified. Masahiro Tanaka for All-Star game starter. If he keeps going like this, it’ll soon be Tanaka for Rookie of the Year.

06/13/2014

Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets In Danger Of Becoming Irrelevant — Again

It’s nothing new in these parts. Mets have become the heel against which the loose shoe rubs. Only numbness exists along with a patch of ugly derma.

06/11/2014

Tom Coughlin (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Palladino: Real-World Tom Coughlin Runs Giants Like A Tight Business

Coughlin expects his players to put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. He also expects players to maintain some measure of self-control during their time outside the structure and restrictions of the NFL season.

06/09/2014

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