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Ernie Palladino

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

The New York Yankees hold a moment of silence in honor of former bench coach Don Zimmer prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics on June 5, 2014 in the Bronx. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Palladino: Baseball Lost A Big Heart In Don Zimmer

Yankee Stadium fell silent for just a few moments Thursday. Somehow, you have to feel there was a special something going on in those fleeting seconds as the crowd commemorated Zim.

06/06/2014

Matt den Dekker #6 of the New York Mets steals second base as Emilio Bonifacio #64 of the Chicago Cubs takes the throw in the first inning of a baseball game on June 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

Palladino: Matt Den Dekker Might Be Solution For Mets At Leadoff Spot

On Tuesday night, den Dekker went 2-for-5 with a run and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot.

06/04/2014

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Palladino: Teixeira Absence Troubling For Yankees’ Big Picture

When right, few are better than Mark Teixeira. Problem is, Tex isn’t right. In fact, the words coming out of his mouth this weekend were downright ominous.

06/02/2014

Geno Smith (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Palladino: Don’t Just Hand It To Geno! Jets Need Real QB Competition

Though he wouldn’t say it, Michael Vick must see the bigger picture: the Jets have four quarterbacks, but they still won’t have legitimate starter when the Raiders walk into MetLife on Sept. 7.

05/30/2014

Dave Hudgens (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images), Noah Syndergaard (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Lots Of Elbowing Going On With Mets

Between prized prospects getting hurt and hitting coaches getting fired, there’s been a lot of elbowing around the Amazin’s these days.

05/28/2014

World War II veteran Gerry Cardinal was the grand marshal of the Memorial Day parade in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on May 25, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Palladino: Memorial Day Is About Much More Than Fun

Enjoy the baseball and the beach and the barbecues. But take a minute or two to remember that this is also about the veterans who made today not just possible, but necessary.

05/26/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Palladino: Lagares, St. Louis, Cruz Took Life’s Knocks — And Came Back Stronger

When real life invades sports, that’s when the true measure of an athlete is taken. The rest is a storybook.

05/23/2014

General view of Citi Field as the St. Louis Cardinals play the New York Mets on June 11, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets Need New Attitude At Pitcher-Friendly Citi Field

There’s no reason for this team to be floundering at home. An attitude adjustment, not shorter fences, is what this squad needs.

05/21/2014

New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro makes a catch during the first day of rookie minicamp on May 16, 2014 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Palladino: Rex, Jets Need Rookie TE Amaro To Catch On With Offense

These days, tight end is an offensive position. So is it any wonder that the Jets’ second-round draft pick, Jace Amaro, is being handed a bushel full of expectations?

05/19/2014

CC Sabathia (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Palladino: Busted Rotation May Send Yankees Shopping Come July

Thank goodness for Masahiro Tanaka. Without him, who knows where the Yankees would be right now. Where they’ll be in another month is quite a different story.

05/16/2014

Masahiro Tanaka  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Rafael Montero  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Tanaka-Montero Subway Series Matchup One For The Future

We all know about Masahiro Tanaka. In fact, we have known about him and his magical splitter for months and months. The guy we don’t know about may be the real treat of this game.

05/14/2014

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