Happy birthday to the legendary Willie Mays, who turns 92 years old today. All 22 seasons and 2992 games of Mays’ MLB career was spent in the National League, mostly with the New York/San Francisco Giants and then parts of his two last seasons back in the Big Apple with the Mets. Among players who played exclusively in the NL during their career, only Pete Rose and Stan Musial had more games in the Senior Circuit than Mays.
Let’s say hey to these items from around the NL….
- Michael Harris II made his return to the Braves’ lineup tonight, back in his customary spot in center field after missing Atlanta’s previous two games. There was some concern after Harris left Wednesday’s game with a jammed right knee, but he was able to avoid both the injured list and a significant layoff, even though he’ll at least temporarily be placing with a knee brace. Harris told The Athletic’s David O’Brien and other reporters that running with the brace won’t slow him down, though he is a little uncertain about how his sliding might be impacted. A lower back strain already sent Harris to the IL earlier this season, and today marks only the 13th game of 2023 for the reigning NL Rookie Of The Year.
- Padres outfielder Jose Azocar told reporters (including Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune) that he received a cortisone shot in his bothersome left elbow, but an MRI revealed only inflammation. Azocar was retroactively placed on the 10-day IL on May 3, and manager Bob Melvin thinks the outfielder might be able to resume baseball activities within a few days’ time. Azocar has a modest .244/.262/.293 slash line over 45 plate appearances, as the backup has made a few extra starts due to other injuries in the Padres’ outfield and the remaining games on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s suspension.
- Carlos Carrasco has hit another health setback, as Mets GM Billy Eppler and manager Buck Showalter told reporters (including Abbey Mastracco of the New York Daily News) that the right-hander is battling an illness. This has pushed back plans to start a rehab assignment for Carrasco this weekend, as the veteran continues to work his way back from a bone spur in his throwing elbow. Carrasco struggled to an 8.56 ERA over his first three starts and 13 2/3 innings before going on the IL.
- It has also been a tough road for Noah Syndergaard in 2023, as his Dodgers tenure has begun with a 6.32 ERA over his first six starts and 31 1/3 innings since signing a one-year, $13MM free agent deal. However, manager Dave Roberts told the Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett and other reporters that even as L.A. continues to juggle its rotation, the club isn’t considering removing Syndergaard from the starting five. The righty will get some extra time between starts, with Syndergaard projected for an eight-day break before his next scheduled outing on Tuesday. Both Michael Grove and Gavin Stone made some starts while Tony Gonsolin was on the injured list, but with Gonsolin now back and Grove now on the IL with a groin injury, the Dodgers will now stick with a normal five-man rotation. Roberts said that rather than keep Stone in the majors for another start and a brief shift to a six-man rotation, “there’s maybe a potential cost of getting guys out of their rhythm” given that Los Angeles also has an off-day on Thursday.
Love those Braves unis tonight.
Just wear the 1970’s throwbacks and not the cheap Nike facsimiles.
The 70s are better but these are nice.
Better than that horrible CC uniform the TX Rangers wore…..
Nike owns baseball now, boss.
I don’t like it either.
Ha Ha somebody noticed!
Drew Waters Bat
It’s getting about time for the Braves to unveil a brand new uniform. The Braves have had their current home and aways for over 30 years and I want to see something new from them. They are nice but they are too basic. Or make an alternate with some designs in the ribs and stuff. Alot of open area. Can’t wait to see the new design. Should be due a completely new design in the next decade I hope.
Happy Birthday Willie! GOAT!!
On the uniform subject, anyone digging the Angels gear yesterday? Seen them before but looks positively old-school cool.
Happy 92nd birthday to number 24, the Say Hey Kid!
I specifically went to Shea as a kid just to watch Willie Mays & Willie Mac!
The W & W Manly Men!
Azocar: What happens when he gets back? They might just get rid of Rougned Odor. He has only had 39 plate appearances, but has been bad. SD has enough versatility to cover his absence at 2b and OF.
Dr. Van Nostrand
I don’t know about that… SD probably needs to sign/trade for two more SS in order to cover Azocar’s absence.
Lol. In 36 plate appearances, Jose Iglesias is hitting .333 for EL Paso, the AAA team for SD. 850 OPS. Promote him!
If he brings some PCL pitchers with him to hit
It’s never too soon to get rid of “Roughi O”…..
The best thing for Syndergaard would be to blow out his elbow again and have to have TJ surgery a second time. Maybe something just want right the first time.
Too bad for Carrasco, but as a CLE fan I can attest that he missed a lot of time on the IL for a wide variety of ailments during his years there. You just have to accept that he’s gonna miss about 1/4 to 1/3 of any given year to injury/condition.
As long as he is great the rest of the time!
I think a bigger concern is that even when he was healthy, he looked cooked.
I hate to say it, but Thor looks cooked. He is going to have to figure out how to be effective at a reduced velocity, or he’s going to be in journeyman territory
Dr. Van Nostrand
He and the deGrominator belong in the bullpen at this point in their careers.
Yes, a $35 million bullpen piece. Sounds like a perfectly Rangers thing to do…..
I believe Willie is the oldest living Hall of Famer right now at 92 years young. Happy Birthday to Willie Mays.
Yes. Sandy Koufax is 87. Yaz will turn 84 in August. The legends of the past are quickly leaving us. Hope Willie is doing well these days. He and Bill Russell were my idols as a youth.
As a Mets fan I kinda feel bad for Syndergaard on one hand, but on the other I don’t. The way he left was weird and it blows my mind that they were trying to talk about him hitting 100 again earlier this season. He’s lost a minimum 4-8 mph off his FB?
The way he left wasn’t weird at all. He was a free agent and had earned the right to play where he chose. Nothing more, nothing less.
He earned the right to choose what team he wants to play for. He said all the right things on the way out. Fans shouldn’t get so hurt over life decisions like this made by players
Remember, to fans of NY teams, they have convinced themselves that “every player wants to play in NY” so it’s always weird or odd or some other negative connotation when players choose to play elsewhere over NY.
@MarlinsFanBase: No we haven’t. You have no idea what you’re talking about.
Yeah, because no NY fan has ever said that x-player “wants to play in NY” or “Every player wants to play in NY”.
Wrong. I have lived here most of my life and have never heard anyone say that.
Once again, you have no idea what you are talking about. You should have quit after making an idiot of yourself once.
OK, I’ll point it out to you every single time one of your fellow NY sports fans says it from here on out.
I’ve heard much more often that not every player is cut out for New York.
I’ve heard that too…mainly from NYers after a player rejects NY. For example, LeBron James after he chose Miami after months of of sales of those “I LeBron NY” merchandise.
But, in this case, I’ll focus on the many many many NYers that say that everyone wants to play there.
In your mind, anyway.
Oh, I’ll show you that it’s not in my mind…every single time one of your fellow NYers post it.
you better get the word out in the NY area because you need to reach a lot of them to make sure that none of them post it where it can be seen again. Start with Mets Blog because I’m sure that I can pull 15 within an hour there. That is, if anyone is posting there after the Mets slow start. I may have to jump to Jets blogs for now.
That’s OK, I don’t care that much.
You cared enough to say…and I quote “Wrong. I have lived here most of my life and have never heard anyone say that. Once again, you have no idea what you are talking about. You should have quit after making an idiot of yourself once.”
Or are you one of those that like to just yap and then bail out when you’ll be called out when proven to be wrong later on?
You made a statement questioning the validity of my statement and questioning my accuracy and knowledge of what I’ve seen many many many many many times over the years, and now you claim it’s not that important when I state that I’ll prove it to you every single time I see it again?
Again, you cared enough to make those statements about my statement and me. If you don’t want the worms, don’t open the can.
Or you could learn to know when to let something go. That’s what adults do.
Or you can learn that adults don’t go on the attack thinking that someone is not going to defend themselves.
I’m defending myself. You’re not going to walk away with the last word on that discussion when you’re wrong and attacked me about it.
You approached me in this thread. You ran your mouth. I’m not letting that go.
Adults know that when you approach someone like that, expect for the person to defend themselves.
Or you can just continue being an ignorant fool as expected.
Says the guy who instigated this?
This didn’t take long. Here is one already from a Knicks fan. See @KnickerbockerAl in his first set of comments in this thread, last paragraph.: https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2023/05/knicks-notes-brunson-barrett-randle-offseason-hart.html
I’ll keep ’em coming!
C’mon Pads! Come back. COME BACK!
When Roseboro was bat-axed by Juan Marichal, Willie tearfully held Johnny’s head. I love Willie.
Wonder how long it took for that “Hillerich & Bradsby” contusional imprint to wear off of Roseboro’s noggin?
Say Hey Willie!
My favorite player!
Yes, I’m old!
Watching him play in person
(uh, me watching him)
greatness in motion!
Whomever didn’t vote for him for the Hall of Fame was
a straight up idiot!
Thank you Mark Polishuk for mentioning one of the all time greats!
Happy Birthday Mr. Mays!
“Let’s say hey to these items…”.
Great paragraph intro Mark!
The Say Hey Kid!
I was there for those games!
Greatness in action!
Growing up a Dodger fan I always hated the Giants! I got to watch a good chunk of Mays career….what a class act he was, today’s players should take note!
Thor is done. The Dodgers are have a couple of question marks with pitchers.
deGrom on his way out; Thor pretty much a shadow; Harvey retired when he should be in jail; Matz being what he is; and Wheeler being a bit overrated.
It’s a good thing that the “Five Aces” led the Mets to all those World Series championships on these pitchers paths to first ballot Hall of Fame careers, otherwise that era would be a complete failure.
Yeah they’re nothing compared to Marlins greats Tom Koehler and Adam Conley
You’re absolutely obsessed. It’s pathetic.
Says the guy who hunted me down on two different threads.
Is the NL East race over yet?