May 2005

Here comes the first pitch

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my MLBlog.

I want to thank MLB for allowing me the opportunity to do this new, hi-tech form of speaking to you. I have been vehemently resisting learning how to do things on the computer. Being a child of the ’60s, I am not compelled to change and become modern. Those around me have convinced me it’s time, so here I am.

Let me tell you a little bit about what I am doing. Approximately six years ago, my wife Nancy and I sold our home in Connecticut and built a house in California. We are native Californians and it feels good to be back home.

The funny thing is I moved to California and was in semi-retirement and then I became a broadcaster for the New York Mets, five years now and it brings me back to the East Coast each March through September. It feels good to come to New York because it was home for a very long time and we have a lot of wonderful memories here, both personal and professional. While I played in other places, I will always be a New York Met.

Speaking about the Mets, we should all be very excited about what is going on with this team. All Met fans should be very excited about the two young players on the left side of the infield. There will be a learning curve over a period of time and we will see these two young players develop into top notch major league competitors. The key to success in major league baseball, regardless of position is learning from your mistakes mentally and physically. And that leads to the top notch level of play and both these individuals have that potential.

The core players will carry this team. Beltran, Beltran_1 Floyd, Piazza and Cameron. And any team that is going to succeed must have high quality consistency in their pitching.

The new manager, Willie Randolph has done an excellent job. He is calm, cool, collected and totally focused on what he believes is the right direction for this team. You can’t miss when you go to grad school working for the very successful Joe Torre.

Again, thanks for allowing me the opportunity to blog with a fellow HOFer and a 1969 World Series nemesis, and my friend Brooks Robinson. Looking forward to blogging with you again soon and don’t forget to check out my website at and my partner website at