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FAN IN THE BOX, AS IN, THE PRESS BOX

My name is Joe Rini and after a lifetime of being a New York sports fan, in 2012 I started covering the New York Mets as a member of the press for the Rockland County Times. In the years since then, I’ve tried to bring other fans along with me on this journey, whether by asking the manager questions you’d want answered, chatting with players about how they prepare to compete and handle success or failure, or catching up with some former New York sports heroes. Its been a privilege covering the Mets and New York sports, and I hope to add to that privilege with “Fan in the Box.”

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FAN IN THE BOX, AS IN, THE PRESS BOX

My name is Joe Rini and after a lifetime of being a New York sports fan, in 2012 I started covering the New York Mets as a member of the press for the Rockland County Times. In the years since then, I’ve tried to bring other fans along with me on this journey, whether by asking the manager questions you’d want answered, chatting with players about how they prepare to compete and handle success or failure, or catching up with some former New York sports heroes. Its been a privilege covering the Mets and New York sports, and I hope to add to that privilege with “Fan in the Box.”

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May 2, 2022 – Last Word on Sports: Cano Designated for Assignment by Mets

By Joe Rini The New York Mets designated Robinson Cano for assignment this morning. In the end, it came down to numbers. First, mandatory roster cuts for teams to get down to 26 players loomed by Noon on May 2nd.  The 39-year-old Cano missed the 2021 season with his second PED suspension. He played well in winter ball and …

April 30, 2022 – Last Word on Sports: Five Mets Pitchers Combine to No-Hit Phillies

By Joe Rini Time will tell whether 2022 will be a special season for the New York Mets. However, there seems to be no reason to doubt that it will happen if Friday’s events are any indication. April 29th was a special night at Citi Field. 32,416 fans cheered on a chilly night as five Mets pitchers …

April 27, 2022 – Last Word on Sports: Games Opened – Ready for a New Stat?

By Joe Rini The “opener” starts the “bullpen game.” Baseball purists, longing for the return of Tom Seaver’s complete-game pitching dominance, wince at both terms. However, it’s here to stay in MLB because it works. Therefore, how about a games opened stat? The Tampa Bay Rays developed the concept of the opener and perfected it. The Rays …

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