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 Frank Viola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Frank John Viola (born April 19, 1960 in East Meadow, New York) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins (1982-89), New York Mets (1989-91), Boston Red Sox (1992-94), Cincinnati Reds (1995) and Toronto Blue Jays (1996).
In 1990, he would have another great season, this time for his hometown New York Mets finishing 3rd in the Cy Young voting.
Viola attended East Meadow High School in East Meadow, New York, at the same time that convicted serial killer Joel Rifkin was there.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Frank_Viola   (801 words)

 New York City 2012 Olympic bid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although New York was at one time expected to benefit from sympathy arising from the September 11 terrorist attacks, this potential advantage is believed to have been countered by both a lack of enthusiasm from New Yorkers and anti-American sentiment arisen from the 2003 Iraq war.
The New York City 2012 Olympic bid was one of the five short-listed bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics, ultimately won by London 2012.
The project was to be paid for by the New York Jets ($800 million), New York City ($300 million for infrastructure), and New York State ($300 million for the retractable roof).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_York_City_2012_Olympic_bid   (1126 words)

 DVD Talk Forum - Mets: Strike three for Valentine?
Bobby Valentine has been an embarassment to the city of New York for the past few years and Mets fans should have been ashamed to be associated with that guy...
Valentine managed the Mets for seven seasons -- 1996 to 2002; he was on board for only 31 games that first season.
Valentine just finished the second year of a three-year contract and the Mets will be responsible for his 2003 salary of approximately $2.7 million, Newsday reported.
www.dvdtalk.com /forum/printthread.php?t=240534&pp=40   (3200 words)

 ABC Sport - Other Sports - Aussie pitcher Lloyd back on top in New York
Lloyd joined the Mets this season and in 27 games has an earned-run average of 2.28 with a season high of three innings work - without conceding a run - against the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a doubleheader on June 8.
Southpaw Lloyd, one of only 79 players to wear Yankees pinstripes and a Mets uniform, pondered his 1996 and 1998 World Series titles with the Yankees during the weekend "Subway Series" between the cross-town rivals at Shea Stadium.
Lloyd's pinnacle came in 1996, his first season with the Yankees.
www.abc.net.au /sport/content/s885275.htm   (676 words)

 SOHH.com Global Forum - Giants sign Armando Benitez....
Benitez has made four trips to the post season (1996 and '97 with the Orioles and 1999 and 2000 with the Mets), helping his team advance to the league championship series each time.
Over 628 big league contests, the Ramon Santana, Dominican Republic native has forged a 32-33 lifetime ledger with a 2.85 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles (1994-98), New York Mets (1999-2003), New York Yankees (2003), Seattle Mariners (2003) and Marlins (2004).
With the free agent signings of Benitez and nine-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel, the Giants have addressed two of their main off-season objectives of improving their bullpen and defense by bringing in experienced, post season-tested All-Stars to upgrade those areas.
forums.sohh.com /showthread.php?t=523570   (379 words)

 AllSports' MLB News - Yanks name Girardi bench coach; retain Stottlemyre, Mattingly
A member of New York's World Series-winning teams in 1996, 1998 and 1999, Girardi, 40, replaces long-time Yankees coach Willie Randolph, who was named manager of the New York Mets last week.
BRONX, New York (Ticker) - Former major league catcher Joe Girardi, who retired following the 2003 season, rejoined the New York Yankees on Wednesday as a bench coach and catching instructor.
The Yankees also announced that Mel Stottlemyre will return for his 10th season as the team's pitching coach and Don Mattingly will be back for his second year as hitting coach.
www.allsports.com /cgi-bin/showstory.cgi?story_id=51830   (379 words)

 Bobby's Bio
In 1996 Bobby was hired as the manager of the New York Mets, where he led the team to the post season in consecutive years for the first time in team history and to the World Series in 2000.
When he retired as a player, Bobby was the third base coach for the New York Mets before being named the Manager of the Texas Rangers in 1985.
After being selected in the first round by the L.A. Dodgers, Bobby went on to have successful stints with the Angels, Padres, Mets, and Mariners.
www.bobbyv.com /BobbysBio.htm   (249 words)

 AllSports' MLB News - Mets sign LHP Lloyd to minor league contract
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) - Journeyman lefthander Graeme Lloyd may end up back in New York this season after he signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Friday.
The 6-7 Lloyd was a member of three World Series-winning teams with the New York Yankees (1996-98).
"Graeme Lloyd is a veteran pitcher with postseason success," Mets general manager Steve Phillips said.
www.allsports.com /cgi-bin/showstory.cgi?story_id=38431   (392 words)

 Alois Terry Leiter
Completed his sixth season as a member of the New York Mets...He holds the second longest running term of service behind John Franco's 14 seasons.
On February 9, 2000 in New York City he was honored with the "Thurman Award" at the 20th Annual Thurman Munson Dinner sponsored by the Association for the Help of Retarded Children.
Was the 1998 winner of the Joan W. Payson Award for humanitarian services by the New York Baseball Writers at their Award Dinner on February 7, 1999.
leiterslanding.org /Atwork.htm   (1205 words)

 STLtoday - Sports - Cardinals
Since being drafted by the Cardinals in 1996, Braden Looper has pitched for Florida and the New York Mets.
Looper had the AC joint in his shoulder cleaned up after the season, but he and Jocketty said he'll be ready for spring training and the season.
Looper, a draft pick of the Cardinals in the 1996, finalized a three-year, $13.5-million deal Thursday that will cast him as the setup man for closer Jason Isringhausen.
www.stltoday.com /stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/FE32994A8F7ABEED862570D9001DD827?OpenDocument   (906 words)

 CNN/SI - Baseball MLB - Zimmer enjoying time as interim manager - Friday April 09, 1999 07:33 PM
If not for Torre, who asked Zimmer to join him in New York before the 1996 season, Zimmer would be back in Florida with his wife Jean, spending his time at the movies and the race track.
That's to be expected from a man who played briefly for the team that lost the most games in baseball history -- the 1962 New York Mets -- and was bench coach for last year's Yankees team that won 125 games.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fifty-one years in baseball has made Don Zimmer one of the game's great storytellers.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /baseball/mlb/news/1999/04/09/yankees_zimmer   (863 words)

 Minor League Ball :: Preston Wilson Prospect Retro
Preston Wilson was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round (9th overall) of the 1992 draft, out of high school in South Carolina.
Wilson lost most of 1996 to injuries (a fractured wrist and a separated shoulder), playing just 23 games for St. Lucie.
Wilson began '98 in Triple-A, but ended up going to the Marlins in the early season Mike Piazza trade.
www.minorleagueball.com /story/2005/8/9/174846/9570   (896 words)

 Al Leiter BaseballLibrary.com
As part of the club's post-season dismantling, Leiter was traded to the New York Mets on February 6, 1998 in a package deal that sent the Marlins minor-league pitcher A.J. Burnett.
(Leiter and his family owned a Fort Lauderdale house that was just minutes from Joe Robbie Stadium.) In 1996, he enjoyed a career year, winning 16 games, hurling his and the club's first ever no-hitter, and recording the final out in the All-Star Game.
Despite struggling most of the season during the team's pennant drive in 1997, Leiter was given the ball by Marlin skipper Jim Leyland for the seventh game of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/L/Leiter_Al.stm   (1424 words)

 Kris Benson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Benson pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates system from 1997 to 2004 and for the New York Mets through the 2005 season.
Benson was the first pick of the 1996 MLB Draft.
His best season came in 2000 with Pittsburgh when he posted career bests in earned run average, strikeouts, innings pitched and games pitched as well as his only double-digit strikeout games and his career-best three-hit complete game, despite the fact that he is a groundball pitcher.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kris_Benson   (303 words)

Major League Baseball then shifted to Monterrey, Mexico for a three-game series between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres in 1996.
The NBA was the first league to entertain the idea as it held a two-game series between the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns in Japan to start the 1990-91 season.
The NFL will be the third major professional sports league to play a regular- season game outside of America.
www.wroctv.com /sports/story.asp?id=8901   (297 words)

 Dwight Gooden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gooden signed with the New York Yankees in 1996 as a free agent, reuniting him with former Mets teammate Darryl Strawberry, whose rapid rise followed by drug and legal problems paralleled Gooden's.
He pitched for three teams from 1998 to 2000 and was unconditionally released twice before signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees and returning to the Yankees at the end of the 2000 season.
Gooden's nephew, Gary Sheffield, was signed to play for the Yankees prior to the 2004 season.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dwight_Gooden   (897 words)

 Dante Bichette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bichette hit the franchise's first home run in their second game in 1993, against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
Bichette also hit his first home run at the newly-constructed Coors Field, a fourteenth inning smash against the Mets that secured an opening day victory for the Rockies in 1995.
Bichette had his best season in 1995, coming very close to the Triple Crown with a.340 batting average, 40 home runs and 128 RBIs and barely lost the MVP voting to the Cincinnati Reds' Barry Larkin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dante_Bichette   (439 words)

 CBC Sports: Yankees trade for Al Leiter
Leiter, who joins a wounded Yankees pitching staff, signed a one-year deal with the Marlins back in December, just after the New York Mets decided not to offer him salary arbitration.
Leiter began this season in the rotation, but struggled and was skipped late in June before returning to the starter's role just before the all-star break when Josh Beckett went on the DL.
Leiter has a career record of 158-127 with a 3.76 ERA for the Mets, Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and the Yankees.
cbc.ca /story/sports/national/2005/07/16/Sports/al-leiter050716.html   (282 words)

 Roberto Petagine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Roberto Antonio Petagine /petɑːˈgɪneɪ/ (born June 7, 1971 in Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who has played for the Houston Astros (1994), San Diego Padres (1995), New York Mets (1996-97), Cincinnati Reds (1999) and Boston Red Sox (2005).
In Triple-A, Petagine was a three-time All-Star (1996-98) and was named the International League MVP during the 1997 season.
A solid line-drive, contact hitter, that uses whole field with occasional pull power, he drew a significant number of walks, obviously helping his teams in the process, but became, at the same time, too much of a defensive hitter.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Roberto_Petagine   (391 words)

 Rivals face pitched battle where there's only room for one - smh.com.au
Lloyd's encounter with Balfour was made possible by a curious twist of fate, in which the New York Mets - placed last in the National League East - traded the two-metre Victorian hurler to the Royals mid-season.
Lloyd possesses a 30-36 mark with a 4.01 ERA - having played in 565 major league games over 10 seasons as a relief pitcher, winning the 1996 World Series with the Yankees.
The Victorian, Graeme Lloyd, was representing the Kansas City Royals, while the New South Welshman, Grant Balfour, had received a recent call-up to the Minnesota Twins pitching roster.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2003/09/02/1062403516131.html?from=storyrhs   (807 words)

 Encyclopedia article on New York Yankees [EncycloZine]
In 2000, the Yankees met up with cross-town New York Mets for the first Subway Series since 1956 and won four games to one.
Initially derided as a retread choice ("Clueless Joe" ran the headline on one of the city's tabloid newspapers), Torre's smooth manner proved out as he led the Yankees to a World Series victory in 1996, defeating the Atlanta Braves in six games.
Showalter left after the 1995 season due to personality clashes with owner George Steinbrenner and his staff and was replaced by Joe Torre.
encyclozine.com /New_York_Yankees   (807 words)

 Ken Caminiti BaseballLibrary.com
Caminiti's toughness reached legendary proportions in August of 1996, when two liters of an IV solution and a Snickers bar helped him overcome dehydration, diarrhea, and nausea and hit two home runs for the second straight game against the New York Mets in Monterrey, Mexico.
Caminiti hit well in his second stint with the Astros, but after a ruptured tendon in his right wrist ended his season in June the club declined to exercise his option for 2001.
Caminiti's shoulder injury was so bad that he couldn't raise his glove hand above his head or extend his left arm while batting, but he still posted one of the most outstanding seasons in franchise history, setting club records with 40 homers, 130 RBIs and a.621 slugging percentage.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Caminiti_Ken.stm   (1821 words)

 SPRING TRAINING: Braden Looper’s full circle - (BP)
Looper spent five years with the Marlins and two years with the New York Mets before signing with St. Louis as a free agent this winter.
The St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher was drafted by the Cardinals in 1996 but only appeared in four games with the team before being traded to Florida after the 1998 season.
Looper is just one of the players Sheaffer has led to the Lord over the years.
www.bpnews.net /bpnews.asp?ID=22925   (572 words)

 Scout.com: Cardinals, Looper agree to three-year deal
Looper, 31, pitched for the New York Mets last season and went 4-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 60 games with 28 saves.
Looper, a first-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 1996 (third overall), made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1998.
Looper has appeared in 70+ games six out of his seven years in the Majors and holds a career record of 25-29, 3.47 ERA with 103 saves.
stlcardinals.scout.com /2/479111.html?refid=400   (338 words)

 SportingNews.com - MLB - Cardinals, Looper agree to three-year deal
Looper had 28 saves in 36 chances with a 3.94 ERA for the New York Mets last season, but will be a setup man for closer Jason Isringhausen with the Cardinals.
Looper was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 1996, the third overall selection, and pitched in four games for them in 1998 before going to Florida in a trade for shortstop Edgar Renteria.
Looper has appeared in 70 or more games in six of his seven major league seasons and has a career record of 25-29 with a 3.47 ERA and 103 saves.
www.sportingnews.com /yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=45022   (1518 words)

 Rounding Third: The Todd Hundley Shelf
Check out more information about Todd's career by visiting his page at The New York Mets Hall of Records.
It has almost been forgotten already, but once upon a time Todd hit more home runs in one season as a catcher than anyone else in history, with his 41 in 1996; more than Johnny Bench, more than Yogi Berra, more than Mike Piazza, Roy Campanella, Ivan Rodriguez...
He's pictured here along with a piece of his bat on 2001 Upper Deck SP Game Bat Edition.
www.rndng3rd.com /R3/Rooms/shelves/todhun.html   (258 words)

 ESPN.com: MLB - Hall of a threat: Clemens may boycott ceremony
For example, Gary Carter will enter the Hall this summer as a member of the Montreal Expos, even though his wish was to go in as a member of the New York Mets.
Clemens left Boston as a free agent after the 1996 season when general manager Dan Duquette and the Red Sox figured that his best years were behind him.
The Hall of Fame reserves the right to select which team a player will be identified with for induction.
espn.go.com /mlb/news/2003/0615/1568234.html   (706 words)

 New York Mets : Player Information
Heath Justin Bell graduated from Tustin (CA) High School in 1996...Played baseball, basketball, and football in high school...Pitched at Santiago College, where he holds the school record for fewest career walks (four walks in 80 innings)...Also holds the school records in saves (14) and in appearances in a single season
Mets force extra innings, but fall in 10
newyork.mets.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=425514   (706 words)

 AugustaSports.Com: The Augusta Chronicle's Braves Coverage: Spring training roundup: Morris, Wilson to miss season with elbow injuries 03/23/99
Louis Cardinals ace Matt Morris and New York Mets pitcher Paul Wilson found out Monday they will need reconstructive elbow surgery to repair torn ligaments, adding to a growing list of players who will miss the 1999 season.
Morris, a 24-year-old right-hander, was 7-5 with a team-leading 2.53 ERA last season, missing all but one start in the first half because of a shoulder surgery.
Wilson, the top pick in the 1994 amateur draft, hasn't pitched a major league game since reconstructive shoulder surgery in November 1996.
augustasports.com /stories/032399/bas_124-7377.shtml   (706 words)

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