New Mets autograph collection additions

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I was able to add a pair of autographs to my Mets collection last night at the Newark Bears home opener.

Newark’s new manager for 2013 is Garry Templeton, who finished his major league playing career with the 1991 New York Mets. He was much better known as a St. Louis Cardinal (where he was a two-time All-Star) and a San Diego Padre (where he played  for 10 seasons and made his final All-Star appearance in 1985.)

The Rockland Boulders’ new pitching coach is Bobby M. Jones, the left-handed reliever who played for the New York Mets in 2000 and 2002. Jones also appeared in three early-season games for the 2004 Boston Red Sox, but spent most of his major league playing career with the Colorado Rockies.

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(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Bears lost the game 3-1, with their batters striking out 16 times. It seemed like the team was practicing the same hitting batting philosophy as the Mets do these days – run up the opponents’ pitch count in expectation of it leading to better scoring chances.

It doesn’t work very well if the hitters on your team don’t have good enough pitch recognition skills to figure out which ones they can do something with and which pitches they should take.  It’s a really bad idea in the Can-Am League when you can’t even count on the umpires to have a consistent strike zone from pitch to pitch.

(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

There was a nice crowd for the game – announced at 1,559 – but there were problems with lines at the concession stands that were bad enough that the team handed out free tickets to the June 3rd game to fans who requested them as they were leaving the stadium.

One note for those who enjoy participating in on-field contests between innings- my friends did the sumo wrestling one, only to find out that there are no prizes this year. In the past, contest winners got vouchers for tickets to a future Bears game.

Newark Bears catcher Elvin Millan (28) shakes hands with former Negro League player Bob Scott after Scott threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.

Newark Bears catcher Elvin Millan (28) shakes hands with former Negro League player Bob Scott after Scott threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Newark Bears manager Garry Templeton (left) high fives player J.J. Sherrill as pitching coach Ralph Citarella (right) looks on. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Newark Bears manager Garry Templeton (left) high fives player J.J. Sherrill as pitching coach Ralph Citarella (right) looks on. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

About Paul

NY Mets enthusiast, toy collector, amateur gardener, Christian. I like to take pictures & write things.

Posted on May 18, 2013, in Autographs, Baseball, New York Mets, Newark Bears and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. When I was a kid, even though I was a Mets fan, I had a Gary Templeton poster up on my wall when he was a Cardinal. He was a very exciting player in those days.

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  2. Don’t do the sumo wrestling thing.

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  3. I am EXTREMELY concerned about the attendance for the Bears. Less than 500 per game is alarming. I can only imagine how tight the budget is, but there has to be something they can do, ramp up the social media, invest in online advertising, or placing items in NY/NJ newspapers. The Rockland Boulders have their schedule in the NY DailyNews. I went up to Rockland (with my old Bears jersey) and cheered them on. I hope the team can maintain itself and not fold.

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    • My advice: relax, enjoy the baseball, and let the people who have a financial interest in the team stress over the attendance figures and the bottom line.

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