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Ed Charles of 1969 Miracle Mets dead at 84

Ed Charles, the third baseman known as "The Glider" who helped lead the Miracle Mets to the 1969 World Series title with his veteran guidance and poetry, has died. He was 84.


BBTN: Cubs refocused, surprise MVP candidate

Buster and Karl Ravech discuss the narratives of early 2018 including a refocused Cubs squad, a surprise MVP candidate in the AL and more (6:26). Plus, Jessica Mendoza's camp observations (28:04) and Ryan Divish with some "Inside Heat" on the Mariners (40:14).

William Weinbaum ESPN 

A popular third-baseman of the ‘69 Miracle Mets, Ed "The Glider" Charles died Thursday, the team announced. Charles, who was 84, broke in with the K.C. A's in 1962, was traded to N.Y. early in the ‘67 season and concluded his 8-year career with the ‘69 World Series.

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Mets' Wright out 2 months; Cespedes also hurt

David Wright's shoulder and lower-back issues have persisted, and he has been told to refrain from baseball activity for eight weeks. Yoenis Cespedes was scratched Tuesday after hurting his right wrist on March 6.

Adam Rubin

DeGrom sharp in spring training debut

Making his spring debut after being sidelined with back stiffness and leaving camp for his daughter's birth, Jacob deGrom overpowered the Astros at times in his two-plus innings of work Sunday.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In the Blue Jays clubhouse earlier this week, a dozen or so players gathered around the TV and watched as Tim Tebow struck out against Detroit's Daniel Norris. The broadcast cut to a reaction shot of a toddler making a yuck-face, at which point one veteran Blue Jay said: "They're just waiting for Tebow to do bad. I'm actually pulling for the guy."


BBTN: Mental Help Of Spring, Ichiro, Giants' Kuiper

Buster Olney and Boog Sciambi discuss Matt Harvey's focus, Ichiro's return to Seattle, six man rotations and much more (7:11). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (26:40), Inside Heat on the Giants from Duane Kuiper (31:30) and Mariano Rivera weighs in on Goose Gossage (43:52).

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Harvey believes he's on track to bounce back

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey allowed two hits over a pair of scoreless innings against the Tigers on Monday in his second spring training appearance.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz has an ERA near infinity (54.00) to show for two spring outings but even after being roughed up by Washington on Sunday, Matz once again said he feels healthy and strong. After leaving some balls up today against a Nationals lineup that featured just two projected regulars, Matz says his goal next time out will be to keep the ball down.

Jon Scher ESPN.com 

Tim Tebow ropes one down the line — just a bit foul.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Another rough outing for Mets starter Steven Matz, as he tries to bounce back from last year's season-ending elbow surgery. Matz lasted only 2/3 of an inning against Washington, laboring through 34 pitches. He gave up five runs, five hits and walked two. New York's defense did Matz no favors but, however you slice it, he's got a ways to go in trying to recover his pre-injury form. Luckily, it's just March 3.

Jon Scher ESPN.com 

Fan 1: "We Want Tebow!" Fan 2: "No we don't!"‬ He's starting at DH and batting 7th today in Port St. Lucie.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets starter Jacob deGrom threw 40 pitches this morning in a bullpen session and reported no problems with his problematic lower back. He's hoping to face live batters in a simulated game in a few days. A possibility to start for New York on opening day, deGrom says there is still time to ramp up his workload by then should he draw the assignment.

Syndergaard feels good after second outing (0:43)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is a thing to make NL hitters shudder: Miami's J.T. Realmuto, the last batter Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard faced today, struck out looking on a sharp-breaking curveball. After his outing, Syndergaard said he can't recall ever getting a called third strike with that pitch before. A troubling seed to plant in the heads of batsmen everywhere.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets SS Ahmed Rosario was removed from today's game against the Marlins with what the club is describing as "knee irritation."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Another solid outing today for the Mets' Noah Syndergaard. After an early hiccup -- walking Miami's Braxton Lee on four pitches to start the first -- Syndergaard found his command and rolled. The scoreboard at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla, doesn't register above 99 MPH, but Syndergaard hit that figure on a number of his 43 offerings. Lee came around to score on Justin Bour's liner up the middle, but Syndergaard didn't allow another baserunner over three innings, struck out four and threw strikes on 20 of his last 25 pitches.

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Syndergaard on high velocity: Don't freak out

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard said there's no reason for people to be "freaking out" after the right-hander threw 11 pitches of 100 mph or more in his spring debut.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Wilson on Tim Tebow working through his own baseball dream: "I always want people to be successful. He's a competitor, and he's working at something to try to accomplish, which is very difficult to do. So I'm wishing him the best."

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24327th
On Base Percentage.32722nd
Slugging Percentage.38628th
Earned Run Average5.3621st
Quality Starts0Tied-3rd