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Howard Johnson still only Mets player to lead NL in this category

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The 1 and only … Met to lead the National League in RBIs: Howard Johnson

The Time: 1991

The Background: HoJo shared third base with Ray Knight in 1985 and on the 1986 championship Mets before breaking out as the full-time starter in 1987. The switch hitter was a National League All-Star in 1989 during a season in which he hit .287, drove in 101 runs, cracked 36 home runs and led the league with 104 runs scored.

The Skinny: The Mets finished fifth in the NL East in 1991, but Johnson put together one of the best seasons of his career — leading the league in two-thirds of the Triple Crown categories with 117 RBIs and 38 home runs. The 30-year-old drove in a run on the final day of the season to edge Barry Bonds and Will Clark, both of whom finished with 116.

The Others Who Came Closest: Most recently, Pete Alonso’s 120 RBIs in his splendid 2019 rookie season were good enough for third in the NL, six behind leader Anthony Rendon. Two other Mets have come in second place in the NL RBI race, but they had bigger margins behind the top finisher — Darryl Strawberry with 101 RBIs to Clark’s 109 in 1988 and David Wright with 124 RBIs to Ryan Howard’s 146 in 2008. (Mike Piazza’s 124 RBIs in 1999 ranked just seventh that season).

The Quote: “My dad always told me, ‘If you hit, they’ll find a place for you in the field.’ But I know I make my living driving in runs.” — Howard Johnson

The Aftermath: Johnson went on to play four more seasons, two for the Mets, and tallied a combined 131 RBIs the rest of his career as his production fell off. Plenty of other RBI champs have played for the Mets — just not accomplishing the feat in the team’s uniform. Among them: Duke Snider, Joe Torre, George Foster, Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Delgado, Mo Vaughn and Eddie Murray.

The Legacy: Johnson, who had three 30-30 seasons in Queens, still has his place in the Mets career record books — fourth in runs (627), fourth in home runs (192), fourth in RBIs (629) and third in stolen bases (202). He also later coached for the Mets, playing a role in Wright’s development.

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Yankees begin releasing their minor leaguers

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The Yankees released 45 minor leaguers on Monday, a source confirmed.

They joined a growing list of teams that have made the move during the coronavirus shutdown, although the Royals and Twins are among the organizations that have not done so.

The Yankees are expected to continue to pay their remaining minor leaguers the standard $400 per week, which is subject to change.

Teams typically would have had at least one more round of cuts during spring training, but most teams delayed the moves following the shutdown of the sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And with MLB and the Players Association still far apart on reaching a deal that would result in at least an abbreviated season, there’s almost no chance of a minor league season being played — which has resulted in organizations looking to make significant payroll reductions.

Minor leaguers thought capable of being included on a 20-man “taxi squad” if there is a shortened season would have access to workout facilities to stay ready in case they are needed at the Major League level.

The budget cuts have been felt around baseball and include the A’s stopping their $400 stipend to minor leaguers beginning last Sunday. And the Nationals, coming off their World Series championship, reportedly reversed course Monday after receiving backlash from moving to reduce stipends to $300 per month for their minor leaguers.

For the Yankees’ non-uniform personnel, such as the front office, scouts, staff members, etc., the Yankees recently told them they would be paid through at least June 15.

At that point, potential options include cutting salaries, instituting furloughs or letting people go.

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Gregg Popovich rips ‘deranged idiot’ Donald Trump, other politicians in takedown of American leadership

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Gregg Popovich is done with Donald Trump. (Again.)

The Spurs head coach and outspoken critic of the president sounded off to Dave Zirin of The Nation, criticizing Trump’s response to America’s current civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, citing a lack of leadership in the face of racial turmoil.

Some of the highlights from Pop’s incendiary comments on The Nation:

If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unify people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. That’s how deranged he is. It’s all about him. It’s all about what benefits him personally. It’s never about the greater good. And that’s all he’s ever been. 

It’s so clear what needs to be done. We need a president to come out and say simply that ‘black lives matter.’ Just say those three words. But he won’t and he can’t. He can’t because it’s more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity. But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do whatever I can do to help, because that’s what leaders do. But he can’t do anything to put us on a positive path, because he’s not a leader. …

He’s not just divisive. He’s a destroyer. To be in his presence makes you die. He will eat you alive for his own purposes. I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say “black lives matter.” That’s why he hides in the White House basement. He is a coward. He creates a situation and runs away like a grade-schooler. Actually, I think it’s best to ignore him. There is nothing he can do to make this better because of who he is: a deranged idiot.

Popovich’s rage would find more targets than just Trump in the interview. The five-time NBA champion also attacked Republican senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) for lacking the “courage” to stand up to Trump in the country’s current situation. 

Popovich also said that the “system has to change” and that he’s “willing to do his part.” He is likely referring to systemic racism and civil unrest throughout the country and protests and riots calling for change following the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

This isn’t the first time Popovich has been publicly critical of the president, with some of his more recent comments painting Trump as “cowardly.” The comments came in light of the NBA’s controversies with China.

It’s not the first time an NBA personality, specifically head coach, has been outwardly critical of Trump. Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently called Trump a “racist” due to his response of the death of Floyd.

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Michael Jordan’s love letter to Amy Hunter sold for $25,000

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Michael Jordan's love letter to Amy Hunter sold for $25,000

The world already got to see the ultimate competitor side of Michael Jordan in ESPN’s 10-part documentary “The Last Dance,” but one fan shelled out over $25,000 to see a different side of the GOAT.

A 20-page love letter written by Jordan to actress Amy Hunter, who he presumably had an affair with, sold for $25,703 at an auction Sunday. The letter sold for $2,560 in 2014, but its value increased drastically following “The Last Dance.”

“Amy, sometimes I am the most selfish person on this earth because for one whole year all I thought about was Michael,” Jordan wrote. “… I admit I made a mistake, but found it difficult to change it. Let’s say I do change the mistake. You would not believe the problems we would encounter. It is unthinkable. We wouldn‘t have a pleasant relationship or a private one. Our business up for opinions by the whole world. This is a pressure I can’t live with.”

The letter appeared to be written a few months after Jordan married his now-ex-wife Juanita in September 1989. Jordan references his first son Jeffery, who was born in 1988, in the letter.

“Amy, if I was Michael Jordan, the ordinary man with a 9 to 5 job, then it wouldn’t be hard to admit my mistake,” he wrote. “But instead, I am the Michael Jordan who is put on the pedestal and viewed to be the perfect role model. A lot of people, not just kids, but whole families. Can you imagine the responsibilities I have to deal with. Not to mention a baby by a lady who I have loved for 3 1/2 years.”

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