When we run to the mound in the morning on WFAN (first pitch: 9:05) in the constant hope of throwing strikes on the low black knee-high, the guests include Brady Anderson, considered the poster child for one-year spikes in power statistics. In 1996, leading off for Baltimore, he struck 56 home runs as the most prolific one-season leadoff hitter in baseball history.
He never hit 24 in a season before or after. He has been answering questions regarding alleged use of performance-enhacing drugs ever since.
Also joining us, confirmed moments ago from White Sox camp, reliever J.J. Putz. He recently told a Chicago radio station that the Mets knew he had a bone spur in his elbow at the time of his trade from Seattle but wasn't given a physical. And the one he did receive in spring training is a formality. Most significantly, the Mets convinced him to continue pitching with the injury that eventually required season-ending surgery. He also said he was told by the Mets not to talk to the media about being injured.
Yeah, that'll work around here.