PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --With a wad of tobacco filling up the left side of his mouth, Willie Harris looks somewhat like a boxer who's taken one too many hits to the cheek. Which, of course, he's not. Harris is actually a baseball player who's taken one too many hits to the psyche.
The number of foreclosure notices filed in November plunged 21%, the biggest month-over-month drop ever recorded by RealtyTrac, the online foreclosure marketer. Filings fell 14% compared with November 2009.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- I came here to Mets camp looking for the lost slugger of the Steroid Era. There had to be some power hitter out there, I figured, whose profile and legacy suffered because too many other great hitters were pumping their bodies full of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. Now was a good time, on the heels of Alex Rodriguez sloppily impugning all of his colleagues by laying blame on a "loosey-goosey" culture, to recognize the extraordinary people who were made more ordinary by the deceitful.
Two days after Tropical Storm Fay first hit Cape Canaveral, Florida, Louise Mills decided to attempt to go to church, having stayed in her condo since it started. That's when she realized she was stranded inside. "As far as we know, we can't leave our condominiums to get to [Florida state road] A1A because the police are blocking it."
Tropical Storm Fay, stalled near Cape Canaveral, Florida, soaked portions of east-central Florida late Wednesday, and the National Hurricane Center said it could dump 30 inches of rain in some areas of the state.
After being pummeled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans is showing signs of recovery - ranking as the fastest-growing large city in the nation, according to a government report released Thursday.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets decisionmakers appear set to overlook top pitching prospect Mike Pelfrey's poor spring and name him the No. 5 starter in coming days, sources said. Club officials will gather here Wednesday, but the momentum is strong for the righthander Pelfrey to get the nod despite a spring in which he allowed 36 baserunners in 17 1/3 innings.
For hardcore fans a major part of the appeal of being in a fantasy league is the discovery aspect of the game. Players like me relish in "discovering" a player that not only no one has considered before for their teams, but most people outside of the business of baseball had never even heard of.
The batting order is the No. 1 topic in the Detroit Tigers' training camp this spring. It's really the only topic. In other camps, teams are busy looking for a No. 2 starter, or No. 3, 4 or 5. Or Nos. 3, 4 and 5. Other teams are searching for a third baseman, or the right side of an infield. A good leadoff man. A closer. A utility infielder. A lot of teams are after a lot of things.