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HBT Daily: Anyone remember Generation K?

Jun 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Look, I love Harvey and Wheeler and wish them nothing but success in all they do outside of games against the Braves. And I think anyone wishing injury on any player — like, say, Joe Simpson seemed to do in yesterday’s game, proving again that he’s awful — is just horrible.

But Mets fans would do well to remember the hard lessons of the last crop of would-be superstar pitchers that came up and were tasked with leading them out of darkness. Young pitching is the most exciting thing in baseball. It’s also the thing upon which you can depend the least. Those arms and elbow will break your heart, even if we hope against hope that they stay healthy.

Also: Don Mattingly: why isn’t he in the Hall of Fame?

  1. cur68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Don Mattingly Apologist.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM


  2. eaglescoony24 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Does anyone have any stats on how many of the Cooperstown statues have mullets?? Hmmmm….

  3. eaglescoony24 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Statues….stupid autocorrect

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      But I love that it knew “mullets.”

  4. RickyB - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Donnie Baseball was my favorite player during his career, but he doesn’t belong in the Hall. Wish it weren’t true …

  5. daveitsgood - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I thought Burns told him to get rid of those sideburns?

  6. realgone2 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I’m pretty sure Joe was joking, but never let that stop Craig from being outraged as usual.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Yeah, that was hilarious: maybe he’ll get hurt! Hahaha!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Craig, that is not funny. You should be outraged! >:(

      • opiedamus - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Craig: Really?!? That’s what is going to get your boxers in a bunch? You didn’t like him joking about wanting someone to get hurt, but only so they couldn’t pitch vs the Bravos….Really?!?

        What’s next on your list? Getting upset at the drivers on 285 who want all the piss poor drivers to stay in the first 2 lanes and run into each other instead of clogging up the left lane? Really? Or, yelling at the guy who is clearly frustrated with the lady who waits til everything is rung up at the register BEFORE taking out her damn checkbook? Really?!?…..and why do we still have frickin checkbooks for those people….use a debit card, it’s the same damn thing!

        I enjoy most of your writing because it’s sarcastic, but for you to call out another sarcastic SOB is like a donkey getting mad at an ass for being an ass….

  7. Carl Hancock - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I remember Generation K very well.

    All three Generation K pitchers pitched for my hometown team and longtime Mets AAA team, the Norfolk Tides, prior to pitching for the Mets. Technically I’m in Virginia Beach but Norfolk is close enough for them to be my hometown team.

    Two of the Generation K players also pitched for my favorite team with Izzy having the most success. Pulsipher also had his last majr league appearance with the Cards.

    In think Harvey and Wheeler will fair better. But then again, look what happened to Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.

    Brief dominance and success in baseball is one thing. Sustained dominance, especially for a pitcher, is something entirely different.

    The odds are likely that both of them together won’t live up to longterm expectations.

  8. jwbiii - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    How could we forget Generation KO’d?

  9. heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    What happens when we get to generation Z? Binary, maybe?

    Bring on, “The Honking”.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      I think they started over with “the Me Generation.”

  10. js20011041 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Oh the humanity. I’m reasonably sure that Joe Simpson didn’t want Harvey to actually get hurt. Not completely, but reasonably. He probably shouldn’t have said it, but let’s not turn this into Simpson stating that he wished Harvey would die or that he would contract a vicious strain of herpes. All things considered, this was a fairly benign statement.

    While we’re on this note, I have to say that there is nothing in the world that I despise more than this culture of moral outrage that has taken over this country in the last two decades or so. I mean that literally. Bin Laden, Hitler, genocide, racism, Justin Bieber. I hate all of these things just a hair less than the culture of being morally outraged or offended about every little fucking thing that people don’t agree with. It’s a disease.

  11. sdelmonte - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    There was never a Generation K. The Mets went straight from Doc and Darling to the 2000 World Series team.

    And never mind Mattingly. What about Keith Hernandez? Their numbers are similar, and Keith was possibly a better fielder. (Those World Series rings are nice, too, but not something to include in a fair debate.)

  12. coryfor3 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Without injury, Mattingly would’ve been in. He put up about 4-5 years of some awesome stats.

    • American of African Descent - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Without drugs, Strawberry and Gooden would be in. Strawberry was the one who was supposed to break Aaron’s record, and Gooden was then the youngest pitcher to 100 wins.

  13. chicoruiz - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Mattingly and Hernandez both have the primary qualification for the Hall of Fame – they played in New York!

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