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centerfieldmaz top albums of 2019

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WITHIN TEMPTATION - RESIST ********** THE STRUTS - YOUNG & DANGEROUS ********** MOTLEY CRUE - THE DIRT SOUNDTRACK ********** THE WHO - THE WHO ********** VOLBEAT - REWIND REPLAY REBOUND *********** METALLICA - HELPING HANDS (LIVE & ACOUSTIC) ********* MIRANDA LAMBERT - WILDCARD ********** RAMMSTEIN - RAMMSTEIN ********** KOBRA & THE LOTUS - EVOLUTION ********** WHITESNAKE - FLESH & BLOOD ********** LACUNA COIL - BLACK ANIMA ********** NEW YEARS DAY - UNBREAKABLE ********** ELLE KING - SHAKE THE SPIRIT ********** THE DARK ELEMENT - SONGS THE NIGHT SINGS ********** THE MURDER OF MY SWEET - BRAVE TIN WORLD ********** BARBE-Q-BARBIES - BORROWED TIME ********** KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - ATONEMENT ********** ROSY VISTA - UNBELIVEABL

Rick Porcello: New Jersey Native 2020 Mets Pitcher

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Frederick Alfred Porcello III was born on December 27th 1988 in Morristown, New Jersey. He grew up a die hard Mets fan, loving Mike Piazza & the 2000 NL Champions. Porcello was a star high school pitcher in West Orange, New Jersey. In his senior year he was undefeated going 10-0  with 103 strikeouts & tossed a perfect game.  He was planning to go to college but decided on going right to the big leagues instead. He was the number one ranked prospect but got selected #27 in the first round, mostly because Scott Boras was his agent & teams didn't want to deal with him representing such a young player.  Porcello was selected by the Detroit Tigers tagged aa special pitcher with the ability to be an ace of a staff. At a total of an $11 million contract, Porcello became the highest paid kid ever out of high school. He debuted with Jim Leyland's Detroit Tigers on April 9th 2009, in a game against Ricky Romero. It was the first time in MLB history that two first ro

Dellin Betances: New Mets 2020 Reliever

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Mets Welcome veteran Relief Pitcher Dellin Betances on Christmas Eve:

Tom O'Malley: Former Mets Outfielder (1989-1990)

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Thomas Patrick O’Malley was born Christmas day 1960 in West Orange, New Jersey. The Irish American family moved to Montoursville, Pennsylvania where Thomas would grow up. The six foot left hand hitting outfielder, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 16th round of the 1979 draft. At age twenty he was a Texas League All Star leading all third baseman in fielding. By 1982 after 26 games he was batting .446 at AAA Phoenix, when the Giants wanted him in their line up. They made room for his bat, by moving veteran Darrel Evans over to first base. The Giants had high hopes for Tom; he hit .275 with 12 doubles, two HRs & 27 RBIs in 92 games that year as they finished third under Frank Robinson. 1983 would prove to be O'Malley's only full season, batting .259 with five HRs, 16 doubles & 45 RBIs in 135 games as the team finished fifth. Over the next two seasons he spent most of his time in the minors, where he hit well, batting .346 at AAA Phoenix. He struggle

Al Ferrara: Former Italian / American Player & Hollwood Actor (1963-1971)

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Alfred John Ferrara was born on December 22, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. The muscular Italian American was known as “The Bull” way before Philadelphia’s Greg Luzinski took the moniker in the seventies. His father Al Sr. was a New York fireman & then in retirement worked the gate at Jackie Gleasons Country Club in Miami Florida. His mother died when he was 17 & his grandmother raised him & his twin siblings. As a child he was an accomplished piano player but he loved baseball more than piano. Quotes: Al Ferrara- “I never wanted to play the piano, I wanted to play baseball. But a first-generation Italian woman like my grandmother didn’t know anything about baseball, so I had to play the piano, starting at age eight. I learned the classics. I read music and play the pieces as they were written by Beethoven and Bach. I got pretty good and I learned to use piano to do what I wanted to do. I had a deal with my grandmother that after playing for an hour she would give m