Mike Piazza’s “9/11 jersey” purchased and to be put on public display

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We wrote recently about the controversy over Mike Piazza’s jersey from the Mets’ first game back after 9/11. The one in which he hit his iconic, career-defining home run. The one which, for reasons unknown, the Mets decided to sell to some random collector a few years ago and then, in recent weeks, found itself up for auction, much to the chagrin of Piazza and his family.

Well, the controversy is over. The New York Post reports that it has been purchased by three of the Mets’ minority owners, who plan to display it in three places on a rotating basis: Citi Field, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The minority owners: Anthony Scaramucci, who is also a Fox Business host, Tony Lauto and an anonymous third partner, who yesterday agreed to a deal to buy the jersey for $365,000. They have no control over the Mets, by the way. The Post describes their interest in the team as a “slice,” which suggests some relatively small vanity equity interest.

Glad to see this story have a happy ending.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.