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Mark Herrmann

Mark Herrmann

SPORTS COLUMNIST

Mark Herrmann has been at Newsday since 1983 and has covered the Mets and Yankees since 1988. He also has covered baseball's special events, such as the All-Star Game and Mark McGwire's home run record chase. Herrmann is a former Mets beat writer and former vice chairman of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

April 19, 2007

League's eye has a blind spot

Oddly enough, for the second time this week, the action was frantic in Toronto, perhaps hockey's greatest hotbed. They're not playing hockey there now, but they're watching it in league headquarters. And for the second time in two games, the watching went against the Islanders.

April 19, 2007

Eye has blind spot

Oddly enough, for the second time this week, the action was frantic in Toronto, perhaps hockey's greatest hotbed. They're not playing hockey there now, but they're watching it in league headquarters. And for the second time in two games, the watching went against the Islanders.

April 18, 2007

Bury Yashin with fake praise

Here's the plan: Everybody immediately starts praising Alexei Yashin. Writers opine about how much he means to the Islanders, fans chant his name during long stretches when he is off the ice and shriek uncontrollably when he takes a rare shift.

April 17, 2007

Bury Yashin with fake praise

Here's the plan: Everybody immediately starts praising Alexei Yashin. Writers opine about how much he means to the Islanders, fans chant his name during long stretches when he is off the ice and shriek uncontrollably when he takes a rare shift.

April 17, 2007

Not safe at home anymore

In terms of many modern amenities, Nassau Coliseum ranks alongside the Roman Colosseum. Research has revealed that the rest room lines are about as long in this one as they were in that one.

April 17, 2007

Not safe at home anymore

In terms of many modern amenities, Nassau Coliseum ranks alongside the Roman Colosseum. Research has revealed that the rest room lines are about as long in this one as they were in that one.

April 16, 2007

Concussions get inside your head

The hardest part is not the waiting, it is the hoping. There were times when Tim Connolly was recovering from his two concussions that his spirits hurt worse than his head.

April 16, 2007

Concussions get inside your head

The hardest part is not the waiting, it is the hoping. There were times when Tim Connolly was recovering from his two concussions that his spirits hurt worse than his head.

April 15, 2007

Much-needed symbol of respect

BUFFALO

April 15, 2007

Isles are different with DiPietro

BUFFALO

April 12, 2007

He's not Tiger, but Blake's now a major player

The most unlikely All-Star on the most unlikely team in the National Hockey League playoffs is not as high on underdogs as you might think. Jason Blake was not pulling for Zach Johnson, a Blake-like self-made figure out of the heartland, to win the Masters Sunday.

April 11, 2007

He's not Tiger, but Blake's now a major player

The most unlikely All-Star on the most unlikely team in the National Hockey League playoffs is not as high on underdogs as you might think. Jason Blake was not pulling for Zach Johnson, a Blake-like self-made figure out of the heartland, to win the Masters Sunday.

April 10, 2007

Nolan gets show of appreciation from players

This has been under review for a couple of weeks now, and there is a change in the scoring. The real franchise player for the Islanders isn't the goalie, and isn't even a player at all.

April 9, 2007

Nolan gets show of appreciation from players

This has been under review for a couple of weeks now, and there is a change in the scoring. The real franchise player for the Islanders isn't the goalie, and isn't even a player at all.

April 8, 2007

Green jacket no Cup of tee

AUGUSTA, Ga.

April 8, 2007

New Shinnecock pro has impressive resume

If by any chance golfers have liked the vexingly fast greens, frustrating putts and high scores at the Masters this week, they will love the U.S. Open at Oakmont in June.

April 3, 2007

Augusta never lacks drama

It is not every day that one of the contestants at a major sports event quotes Winston Churchill. It is even rarer still that the contestant is old enough to have heard it firsthand.

April 1, 2007

Safe bet: Plenty of parity

The Yankees, Diamondbacks, Angels, Marlins, Red Sox, White Sox and Cardinals have almost nothing in common. They all spend differently, scout differently, play differently.

April 1, 2007

PGA's new playoff system to begin in Westchester

Golf can claim one sure thing that no other sport has: This year, the playoffs definitely will start in New York.

April 1, 2007

Set for opener with bells on

For starters, let's get this correct. Spring training records don't mean a darned thing for a veteran team such as the Mets, who are just trying to get out of camp reasonably healthy. The baseball adage says, "We'll be ready when the bell rings."

March 25, 2007

THE BILLIONAIRE

VERO BEACH, Fla.

March 21, 2007

Rick's absence underscored true worth

Of course the Islanders depend enormously on Rick DiPietro. This is what happens when you have a perfectly good backup goalie, then move him.

March 20, 2007

Isles reel without DP

Of course the Islanders depend enormously on Rick DiPietro. This is what happens when you have a perfectly good backup goalie, then move him.

March 19, 2007

Rotation a worry from start

JUPITER, Fla.

March 18, 2007

Today's lesson: He runs circus

VERO BEACH, FLA.

March 16, 2007

Was Pedro worth it? You better believe it

It was worth it.

March 15, 2007

Was Pedro worth it? You better believe it

It was worth it.

March 14, 2007

Biggio on path to 3,000

Compared to all the other transitions that Craig Biggio has gone through, this one is going to be a snap. This is going to be easier than switching from football to baseball, Long Islander to Texan, catcher to second baseman, second baseman to outfielder and back again.

March 13, 2007

Biggio on path to 3,000

Compared to all the other transitions that Craig Biggio has gone through, this one is going to be a snap. This is going to be easier than switching from football to baseball, Long Islander to Texan, catcher to second baseman, second baseman to outfielder and back again.

March 13, 2007

Still drives them to brink

That armored personnel carrier parked outside the ballpark on the third-base side was not meant to signal trouble, but at a Yankees-Red Sox game, you never know.

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