Baseball Community Sadden by Passing of Shannon Forde

Yesterday the baseball community lost one of the truly genuine and wonderful people. Shannon Forde, 44, a beloved member of the New York Mets media relations department for over two decades, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.

Shannon, a graduate of St. John’s University, came to the Mets in 1994 and rose to the ranks of Senior Director. She was a pioneer for women in baseball’s public relations and was a professional that impacted everyone she met. Many took to social media hours after learning of her passing to share their thoughts about what Shannon meant to them. Take a look at the overwhelming reaction on social media.


Mike Piazza

Baseball Hall of Famer/Catcher for the New York Mets from 1998-2005

Buster Olney 

Columnist, ESPN 

Ken Rosenthal 

Field reporter, Major League Baseball on FOX 

Cliff Floyd 

OF, New York Mets from 2003-2006

Dillion Gee

RHP, New York Mets from 2010-2015

Even other New York sports teams shared their condolences.

New York Jets

New York Rangers

Even our cross-town rival showed their support by holding a moment of silence for Shannon.

Shannon will always be in our hearts. 

How An Offseason Rumor Is Born

First, the team contacts the player, PLAYER X, that they most covet: 

After PLAYER X responds in the affirmative, the team raises the stakes. 

Before they can respond however, Ken Rosenthal, sitting in the back of the class, has witnessed something going on. He then sends his own note: 

The player then responds:

Which leads Rosenthal to tweet: 

And thus, the offseason rumor has been born. 

Any questions?