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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fancred Sports : A lot of intrigue over Mets GM pursuit: old school vs. new school

Mets fans deserve better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:51 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Orioles became the first professional sports team to wear Braille jerseys

The Orioles hosted the Blue Jays for a regular, regular-season game on Tuesday night. Camden Yards looked as beautiful as always, fans were munching on crab dip and waffle fries and baseball players were playing baseball.

But there was one cool, new added element to the uniforms of the home team. The Orioles had their team and player names spelled out in Braille—becoming the first team in professional sports history to do so.

Fans were also given Braille alphabet cards so they could spell out their favorite players.

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braille, orioles, uniforms

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Orioles match club record with 107th loss, 5-0 to Blue Jays before tiny home crowd

Their dubious destiny nearly set, this year’s Orioles team will very likely go down in history as the worst in franchise history, an ugly distinction for a team that owns a proud 65-year history in Baltimore.

This day sneaked up on no one, and it’s now not a matter of whether they will have that title, but how bad the ending will be over the final two weeks of the season.

In terms of losses, they are there. With their next defeat, the Orioles set themselves apart in a way no one wants after losing their 107th game of the season, tying the team record, with a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards.

Interesting to consider how fast the collapse can come when it does- we’re only two years removed from Zach Britton spending the Wild-Card Game sitting on the bench.

 

QLE Posted: September 18, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: futility, losing streak, orioles, things fall apart

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Report: MLB looking into umpire’s bizarre interference in Mets celebration

Veteran umpire Tom Hallion has some explaining to do after seemingly attempting to block the New York Mets walk-off celebration on Thursday.

According to the New York Post, Major League Baseball officials are expected to question the veteran umpire for what writer Mike Puma termed an “apparent attempt to show up Todd Frazier” after Frazier launched the game-winning home run in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.

The Mets obviously haven’t had much to celebrate in 2018. They were quick to surround the plate though to share in Frazier’s moment as he rounded the bases following one of the team’s most thrilling home runs of the season.

John McGraw and Earl Weaver would have had responses to this- whether or not they would have helped matters, on the other hand…...

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: grudge match, mets, todd frazier, tom hallion, umpire

Friday, September 14, 2018

David Wright to suit up for Mets one last time

Fighting back tears at an emotional news conference Thursday, Wright announced he will return from a 2 1/2-year absence to start at third base on Sept. 29. He does not expect to play again after this month.

I bet he’ll get a pretty good ovation, and he deserves it.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mets’ Jacob deGrom Sets Record With 26th Straight Start Allowing Three Runs or Fewer

There’s something of a weird everyman appeal to this story, though I’m reasonably sure deGrom wishes it wasn’t so.

If the Mets were searching for a silver lining this season, look no further than the play of ace righthander Jacob deGrom.

On Tuesday, deGrom registered his 26th straight start allowing three runs or fewer, surrendering just two runs across seven innings against the Marlins. The previous record was set by Leslie “King” Cole in 1908. It took 108 years for his mark to be topped. Once again though, the Mets handed their ace a tough-luck loss. deGrom’s record dropped to 8-9 on the year.

His quality outing actually raised his league-leading ERA from 1.68 to 1.71. Such is life for a top Cy Young Award candidate. It would still be the lowest single-season ERA for a pitcher since Zack Greinke finished the 2015 season with a 1.66 figure for the Dodgers.

QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, mets being mets, mets let him down

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Did Todd Frazier trick the umpire?

The linked video review seems to indicate that he didn’t only not catch the ball, but had a non official baseball in his glove that he showed the umpire.

stevegamer Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, mets, trick play

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Wright rejoins Mets, hopes to get back on field in September

Given how the year has gone for the Mets so far, I can’t rule out Wright coming back….

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — David Wright rejoined the New York Mets on Friday, though he remains on the disabled list, and said he met with team officials to discuss what he needs to prove physically in order to get back in a major league game for the first time since 2016.

The seven-time All-Star third baseman took grounders before the Mets faced the San Francisco Giants and said he’s “cautiously optimistic” he’ll get into a game in September. The Mets have not announced a timetable for his return.

Wright is trying to come back from back, neck and shoulder injuries that have required three surgeries and kept the 35-year-old off the field since May 27, 2016. He said team management discussed what he needs to show to rejoin the lineup.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Noah Syndergaard after tough stretch: ‘I’m just kind of wasting my ability to throw a baseball’

Mets fans, insert your own jokes here.

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is stuck in a tough stretch. In his last five starts coming into Monday’s game, the 25-year-old had an uncharacteristic 4.50 ERA.

That figure went up after a 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Syndergaard gave up four runs on nine hits over six innings during the contest. He avoided the loss after the Mets tied things up in the seventh.

Following the game, Syndergaard told reporters he feels like he’s been wasting his ability recently.

 

QLE Posted: August 28, 2018 at 07:27 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, self-immolation

Monday, August 27, 2018

Orioles renovating their fall instructional league - School of Roch

Orioles being innovative?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Mets may have just discovered their next Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy wasn’t really very good during hit Mets days. His poor defense siphoned off a lot of the value of his bat. Hopefully McNeil will be a better fielder.

“He reminds me of Daniel Murphy,’’ a scout who has followed McNeil in the minors told The Post on Wednesday.

That is some high praise.

“He puts the bat on the ball and he leaves the bat in the hitting zone a long time,’’ the scout said. “He makes solid contact and now that he has gotten a little stronger, he is starting to drive the ball. He is just a late bloomer because I have seen him through the years.

“You know how they say a player in the field has a nose for the ball,’’ the scout added. “Well, he has a nose for the ball at the plate.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, jeff mcneil, mets

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mickey Callaway has seen the light — and can’t be the only one

It’s a balance. You don’t want good pitchers, bad fielders, and bad hitters. The keys, of course, are player evaluation and properly weighting how the parts fit together. The Mets, for one example, seem to do a pretty poor job at both aspects.

“If you are going to build a team around pitching, you better value defense,’’ one scout said Tuesday night. “The Mets better start valuing it.’’

When Callaway was asked about the importance of defense throughout the organization, the manager spelled out what must be done moving forward.

“I think with who we have on the mound in our organization, I think defense needs to be paramount,’’ Callaway said on a night the Mets played solid defense and beat the Giants 6-3 at Citi Field.

“We’ve seen when we play good defense, we win games. [Monday] night we didn’t play great defense in one inning and we end up losing the game because of it.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Monday, August 20, 2018

Three reasons why Mets may not promote Peter Alonso this season | SNY

Service time and shoddy defense are the main reasons. He doesn’t even need to be added to the 40-Man Roster this year.

3) Concern that his fielding will overwhelm him, impact his bat and throw off his development
If I had to guess, I’d say while the above two reasons are a legit factor, it’s Alonso’s fielding that is the bigger issue for the Mets.

I’ve heard from countless scouts and player development people during the past six months that Alonso’s reactions and feet are slow in the field. His glove and arm are fine. He’s not Lucas Duda or even Pedro Alvarez, so there’s room for improvement. But, right now, he’s just a little slow, which is a concern when making the jump to MLB, where the game moves much faster than it does in Triple-A.

“I don’t think fans understand how quick things move up here compared to the minor leagues, and even Triple-A,” Michael Cuddyer told me in early 2016, after announcing his retirement. “Guys are just more prepared, everyone is more knowledgeable about what to do with the baseball. They’re the best in the world and you feel it when you arrive. And, it can be intimidating and possibly distracting for a young guy, especially kids that moved quick through the system.”

Alonso was drafted by the Mets at 21 years old out of college during the second round of the MLB draft in 2016. He advanced to Double-A as soon as the following summer. He was bumped to Triple-A in June of this season, where he’s hitting just .237, but with a .340 OBP and .522 slugging percentage with 15 HR and 12 doubles in 54 games. In addition to his powerful stats this past summer, he also represented the Mets during the Triple-A All Star Game, as well as the MLB Futures Game, where he turned heads by crushing monster home runs during an unofficial, pre-game home run derby and then hit a monster homer during the game.

It was just two and a half years ago that he was doing the same, but for the University of Florida.

As a result, there are lots of people around baseball, including some with the Mets, who wonder if Alonso is better served being marketed as a DH and traded to an American League team.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, peter alonso

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Chris Davis on struggles, false theories and whether he’d quit - School of Roch

Good interview with the struggling Davis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2018 at 08:13 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Mets still plan to go outside for next GM, here are potential candidates being mentioned

Considering their payroll situation Cherington would be a good fit. Of course, he’s probably smart enough to wait for a better situation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2018 at 07:46 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, mets

Mets reportedly leaning toward hiring old-school GM, worried about being too ‘analytics driven’

Unfortunately for Mets fans this isn’t a redirect to The Onion.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2018 at 07:16 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Cardinals executive on radar in Mets’ GM search

In the nascent stages of the Mets’ general manager search, Gary LaRocque’s name is among those receiving consideration.
[...]
Multiple individuals connected to the team have indicated Mets patriarch Fred Wilpon, 81, is unlikely to hand the organization’s reins to a young, purely analytics-driven GM with whom he would perhaps have difficulty connecting. The growing belief is Wilpon will look toward a more traditional baseball person.
[...]
There is thought among team officials that perhaps the Mets became too analytics driven in recent seasons under Sandy Alderson’s watch, and a veteran leader with a pure baseball background would help shift the organization toward the center.


Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Amed Rosario could be answer to Mets’ outfield problem

There is also an opening at 1B, 2B, 3B, C, in the bullpen, the starting rotation, and, if they move Rosario to CF, at SS.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 11:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

How the Mets can save Amed Rosario

Although he’s eating up service time on the Mets, sending him down won’t necessarily fix his problems. Watching him this season, he’s shown glimpses of figuring it out. As long as it’s not a confidence problem, and it doesn’t appear that it is, let him keep working against the best competition in the world and see how it plays out. He’s proven he can handle the minors. Remember, player development is not linear. Sometimes a team just needs to be patient.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Jacob deGrom vs. Pitchers at the Plate Is the Most Lopsided Matchup of 2018

From article—
That’s one successful sacrifice bunt and an 0-for-33 batting line, with 22 strikeouts and a grand total of three balls hit to the outfield. Collectively, pitchers have recorded a batting average of .000, an on-base percentage of .000, and a slugging percentage of .000.

He’s one of only a handful of pitchers in league history to strike out at least 64 percent of opposing pitcher-hitters in a season, and he already ranks fourth all time in most batters faced (34) with a .000 OPS allowed; Ron Villone (36 in 2001) and Frank Pastore (39 in 1981) are both within reach, while Masato Yoshii (57 in 1998) is likely too far away, as dwindling starter innings in 2018 mean deGrom simply hasn’t faced pitchers frequently enough to catch Yoshii.

Master of the Horse Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, mets, new york mets

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Diner Question: Should Dan Duquette continue as Orioles’ top baseball man? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

With the muddled set-up at the top, it’s tough to evaluate Duquette the last few years. From his track record, though, I’d be inclined to still grade him out as an above-average GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:07 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Adam Jones has earned the right to say ‘no’ to trade - BaltimoreBaseball.com

I’m a big fan of Adam Jones. He certainly has earned the right to stay in Baltimore. As a pending free agent, though, I wonder whether this will hurt him next year. Had he accepted the deal and made an impact with a team like the Phillies, he would be more marketable. Instead he’ll finish out the season out of the national eye. With aging veterans getting squeezed in free agency, getting an opportunity to showcase skills in a pennant race and post season can help put extra dollars into a player’s pocket.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yanks acquire reliever Britton from Orioles

Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers are human beings who throw baseballs and now play in the Orioles’ organization.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trades, yankees

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mets finally calling up one sizzling prospect [Jeff McNeil]

The Mets are calling up Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Tuesday morning, after he tore up the Eastern League and then Pacific Coast League. The utilityman hit .368/.437/.600 in Vegas [after hitting .327/.402/.626 at AA Binghamton] and the Mets will hope he can help replenish a lineup that has struggled to produce.

The corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, though there is no shortage of expendable players in the Mets’ infield.


Is this the end of Jose Reyes?

Adam Starblind Posted: July 24, 2018 at 11:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Friday, July 20, 2018

Agent: Mets should trade Jacob deGrom if not interested in long-term deal

Jacob deGrom wants the New York Mets to consider trading him if they aren’t interested in signing the ace pitcher to a long-term contract.

DeGrom’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, said in a statement to The Athletic that the All-Star is interested in “exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.”

“If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now,” Van Wagenen said in the statement published Monday. “The inertia of [the] current situation could complicate Jacob’s relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision.”

Van Wagenen attempted to clarify his comments later Monday to the New York Post, telling the paper that his statement to The Athletic is “not a demand for a trade.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:28 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, mets

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