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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mets unveil new dimensions at Citi Field - Newsday

Still, the Mets believe the added benefit of a more homer-friendly environment is worthwhile, especially because their young arms have healthy strikeout and ground-ball rates that should keep them from being burned by the changes. The Mets calculated they would have hit 17 more homers last season with the new dimensions compared to 10 more for opposing hitters. Lefties would have been the biggest beneficiaries.

Some additional graphics: Granderson graphic on his 9 lost Citi Field HRs,
New Citi Field when compared to old Shea Stadium. There ain’t much difference: .

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: citi field, mets

Monday, November 17, 2014


Thursday, November 13, 2014


How NY Mets could avoid a Matt Harvey shutdown in 2015 - NY Daily News

The Mets are hoping to contend in 2015, and do not want Matt Harvey to become this year’s Stephen Strasburg, shut down for a playoff run. And while internal discussions about a plan for Harvey next year are in the very early stages, several creative approaches are possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, wilmer flores

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mets exploring options for shortstop - Newsday

Sorry, the Diamondbacks don’t have “earth shattering” talent at shortstop.

The Diamondbacks also have shortstops to offer and have received calls on Didi Gregorius. But to consider moving a shortstop, GM Dave Stewart said he’d need an offer that he considers “earth shattering.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mets

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Mets’ signing of Michael Cuddyer may mark the first of several front-office moves - MLB - SI.com

Whether Cuddyer is overpaid by a little or a lot is debatable. Suggesting that the 15th pick of the first round isn’t valuable because that particular pick hasn’t produced a plethora of all stars isn’t convincing.

That back-of-the-envelope math is without considering the cost of the lost draft pick. In signing a qualifying offer free agent, the Mets will forfeit the 15th pick of the 2015 draft. While that would seem to be a bad thing for a team on a rebuilding path, the reality is that the slot hasn’t yielded much of value in the past two decades aside from Chase Utley (61.5 WAR since being taken there in 2000). Breaking down the past 21 picks at number 15 dating back to 1994:
• 10 have never played in the majors, including the last five, on whom the jury should quite rightly remain out.

• Six have generated no more than 0.3 WAR for their entire careers, with five of them in the red.

• Two have produced between 4.0 and 5.0 WAR, namely Gabe Gross (2001) and the still-active Devin Mesoraco (2007).

• Two have been worth between 15 and 20 WAR, namely Scott Kazmir (2002, by the Mets) and Stephen Drew (2004).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 09:28 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael cuddyer, rockies

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mets Sign Michael Cuddyer

Apparently Cuddyer wasn’t too nuts about Colorado… and is confident he’ll be awful in 2015!

The Mets announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.

Cuddyer, a client of Excel Sports Management’s Casey Close, was the surprise recipient of a qualifying offer last week that caused many to believe that he would be the first to accept the offer. However, Colorado’s decision to extend the QO appears to have been a wise one, as they’ll now net a draft pick at the end of next year’s first round for their loss. The Mets, on the other hand, will forfeit the 15th pick in next year’s draft in order to bring Cuddyer to Queens…

Cuddyer’s contract is a two-year, $21MM pact, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that he’ll earn $8.5MM in 2015 and $12.5MM in 2016. Essentially, by turning down the qualifying offer, Cuddyer guaranteed himself an additional $5.7MM and a second year.

The District Attorney Posted: November 10, 2014 at 05:40 PM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, michael cuddyer, rockies, transactions

Friday, November 07, 2014

Lucas: Yanks, Mets should look into adding statues honoring legendary players

A John Franco statue? Don’t the Mets already have a NYC Department of Sanitation dumpster outside Citi Field?

The Mets have a solitary statue of manager Casey Stengel at Citi Field, but it is in the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum. They have yet to install figures of icons like Gil Hodges, Gary Carter, Doc Gooden, John Franco or “The Franchise” Tom Seaver. If and when they do, I hope that they will be outside the gates.

It would be great if Mets fans, even those without tickets who are just visiting Flushing in the winter, could pose for pictures next to Tom Terrific in his classic pitching motion, knee scraping the mound as he fires a fastball towards home.

...Let’s hope that the Yankees and the Mets include plans for an outdoor sculpture park on their property sometime soon. Until then, we can always enjoy the spectacular ones right here in the Garden State.

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2014 at 11:20 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Levine: Alexei Ramirez In High Demand « CBS Chicago

Alexei Ramirez is a good, all-around shortstop signed to a reasonable contract. If a team like the Mets wants him, they will have to pony up something good.

Ramirez’s contract is considered a strong selling point for the White Sox if they do entertain a deal. He’s making a modern-day bargain of $10 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Cuban native has missed just 22 games in the last five seasons out of 810 games possible (an average of 156 played per year). Ramirez made the All-Star team for the first time in 2014, and he’s averaged 68 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 17 errors over the last five seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, dodgers, mets, white sox

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Source: Mets leaning toward trade for outfield bat rather than free agents - Newsday

You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Wilpon responds to sexual discrimination suit | Capital New York

Is there ever any good news associated with the Wilpons?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff wilpon, mets

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Citi Field will be more ‘symmetrical,’ less ‘gimmicky’ | Metsblog

I’m sure David Wright supports this move.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stadium renovations, stadiums

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Martino: Michael Cuddyer is a perfect free agent fit for NY Mets, who like him

The Mets have a Cuddyer need for an outfield bat:

So where do they find a bat? Well, here’s an idea, one that that’s already been floated in the blogosphere, and turns out to be a concrete possibility: Free agent Michael Cuddyer, the exact sort of piece that fits the offense the Mets hope to construct.

Here’s what we mean by that: While Sandy Alderson has long checked in on the Giancarlo Stantons and Carlos Gonzalezes of the world, he and his staff consider it more likely that the Mets will surround their core of pitchers with a lineup filled veteran, versatile or otherwise interchangeable pieces. Think Tampa Bay Rays, during their good years.

Cuddyer is just such a piece. Thirty-five years old, he was injured much of this season, but hit 10 home runs in 49 games, while batting .332. People familiar with the Mets’ thinking say that the team considers him attractive on a two-year deal.

It is hard to imagine Cuddyer getting more than that, but as one major league executive notes about the Mets’ top free agent target last year, “No one thought Jhonny Peralta was going to get four years, either.” The Cardinals shocked the Mets, and most of baseball, by giving Peralta a four-year, $52 million deal.

If Cuddyer’s market does not inflate in a similar way, he could provide much-needed power for the Mets, a tremendous clubhouse presence to assume some of the leadership burden from his friend David Wright—and all at a commitment that does not require excessive years, or the loss of a pitching prospect.

It’s not that the Mets refuse to trade any of their pitchers not named Gee, Niese or Colon; it’s just that they are highly reluctant. Over the past 12 months, Wheeler went from sort of available, with some in the organization pushing hard to move him, to virtually untouchable. Syndergaard had a disappointing year at Triple-A, but remains young and promising. DeGrom is about to win the National League rookie of the year award, so he isn’t going anywhere.

Scouts rate Montero a notch below the others, but sources say that the Mets are reluctant to part with him, too. He could be had in the right deal (Yoenis Cespedes, perhaps, who the Mets are monitoring?), but is far from on the market.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mets, michael cuddyer, rockies

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

No pithy intro from me, but a really good short film while we wait for Game Two.

deputydrew Posted: October 22, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, throwing, video

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sabermetrics in Broadcasting

The Fox Sports 1 alternate broadcast from Game 1 of the NLCS was enjoyable, but had its issues.  This article takes a look at the usage of sabermetrics in broadcasting and tries to establish their proper place in a broadcast.  Mitchel Lichtman and Jon Chelesnik, the CEO of the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America, weigh in on the topic.

Joe Vasile Posted: October 20, 2014 at 07:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, fox sports 1, jabo, mets, sabermetrics

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tim Sommer: OCTOBER, 1969: THE NEW YORK METS INVENT ME

Back in 1969, a Mets pal of mine tried to start a “Rank and Pfeil Fan Club”...low membership etc, etc.

Before we believed in Beatles, before we believed in Kinks, before girls made us damp with tears or uselessly electric with desire, before we even dreamed of The City and its’ promise of midnight diners and the perfect glamour of sun-gleamed Pan Am buildings, we had baseball.

Before we were swept away by every passion that would occasionally or eternally define us, we were defined by our passion for baseball.

...And 45 years ago yesterday the New York Mets won the World Series

And it was a weekday, and the news spread across the dark-olive yellow seats of the school bus with more electricity than the revelation of a snow day, and we hoisted our bodies out of windows to carry the news, and we cheered because all children are underdogs and we identified with this unlikely triumph. Finally, after early childhood mumbles and toys that seemed like baby toys alongside the new baseball mitts and clean crisp baseball cards of our 1969 world, we had found an adult voice, with which we burped eternal cheers and the confident shale of statistics. Let me say again that in that beautiful year, age 7 and informally exempt from understanding the joys of Woodstock and formally immune from the darkness of Vietnam and completely susceptible to the extreme high of the moon shot, my homunculus, my sense of self as a fully formed adult inside a small-persons body, is born in Shea Stadium’s deep bowl, and forever Shea’s smell of stale beer and air-borne cigarette smoke would be the smell of adulthood; and every detail of Baseball ’69 gave me new language and assigned thoughts to words and emotions to thoughts.

I was alive prior to 1969, I just don’t remember it. The New York Mets were the agent of my memory; before that everything is just scraps. But New York Mets, you were my first Kinks, my first Beatles, my first kiss in a Spring Street doorway, my first time I heard the Ramones or the Velvet Underground, my first first that I can attach language too, that I can assign an adult feeling to, my first sequence of events fully bronzed into memory where there is a before and an after and, thanks to the New York Mets, an always.

Repoz Posted: October 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Return to New York? Yankees considering Omar Minaya for front office position

It’s not clear what role he would fill, but Boland notes that VP of baseball operations Mark Newman recently retired while longtime Yankee scout Gordon Blakeley left for a job with the Braves.

He certainly has done all he could do in his three seasons with the Padres.  I assume.  I mean, who knows?  If you told me with conviction that the Padres folded five years ago, I would probably believe you.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2014 at 04:07 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, omar minaya, they did what now, yankees

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mets close season optimistic for next year

It was more than a year ago that Harvey emerged from an MRI tube in Manhattan, setting the Mets on their current path. Testing that day revealed a partially torn ligament in Harvey’s right elbow. He underwent surgery. The Mets lost their best pitcher and—though they shied away from admitting it at the time—their greatest chance at a quick return to playoff glory.

They fought anyway. They propped themselves up by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings, trumpeting those players as cogs in their long-awaited salvation. But the thought lingered that without Harvey, their fate had already been cast.

In reality, to pin the Mets’ sixth consecutive losing season on Harvey’s injury would be to dismiss all context. Had Harvey been healthy, the Mets might never have discovered rookie Jacob deGrom, who spent most of the summer putting up Harvey-like numbers. Even Harvey may not have been able to change the luck of New York, which finished as the league’s only sub-.500 team that scored more runs (629) than it allowed (618).

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mets outfielder Bobby Abreu, former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, retires

I wonder what Kevin Stocker is doing now?

Bobby Abreu’s illustrious 18 year career is coming to an end. The Mets outfielder announced today that he will retire.

Over the course of his career, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s hit .291 in his career with a .395 on-base percentage. This season, only Victor Martinez, Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista have posted an OBP higher than that.

Abreu signed with the Mets in April and has had two stints with them this season—his last stop in a career that began in Houston, then seven years in Philadelphia, then the Yankees, then the Dodgers and Angels.

Abreu was an All-Star in 2004 and 2005, and won a Gold Glove in 2005 as well.

He told reporters he would eventually like to become a hitting coach.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, bobby abreu, dodgers, mets, phillies, rays, yankees

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.

Mackey Sasser was an exceptional catcher for the New York Mets in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He could hit. He could manage a pitching staff. He could nail you trying to steal second base. But one day, there was something Sasser couldn’t do. He couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher. Suddenly the most basic act for a catcher was next to impossible for Sasser. What happened? This film explores the mental side of the game and shows how a childhood trauma can come back to overwhelm a professional athlete, and how confronting it can lead to recovery.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2014 at 05:19 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, film, mackey sasser, mental issues, mets

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mets near extension with GM Alderson

The Daily News was first to report that the Mets plan to give Alderson a three-year extension on his current deal, which expires after this season. Alderson and manager Terry Collins, who is under a guaranteed contract next season, both came aboard before the 2011 campaign.

Alderson, 66, has guided the Mets to a 301-341 record over his first four seasons in the front office. Best known for his work with the A’s of the 1980s and ‘90s, Alderson has reduced the Mets’ payroll from more than $140 million in 2011 to less than $85 million this season. His most significant moves have been giving third baseman David Wright an eight-year, $138 million extension, signing outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million free-agent deal and trading Carlos Beltran and Marlon Byrd for prospects.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 22, 2014 at 07:52 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, September 19, 2014

John Thorn: Fame & Fandom

Baseball Fan Hall Of Fame debates? (cough) (cough) (cough) (cough) Thorn offers lists for celebrity and non-celebrity wings of the BBFHOF.

Dedicated in 1939, baseball’s shrine was not the nation’s first Hall of Fame, despite the nearly universal impression that it was: Its inspiration was the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, created on a New York University campus in 1901 to honor men and women who had achieved greatness in any of 16 categories. Yet in the media age ushered in by radio and the talkies, missionaries and explorers were no longer our idols. Athletes were, but they couldn’t enter the Hall of Fame unless they bought a ticket. While Hilda Chester’s cowbell, which assaulted tender ears and sensibilities at Ebbets Field, or Freddy Schuman’s frying pan, which has had a similar effect at Yankee Stadium in recent years, might make it into a Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit, neither Hilda nor Freddy would ever be inducted. They have been denied the 21st century’s inalienable right to immortality, just as athletes once were. If in the metastasizing spread of celebrity there are halls of fame for policemen (Miami Beach), businessmen (Chicago), and clowns (Delavan, Wisc.), why not a shrine for fans?

Greg Franklin Posted: September 19, 2014 at 06:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrities, fans, hall of fame, history, mets

Monday, September 15, 2014

Steven Matz, other top minor league Mets to be honored at Citi Field on Monday

Long Island’s Steven Matz finally got called to Citi Field.

Though it’s only to accept an award.

For now.

Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, is scheduled to be honored prior to Monday’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Marlins with the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award as the Mets’ best minor league pitcher.
Matz, 23, is the top lefthanded pitching prospect in the Mets’ system. He had a 2.21 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 starts with Single-A Advanced St. Lucie before a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. In 12 starts with the Binghamton Mets, Matz had a 2.27 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He helped lead the team to an Eastern League championship, even taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the title clincher.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 15, 2014 at 06:52 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ex-top Mets Executive Sues Team Over Firing

so the wilpons cannot manage a competitive team, finances nor people.  it’s the trifecta!

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:27 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: discrimination, mets, wilpon

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