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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Up close and personal with Mike Piazza and his post-baseball life | New York Post

“My career and my life is a miracle,’’ Piazza told The Post. “I always want to give thanks and appreciate what I feel has been a blessing for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bartolo Colon’s face is plastered all over this incredible new shirt

I’m not sure wearing this will make you a fashion maven.

The shirt is a tad expensive, costing buyers $29.99, but it’s worth the money. You’ll just have to wait a few months before receiving it because it won’t ship until September.

Oh no!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, merchandise, mets

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The strange sensation of wanting Wilmer Flores in the lineup |

But…they have Jose Reyes now.

For nearly two months now, Wilmer Flores has been one of the best hitters on the team. Since coming off the DL in late May and getting regular playing time, Flores has posted a .293/.346/.537 line in 136 PA. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. No one will ever confuse me for being a Flores fan. But right now, the Mets need his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Terry Collins says Mets may tab Michael Conforto to play in center

This doesn’t sound like a good plan.

Michael Conforto rejoined the New York Mets on Monday after a three-week stint in the minors. He may have returned as the team’s primary center fielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Zack Wheeler throwing bullpen sessions, sources say | Newsday

Zack Wheeler has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple sources. They have yet to set a firm schedule, but the righthander’s progress signals that a minor-league rehab assignment could be approaching.

He has thrown off the mound three times, logging just under 30 pitches in his last session on Sunday. It’s an encouraging sign for Wheeler, whose comeback from Tommy John surgery has been derailed by setbacks. He likely will need a full month-long rehab slate. If he begins soon, he could rejoin the rotation by the middle of August.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, matt harvey, mets, noah syndergaard, zach wheeler

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cespedes’ new OF preference creates odd-man-out dilemma | New York Post

Who goes to the bench?

“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lenny Dykstra Crawls from a Hole He Joyfully Dug for Himself

“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.

Zach Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, literature, mets

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Posnanski: Matt Harvey’s Sacrifice Didn’t Come Without Consequences

An interesting (and quintessential Poz) take on the Matt Harvey saga and how finicky we all are, as sports fans.

We ask pro athletes to play through extreme pain and we are not especially open to their complaints. We get angry at them when they ask for more money. We get REALLY angry at them if they unionize to get a larger sum of the pie. We feel no sympathy for them whatsoever when they get so much less than they are worth on the open market. After all, Harvey is getting paid $4 million this year, and that’s a lot of money. Heck, he got $600,000-plus last year and THAT is a lot of money, too. Who among us wouldn’t want to make that kind of dough? And it doesn’t matter to us that the $20 or $30 million in value that he actually produced doesn’t just disappear. It is going to Mets’ ownership.


Monday, July 11, 2016

New York Tabloid Cover Asks Daniel Murphy to ‘please go away’

The story about the story.

Daniel Murphy, despite his 2015 playoff exploits and seven decorated seasons with the Mets, is not a popular man in New York right now. He’s become an MVP candidate with the Nationals who leads the majors with a .348 batting average. And against the Mets, he’s been even better. He’s raised his game against his former team to a level not seen from him before.

With his two-run homer on Sunday, Murphy is now batting .423 (22-of-52) with seven homers in 21 RBI in 13 games against the Mets. He’s a huge reason why the Nats are 9-4 in those matchups and why they currently lead the Mets by six games in the NL East.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 11, 2016 at 03:52 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, nationals, nl east

Mets’ double-play combo of future shines in showcase | New York Post

There is some life in the Mets farm system.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dilson herrera, mets, prospects

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Here’s why the Mets have few options for big deals at deadline - NY Daily News

All in? They shouldn’t be all in this year.

It’s tricky because they still enough top-of-the-rotation pitching, as long as Syndergaard proves to be OK, to try to win a championship, and this is a year when they should be all-in, considering that Yoenis Cespedes figures to invoke his opt-out clause and become a free agent, along with Neil Walker.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trades

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard injuries make bad day even worse for Mets | Newsday

There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.

How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.

Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things would get much worse.

In the fourth inning, team MVP Yoenis Cespedes, apparently injured while chasing a fly ball, had to leave with a strained right quadriceps. And while everyone was trying to process the magnitude of that loss, they were blindsided by what felt like the season’s knockout blow.

That was Noah Syndergaard walking off the mound, flanked by Terry Collins and a trainer, his night abruptly cut short in the fifth inning. After an hour, the team announced that Syndergaard exited with what was described as “arm fatigue,” adding for emphasis that it is not “elbow-related” — a phrase they flashed on the centerfield video screen to hopefully quell panic in the stands.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, noah syndergaard, yoenis cespedes

McShane: Bartolo Colon named to National League All-Star team

For pinch-hitting duties, right?

Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been named to the National League All-Star team. The 43-year-old takes the place of Madison Bumgarner. This will be Colon’s fourth All-Star appearance and first since 2013, when he made the game as a member of the Oakland A’s.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, bartolo colon, mets

Friday, July 08, 2016

Matt Harvey to have season-ending surgery | MLB.com

Matt Harvey will undergo season-ending surgery to resolve his thoracic outlet syndrome, agent Scott Boras told ESPN on Friday. Neither the Mets nor Harvey have confirmed his decision, though general manager Sandy Alderson on Thursday painted it as inevitable.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Mets need their Dark Knight | SNY

Yesterday, the Mets announced that Harvey has been put on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort, which sources say could be thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Newsday’s David Lennon.

In surveying people the last 12 hours—be it insiders, media, fans, etc.—I see people split 50-50 on whether they think this is a legit injury or just a cover to get Harvey two weeks away from the team.

The Mets will hopefully make an official announcement today about Harvey’s status. In the meantime, people who believe it’s legit essentially say, ‘Why would they go through sending him to St. Louis to see a specialist if it’s not true;’ while people who feel it’s phony point out that the Mets never put guys on the DL at first, instead they play short, visit doctors and eventually make a move.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Breaking down Matt Harvey’s mechanical issues - Amazin’ Avenue

Did you say you’d like to see some Harvey gifs?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Rieber: Mets fire even when Matt Harvey’s a dud | Newsday

“Whether it was the slider or curveball or changeup or fastball, everything was just out of whack,” Harvey said. “Catching too much of the plate.”

What can the Mets do? Not much except keep sending him out there. Keep hoping he goes from dud back to stud.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Wilmer Flores shines as Jose Reyes nears arrival to displace him at third

With Jose Reyes exclusively playing third base during his tune-up in the minors, there is little doubt Flores will be displaced from the position once Reyes is promoted sometime this week. But with Flores on the verge of reverting to his initial backup role, he produced a career game Sunday.

Flores went 6-for-6 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored as the New York Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 14-3 rout at Citi Field.

Flores’ six hits matched the franchise record. He joined fellow Venezuelan Edgardo Alfonzo, who went 6-for-6 and slugged three homers on Aug. 30, 1999 at Houston.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 03, 2016 at 11:26 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets, wilmer flores

Friday, July 01, 2016

Jose Reyes and the Question of Responsibility | VICE Sports

Here’s an excellent take on Jose Reyes and the domestic violence problem.

As hard as it is to acknowledge, if Reyes was not in professional baseball he would simply be somewhere else—likely somewhere where he is held less accountable for his actions, and somewhere that lacks the necessary resources and systems to ensure that his abuse doesn’t happen again. Rehabilitation and prevention are important things to keep in mind when faced with the knowledge that close to five million women in the US will experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year, and one in four will become victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

The painful reality is that there is no satisfying, tidy resolution to be had here, but there are ways forward via ongoing, open dialogue. There is also our very human responsibility to create a space where education, change, and the prevention of violence are finally possible in sports. And despite how much fans just want to turn away, have a good time, and win some games, there is a real onus on all of us to keep talking, and never forget what has been done.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, mets

Steven Matz feeling good after pitching through bone spur | New York Post

He shelved the slider and used his changeup more. He’s a better pitcher with the slider but he can still be very effective without it.

“It felt good. I was able to go out there and pitch with no issues,” Matz said. “I would say [it gave me] a little relief, but this is something I’ve been dealing with. I knew what to expect.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

It’s Bobby Bonilla’s payday ... and every July 1 through 2035 - Mets Blog- ESPN

A gift that keeps on giving.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby bonilla, mets

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lennon: Jose Reyes may be too little, too late for Mets

Anyone claiming the ‪#‎Mets‬ goofed by not re-signing Murph is blindly assuming that the Wilpons had enough $ for both him and Yoenis.

It’s just imperfect timing for a seriously flawed team. Terry Collins has clung to the Reyes’ dream like a drowning man to a life preserver, but more and more, this is beyond one player sprinting to the rescue.

Not Lucas Duda, who should be ready for the Tour de France after all this time spent on the stationary bike. Not Yulieski Gourriel, the Cuban star still jet-setting to more major-league auditions. Not Michael Conforto, currently working on his swing and confidence out at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Know who might have helped? Daniel Murphy, if the Mets had chosen a different offseason strategy. We realize it’s a low blow to regurgitate that all over again. But what Murphy has done to his former team this season — while batting cleanup for the Mets’ biggest rival — is getting ridiculous.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, jose reyes, mets

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mets greats slam Dykstra for Davey Johnson ‘drunk’ accusations | New York Post

Dykstra won’t be invited to Davey Johnson Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: davey johnson, keith hernandez, lenny dykstra, mets, ron darling


Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

This is a must read.

Dykstra earned roughly $36.5 million during his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

But it never was enough. Ask him to pinpoint a moment or two (or three) when things began to spin out of control on him, and he says it wasn’t really one moment.

Then, he pauses. Long. Several seconds pass.

“Money became, like, the driving force of my life, you know?” he says slowly. “Even though I had a ton of it, I wanted more. Money’s important; we all need money to live. But when you do things for the love of money, it’s like the baseball gods…when you do things for the love of money, you get f—king brought back to reality real f—king quick.

“Next thing you know, you’re sitting in front of your locker wondering how you’re 0-for-15. It happens that quick. So it’s kind of like, you know, so, I’m not looking for the big kill anymore. I don’t need it.

“Prison, being locked up in a cage, changed a lot about how I think. But I don’t recommend people take that path. Not really, know what I mean? I’m just saying, when you get put in a situation, you either deal with it, though, or you f—king quit. I’m not a quitter. I fought through that s—t. It was the hardest thing I ever did, but I did it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, mets, peds, phillies

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