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Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Monday, May 20, 2019

Cespedes Suffers Ankle Fractures in Ranch Accident

Given the headline I was hoping to he’d slipped on some spilled salad dressing. But per Tweet from Anthony DiComo:

Cespedes suffered a “violent fall” and twisted his right ankle in a hole, per GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He was not riding a horse, the GM said, but it was a non-baseball related activity. Van Wagenen did not elaborate further, and did not offer a timeline for Cespedes’ recovery.

That’s a lot less funny than I’d hoped.


Mickey Callaway’s greatest sin: Telling Mets GM what he wants to hear

Blood is in the water.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:09 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Mets’ Syndergaard goes off: Mickey Callaway firing talk is ‘bulls—t’

If the players want to keep Callaway around they need to play better.

“I think we have dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole,” Syndergaard said after the Mets lost 3-0 and were swept three games by the worst team in the major leagues. “Before anybody starts pressing the panic button, I just think everybody should be reminded of where we were in 2015.

“There were a lot of guys on this team that weren’t there then, but we were in a lot lesser shape and it was later in the season and we had some pretty good results that season.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Saturday, May 11, 2019

David Wright staying involved with the Mets but ‘at an arm’s length’

SAN DIEGO – David Wright navigated the premises in a polo shirt, a stark difference from the jersey or pullover he would have been wearing the previous 15 seasons.

This is life after baseball for Wright, now a part-time special advisor for the New York Mets.

“I miss it. I miss a lot of the aspects of the game, the camaraderie, the clubhouse, the shenanigans. Competing,” Wright told Yahoo Sports. “I even miss the preparation, the game planning, the ins and outs. The one thing I don’t miss is physically the way I felt. I feel knock on wood better physically than when I played, just completely different lifestyle. A lot more of the aspects of the game I miss than I don’t miss but I definitely don’t miss the physical part of how I felt after the games and waking up in the morning.”

Wright officially hung up the spikes after last season and is now part of Brodie Van Wagenen’s rather large front office. Wright stressed that this is not a full-time role for him, but he’s enjoying the chance to be on the other side of the table.

Mind you, would you spend any more time with Brodie Van Wagenen than was absolutely necessary?

 

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, front office, mets

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mets Double-A prospects combine for no-hitter

Two Mets prospects combined for a no-hitter with Double-A Binghamton in Wednesday’s 7-0 win against the Harrisburg Senators.

Harol Gonzalez struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings while Ryder Ryan finished it off by retiring all seven batters he faced for the Rumble Ponies’ first no-hitter in 13 years.

“Pretty much everything was working for me,” Gonzalez said, according to MILB.com’s Michael Avallone. “I looked at video from my last start and then some from earlier. I got back to using my legs more, which helped my fastball and throwing it for strikes. My curve was in the dirt a little too much early on, but I got it working in the sixth and went from there.”

Gonzalez, a 24-year-old right-hander who has been in the Mets organization since 2014, walked just two batters. He was at 91 pitches before he was lifted for Ryan, a reliever who joined the Mets’ farm system in the 2017 Jay Bruce trade.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: double a, harol gonzalez, mets, no-hitter, prospects, ryder ryan

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Wally Backman, a Throwback in Baseball’s Testing Ground, Waits for Another Chance - The New York Times

Wally Backman toils in the Atlantic League.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2019 at 06:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wally backman

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Mets’ Pete Alonso reveals where his inspiration lies in being complete hitter

Even as his bat has cooled a bit, the raves keep coming for Pete Alonso as he continues to make believers throughout the baseball community, not only with his missile-launches but also his advanced approach at the plate that makes him much more than an all-or-nothing slugger.

That rare combination earned him recognition last week as the National League’s Rookie of the Month for April, as well as comparisons via the MLB Network to the likes of Mark McGwire, Buster Posey, and Justin Turner.

It also allows Mark DeRosa, the ex-big leaguer and MLB Network analyst who did a video breakdown of Alonso last week, to say with certainty: “This isn’t going away what this guy is doing. It’s not a fluke.”

That notion is becoming more and more a consensus opinion among baseball people, based more due to Alonso’s discipline at the plate and his ability to hit the ball to the opposite field than his power. That’s the way Alonso prefers it, making a point of saying, when I asked him: “I take pride in being a complete hitter.”

One of these batters is not like the others….

 

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hitters, mark mcgwire, mets, mike piazza, paul konerko, pete alonso

MLB roundup: Braun lifts Brewers over Mets in 18th

Ryan Braun’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the 18th inning Saturday night finally capped a marathon game and lifted the host Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

The Brewers have won the first two games of the three-game series from the Mets, who took the lead in the top of the 18th on Jeff McNeil’s RBI single before falling below .500 (16-17) for the first time this season.

Braun’s career-high sixth hit ended the longest game for the Brewers since a 10-9, 19-inning win over the Chicago White Sox on May 1, 1991. It was the Mets’ longest game since a 3-1, 18-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on July 19, 2015.

Braun was the only Milwaukee player with multiple hits Saturday. His six-hit game was the first in the majors since teammate Christian Yelich went 6-for-6 against the Cincinnati Reds last Aug. 29. McNeil had three hits, while Alonso and Hechavarria had two apiece.

And, fifteen hours after this ended, they’re scheduled to play again….

 

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, extra innings, mets, ryan braun

Friday, May 03, 2019

Why Jesse Winker has been waving at Met fans after Reds’ victories

Could it be because he’s a preening, posing, lunkheaded jackwagon?  Naaaah….


Friday, April 26, 2019

Angry Mets fan threatens family, drops his pants

There are some Philly fans out there who claim that the national media has it in for Philly sports fans. They say we unfairly stereotype Philly fans because of a couple of historical outlier situations that misrepresent an entire city and a fan base. They say we only highlight crazy and/or illegal and/or violent and/or obnoxious fan behavior when it happens in Philly and ignore it elsewhere.

That’s not true! We’re committed to highlighting crazy and/or illegal and/or violent and/or obnoxious fan behavior wherever it occurs! That is our promise to you.

For example, this happened during the Mets game at Citi Field on Tuesday night. Via the Daily News:

An unruly fan at Citi Field ruined a night out at the ballpark for a young family when he threatened the father and then exposed himself in front of the man’s kids, police said Thursday . . . “I will f–k up your entire family!” he allegedly yelled, then dropped his pants, exposing his genitals.

A joy of living in a city with a minor-league baseball team: no one gets invested enough to feel like they could get away with this nonsense.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Athletic: How baseball’s unwritten rules helped awaken a Mets-Phillies rivalry

It​ started in​ the grayest​ of areas, a debate​ Tuesday about​ which team​ has​ the permission​ to concede​​ first in a blowout, and it escalated Wednesday with a 34-second home run trot that sent the clearest of messages.

This dormant rivalry was invigorated by — of all things — baseball’s unwritten rules. A decade has passed since both the Phillies and Mets held conceivable postseason hopes at the same time. Hate slumbers when the games are irrelevant.

“I think that’s what rivalry is,” Rhys Hoskins said after a 6-0 win. “I think there’s always going to be a little bit of bad blood in a rivalry.”

Jake Arrieta, from across the Phillies clubhouse, heard those words. “He said it!” Arrieta yelled.

Down the corridor at Citi Field, while the Mets said the right things publicly, one privately stated the subtext. “It’s definitely not going to be forgotten.”

Look, throwing at players is really goddamned stupid and I’m with Syzmborski in saying that there should be long suspensions for it.  But I’m also pretty psyched to get back to really hating the Phillies for the first time in a decade.


Why Pete Alonso is literally baseball’s next big thing

Maybe it’s too ambitious to suggest that, just 23 games into his major league career, the rookie first baseman with the prodigious power stroke will be a star, not just because of his production in numbers but in his ability to engage the fans with his energy and enthusiasm.

Maybe it’s simply too much to expect Alonso to keep hitting this way, bashing long home runs and taking a half-swing on a two-strike sinker on the outside corner from Jake Arrieta and still hitting a 98 mph ground ball past the first baseman for an RBI double and then standing at second base, pumping both fists above his head in celebration.

Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the rise of a Padres powerhouse
Just a few weeks ago, Alonso was simply battling in spring training to make the Opening Day roster, a top prospect after leading the minor leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2018, but not a lock to make the team, especially given how teams often hold players back in the minors to save on service time. But Alonso raked in spring training and now he has become one of the biggest stories of the first month of the season, hitting .325 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. Maybe it’s just a wonderful flash in time. Maybe it’s the beginning of something big.

A true homegrown star for the Mets at firstbase or the next Ike Davis?

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pete alonso

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mets need struggling Noah Syndergaard to back up his words

Thor can’t close the door.

This strange Sunday could have had a much different ending if not for another poor outing from Noah Syndergaard.

Syndergaard did enough wrong on his own to merit the loss, but he got little help on defense from shortstop Amed Rosario. Rosario’s second-inning error helped the Cardinals to three runs on their way to the 6-4 victory at Busch Stadium.

The big right-hander allowed six runs, four earned, as his ERA shot up to 5.90. The Mets lost six of the last eight games on this 10-game trip.

“The entire beginning of the season my performances have been unacceptable,’’ Syndergaard said. “I have to be better and I will be better.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 10:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Jacob deGrom plays catch, may not need MRI after all | Newsday

Maybe all is not lost.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:36 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Steven Matz fiasco just latest dud from Mets rotation

“One of those nights,” Callaway said, more than once.

“That,” Matz said glumly, “was just a poor effort tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Noah Syndergaard gave Mets’ bullpen much-needed relief in seven-inning performance

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing.

From the start of Syndergaard’s night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where “Thor” could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised.

“Mechanically, I felt probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. “So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball.”

Remember when a starting pitcher lasting for seven innings wasn’t news?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Thursday, April 04, 2019

LEADING OFF: Surprising O’s, Tigers, Mets play home openers

Coming off winning road trips, the surprising Orioles, Tigers and Mets play their home openers. Sellouts are expected at Camden Yards, Comerica Park and Citi Field to greet teams trying to bounce back from losing seasons.

Alex Cobb will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start for the 4-2 Orioles against the Yankees. Spencer Turnbull pitches for the 4-3 Tigers vs. Kansas City and, in a matchup of aces, Noah Syndergaard starts for the 5-1 Mets against Stephen Strasburg and Washington.

The Angels also play their home opener. Mike Trout’s team is 1-5 going into its game against Texas.

Well, where better to discuss goings-on in baseball that haven’t already received a thread?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: home openers, mets, orioles, tigers

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Which MLB free agent would be better for Mets: Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel?

According to The Athletic, the Mets continue to check in on the market for closer Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel, which I’m sure is true. However, team sources Sunday were quick to leak to several reporters that Rosenthal’s report is a bit overstated and that the team is simply doing standard due diligence.

I have no doubt that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is always in touch with other teams and agents, keeping an open mind to any way his team can improve. So, the above report and response shouldn’t be surprising because, 1) the Mets have available money in their 2019 budget, 2) they remain $30-40 million under the luxury tax threshold, and 3) both players would significantly improve Van Wagenen’s roster.

The thing is, if given the green light and forced to choose, should Van Wagenen go Keuchel or Kimbrel?

The bigger question- given the reputation of the Mets’ medical staff, why would either of them want to sign with the team?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, mets

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Ron Darling: Lenny Dykstra made racist taunts to Red Sox in ‘86 World Series

Ron Darling has a story to tell about the 1986 World Series, and neither Boston Red Sox fans nor New York Mets fans will like it.

The former Mets pitcher recently published a new book titled, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game,” that includes an ugly anecdote about teammate Lenny Dykstra’s actions during Game 3 of the ‘86 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets in Boston.

After taking the first two games of the series, the Red Sox started Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in Game 3, and Dykstra led off in the top of the first inning. According to Darling, as Boyd was finishing his warmups, Dykstra yelled “ugliest piece of vitriol I’ve ever heard” in the pitcher’s direction.

Would that I could be surprised, would that I could.

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, mets, oil can boyd, red sox, ron darling

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Year the Mets Jumped Over the Moon

On July 20, 1969, men walked on the moon in what became the centerpiece of one of the more indelible years in American history.

That same day, 50 years ago, the New York Mets split a doubleheader with the Montreal Expos. You could say, so what? But the Mets, until then a baseball punch line, had suddenly become a team to reckon with in the eighth year of their existence. The two games against the Expos gave them a 53-39 record, which meant they were a big, fat 14 games over .500. Considering everything that had come before for the Mets — the initial buffoonery, the occasional lunacy, the lopsided losing records — it seemed that they, too, were now defying gravity.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mets & deGrom agree on 5 year, $137.5m extension

The Mets agreed to an extension with Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom on Tuesday morning that will be for five years and $137.5 million, The Post confirmed. The deal, pending a physical, was completed two days before deGrom was planning to shut down talks once the regular season starts Thursday. DeGrom will have a full no-trade clause and can opt out of the deal in 2022, while the contract finishes in 2023.

Sounds like this buys out both arb years, and at least 2 years of free agency.  deGrom can’t hit the open market until his age 34 season if he takes his opt out.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 09:03 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, degrominating, mets, new york mets

Former Newsday baseball writer Marty Noble dies at 70

Sad.  I grew up reading Marty Noble in the Bergen Record.  The man knew his Mets, and just days after he wrote that wonderful elegy on Tom Seaver.  R.I.P.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Mets sign Rubén Tejada to minor league deal

Free agent infielder Rubén Tejada signed a minor league contract with the Mets, per an official announcement on Saturday. Tejada is not expected to break camp with the team and will report to extended spring training instead.

Somewhere, Chase Utley is feeling tempted to get back into the game….

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor league contracts, ruben tejada

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Franchise Bids Farewell

“It shouldn’t have been so easy: Seaver was maybe a little too handsome, maybe a little too eloquent, maybe a little too “California” to earn the trust of a jaded, twice-bitten, hometown faithful. He was a little too… soft to make it big in the Big City.”

gehrig97 Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, cincinnati reds, mets, orioles, tom seaver

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