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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young dead at 51

Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young has died, according to ex-MLB player Lenny Harris. He was 51. The Mets later confirmed his passing.

Young was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January. He said in February that doctors treated the growth as cancerous because it was located on the brain stem, meaning it was impossible to do a biopsy to test its malignancy. He underwent chemotherapy and reported at the time that the tumor had shrunk. Harris said earlier Tuesday that Young had fallen into a coma.

Young played six seasons in the majors—three with the Mets, two with the Cubs and one with the Astros—and had a career ERA of 3.89. Most baseball fans remember him as the man who lost 27 consecutive decisions—14 as a starter and 13 as a reliever—from May 6, 1992 to July 24, 1993. Young, though, grew to accept that the streak would be his lasting mark on the game, even though he chalked it up to bad luck.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 06:07 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony young, cubs, mets, obituaries

Travis d’Arnaud is making the Mets move on from him | New York Post

When your value is tied to your offense and your offense stinks, yeah, it’s a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sandy Alderson: Mets on the verge of being sellers

Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson are among the players who could be of interest to contenders.

“I think we have to be realistic about where we are,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “That’s not to say we are throwing in the towel by any means, but we haven’t played very well the last 10 days. We need to play better.

“Things can turn around the next 10 days, but guess what: they need to. In the meantime we have to be realistic about where we are in the division race, realistic about where we are in the wild-card. I don’t want to whitewash this. We haven’t played very well. We need to play better and if we don’t we have to be prepared to recognize that.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 26, 2017 at 01:29 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

The New York Mets seem determined to make this Tim Tebow thing work. Despite a .222/.311/.340 slash line, the organization announced Tebow will be promoted to St. Lucie following Sunday’s game.

It’s a step forward for the 29-year-old, though not a huge one. Tebow began the season with the Columbia Fireflies. They are considered a Class A organization. The St. Lucie Mets are Class A Advanced. It is a legitimate promotion, but Tebow still remains far from the majors.

That last part might be in question, however. While news of a summertime promotion has floated around for weeks, Tebow hasn’t done much to justify the move. You could argue his batting line is impressive for a player who hasn’t faced strong competition in over a decade, but it’s tough to say he’s been good enough to warrant a promotion.

The move seems to add more evidence to the idea that the Mets are using Tebow as a sideshow. His promotion to a new club means there will be more Tebow merchandise for fans to purchase. More merchandise means more money to the organization.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Asdrubal Cabrera to Mets: Trade me

Asdrubal Cabrera, unhappy with the Mets’ decision to move him to second base on short notice, said Friday he wants to be traded.

The veteran infielder, who was activated from the disabled list, was in the lineup at second base against the Giants at AT&T Park and vowed to give “100 percent,” but he made it clear he is unhappy with his situation.

“If they don’t have a plan for me, I think it’s time to make a move,” Cabrera said, noting he has told his agent to facilitate a trade. “What I saw the last couple of weeks, I don’t think they have any plan for me.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 11:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, mets

Mets are open for a selloff: Here’s how it can work

So the Mets not only should be open-minded now, they should be open for business. In Bruce, Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker (currently on the DL), they have five walk-year players unlikely to return or receive the qualifying offer, which would guarantee a contract of more than $18 million next season if accepted and – as part of the new CBA – return only a draft pick following the second round if the free agent signs elsewhere.

Since they still control all of their best starting pitchers through at least next year, the Mets would not be trading to rebuild. Instead, the goals would be 1) to save money to reinvest for the near future, and 2) to obtain pieces that either help the 2018 team or restock a farm system heavily depleted in the past few years in go-for-it trades. The Mets should emphasize big arms that, at worse, could give them better bullpen options for the future.

The key is to be proactive. For example, if the Yankees get further bad news on first baseman Greg Bird, the Mets should initiate talks about Duda before the Yankees turn to the A’s (Yonder Alonso) or before the Royals (Eric Hosmer) or Rays (Logan Morrison) potentially fall out of the race.

They should definitely be proactive with Bruce and Granderson because it is hard to find contenders clamoring for corner outfielders. Two teams that might need them now – the Blue Jays and Royals – are dabbling with .500. Wait and they can fall out of the race, or they can stay in as other sellers join the conversation. The best the Mets are going to get for Bruce or Granderson are helpful pieces, so if they can push for that now, why risk it disappearing later? Better 75 cents on the dollar now then nothing later.

Here are my suggestions: Make both available to the Royals and Blue Jays and ask the key piece in return be Nathan Karns (from Kansas City) and Ezequiel Carrera (from Toronto). That both of those players are currently on the DL shows how difficult the Mets’ path is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, curtis granderson, jay bruce, mets, royals

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Mets Are Pissed At Yasiel Puig For Admiring His Homer

Puig’s fourth-inning, three-run homer off of Tyler Pill put L.A. up 5-1, and Puig circled the bases in a dilatory 32.1 seconds, the second-longest trot in the majors this season. In defense, he was distracted by exchanging words with Wilmer Flores at first and then Travis d’Arnaud at home….

Flores said he told Puig to “run the bases.” Puig responded, according to Flores, “Fuck you.”

Between innings, Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes spoke to Puig.

“After I talked to Cespedes, he told me, ‘Try to run a little bit faster,’ and tried to give me some advice,” Puig said through a translator. “I don’t look at it that way, but it is what it is.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, unwritten rules of the game, yasiel puig

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Prospect Who Walked Away: Why a Mets first-round pick quit the game 20 years ago

Ryan Jaroncyk would never play in the major leagues. On its own, that hardly distinguishes him from other picks; 11 of his fellow first-rounders that year never got to the bigs, including all three chosen immediately after him. Nor was he the only Mets pick not to pan out; of the club’s 11 first-rounders from 1991 to ‘97 only four made it to the Show. But Jaroncyk never even played in Triple A. Or Double A. Two years after being chosen he was out of professional baseball. And the reason why is even more unusual: He quit.

And he quit not because he couldn’t hit a curveball or because some university had offered him a football scholarship. He quit because he hated baseball. He hated baseball because he found the game boring and the lifestyle decadent, and the whole experience reminded him constantly of his overbearing father.

His decision has long confounded the people involved in drafting him. How could they have missed something like this? What had happened to Ryan Jaroncyk?

Happy Father’s Day!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, ryan jaroncyk

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mets’ Matt Harvey concerned about arm fatigue | MLB.com

He looked awful.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Everything goes right for Mets — except Yoenis Cespedes | New York Post

Just when everything was looking up for the Mets.

When Yoenis Cespedes came back Saturday despite admittedly not being 100 percent, the cynics wondered how long he would last before getting hurt again.

The answer was two days.
...
But unlike the hamstring and quad injuries that cost their best player over three dozen games, the Mets insist Monday’s sore left heel isn’t new and isn’t serious. And it’s also not going to take the shine off a 6-1 win over the defending world-champion Cubs in front of 33,268 at Citi Field, their fourth straight win.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, yoenis cespedes

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Real meaning of the motto of Amed Rosario, a Mets stud born for this | New York Post

Ken Davidoff talks with Amed Rosario.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

What Amed Rosario is learning as Mets resist calling | New York Post

Is this a temperament issue with Rosario or Alderson?

Alderson, as part of a planned trip, saw the Mets’ top prospect play two games this past week at Smith’s Ballpark as the Mets Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate took on the Angels’ Salt Lake Bees. The GM’s first-hand observations meshed with what the organization already thought, as well as what most industry folks appear to think: There is little doubt Rosario could help the Mets right now if they needed him. And there also is little doubt he could benefit from more grooming at the top minor league rung.
...
Barring a major injury to one of the club’s current infielders, set your Rosario arrival over/under date as Aug. 1, by which time the currently struggling team will have a clear idea of its direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Amid Defensive Woes, Mets Try to Avoid Fumbling Top Prospect’s Call-Up - The New York Times

OK, the Mets are safely past the Super 2 date. Is he still not ready? Is he still not an improvement to Cabrera at shortstop? That’s a tough sell. The idea they have a “surplus of left-side infielders” is pretty funny though. That surplus is easily fixed by releasing Reyes.

Few have doubted Rosario’s ability to bring energy to a lineup. But a strong minor league track record does not guarantee instant success against better competition. And if Rosario were to be called up soon, the Mets would have to manage a surplus of left-side infielders.

Because of his hot hitting, Wilmer Flores has taken away the third-base job from Reyes, who has struggled and seems quite likely to remain a backup. Cabrera was an important player last season but has been slowed by injuries. If Rosario were to take his spot at shortstop, Cabrera could shift to another infield position, although that could affect Flores and Reyes.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Zack Wheeler has a quality start, Mets win in ninth on dropped throw

“The two mistakes he made, he threw to me,” Bruce said after his fourth multi-homer game of the season.

Given the lead, Wheeler did not relinquish it, delivering the kind of quality start that has become increasingly rare for the Mets. By allowing just one run in seven innings, Wheeler extended a stretch in which he has eclipsed the six-inning mark in five of his last six outings, all while lowering his ERA to 3.45, the best in the rotation.

“Zack was tremendous tonight,” Collin said. “It would have been nice to get him the win but we’ll take the win any way we can get it right now.”

Zack was not a lock to make the rotation, and he’s been their best starter this year.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 08, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Bartolo Colon (majors-worst 7.78 ERA) placed on disabled list

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

The Mets picked just the right time to let him go.

Mired in the worst stretch of his 20-year career, Bartolo Colon is now on the 10-day disabled list with what the Braves said was a left oblique strain.

The move was made Tuesday, a day after Colon (2-7) got rocked again for seven hits and eight earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of an 11-4 loss to the Phillies, raising his majors-worst ERA to a staggering 7.78, nearly 1 1/2 runs higher than the next-worst among 88 qualified major league starters, and increasing his oppon

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves, mets

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Mets can’t let Super-2 rule get in way of Amed Rosario call-up - NY Daily News

He’ll be up soon. When he arrives, Amed Rosario will not save the Mets season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

The Mets are the suckers | New York Post

“We’re not going to fold up the tent yet,” Terry Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets relievers could begin pitching multiple innings | Newsday

Enlightenment!

Will the Mets resort to a throwback bullpen?

Until their starting pitchers can produce longer outings, the Mets might return to a bygone era by asking their relievers to throw multiple innings.

Closer Addison Reed had a six-out save against the Pirates on Saturday night, and the next day, general manager Sandy Alderson told an audience of season-ticket holders: “I don’t think that’s the last time you’re going to see that. Our starters don’t go long enough in games for us to use a guy for a third of an inning, two-thirds of an inning, even an inning in some cases.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, June 05, 2017

Amed Rosario might get called up sooner rather than later | Newsday

Super 2 cutoff is on the horizon. Barring injury, he’ll be up this month.

Amed Rosario might be on the way. When Sandy Alderson was asked about the heralded shortstop during a forum for season ticket-holders before Sunday’s game, the general manager said, “Yes, it could be this year.”

Alderson said he will see Rosario play this week when Triple-A Las Vegas visits Salt Lake City. He told the group, gathered in the stands down the leftfield line, that Rosario indeed had compiled enough at-bats at Double-A the previous two years and Triple-A this year to merit consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Mets’ Seth Lugo, Steven Matz near returns | MLB.com

On Saturday with Triple-A Las Vegas, Matz gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings on eight hits and no walks with five strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches. Matz has been recovering from elbow soreness that he believes stemmed from a flexor strain in his left forearm—a diagnosis that the Mets dispute.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo, steven matz

Friday, June 02, 2017

Mets Fan Kicked Out Game For FIRE TERRY COLLINS Sign - May 30&31; 2017

This is atrocious.  Needs to go viral.

Adam Starblind Posted: June 02, 2017 at 02:59 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Fan says Mr. Met showered with profane heckles before bird-flip | New York Post

As if holding up that head isn’t tough enough.

“The fans were cursing at Mr. Met with the F-word and saying derogatory things about Mr. Met’s mom . . . which led to the gesture because of a personal matter with his mom,” the source said.

“It triggered something that recently happened. It was his breaking point.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, mr. met

Different Mr. Met has quiet day at Citi Field | Newsday

This might be the dumbest baseball story this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 06:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets

Thursday, June 01, 2017

101-year-old diehard Mets fan attends her first game in person

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Rudal “Rudy” Ahlen, who turns 102 on July 29 and has been a Mets fan since Day One in 1962 after nearly a half-century as a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, was treated to a game and a meet-and-greet with some players after the organization read a Newsday story about her watching Opening Day at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, where she lives and shouts at the screen when they lose.

Howie Menckel Posted: June 01, 2017 at 09:42 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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