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Friday, October 14, 2016

Mets’ tough call on Neil Walker has its price: $17.2M | New York Post

The qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason, and the Mets are among the teams that have decisions upcoming.

It appears unlikely a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place to affect the qualifying offer system this offseason. From what I have heard, nothing has been finalized on the issue. But one concept that has been discussed is to forbid the qualifying offer from being put on free agents in consecutive years (beginning in the 2017-18 offseason).

For example, Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler each had their free-agent market harmed last offseason because many teams do not want to give up either a first- or second-round pick to sign a good-but-not-great player. Both are free agents this coming offseason and are likely to have the qualifying offer put on them yet again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, neil walker

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mets bosses revealed grand hopes — before reality set in | New York Post

Before the after.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 12:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets


Actually, a few Mets didn’t go under the knife.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Scout’s View: Tim Tebow Draws A Crowd, But Doesn’t Impress |

Why is he in the AFL? He is old for a prospect. He hasn’t played past high school. I get taking a flyer but why put him in a position where he most likely will be overmatched.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Scott Boras confident in Matt Harvey’s return |

Scott Boras has positive things to say about one of his clients.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

Tim Tebow Comforts Man Who Collapses After Game

Tebow’s afternoon took an intense turn after the game when a man standing in a crush of fans seeking autographs along the third-base line collapsed and appeared to have a seizure. Tebow stopped signing and cautiously made his way over to where people had gathered. He sat on the concrete retaining wall that separates the field from the first row of seats and prayed silently as a medic in a Bryce Harper T-shirt and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap tended to the man.

PreservedFish Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, saves, tim tebow

Friday, October 07, 2016

Four reasons Mets must sign Yoenis Cespedes to a big deal | New York Post

Cespedes has stepped up with his production, and the Mets must step up with their years and dollars. See if a four-year, $100 million agreement — sure, go ahead and frontload it and offer him an opt-out after 2017, replicating the details that increased the lure of their prior agreement — will get it done. If Cespedes has too many superior offers? Jack it up to five years and $125 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Opt-outta here? Mets brace for Yoenis Cespedes’ expected free agency - Mets Blog- ESPN

It’s already next year in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Can Jeurys Familia ever be trusted again? | New York Post

Starting with this one: Can they still trust Familia?

“All he did all year long was pick up his teammates,” manager Terry Collins said. “But in the postseason when you give one up and you lose a game, it can be really hard on you.”

Familia, to his credit, stood at his locker and answered wave after wave of interrogators. Also to his credit, he didn’t look shattered. His head wasn’t covered in a towel, and tears didn’t fill his eyes. In that sense, at least, he recalled Mariano Rivera in Cleveland in 1997 and Phoenix in 2001 and Boston in 2004, understanding that to live the closer’s life is to forever tiptoe along a harsh reckoning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, wild card

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Rise of T.J. Rivera is Mets’ wildest tale of all - NY Daily News

In 33 games this season, Rivera hit .333 and has essentially been the club’s starting second baseman since mid-September. He was 2-for-3 against Bumgarner when the lefty pitched against the Mets in August.

“As a long-time minor-league guy, these are the stories you love,” Terry Collins said Tuesday as his Mets worked out in preparation for the one-and-done clash. “T.J.’s story will be told hundreds of times over for the next number of years, to guys who don’t think they’re getting a fair shake, guys who weren’t drafted, who weren’t bonus babies.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, t.j. rivera

Monday, October 03, 2016

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.

Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the network will likely release its final viewership numbers on Oct. 4.

The Mets’ viewership and average household rating of 2.73 were both their highest since the 2008 season, when the team went 89-73 and missed the playoffs. New York is the nation’s biggest television market.

Part of the reason for the dip in Yankees’ ratings is the ongoing dispute between YES, majority-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., and Comcast Corp., which has kept the team’s games out of about 900,000 homes, about 65 percent of which are in the official New York TV market.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television ratings, yankees

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mets clinch home field in NL Wild Card Game |

It’s the era of the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 06:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jay Bruce gives peek at breakout as playoffs come into focus | New York Post

The trade might work out after all.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Steven Matz To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bone Spur From Elbow

While Matz, 25, announced his presence in the Majors last summer with an excellent debut, he didn’t pitch enough innings for his rookie status to expire. The 2016 campaign has technically been his rookie year, and it’ll come to a close with a 3.40 earned run average and a 129-to-31 K/BB ratio that was compiled over the life of 132 1/3 innings out of the New York rotation. Matz becomes the third Mets starer to require season-ending surgery, joining rotation-mates Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome) and Jacob deGrom (ulnar nerve in right elbow) in that category. Meanwhile, right-hander Zack Wheeler was never able to return to a Major League mound this season after suffering setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last spring.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 28, 2016 at 04:28 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, youngpitchingwillbreakyourheart

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

Of course he did.

Tebow, batting second, was making his debut in Port St. Lucie, Fla., against the Cardinals’ instructional league team. His homer came off left-hander John Kilichowski, the Cardinals’ 2016 11th-round pick out of Vanderbilt, who gave up just one homer in 47 at-bats vs. left-handed batters in the Minors this year.

eddieot Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New York Mets’ hidden MVP: Their pitch framing - Mets Blog- ESPN

But what’s distinct about the Mets is this: The Giants and Dodgers each have one great pitch-framer (Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal) and the Cubs have two (Miguel Montero and David Ross). The Mets have three.

What’s the tangible impact?

On a game-by-game basis, take Friday night’s win as an example. Rivera and d’Arnaud had a great game. They got 5.5 more strikes than would have been expected from the pitches that Phillies’ hitters took. It was their sixth-best game of the season in that regard

On a broader basis, the Mets led the league in called-strike rate last season and lead again in 2016. Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom ranked 4-5 in the NL in strikeout-to-walk ratio last season. Noah Syndergaard ranks second in 2016 (though admittedly he’s more reliant on swinging strikes). Addison Reed’s 6.6 strikeout-to-walk rate dwarves any of his previous four seasons. Jerry Blevins’ ratio is the second-best in his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitch framing

Saturday, September 24, 2016

How Have The Mets Stayed In Contention

For all the legitimate criticism for his strategic gaffes, one thing that cannot be denied about manager Terry Collins is that the players have continued to play hard for him and they did not give up on the season when the injuries finally appeared to be taking their toll when the club fell under .500 in late-August.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run—convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes’ drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

... Inciarte had a first step of -0.73 seconds on the play, which means he was actually moving before the crack of the bat. He reached a top speed of 19.2 mph and covered 104 feet.

Ender Inciarte can see into the future.

Brian White Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte, mets

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3-team tie atop NL Wild Card |

We could have a wild finish.

Tuesday’s Major League action saw the National League Wild Card race evened into a three-way tie between the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.

The trio has been trading places in the NL standings all month, with each club logging time in possession of a spot in the NL’s one-game playoff. But when the dust settled after Tuesday’s results, all three ended the day with an 80-71 record.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, mets, playoffs, wildcard

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jacob deGrom will undergo elbow surgery

Jacob deGrom will undergo surgery later this week to address the ulnar nerve issue in his pitching elbow. Doctors will move the nerve, which is not considered a major procedure—although any surgery should not be minimized. DeGrom has estimated a three-month recovery time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2016 at 04:32 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, surgery

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mets playoff watch: Where they stand in postseason race | Newsday

Can the Mets hold on with this ragtag bunch?

With 13 games left on their schedule, the Mets (80-69) moved one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants at the top of the NL Wild Card standings with a 3-2 win over the Twins. The St. Louis Cardinals sit in third place, two games behind the Mets after a 3-0 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jacob deGrom leaves, as does Mets’ best route through playoffs | New York Post

More bad news for the Mets.

Instead, the Mets’ GM said Jacob deGrom had experienced renewed pain in his right elbow. DeGrom would not start Sunday for the first time since Sept. 1, as hoped. He almost certainly is done for the season, heading for an offseason surgery to relocate his ulnar nerve away from an area in which it is being compressed, likely by scar tissue.

DeGrom said doctors informed him the ligament — on which he already has had Tommy John surgery — was sound. The procedure he needs is not uncommon for Tommy John patients, and deGrom said he expects three months of recovery and to be fully ready for next spring training.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Heyman - Backman Didn’t Get Answer He Was Looking For From Mets

After Backman lost his chance at managing the Diamondbacks, his future in baseball was pretty much sealed. That he lasted this long in the Mets system shocks me.

Backman and GM Sandy Alderson didn’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, and Marc Carig of Newsday cited a few, such as Backman not agreeing to play Michael Conforto vs. lefties, and not agreeing to bat Brandon Nimmo. Though, in an interview with WFAN, Backman said, “Whoever put that out there, the source within the system, they lied. And that’s the part that pisses me off.” (Sources suggest this was indeed an issue, whether that’s his perception or not.)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wally backman

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How one World Series play 30 years ago shaped a beautiful baseball bromance | For The Win

Thankfully, I can now laugh at 1986.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mets fire Wally Backman after manager went rogue

Wally Backman’s tenure in the Mets organization officially concluded Monday, with general manager Sandy Alderson’s announcement the popular figure from the 1986 World Series-winning club has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

But a club source indicated Backman was fired.

Backman spent the last seven years managing in the minors for the Mets. He guided the organization’s Triple-A team at Buffalo and Las Vegas for the last five years. In 2014 he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.

According to a source, Backman was told he was out because he didn’t use Brandon Nimmo in the leadoff spot and kept Michael Conforto on the bench against lefties, defying the organization’s wishes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets, michael conforto, minor leagues, wally backman

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