Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Mets Newsbeat

Thursday, December 14, 2017

What new Mets regime sees in Matt Harvey for last ride | New York Post

Who doesn’t look good throwing in a gym during the off-season?

“We are really encouraged,” his agent, Scott Boras, said. “Matt was out at our sports fitness institute this past two weeks and the ball was really coming out of his hand at Matt Harvey levels of the past, so we’re really excited about what 2018 holds for him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Evolution of Newest Met Anthony Swarzak

goodfundies Posted: December 13, 2017 at 09:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets agree to two-year deal with Anthony Swarzak

Swarzak, acquired at the trade deadline from the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, bolstered the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen down the stretch as the they made a push for a National League wild-card spot. He finished 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA and two saves in 70 relief appearances combined with Milwaukee and the White Sox.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins after his second-round selection in the 2004 amateur draft. He also has pitched for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

Seriously? Reports are that it is for 14m/2y deal. Seriously. 

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 13, 2017 at 04:48 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mets have talked to teams about trading Matt Harvey: sources - NY Daily News

Flip him for a reliever. His stock can’t get much lower.

“They are willing to move him,” one source said, “and they said they wanted to try and flip him for a reliever. They seemed more willing to move him then (Robert) Gsellman or (Seth) Lugo.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Giancarlo Stanton Trade Shines a Light on the Sad Difference Between the Mets and Yankees

The Mets should have been considered by Giancarlo Stanton. It’s not his fault though.

goodfundies Posted: December 09, 2017 at 02:15 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets, yankees

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Third time through the order isn’t a charm, and Mets are ready to deal with it | Newsday

The Mets could convert some of their starters to the bullpen. Why not make Lugo a 2-3 inning reliever, for example?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scott Boras: Loaded Mets are too cheap to live in ‘Playoffville’ | New York Post

At least this swipe made me chuckle a little. Boras takes a swipe at regular people. Getting a raise shouldn’t require a family to move to gated community. Or should it?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, scott boras

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Callaway aims to reduce Mets’ injuries with analytics, research - NY Daily News

“One of the things that we realized is that backing off is no way to condition a pitcher to stay healthy,” Callaway said. “You have to get after it. You have to push yourself.

“You can’t go run a marathon without pushing yourself to condition yourself the right way. So we’re going to push guys to the limit to make sure that they can endure everything they’re going to have to go through in a major league season.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, November 13, 2017

Muchas Gracias, Béisbol (Carlos Beltran announces retirement)

“Thank you.”

This is and always will be my response when someone thanks me for what I’ve done in this game. Because I am so eternally grateful.

I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years.

I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations.

I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have won the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the greatest honor I could have ever received as a ballplayer.

And I am blessed to be a champion.

But now, my time as a player has come to an end.

Today, I am officially announcing my retirement.

Muchas gracias, béisbol.

I can’t wait for what the next chapter holds.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: November 13, 2017 at 04:47 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mets, retirement, royals

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mets pitchers Syndergaard de Grom | Newsday

One way to stop the insanity of really long games and help offense would be to limit teams to 11 pitchers on the roster.

The Mets intend to rethink the way they use a pitching staff that disintegrated during a 92-loss season, sources have told Newsday. It’s a philosophical shift that will shape their decisions as general manager Sandy Alderson begins a critical offseason reboot.

With the exception of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Mets starters may be shielded from facing lineups more than twice in a game, mirroring an industry-wide trend, according to a source. The adjustment comes after a season in which team officials watched many of the Mets’ starters fade badly as they pitched deeper into games.

Fewer innings on a nightly basis from the starters means a greater emphasis on the bullpen, and sources said the Mets will look to establish a norm of carrying eight relief pitchers, one more than the standard seven.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

How Bad Was Amed Rosario’s Debut, Exactly? | FanGraphs Baseball

Not exactly an optimistic view of Rosario’s future. Of course, it’s not exactly based on a lot of data.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:42 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Amed Rosario’s Plate Discipline Lacking - MetsMind

A nice breakdown of Amed Rosario’s free-swinging ways.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mets name Callaway as next manager

Despite their 2017 struggles on the mound, the Mets remain a team built upon pitching. As such, the Mets have imported an expert to replace Terry Collins, hiring Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in team history on Monday.

Callaway will be introduced at a 4 p.m. ET news conference at Citi Field, which will be streamed live on MLB.com and mets.com.

I got nothing on this. Is he the cheap option?

manchestermets Posted: October 23, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WaPo: d MLB’s newest managers are Red Sox’s Alex Cora and Mets’ Mickey Callaway

The World Series has yet to get underway, but a pair of MLB teams have already found new managers for the 2018 season. On Sunday, the New York Mets reportedly tabbed former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to fill their vacancy, while the Boston Red Sox went with Alex Cora, who is a bit tied up at the moment as the World Series-bound Astros’ bench coach.

Boston will have to wait until Houston finishes battling for a championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers before it can formally introduce the 42-year-old Cora, who has spent the past year with the Astros after being an ESPN analyst for several years following his final MLB season in 2011.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 22, 2017 at 11:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mets, red sox

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perrotto: Managerial Rumors and Rumblings

Gossip covers the following—

Phillies: Mickey Callaway, Gary DiSarcina, Juan Samuel
Tigers: Fredi Gonzalez, Gabe Kapler
Mets: Robin Ventura, Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora, Bob Geren

fra paolo Posted: October 16, 2017 at 01:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, mets, phillies, tigers

Monday, October 09, 2017

SNY Mets to buy Syracuse Chiefs, move Triple-A team from Las Vegas to Syracuse

The Mets will buy the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and move their Triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas, NV to Syracuse, NY, reports Mark Weiner of Syracuse.com. The move will occur after the 2018 season.

The Chiefs are currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals, while the Mets’ current affiliate—the 51s—is located in Las Vegas.

Once the sale—which was approved on Monday morning—is final, the Mets will own and operate the Chiefs, according to Weiner.

The Mets’ Triple-A affiliate has been located in Las Vegas since 2013, which was the season after their deal with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons expired.

“With Syracuse’s rich history and love of baseball, the Mets purchasing the Syracuse Chiefs is a grand slam for the entire community,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said, according to Weirner.

The Mets’ Double-A affiliate is located in Binghamton, NY while their High-A affiliate is located in Port St. Lucie, FL. Their short-season A-ball affiliate is located in Brooklyn, NY.

This, while still rather a bit away, is totally awesome news.  For Syracuse anyhow.

Lassus Posted: October 09, 2017 at 06:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, snowplow baseball

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Terry Collins fights back tears as he steps aside | New York Post

Nobody manages forever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 09:52 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry colins

Friday, September 29, 2017

CBS: David Wright says Mets teammates ‘cowardly’ for ripping Terry Collins anonymously

I agree with Wright. At this point those anonymous teammates are only kicking him on his way out the door.

“Terry’s office is 10 feet from our clubhouse. If I’ve ever had any problems or players I know know that if they had any issue, they can march right on down and sit down and man-to-man talk about it. For a player to not put his name on the quote and to bash Terry, who has a lot of success for taking us to the playoffs in back-to-back years, in my opinion, that is cowardly and lazy. The man sits 10 feet from you. Go walk in there and say your gripes. Terry has treated us like men and adults.”

Esoteric Posted: September 29, 2017 at 08:29 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york mets

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mets expected to let Dan Warthen go: sources | New York Post

Changes coming in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jacob deGrom reaches significant 200-inning plateau for first time in career

Jacob deGrom has been the last ace standing for the Mets for most of this season, pitching more innings than Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz have thrown combined.

Coming off of season-ending elbow one year ago, it is of no small significance that deGrom reached the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his major-league career on Sunday. DeGrom tossed another six strong frames, despite suffering the defeat to Washington ace Max Scherzer in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

“It’s definitely big for me,” deGrom said of his innings total. “We’ve got plans to hopefully go to the World Series next year, and I think that’s something I wanted to get to, to know what it’s like to pitch that many innings in a year.

“You never know what to expect coming off of surgery, so being healthy this year definitely has been a big plus for me.”

DeGrom gave up a two-run homer to Trea Turner in the third inning and an unearned run in the fifth, but he finished the game with 11 strikeouts, his 11th double-digit outing of the season.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 24, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Thursday, September 21, 2017

‘Highly unlikely’ Mets risk Harvey burning them — with another team | New York Post

The Mets appear willing to gamble on the disappointing right-hander, even at the risk of potentially wasting $6 million in 2018 should the struggles that have defined Harvey’s last two seasons persist.

And that means tendering a contract to the arbitration-eligible pitcher.

“It’s highly unlikely that we’re not going to bring him back next year,” general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post on Wednesday after the Mets’ 9-2 loss to the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yoenis Cespedes reveals his new offseason training plan | New York Post

What the heck is the training staff doing?

“I think in the past I have gone into the season where I have spent a lot of time in the gym doing a lot of lifting, so I come in feeling very strong,” Cespedes said through an interpreter before the Mets’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Marlins. “But I definitely wasn’t dedicating the time I need to be running, to really give resistance to my muscles.

“So although I was starting out strong, I can tell during the season my muscles weren’t able to keep up, they were probably wearing out, so I figured out that’s definitely where the change needs to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Mets’ Jose Reyes: Continues late-season offensive bender

Reyes went 4-for-5 with his 14th homer, two RBI and two runs against the Marlins on Tuesday.
The veteran infielder continues to impress with this late-season surge—over his last 22 games, Reyes has hit .389 with five homers, eight steals, 16 RBI and 22 runs. That’s some impressive stat stuffing from a guy who was looking washed up earlier in the season, and it doesn’t seem like Reyes is going to slow down over the remaining games.

Since April 13th, Reyes has hit .261/.335/.444 despite a .275 BABIP. According to fangraphs, he has been worth 1.8 WAR, but BR has him as sub-replacement at 0.2. He has also stolen 22 bases and been CS 5 times.

The difference in WAR is interesting. It is essentially all defense.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Matt Harvey Out Of Answers For Rough Season

It was not fun to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Page {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dcurrent_page} of {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dtotal_pages} pages {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dpagination_links} | Site Archive

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
JPWF13
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 18 December 2018 - Lawlor / Fairfield Year in Review: Politics, baseball, football, hockey
(28 - 1:42pm, Dec 18)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogCC Sabathia agrees to deal to return to Yanks | MLB.com
(48 - 1:39pm, Dec 18)
Last: Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(511 - 1:39pm, Dec 18)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogBraves send Matt Kemp to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, more major-leaguers | CBS Sports
(55 - 1:38pm, Dec 18)
Last: The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(415 - 1:36pm, Dec 18)
Last: Kiko Sakata

Hall of MeritMock Hall of Fame Ballot 2018
(23 - 1:32pm, Dec 18)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogWhat happens if I try to steal on every pitch? An OOTP experiment
(4 - 1:23pm, Dec 18)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOTP 11 December, 2017 - GOP strategist: Moore would have 'date with a baseball bat' if he tried dating teens where I grew up
(2653 - 1:22pm, Dec 18)
Last: Srul Itza

NewsblogDustin Fowler sues White Sox over injury at Guaranteed Rate Field.
(24 - 1:11pm, Dec 18)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOT - 2017 NFL thread
(460 - 1:09pm, Dec 18)
Last: SoSH U at work

Gonfalon CubsStatus of the Roster mid-December
(3 - 12:59pm, Dec 18)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogYou should be very skeptical of claims the Royals lost over $60 million the last two years - Royals Review
(25 - 12:49pm, Dec 18)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2046 - 12:48pm, Dec 18)
Last: Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2017
(8 - 11:20am, Dec 18)
Last: Batman

Gonfalon CubsLooking to next year
(355 - 10:49am, Dec 18)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

Page rendered in 1.4169 seconds
167 querie(s) executed