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Saturday, November 16, 2019

What Mets told Carlos Beltran regarding sign-stealing scandal

On Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the GM meetings, Van Wagenen told reporters: “Anything that happened, happened with another organization, with Houston. … I have no idea if anything did or did not [occur], but at this point, I don’t see any reason why this is a Mets situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, mets, sign stealing

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Tom Seaver and the Enduring Hope of the 1969 Mets

Tom Seaver looked out the window of his home office in Calistoga, Calif., his back to baseball and the past.

Behind him on this day in May 2017 were photographs and totems of a career that in both form and substance stands as the closest man has ever come to mastering the art of pitching. There was a shot of young Tom standing with Gil Hodges, not only his manager with the Mets but also a fellow Marine and a second father to him. There were his three Cy Young Awards, from 1969, ‘73 and ‘75.

Body and coif still robustly thick at age 72, Tom peered ahead, to his grape arbors on Diamond Mountain, with Mount St. Helena looming in the distance. Dear God, he could not believe how lucky he was.

One day back when Tom was at the height of his pitching prowess, his brother-in-law asked him, “What will you do when you’re done?”

Some thoughts on a player and a team in twilight- be prepared, as it gets rather heavy at the end.

 

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: 1969, mets, tom seaver

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we?

With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.

Which one is the most desirable? My take on the pros and cons of each gig

So, which of these jobs would you take if you had the choice?

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, giants, mets, padres, phillies, pirates, royals

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Mets manager search: Carlos Beltran buzz, Red Sox link, more

A key member of Van Wagenen’s staff involved in the search includes Allard Baird, who spent a decade-plus working in Boston’s front office before departing last offseason to become an assistant GM with the Mets. That connection could put at least two Red Sox coaches in play for the Mets managerial opening: Carlos Febles and Ron Roenicke.

Febles, the Red Sox third base coach, played for the Royals during Baird’s tenure as Royals GM in the 1990s and 2000s. And Baird was instrumental in bringing Febles into the Red Sox organization in 2007. Febles served as a minor league manager in Boston’s system for six seasons before becoming a major league coach.

Roenicke was Alex Cora’s bench coach for last season’s World Series winning team. Roenicke also managed the Brewers to the NLCS in 2011.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:54 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Sources: Mets doing background work on Carlos Beltran, mutual interest between player and team

MINNEAPOLIS—The Carlos Beltran-as-Mets-manager speculation has now grown legs and turned into an actual story.

Mets officials have been doing background work on Carlos Beltran in recent days, trying to determine if he is ready to be a manager, according to major league sources.

Many Mets people know Beltran well from this time with the team; he is particularly close with Omar Minaya and Allard Baird, who was his GM in Kansas City. Now, the Mets are looking into Beltran’s development since he left in 2011, both as a leader and a rookie member of the Yankees front office.

When SNY first reported last week that Beltran’s name was in the mix to replace Mickey Callaway, we added heavy skepticism because of his sometimes bumpy tenure in Queens. A friend of Beltran’s went so far as to say there was “no chance” Beltran would take the job.

In this context, I’m pondering what “background work” entails- is it visiting a library with ProQuest and similar newspaper databases, or sending private eyes out to gather info?

 

QLE Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, managerial search, mets

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Fan sues Mets after being nearly blinded by T-shirt launcher | Sporting News

Alcohol may have been involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2019 at 02:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: fan safety, mets

MLBTR: Mets Fire Mickey Callaway

“We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement accompanying today’s press release.


Best of luck un your future endeavors.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:34 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, September 30, 2019

Where Mets, Noah Syndergaard go from here is complicated

he 2019 Mets season concluded Sunday afternoon in characteristically roller-coaster fashion, Dom Smith’s first at-bat since July 26 producing a walk-off, three-run homer to give the Mets an 11-inning, 7-6 victory over the Braves at Citi Field. Before the late-inning zaniness that also featured two homers by angry ex-Met Adeiny Hechavarria, Syndergaard ended his worst full big-league season on a positive note, allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out nine.

“Huge,” Syndergaard said. “… To be able to finish on a high note personally and as a team is something we can take into this offseason and build off of that.”

About that offseason, and the likelihood that the Mets will at least consider trading Syndergaard for the third time in a year, “I’m confident that, going into spring training next year, we’ll be reporting to beautiful Port St. Lucie and being a Met,” he said. “I love being a Met. It has a special place in my heart.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, thor

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mets to retire Jerry Koosman’s number next year

The Mets announced today that they plan on retiring Jerry Koosman’s number 36 next year.

Koosman was always the number two guy behind Tom Seaver in the Mets rotation, but he was a beloved member of the Miracle Mets and was well-respected among his teammates. He also could pitch a little: He was 17-9 with a 2.20 ERA (160 ERA+) in 241 innings across 32 starts for the ’69 Mets and won two games in the World Series against the heavily-favored Orioles. He’d go on to pitch 12 total years in New York, winning 140 games. In all he pitched 19 seasons in the bigs, winning 222 games and posting a career ERA of 3.36 (ERA+ 110).

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry koosman, mets, retired numbers

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pete Alonso Hits 49th Homer to Break Team Single-Season Record

” .. the only record that Alonso cares about is his team’s”

And he can steal a base.  Never gets caught. You can look it up!

Lest we forget Posted: September 19, 2019 at 03:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: homers, mets, pete alonso, records, stolen bases

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The time is coming to resolve the Mets’ exhausting Noah Syndergaard situation | SNY

Can they get fair value in return? Of course, what is his fair value right now?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2019 at 06:41 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

As Pete Alonso breaks Mets record, Carlos Beltran happy for Mets rookie

NEW YORK – Carlos Beltran has only one request of Pete Alonso.

“I hope he hits 55 [homers]. I hope he hits more than that. I will be disappointed if he stops at 42,” Beltran told Yahoo Sports with a laugh during a recent telephone interview. “I hope he continues to have a good season.”

With his 42nd homer Tuesday off Cubs righty Yu Darvish, Alonso, in just his rookie season, has now hit more homers than anyone else in Mets history.

He broke a tie with Beltran, who hit 41 homers in 2006, and former Mets catcher Todd Hundley, who set the previous standard in 1996.

Some words on the setting of a record.

 

QLE Posted: August 28, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, home runs, mets, pete alonso

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

50 years from miracle season, resurgent Mets eye magic run

NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ago, as the New York Mets commemorated the 50th anniversary of a most improbable World Series title, 74-year-old alum Ed Kranepool stood at a Citi Field lectern and tried to encourage a languishing team.

“They can do it like we did. You gotta believe in yourself!” Kranepool said that afternoon, addressing both the cheering crowd and current Mets players clapping in the dugout. “So good luck. You have a half a season. We want to wish you the best so that we can celebrate in October.”

It was a noble sentiment, even if that optimism felt farfetched with New York nine games under .500.

And then the next night the maligned club publicly apologized on the scoreboard to two living members of the 1969 Miracle Mets who were mistakenly included in a video montage of players from that team who had died.

“Of course, having a fluke season from Cleon Jones couldn’t hurt”.....

 

QLE Posted: August 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: anniversaries, mets

LEADING OFF: Verlander vs Morton, Cubs and Mets get wild

PAIR OF ACES

Former teammates and 2019 All-Stars square off in a prime pitching matchup when Charlie Morton (13-5, 2.85 ERA) and the Rays face Justin Verlander (15-5, 2.77) in Houston. With the Rays locked in a close wild-card race and the Astros leading the AL West, it’s a potential October preview. Verlander, first in the majors with 239 strikeouts, fanned 11 last time out and went the distance on a two-hitter in a 2-1 loss to Detroit. He has seven straight double-digit strikeout games. Morton spent the past two years with the Astros and helped them win the 2017 World Series.

WILD IN THE CITI

Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs visit the Mets in the opener of a pivotal three-game series at Citi Field. New York trails Chicago by two games for the second NL wild card. Both teams were off Monday after getting swept at home last weekend — the Mets by Atlanta, the Cubs by Washington. Chicago hopes to have Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup. The first baseman left Saturday’s game with tightness in his back and sat out Sunday. Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Cubs against Marcus Stroman (7-11, 3.18), who exited his previous start with left hamstring tightness.

Last I heard, Teams Gone Wild was only available in the sleazier parts of town- and, even then, only in a brown paper bag and on a cash-only basis.

QLE Posted: August 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, cubs, justin verlander, lucas giolito, masahiro tanaka, mets, yusei kikuchi

‘Homeless Minor Leaguer’ Ty Kelly Retires and Jokingly Jabs Andrew Luck for Stealing His Thunder

It looks like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck wasn’t the only big name to walk away from their game last night.


Utility player Ty Kelly, who bounced around the MLB for parts of three seasons, announced that he would retire after his brief pro career


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Mets pitchers strike out 26 Braves batters in 14 innings

New York Mets pitchers struck out 26 Braves batters last night. That ties a major league record for strikeouts in a game. Four other teams have performed the feat. The Mets joined the the then-Anaheim Angels, however, as the only two teams to strike out 26 batters and lose. Those Angels fell to the Brewers 1-0 in 17 innings in 2004. The Mets fell to the Braves last night, 2-1.

Jacob deGrom led the charge with 13 Ks in seven innings of work, with his only blemish being an RBI single surrendered to Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. deGrom atoned for that himself, however, hitting a home run off of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up at one. That’s how things would remain when both starters left the game and it moved on to extra innings.

The people who have been singing the praises of the TTO have a lot to answer for….

 

QLE Posted: August 25, 2019 at 02:56 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, three true outcomes

Monday, August 19, 2019

Al Jackson, an original Met, dead at 83

Al Jackson, a tough left-hander who provided a rare glint of hope in the early days of the woebegone Mets, has died at 83.

His death was announced by the Mets, for whom he worked for 50 years as a pitcher, major league coach, minor league pitching coordinator and front-office adviser. He died Monday at a nursing home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, after a long illness.

The Mets said in a statement it would be “impossible to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career.”

Jackson pitched in the majors for 10 seasons, and no season was more challenging than the one in 1962 when the expansion Mets entered the majors and lost 120 games. “Little” Al Jackson, although he was 5-foot-10, had a record of 8-20 and 4.40 ERA. The next two years he went 13-17 and 11-16.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2019 at 09:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: al jackson, mets, obituaries

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Here Come the Mets

Still, plenty of GM’s with an 11% chance of playing in October would have throw in the towel and built for the future. With Stroman on board, the team climbed to a 14.5% shot, and a win on July 30 raised those odds to 16.5%. At this point, Van Wagenen made a decision I absolutely love. A 1-in-6 shot at making the playoffs isn’t nothing, but the safe move would have been dealing Wheeler for a marginal return. Flip Wheeler for half of what you paid for Stroman, play out the string with marginally lower odds of making the playoffs, and laud yourself for building for today and tomorrow simultaneously.

That might be the best move from a publicity standpoint, but it ignores the specific spot the Mets find themselves in. Adding Simeon Woods Richardson or Anthony Kay to the current incarnation of the Mets isn’t quite pointless, but it’s close. The Mets, this year, are a good team. We project them as the 10th-best team by unadjusted winning percentage for the balance of the year, in a group of six teams (Cubs, Twins, Indians, Rays, Mets, and Braves) just below the true heavyweights. The Braves have enough games in hand that the NL East crown isn’t in question, but the Mets are no joke.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2019 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen wrong to hide behind ‘organization’ speak

Brodie Van Wagenen sat in the first-base dugout Friday afternoon at Marlins Park and answered quickly about his soon-to-be 40-51 Mets.

“I think that any time a team struggles it’s on the organization,’’ the general manager began.

“I think that this organization has provided baseball operations with a tremendous amount of support. They’ve given us autonomy to reach a consensus about what baseball moves we think are in the best interests of the organization and then we move forward collectively as one unit. I wouldn’t want to put the blame on players or coaches or scouts or anybody of that matter, but I can tell you that this team that we built was one that was a unified vision and it hasn’t worked. So I accept my responsibility in that capacity as well.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Yankees, Red Sox poised to compete for Mets RHP Zack Wheeler | SNY

Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn’t a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Monday, July 08, 2019

Pete Alonso is Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets saving grace

Right here, at Citi Field, Jay Bruce was hitting two home runs, giving him three for the weekend and four, total, against the Mets so far. So there was that.

Four home runs — as in the total number for Robinson Cano in his first 242 at-bats as a Met.  [...]

In Cleveland, the two cornerstone players of the Cano deal — Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — played in the Futures Game by night and charmed a gaggle of local scribes by day with their poise and their candor, so there was that.

In Tampa, Travis d’Arnaud — discarded by Van Wagenen like an empty beer can after all of 25 plate appearances this year, followed up his walk-off homer against the Yankees by getting another hit, scoring another run and making a terrific defensive play at first. So there was that [...]

And as a report surfaced that the Mets had “asked around” about Joe Girardi, favorite Van Wagenen whipping boy Mickey Callaway was still the Mets manager and he was still carving optimistic gems postgame despite the Mets dropping to an unsightly 40-50 on the year (One-and-a-half games better than last year at the break [39-52]! Two-and-a-half better than 2017 [39-53]! Progress!).

bobm Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in heated meeting with Mets coaches

A tumultuous Mets season took another strange twist, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen punctuating a heated meeting with the team’s coaching staff by throwing a chair, according to club sources.

The incident occurred following Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Phillies in which closer Edwin Diaz imploded in the ninth inning, allowing four runs in his latest meltdown.

An irate Van Wagenen assembled manager Mickey Callaway and the coaching staff in the coaches room immediately after the game, according to a source, and lashed out at the individuals present, bemoaning the fact Jacob deGrom’s strong performance had been wasted. Accompanying Van Wagenen at the meeting was assistant GM Allard Baird.

After ripping the coaches, according to a source, the usually mild-mannered Van Wagenen picked up a chair and threw it and told Callaway to go conduct his “f–king press conference.” Callaway provided no hint that anything was amiss as he met with reporters following the loss.

The Run Fairy Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mickey callaway

Joel Sherman: Solving the Mets’ defensive nightmare before it gets worse

[... This season] the Mets were fourth worst in the majors in turning balls put into play into outs. Tacitly, there may be a cascading negativity. One member of the team told me he thought pitchers were impacted in pitch selection and how they attacked hitters because they were concerned in letting the ball be put in play.

Fangraphs has the Mets as the majors’ worst overall defensive team. The stats corroborate the eyeball test when it comes to this team and fielding. [...]

Amed Rosario is the new Ruben Tejada — every season the Mets will say this is the key one to prove what kind of player he will be, and this exercise will go on for years. Rosario is still just 23. But the growth on both sides of the ball is coming begrudgingly, if at all. He is young enough and athletic enough to improve. But how long do the Mets wait for what might never come?

bobm Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, stinky

Friday, July 05, 2019

Mets Still Pondering Trade Deadline Approach - MLB Trade Rumors

It’s time to sell.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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