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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mets hire ‘respected’ Rojas as new manager

NEW YORK—When the Mets parted ways with Carlos Beltrán last week before he managed a single game, the situation had potential to send their offseason into chaos. With less than a month until Spring Training, the Mets lacked an on-field leader.

To patch that hole as seamlessly as possible, they looked within the walls of their own clubhouse. The Mets are close to finalizing a multiyear deal to make Luis Rojas their next manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Wednesday, pivoting from Beltrán to one of the industry’s most well-respected rising leaders.

The son of longtime Major League player and manager Felipe Alou, and the half-brother of former Mets outfielder Moises Alou, Rojas was the Mets’ quality control coach and outfield instructor last season. That was the 38-year-old’s first experience on a big league staff, after he spent 13 years as a coach and manager in the Mets’ Minor League system. Rojas also has experience managing in the Dominican Winter League.

“He has literally trained his whole life to be a manager,” Van Wagenen said. “He comes from a legacy family. … He is respected by the players. He is trusted by the players. And he’s someone that we have great confidence in, [with] his ability to lead our team now.”

One down, two to go.

 

QLE Posted: January 23, 2020 at 12:22 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: luis rojas, managers, mets being mets

Friday, January 17, 2020

Piazza: MLB mess ‘unintended consequence’ of game’s new era

To Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, the sign-stealing scandal that’s enveloped Major League Baseball signals where the sport is these days.

“Unfortunately, it’s an unintended consequence of the digital age and all this information,” Piazza said.

Piazza was at the New York Mets’ spring training complex on Thursday for a street naming ceremony, two hours before the team let go new manager Carlos Beltrán.

Beltrán was the third manager to lose his job this week in the wake of the cheating scheme by the Astros. Houston manager AJ Hinch was suspended by MLB and then fired by the club.

That reminds me- has Murray Chass offered his thoughts on these matters yet?

QLE Posted: January 17, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mike piazza, shame and scandal, spring training

Friday, January 10, 2020

Mets extend spring training invite to Tim Tebow

The New York Mets just can’t quit Tim Tebow.

Despite hitting just .163 with four home runs in 77 games at Triple-A Syracuse in 2019, the Mets have extended a spring training invitation to the 32-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner. He’s one of eight non-roster invitees the club announced on Thursday.

Tebow begins his fourth full season in the Mets organization and owns a career batting line of .223/.299/.338 with 18 home runs and 327 strikeouts in 287 games. His 2019 season ended on July 21 with a laceration to his pinkie on his left hand. His 2018 season also ended early when he missed the final two months with a broken bone in his right hand.

Tebow, who works for the SEC Network as a football analyst during his baseball offseason, isn’t a legitimate prospect, given his age and lack of production. The Mets have received criticism in the past for giving Tebow playing time in the minors over other players who might actually help the Mets in the future.

Well, now’s the season for this sort of thing, I suppose…..

 


Saturday, January 04, 2020

Report: Wild boar behind Yoenis Cespedes’ ankle injury

Things are rarely boring with the New York Mets.

The latest example: a wild boar and Yoenis Cespedes.

The New York Post reported Friday that the fractured ankle Cespedes suffered in the spring came from a bizarre incident the injury-plagued outfielder had with an animal at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

News of the injury itself isn’t new. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters in May that Cespedes suffered multiple right ankle fractures in what he called a “violent” fall on the outfielder’s ranch that was not baseball-related. Details of what happened hadn’t come out until the Post’s story Friday, however.

So, where does this rank in the listing of bizarre injuries to baseball players?

 

QLE Posted: January 04, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, mets being mets, wild boar, yoenis cespedes

Friday, December 13, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen: Mets have ‘deepest rotation in baseball,’ Steven Matz still seen as starter

Brodie Van Wagenen said Thursday at the Winter Meetings that the Mets have “probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” noting that the added depth after signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha gives the team lots of “flexibility” when it comes to how they prepare for 2020.

As things currently stand, the Mets have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Porcello, and Wacha as rotation options.

They also have the ability to use Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman in the rotation, with Van Wagenen saying the Mets are “staring at eight potential starting pitchers.”

But Lugo and Gsellman will almost certainly be in the bullpen, Van Wagenen suggested, adding that “nothing has changed” regarding his stance that Syndergaard is staying, while saying that he views Matz as a starting pitcher.

Bit presumptive, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: December 13, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, rotation

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Mets to sign Rick Porcello

The Mets have struck a deal with free agent righty Rick Porcello, according to Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic. It’s a one-year, $10MM deal, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Just when I thought it was safe to watch starting pitching, the terror returns.


Saturday, December 07, 2019

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Sometimes, the jokes seem to write themselves…..

 

 

QLE Posted: December 07, 2019 at 10:28 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, rick porcello

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mets have a stud in Pete Alonso, but will they keep him?

If he continues hitting home runs at the pace he did in his 2019 NL Rookie of the Year season, Pete Alonso will pass Darryl Strawberry for most home runs by a New York Met sometime in 2023.

If he continues to rack up RBI the way he did last season, he will catch David Wright, the Mets’ all-time leader with 970, sometime in 2026. Even scoring 103 runs as he did in 2019, it would take Alonso until 2028 to equal Wright’s franchise record of 946. And he would need all the way to 2030 to reach Wright’s mark of 1,777 hits in a Mets uniform.

Assuming continued good health and comparable production, it is clear that Alonso could turn out to be the greatest hitter this franchise has ever had, which says nearly as much about the Mets, a historically pitching-oriented organization, as it does about their sensational 24-year-old first baseman. Clearly, he is the most exciting rookie to wear the blue and orange since the glory days of Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, who won back-to-back Rookie of the Year Awards in 1983 and 1984.

As expected, Alonso won in a landslide, getting 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes; the one holdout voted for Mike Soroka, the Atlanta Braves 22-year-old stud right-hander.

This fits with what we were noting a week or so ago, but still of interest to see it stated so directly.

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Beltrán: Need to be “best friend” to Mets’ GM as manager

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán was back in familiar blue pinstripes Monday, buttoning up a New York Mets uniform while standing next to his new boss, Brodie Van Wagenen.

The first-time manager is taking over following a tenuous season at Citi Field, and his plan to calm the clubhouse works from the top down. That means Van Wagenen isn’t just getting a new employee.

“When you’re a manager, literally, your GM has to be your best friend,” he said.

Beltrán was introduced as Mets manager by Van Wagenen and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon during a news conference in Queens. Beltrán, who spent seven of his 20 seasons as a player with the Mets, identified inconsistency as the culprit for New York’s rocky and disappointing 86-win season.

Seems strange to me, for various reasons…..

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, carlos beltran, mets being mets

Friday, September 27, 2019

What if the Mets had not traded for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz?

NEW YORK – A certain sense of accomplishment and bravado filled the press conference room at Citi Field on Dec. 4 as Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano were introduced as the newest members of the New York Mets.

The offseason is a time for hope and optimism, and on that December day, Mets officials believed they had just made a move that would lead them to 90 wins. One only had to look at the Cheshire cat grins in the room to know that they felt they had just become contenders.

In their eyes, after two down years, the Mets were back.

“Robinson Cano is one of the best second basemen in the history of the game. He immediately will impact the middle of our lineup and increase the run production in a meaningful and significant way,” newly hired Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said during that introductory press conference. “Edwin is the best closer in the game today. He will the anchor of our bullpen and electrify our fan base. Most important, everyone should know that these two players are here to help us accomplish our goals of winning now and in the future.”


Be careful with establishing alternative timelines- the last time I tried such an exercise, Tom Dewey ended up on the $50, I couldn’t stop tasting copper, and the city of Birmingham vanished without a trace….

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets being mets, robinson cano, what-ifs

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mets vs. Noah Syndergaard: The disagreement that could cost them a playoff spot

NEW YORK – Noah Syndergaard and Mickey Callaway aren’t on the same page regarding the value of pairing Syndergaard with his preferred catcher, Tomas Nido.

And it was made clear again Friday.

Syndergaard would rather throw to Nido than the Mets’ starting catcher, Wilson Ramos. There’s a certain comfort level with Nido. Syndergaard also benefits from Nido’s ability to better frame the low ball.

The Mets’ dilemma is that to appease Syndergaard and start Nido, it would leave Ramos, the NL’s hottest second-half hitter entering Friday, on the bench.

So, is this Peak Metsness, or can this be topped?

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, noah syndergaard, tomas nido, wilson ramos

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Noah Syndergaard doesn’t like throwing to Wilson Ramos

Today, on As The World Turns....

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was “livid” when he had to throw to catcher Wilson Ramos and confronted the Mets’ front office about it, Joel Sherman and Kevin Kernan of the New York Post report.

It’s apparently been an ongoing thing and the numbers shake out: Syndergaard has a 5.09 ERA in 92 innings with Ramos behind the dish compared to a 2.45 ERA in 66 innings with Tomás Nido catching him. Syndergaard also made his first start with Rene Rivera catching him this year, tossing seven shutout innings against the Nationals last Monday.

Per Sherman and Kernan, the Mets’ front office thinks the pitcher-catcher dynamic is, in their words, “overstated,” and generally want to avoid pitchers having personal catchers. Syndergaard, however, feels that Nido calls a better game, controls the running game better, and is better at framing low pitches.

 

QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:22 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, noah syndergaard, wilson ramos

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

LEADING OFF: Mets-Nats back after wild game, Springer hurt

SHAKE IT OFF

The Mets and Nationals are set for a matinee in Washington after playing a wild one Tuesday night. The Mets scored five runs in the top of the ninth to lead 10-4 before the Nats rallied all the way back in the bottom of the inning, capping the rally with a three-run, game-ending homer from Kurt Suzuki. The Nationals/Expos franchise had never won a game after trailing by at least six runs in the ninth or later.

“That’s hard to do even in a Little League game,” said dejected Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.41 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in four starts against Washington this season, is set to start for New York. He’ll face righty Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.80).

So, the bullpens gave up a combined twelve runs in the ninth inning- and the solution is relying more on relievers?

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eric sogard, george springer, mets being mets, nationals, scott heineman

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Adeiny Hechavarria gives Mets a million reasons to remember game-changing double

NEW YORK – The day before Adeiny Hechavarria would collect a million bucks, the Mets sent him to the unemployment line, designating him for assignment.

While the team played the move off as one it made due to roster construction with Joe Panik being added, the timing certainly caught Hechavarria’s attention.

“It can’t be a coincidence the day before I was due a bonus it obviously went down. I think the same thing happened with (Carlos) Gomez as well,” Hechavarria said via Braves interpreter Franco Garcia. “It’s hard to believe and hard-pressed to say it’s a coincidence. That’s baseball and the business of the game.”

Hechavarria later landed with the Braves, who are without Dansby Swanson, and he got his first crack at revenge against his team Friday night at Citi Field.

Oh, the fun of beating up upon the Wilpons!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How closer Edwin Diaz went from MLB saves leader to bullpen liability

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With each hit, walk, and homer, the aura of invincibility that once surrounded Edwin Diaz has eroded, turning a former relief ace into a giant question mark.

When the New York Mets acquired Diaz last December, team officials boasted about the acquisition. Nine months later, it looks like they made the mistake of buying high off one elite season, failing to recognize the volatility that defines relief pitching.

Diaz, who saved 57 games in 2018, is no longer superhuman. He’s quite vulnerable. The Mets know it. Opponents know it. And, fans at Citi Field and in road stadiums know it, too.

Sources tell Yahoo Sports that Diaz has been affected by the boos that come with failing in New York, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of how a reliever with his stuff goes from elite closer to owning a 5.32 ERA in the middle of August.

And the Never-Ending Story repeats itself one more time….

 

QLE Posted: August 20, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets being mets, relievers are inherently fungible

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Tim Tebow’s baseball season is over due to July hand injury

Tim Tebow will not make his MLB debut this season, and it’s not because the suddenly hot New York Mets don’t have room for him on the major league roster.

Newsday’s Tim Healey first reported that the former college football standout will miss the remainder of the season as he continues healing from a hand injury suffered in July.

Yahoo Sports’ Matt Ehalt has since confirmed the news.

Tebow suffered a cut that required eight stitches in his left hand. He was injured while fielding a ball in the outfield, Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told reporters on July 23.

Does this mean our great national nightmare is over?

 

 


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Joe Panik to Mets? New York Daily News make case for ex-Giants infielder

After six years with the Giants, second baseman Joe Panik was designated for assignment Tuesday in an expected, yet difficult move. Panik has struggled at the plate throughout the 2019 season, and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was able to pull the trigger on a deal with the Reds to acquire Scooter Gennett—also a second baseman—before the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

With Panik expected to decline the option of being outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, he is set to become a free agent. There does appear to be one team—or at least one local media outlet—that sees Panik as an ideal fit.

Panik is a Yonkers, N.Y. native and played his college baseball at St. Johns University in Queens, less than 10 miles from Citi Field where the Mets play their home games.

It seems guaranteed that this would be a disaster for the Mets- the question is, what sort of disaster would it be?

 

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: joe panik, mets being mets, trade rumors

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Choose Your Own Mets Trade Deadline Adventure

The Mets launched themselves into the center of baseball’s trade discourse by unexpectedly picking up Marcus Stroman on Sunday. They extended their stay there by shipping out Jason Vargas on Monday. And it’s still hard to say just what they’re trying to do.

It’s not that these deals are inherently perplexing on their own. They aren’t! In a vacuum, each of these made sense, or something like it. With Stroman, the team got a quality pitcher under contract for another full season without having to give up any premium prospects. Sure, it seems like a transaction more befitting a true contender rather than a club six-and-a-half games back in a crowded wild-card race, but for this relatively low price, it works, and it positions the club well for next year. And with Vargas, the team saved a little cash ($2 million buyout to decline his option for 2020) and picked up a minor leaguer in exchange for a pitcher whom they likely would have watched walk, anyway, who never had much chance of netting a solid return. So, yes, evaluated individually, in a vacuum—each of these is just fine. But… evaluated in tandem, take-a-pitcher-leave-a-pitcher, in the real-world context of rumors about trading Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler, for a team whose chances of contention next year do not currently seem much better than this year, with a freshman general manager who is already in a rather perilous spot, in a franchise so frequently mired in multi-layered dysfunction that it’s become synonymous with its very name? Uh, yeah, less fine. It doesn’t make so much sense for the Mets—for where they are (right now) or for who they are (always).

It’s hard to say just where the team is going. (Buying? Selling? Neither?) It’s hard to say where it’s trying to go. But it has a few rumored options on the table. So here they are: A New York Mets’ Choose Your Own Adventure, just for the 2019 trade deadline.

A fair warning: Turning to the back pages of the book will not give you all the answers.

 

QLE Posted: July 30, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, trade deadline

Monday, July 29, 2019

What’s next after the Mets shook up the trade deadline?

Imagine being Marcus Stroman right now. He had to be 100 percent certain that he was headed to the Yankees or Astros as the missing piece for a World Series favorite.

Surprise, Marcus! Welcome to the New York Mets, a team that is decidedly not a World Series favorite, with a 50-55 record and odds of making the playoffs at 9.6%, according to FanGraphs. The Mets’ chances of winning the World Series? A microscopic 0.3%.

While the deal left most (including our Keith Law) scratching their heads, this trade, more than anything else, throws another kink into a completely unpredictable trade deadline that just got even more confusing—and keep in mind that the one and only deadline this year is July 31. There is no backdoor route to deals in August like the Justin Verlander-to-Houston blockbuster of 2017.

Well, we could always take mambo lessons….

 

QLE Posted: July 29, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus stroman, mets being mets, trade deadline

 

 

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