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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Carlos Beltran: Mets manager out after Astros’ cheating scandal

Another casualty. At this point, if MLB is really serious about really getting to the bottom of this problem and fairness, they need to investigate *EVERY* team. Let’s get another 20 managers and GM suspended.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:19 PM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran, mets, sign stealing

Monday, January 13, 2020

Slate: “You Guys Are Scaring Me”

A re-examination of the allegations of rape against three Mets during 1992 spring training. Not an easy read, but worth it.

The alleged gang rape at spring training was an enormous scandal. The police in Port St. Lucie said they’d fielded 200 calls from reporters in the 24 hours after Gooden’s name had been linked to the case. The New York tabloids covered it exhaustively, as did sports-talk radio and shock-jock morning shows. The New York Times alone ran two dozen pieces on the investigation.

After four weeks of leering coverage, a Florida prosecutor announced that Dwight Gooden, Vince Coleman, and Daryl Boston would not be charged with any crimes. The odds of getting a conviction, he said, would be too low to warrant moving forward. “There are going to be people even eight, nine years from now, who are going to be bringing this up,” Gooden told the New York Daily News right after he’d been cleared. He was wrong. Two days later, Gooden took the mound in the Mets’ home opener: He pitched well, but lost. “NOT GOODENOUGH,” read the headline in the Daily News, with the story explaining that it was “his first appearance at Shea [Stadium] since rotator cuff surgery.” The rape inquiry wasn’t mentioned at all.

AndrewJ Posted: January 13, 2020 at 10:53 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: 1992, allegations, crime, mets, rape, spring training

Friday, January 03, 2020

Mets find relief in New Year, introducing Dellin Betances

NEW YORK (AP) — This is the next stop on Dellin Betances’ subway ride around New York.

After spending his first eight seasons in the majors with the crosstown Yankees, the New Yorker has joined the Mets on a one-year contract with a player option for 2021. The deal was announced on Christmas Eve and guarantees the towering right-handed reliever at least $10.5 million.

“This past week-and-a-half has brought a lot of excitement to myself and my family,” Betances said during his introductory news conference Thursday at Citi Field, where he was joined by more than two dozen family members. “Christmas, in fact, came a little bit early as we celebrated our signing with the New York Mets.”

Betances’ journey has taken him through all five of New York City’s boroughs. Born in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the four-time All-Star grew up on the island’s Lower East Side.

Bold headline, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: January 03, 2020 at 01:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, mets, relievers

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Report: Dellin Betances, Mets agree to deal

Dellin Betances, among baseball’s most dominant relievers when healthy, has reportedly agreed to terms with the New York Mets, according to SNY’s Andy Martino. The deal is for one-year that includes two player options, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The hard-throwing righty missed nearly all of 2019 with the New York Yankees while dealing with shoulder issues, then partially tore his Achilles tendon when he finally returned to the mound for two-thirds of an inning in September.

While the injury-riddled season could not have come at a worse time for Betances, the four-time All-Star is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training after opting for rehab instead of surgery.

He will join a Mets bullpen that finished 25th in baseball with a 4.95 ERA last season and could slide into the setup role along with Seth Lugo.

As a side thought- any theories involving why the hot stove season has been so much warmer, compared to the last couple of years?

 

QLE Posted: December 25, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, dellin betances, hot stove, mets

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Yoenis Cespedes’ drastic Mets pay cut could get lager

Yoenis Cespedes’ pay cut for next season could be deeper than originally anticipated.

Industry sources confirmed Saturday the veteran outfielder’s guaranteed salary for next season, as part of a restructured contract, will be just $6 million. But Cespedes would collect another $5 million if he avoids beginning the season on the injured list because of right foot or ankle injuries that kept him sidelined in 2019. The Associated Press first reported terms of the new deal.

The club initially disputed the report that Cespedes’ guaranteed salary for next year would be $6 million, but a source indicated the Mets were viewing the contract as $11 million for 2020 with $5 million deducted if the player begins the season on the IL with the aforementioned injuries. Cespedes’ original contract, signed before the 2017 season, called for him to earn $29.5 million next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Source: Former Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello agrees to 1-year Mets deal

Former Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Porcello, who turns 31 on Dec. 27, had multiyear offers but preferred a one-year deal, according to reports.

A ground ball pitcher who relies on a sinking, two-seam fastball, Porcello is coming off a career-worst season with the Red Sox. He was 14-12 but had a 5.52 ERA that was the highest in the majors.

He has been quite durable over the past four seasons, making at least 32 starts per year, but the velocity on his slider dropped by 1.7 mph from 2018, which made the pitch far less effective. He gave up a troublesome .314/.407/.571 slash line with runners in scoring position in 2019.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 12, 2019 at 12:24 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mets

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.


Sunday, December 08, 2019

Hefner becomes Mets pitching coach, Meulens bench coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have hired Jeremy Hefner as pitching coach, Hensley Meulens as bench coach and Tony DeFrancesco as first base coach under new manager Carlos Beltrán.

The 33-year-old Hefner pitched for New York from 2012-13. He was a major league advance scout for Minnesota in 2017 and ’18, then was assistant pitching coach last season. Hefner replaces 82-year-old Phil Regan, who took over when Dave Eiland was fired on June 20.

Meulens, 52, replaces Jim Riggleman, who served as bench coach for manager Mickey Callaway last season. Meulens was San Francisco’s hitting coach from 2010-17, then was Bruce Bochy’s bench coach for the past two seasons.

Wishing DeFrancesco the best in this position- I have a soft spot for him after the champion years the River Cats had with him in the last decade.

 

QLE Posted: December 08, 2019 at 11:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hensley meulens, jeremy hefner, mets, tony defrancesco

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mets acquiring center fielder Jake Marisnick from Astros

The Mets are acquiring Jake Marisnick from the Astros for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.

Marisnick, 28, is a right-handed hitter with a strong defensive acumen and appears to be the Mets’ choice to replace Juan Lagares, whose 2020 option the team decline earlier this offseason.

Taylor, 24, is a right-handed reliever who rose to Triple-A this season with a 2.16 ERA split between three levels. Corona, a 19-year-old outfielder, hit .311 for the Port St. Lucie Mets in the Single-A Gulf Coast League in his first season in the Mets system. Neither is considered a high-level prospect.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:42 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jake marisnick, mets

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Mets in Talks to Sell 80% of Team to Investor Steve Cohen

The owners of the New York Mets are in talks to sell up to 80% of the Major League Baseball team to billionaire Steve Cohen, who is already an investor in the club, according to person familiar with the matter.

The transaction would value the team at $2.6 billion, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The Mets confirmed the talks in a statement

Fred Wilpon, the team’s principal owner, will remain in his current role for at least five years, at which time Cohen will have a path to controlling the franchise, said the person. Jeff Wilpon, his son, will remain as the team’s chief operating officer for the five-year period, the person said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2019 at 08:07 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilpons

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 | 16 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


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