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Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Eduardo Escobar first Met to hit for cycle in 10 years

Escobar singled in the first inning, doubled in the fourth, homered in the eighth and tripled in the ninth, becoming the first Mets player since Scott Hairston in 2012 to hit for a cycle and the first player from any club to do so at Petco Park.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Escobar, who finished 4-for-5 with six RBIs in the Mets’ 11-5 win over the Padres. “It’s hard, hitting the cycle at this level. Today is a special night for me.”

For Escobar, the night included an emotional fist pump at third base, a hug from manager Buck Showalter in the dugout and a bath of ice water during his postgame interview. Perhaps the most universally beloved Met, Escobar often takes his teammates out for meals on the road and is at the center of many team bonding activities within the clubhouse walls. So when Escobar motored into third base without a throw, the visiting dugout exploded into whoops and hollers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2022 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cycle, eduardo escobar, mets

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Met Their Match? Infield Defense a Little Off

The Mets haven’t done well at turning ground balls and bunts into outs in their first 46 games. They rank sixth-worst in that stat percentage wise (their out conversion rate is 71%) and in Defensive Runs Saved when combining the skill and positioning of their infielders (-5 Runs Saved).

That 71% out conversion rate is particularly troubling when you consider the expected out rate on those batted balls – 79% (expected rate based on historical out probabilities).

Perhaps the most important thing in this piece is that the gap of 8 percentage points between their actual and expected out rates is the worst in the majors.

If the Mets’ actual out rate matched their expected out rate, they’d have turned 38 more ground balls and bunts into outs this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2022 at 02:59 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, May 20, 2022

Chris Paddack’s medical red flag killed Mets-Padres deal

Now it can be told. The Mets-Padres deal was canceled after Mets doctors raised a red flag over right-hander Chris Paddack’s medicals. They look correct now, as Paddack had Tommy John surgery Wednesday and will be out for the Twins until next year.

The original proposed deal had Paddack, Eric Hosmer and reliever Emilio Pagan going to the Mets for Dom Smith, and enough money going to the Mets where it was a $25 million hit for them to cover the four years remaining on Hosmer’s deal. Mets people decided that if Paddack had to miss more than a year, it wasn’t worth it. Though Hosmer is killing it for the Padres (.336), the Mets’ plan was to deal Hosmer in a second trade that was being discussed simultaneously, anyway.

That makes sense the Mets were planning to deal Hosmer, as Pete Alonso prefers not to DH much. … Jacob deGrom best case scenario is likely July now. The Mets aren’t giving out any more timetables, however. … The Padres tried to trade Dinelson Lamet before optioning him, but though the former Cy Young vote-getter was throwing 97 mph, an inconsistent slider was hurting results. Still, there should be takers on a buy-low deal. … Fernando Tatis Jr. is projected back in late June. … The Mets’ quiet concern remains the bullpen. The aptly named Colin Holderman, just called up, will get the first crack, before they contemplate trade options.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2022 at 10:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chris paddack, mets, padres

Thursday, May 19, 2022

New York Mets’ Max Scherzer out 6-8 weeks with oblique strain

New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer is expected to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a “moderate to high grade” oblique strain during Wednesday night’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced Thursday.

Scherzer removed himself from the game with two outs in the sixth inning after feeling soreness on his left side with the hope of preventing a more serious injury.

“Just felt a zing on my left side and just knew I was done,” Scherzer said Wednesday. “When I felt it, I just knew there’s no way you can throw another pitch, so just get out of there.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 04:20 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, mets

Monday, May 02, 2022

Mets’ Robinson Canó designated for assignment with nearly two years left on massive contract

On Monday, MLB clubs must cut their rosters from 28 players down to 26 players, and at least one big name has lost his roster spot: Robinson Canó. The New York Mets announced Monday that Canó has been designated for assignment. New York could have sent JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, or Dominic Smith to Triple-A to trim their roster, but instead they cut ties with Canó.

Canó, 39, is 8 for 41 (.195) with one home run in 12 games this season. The Mets owe him $20.25 million in salary this season and next (the Seattle Mariners owe him $3.75 million each year as well) and they are still responsible for that salary. Given the money, Canó will undoubtedly clear waivers and be released.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2022 at 11:14 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, robinson cano

Friday, April 29, 2022

Mets toss ‘22’s first no-no, down Phillies

One month shy of a decade ago, Johan Santana removed the burden of history from Citi Field. When Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history, he opened the gates for others to follow.

It once again took a lengthy wait, even as the Mets rose to prominence with one of baseball’s best young rotations. Throughout the league, 39 no-hitters took place after Santana’s, including efforts from 18 different teams. But it was not until a chilly night at Citi Field on Friday that the Mets added another of their own.

Tylor Megill pitched the first five innings, before Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz combined on the final 12 outs to complete the historic 3-0 win over the Phillies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2022 at 11:55 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, no-hitter

Friday, April 15, 2022

Brandon Nimmo, Mark Canha test positive for COVID before Mets home opener

Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha both tested positive for COVID-19 Friday morning, according to The Post’s Mike Puma, and will be out for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Diamondbacks.

Nimmo, along with Dominic Smith, was a notable absence from the lineup after a team staffer tested positive. The Post’s Mike Puma reported before the lineup was released that there would be “noticeable differences” after the positive test.

Smith and Nimmo were two of the Mets players who declined to say if they were vaccinated before the season started, though it is unclear if that is the reason for Smith’s absence in the lineup.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2022 at 12:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: covid-19, mets

Sunday, April 03, 2022

Mets Trade Miguel Castro To Yankees For Joely Rodriguez

The Mets have traded Miguel Castro to the Yankees for Joely Rodriguez, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. As noted by MLBTR’s Steve Adams, Rodriguez was signed as a free agent this offseason and thus ineligible to be traded prior to June 15th without his consent. He and his agent gave that consent in exchange for a $500K assignment bonus, which will be paid by the Mets as part of this deal. (Twitter links) Rodriguez is represented by Daniel Szew of LA Sports Management.

For the Mets, they have had an extremely busy offseason, upgrading their lineup with the likes of Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar. They also added Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt to their rotation and Adam Ottavino to their bullpen. However, the one area of the roster they hadn’t really addressed was left-handed relief. With Aaron Loup joining the Angels, the only southpaws on the roster were candidates for the starting rotation. The club gave minor league deals to veterans like Chasen Shreve and Alex Claudio, but they clearly view Rodriguez as a meaningful upgrade, based on the fact that they were willing to give up Castro to get him.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2022 at 01:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Friday, April 01, 2022

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom to miss significant time with stress reaction in shoulder

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom will miss Opening Day after an imaging test showed a stress reaction in his right scapula.

In a statement, the Mets said deGrom won’t throw for up to four weeks and then will be re-evaluated.

DeGrom, 33, is widely regarded as the best pitcher in baseball. In 15 starts last season, he posted a 1.08 ERA and in 92 innings struck out 146 batters and walked just 11. But a variety of injuries caused him to miss starts, and elbow pain sidelined him for the entire second half.

The scapula, or shoulder blade, is a vital bone in the pitching process. Stress reactions, which are injuries to bones typically brought on by repeated movement, are rare in pitchers’ shoulders. Typically, stress reactions are healed through rest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2022 at 04:26 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Big budget, big talent: Can the Mets take ownership of New York from the Yankees?

I tell him that a week ago I was on the other side of Florida to see the New York Yankees, where reporters pressed chairman Hal Steinbrenner on whether he felt pressure to spend more on payroll to keep up with the Mets.

“To Hal?” Eppler clarifies with some incredulity.

That’s right; because people say the Mets are setting the pace for sports in New York City these days.

“I’m not starting that,” Eppler says with a laugh. “I’m not even biting on that.”

OK, maybe he was smart to sidestep any explicit rivalry-making so soon into his career with the Mets, but it wasn’t intended as a trap. Eppler spent years in the Yankees front office, rising to assistant GM during a time when they assured themselves playoff berths by simply outspending the competition year in and year out. For 15 straight seasons from 1999-2013, the Yankees fielded the highest payroll, winning three World Series, losing two more and missing the postseason only twice.

In 2015, Eppler’s last season in the Bronx, Hal’s Yankees outspent the Mets by more than $100 million. But now, Eppler returns to a New York sports landscape that has a new titan at the ownership level. The 2022 Mets, if all goes according to plan, are trying to be the New Yankees.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2022 at 10:03 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Unvaccinated Yankees, Mets players will be able to play home games as NYC mayor to drop mandate, per report

On Thursday, New York City mayor Eric Adams is expected to announce the private-sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be reversed specifically for performers and athletes in local venues, according to Politico’s Sally Goldenberg. The reversal will allow unvaccinated New York Yankees and New York Mets players to play home games.

Here are more details from Goldenberg:

Just last week Adams said there wouldn’t be any special carveouts for athletes.

“Everyone is focused on the sports area. They’re focusing on one person. I’m focusing on 9 million people,” the mayor said on March 16. “I’m not looking at one person. I’m looking at my city not closing down again.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2022 at 11:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, mets, vaccines, yankees

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sources: Ottavino agrees to 1-year deal with Mets

The Mets’ march toward pitching depth continued on Sunday. A day after acquiring starter Chris Bassitt in a deal with the A’s, the team agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract with reliever Adam Ottavino, according to multiple sources.

The Mets have not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical. General manager Billy Eppler declined comment for that reason, saying only: “If we can locate a talented right-handed reliever, I would definitely welcome it.”

Once that move becomes official, Ottavino will join Edwin Díaz, Seth Lugo and Trevor May at the back of New York’s bullpen. He posted a 4.21 ERA in 69 appearances last year for the Red Sox, striking out 71 batters in 62 innings. Since 2018, Ottavino has averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings while producing a 3.05 ERA for the Rockies, Yankees and Red Sox.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2022 at 06:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: adam ottavino, mets

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Mets land A’s ace Bassitt for prospect Ginn, more

And so the front office made a necessary deal on Saturday evening, acquiring right-hander Chris Bassitt from the A’s for pitching prospects J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller. The trade brings the Mets a pitcher who produced a 3.15 ERA over 27 starts last season in Oakland, though it comes at a cost: Ginn was one of the Mets’ two highest-ranked pitching prospects.

Bassitt, 33, is a former 16th-round pick who did not enjoy sustained success in the Majors until after recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2018. Since that time, Bassitt has gone 29-14 with a 3.23 ERA in 70 starts and seven relief appearances, with 396 strikeouts over 412 innings. His walk rate has declined every year since ’18, bottoming out at 2.23 per nine innings last season—10th-lowest in the American League among pitchers with at least 150 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2022 at 07:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt, mets

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Mets to hire Elizabeth Benn as director of Major League operations, per report

The New York Mets have reportedly hired Elizabeth Benn as their director of Major League operations, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

Benn had previously served as the senior coordinator of baseball operations for Major League Baseball itself. She will become the highest ranking woman to work in the baseball operations department in Mets history, per DiComo….

Benn had worked for the league office in some form or another since joining as an intern in 2017. She had filled a wide-ranging coordinator role (of labor relations, diversity and inclusion, and baseball development) until being promoted into her senior coordinator position in 2020. She had also served as an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2022 at 06:16 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, women in baseball

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Marcus Stroman slams Mets and Billy Eppler: ‘I’m beyond thankful I’m gone from that organization’


Marcus Stroman, who signed with the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason after being with the Mets from the middle of the 2019 season to the end of last season, slammed the team and GM Billy Eppler on Twitter on Tuesday.

In a series of tweets, Stroman attacked the club for hiring Eppler and said that he hoped free agent Michael Conforto would sign elsewhere instead of returning to the Mets.

Wrote Stroman in a since-deleted tweet:

“Just look at who the Mets hired as their GM… that tells you enough. His lack of awareness in his previous position is being exposed to the public now. I’m beyond thankful I’m gone from that organization. God got me!”

Stroman’s thoughts on Eppler could be in reference to the death of Tyler Skaggs, who overdosed in 2019 when Eppler was GM of the Los Angeles Angels.

Prior to signing with the Cubs on Dec. 2, Stroman took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the Mets.

Stroman liked one tweet alleging the Mets were racist for pursuing the pitchers they were linked to instead of him, and liked another tweet that referred to a Mets beat reporter as an ethnic slur.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2022 at 05:18 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus stroman, mets

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Mets Old Timers’ Day Game returns on Aug. 27

For the first time since 1994, the Mets will have an Old Timers’ Day at Citi Field on Aug. 27. It comes right before they face the Rockies. The Old Timers’ Day player introductions will begin at 5 p.m. ET. Single-game tickets are available on Mets.com/tickets. Gates will open at 4:10 p.m.

“Bringing back Old Timers’ Day was one of the most passionate requests I heard from our fans,” said Mets chairman, CEO and owner Steve Cohen. “As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary season, having these legendary players return to the ballpark to hear cheers from Mets fans once again is the perfect way to honor our past.”

Frank Thomas, Ron Swoboda, Jon Matlack, Felix Millán, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Bobby Ojeda, Robin Ventura, Turk Wendell, Endy Chávez, Cliff Floyd and Daniel Murphy are among more than 40 players scheduled to attend. The Mets will be announcing additional former players who will be participating in the game in the coming months.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2022 at 05:47 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

What would a Mets trade package for Luis Castillo look like?

If the Reds decide to trade Castillo this offseason, a reasonable ask would be one top prospect who is also a top 100 prospect in baseball, and one other prospect inside a team’s top 10.

For the Mets, Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty will be off-limits in pretty much any trade. So inquiring teams can forget those two.

That means that for Castillo, a fair offer from the Mets could be SS Ronny Mauricio (ranked No. 3 on SNY’s Top 20 Mets prospects list and No. 53 on the MLB Pipeline Top 100) and RHP J.T. Ginn (ranked No. 5 on SNY’s Top 20). And the Mets would need to sign Castillo to an extension to make that deal worthwhile.

One issue with the above could be the fact that the Reds have highly thought of SS prospect Matt McLain, who could make his MLB debut in 2023. But Mauricio might wind up at third base or second base long-term.

If the Reds are seeking an outfield prospect or first base prospect who’s close to the majors in any deal for Castillo, the Mets might not be a fit as a trade partner.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2022 at 03:31 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: luis castillo, mets

Monday, January 10, 2022

Elian Soto, Juan Soto’s teenage brother, plans to sign with Mets

Elian Soto, 15, a lefty swinger like his older brother, recently posted a video on Instagram with him wearing full Mets gear and the caption “Are you ready for what’s coming this year?” While Mets officials declined comment on the matter, Hector Gomez of Z Digital reported that Elian Soto, an outfielder/third baseman, indeed intends to sign with the Mets during the next international signing period, which is scheduled to begin on January 15. An official from another team confirmed that the league-wide expectation called for Soto to sign with the Mets for a bonus in the $50,000 range.

Like Juan Soto, Elian Soto is being advised by Scott Boras, who declined comment on the matter aside from confirming his representation. Moises de la Mota, the Mets’ supervisor of Latin American scouting, worked for the Nationals when they signed Juan Soto out of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 03:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings, mets

Monday, February 06, 2017

New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman’s secret, exposed

Watching pitchers hit isn’t very entertaining; reading an article about a pitcher who couldn’t hit, surprisingly, is.

jimfurtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, robert gsellman

Saturday, January 21, 2012

NYT: Q. & A. With Tom Seaver

Q. Ryan has campaigned against pitch counts. Do you agree?

A. There’s nothing wrong with pitch counts. But there’s an addendum to that. I presume Nolan thinks the same way. But it isn’t a blanket pitch count. People say, “I bet the pitch count drives you nuts.” Heck no. I had a pitch count. My pitch count as a general rule was 135. And I knew how many pitches I had when I went to the mound for the last three innings. And I wasn’t going to spend eight pitches on the No. 8 hitter. On the second or third pitch, he should be hitting a ground ball to shortstop. It might not work like that all the time. But theoretically, you have an approach about how you’re spending your bullets.

There’s nothing wrong with pitch counts. But not when it’s spit out by a computer and the computer does not look at an individual’s mechanics. And you can’t look at his genes. It should come from the individual and the pitching coach and the manager.

Q. Will your former manager Gil Hodges, a former Dodger, ever get into the Hall of Fame?

A. I don’t know. Everybody in the New York area wonders why he’s not in. His numbers are high middle. But what else did he do? He was the leader on that ball club that went to the World Series and beat the Yankees. He was the leader of a ball club and franchise that went to the World Series. If you look at his body of work I say yes. Absolutely.

Q. Should steroid users be allowed into the Hall of Fame?

A. The commissioner and baseball has to figure that out. They’re going to have guys that have great numbers not in the Hall of Fame. They have to figure that out.

Thanks to Wrecki.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, sabermetrics

SI.com: Economic considerations at heart of Carmona’s decision

An interesting analysis of signing ages, signing bonuses, and success rates in the Dominican Republic, by Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated ...

Teams pay premiums for 16-year-olds for two primary reasons: One, because teams often want to be the first to sign a promising player and, thus, avoid bidding wars with other teams; and two, clubs prefer to develop their players’ skills under the watchful eyes of their own club personnel rather than under those of unqualified and unaffiliated coaches or trainers.

But are 18-year-old Latin American players really worth 70 percent less than their 16-year-old counterparts? Here’s another data analysis that calls into question the industry practice of placing a premium on youth. Let’s assume the most basic marker of a successful signing is making it to the majors. We’ll make it simple and look at the 79 players who have made their major league debuts from 2008-2011 from Carmona’s Dominican Republic. Of those 79, only six were signed as 16-year-olds. The debuts suggest older players were more likely to advance to the majors. ...

[...]

What’s more, SI tracked down the bonus data for 60 of the 79 players. Fernando Martinez, signed by the Mets in 2005 for $1.3 million, was the only one to receive a seven-figure bonus. Only nine others signed for six figures and one — the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio — received nada to sign, according to the data obtained by SI. The median signing bonus among them tallied a paltry $35,000.

Joe Kehoskie Posted: January 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, international, mets, miami, minor leagues, rockies, scouting

Friday, January 20, 2012

Camden Depot: Rick Peterson Breaks Fewer Pitchers?

Jon Shepherd takes a first look at Rick Peterson’s record in keeping pitchers off the disabled list.

Rick Peterson and his pitching lab will apparently be in full effect for the Orioles in 2012.  His analytical technique has been hailed as a major prevention tool against injuries.  I have disabled list numbers of starting pitchers from part of his tenure with the A’s and all of his tenure with the Mets, giving us a time line from 2001 to 2007.  I also have disabled numbers of Orioles’ starting pitchers in 2009 and 2010.

Mr Dashwood Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets, orioles

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Davidoff: The Mets on trial

I don’t know but yesterday seemed kinda odd
No billion-dollar liability from the law, no smog
And my stadium wasn’t surrounded by wild dogs

yesterday was a good day for the Mets , thanks to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who denied Irving Picard’s appeal of Rakoff’s recent ruling that decreased the Mets’ potential Madoff clawback payment from $1 billion to $386 million.

What yesterday’s ruling also did, however, was set in motion the trial for this case, which is scheduled to begin on March 19 _ and proceed right into the start of the baseball season…

I’m not going to pretend to be qualified to appreciate every nuance of the determining laws here. But this is a jury trial, which means that more than the letter of the law will come into play. Performance matters. Delivery matters. An ability to connect with the jury matters.

And now Fred Wilpon - who is widely liked and respected throughout both the baseball community and the business community, but not gifted with great PR skills - will have to deliver the performance of his life. Same goes for his brother-in-law, Saul Katz, who has preferred to remain out of the spotlight, with the very notable exception of his self-assessment in the infamous New Yorker story.

You can’t imagine that Wilpon and Katz are going to gain much sympathy with the “We generally savvy businessmen were duped!” narrative. They’ll have to, if they want to not only save the roughly $300 million - crucial in their efforts to retain the Mets - but preserve their reputations.

If Wipon can prevail in this trial, then for as much as anyone suspects wrongdoing, then Wilpon can just say, “Scoreboard.” ... A Wilpon victory also would make it far easier for Bud Selig to continue his vocal support of his pal.

The District Attorney Posted: January 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RLYW: Salvaging a Sunken cost

Burnett projects to have an RA of 5.03 in CAIRO.  The following possible starting pitchers project better than that.

CC Sabathia (3.57)
Michael Pineda (4.37)
Freddy Garcia (4.55)
Brad Meyers (4.56)
Hiroki Kuroda (4.57)
Phil Hughes (4.63)
Ivan Nova (4.93)
...

If that’s true, then every start that goes to Burnett is a start that should be going to one of the above.

...

Unfortunately, since Burnett is owed $33 million over the next two years, the Yankees probably feel obligated to try and get some value out of him.

I don’t think they can do that by pitching him…. trading Burnett’s bad contract to another team for their bad contract might be a way to recoup some of that value.

Mr Dashwood Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs, mets, projections, white sox, yankees

Josh Lewin leading candidate to replace Wayne Hagin

I would take a mutant like Josh Clay over Wayne Hagin…but I will settle for Josh Lewin.

According to Newsday’s Neil Best, “Josh Lewin has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Wayne Hagin alongside Howie Rose in the Mets’ radio booth.”

Last month, Mike Puma of the New York Post said WFAN recently auditioned Jim Duquette for a spot in the Mets radio booth, since “Wayne Hagin is not expected to return.” According to the report, Billy Sample, WFAN reporter Ed Coleman and SNY host Chris Carlin were also being considered.

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2012 at 09:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, mets

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