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After the trade sending R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, I started thinking that the Mets really have never developed a top-notch catcher out of their minor league system.
Todd Hundley is closest thing to being a productive home-grown catcher, which isn’t exactly saying much.
Of course, the most productive catchers in team history, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza, were acquired via trade.
Now that the Mets’ catching future in the hands of Travis d’Arnaud, hopefully he can change that trend. Though the Mets didn’t draft him, he will at some point make his Major League debut with the Amzain’s.
Then I also got to thinking: Not only have the Mets really never developed a strong catcher, but they also really have struggled in developing any sort of hitters from their system.
Scouts will say that pitching and defense win championships, but you have to score some runs as well.
The Mets have actually been known in their history to have all sorts of good pitching prospects but not much hitting.
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R.A. Dickey has spent the last couple years with the Mets, and was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Last year he recorded a record of 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA. Not to shabby huh?? All of his success can be attributed to the deadly knuckle ball that he throws. As far as I know he is the only guy throwing it in the MLB right now and the first since Tim Wakefield to see...
National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey is taking some heat and it's not for anything he did on the baseball field.You see, Dickey was recently at a New York Mets holiday party that was designed to benefit some of the victims of superstorm Sandy when, what he calls, an "informal press conference" broke out and the knuckleballer was asked about potentially...
Just when you think the Toronto Blue Jays were done with their reeling and dealing they surprise their fans again.
After weeks of speculation, the Jays acquired this year’s National League Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey last night. If this doesn’t convince you that the Blue Jays are trying to get into the postseason since 1993, then I don’t know what will.
I’ve wrote countless...
R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young Award and 20 wins don’t count as highlights as far as the official Mets 2012 Highlights video is concerned. That is how Andy Martino of the Daily News puts it
In a video posted this week on the Mets official website, and emailed to fans, the team sent along holiday wishes, and presented a brief montage of highlights from the 2012 season.
It was all...
Build a new foundation now, or keep up with “Proven Crap?” That does seem to be the eternal debate when it comes to Met fandom in midst of horrendous down years. It was heard during the down fall of the Worst Team That Money Can Buy run, it was heard after the spending spree of 2002, and the debate has been heard today in the days before the R.A. Dickey trade was announced...
When I had the opportunity to interview R.A. Dickey last month, he told me that people were still suspicious of knuckleballers: The problem is, people still have this bias against the pitch. They think it's a gimmick, they think it's a trick pitch, illegitimate, whatever adjective you want to try and put there you can. It takes a little while to get people past that....
New Mets prospect Noah Synderaard — acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade — has already mastered the fine art of heading off the New York media before they get a chance to splatter a misstep all over the back pages.
Yesterday, when the righthanded pitcher was asked to comment during a conference call where he was introduced — along with catcher Travis...
This is not a good way to greet a new team. Thanks to the attention from being included in the Blue Jays - Mets trade for pitcher R.A. Dickey, Noah Syndergaard, his Twitter account has gotten much more attention. One tweet, posted December 9, is one that would have many...
The Toronto Blue Jays are the early favorite to win the World Series after an offseason that has seen the top choice change several times so far.
First the Detroit Tigers were the 2013 World Series favorites at Bovada. The Tigers have had a good offseason so far, signing former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter and re-signing pitcher Anibal Sanchez, the No. 2 free-agent hurler on the...
First, this has to be said. As a fan of the Mets, I want to thank R.A. Dickey for everything he has done and the example he set for any player facing adversity in the game today. I thank Omar Minaya for taking a chance on him, and thank Sandy Alderson for believing in him enough to give him 2 more guaranteed years with the Mets.
Dickey made watching Mets games fun when there seemed...
Last links of the day ever? If that’s the case, then this was the last radio show ever.
Of course, we’re all but certain to have seen the last NHL game ever, Mayan Apocalypse or not.
Japanese shortstops: not entirely reliable.
RA Dickey is 38.
After the Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey earlier this week, I polled 20 baseball scouts and executives for their American League East predictions. The timing was right. The Dickey trade could be the division's last huge move this offseason.
Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels sent designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas. Undoubtedly...
It was not so long ago when the Mets had an impressive major league roster but their list of minor league prospects left a lot to be desired. Now, in late 2012 after the trade of R.A. Dickey, the model has been flipped on its head. Despite having two of last year’s top five prospects from my list (Matt Harvey (#1) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (#5)) graduate to the majors, this group is...
With a majority of the high ticket free agents off the market, a lot of teams are simply working on putting the finishing touches on their teams for the 2013 season. The Blue Jays put the capper on their outstanding offseason by acquiring RA Dickey from the Mets, and then agreeing to a contract extension with him. The A's picked up Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who thinks...
Travis D’Arnaud has always been a highly-regarded prospect. Even before his numbers took a leap forward in Double- and Triple-A, scouts liked his approach at the plate and thought his athleticism would bode well for his developing defense. He was the Mets’ prerequisite for any R.A. Dickey trade, and getting him was an important position-player prospect piece in their rebuilding...