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The Mets have had a number of great catchers in their half century of existence. Jerry Grote was behind the plate for two pennant winners, nurturing a young and dominant pitching staff. John Stearns was a four-time All-Star who was at times the best player on his team. Ron Hodges was always No. 2 on the depth chart but in his 12 seasons in New York, but was the perfect complement to Grote and Stearns.
Gary Carter was a tremendous leader, who molded a young staff into an elite squad and ignited a memorable World Series rally. Todd Hundley evolved from a good-field, no-hit catcher to a two-time All-Star and one of the best power-hitting catchers the Mets had ever employed to date. Of course, the best power-hitting catcher in team history replaced Hundley, as Mike Piazza made the position his own for eight seasons.
All six of those catchers combined to crouch behind the plate for approximately forty seasons, making the catcher’s position one of the most stable in team histo...
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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...
Mets Closer Frank Francisco underwent surgery Tuesday in New York to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.
Team doctor David Altchek performed the procedure. He should be cleared to throw in six weeks -- comfortably before spring training.
Francisco did not appear after Sept. 16 during the regular season because of what was labeled elbow tendinitis.
A construction crew removed the Digital Domain Media Group sign from the New York Mets’ spring training home Friday morning, according to a report on TC Palm.
No new naming rights deal has been announced to replace Digital Domain who filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 11.
The company bought naming rights to the stadium in March 2010. The company agreed to pay St. Lucie County $100...
The St. Lucie Mets unveiled their new logo on Monday in an afternoon full of pomp and circumstance. Okay, you can ditch that last part, I just always wanted to use those words in a sentence about the Mets.
“It’s a fresh look. We thought it was a good time with our 25th anniversary coming up in 2013, and it was a good opportunity,” said Paul Taglieiri, the New York Mets’...
With the proliferation of web sites now dedicated to evaluating minor league prospects, fans have a fairly easy time reciting their team’s top prospects, usually “in order”. Back in the ’80′s, there was only Baseball America to provide this glimpse into the future. In retrospect, there were many more misses than hits, but it’s fun to look back on these lists and reflect...
The New York Mets parted ways with outfielder Jason Bay earlier this offseason. He has since signed with the Seattle Mariners. While the move was a necessary one, one that cost the Mets money in which they will get no return on, the team still needs and wants to find some more outfield help. So it's no surprise that they have actively been pursuing and outfield addition...
Jayson Stark of ESPN, spoke with one of his colleagues Dan Szymborski, and polled some MLB executives and Vegas odds makers, to determine which five teams have most improved the most this offseason as well which five teams have least improved.
The consensus is that the Mets could tie with the Marlins for the most losses during the 2013 season:
As for what they had to say regarding...
The New York Mets should still have their closer ready by spring training. However, Frank Francisco had to undergo surgery on his elbow to remove bone spurs. The 33-year old is signed through next season and is expected to be the Mets' Opening Day closer.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Francisco had surgery on his right elbow, but the Mets expect him to be fine...
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...
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....
The Athletics have traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Mets for minor league infielder Jefry Marte, the team announced.
Cowgill has batted .298 vs lefties in his short MLB career....
According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, sources suggest the Dodgers are considering a variety of relievers, and could also make a play for either Indians closer Chris Perez or Mets reliever Bobby Parnell instead of Pirates Closer Hanrahan (Red Sox also have interest).
The Pirates are willing to consider trading Hanrahan, as they have re-signed Jason Grilli, who could close...
Patience is a virtue. That certainly applies to the patience of Mets GM, Sandy Alderson, who once again proved his critics wrong this weekend when he secured a windfall of popular prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner, RA Dickey, and his personal catchers, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. In doing so, Alderson waited out both the starting...
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...
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...