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This is where I tip my cap to Daniel Murphy.
Before I begin, let me preface this by saying that if you’re not a Daniel Murphy supporter, then in all likelihood you will not be a fan of this post. (And for the record, the title of this piece was suggested by my Gal For All Seasons, so I’m not alone in my appreciation for the Mets’ second baseman.)
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look back at the great second baseman in Mets history. There’s Edgardo Alfonzo and there’s … uh … well … there’s not much else. Sure, there were some second basemen who had good years, like two-time All-Star and Rookie of the Year runner-up Ron Hunt, but he was mostly a singles hitters who made as much contact with the ball using his bat (.282 lifetime average as a Met) as he did with his body (41 HBP in four seasons in New York).
In addition to Hunt, the Mets have employed other fine second sackers such as Felix Millan (who made Ron Hunt look like an extra-base hit machine), Doug Flynn (ditto) a
BEST OF MAXIM
The next player in the Mets360 preseason projection review is Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The original piece with the projections can be found here. As a group, the Mets360 staff projected the following line for Nieuwenhuis:
PA – 382
AVG – .250
OBP – .320
SLG – .383
HR – 10
RBI – 42
OPS vs. LHP – .540
One of the biggest question marks for Nieuwenhuis going into the 2013 season...
To Mets Management:
I am a lifelong Mets fan. I have been to many games over my 49 years. Now that I have children, I have brought them to many Mets games.
We have a family business in New Jersey and have been season ticket holders for the last two years. As budget’s tighten businesses need to make wise decisions on how to spend their money. We will be deciding soon, whether to...
We’ve been taking a look back at our writers’ preseason projections for different players who we thought would play a key role in the 2013 Mets season. Today’s player is Mike Baxter. Here’s what we thought Baxter would do this season:
Baxter was a big contributor to the 2012 team, and we expected his role to expand...
“Did you hear the fans chanting MVP to Oliver Perez yesterday afternoon?” I eagerly asked my friend on Monday, October 4th, 2010 in.
“I don’t watch the Mets. You shouldn’t, either. The Yankees are going to win it all this year. It doesn’t make sense to be a Mets fan.”
“Well, maybe, but the Mets are going to be in a position to win the division...
As part of their Off-Season Outlook Series, MLB Trade Rumors rolled out their review and outlook for the New York Mets today. Here are some portions of their report
On Payroll & Spending
The Mets opened 2011 with a $142.8MM payroll, only to drop into the low-$90MM level over the last two years. The team has the capacity for a big budget (at least in the long run), particularly...
The New York Mets, Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media today announced that David Wright was named the club’s nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award. Fans can vote exclusively online at Mets.com and MLB.com.
Wright, who was named to his seventh All-Star team (fifth as starter), led the Mets with a .307 batting average. The third baseman hit 18 home runs with 58...
This is the eighth installment in our countdown series. If you missed earlier entries, you can see them here:
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII
#15: Akeel Morris
Weight: 170 Lbs.
Born: 11/14/92, VI
Scouting – Here is a report before the 2011 season:
He gets every ounce of torque and arm speed he can out of...
When looking back on the 2013 season in which the St. Lucie Mets were able to enjoy, its no wonder why they remained in contention most of the second half. The team was made up of real good ball players, and if not for some injuries to key pitchers down the stretch, they may have stormed into the playoffs and taken it all.
I had the privilege of interviewing a few of their players...
Dave Kingman was one of the most fascinating players in Mets’ history. Because he played in one of the Mets’ major down periods – the mid ‘70’s to early ‘80’s, you don’t hear his name mentioned much in Mets’ retrospectives, but for a while, he was clearly the Mets’ biggest star and one of their very few drawing cards, at least at home. If remembered at all,...
A high-ranking Mets official told Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger that the organization came away impressed with Jose Abreu‘s power.
A high-ranking Mets official said the organization had “a few guys from the U.S.” and “some of our international scouts” in attendance.
And though the official had not yet spoken to the scouts directly as of Monday, the initial reports are...
Another week into the offseason, but still plenty of things to talk about here at MMN. Baseball America continued to rank their top prospects in each minor league, ranking their top 20 players in the Sally League. While the Sand Gnats took home their first championship in 17 years, only Steven Matz made the list, coming in at #20.
John Sickels at SB Nation’s Minor League Ball released...
After undergoing surgery in April to repair a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder, Johan Santana has begun a throwing program and tweeted an update to his followers.
Very happy to move to the next phase of my rehab! Throwing!!!! So far, so good!!!
— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) October 4, 2013
General manager Sandy Alderson sounded open to bringing back...
Kevin Kernan of the NY Post spoke agent Scott Boras who told him that Matt Harvey is mentally prepared to undergo elbow surgery which should happen within the next two weeks.
“The thing is that he gave it time and he had repeated conversations with the doctors, and did a very thorough analysis and I think in the end the doctors agreed that this is something that Matt ought to...
Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with nine executives who think the Rays will trade their starting pitcher David Price this offseason. The scouts’ consensus was that the Rangers, Cubs and D-Backs were the favorites for successfully dealing for the elite 28-year old righthander.
We had an email conversation about him late last night and this morning, and discussed whether...
Skip Lockwood was the New York Mets closer for the 1976-1979 seasons and one of the few bright spots on a team that was not very good. What I find very interesting is the amount of times Lockwood had to re-invent himself to keep his career going. Prior to joining the Mets in 1975, you can make a case Lockwood was pitching just to have a chance to stay in the game.