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The largest one-year payroll slashing in Major League Baseball history might not belong to the then-Florida Marlins, whose offseason fire sale six years ago landed Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca with the New York Mets and gutted the team’s payroll from $60 million to $15 million.
The distinction, it turns out, soon may belong to the 2012 Mets.
After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
This isn’t a plan or philosophy by Sandy Alderson, it’s just smoke and mirrors and CRG helping the Wilpons hang onto the Mets which is how this story will end. In the meantime, enjoy the fall and keep telling yourself that this is all part of a grand vision that will lead to championship caliber baseball.
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The Mets announced today that John Franco will be inducted in to the team’s Hall of Fame on June 3 before an afternoon game against the Cardinals.
Franco picked up 274 of his 424 saves in a Mets uniform and owns a 2.89 ERA over a 21 year major league career.
During a conference call today John Franco had this to say about the big news:
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be elected...
Michael O’Keefe and Teri Thompson of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets filed a motion on late Thursday to have the case against them tossed for lack of evidence by Picard.
After U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed most of the counts in Irving Picard’s $1 billion lawsuit against the owners of the Mets in September, the trustee in the Bernie Madoff liquidation...
I’m very happy that John Franco has become the latest member of the Mets’ Hall of Fame. He is more than deserving of the honor, having pitched 14 seasons with the Mets and becoming the franchise’s all-time saves leader. However, I am surprised by the fact that Franco was inducted this year, when there is another reliever who’s been waiting longer and is equally, if not...
When Adam Loewen made his debut in 2006, he made history. It wasn’t about what he did, but more about who he faced. In his first four starts he drew Roy Halladay twice, Tom Glavine, and Randy Johnson. I remember these starts and the excitement about his arrival to the majors since I was living in Baltimore back in 2006. Alas, he is not the same player that he was in 2006, and that...
The Mets Hall of Fame Committee has elected a new member to the Mets Hall of Fame. Stay tuned for the announcement within the next hour!!
— New York Mets (@Mets) January 26, 2012
Photo by Michael BaronDan Martin of the NY Post reports that the Mets don't expect Jason Isringhausen back. The former All-Star closer had a commendable return to the bigs after injuries stifled his career. But even in returning it wasn't flawless as injuries and fatigue limited his abilities in the second half of the season. Even on a minor league deal I can'...
I was able to do a Q&A with NY Mets minor league prospect Joe Bonfe the other day. Entering his 4th season with the Mets, the 24-year-old Bonfe looks to shed the label of super-utility guy, and take on the role of starting player for an entire season. Joe did a great job in the interview and his questions are very interesting. Keep reading to find out how Joe continues to improve...
Infielder Matt Tuiasosopo, whose father and brother played in the NFL, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the New York Mets.
Earlier this week we posted an article on the original Mets catcher from 1962, Choo Choo Coleman. As with ALL OF OUR POSTS, we gave full credit to our source(s) and in no way tried to pass the article off as ours. We do use quotes and CERTAIN information from articles, but all recollections and opinions are solely those of longislandmetfan and yours truly.
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It doesn’t appear there is going to be room in the Mets’ retooled bullpen for Jason Isringhausen.
Sources said the team “hasn’t ruled anything out,” but they don’t expect him back.
“There probably isn’t a fit for him here,” another source said. “He’s been talking...
The Mets on Thursday announced the selection of reliever John Franco as the 26th member of the team's Hall of Fame. Franco will be inducted on June 3, before a Sunday afternoon game at Citi Field.
With Prince Fielder taking off for the Motor City, he becomes yet another premiere first baseman to leave the National League. Fielder now joins the likes of Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez –to name a few– to leave for the AL in recent years. This leaves only Joey Votto, Lance Berkman and Ryan Howard as proven elite first baseman in the NL. Now 2012 will give this crop of young...
Closer John Franco will be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame before the June 3 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
You may have heard, but the Padres have a pretty good minor league system. In all seriousness, the Padres minor league system is one of the best, and most certainly one of the deepest, in all of baseball. Usually, in the same articles praising the Padres current organizational success, recently-departed Jed Hoyer is credited with building strong a system and almost as frequently...