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Wow, has it really been another year? I wanted to take this first day of 2013 to give you a little update on the year that was and also offer up some thanks and appreciation for what was an incredible 2012 for MetsMerizedOnline.com
Despite being in the throws of the offseason, MMO has experienced exponential growth and we closed out the year with a bang. While we’ve had several days in the last three years where we’ve experienced over 13,000 unique readers for one day (our all time record is 15,673 unique readers in one day), December was the first time we “averaged” over 13,000 readers daily for an entire month!
The growth did not go unnoticed, prompting a hearty congratulations from FOX Sports. We’ve previously had some rough times on MMO over the years, and I even reached out to our readers for financial help when we finally outgrew shared hosting and needed our own dedicated servers at a substantial cost in addition to new maintenance fees that were now tripled.
I’m happy to sa...
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The Mets don’t have much money to spend, and according to reports, most of the money at GM Sandy Alderson’s disposal will go towards fixing the outfield. The team is limiting itself to one multi-year deal which, again will likely go to an outfielder. Of course, this is necessary to improve the team because frankly, the outfield is terrible and definitely the weakness of the team...
Ruben Tejada has little speed and less power. Yet despite that damning duo, Tejada was able to post a 2.1 fWAR last year in 114 games. If he plays a full season in 2013, it’s within reach for the Mets’ 23-year-old shortstop to put up a 3-WAR year. Mets fans got used to that type of production with Jose Reyes, but the only other shortstops in team history to post a 3.0 fWAR...
With the holidays coming to a close, the annual tradition of evaluating our lives and resolving to make them better has begun. Of course, I am referring to New Year’s resolutions. While on a personal level, this can be an important step, we never seem to make a resolution as sports fans. Why wouldn’t we strive to improve our fanhood? In the New York Mets, we have a team that...
Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog is reporting that The Mets are still looking for a veteran starting pitcher, who they will most likely sign off the free-agent market.
This winter, the Mets have been most linked in rumors to Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders, Carl Pavano and Chris Young, though Jair Jurrjens, Kyle Lohse, Derek Lowe and Daisuke Matsuzaka, among others, are also available.
The Mets will host their annual Winter Blood Drive for the New York Blood Center on Thursday, January 3, in Citi Field’s Caesars Club from 10 am to 5 pm (Hodges VIP Entrance). Parking is available in Lot G located on 126th Street.
Donors must be 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 lbs and be in good health.
Each donor will receive a voucher for a pair...
If you could make a New Year’s Resolution for the Mets,
what would it be?
Matt B. – Improve defensively.
Jessep – You make a resolution when you wish to change a bad habit. Therefore, I’d like the Mets New Years resolution to be that they properly develop young talent in their minor leagues.
Tie Dyed – I think finishing at .500 would be a huge accomplishment.
Sean – Work...
Who is Kirk Nieuwenhuis? The numbers tell a very intriguing story on this Met outfielder who was our third round pick out of Starfleet Academy in the 2008 draft. Since going pro, Captain Kirk has had 1,512 minor league at bats with a .280 avg. and an .817 OPS, but there are two seasons that stand out, his 2009 season at St. Lucie, and his 2010 season at Binghamton. 2009 by...
I collect lapel pins. Lapel pins always strike me as this interesting mix of a consumption culture obsessed with the sports spectacle looking to make collectible memories tangible in a simultaneously authentic and inauthentic way.
But that’s a conversation for another day. One pin I picked up in 2004 has silhouette of both Jose Reyes and David Wright with the script, “The Future”...
With the beginning of the year for making plans for improvement, let’s take a look at some of the resolutions the Mets should be making today.
THE WILPONS: You are the proud owners of a major league baseball team worth close to a billion dollars – that includes Citi Field and SNY – so act like it. With attendance steadily declining along with the yearly win total, the Wilpons...
1963 FLEER ROGER CRAIG
No triskaidekaphobe, our Roger Craig.
He started the 1962 season wearing number 38, and ended up with a 10-24 record.
By August of 1963, Craig was sporting a 2-20 mark. At that point, I suppose he figured that he could break all the mirrors, walk under all the ladders, and cross all the black cats he liked– it would be hard to find worse luck than the combined...
I first visited Miller Park for an afternoon game when the Mets visited there in 2007. This was the same road visit that Tom Glavine missed his first opportunity of winning Game #300. A dude named Brian Lawrence was starting for the Mets that day. And I was disappointed that I couldn’t drink since we had to drive back to Chicago right after the game was over. Yet, the Mets...
Photo by Michael BaronAfter yesterday's post I was asked if I thought the Mets could be competitive, if they were to go with my plan and only sign guys on minor league deals. Oakland and Baltimore proved this past season that anything can happen but I think the Mets can be competitive on more then just hope. Once again the Mets will need everything to break right which hasn&...
Check out this article I came across yesterday on NJ.com by David Searles, who seems to have the same concerns about the front office and their strategy as myself, but does a much better job of espousing those concerns than I usually do.
I decided to review the Mets 40 man roster to see how many players are Alderson acquisitions and how many are holdovers from prior regimes. ...