Found January 25, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Lucas Duda
TEAMS: New York Mets
2011 TOPPS HERITAGE MINOR LEAGUE MATT HARVEY I know I shouldn’t lead with the doom and gloom, but let me just get it out of the way: baseball cards are a dying art. Card collecting is now largely a pastime pursuit of the middle aged (see: yours truly), who thumb through their cardboard stacks while all around them physical media wither and turn to dust. And as with many terminal scenarios, the death throes of baseball cards are attended by much nostalgic self-reference… Topps began creating annual Heritage sets back in 2001. That year, they produced a simulacrum of their iconic 1952 set, utilizing a roster of current players. While they did not print the cards in the larger-scale 1952 format, they did make every effort to replicate the 1952 experience. The cardboard stock was uncoated and rough, and low-numbered cards were printed with either black or red text backs, as was the case in the first series of the original 1952 issue. High-numbered cards were short printed, in homage...

Congratulations To John Franco On Mets Hall Of Fame Selection!

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...

Get To Know a Mets Minor League Player: Adam Loewen

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...

Young could return...

It appears the Mets are focused on finding rotation depth, veteran pitchers willing to accept minor league deals who can be called up so that the prospects aren't rushed.  Alderson admitted the Mets would be interested in bringing back Young who says his arm feels better then it has in years and is scheduled to be back to pitching in April.  Young was the best pitcher in the...

Izzy not expected back...

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'...

MMO Exclusive Interview: Mets Prospect Joe Bonfe

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...

Mets to announce new member to team Hall of Fame

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  

ESPN: Mets monitoring left-handed hitters market

The #Mets are diligently monitoring the LH-hitting OF market: Damon, Fukudome, Ankiel, Ibanez and Pierre. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 26, 2012 The surplus of LH bats gives Sandy Alderson leverage — always a good thing for a team with financial constraints. #Mets — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 26, 2012

Original Met Choo Choo Coleman,,,The Deleted Version

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. My partner and I have been scribing for

Carlos Beltran Receives Bart Giamatti Award At MLB B.A.T. Dinner

Sadly, Carlos Beltran’s Mets legacy will forever be defined by what he didn’t do: take the bat off his shoulder against Adam Wainwright during Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. However, Beltran meant so much to the Mets organization over the past seven years for his work on and off the field. He was honored at MLB’s annual B.A.T. dinner as the recipient of the Bart Giamatti Award for...

No room for Izzy in Mets’ bullpen

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...

Franco heading into Mets' Hall of Fame

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.

Redder Pastures

Further proof that the band will not be getting back together, Willie Harris has left Flushing for the allure of chili cheese coneys and bad pizza ... and a much more realistic shot at a division title in Cincinnati where Harris has signed with the Reds on a minor league contract. This could only mean that Harris, who was a defensive wizard everywhere else in his life except Flushing...


With the word that Cody Ross has signed with the Boston Red Sox with the Mets in contention for his services, the question of the day is whom would you rather  have as your 4th outfielder, Cody Ross or Scott Hairston? Ross put a .240/.325/.405/.730 line last season with the Giants in 461 plate appearances. Hairston, stepped into the batter’s box, a sporadic 145 times to fill...

Mets to put franchise saves leader Franco in their Hall of Fame

Closer John Franco will be inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame before the June 3 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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