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Outfielder Collin Cowgill – As good as it gets?
Although finding a power hitter, particularly one who could man an outfield spot and bat righthanded, was one of the Mets top priorities this offseason, the strategy of waiting the market out has proved futile. Unless upgrading the outfield was never the priority that the front office wanted us to believe, lets call this a failure of execution.
The irony of it is that according to MLB Trade Rumors, the top available power hitter that is still on the market is old friend, Scott Hairston. Using ISO, MLBTR ranks the remaining power bats as follows:
Scott Hairston - .241 ISO
Adam LaRoche - .238
Luke Scott & Travis Hafner - both .210
Kelly Shoppach - .192
Yuniesky Betancourt - .172
Brandon Inge - .165
Miguel Olivo - .159
Scott Rolen - .153
The list of remaining righthanded outfielders offers no options that one would consider an upgrade.
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s that time of year once again. Time to open presents and fake being exceptionally pleased by the gesture of a loved one, even if the gift is below expectations. It’s supposedly the thought that counts. This time of year, I am reminded of the many acquisitions our beloved New York Mets have given to us. There are some good, though I can’t recall any at this particular time...
Brandon Nimmo: Selected 13th overall in the 2011 Draft, Nimmo was the first signature move of the new Mets front office.
Before we all split for the Holidays, I polled our writers on a number of different Mets issues that are facing the team. We discussed payroll and spending, the Dickey trade, the offseason so far, and also what we felt about the overall direction of the team and...
The date is September 30, 2007. You’re sitting in the Mezzanine level of Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, getting ready to watch your beloved Mets take on the Florida Marlins in the final game of the season. Win, and you’re in the playoffs. Lose, and you’re heading home. With seventeen games left to go in the season, my Mets had held a 7-game lead over the 2nd place Phillies...
2000 PACIFIC ORNAMENTS MIKE PIAZZA
For your holiday pleasure, Card of the Week offers you a Piazza in a pear tree.
OK, actually it’s a Piazza in a 7 ft. pre-lit artificial tree, but that doesn’t scan quite as well.
Here’s wishing you and yours a holly jolly one!
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Fred and Jeff Wilpon made ESPN’s list of the 10 most loathed New York sports figures of 2012. You can click here to view the list, and here to rank them yourself.
Here are the latest rankings which has Alex Rodriguez leading in points and Fred and Jeff Wilpon leading in most first place votes.
I don’t know how ESPN determined their nominees, but I found it odd that the...
The Mets are drafting 11th in the upcoming 2013 draft. We have no shot at getting a compensation pick and I think I’d rant for days if Alderson jeopardized a pick by signing the wrong free agent. So let us look at some of the names that may linger around through 10 picks to fall to the Mets.
Players like Mark Appel, Ryne Stanek, Austin Meadows, Sean Manaea, Austin Wilson and...
Yes, even us die-hards take a break from the everyday rigors of writing about those not-always so Amazin’ Mets. Why some of us even like to poke some fun and use humor as a way to ease the pain a little. A few such bloggers did just that and are worthy of mention on this frigid eve before Christmas.
Alderson Gives the Gift of Hope
Those guys at the Real Dirty Mets are up to their...
After the trade of Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey, the New York Mets should, and are, in the market for another starting pitcher. Ideally they would want to bring in a pitcher that can accumulate a lot of innings and keep the team in most games they pitch. Additionally, they would like to keep a spot in the rotation held for phenom Zack Wheeler, who should be ready to pitch...
Despite gaping holes in the outfield and the bullpen, there has been a bunch of speculation recently about the Mets chasing another starting pitcher. Okay, it’s the offseason and I know all too well how exciting it is to have something new to write about in late December. Still, would it be too much to have these new angles, oh I don’t know, make some sense?
The latest speculation...
With arguably the worst starting outfield (at the moment) in the majors, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Mets can compete unless a variety of absurdly unlikely developments take hold. Not only is our current crop of outfielders ill-disposed to covering a larger field with unusual dimensions, they are exceptionally vulnerable to lefties.
When confronted with a calamity...
Professional baseball may be nothing more than a business to certain players, coaches and ownership groups, but it seems safe to say it means a bit more to NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer bounced around from team to team during his nine-year MLB career, but the New York Mets were the first one to give him a chance to prove himself as a full-time starter. It’s...
When the Mets acquired Mike Piazza from the Florida Marlins on May 22, 1998, they didn’t just acquire one of the premier catchers in baseball. They also found the face of the franchise for the the next eight years.
At the time of the trade, the Amazins were a team on the rise under Bobby Valentine. However, despite an 88-win season in 1997, the Mets lacked the sizzle (or star-power...
Last Tuesday, the Mets obtained outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jefry Marte. Honestly, I knew very little about Collin Cowgill and decided to do some research on him to quench my curiosity. Here is what I was able to learn about him as well as some input on Jefry Marte as well.
My first stop was to Baseball America where I was hoping...
Steve and I used to have a thing where we used to make fun of the Mets for their Cliff Floyd contract. It spiraled out of control, and we talked about Cliff Floyd way, way too much. He was a staple at Is It Sports? and the Victoria Times. Naturally, when I found out he was on Twitter, I had to follow him.
A couple of days later I got the “suggestions similar to Cliff Floyd” e...
Although he finished his 18-year career with only 1,418 hits, an average of less than 80 hits per season, Ed Kranepool had remained the Mets’ all-time leader in hits for well over three decades. That’s “had”, as is the past tense of “has”. David Wright has now supplanted Kranepool as the team’s all-time leader with his 1,419th hit, collecting the landmark hit off...