Found January 13, 2012 on
Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
Steve Popper started covering the Mets for the Bergen Record the day Willie Randolph was announced as the team’s manager in 2004. Earlier this week, he announced he will no longer be covering the Mets, but instead his paper will have him covering the Knicks.
Here is a quick Q&A with Popper about his time covering the team, what has changed since then, and what’s next for him and the team:
Matthew Cerrone: You started covering the Mets for the Record at the end of 2004 – which was one year after I started MetsBlog.com. What is the biggest difference
between the Mets (as a team, culture, etc.) in 2004 compared to now?
Steve Popper: I’d guess the real difference is the mood – within the organization and from the fan base. When I took over it was the start of the Minaya era. Willie Randolph had just been hired, providing a bit of swagger as a face of the franchise. David Wright was just starting up his first full season in the majors and Jose Reyes was pairing with him as a potentia...
BEST OF MAXIM
The forecast for this upcoming season is a dreary one for the New York Mets, but that hasn't stopped Mets' owner Fred Wilpon from providing his two cents to the Mets' fanbase. Yes, in his first really public comments since calling his own team snake bitten and criticizing the value of his now departed leadoff man, Mr. Wilpon had the following to say:"I think we...
Mets ace Johan Santana long-tossed today in Port St. Lucie. He just wrapped up a conference call a short while ago about his rehab, readiness, 2012 season.
Mets Rehab Program: “I’m doing everything the way they have told me. There is a program we have to follow and the key is to start Spring Training without any problems.”
About Opening Day: “I don’t want to guess anything...
Depending on the health of the Mets 2012 rotation, Jeremy Hefner could be a name you hear a lot of. Hefner, who will be 26, was claimed by the Mets this offseason, and his history of Major League squads tells an interesting story about the Mets:
Drafted by the Mets, round 46, 2004
Drafted by the Mets, round 48, 2005
Drafted by the Padres, round 5, 2007
Claimed by the Pirates, November...
“I think we have to get the fans back at the stadium. … That’s a necessity. That’s the lifeblood. And to do that, we have to have a good team. We have to be careful that we don’t make some of the mistakes that we made in the past, having long-term contracts that didn’t work out. … I think we’re going to be better than you think. … We would hope that Mets fans enjoy...
Michael Baron of MetsBlog wrote the following this morning regarding the Mets projected starting rotation:
According to FanGraphs, Bill James predicts Gee will go 8-10 with a 4.33 ERA in 160 innings, Niese will go 9-10 with a 4.28 ERA in 160 innings, Dickey will go 12-11 with a 3.89 ERA, Pelfrey will go 9-11 with a 4.36 ERA in 188 innings, and Santana will go 14-7 with a 3.10 ERA...
The only thing sadder than watching the Mets’ failings of the past few years is watching those failings set to the music of Sarah McLachlan. The Canadian songstress’ haunting, melodic voice is almost enough to make me want to help these sadsack New York Mets by donating my hard earned money to their cause.
Notice I said almost.
I say instead of donating the money to the Mets...
New T-Shirt available at the MetsOnline Store!
–Available for PRE-ORDER NOW!—
Available in every size: SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, EXTRA LARGE, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL. Limited amount available in BIG sizes.
High quality, soft cotton shirt available at the low price of $20.99.
Mets fans have had the opportunity to watch two of the most exciting catchers...
In this week’s Mostly Mets Podcast, Ted Berg, Toby Hyde, and Patrick Flood talk with Eno Sarris about CRG Consultants, the firm engaged by the Mets to assist with their financial situation:
Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.
We like to try different things here at Mets360. Now some of these work out great, like Card of the Week, Mets Minors and Mets Notes did for us last year. Some don’t work out so well and we stop doing them and move on to other things. So, starting this week we’re going to try a links column.
It’s always a tricky thing doing a links column, as you’re inviting your readers...
I noticed at Fansided Seedlings to Stars that Juan Urbina made their list of snubs from the top 100 list. The young lefty seems to be getting a lot of buzz lately, while the numbers aren't there yet scouts seem to love his raw stuff. Here's an excellent scouting report of him from Scouting the Sally and an interview from Mets minor league ball. The Mets are thin from...
I confess there was some sadness when I learned this week that Hostess was filing for bankruptcy.It's not a love for Twinkies, you understand. I haven't enjoyed one in years.But from 1975 to 1979, I'd rush to the Twinkies section of Dan's Supreme and Pathmark to turn over box after box, scanning the bottom for elusive Mets. There were cards issued in 1993, too, but...
'We're meeting the challenges, and I think that we'll be fine,' Wilpon says
Despite nausea and lightheadedness, Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey and his party give hugs and high-fives above the clouds at the highest point in Africa.
It’s scary that as fans, any team’s fans, we get hooked on new players and young players and changes of direction and we’re sure we’re going to benefit — if it’s March — this year or — if it’s September — next year. Yet we just don’t know. It’s the ultimate blind trust.
Theoretically, the future has never been more foreseeably agreeable for the Mets. If the...