First Pitch: The Pirates Are Now a Model Organization

When I first started running this site, the Pittsburgh Pirates were still seen as a joke. They were starting down the right path to a rebuild by spending in the draft, investing in Latin America, trading away veterans for prospects, and trying unconventional strategies on the field in order to try to gain an edge. Some of the early results were rough. The Jason Bay trade. The 2009...
Via Pirates Prospects
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Not So Fine Line Between Spending and Winning

The New York Mets have spent $900 million on player salaries since their last playoff appearance, writes Cork Gaines of Business Insider. Only the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners have spent more. The following chart shows the 20 teams that did not make the playoffs last season and how much they have spent on player salaries since last making the playoffs. In another article...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

The offseason is almost over, and with the exception of James Shields, every big-name free agent has signed. The current free agent season did continue the tradition of at least one surprising signing, however. One player always manages to provide a surprise for unexpectedly getting a huge contract and raising the market for his peers. More often than not, that player and contract...
Via The Outside Corner
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Next Northeast Baseball Standout: Garrett Whitley

http://www.baseballessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Garrett-Whitley.mp3Skip to .18 to start audio  When you think top prep draft prospects, one may think of Texas, Florida or California. It’s not the athletes or even the training style. It comes down to the fact that warm weather states have players who play year round. They play league games and tournaments every week...
Via Baseball Essential
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make a Mistake Trading Snider, Or Are They Selling High?

I found myself going back and forth between two thoughts when thinking about the Travis Snider trade this evening. The first thought involved thinking about the possibility that Snider could be the next Brandon Moss. The Pirates got Moss in the Jason Bay deal, hoping that his power potential would translate over to the majors. It never did, although he did have a huge season with...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The three worst free agent presents the Mets ever gave

This Christmas morning millions of children will jump out of bed and run to open their presents. Some presents will exceed their expectations while others will be tossed to the side with half-hearted ‘thank you’ attached. We all remember those presents; a pack of socks or underwear or, even worse, a fruitcake. What if we, as Mets fans, were those kids? What would the worst...
Via Mets360.com
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: A Case To Trade For Josh Bell

An MMO Fan Shot by Jason Bay The case for Josh Bell as I see it is threefold. 1) The longstanding belief that it is having many good players together for as much of their careers as possible, all at the same time that is the critical difference in how high a team can rise. (Think Rollins, Utley, Howard) 2) Combining Bell with Brandon Nimmo is a perfect fit as they compliment each...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild-Rangers Preview

If the Minnesota Wild can generate the kind of offense they did their last time out, they'll be a tough team to beat given how good they are defensively. Still in search of their first power-play goal, the Wild begin a two-game trip Monday night against the New York Rangers. Minnesota (4-2-0) had scored three goals or fewer in four straight games before breaking out for Saturday...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Road Splits Go To The Heart Of The Issue

The New York Mets have seemingly struggled offensively over the last several years, prompting fans to call for better hitters, and more offense. I know I certainly have. The Mets front office has sometimes responded by signing free agent sluggers like Jason Bay and current Met Curtis Granderson. Two players that both had previously produced near MVP seasons before signing with the...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Moving Fences In Not A Good Move

If we were playing one of those games where you match a word to an action, you might choose “embarrassing,’’ for the Mets’ decision to change the dimensions for the third time since Citi Field opened in 2009. Three times in six years is a clear indication this team doesn’t have a grasp as to its desired identity. When Citi Field opened, the Mets wanted to build on pitching...
Via New York Mets Report
October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Cespedes Is The Answer

An MMO Fan Shot by Matt Stephens Since the trade of Carlos Beltran to the Giants, the Mets have noticeably been missing one key component from their lineup- the prototypical outfielder with a big bat. Omar Minaya admirably tried to give us Jason Bay but failed, and Sandy thought Granderson would work, but instead wound up with a serviceable six hitter. For the first time in what...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

After A Slow Start, Granderson Has Quieted His Critics

I think it is safe to say that Curtis Granderson has been one of the most offensively productive players in the league since April 29th. Mets fans remember the slow start that Granderson got off too, which drew comparisons to Jason Bay from the harshly critical Mets Twitter community. In a recent article on ESPNNewYork.com, Adam Rubin noted that Granderson has the seventh-best...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Keep Waving Those Towels

An MMO Fan Shot by Matt Szatkowski Tough. When describing the Mets, over the past 7 years, this adjective has hardly been used. As the infamous curveball buckled Carlos Beltran’s knees, it also seemed to take down the team’s mental fortitude. The 2007 season would bring more frustration ending in an epic collapse, and there would be more heartbreak in 2008. The Madoff revelations...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

From Left Field: Mets Have No Luck With Free Agents

We’ve played about a month of the season, and already the Mets’ prized free agent of the offseason – Curtis Granderson – has appeared lost at the plate. As a Met fan, I understand what patience truly is, but Granderson’s struggles are certainly alarming for a player who has not only experienced success but has also done so in New York. With a $15 million per year price...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Locusts, Frogs, and Outfielders

You’d be forgiven if you saw Curtis Granderson crash into the wall during the first inning on Monday night against Arizona and thought “Oh good, another parallel to Jason Bay.” Free agent Mets outfielders should not, under any circumstances, crash into walls. It doesn’t work out for them. Luckily, Granderson didn’t suffer any sort of concussion or whiplash, but because...
Via Metstradamus
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Mets Projection: Curtis Granderson, LF

Opening Day has come and gone, but there is always time for another projection. While I didn’t get to finish this series, I had written the majority of the Curtis Granderson projection, so I just decided to finish is and publish. Enjoy. The Mets made an enormous splash this offseason, spending the most money on a single free agent since Jason Bay, inking outfielder Curtis Granderson...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets Opening Day Reaction

0-162 bro!   Let me start by saying ahahahahahaahahahahahahaha! Ok, now that that is out of my system…the Mets lost for a rare time on Opening Day today by a score of 9-7.  As per usual the only thing more embarrassing than the Mets play today was the reaction of some of the fans.  I think the problem here is that we have become accustom to the team winning every Opening Day...
Via Total Sports Blog
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Follow The Money… Or Lack Of It…

The last 48 hours have been brimming with reports from various media outlets on the state of the Mets – not on the field – but fiscally. The Mets want to convey a sense that they are now financially fit. However, the folks who are considered experts on the matter of team valuation, those who speak to the lenders, and those analyzing all the available data, still portray a financial...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets’ 2013 effective payroll and how it relates to 2014

Two years ago, I wrote a piece about the Mets’ 2011-12 offseason. If you’ve mentally blocked that offseason, it’s the one that saw an historic nominal payroll reduction, with something in the neighborhood of $50M net coming off the books. The goal of that piece was to put that immense payroll decrease into perspective by examining the actual on-field impact of the dollars that...
Via Mets360.com
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

MLBPA Keeping an Eye on New York Mets’ Payroll

PHOTO COURTESY: RICHARD DREW/ASSOCIATED PRESS Mets fans know that their team has been frugal over the last five years.  Whatever the excuses may be, it has been no secret that the team has been financially conservative.  Not only has it angered the fans, but apparently it has gotten so bad that the player’s union may be monitoring the situation. Former Met and player’s union...
Via New York Sports-Kings
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The New York Mets Offseason

Sandy Alderson, New York Mets General Manager I don’t blame Sandy Alderson. I know he gets a lot of flack for state of the franchise and the roster composition. But in this case, the fish stinks from the head down. Frugal – yes. Cautious – obviously. But you can’t tell me he hasn’t wanted to do for the New York Mets more since he has came to town. He was left a mess by...
Via NYMetsLife
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Diamond – Left Field

As we continue our Mets Around the Diamond feature, we now come to Left Field. During the Mets’ 52 year history, there have been 25 everyday left fielders. Not so bad compared to center and right field. The following are the ten players who have played the most games in Left Field for the Mets in franchise history. 10 – Benny Agbayani (2000-01). Benny played 234 games in Left...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets are not the Yankees

In 2012 and 2013 the Mets watched the rest of baseball spend money and bring in quality baseball players to improve their teams while they made do with Scott Hairston and Marlon Byrd.  Then comes 2014… 2014 was to be the Met’s year.  This would be the year where ownership would not be able to bemoan the contracts of Jason Bay and Johan Santana.  Sandy Alderson would be free...
Via Mets360.com
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

As Mets Get Closer To Spring Training, How’s Your Enthusiasm?

How are you feeling about the Mets these days, are you excited about the moves we’ve made so far? Are you looking forward to the start of Spring Training and are you pumped for the new season? I asked our staff what their enthusiasm was like as we get closer and closer to pitchers and catchers reporting in four weeks. Here’s what some of them had to say: Peter K. – I have been...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Former Red Sox Outfielder Jason Bay Planning to Retire, Says He ‘Can’t See’ Coming Back to Baseball

Former Red Sox All-Star Jason Bay says he plans to hang up his cleats for good. Bay, who played with the Seattle Mariners in 2013 before being released in August, hasn’t filed any official papers yet, but he told Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi he “can’t see a scenario in which he comes back to play,” according to MLB.com. The 35-year-old has played for five different teams in...
Via NESN.com
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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