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Mets Card of the Week: Cleon Jones booklet

1970 TOPPS THE CLEON JONES STORY (BOOKLET No. 19) If you liked the little cartoon they’d have on the back of cards, you’ll love this insert. This 24-booklet set had some of the top stars and some guys they had enough information on to fill up six inside pages of details. Jay Johnstone, Walt Williams and Al Ferrara must have wondered what they were doing alongside Willie...
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Finding the sweet spot season for Yoenis Cespedes

Ask a committed Mets fan what his fondest hopes are for his team in 2016 and he (or she) will likely say: all the starting pitchers stay healthy as do David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud. In addition to that they would want to see the team knock off the Nationals again for the National League East crown. And then they would be hoping for a long successful playoff run resulting...
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Is Yoenis Cespedes the Mets’ best outfielder?

The short answer is probably yes, but the truth is a lot more surprising. Yoenis Cespedes enjoyed a career year in 2015, minus the playoffs. He was traded to the New York Mets for a surprise postseason run, flourished to post gaudy offensive numbers and was a part of the changes in Flushing that sent New York to the World Series. But perhaps, just perhaps, Cespedes isn’t the best...
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Asdrubal Cabrera is the X-Factor

The Mets have numerous pieces in their lineup that have the potential to provide offense throughout the season. Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and David Wright are going to be considered staples throughout the season, as the veterans should be occupied driving in runs. We know that the Mets have a tremendous pitching staff, and that the bullpen should be able to hold their own. The...
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David Schoenfield on Bryce Harper versus the Mets

Harper destroyed his NL East opponents last season on his way to the MVP Award … except the Mets, that is. Against the hapless Braves, Marlins and Phillies he hit .344 with 21 home runs in 54 games. Against the Mets he hit .254 with four home runs in 18 games, with one of those home runs coming in the meaningless season-ending series between the clubs. The matchup to watch: Harper...
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Matt Harvey and no earned runs after five innings

Late in the 2015 season, after the innings kerfuffle, the Mets lifted Matt Harvey after he had pitched five scoreless innings. The bullpen imploded and the Mets lost the game against the Yankees. The next day, FanGraphs had a piece where they compared Harvey going through the lineup a third time versus a rested reliever and essentially said there was no reason to prefer Harvey...
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Andrew Simon on the perceived velocity of Mets hurlers

One thing Statcast™ is able to measure is perceived velocity (PV), which goes beyond traditional velocity by attempting to quantify how fast a pitch appears to a batter. It does this by factoring in the pitcher’s release point. The more extension he is able to get, the closer to the plate he releases the ball, and the more his velocity “plays up.” To look at their high...
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Lucas Duda could have a huge 2016

The Mets have done a good job of adding, and retaining, talent and depth to their roster this off-season. They are, arguably, a more complete and better team than the 2015 version that stormed their way to the World Series. Fans are rightfully excited to see Yoenis Cespedes back in the team’s lineup, but they’re also looking forward to seeing their youngsters like Michael Conforto...
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Top 10 Spring Training storylines to follow for the Mets

One Ace to Rule Them All – We know the Mets have lots of pitching and with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz all set to start 2016 with the Mets the biggest question that Terry Collins will be called on to answer is, “Who’s the top dog?” The early favorite is Harvey who has the longest tenure and most fragile ego of the quartet but it’s...
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A balanced National League will present challenges for the Mets

The 2016 National League is sharply divided between haves and have nots. Six teams, two in each division, are in rebuilding mode, stripped bare of quality veterans, save a few overpaid, untradeable ones. The other nine, three in each division, are talented enough to compete for one of the five playoff spots. The have nots should provide some easy wins for the competitive teams. The...
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Keith Law on the Yoenis Cespedes deal

Steve: I might have missed it, but what did you think of the Cespedes deal. If he opts out, it’s $27M for a year of Cespedes plus a first round pick. Klaw: Not on it. He’s not a $27 million player and he’s not a centerfielder. By the way, that’s “if he opts out and the Mets offer and he signs elsewhere.” Chris: In regards to the Mets & Cespedes. Isn’t it better...
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For the Mets, these are different times

There was a press conference yesterday, at which new/returning Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes appeared in the flesh – rather than as a disembodied voice from a Charlie’s Angels-style speaker box. Many in the fan base thought this was not going to happen. Actually, any of it: few thought Cespedes would return at all, and when he did, most thought his quickie conference call...
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Mets Card of the Week: Mystery Met XV

Damn. This young Mets hopeful has so much chaw in his cheek that he can’t even keep his hat on straight. Identify this fan of the cut plug and you will be rewarded with a small haul from the Card of the Week archives.   A short personal note: I’m going to be taking an indefinite hiatus from writing for Mets360. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been provided with...
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson: Good, lucky, or both?

“Luck is the residue of design.” - Branch Rickey This is a very good time to be a fan of the New York Mets.  After all the team won the National League championship and has just topped off the offseason with the signing of big thumper Yoenis Cespedes making them somewhat of a favorite to repeat as the NL East champions.  The team boasts what is likely the best young starting...
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David Rawnsley on Matt Harvey as an amateur pitcher

Some of the scout comments in the Perfect Game database from that 2005 event include “has lightning in his arm! Super-fast arm, good life on his fastball, rolling action on his curveball, needs some refinement in mechanics, cross body in release and will occasionally cut off out front; hooks curveball.” Harvey pitched at five other PG events while in high school, including the...
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The second baseman merry-go-round featuring Neil Walker

It was pretty evident from the beginning of this season that the Mets were not committed to offering Daniel Murphy a long-term deal, and were set on parting ways after this year. After an explosive playoffs, the organization offered their second baseman a qualifying offer, which Murphy did not sign, and elected to become a free agent. The Mets acquired Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh...
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Craig Edwards on the expected revenue bump for the Mets

In all, the Mets are figuring on a 500,000 increase in attendance. Using the same factors from above, and adding an extra 4% for ticket price increases, it would appear as though the Mets could reasonably expected to earn another $21 million in ticket sales. Adding in increased money for sponsorships and money for concessions — even after adjusting for revenue sharing — it...
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Giving context to the Mets’ pre-2015 poor play

The Mets had an unexpected World Series appearance last year, the team seems to have a solid shot at back-to-back playoff appearances and generally speaking, most fans right now are pretty optimistic. As they should be. However, it seems like there’s something bubbling right below the surface. Let’s call it entitlement. Sure, the Mets had a golden year in 2015 but c’mon...
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Brandon Nimmo, Wuilmer Becerra, and the Mets’ future in right field

The reporting date for Mets pitchers and catchers is less than a month away. Can you believe it? The team is fresh off a World Series appearance, the elite rotation is a year older and wiser, and they got their man in re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to bolster the lineup. Things are looking good for the team and their fans at the moment and good spirits abound. That doesn’t stop us...
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The Mets’ farm system is falling behind

Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals #27 Danby Swanson, SS   #9 Steven Matz, LHP #4 J.P. Crawford, SS #3 Lucas Giolito, RHP #32 Sean Newcomb, LHP   #86 Dominic Smith, 1B #25 Nick Williams, OF #13 Trea Turner, SS #37 Ozhaino Albies, SS   #96 Amed Rosario, SS #34 Jake Thompson, RHP #29 Victor Robles, OF #43 Aaron...
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DH strikes out with NL clubs

That which separates the National League from the American League threatened to evaporate last week. Fortunately, that has not happened. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed changes to improve offense are likely coming after adjustments for pace-of-game issues. He’s considering serious changes like outlawing shifts, lowering pitching mounds and tweaking the ball to make it fly...
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A 100-win season for the Mets is quite possible

Mets fans old enough to remember the 1986 season will readily recall a talented and arrogant team that blew through the National League with 108 regular season wins on their way to the epic World Series win. Thirty years ago 100-win seasons were not uncommon. In most seasons, at least one if not more teams won 100 games. Now, in an era of expansion, free agency, reduced power numbers...
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Contemplating life after Sandy Alderson

The General Manager of the Mets had himself a pretty good weekend amid the snows. On Friday night, he secured the services of Yoenis Cespedes for another year, on the Mets’ terms. On Saturday, he was the life of the party at the annual Baseball Writers Association of America dinner at the Waldorf, cracking jokes about Matt Harvey. He has been lauded and praised for the way he...
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Mets Card of the Week: Four Stanzas on a Partially Completed Checklist

I had a crude grip on the pencil when I filled in these squares– High up the neck and held too tightly, The hexagon imprinting Lines on my fingers That would remain there for hours. This was the sixth and final series and summer was over– Second grade had started, and I imagine That white-haired Ms. O’Connell Was impressing on me The need to hold a pencil correctly. During...
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Update on Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada

Both backup infielders for the New York Mets have shed their walking boots. … Flores is currently working out at the Mike Barwis fitness and conditioning program at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and is scheduled to begin hitting this week. Tejada has been working out in his native Panama. He may report to Port St. Lucie as early as Feb. 1 — more than three...
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