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Featured Post: Do The Mets “Have The Horses” To Win?

It was the 7th game of the World Series, a heavyweight championship bout, and the Kentucky Derby all rolled into one. There was a definite buzz in the air during the summer of 1960 leading up to the presidential election. In one corner was Republican Richard Nixon. Fresh off 8 years as Vice President, Americans were already familiar with him. In the other corner was a young, vibrant...
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How Do You Grade The Mets Offseason?

Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated was none to thrilled with the Mets’ offseason giving them a big fat “D” for failing to seize an opportunity to make a bold move in the NL East at a time when the Braves and Phillies are going into rebuild mode. “New York modestly upgraded its offense but burned a draft pick on an aged, oft-injured player to do so. While the team hasn’t squandered...
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Mets Prospects Well Represented In MLB’s Top 20

Four of the Top 20 National League prospects ranked in the 2015 Major League Baseball Yearbook are Mets. The Amazins are the only NL club with four prospects to make the Top 20 list.  Both the Cubs and the Diamondbacks had three selections each.  Boston and Minnesota matched the Mets with four prospects for each franchise named on the AL list. Noah Syndergaard tops the group...
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New Commish Wants To Eliminate Defensive Shifts

It’s his first day as the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Rob Manfred is already causing a stir. In an interview with ESPN, Manfred stated he wanted to “modernize” the game. Said Manfred in the interview: “I would be aggressive about using the clock over the long haul, I think it’s a helpful thing in terms of moving the game along. I think the second set...
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Mets Matters: Playoffs or Bust, A National Uprising

Mets pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie in 23 days. Here’s a selection of recent quotes, notes, and blurbs from around the Mets blogosphere. Playoffs or Bust The New York Mets will make the playoffs. Queue up the celebratory Bartolo Colon GIFs! Actually call this more of a “somebody has to do it” type of situation since the National League appears fairly wide...
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MMO Mailbag: Where Are All Of Sandy’s Draft Picks?

Devin asks… Isn’t anyone the least bit concerned that as Sandy Alderson enters his fifth season as GM not one of his draft selections has made it to the majors yet and none are expected to be on the 2015 Opening Day roster? In the MLB Preview they pick Noah Syndergaard, Dilson Herrera and Steven Matz as three Mets prospects to watch in 2015, and neither of them are Sandy...
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Mets Billboard Design Unveiled

Mets fan Gary Palumbo unveiled the final design for the billboards that will go up by Citi Field in Queens and Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The goal was to raise awareness that the Mets are now ready to contend and become relevant again after fans were asked to be patient for six long and frustrating years. The owners promised to support the team once it rebuilt a new young...
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Dilson Herrera Named MLB’s 4th Best Second Base Prospect

This morning, MLB.com continued its rankings of the league’s top prospects by position. Today they analyzed the best second base prospects, and ranked Dilson Herrera fourth overall. “Originally signed by the Pirates out of Colombia in 2010, Herrera was sent to the Mets in the August 2013 deal that netted Pittsburgh Marlon Byrd and John Buck. In his first full season with the...
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Latest On Dillon Gee and James Shields

Buster Olney of ESPN says the Padres and Marlins appear to be the best fits for free agent James Shields because they’re both ready to be playoff contenders, and he would be a difference-maker both in leadership and performance. The market for starting pitching appears to be at a standstill until Shields lands somewhere. While the Mets continue to wait out the market for Dillon...
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Numbers Point To A Big Season For Travis d’Arnaud

Very few backstops have the ability to manipulate the strike zone and manufacture K’s like Travis d’Arnaud. That talent immediately caught the eye of the Mets front office following his 2013 debut.  His quick hands translates at the plate into raw power and bat speed. There were obstacles and defensive flaws that d’Arnaud had to hurdle last year, but by the end of season...
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Wilmer Flores Talks SS; Has Been Working Hard All Offseason

Marc Carig (Newsday) put together a nice article with some input from both Wilmer Flores and David Wright on the state of the Mets shortstop situation.  The topic obviously centered around what Flores has done to improve and whether the offseason banter has affected his outlook and determination. “You hear people talking all the time.  Is this guy going to be a shortstop? ...
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MLB Commissioner Defends Naming Fred Wilpon Finance Committee Chairman

I wanted to update this post with some quotes via the New York Times from incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Responding to criticism over naming Fred Wilpon chairman of the MLB Finance committee, Manfred said: “I understand the whole Madoff thing, but before and since, Fred Wilpon was an extraordinarily successful businessman.” Manfred said the committee Wilpon will chair...
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Mets Pass On Cuban SS Yoan Moncada; Yankees, Giants, Phillies Considered Favorites

(Updated 1/25) Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada is close to being cleared to sign with an MLB team. He continues to conduct private workouts for several interested teams. The New York Yankees are the latest team to hold a private workout for Moncada. Several industry sources told Baseball America, the Yankees are one of the frontrunners to sign Moncada. The 19-year-old switch-hitter...
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Sandy Alderson Pokes Fun At Mets Shortstop Situation

Last night, at the Baseball Writers of America Awards dinner in New York, general manager Sandy Alderson introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to the podium. “It’s a big night for me and for Mets fans, who have been waiting all winter for me to introduce a shortstop.” It’s been a while since Alderson has made one of his self deprecating jokes. Mike Puma of the NY Post writes that the...
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Most Consistent Mets Players By Position

What does it take to be a reliable everyday position player? At the major league level, it can be summed up in two words, consistency and durability. The player needs to be consistent in his performance; at or above league average in any of the five tools. A speedy guy with a great glove can make a living at the bottom of the order for years. A slow, lumbering corner guy can be...
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MMO Mailbag: How Many Games Will The Mets Win This Season?

Mets Lifer asks… Will the Mets finally have a winning season in 2015, or considering the lack of significant upgrades this offseason, are we to expect another 79 win season as FanGraphs projected for us? Do you think we can squeak into the postseason? Andre replies… An 85-77 record this year seems like a pretty reasonable mid-ground bet. Let me explain. If not for Jose Valverde...
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Featured Post: Promises, Promises

On Wednesday, executive vice president Lou DePaoli told Newsday that Mets ticket sales are up 19.26 percent over last year. Considering the team hasn’t produced a winning season since 2008 and failed to add any high-priced box-office draw, Howard Megdal of Capital New York finds it astonishing that ticket sales would surge that significantly especially since they did nothing to...
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Do The Mets “Have The Horses” To Win?

It was the 7th game of the World Series, a heavyweight championship bout, and the Kentucky Derby all rolled into one. There was a definite buzz in the air during the summer of 1960 leading up to the presidential election. In one corner was Republican Richard Nixon. Fresh off 8 years as Vice President, Americans were already familiar with him. In the other corner was a young, vibrant...
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Wright Believes In His Team, Supports GM’s Decision Not To Trade Young Arm

Speaking to Newsday reporter Marc Carig at his fundraiser to benefit a children’s hospital in his hometown Friday night, Mets third baseman David Wright said he supports Sandy Alderson’s decision not to trade a young arm like Steven Matz, Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard to bring in a player that can fill or upgrade a vital position. “My focus is short term,” he said....
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Market For Gee Continues To Shrink As Spring Training Nears

The Mets have been looking to move starter Dillon Gee since the winter meetings in December, but a trade has yet to materialize. Last week Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported that the Mets will likely need top free agent pitcher James Shields to sign first before they can make a deal. However, an MLB executive recently told Jayson Stark of ESPN that teams are currently “in bottom...
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Ryan Vogelsong Re-Signs with Giants

According to Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports, free agent starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and the San Fransisco Giants have agreed to a one-year deal. Vogelsong had been reportedly close to a deal with the Houston Astros in recent days, but ultimately decided to re-sign with the team he’s been with since 2011. Last season, Vogelsong went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 184.2 innings while striking...
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Dominic Smith Named MLB’s 4th Best First Base Prospect

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released his list of the top ten first base prospects in baseball today, and Dominic Smith came in at #4 on the list, with Josh Bell of the Pirates topping off the rankings at #1. “Smith was thought to be the best pure high school hitter in the Draft class of 2013, and he was the third prep bat taken that June when the Mets selected him with the 11th pick...
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Ichiro Suzuki and Marlins Agree to One-Year Deal

After the Marlins reportedly offered Ichiro Suzuki a one-year $2 million contract yesterday, today, a source told Joe Frisaro (Marlins site reporter for MLB.com) both sides have agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical. The Marlins already have an outstanding outfield that includes Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, and having a potential Hall of Famer as...
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Kevin Long Says If Hitters Can Deliver Peak Performances, Offense Will Be Pretty Good

I just viewed the video on Kevin Long, who’s in Port St. Lucie, speaking to Daily News reporter John Harper on Mets Hot Stove. The new Mets hitting coach says that if all the players remain healthy and stay on the field AND if they all deliver their peak performance or better than their peak performance, the Mets can have the type of offense they’re looking for in 2015. “I...
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Cuddyer Downplays Injury History, Says Mets Will Challenge For NL East Supremacy

Michael Cuddyer told Mike Puma of the NY Post that he doesn’t buy the notion he’s a “disabled list stint waiting to happen” for the Mets. The Mets’ biggest splash this offseason was limited to 49 games last season with the Rockies, but told Puma the injuries were “freakish in nature.” “A broken shoulder was a freak injury … which I don’t see that happening here...
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