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New York Mets Hire Kevin Long As New Hitting Coach

Unlike most people who get fired in the big Apple, Kevin Long has found work quickly and does not have to leave the state of New York as the Mets announced on Thursday that they have hired the former Yankees hitting coach, a two weeks after he was let go. Long, 47, held the position of New York Yankees hitting coach since 2007 and had seen considerable success during his tenure...
Via On-Base Talk
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores should be the starting shortstop in 2015

The Mets offseason should be an interesting one.  There still is plenty of assessment needed to be made this offseason regarding the current roster with many variables to consider.  Sandy Alderson’s continuous evaluation process of the shortstop position will need to be fine-tuned into a definitive answer eventually. There will be many decisions to make regarding another outfielder...
Via Mets360.com
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitching and Defense Is In Our DNA

Baseball is loaded with tradition, perhaps more than any other sport, and for good reason. The Mets have their own traditions, their own uniforms and stories passed down to them, their own sacred relics. Mets tradition is rooted in the Miracle of 1969, and to a lesser degree the 1986 Championship season. Mets tradition is entrenched in the successes of the past, and that success...
Via Mets Merized Online
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

New Hitting Coach Long Can Help This Suggested Outfield

Let’s operate under the assumption, which isn’t hard to do, the New York Mets won’t acquire the long-ball hitting left fielder they covet. Given that, the Mets’ outfield – from left to right – should be Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker. Lagares is a finalist for the NL Gold Glove in center field, along with Billy Hamilton and Denard Span. The award...
Via New York Mets Report
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Long, Front Office Might Not See Eye-To-Eye

Yesterday the Mets announced the hiring of Kevin Long as the new batting coach (or as they call it hitting instructor). This move makes sense for a number of reasons. On top of that list is the work he did with Curtis Granderson while they were both with the Yankees. You could argue that a productive Granderson is the most important thing to the Mets in 2015 and Long should help...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard

We’re winding down our projection review series. Today, we’ll look to the future – a future we all thought was closer than it turned out to be. Met fans were pretty lucky in 2012 and 2013 – all evidence to the contrary. In 2012, we got to witness Matt Harvey’s bursting arrival. From his very first start, we all recognized a talent that could not be contained, would not...
Via Mets360.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Where Are Alderson’s Draft Picks?

Gregg asks… I read that the Mets have drafted a greater percentage of high school players during the last three drafts, and have also passed over many supreme college talents in doing so.With many players who were drafted in the years 2011-2013 playing big roles this postseason, aren’t you the least bit worried that Sandy Alderson is one of a few teams that have yet to see one...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 MLB Project: Being Billy Beane

When the MLB Project was being discussed at Mets360, I agreed to do so immediately. The chance to actually GM a team was something that couldn’t be passed up. When I was assigned the Oakland Athletics as my franchise, I found that kind of serendipitous. As a lifelong Mets and Baseball fan, I’m well aware of Billy Beane’s past and present connections with the Mets and his status...
Via Mets360.com
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is Rafael Montero The One The Mets Trade?

The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense, writes Andy Martino of the Daily News. However it’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, he says. This offseason will be filled with lots of Mets...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Announce Kevin Long As New Hitting Coach

The Mets have announced that Kevin Long will become the hitting coach for the Mets. In a statement released to the media, Sandy Alderson said the following: “Kevin’s experience, success and wealth of knowledge make him the perfect fit as our hitting instructor. This is a very positive step for the Mets. We welcome Kevin, and his wife, Marcey, to the Mets family.” On becoming...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets Rumors: New York likes Michael Cuddyer

The Mets have serious interest in free-agent-to-be Michael Cuddyer, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The 35-year-old right fielder, who also played first base, hit .332/.376/.579 (OPS+ 149) with ten homers in 49 games, losing time to a fractured shoulder and two hamstring injuries.#483866115 / gettyimages.comThe Mets are looking for offense and reluctant to...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Juan Lagares Is Gold Glove Finalist

Update (October 23rd, 2:00 PM) According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Juan Lagares has been named one of the three finalists for the National League Gold Glove Award in center-field. The other two finalists are Billy Hamilton and Denard Span. The award, which is based on both input from managers and fielding metrics will be announced on November 4th at 7 PM. Lagares is the only Mets finalist...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Michael Cuddyer is a perfect free agent fit for NY Mets, who like him

The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense. It’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, but it’s close. So where do they find a bat? Well, here’s an idea, one that that’s already been floated...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Why Mets Can’t Attract Quality Free Agents

The Mets’ inability to hire a hitting coach illustrates indecision, which is one of several reasons why marquee free agents won’t come here. Among the others: New York: The city can be daunting for someone who only experienced it in a hotel room and stadium. It is very expensive to live here, crowded and there’s the media crush. The Yankees: Considering the above factors, if...
Via New York Mets Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Michael Cuddyer on the radar

News has come out today that the New York Mets may already be on their way to filling one of the holes in their lineup: corner outfielder. It’s been reported by sources close to the team including both WFAN radio and SNY that the Mets will pursue Michael Cuddyer. Admittedly, there’s another Rockies outfielder that many hoped the Mets would show interest in, but Cuddyer could...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The 2014 Mets All-Prospect Team

2014 has been another encouraging season for the Mets minor league system. The Mets minor league affiliates have posted the highest winning percentage among all the MLB farm systems, and many players have emerged as exciting prospects. In this post, I will rank the best prospects at each position for MMO’s 2014 All-Prospect Team. The players chosen will be based on a combination...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Who was the Least Valuable Met in 2014?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look at the worst players of each section of the 2014 New York Mets roster: the starting fielders, the starting pitchers, the bullpen and the bench players. We’ve narrowed down a short list for each category and named a Least Valuable Nominee from each list to bring us to the final four of sorts. While there has been some debate on a few...
Via Mets360.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cuddyer At Two Years Fits Sandy’s Plan

Andy Martino of the Daily News sees free agent Michael Cuddyer as the exact sort of piece that fits the Mets offense and that people familiar with the Mets’ thinking say that they consider him attractive on a two-year deal. With the Mets highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, coupled with a lack of money to add a more significant player, Cuddyer makes...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Differences Between The Giants And Mets

I hope Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins took notes in Game 1, because the Giants have the blueprint the Mets should be following. So, in comparing the wild-card Giants to the Mets, there’s more than just a 3,000-mile difference: Solid starting pitching: Madison Bumgarner was lights out, pitching quickly, and with command and composure. This is what the Mets expect from Matt Harvey...
Via New York Mets Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Handicapping Trade Value and Odds Of Mets Pitchers

To get something, you have to give something, but what the New York Mets don’t want to give up is their young pitching.  Understandable, but how long can they hold out? The Mets say they won’t deal Matt Harvey, but remember there is no such thing as an untouchable. What if some team, in the words of Don Corleone, make them “an offer they can’t refuse.’’ Let’s take...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Won’t Be Players For Yasmani Tomas

Here is the latest on Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas as reported by Andy Martino of the Daily News. Tomas has been linked to with varying degrees of seriousness to the Dodgers, Padres, Phillies, Twins, Rangers, Giants and Tigers. Martino says that people involved in the process now identify the Phillies as strong contenders for Tomas, and the Padres and Dodgers as far less likely...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets and Ricciardi Could Have Extension Completed Within A Week

Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that the Mets and J.P. Ricciardi could have a new extension wrapped up within a week. The Mets, who extended Sandy Alderson in September, could wrap up a new deal for assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi within week, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. Ricciardi, a respected baseball man who oversees the pro scouting department...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Jenrry Mejia

It was a tale of two seasons for Jenrry Mejia. He began 2014 as a starter, and turned in a couple of electric performances in that role, but by early May his ERA had ballooned up over 5 and he was moved to the bullpen. Mejia pitched well in a few late-inning appearances, and notched his first save of the season against the Nats on May 17. He went on to log 28 saves and record a 2...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fielding Bible, Gold Glove Awards In Sight For Lagares

Later this fall, Juan Lagares hopes to win his first Gold Glove in center field and according to BillJamesOnline.com‘s John Dewan, he will get it done. Dewan cast his ballot for the 2014 Fielding Bible Award earlier this week and chose Lagares. His 28 defensive runs saved were the most by far among all outfielders. Here’s what he had to say about Lagares: Entering 2014, there...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Three reasons not to panic over Dominic Smith

Over the past several seasons, Sandy Alderson has been criticized for numerous parts of his strategies regarding the front office. Of these criticisms, one seems to sneak in and out of the minds of Mets fans and that is his ability to draft quality talent. Brandon Nimmo is finally becoming a budding all-star, the jury will always be out on Gavin Cecchini, and Michael Conforto...
Via Mets360.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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