Former Mets pitcher and current SNY studio analyst Nelson Figueroa, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me on Monday. Brooklyn born and raised like myself, Figgy has an intimate and very passionate view of the game. Mets fans have come to love his crisp analysis after each Mets game and his strong […]
I've been following the Mets since 1962. Have to admit I was a Yankee fan as a kid, but I found it to be so much more interesting to see how a young team could build itself up rather than following a team where the season didn't really begin until October. I remember them all - Casey, Marv, Choo Choo, Don Bosch, The Stork, etc. As the years went on, I became more and more of a Mets fan, and a Yankee hater once Steinbrenner and Billy Martin entered the picture.After retiring, I relocated with my family from Long Island to Chapel Hill, NC in 2005. I still get to watch almost all of the Mets games and writing about them on Metsmerized Online and on my new site Mets Memories.
A Senior Writer for MMO, Brian was born the year that ball got by Buckner and the Mets went on to win the World Series. He is still waiting to watch the Mets win a World Series of his own. You can follow Brian on Twitter @briangreenzang
Brian Mangan is an attorney living in New York City and hails from Flushing, NY. He is a lifelong Mets fan who grew up with the late 90’s teams and the free Pepsi Picnic Area. Proud to be part of the MMO community. Checkout more from him at The Read Zone or on Twitter at @brianpmangan.
Mets fan since the Wayne Garrett/Joe Torre days, Carl works as a bank consultant during the day. In his free time enjoys writing Fan Shot articles for Hardball Times and Metsmerized Online,. He joins MMO with a Mets passion borne from 40+ years of fandom.
Dutch Mets fan since 2006. Love to follow the Mets minors and their top prospects and learn all I can about them. Give me a follow on Twitter at @cornehogeveen.
A teacher and coach by day, Chris spends his summers going to see the Mets in different parks around the country having already visited 24 Major League Ballparks. Highlights include seeing Tom Glavine’s 300th win at Wrigley Field as well as the Mets Clinch the NL East in Cincinnati in 2015. A loyal Mets season ticket holder since graduating from Stony Brook University in 2005, he enjoys raising his two boys Michael and Carter (after Gary) as Met fans and appreciates the freedom his wife gives him to pursue his travels.
Chris is an up-and-coming sportswriter who has spent the bulk of his career covering baseball. He has been published in Complex Sports, Amazin' Avenue and Venom Strikes. He can be found on Twitter @chris_gaine, where he specializes in obscure sports facts.
A life long Mets fan from birth. Typical Mets lineage, Grandfather was a Dodger fan who converted in 62, Father grew up rooting for Seaver, and I grew up in the heart of the 86 team. I have a respect for traditional statistics and scouting, with a modern understanding of sabermetrics. I prefer to keep score with a pencil and a program over a tablet and app.
Chris Zaccherio uses his passion and experience in baseball to educate Major League Baseball fans on the art of pitching through analysis that goes beyond statistics.
Clayton Collier, a senior editor for MMO, is a Journalism major with a minor in Broadcasting at Seton Hall University. He is also a staff member at 89.5 WSOU, Seton Hall's modern active rock radio station. Following him on Twitter: @Clayton_Collier or E-maili him at MaybeNextYearMets@yahoo.com
Connor O'Brien is a second-year economics student in the Rutgers University Honors College, a lifelong Mets fan, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but doesn't believe this conflicts with scouting or player development. Follow him on Twitter @connor_obrien97
I fell in love with the Mets during the 2006 playoff run and became obsessed with the Mets minor league system while looking for a brighter future during the 2009-2014 era. I hope to provide interesting analysis of the minors and am excited to have the opportunity to write for MMO and MMN.
David Hong is a huge, diehard Mets fan since back in the 80s. He graduated from St John's University with a B.S. in Sports Management.
David is a lifelong Mets fan, and the grandson of a Shea Stadium usher. He almost went to a dinosaur park instead of Johan Santana's no-hitter but luckily made the right choice.
David was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a lifelong Mets fan.
Metsmerized Online is dedicated to providing our readers with accurate and unbiased reporting on any Mets or MLB news. The MMO News Desk is monitored by our senior editorial staff.
I'm a lawyer who hails from and lives in Germany, and have been an avid Mets fan since 1984. I enjoyed rooting for Doc Gooden & David Cone back then. Spent a long time in German Baseball as a board member for the Bonn Capitals (German 1st League team) from 1994 through 2006 and can claim that I've watched former Mets farm hand C Kai Gronauer and pretty much every other German born prospect (like Max Kepler or Donald Lutz) in live action far before they became prospects. I follow and watch the Mets and other MLB games via internet TV. Also a big soccer fan (like most Germans).
Ed Leyro was hatched in the Bronx, but spent most of his youth in Queens at Shea Stadium. Apparently, all that time spent at Mets games paid off as Ed met his wife (The Coop) for the first time at Citi Field during its inaugural season. Guess the 2009 season was good for something after all. In addition to his work at Mets Merized Online, Ed also owns, operates and is head janitor at Studious Metsimus, where he shares blogging duties with Joey Beartran. For those not in the know, Joey is a teddy bear dressed in a Mets hoodie. Clearly, Studious Metsimus is not your typical Mets blog.
My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!
Hard core Mets fan since (when else) the mid 80s. Moved to southern New York AKA Florida in the early 90s and for the past 3 years I've gone to Tradition Field to watch spring training and St. Lucie Mets games. Follow me on twitter @ernestdove.
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Having caught the Met bug as a youth during the Miracle run of 1969, I've remained a steadfast fan through the highs and (too many) lows. After many years in the Financial Services biz, I now devote much of my attention to my favorite pursuits: blues guitar, books, movies, and all things Metsian.
1988. I was born in 1988 and as Mets fans we all know what that means. I lived through 1969 by hearing old stories from Tom Seaver and relived 1986 over and over in my head, pretending I was there as the final out was recorded. Being a Mets fan isn't easy and it isn't always fun but all of the bad will make the good so much sweeter. Baseball games aren't sprints and neither is building a winning team. I'm here for the long haul. Let's Go Mets!
Howard has been a Mets fan since the days of Nino Espinosa and Doug Flynn. He loves watching them win and hates watching them lose (a lot). He is also a writer who has several non Mets novels available for Kindles. Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts.
Jamie is an MBA graduate and current Marketing Director for an independent school in Central Florida. His alma mater is the UCF Knights! Jamie grew up in New Jersey and is a third generation, lifelong Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @JamieZimbleman
Contributor for DoubleGSports and PhlilySN. Lifelong Mets fan, and Rutgers graduate. Co-Host of the XO Show on BlogTalkRadio with Marcia Herold.
Born in Queens and raised in the Bronx, Xtreem grew up in a family of Mets fans with a father who worked for the New York Parks Department and had a box at Shea. Thus, it begun. With a degree in Broadcast Journalism and bylines in publications from the New Haven Register to the Key West Citizen, Xtreem has experience in a variety of formats and topics. He is thrilled to be given the chance to lend his name to MMO.
Jim Mancari hails from Massapequa, N.Y. He earned a Master's degree in journalism from Hofstra University. He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets fans, Jim has plenty of hope. He also writes as the sports reporter for the Brooklyn Tablet newspaper and the senior editor of metroBASEBALL Magazine. Be sure to visit http://www.jimmancari.com/
Jamal is a life-long Mets fan from Brooklyn, who remembers 1986 like it was yesterday. He is an attorney and sportswriter/contributor and a college basketball bracketologist. He also co-hosts CBS Play.It’s Bill Rhoden On Sports podcast with the legendary NY Times sportswriter, Bill Rhoden. Follow Jamal on Twitter @Blacketologist.
Jennifer was born in Queens, NY, grew up on Long Island, and now resides in Las Vegas, NV. A lifelong Mets fan, she has a Master’s degree in writing from BYU and loves to write about baseball for MetsMinors.net and Metsmerized Online. She has season tickets for the Las Vegas 51s and thinks the Mets moving their AAA team to Vegas is the best thing ever. Follow her on Twitter: @jennyfir
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73, '00 and '15, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction and interact with other passionate Met fans like you. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
Joe has spent the last 16 years in financial services but has been known to write a sports article from time to time. A graduate of Drexel University, He double majored in finance and marketing and was a starting pitcher on the varsity baseball team. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding and trips to Citi Field.
I'm just your regular Joe. Staff writer @ Metsmerizedonline.com. Happily married and a father to a baby girl. I attended my first Met game at the ripe old age of 3 where my father scored a foul ball and had it signed by Lee Mazzilli, Joe Torre and Joe Pignataro. It was my Holy Grail - 'till I buried it in the backyard. I have my own website where you can read my drivel at your leisure @ www.thespectorsector.net
MMO Minor League Analyst John Bernhardt is a retired public school teacher and administrator, who still coaches high school baseball. Growing up in a Yankees household, Bernhardt was an ardent Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra fan. When the Yankees fired Yogi in his first season as the Bomber manager, curiosity turned to passion when the Mets signed Berra as a player/coach and he has pulled for the Mets ever since. In retirement, John writes the sports for a local weekly, The Catskill Mountain News and hosts Tip-Off, a Friday morning sports hour, from 8:00-9:00 on WIOX, 91.3 F.M.
I am an active member of the BBWAA and have covered Major League Baseball in several capacities for over 30 years, including 18 in New York working the Mets' and Yankees' beat. I also covered the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians before that. Today I am a freelance writer and social director for several media outlets and a Senior Editor for Metsmerized Online.
John is a Communication Major with a concentration in Broadcasting at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. While John enjoys watching just about any sport, baseball is his favorite. John also writes for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle as well as Last Word On Sports.
Grew up a Mets fan in the glory of the 80's in the middle of NJ between the Yankees and Phillies fans. Now I find myself raising junior Mets fans in the middle of the corn fields in the Nationals and Phillies territory. I am frequently found on the third baseline at the road games of the Mets minor league teams.
Jacob Resnick got hooked on Mets baseball once he saw Cliff Floyd seal the final out to clinch the NL East in 2006. Ever since, he's been cheering through the good and the bad. He won the 2011 SNY Kid-Caster contest and reported on SNY's Kids Clubhouse in 2012. Writing now for MetsMinors.net and Metsmerized Online. LGM!
My name is John Strubel and I have been a Mets fan since 1972. Professionally, I have been a working member of the media since 1987. In addition to media relations and broadcast work for the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays minor league affiliates, my career spans 25 years in the radio industry as a on-air personality, program director and sports-talk show host. You can reach me at email@example.com or on Twitter @johnstrubel
Lifelong Mets fan from Long Island, New York who enjoys covering and writing about Mets prospects. Favorite Mets player is Michael Conforto and my favorite Mets moment was getting to experience a World Series game for the first time in 2015. Follow me on Twitter @PlanetMetsNY.
Kirk McKnight is an American author specializing in interview based sports books. McKnight's book, The Voices of Baseball: The Game's Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America's Pastime, is being published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book showcases material from interviews with baseball's biggest broadcasters, including Vin Scully, Marty Brennaman, Jon Miller, and Howie Rose.
Ever since I experienced Mike Piazza's post 9/11 home run to beat the Braves in person at Shea, I have been a die-hard Mets fan and exhaustive lover of baseball. I am currently a student at Ithaca College where I am a pitcher on the varsity baseball team. My pitching idols include Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver. My dream is to one day pitch on the mound at Citi Field wearing the orange and blue. Let's Go Mets! Follow me on twitter @LBarer32
Mark grew up in New Jersey and has been a die-hard Mets fan since the dark times of the mid 70s. He currently resides in Atlanta where he runs eCommerce for PrimeSport. Past experiences including running Product Management for NCAA.com and NASCAR.com with Turner Sports, and starting the Atlanta Eats restaurant blog. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkGriffithATL .
Since hanging from a street sign to watch the 1986 ticker-tape parade, I've enjoyed the Mets from a distance. Growing up, they were across the GW with Bob Murphy's voice bringing them close. I'm in enemy territory in Atlanta, but now I'm protected by Norman Seabrook and Howie Rose.
An avid Mets fan who has fond memories of running around Shea Stadium with my dad collecting autographs and enjoying many summer night games. My best friend introduced me to the Mets at a young age, and since then I've enjoyed rooting for the orange and blue through good times and bad. Attended Iona College for mass communications, and my goal is to be a baseball columnist/beat writer. It's an honor and pleasure to be a Senior Writer for MMO.
Graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA with a degree in Communication and Media Studies. Played both Baseball and Basketball, while also writing for the school newspaper. Grew up in Allentown, PA. I've been a die-hard Mets fan my entire life and wouldn't have it any other way. Let's Go Mets!
A Met fan since August 1969 when the Red Cross placed my family on the 6th floor of a building in Willets Point because of a fire. I could see Shea from our balcony. I missed the fall of 86 because I was in Boot Camp and I've been serving penance ever since in Minnesota. I write about the Mets to share with a tradition that made much of my childhood worthwhile. Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewBalasis
Mets Daddy was raised to be a Mets fan by birth, and now he is raising a Mets fan of his own. He also uses Sabermetrics to either confirm the proverbial eye test or to see if we're seeing things with Mets colored glasses. He looks forward to bringing this perspective to MMO. His work, including the tales of raising his son a Mets fan, can also be seen at MetsDaddy.com.
Michael Branda grew up a Mets fan watching the mid 1980's teams and his favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, he's in the middle and believes adopting new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the old way has not produced results.
Student at the University of Connecticut, that thoroughly enjoys anything to do with the New York Mets or just baseball in general. Having been a fan my whole life, I look forward to sharing my baseball views on MMO.
Lifelong Mets fan born in 1987 meaning I still haven't witnessed a championship. Lived In Maine my whole life so I get my Mets fix from MLB.tv and MiLB.tv. Obsessed with the game of baseball and have been coaching in High School for 4 years. Some say I am too positive but I love my New York Mets. Follow me on twitter @themainemets
Mike Silva is a freelance writer and radio host. He’s hosted sports shows on 107.1 FM Champions ESPN Radio Long Island ,1240 AM WGBB , Blog Talk Radio and Live from Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant.He’s written for Big Leagues Magazine, The Perpetual Post and has broken national and local stories, as well as been mentioned on the YES Network, WFAN, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NY Daily News, New York Magazine, The Journal News, Forbes and the NY Post
Mike is a lifelong Mets fan who pretends to remember them winning the '86 World Series when he was just two years old.
A lifelong Mets fan since the days of Felix Millan, Dave Kingman and Joel Youngblood, Nicky covers both the Mets and N.Y. Giants as a correspondent for FantasyPros in addition to his work for MMO. Additionally, he is the founder of vrFantasyDrafts.com, a website which will enable users to play fantasy sports in a virtual reality platform.
Noah is a die-hard Mets fan from New Jersey. He currently cheers for and follows the Mets from snowy Syracuse, New York, where he studies broadcast journalism at the Newhouse School. Follow him on Twitter @iNoahWolfe or drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to comment on his work.
A dedicated Mets fan since 1967, Petey is pained to see that the promise of an exciting new chapter in Metdom is contingent on the bunch of self-serving empty suits that comprise Mets managent. For the sake of the young fans who have been deprived of the magic that once made the Amazins a world championship team, Petey hopes this franchise will go the extra mile to make itself into a true winner.
A Mets fan since 1973, Rob was born in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Luckily, his parents moved to Queens at a young age so he was not scarred by pinstripes. Currently living in southern Nevada, he writes suspense novels and crime fiction. His debut novel "Plain God" hit book stores in September of 2015. Visit me at my site RobSilvermanBooks.com.
Rob Piersall is currently a fourth-year student at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications, as well as writing for the school's newspaper, The Oracle. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is a senior staff writer and editor here at MMO, and has also been doing game recaps the past three seasons. Rob's favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions. 2017 will be our year. LGM.Follow me on Twitter: @RobPiersall
Roger is a lifelong Mets fan since 1981, now married with kids and still knows that there is no such thing as a bad day at the ballpark with your child. Growing up, he wanted to be either the Second Baseman for the Mets - or their statistician. Follow him at @BigMetsFan1. email him at email@example.com
Baseball has been my passion my entire life. I played the game from the time I could walk until high school, always dreaming that I would one day be playing under the lights of Shea. These days I truly appreciate watching Mets games in a way I couldn't before. I am now a journalism major and aspiring sportswriter.
Hi there! I'm Stephanie, a second-semester journalism and communications student. I have been cheering for the Mets ever since I could talk, and I take pride in being the resident Mets freak among my peers and in my family. From pennant races to seasons in the cellar, I'm cheering for (and also swearing at) the Metsies no matter what. If you enjoy a good stream-of-consciousness feed of tweets on your timeline, you can follow me at @whutyearisit.
Stephen Hanks (Tom Terrific) is a magazine editor and writer based in Brooklyn, NY, who has been the publisher and editorial director of publications ranging in subjects from sports to health to archaeology. He began his career at the late, great SPORT Magazine in 1977 and in 1983, he co-founded NEW YORK SPORTS Magazine (which ceased publication in 1985). He has written and edited coffee table books on baseball history, penned unauthorized biographies of Bo Jackson and Wayne Gretzky, and in 1990 authored "The Game That Changed Pro Football," an oral history of the 1969 New York Jets Super Bowl Season. Even though he grew up near Yankee Stadium, he loathes the team from the Bronx and has been a die-hard Mets fan since attending his first game at the Polo Grounds in 1963.
Baruch College graduate hailing from the 914. Die-hard Mets fan since 1991. I have been following the Mets farm system fairly consistently for the last five years and now I have a chance to write about it. Let’s go Mets! Follow me on twitter at @Steveperez24
Sue Kolinsky is a writer, 3 time Emmy nominated producer, and former stand up comedian of 20 years. She has written on Sex and the City, and The Ellen Show, along with producing stints on The Osbournes, Top Chef, and most recently, Last Comic Standing." In the late 90's Sue co-hosted a morning radio show with ESPNLA's Steve Mason on WNEW, which had the dubious honor of going up against Howard Stern. Her love of baseball began at the age of nine when her oldest brother introduced her to Willie Mays, and continued after her favorite uncle secured season box seats at Shea. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two grown dogs.
Max Totilo ("The Metssiah") is a passionate Mets fan born, raised, and currently residing in Brooklyn. He's been a fan since the mid-90s and he's had his heart ripped out during the 2000 Subway Series, 2006 NLCS, 2007 September collapse, and 2015 World Series. But year after year he rises again ready to cheer on the Mets. His word can be read at TheMetssiah.com or on Twitter @TheMetssiah.
Tim has been a Mets fanatic since the very first pitch in '62, when he was seven years old. He went to four games at the Polo Grounds (a 4-0 record!) and practically lived at Shea, where he attended four World Series games in '69 and '86 (including the '86 clincher), and was there when Swoboda made The Catch and Endy made The Catch Vol. 2 . He is a graduate of the Syracuse University Newhouse School, spent seven years as a sports talk host and radio voice of Holy Cross College football and basketball, and eight years as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Talkin' Baseball. He lives courageously behind enemy lines in Nationals' country, northern Virginia.
Teddy Klein is a Westchester Native, Astoria Resident, and New School Grad. He is currently a Masters of Social Work student at Touro College. He's a lifelong Mets fan with a background in minor league internships for scouting in both the Dominican Summer Leagues (08') and the Brooklyn Cyclones (10') with Cape Cod Baseball League sandwiched in between. He is also the son of Time Columnist Joe Klein. Follow him on twitter @teddywklein and feel free to leave questions below. You can email him questions at TKleinMMN@gmail.com.
Tommy Rothman is a 20 year-old sportswriter who is the owner and founder of the popular Knicks News & Comedy Blog: "New York Knicks Memes." Tommy has also been an avid Mets fan since the age of 5 and joined MetsMerized in the summer of 2013. Tommy is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania and a sports editor for the student newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian. You can follow Tommy on Twitter @KnicksMemes
Brian is a die-hard Mets fan and is a staff writer for Metsmerized Online and MetsMinors.net. Follow him on Twitter @briandevine16
William Botchway has been a die-hard Mets fan since 2005 with a love of player development. He writes for a few sports sites, and all of his work can also be found on his personal blog, New York Sports Plus. In a few months, William will be heading down south for his freshman year at Davidson College.