An MMO Fan Shot by Dave in Spain Dave Hudgens has been the Mets´ hitting coach since 2011. He and the Mets´ braintrust are proponents of a high- OBP approach, and being patiently aggressive. Here is the progression of the ranking of Mets OBP in MLB under Hudgens´ tenure: 2011 – 6th 2012 – 20th […]
Currently a college student, Andrew’s been a Mets fan since he was seven years old. When he was nine, his parents cruelly moved into Phillies country, subjecting him to an entire childhood of obnoxious abuse. His fondest Mets memory involves Endy Chavez’s making a catch; his most painful involves Luis Castillo flubbing one.
Andrew has been a die-hard Mets fan for as long as he can remember. When he's not watching the Mets at the stadium or on TV, he's writing about them; and when he's not writing about them, he's thinking about them. He has never lived more than 45 minutes away from Shea Stadium or Citi Field. He goes to 20-25 games a year; and that's without any packs or plans! Follow Andrew on Twitter @InMetsWeTrust (Fan "club" account")!
Avery is a sophomore at Marist College majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in sports communications. He is the editor for the school's newspaper (@circlesports), as well as the host of a radio sports talk show (@DeuceandDecker) . You can reach out to him on twitter: @averydecker28
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, ChooChoo, 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 spend a lot of my time now checking out all the various Mets blogs. Fortunately, I still get to watch almost all of the Mets games (except those that are blacked out here).
Bill is a journalist living in Miami with more than 10 years of experience covering a wide range of sports with baseball ranking as his favorite. He was born and raised in Albany, N.Y. and has worked at newspapers and websites in New York, Georgia and Florida. Despite watching Bernie Williams and Brien Taylor shine for the Albany-Colonie Yankees, he remained a Mets fan through those dark ages in Flushing known as the early to mid-1990s. Help is on the way!
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
Graduate of Marist College with a degree in Sports Communication and Public Relations. Aspires to work in baseball operations and bring winning back to Queens. Classic baseball fan. True to the orange and blue.
Christina Montana is a 21-year-old senior at the University of Florida. She's currently finishing up her BA in English/Creative Writing, with a minor in Anthropology. Among her passion for writing is an undying faithfulness to the only baseball team she's ever cheered for: the New York Mets.
Connor O'Brien is a 16 year-old high school student and lifelong Mets fan. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but also recognizes the importance of scouting, player development, and the immeasurable aspects of baseball. Follow him on Twitter @UpAlongFirst
Dan Valis was born and raised to be a Mets fan. I have been a writer on MMO in many different capacities for the last three years. I have been a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, and you can also see me on my own site, at BigAppleMetsTalk.com. I have been away due to birth of my first son, as I have been grooming him to become the next great Mets prospect. I am a long suffering Mets, Knicks, and Rangers fan, only to be saved by the New York Football Giants.
David was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a lifelong Mets fan. He is the Senior Editor for MMO and also the Executive Editor for our Minor League site, MetsMinors.Net. David is also a photographer and shares his great photos here on MMO.
I’ve been a die-hard Mets fan for 30 years. When I’m not watching Mets baseball, I’m talking or blogging about it. My favorite Mets story is about the bottom of the 10th, Game 6, ‘86 series. The Kid, Kevin Mitchell, & Ray Knight all said the same thing, verbatim, at 1B. “I wasn’t making the last out of this f’n World series.”
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 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).
Lifelong Mets fan since 1972. I'm a Queens native who grew up in the shadows of Big Shea. I was a huge Craig Swan, Dave Magadan and John Olerud fan. Honored to be a part of such a great site for Mets fans. Ya Gotta Believe!
A lifelong Mets fan, Dylan Blanke-White currently attends Drew University and works as a sports writer for their newspaper. He lives in Manhattan.
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.
Proud lifelong Met fan who has a passing resemblance to Rusty Staub and is a purveyor of Mo Vaughn jokes as well as the writer of "This Day In Mets Infamy". You can follow me on Twitter at @lagranderusty.
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!
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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.
Gregg lives on Long Island, and has been a Mets fan since Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose slugged it out in the 1973 playoffs. "Keith Hernandez is the best defensive first baseman to ever have played baseball."
Don't sleep when the Mets lose, the world is perfect when they win. Often feels like I care more about the Mets' success than their owners. Doug Flynn was my first favorite Met and Mike Piazza was the best favorite Met.
Jeffrey Bellone is a diehard Mets fan who lives in Connecticut with his beautiful wife and daughter. He can also be found writing about baseball at Beyond the Box Score, Amazin' Avenue, and Over the Whitestone.
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who started blogging in 2009 after yet another excruciating season. I come from an extended family of loyal Mets fans. As a kid in the late 90's, the run with Piazza and Co. really hooked me. I am confident we will see a Championship in this decade. You can reach me @jasoncronk on twitter.
Jeffrey has been a die-hard Mets fan all of his life. He is graduating college in May and will be attending law school in the fall.
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.
John Ginder is an avid sports fan if stating the obvious. He started watching every sport probably just to have something to do at work. John currently writes for #BillsMafia and RantSports as well as MetsMerizedOnline.
Jim Mancari hails from Massapequa, N.Y. He recently earned a Master's degree in Journalism at 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. Click my name to view my personal website.
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 and '00, 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.
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 20 years, including ten in New York working the Mets' and Yankees' beat. I covered the Baltimore Orioles for eight years and the Cleveland Indians before that. Today I am a freelance writer and social director for several media outlets and the Senior Editor for MetsmerizedOnline.com.
My name is Jacob Resnick. I was the 2011 New York Mets Kidcaster and I worked on the show Kids Clubhouse in 2012. Follow my blog at Mets Mumblings. Follow me on Twitter @Jacob_Resnick
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @johnstrubel
Kirk Cahill is a native New Yorker and lifelong Mets fan. He's recently taken to blogging and enjoys following prospects and frequenting minor league games. You can follow him on Twitter @KirkC_.
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 heads up Product Management for NCAA.com at Turner Broadcasting. Past experiences including running Product Management for NASCAR.com and starting the Atlanta Eats restaurant blog. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkGriffithATL .
I’ve been a Met fan since August 1969 when a fire resulted in the Red Cross placing my family on the 6th floor of a building in Willets Point. I could see Shea from our balcony and I knew something big was going on. I followed them through the dark years and the resurgence of the 80’s only (sadly) to miss the fall of 86 because I was in Boot Camp. I've been serving penance ever since in Minnesota where I'm an SLP. I've written a lot about the Mets in an effort to share with my kids (and anyone else who might listen), a sporting tradition that made much of my childhood worthwhile. Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewBalasis
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.
Peter grew up in Brewster, NY and has been a Mets fan as long as he can remember. He moved to Massachusetts when he was 8 years old and despite the multitude of Red Sox fans influencing him, he has remained loyal. He is currently a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Kinesiology, hoping to eventually receive a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Follow Peter on Twitter: @peteanselmo
Peter Kratzel became a Mets fan during the Miracle 1969 season and have supported them through thick and thin, even staying up all night to watch games when I lived in Scotland for 6 years. I’ll try to give opinions that encourage thought and discussion among the Mets faithful.
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 Las Vegas, he writes crime fiction and mysteries.
I'm a journalism/communication major at George Washington University with dreams of becoming a sports writer one day. Born in Forest Hills and lucky enough to have a diehard fan for a father, naturally I've been watching and rooting for the Mets my entire life. My favorite player of all-time is Mike Piazza, but Matt Harvey is quickly catching up. I also write baseball blogs for Fanonomics.com. Follow me @RobCostello_MMO.
Ultimately, I owe nearly thirty years of Mets related torture to my mother, who is the reason I became a fan. I was too young to remember the 86 run, but hope to see one I'll be able to recall much sooner than later. I enjoy writing about the team and welcome your feedback on my posts. Oh..and I am not with 28!
Rob has been a die-hard Mets fan since the days of Piazza and Alfonzo. The future is looking very bright in Flushing, and I want to be there every step of the way with all my fellow Mets fans! Give me a follow on twitter: @rob_piersall
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 me at email@example.com
A Mets fan since 1965, my first favorite Mets player was Ron Hunt, then Dennis Ribant, and then, and forever, Tom Seaver. I had the good fortune to be 13 when the Mets won the 1969 World Series, and have been a lifelong fan since. I was a copywriter and creative director in the NYC Metropolitan area for 25 years, and today I run a design firm.
Graduate of Villanova University and passionate sports fan. Whether its baseball or curling, you can find me in front of the TV. I love the Mets and my favorite player of all-time is Mike Piazza. If you want someone to just chat about sports, I'm your guy!
I am currently in my third semester of college in New York City. You can find me at www.facebook.com/SatishRam or @SilverHeatMMO. Feel free to message me - I love talking about the Mets or baseball overall with anybody.
Stephanie Sheehan has been cheering for the Mets ever since she could talk. She takes pride in being the resident Mets freak among her peers! You can follow her on twitter for all her quirky exuberance: @whutyearisit. Happy reading and Let's Go Mets!
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. Hanks 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. Stephen has also played baseball for 45 years and currently plays in an Over-40 hardball league based in Northern New Jersey. 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.
Agee's Catch been a Mets fan since 1970. Obvioulsy he was a year late and a dollar short to enjoy the 1969 championship season, but instantly fell in love with the team through baseball cards. His all-time favorite card was from Topps, The Sporting News, World Series Game 3, "Agee's Catch Saves the Day!" To this day, whenever AC begins his sprint, he leans forward and gets close to the ground, emulating his childhood hero on the base paths.
Todd Brewster is a longtime journalist who worked for Time and ABC News. He is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "The Century" and a lifelong Mets fan.
Tim Gilbert is a lifelong Mets fan who loves all things baseball. His love for the team began as a child going to ballgames with his father. He is currently a senior at Marist College studying towards his degree in journalism with a minor in writing. You can contact him by following him on Twitter @Tim_Gilb
Timothy is a resident of Orange County, and a Staten Island Native. He is a lifelong Fan of the Mets, loves good coffee and craft beer. He also enjoys following and writing about the Mets minors. You can follow him on Twitter @Tim_Sikorski
A Westchester Native, Brooklyn Resident, New School Grad Winter '13, looking to go into the Social Work Field. I am 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. Mets Minor Leagues are my main passion, and I research the minors heavily. I am an avid study of the functions of Latin American baseball, and I read more scouting reports per day than Baseball America can provide me. My twitter handle is @TK_MMO. I love questions, ask away below.
Tom Watson became a Mets fan in 1969. His favorite player is Cleon Jones. He is two weeks older than Darryl Strawberry. Tom writes the Social Ventures column for Forbes and teaches in the philanthropy masters program at NYU. He is president of CauseWired, a consulting firm serving nonprofits and causes and has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, techPresident.com, Social Edge, Industry Standard, Inside, Worth and Contribute magazines, among many other publications. Tom is the author of CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World (Wiley, 2008 ) a best-selling book that chronicles the rise of online social activism.
Tommy Rothman is a 17 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 will begin his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania this fall. You can follow Tommy on Twitter @KnicksMemes .
I am a 21-year old, lifelong Mets and Jets fan who is also deeply involved in my faith. I may be critical of our team, especially our owners, at times, but I am critical because I want this team to succeed. Hopefully you enjoy the work you see from me.
I am a 25 years old Queens native and Mets fan since the days of Alfonzo and Piazza. Jay Payton was my first favorite player. Kazmir being traded was my lowest moment.