So one of my writers sent me a link to Baseball America asking me to check out last week’s Ask BA feature. A reader posed the following question to J.J. Cooper: “Who are the best prospects such as Grant Desme who never made MLB either by choice, injury, accident or other causes?” Before I even got to Cooper’s […]
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.
Born in the miracle year of the ball getting by Buckner, he is still waiting to watch a winning World Series of his own while writing about his biggest passion, the New York Metropolitans. 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. He believes that Edgardo Alfonzo is the most underrated Met of all time. Checkout more from him at The Read Zone or on Twitter at @brianpmangan.
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.
Graduate from SUNY Albany with degrees in Political Science and Journalism. Chris grew up in New York and has followed the Mets ever since he can remember. The Mets are not just a baseball team to him, they are a way of life. Follow him on Twitter @CeeVeteran.
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
Christina Montana is a 23-year-old University of Florida graduate. She majored in English/Creative Writing with a minor in Anthropology and is currently applying for MFA programs. Among her passion for writing is an undying loyalty to the only baseball team she's ever cheered for: the New York Mets.
Connor O'Brien is a first-year 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 was born and raised in Upstate, NY and now reside in Brooklyn. After getting my degree in Economics from Iona College in '09, I went on to work in Bank Debt/Fixed Income trading in both Greenwich and Midtown Manhattan. Currently, I am writing about Mets baseball full-time as a member of the MMO staff. Lets! Go! Mets!
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 was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a lifelong Mets fan.
MMO is dedicated to providing our readers with accurate and unbiased reporting.
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 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.
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.
Forty years a Mets fan, the ups are sweeter than the downs, but the ups go by too quickly. Hoping this time we enjoy a long successful Mets run culminating in many divisions and championships.
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!
I am a going to be a Sophomore at the University of Missouri, majoring in sports journalism.I am an executive member of the MUTV (Mizzou's Tv Station). I'm from Long Island and am an extremely passionate Mets fan.
Jeffrey Bellone is a diehard Mets fan who lives in Connecticut with his beautiful wife and daughter.
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.
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.
Josh is a student at Boston College majoring in Communication who has been passionately following the Mets ever since they were his tee-ball team. Shoot him a follow on Twitter @the_eichenbomb for opinions on the Mets and pure, unadulterated gold.
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
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_.
I have been an avid Mets fan for many years and enjoy writing in my spare time. I look forward to being given an opportunity to write about the team that I have loved to root for ever since I was a child sneaking past my bedtime to watch the likes of Mookie Wilson, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and the rest of those great 80's Mets teams.
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.
Larry is a semi-retired optometrist (the tip off is the Twitter handle @dr4sight) who has been a Mets fan since the beginning - 1962. He's written humor articles for THE APPLE and THE REAL DIRTY METS BLOG. He lives in Saugerties with his wife of over 40 years and has two married sons, a grandson and two granddaughters. He's in two Strat-O-Matic baseball leagues, one of which he joined in 1978!. Roots for Mets, Giants, Jets, Rangers, Knicks. Roots against Yankees and Patriots. You can follow him on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/@dr4sight
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!
Louis became a passionate Met fan as a five year old at Shea Stadium. Along with Mike Piazza, Doc Gooden, and Tom 'Terrific' Seaver, his favorite Mets of all time are Robin Ventura and Edgardo Alfonso. He is an aspiring journalist and radio broadcaster.
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.
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!
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
A baseball fan from Staten Island. The last time the Met's won the world series I was in diapers and I hope they win another one before I use them again in my old age. All jokes aside, the coming years show much promise and I can't wait to experience it with my fellow die-hard Met fans. I firmly believe we will be rewarded for our loyalty in the near future. Forget about wearing depends, we will be celebrating a championship before my mid-life crisis.
A Mets fan since the day my favorite player, Gary Carter, was traded to NY. Devout fantasy baseball player with an interest in statistical analysis and minor league baseball. Married with two sons. I work in corrections and reside in Whippleville, NY.
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 Farmingdale State College, 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 is a lifelong Mets fan who pretends to remember them winning the '86 World Series when he was just two years old.
Noah Wolfe is a 17 year old diehard fan from New Jersey. He loves his Mets more than anything, and he always tries to be optimistic, even though it can be really difficult sometimes. In the fall, he will be studying broadcast journalism at Syracuse University. Follow him on twitter @iNoahWolfe and check out his blog, onthemets.com for more Mets insight.
I'm a die-hard Mets fan who enjoys writing about, complaining about, and analyzing the Mets who have become an integral part of my life. When I'm not writing about the Mets, I'm a third year law student and will be graduating in May 2016.
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.
Quinn is a passionate baseball fan currently residing in Connecticut. He is a sophomore at Leland Stanford Junior University and covers minor leaguers and prospects for MMO. Follow Quinn on Twitter @quinnbarry11
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,/a>.
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 Piersall is currently a junior at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is a senior staff writer here at MMO, and has also been doing game recaps the past two seasons. However, Rob's favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions. 2016 will be our year. LGM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 and I may or may not have shed a tear when Wainwright dropped the hammer in '06.
I am a college student in Queens who double majors in Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Journalism. If all goes well, I want to specialize in the Sociology of Sports and study the Mets. I am a lifelong Mets fan and have been floating around MMO since '07. I do not have any social media, so spam my Disqus if you need me or check out my podcasts with Matthew Marrero on things like Wrestling, TV, and Video Games.
Bay Area native, Ohio State student, and devout New York Met fan. I'll never forget the feeling of saying, "get Heilman out of there," to my dad as Molina walked to the plate, and sitting on our couch with my hat low and tears in my eyes for the rest of the night. As of April 15, 2015, I can officially say I have given my blood, sweat, and tears for this team. Being a Met fan is not for everyone and it's certainly not easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Stephanie has been cheering for the Mets ever since she could talk. She takes pride in being the resident Mets freak among her peers and in her family. From pennant races to seasons in the cellar, she'll cheer for her team no matter what.
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.
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 an MSW 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.
Tommy Rothman is a 19 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 rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. You can follow Tommy on Twitter @KnicksMemes
Trevor is a Cornell University graduate and lifelong Mets fan. He has recently written a play that will be premiering off-Broadway in the fall, but he wisely knows that traditional theater does not hold a candle to the drama of New York baseball. Trevor is excited for this opportunity to be a part of the team he loves and wants to thank his grandfather for teaching him to root for the underdog.
Brian is a die-hard Mets fan and is a staff writer for Metsmerizedonline 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.