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Spring’s Over, Game On, Lets Go Mets!

An article by posted on March 31, 2013 0 Comments
Spring’s Over, Game On, Lets Go Mets!

With the first pitch of 2013 set to be thrown in less than nine hours, it’s about time we reflect on the spring. This past weekend, I visited Viera and Port St. Lucie to catch two Mets spring training games: Thursday vs. the Nationals, Friday vs. the Cardinals. There wasn’t much to be excited about […]

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MMO Fan Shot: What Will This Mets Dynasty Team Look Like?

An article by posted on March 25, 2013 0 Comments
MMO Fan Shot: What Will This Mets Dynasty Team Look Like?

If you are like me, you look forward to a time when the major rebuilding is done and the Mets can (hopefully) embark on an extended period of high level competitiveness and play meaningful games (to borrow a phrase) each fall. Assuming that time is near (2014? 2015?), what will the team’s roster look like? […]

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Enjoy The Spectacle of Captain America, But Don’t Forget Reality Sets In On April 1

An article by posted on March 14, 2013 0 Comments
Enjoy The Spectacle of Captain America, But Don’t Forget Reality Sets In On April 1

Isn’t it amazing what kind of a player David Wright can be when he’s actually surrounded by some legitimate major league talent? Currently, Wright is enjoying some of the most spectacular baseball he’s ever played in his career, and why not? We’ve all seen what the Mets All Star third baseman could do before when […]

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MMO Fan Shot: The World Baseball Classic Is Not A Nuisance

An article by posted on March 2, 2013 0 Comments
MMO Fan Shot: The World Baseball Classic Is Not A Nuisance

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, righthander Chien-Ming Wang tossed six shutout innings to lead Chinese Taipei to a 4-1 victory over Australia. The 2013 World Baseball Classic is officially underway. As the tournament kicks off, the sentiment from most fans I run into is that they view the WBC as a “big pain in the ass”. […]

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Cam Maron and Steven Matz Remain Loyal To Their New York Roots

An article by posted on February 20, 2013 0 Comments
Cam Maron and Steven Matz Remain Loyal To Their New York Roots

By Mike Stainkamp LI natives stay loyal to roots preparing for Spring Training Baseball players have always been considered the “Boys of Summer.” But what happens when the final out of the World Series is recorded and the offseason begins? For two Mets prospects and Long Island natives, Camden Maron and Steven Matz, the offseason means […]

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Featured Post: “Ya Gotta Believe” Are More Than Just Words

An article by posted on February 18, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: “Ya Gotta Believe” Are More Than Just Words

About a week ago, I posted an opinion piece about having hope in the spring. Why? Because there is no reason to be negative and already count your team out just days before or after pitchers and catchers report. I got a lot of feedback on the post — both good and bad. As I […]

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The Unfinished Tale Of Collin McHugh – Part 2

An article by posted on February 17, 2013 0 Comments
The Unfinished Tale Of Collin McHugh – Part 2

In Part One of my story, we left off with a discouraged Collin McHugh coming off a mediocre junior year at Berry College in Georgia. McHugh found himself at home watching the 2008 MLB Draft, more out of habit than because of any expectation that he would be selected.  But then the phone rang… It […]

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The Unfinished Tale of Collin McHugh – Part 1

An article by posted on February 16, 2013 0 Comments
The Unfinished Tale of Collin McHugh – Part 1

By Elliot Chester I. Collin McHugh’s third pitch as a major league baseball player was not a bad one, a four-seam 91-mile-per-hour fastball that tailed away from Charlie Blackmon, a slap-hitting nobody who had just two hits all season entering the late August game. But Blackmon, recently installed as the Colorado Rockies’ starting right fielder […]

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How Statistics Reshaped The Way We View Pitchers and Their Game

An article by posted on February 13, 2013 0 Comments
How Statistics Reshaped The Way We View Pitchers and Their Game

In 2003, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, a book written by Michael Lewis, sparked the interest of not only baseball fans, but also management and statistical scholars across the country. [1] Recently in 2011, this book was introduced as a sports drama movie starring Brad Pitt. Basically the storyline of the book […]

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Featured Post: Hope Springs Eternal For The Mets

An article by posted on February 11, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Hope Springs Eternal For The Mets

Everybody has a chance in March It’s a cliché, but it is always worth mentioning: Hope springs eternal. And it’s never truer than with baseball. As we sip our coffee — and some of you shovel snow in the northeast — on this final Sunday before pitchers and catcher report, cool breezes and temperatures in […]

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