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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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Amazin Memories: Piazza’s First Game as a Met

An article by posted on December 25, 2012 0 Comments
Amazin Memories: Piazza’s First Game as a Met

When the Mets acquired Mike Piazza from the Florida Marlins on May 22, 1998, they didn’t just acquire one of the premier catchers in baseball. They also found the face of the franchise for the the next eight years. At the time of the trade, the Amazins were a team on the rise under Bobby […]

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The Best And Worst Of Sandy Alderson

An article by posted on December 22, 2012 0 Comments
The Best And Worst Of Sandy Alderson

Ha, Ha, Gotcha! Yesterday, our own John Delcos sparked a solid debate with his post highlighting some of the good things that has happened under Sandman’s watch. This morning, XtreemIcon emailed me a comments from that post from out reader DrDooby. It was a well thought out comment that wasn’t lacking in objectivity si I decided […]

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MMO Fan Shot: A Letter To The New York Mets

An article by posted on December 5, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Fan Shot: A Letter To The New York Mets

The year was 2000, and the Mets had just lost to the Yankees. Being 20 and in college, I was surrounded by Yankees fans that were giving me the business. I was left with only one reply, “wait until next year!, we will sign A-Rod and take this town over!”. Then the rumblings began about […]

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MMO Fan Shot: Closing The Book On Jason Bay

An article by posted on November 16, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Fan Shot: Closing The Book On Jason Bay

For the first six years of his baseball career, Jason Bay was one of the game’s up-and-coming stars. He toiled in relative obscurity, first with the San Diego Padres and then with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where his tenacious, hard-slugging style of play caught the attention of baseball fans everywhere. After a two-season stretch with the […]

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