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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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How Will The Cy Young Race End?

An article by posted on November 1, 2012 0 Comments
How Will The Cy Young Race End?

As we all saw with the 2012 Gold Glove award, the best player does not always win. Maybe the sportswriters of America wanted to give Padres fans to be excited about. Maybe the rapid downward spiral the Mets took in July hurt David Wright’s chances. And as much as I like Chase Headley, the best […]

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MMO Fan Shot: Revisiting the Scott Kazmir Trade

An article by posted on October 18, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Fan Shot: Revisiting the Scott Kazmir Trade

I don’t remember much about the summer of 2004. I vaguely remember turning 21 that June, taking an ill-advised trip to Atlantic City, and realizing that all casinos are not created equal. (Apparently you have to win twice at the Taj Majal, once at the table, and once again in the parking garage, successfully making […]

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Why Do We Let the Marlins Get to Us?

An article by posted on October 3, 2012 0 Comments
Why Do We Let the Marlins Get to Us?

Jessica gets her wish! She submitted this post before today’s game but it didn’t go up on time. But it all worked out. – Joe D. It seems like a familiar enough scenario: the Mets play the Marlins for the final series of the year. In a must-win series, the Mets lose two out of […]

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