Jim Mancari

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.

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From Left Field: Mets Dominate Opening Day Historically

An article by posted on April 5, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: Mets Dominate Opening Day Historically

Based on the Mets 50-year history of mostly losing records, trends would normally dictate that the team would have a losing record on Opening Day. However, it’s the complete opposite. The Mets have a 30-20 record in the season’s first game—a .600 winning percentage. Maybe there’s just something about Opening Day that gets the team […]

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From Left Field: Mets Picked To Finish 4th?

An article by posted on March 29, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: Mets Picked To Finish 4th?

As most readers of this site know, I’m the eternal optimist. Until the Mets are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, I still have hope—no matter how bad the team is playing. But even I have to admit that this year, it will be tough for the Mets to finish higher than fifth place in the […]

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Depth Is Not The Mets Strength

An article by posted on March 24, 2012 0 Comments
Depth Is Not The Mets Strength

Ever since losing the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 when they were destined to win, it seems the Mets have been a snake-bitten franchise. The collapses of 2007-08, the injury plagued years from 2009-11 and of course the Madoff ponzi scheme have marred the past few years for this franchise. The combination […]

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From Left Field: Don’t Sleep On Lucas May

An article by posted on March 15, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: Don’t Sleep On Lucas May

Ever since Mike Piazza’s departure, the catcher position for the Mets has been in a state of flux. Paul LoDuca, Brian Schneider, Rod Barajas, Henry Blanco and Ronny Paulino are just some of the catchers to suit up behind the dish. Last season, the Mets handed the mask to young Josh Thole, and he seems […]

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From Left Field: Marlins Home Run Celebration Is Very Distracting

An article by posted on March 8, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: Marlins Home Run Celebration Is Very Distracting

There’s been a lot of talk about the Miami Marlins all offseason, so I’ll keep the trend going. Let me start off by saying, I downright love the “Home Run Apple.” Whether it’s the old one outside Citi Field or the new one inside the stadium, the Home Run Apple is a Mets and baseball […]

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From Left Field: The Ethics Of Steroids

An article by posted on March 1, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: The Ethics Of Steroids

In the wake of the Ryan Braun steroid decision, performance-enhancing drugs have been a hot topic of late. Whether you agree or disagree with the decision, we can all agree that the steroid problem goes way beyond the development of tolerance. I sat down with former Major Leaguer Frank Tepedino to discuss the topic. Tepedino’s […]

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From Left Field: This Team Better Honor The ’62 Mets

An article by posted on February 23, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: This Team Better Honor The ’62 Mets

Recently, I was able to speak to several members of original 1962 Mets: Ed Kranepool, Frank Thomas, Jay Hook, Craig Anderson and Gil Hodges’ wife, Joan. They reminisced about the early days of the franchise, which I will chronicle in a series in early March. However, in talking to Anderson, I was made aware that […]

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From Left Field: The 5th Bench Spot

An article by posted on February 16, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: The 5th Bench Spot

Though the Mets did not make any huge splashes this offseason, the final 25-man roster has pretty much taken shape already based on the team’s acquisitions. Barring any injuries in spring training, the starting lineup looks set: Davis, Murphy, Tejada, Wright, Thole, Bay, Torres and Duda. Even the starting pitching staff won’t look too different […]

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Notable Mets Dates For The 2012 Season

An article by posted on February 9, 2012 0 Comments
Notable Mets Dates For The 2012 Season

The days are ticking away until pitchers and catchers report for spring training followed by the rest of the team. Let’s take a look at some of the notable dates to circle on your calendar in anticipation of the 2012 Mets season. April 5- Mets Opening Day The team will begin the season at home […]

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If There Is A 5th Playoff Spot, Can Mets Contend?

An article by posted on February 1, 2012 0 Comments
If There Is A 5th Playoff Spot, Can Mets Contend?

Today was supposed to be the deadline that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig finalized the plans to expand the playoff structure to include two wild card teams. However, scheduling and logistics remain areas open for debate, which has halted the process. Still, if MLB agrees to expand the postseason, it increases each team’s chances by one […]

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