Jim Mancari

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/

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From Left Field: Two Months Of Turnover

An article by posted on May 31, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: Two Months Of Turnover

Two months into the season, the Mets have used an inordinate amount of players thus far. This has been due in part to injuries, but it has also been the product of the Mets organization’s unwillingness to deal with mediocrity. Jack Egbert, the “power-hitting” Jeremy Hefner, Chris Schwinden, Rob Johnson, Omar Quintanilla, Jordany Valdespin, Vinny […]

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From Left Field: What About Left Field?

An article by posted on May 15, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: What About Left Field?

How great has the Mets team chemistry been this season? Maybe it has to do with the fact that the team’s biggest headache—Jason Bay—has been sidelined for nearly three weeks with a broken rib. Bay has been cleared to resume baseball activities and will be heading to Port St. Lucie this Thursday. Terry Collins told […]

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From Left Field: The Worst Is Out Of The Way

An article by posted on May 3, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: The Worst Is Out Of The Way

After the Mets dropped three games to lowly Houston Astros, one thing appears clear: It can’t get any worse than that. Did you happen to see the Astros lineup the last three days? Jed Lowrie and Matt Downs are looked at as major offensive weapons. How did this team pull of a sweep? Well, at […]

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From Left Field: You Gotta Love Mike Baxter

An article by posted on April 26, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: You Gotta Love Mike Baxter

It’s a fairytale story to say the least. Childhood Mets fan and Whitestone, Queens native Mike Baxter wound up suiting up for hometown team last summer. Though his playing time was limited, it still must have been a great thrill for him to be playing right at home. But this year, Baxter legitimately won a […]

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From Left Field: Getting On Base Is One Thing, Driving Them In Is Another

An article by posted on April 19, 2012 0 Comments
From Left Field: Getting On Base Is One Thing, Driving Them In Is Another

For those who have read Moneyball, we know now that on-base percentage is the name of the game. In the early going this season, the Mets have done a great job of getting guys on base. The team is tied for third place in the NL with a .335 on-base percentage with the Washington Nationals. […]

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Tough Series For Larry Vanover, More Replay Needed?

An article by posted on April 12, 2012 0 Comments
Tough Series For Larry Vanover, More Replay Needed?

Through the first six games, the umpiring in the games the Mets have played has been rather suspect. But we really saw it take a turn for the worse this series against the Nationals. Larry Vanover, a 21-year MLB veteran umpire, made a few key questionable calls in this series. The first actually benefitted the […]

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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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