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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R.A. Dickey: Knuckleballer Eager For Continued Success in 2011

An article by posted on January 21, 2011 0 Comments

Before I get into the interview with R.A. Dickey from the Citi Field Kids Day on Wednesday, let me set up the situation. Dickey walks out with his customary beard but with an insane bro-flow going on. Listening to him speak made me feel like I was sitting in English Literature class. His appearance and […]

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Recap From Citi Field Kids Day

An article by posted on January 20, 2011 0 Comments

Yesterday at Citi Field, the Mets hosted their first of six annual Citi Field Kids Days, where children from all over the New York area are treated to a private tour of the Mets clubhouse and a complimentary lunch. The kids and the media filed into the Mets clubhouse for a brief presentation and, to […]

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From Left Field: Young’s In, Who’s Out?

An article by posted on January 18, 2011 0 Comments

Finally, the Mets have signed Chris Young to a one-year deal. Rumors of the Mets’ interest had been circulating for much of the offseason, but the deal is done. So with the addition of Young, that begs the question: What should we expect the pitching rotation to look like? In my last post, I gave […]

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From Left Field: And Now We Wait

An article by posted on January 15, 2011 0 Comments

With the signing of Willie Harris to take over as the team’s fourth outfielder and the high possibility of a Chris Young signing soon, it seems as though the Mets have addressed all of their needs heading into the season. Granted, there are still position battles to be won (second base, bullpen and bench spots) […]

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No Lewis, No Problem

An article by posted on January 11, 2011 0 Comments

The Reds yesterday signed Fred Lewis to a one-year deal worth $900,000. This is a great signing for the Reds, but it will force the Mets to turn their attention elsewhere. The NL Central defending champion Reds will sport an outfield comprised of the young stud Jay Bruce in right, exciting Drew Stubbs in center, […]

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A Team Of Potential

An article by posted on January 10, 2011 0 Comments

As we approach the 2011 season, it seems as though several teams in the NL East have significantly improved this offseason. The Phillies brought back Cliff Lee to set up one of the best pitching staffs, at least on paper, in recent history. The Braves added Dan Uggla to solidify the middle of their order. […]

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From Left Field: Fred Lewis Would Be A Solid Choice For Mets

An article by posted on January 10, 2011 0 Comments
From Left Field: Fred Lewis Would Be A Solid Choice For Mets

So the Mets just signed Chris Capuano and Taylor Bucholz to add some more depth to the pitching rotation. Both of these are solid signings and may pay off in big ways. Capuano is only a few years removed from an 18-win season, and Bucholz has shown he can be a valuable seventh or even […]

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From Left Field: A Possible Solution To The Luis Castillo Dilemma

An article by posted on December 31, 2010 0 Comments

Despite the gripes of Mets fans, Luis Castillo will at the very least be in spring training this season vying for the starting second base job that he once possessed. He no longer has the range of his younger self and has also lost a step or two on the basepaths. But the one thing […]

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Shaping the Mets Bench

An article by posted on December 28, 2010 0 Comments

With the acquisition of Chin-lung Hu, let’s take a look at some bench options this year for the Mets. Strong depth is always an important factor for success. Just look at the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Usually, National League teams carry 12 pitchers so that leaves 13 spots for position players. Eight of […]

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From Left Field: Time Is Ticking, But Is It A Concern?

An article by posted on December 23, 2010 0 Comments

Yesterday, I heard that the Mets would not make any moves until sometime into January. Sandy Alderson and company have decided to wait out the market rather than throwing their money at uncertainty. Surprisingly, several good starting pitchers are still available, yet teams appear reluctant to pull the trigger. I figured that once Cliff Lee […]

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