Joe D

I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction and interact with other passionate Met fans like you. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.

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Mets To Formally Interview Kevin Long On Wednesday

An article by posted on October 21, 2014 0 Comments
Mets To Formally Interview Kevin Long On Wednesday

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets will formally interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on Wednesday, for the vacant hitting coach position created when Lamar Johnson was relieved of his duties. Long was the hitting coach for the Yankees for seven seasons before being fired by Brian Cashman two weeks […]

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Familia Replacing Mejia As The Mets Closer?

An article by posted on October 21, 2014 0 Comments
Familia Replacing Mejia As The Mets Closer?

Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com ponders if the Mets should just go with Jeurys Familia as the team’s closer next season. He argues that as as impressive as Jenrry Mejia was last season in his first stint as closer, Familia was far more consistent than him. “While Mejia’s saves could sometimes feel like he was walking […]

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Nimmo and Mazzilli Off To Solid Starts In AFL

An article by posted on October 21, 2014 0 Comments
Nimmo and Mazzilli Off To Solid Starts In AFL

Jessica Quiroli of Minor League Ball is reviewing many of the prospects currently competing in this year’s Arizona Fall League. She had some interesting things to say about a pair of Mets prospects who have impressed her. Brandon Nimmo Brandon Nimmo is that rare breed of focused aggression and intensity, mixed with patience and teachability. His […]

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Hitting Coach Update: Yankees Tell Magadan He Didn’t Get The Job

An article by posted on October 20, 2014 0 Comments
Hitting Coach Update: Yankees Tell Magadan He Didn’t Get The Job

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that Dave Magadan, who was a finalist for the Yankees’ hitting coach job, was informed he did not get the position and that the Yankees and are looking elsewhere. That makes Magadan the frontrunner for Oakland’s open hitting coach job, Slusser says, particularly with Chili Davis having […]

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(Updated) Red Sox Likely Trading Yoenis Cespedes

An article by posted on October 20, 2014 0 Comments
(Updated) Red Sox Likely Trading Yoenis Cespedes

Updated at 1:00 PM MLBTR reports that  Yoenis Cespedes has switched agencies and is now being represented by Roc Nation Sports.  Cespedes had previously been represented by Adam Katz of WMG. As I said, there’s little chance that Cespedes signs an extension with any team and rest assured he’ll be a free agent after the 2015 season. […]

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Mets and J.P. Ricciardi Working On Extension Deal

An article by posted on October 20, 2014 0 Comments
Mets and J.P. Ricciardi Working On Extension Deal

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets are working on an extension deal to keep J.P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson. The two worked together for 12 years with the Oakland Athletics. Prior to joining the Mets, Ricciardi previously served as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue […]

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Mets Have Drafted Highest Percentage Of High School Players

An article by posted on October 19, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Have Drafted Highest Percentage Of High School Players

According to a new report by Baseball America, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and its bonus pools have created incentives for teams to select high school players early in the draft before spending less in the back half of the top 10 rounds. They write that 2014 was the most aggressive use of that strategy […]

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Should Mets Pursue Nick Markakis?

An article by posted on October 19, 2014 0 Comments
Should Mets Pursue Nick Markakis?

Devin asks… What do you think about signing Nick Markakis for the outfield? I know we’re not signing anyone big, but he shouldn’t cost that much. Joe D. replies… First of all, I’m not entirely sure that Markakis will hit free agency. Sure his $17.5 million option was declined by the Orioles, but he’s very […]

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MMO Mailbag: Adding A Big Power Bat This Offseason

An article by posted on October 19, 2014 0 Comments
MMO Mailbag: Adding A Big Power Bat This Offseason

Stephen H. asks… Joe, why are you always so against the Mets adding a big power hitter in the outfield? This team needs to score a lot more runs and a Matt Kemp,  Jose Bautista or a Nelson Cruz could be the one piece this team needs to get us into the postseason. Imagine if […]

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How Valuable Is Juan Lagares?

An article by posted on October 18, 2014 0 Comments
How Valuable Is Juan Lagares?

Mark Simon of ESPN New York, does a very nice job of analyzing the first full season of center fielder Juan Lagares, who he says was arguably the Mets’ most valuable player or at the very least one of their top three. I agree. Offensively, Lagares’ progression was a product of two things: increasing his […]

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