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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Collins Sets Thole Straight, Says No. 1 Job Is Up For Grabs

An article by posted on March 1, 2012 0 Comments

Josh Thole’s honeymoon period with the Mets is officially over. No more kid glove treatment, no more excuses, time to man up… That was pretty much the message that Terry Collins delivered yesterday to Josh Thole according to Andy Martino of the Daily News. “Basically, what I told him was that last year was not […]

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MMO Reader’s Observation On Duda vs. Votto

An article by posted on February 29, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Reader’s Observation On Duda vs. Votto

   Earlier today, in a post that debated the merits of Sandy Alderson’s comparison of Lucas Duda to Joey Votto, we ended up with over 250+ comments. As sometimes happens here, the conversation veered into something completely off topic, in this case a discussion between batting average versus on-base percentage. However there was one reader who […]

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Hits & Misses: Eyes On Mazzoni, Havens’ Ailing Back, Poor Howard…

An article by posted on February 29, 2012 0 Comments
Hits & Misses: Eyes On Mazzoni, Havens’ Ailing Back, Poor Howard…

No big news coming out of St. Lucie today, just the regular drills and more “ITBSOML” stories. But when it comes to our team, no news is good news, right? * * * * * * * * Andy McCullough passed this along and I thought it was worth noting. “I’ve now heard a few […]

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Alderson Compares Duda To Joey Votto

An article by posted on February 29, 2012 0 Comments
Alderson Compares Duda To Joey Votto

General Manager Sandy Alderson brought up the names of Jason Giambi and Joey Votto while mentioning players he believes are comparable to right fielder Lucas Duda. “I think they will end up having a similar profile: Power guys with an excellent eye at the plate. If you have that combination, you can be a superstar. Especially for a left-handed […]

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Ike Davis Is Pure Chaos At The Plate, Poetry In Motion On The Field

An article by posted on February 29, 2012 0 Comments
Ike Davis Is Pure Chaos At The Plate, Poetry In Motion On The Field

Terry Collins can’t seem to stop talking about Ike Davis. Everyday you read those quotes or hear him on SNY and he just raves about him endlessly. “I’ve only seen this guy for a little over a month and that was enough to convince me that, with 550 plate appearances, he can’t help but walk […]

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MMO Interview With Brandon Nimmo

An article by posted on February 29, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Interview With Brandon Nimmo

The Mets top draft pick in the 2011 Draft, Brandon Nimmo, spoke with reporters at Digital Domain Park this afternoon and had this to say: “I’m no farther back in my process than anyone else,” Nimmo said. “I don’t mean to sound cocky, but I feel like I’m advanced… I know some people think that […]

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Mets Starting Lineup and Rotation Taking Shape

An article by posted on February 28, 2012 0 Comments
Mets Starting Lineup and Rotation Taking Shape

With R.A. Dickey selected to follow Johan Santana in the third game of Grapefruit League play, and Jon Niese slated to pitch game four, it looks like Terry Collins is leaning toward a regular season rotation that will look like this: 2012 Starting Rotation Johan Santana R.A. Dickey Jon Niese Mike Pelfrey Dillon Gee Of course this […]

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Check That, Mets Not Considering Signing Pudge Rodriguez

An article by posted on February 28, 2012 0 Comments
Check That, Mets Not Considering Signing Pudge Rodriguez

Adam Rubin debunked the Pudge rumor. Second Mets source adds definitively: “We are not bringing Ivan here.” So that was fun… Original Post 7:00 PM According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a Mets official spoke with Ivan Rodriguez as recently as 10 days ago, and the team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing Rodriguez […]

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Parnell Has Little Margin For Error This Spring

An article by posted on February 28, 2012 0 Comments

According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins acknowledged today that reliever Manny Acosta, who is out of minor league options, is “all but a lock” for the Opening Day roster in the bullpen along with Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez and Tim Byrdak. After being retained on the 40-man roster at the expense of losing former top prospect Fernando Martinez, D.J. Carrasco […]

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Gee Hopes To Avoid Fatigue and Pitch More Effectively In 2012

An article by posted on February 28, 2012 0 Comments
Gee Hopes To Avoid Fatigue and Pitch More Effectively In 2012

Mets starter Dillon Gee got off to a blazing 8-1 start in his rookie season, but by the time August rolled around he was mired in a big slide that lasted until the end of the season. After posting a remarkable 3.32 ERA in the first half, the young right-hander finished with a 5.91 ERA […]

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