John Strubel

My name is John Strubel and I have been a Mets fan since 1972. Professionally, I have been a working member of the media since 1987. In addition to media relations and broadcast work for the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays minor league affiliates, my career spans 25 years in the radio industry as a on-air personality, program director and sports-talk show host. You can reach me at john@johnstrubel.com or on Twitter @johnstrubel

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‘I Don’t Know’ is on Third

An article by posted on 21/03/2017 0 Comments
‘I Don’t Know’ is on Third

Abbott: Strange as it may seem, they give ball players nowadays very peculiar names. Costello: Funny names? Abbott: Nicknames, nicknames. Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third … With less than two weeks until Opening Day at Citi Field, if you ask New York Mets […]

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Wright ‘Just Not Right’

An article by posted on 20/03/2017 0 Comments
Wright ‘Just Not Right’

I am leaning against the Mets dugout in Port St. Lucie, sunglasses on, arms folded, watching David Wright’s every move, hoping I don’t look like some freakish stalker. This is the closest I’ll get to “seeing” him for a while. Wright is perched on the batting cage watching others hit. Finally, he enters the cage […]

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Do the Mets “Own” New York? Not Yet.

An article by posted on 14/03/2017 0 Comments
Do the Mets “Own” New York? Not Yet.

Last night while scrolling through my social media feeds, I stumbled upon this tweet: PSA: New York is now ours. cc: @Yankees pic.twitter.com/tSclaqpa8o — (not) Terry Collins (@MetsFakeSkipper) March 14, 2017 As I paused to enjoy the daunting billboard of Noah Syndergaard hovering over the New York Transit Authority in Manhattan, the voices in my head […]

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Jerry Grote: The Man Behind the Mask

An article by posted on 19/10/2016 0 Comments
Jerry Grote: The Man Behind the Mask

On this date in 1965, the Mets acquired catcher Jerry Grote from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later (Tom Parsons) and cash. Grote would become a mainstay behind the plate for 12 seasons with the Mets, helping to nurture a young pitching staff to great heights and guiding the team to […]

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Amazin’ Moments: The Magic Is Back, If Only For One Night

An article by posted on 21/11/2015 0 Comments
Amazin’ Moments: The Magic Is Back, If Only For One Night

“Home runs are over-rated. You don’t have to hit home runs to win. If I don’t get a home run all year, and the team wins, I’ll be more than satisfied.” – Steve Henderson The Reccoppa family piled into Dad’s burnt orange 1970 Plymouth Duster for the short ride across the bridge on Route 37 […]

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July 4th, 1985: The Show Must Go On

An article by posted on 04/07/2015 0 Comments
July 4th, 1985: The Show Must Go On

Thousands of baseball books have been published. Millions of baseball stories have been told, every one of them starts with the same basic understanding: two teams, nine innings, balls, strikes, runs, hits and errors. Along the way there are various twists and turns ending in perfect games, no-hitters, walk off home runs and everything in […]

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Moment of Silence, Lifetime of Embarrassment

An article by posted on 21/06/2015 0 Comments
Moment of Silence, Lifetime of Embarrassment

Nelson Doubleday Jr., died Wednesday at his home in New York. He was 81. Two days after his death, the Mets announced they would honor Doubleday with a moment of silence. A moment of silence? A moment? Doubleday was the majority owner of the New York Mets from 1980-2002. He lifted the Mets out of […]

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A “Perfect” Father’s Day At Shea

An article by posted on 21/06/2015 0 Comments
A “Perfect” Father’s Day At Shea

On June 20, 1964 Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jim Bunning threw a perfect game against the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. With his wife and children in the stands, here’s what happened … By the eighth inning 32,904 Mets fans were cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies, for […]

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The Secret To Bartolo Colon’s Success

An article by posted on 15/05/2015 0 Comments
The Secret To Bartolo Colon’s Success

Bartolo Colon has a secret, but not for long. When the New York Mets signed Colon to a two-year, $20 million deal prior to the 2014 season, fans and the media scoffed at investing in an aging veteran pitcher. Colon is now 41, but honestly, his physique suggests he’s closer to 55. What we saw — […]

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Spring Swagger or Naïveté?

An article by posted on 03/03/2015 0 Comments
Spring Swagger or Naïveté?

Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects and the 30-something coming back from season-ending surgery is once again fresh […]

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