Matt Balasis

I’ve been a Met fan since August 1969 when a fire resulted in the Red Cross placing my family on the 6th floor of a building in Willets Point. I could see Shea from our balcony and I knew something big was going on. I followed them through the dark years and the resurgence of the 80’s only (sadly) to miss the fall of 86 because I was in Boot Camp. I've been serving penance ever since in Minnesota where I'm an SLP. I've written a lot about the Mets in an effort to share with my kids (and anyone else who might listen), a sporting tradition that made much of my childhood worthwhile. Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewBalasis

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Mariners Lockup One Of Their Own, Will Mets Be Ready To Do Likewise When Time Comes?

An article by posted on November 26, 2014 0 Comments
Mariners Lockup One Of Their Own, Will Mets Be Ready To Do Likewise When Time Comes?

Kyle Seager signed a $100 million dollar 7-year extension with the Mariners on Monday. The deal absorbs his final two years of salary arbitration and tacks on five more years and a team option, keeping him in a Mariners uniform until 2022 (his 34th birthday). Seager is something of an oddity. He was drafted out […]

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Pitching Or Hitting? Assigning Post-Steroid Era Value

An article by posted on November 21, 2014 0 Comments
Pitching Or Hitting? Assigning Post-Steroid Era Value

There’s been a lot of talk these days about value. Many Mets fans wonder whether stockpiling valuable pitching assets will prove advantageous in an era when scarcity dictates that quality hitters possess the most value. Value metrics have become the go-to statistic among many fans in this discussion as they provide a practical tool for […]

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Minnesota Snow Storms and New York Media Maelstroms

An article by posted on November 18, 2014 0 Comments
Minnesota Snow Storms and New York Media Maelstroms

Target Field covered in ice and snow a day before Twins host the Mets. The bleak Minnesota landscape can really get to you, especially when you’re experiencing mid-January weather in November. I tend to be cranky when it’s so cold your nose hairs crackle. As a New Yorker who likes to complain I’ve run into […]

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Don’t Sell Michael Cuddyer’s Impact Short

An article by posted on November 13, 2014 0 Comments
Don’t Sell Michael Cuddyer’s Impact Short

Before we go any further let’s be clear, I like the Michael Cuddyer signing. Some of you may raise an eyebrow because I recently wrote a piece about the correlation between spending, value and performance, however, we need to consider this particular signing in the context of the 2015 Mets. I’ve been following Cuddyer since […]

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Mad Money, Bad Returns, Sad Outcomes

An article by posted on November 8, 2014 0 Comments
Mad Money, Bad Returns, Sad Outcomes

Adam LaRoche killed a huge Elk this past week for his hunting show Buck Commander. LaRoche (who I’ve never liked much — not sure why) posted a picture of it on Twitter and my first thought was damn that is one big ass elk … Dan Haren had this to say: “Poor elk, just minding […]

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Featured Post: Assigning Market Value To Mets Prospects

An article by posted on November 7, 2014 0 Comments
Featured Post: Assigning Market Value To Mets Prospects

I was an overprotected child growing up … a lot like our current batch of Mets pitching prospects. I was sheltered, coddled … had strict limits on my bathroom minutes … My mom bundled me up in way more layers than I needed and I had a daylight curfew, yet somehow all her caution couldn’t […]

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Featured Post: Enemy At The Gates

An article by posted on November 5, 2014 0 Comments
Featured Post: Enemy At The Gates

My family was kind of a Mets microcosm when I was growing up. My father and I were the die-hards with my sister offering casual support, while my mother was the long suffering enabler … Sister and Mom tolerated our tendency to hog the TV when a game was televised, but when the games ended […]

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More Trouble With Hemi-Roiders

An article by posted on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
More Trouble With Hemi-Roiders

It’s one thing for Jose Canseco to get pulled over with a goat in a diaper riding in his back seat, it’s quite another if he blows one of his fingers off cleaning a handgun. Unless he had bag of ice (or even a slushy) handy , the likelihood is that this little piggy is […]

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Mets Are A Bandbox Team Playing In A Pitcher’s Park

An article by posted on October 29, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Are A Bandbox Team Playing In A Pitcher’s Park

An adaptation is a trait that plays a role in the survival of a given organism. Animals adapt to their surroundings by means of natural selection because those who are not well adapted to their environments die off — like a penguin in the Sahara. Humans adapt as well … my wife tells me I […]

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Talent vs. Development: Are Mets Exploiting A New Market Inefficiency?

An article by posted on October 25, 2014 0 Comments
Talent vs. Development: Are Mets Exploiting A New Market Inefficiency?

When Sandy Alderson was hired by the Mets as their new GM in 2010 there was a flurry of conjecture about what sort of effect he would have on the team. Words like “Moneyball with money” were being thrown around by Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, and everyone started speculating about what exactly this new […]

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