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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Time For A Change

An article by posted on May 12, 2013 0 Comments
Time For A Change

Jordany Valdespin has his flaws and it has nothing to do with his race. He could be Caucasian, African American, Pacific Islander, doesn’t matter … he’s had trouble with insubordination in virtually every stop on his way to the majors. He picked a fight with Ike Davis and Justin Turner for a prank they had […]

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Avenging Angel: Will Botched Call Pave Way For Centralized Review?

An article by posted on May 9, 2013 0 Comments
Avenging Angel: Will Botched Call Pave Way For Centralized Review?

Susan Slusser of the SF Gate reported this morning on a botched call that resulted in Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s being tossed kicking and screaming from a game against Cleveland last night for arguing after a home run review didn’t go his way. With two outs in the ninth, Adam Rosales hit a […]

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Bud Selig, MLB’s Push For Parity, And Its Impact On The Mets

An article by posted on May 9, 2013 0 Comments
Bud Selig, MLB’s Push For Parity, And Its Impact On The Mets

Beginning In 1985, as owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, Bud Selig and numerous other owners colluded to undermine free agency by agreeing not to sign other teams’ free agents. The owners were taken to court and eventually ended up paying 280 million in damages to the players. It was with this failed attempt at collusion […]

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Darkness In Corona: The Night The Lights Went Out At Shea

An article by posted on May 3, 2013 0 Comments
Darkness In Corona: The Night The Lights Went Out At Shea

It had been a sweltering hot summer in NY, so hot that my dad and I had taken to sitting out in the backyard to listen to the games.  It was July 13, 1977, and the Mets were playing the Cubs. They were losing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth in spite of  an 11-strikeout effort by Jerry […]

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Do Managers Matter?

An article by posted on May 2, 2013 0 Comments
Do Managers Matter?

John Charles Bradbury, an Economics Professor at Kennesaw State University, did a fascinating study a few years back on whether changing managers really has an effect on turning a team around. What he found was that ultimately managers had little to no effect on performance output given the same personnel. In a nutshell, good players […]

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A Few Better Met Managerial Choices

An article by posted on April 30, 2013 0 Comments
A Few Better Met Managerial Choices

You know I bet you could build a supercomputer that would be able to manage the NY Mets. Maybe something like the robot from Lost in Space. A robot would probably have put in Juan Lagares instead of Collin Cowgill in the late innings last night … That’s because robots are nothing if not logical. Robots don’t go on […]

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Buck-ing the System: Taking A Look At Contact Rates

An article by posted on April 23, 2013 0 Comments
Buck-ing the System: Taking A Look At Contact Rates

Baseball is a game of adjustments. The Mets under Dave Hudgens’ tutelage have adopted a doctrine of selectivity that emphasizes seeing lots of pitches, running up pitch-counts, zoning in on your pitch, and ultimately getting on base one way or another. There has been a lot of discussion on MMO about whether this approach is […]

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Reversing the Trend of Late Inning Mets Collapses

An article by posted on April 22, 2013 0 Comments
Reversing the Trend of Late Inning Mets Collapses

You know that feeling when Scott Rice walked the first two batters in the 8th inning yesterday with the Mets clinging to a 2 run lead? Kind of a helpless sense of doom and despair where you can’t bear to watch? With a little help from Jayson Werth the result didn’t turn out like so […]

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Living the Mets Dream, for a Weekend

An article by posted on April 21, 2013 0 Comments
Living the Mets Dream, for a Weekend

I’m standing in my kitchen the other evening pouring myself a bowl of Corn Pops (my favorite) and prattling excitedly to my wife, “So when I was talking to Sandy Alderson earlier …” and I stop mid-sentence staring at the cereal box. She looked at me reading my mind. “You realize what you just said?” […]

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Mets Quotables: Matt Harvey Only Wants To Get Better

An article by posted on April 19, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Quotables: Matt Harvey Only Wants To Get Better

As unusual as it might sound from a pitcher who has given up six hits in 22 innings with three wins, 25 strikeouts and a 0.82 ERA, Matt Harvey wants to improve. Its always interesting when you hear the opposing press rave about a player. Patrick Reusse, legendary Twin Cities sportswriter, and a few others […]

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Reactions To Our Sandy Alderson Interview…

An article by posted on April 15, 2013 0 Comments
Reactions To Our Sandy Alderson Interview…

Updated by Joe D. on April 15 at 12:00 PM The reaction to Matt’s interview with Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been stunning. Over 25,000 different visitors have read the post and as I was telling Shannon of Mets Media Relations, it’s been talked about on WFAN and posted or linked to on over two […]

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Jonathon Livingston Niese

An article by posted on April 15, 2013 0 Comments
Jonathon Livingston Niese

The other day I noticed my kid was reading this book that I recognized from when I was around his age. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. The short novel about the transcendent ascension of a seagull who refused to be confined by the boundaries of his own defining limitations. He flew higher, faster, until […]

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