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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Hefner Shines, Satin Rakes, Mets Plug The Brewers 2-1

An article by posted on July 7, 2013 0 Comments
Hefner Shines, Satin Rakes, Mets Plug The Brewers 2-1

Josh Satin‘s RBI-Double was one of three hits on his big day… The New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 2-1 before 39,677 at Miller Park today on Hank Aaron Bobblehead Day. Game time temperature was a beautiful 87 degrees and the first pitch was at 1:10 pm. Jeremy Hefner was […]

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Mets Fall Short In 7-6 Loss To Brewers

An article by posted on July 6, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Fall Short In 7-6 Loss To Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers hung on to beat the New York Mets 7-6 tonight at Miller Park. What a difference a night can make. The Mets were able to contain the Brewer offense last night when they mustered a 12 run outburst, tonight they seemed unable to keep pace with the Brewers offense even though Yovani […]

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Beer Country Primer for Mets Fans

An article by posted on July 6, 2013 0 Comments
Beer Country Primer for Mets Fans

When I was a kid Wisconsin was one of those places that existed in name only. Places like Wisconsin and Minnesota and Kentucky were as unlikely to actually exist as Bora Bora or the Canary Islands or Narnia. In a “tree falling in the forest that no one hears” kind of way, if I wasn’t […]

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The Mets Draft Philosophy and the Durability Profile

An article by posted on July 2, 2013 0 Comments
The Mets Draft Philosophy and the Durability Profile

A few weeks ago, with their second selection, the Mets drafted Andrew Church, a righthanded pitcher who was the 90th ranked high school prospect in the country. He’s got four pitches (fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up), a decent build and has dialed it up to 95 mph, but, good stuff aside, Church was by most […]

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MMO Exclusive: The Mets And Their Difficult Relationship With The New York Press

An article by posted on June 7, 2013 0 Comments
MMO Exclusive: The Mets And Their Difficult Relationship With The New York Press

To Jeff Wilpon The Mets Are Just A Laughing Matter… That charming headline appeared in a May 29th Daily News article by the rabble-rousing Filip Bondy You may remember that Jeff Wilpon showed up at Citi Field and made a rare public appearance during a pregame ceremony for Mariano Rivera, who threw out the first pitch, […]

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The Mets’ Hardscrabble History Of Drafting Outfielders

An article by posted on June 6, 2013 0 Comments
The Mets’ Hardscrabble History Of Drafting Outfielders

The Mets have drafted 72 outfielders in the first 5 rounds (top 100 picks) during the 48 year history of the MLB draft. Of those 72, 18 made it to the majors. Of those 18, six of them enjoyed what can only be described as cups of coffee with a variety of teams. They were, […]

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It’s Not The Approach That’s The Mets’ Problem, It’s The Execution

An article by posted on May 24, 2013 0 Comments
It’s Not The Approach That’s The Mets’ Problem, It’s The Execution

Early in the spring we did a post mortem of the 2012 Met 2nd half in an attempt to discover the ugly specifics of last year’s second half swoon. What we found was interesting in that the culprit was not the offensive approach per se, but rather the downward spiral was precipitated by some hideous […]

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MLB Revenue Trends vs Payroll, and How the Mets Fit In

An article by posted on May 14, 2013 0 Comments
MLB Revenue Trends vs Payroll, and How the Mets Fit In

There’s been a lot of debate over MLB’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement involving whether or not it is more beneficial to small markets or bigger markets. One of the focal points of this debate has centered on the amateur draft and the fact that set limits have been imposed on organizations who were willing to […]

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Lessons Learned: One For All, And All For None?

An article by posted on May 14, 2013 0 Comments
Lessons Learned: One For All, And All For None?

“Valdespin knew that was coming. I don’t think it’s fair to say that since we didn’t hit one of the Pittsburgh hitters that he doesn’t have a friend. The notion that he was hung out to dry I think is a mistake. I’m not telling you he’s the most popular guy in the clubhouse, but I don’t think he was hung out to […]

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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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