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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Rebuilding the Mets, A Historical Perspective

An article by posted on February 8, 2013 0 Comments
Rebuilding the Mets, A Historical Perspective

In 1980, Baseball in New York featured a Yankee team that was a legitimate contender. Having won it all in 1978, they looked pretty solid. The overbearing and uncompromising Yankee owner George Steinbrenner was determined to establish his Yankees as perennial contenders by sheer force of will. The Mets on the other hand were awful […]

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Are We There Yet, Mets Fans?

An article by posted on February 7, 2013 0 Comments
Are We There Yet, Mets Fans?

People get a little crazy this time of year in my neck of the woods. Seems like a lot of us are on edge from being cooped up indoors with no end to winter in sight. It’s strange what you miss, the pavement, the color green, traction, SNY’s opening sequence. Sometimes “Medical Doctors” will tell […]

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The Most Balanced Offensive Seasons in History

An article by posted on January 31, 2013 0 Comments
The Most Balanced Offensive Seasons in History

Which players had the most balanced offensive seasons in baseball? Lets consider for a moment a not so arbitrary selection of statistics and some specific and exemplary thresholds for them. We can avoid a random “pick and choose” group by simply going with all of them — the seven major offensive categories: Home Runs, Runs […]

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Mets Player Development and Theories of Deliberate Practice

An article by posted on January 28, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Player Development and Theories of Deliberate Practice

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”  ~  Clarence, from It’s A Wonderful Life. Just about all of us at some point have been touched by someone who altered the trajectory of our lives for the better. I’m sure you […]

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Alderson Is Charting A Smooth Course Despite CBA Draft Rule Changes

An article by posted on January 23, 2013 0 Comments
Alderson Is Charting A Smooth Course Despite CBA Draft Rule Changes

Most of us hope that somewhere in Sandy Alderson’s intellect there resides, like the temple of Apollo, a splendid orange and blue architecture detailing the resurrection of our franchise. Many of us believe this vision has something to do with numbers and graphs and newfangled statistics like Z-swing% and wOBA, but what if it isn’t […]

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Jell-O and The Miracle Mets

An article by posted on January 21, 2013 0 Comments
Jell-O and The Miracle Mets

August 23rd, 1969 I was almost 5 years old when it all started. My days were spent riding up and down the sidewalk on my bike, the same couple of hundred feet or so, over and over. I knew every crack and bump. I’d ride around until my sister would come out and yell for […]

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MMO Post of the Week: The Trouble With Hemi-Roiders

An article by posted on January 14, 2013 0 Comments
MMO Post of the Week: The Trouble With Hemi-Roiders

I remember a guy in the service. He was a shitbird. A shitbird is what we called guys who didn’t press their uniforms and didn’t get regular haircuts. Our unit was real big on personal hygiene and polished boots, because, well they wanted us to look neat and clean if we ever had to go […]

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Enter Sandy-Man

An article by posted on January 9, 2013 0 Comments
Enter Sandy-Man

People wonder how the Wilpons could be losing money when MLB is awash in media profits. How the biggest baseball market in the world could feature a team with dwindling gate proceeds. How a team that owns its own network, boasting a brand spanking new stadium with bells and whistles galore and an excellent selection […]

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Wilpon’s Hubris

An article by posted on January 7, 2013 0 Comments
Wilpon’s Hubris

Recently Josh Kosman of the New York Post reported that the Wilpons have refinanced $450 million in SNY debt. Subsequent clarifications in the NY Times and Forbes explained that they refinanced an additional $250 million and still managed to cash out $160 million. They aren’t entirely out of the woods, but there is a growing […]

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The Search For Kirk: An Undiscovered Outfielder

An article by posted on December 31, 2012 0 Comments
The Search For Kirk: An Undiscovered Outfielder

Who is Kirk Nieuwenhuis? The numbers tell a very intriguing story on this Met outfielder who was our third round pick out of Starfleet Academy in the 2008 draft.  Since going pro, Captain Kirk has had 1,512 minor league at bats with a .280 avg. and an .817 OPS, but there are two seasons that stand […]

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