Michael Branda

Michael Branda grew up a Mets fan watching the mid 1980's teams and his favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, he's in the middle and believes adopting new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the old way has not produced results.

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A Look Back At Failure

An article by posted on August 5, 2011 0 Comments

As somebody who’s first blog on this website was a full out defense of Omar Minaya following the Adam Rubin debacle, I thought I’d weigh in on the most recent excuse to try and paint Minaya as some genius that one day we will all look back on and thank. First of all, I don’t […]

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Look Ahead: Spending $ May Not Work

An article by posted on August 3, 2011 0 Comments

As every game still does count, its difficult to not think about the future of the Mets. I’m confident that Alderson is concentrating on the farm system enough, but I am soon looking to see what he can do to make the 2012 Mets a competitive team. Don’t forget there is a CHANCE an extra […]

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Enjoying the Focus on Today…and Tomorrow

An article by posted on July 30, 2011 0 Comments

At 55-51, the New York Mets are playing their best baseball of the 2011 season. This is without Carlos Beltran or Frankie Rodriguez. Two players that when they were dealt, some claimed this was a white flag from management. There are two sides to Ya Gotta Believe in 2011. To me, I enjoy watching this […]

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Rule 5 Reflection: Pedro Beato

An article by posted on July 19, 2011 0 Comments

This off-season there was a lot of excitement around the Rule 5 selections of both Brad Emaus and Pedro Beato. The excitement on my end came because many written opinions out there seemed to think Emaus was ready to compete for the starting job at 2B. Seeing as the Mets didn’t have a sure thing, […]

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Trade Deadline Thoughts: No Thank You, Ubaldo

An article by posted on July 19, 2011 0 Comments

Just about 40 minutes ago, Ted Berg posted an updated blog in which he makes a brief case for the Mets to inquire about Ubaldo Jiminez. First of all, Jiminez is 27 years old, before he throws a pitch next year he will turn 28. His contract next year would pay him $4.2 million, then […]

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Blame Sandy for K-Rod’s New Deal?

An article by posted on July 16, 2011 0 Comments

The most frustrating part about being a Mets fan lately is that every single decision seems to draw a line in the sand. You’re either with Sandy, or against him. Moves that would have seemed meaningless or worth the gamble such as signing Chris Young to a small contract are seen as reasons to complain […]

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Brewers PTBNL – Here Is One Possibility

An article by posted on July 15, 2011 0 Comments

Yesterday’s trade wasn’t really about the two players to be named later.  It was about the fact this team needed to get away from the $17.5 million contract that Francisco Rodriguez would likely earn if he stayed in New Yorkmuch longer. I understand the people who want a closer to be with this team until […]

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Why Trade Francisco? Why Not!

An article by posted on July 13, 2011 0 Comments

I’m very happy this move happened last night. Here’s a few reasons why,  #1) K-Rod hired Scott Boras just a few days ago, and upon that hiring Boras began to send subtle threats to the Mets and Alderson that he controls where he goes and not Alderson.  #2) If you choose to buy into the fact […]

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2011: Season and Future depend on West Coast

An article by posted on July 1, 2011 0 Comments

I posted this prior to the Yankees series, and I wanted to re-iterate it. This road trip, the entire season hangs in the balance in my view. This is the type of trip a team like the Mets can either prove to Sandy Alderson they are worth keeping or the type of trip that can […]

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With TC & Others: Sandy Was Right.

An article by posted on June 30, 2011 0 Comments

Part of being a Mets fan in 2011 seems to be that you are segmented off into two groups. One group, wants the future to be bright while hoping to remain competitive. The other group seems to want to focus on 2011, and only 2011.  To me, the second group is what got us in […]

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The Myths of Omar and Sandy

An article by posted on June 20, 2011 0 Comments

From the day he was hired, to the day he was fired I was often called an “Omar apologist.” I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before right? Basically from what I deducted from that was “not everything Omar does is garbage,” therefore I am apologizing for him.  Recently, I’ve seen a lot of negativity towards […]

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It’s Time to Move On From Failure

An article by posted on June 20, 2011 0 Comments

There are so many different opinions on this Jose Reyes saga, and frankly I’m ready for it all to be over. I think I’ve heard it all. I think part of the problem frankly is that the folks who are pro-long term Reyes think that people like myself dislike Reyes and that is why we […]

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