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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Trade Deadline Thoughts: No Thank You, Ubaldo

An article by posted on 19/07/2011 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 16/07/2011 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 15/07/2011 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 13/07/2011 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 01/07/2011 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 30/06/2011 105 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 20/06/2011 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 20/06/2011 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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Time To Send Bay to Buffalo

An article by posted on 09/06/2011 0 Comments

There’s not a whole lot left to say when it comes to Jason Bay. It’s just so similar to Oliver Perez, that I just hope Bay makes the right decision here. Bay needs to get out of New York City, and start to figure this whole thing out. They can’t trade him because nobody will […]

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$100 Million Men: A Look Back

An article by posted on 24/05/2011 0 Comments

Yesterday our own Craig Lerner posted a quote from WFAN’s Mike Francesa about Jose Reyes which was  “Jose Reyes sat right there in that chair and looked me in the eye and told me he was looking for the same deal Carl Crawford signed. He sat right there in that chair. He said it on […]

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