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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Two More Years! Two More Years!

An article by posted on August 2, 2013 0 Comments
Two More Years! Two More Years!

It seems that recently, the Mets discussion has centered around the guy who is or isn’t writing out the lineup card. It’s likely a minority opinion, but I think the Mets need to lock Terry Collins up to a two year deal now, and put the discussion to rest. Wally Backman was my favorite player […]

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Burkhardt Joining NFL on Fox

An article by posted on August 1, 2013 0 Comments
Burkhardt Joining NFL on Fox

According to SI.com, SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt will be adding to his already impressive resume. Beginning with the pre-season, Burkhardt will join former NFL Safety John Lynch in the booth to call games for the NFL on Fox. As many of you may know, Burkhardt has been calling games for the Dallas Cowboys radio network alongside […]

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Saying No To Trumbo

An article by posted on July 30, 2013 0 Comments
Saying No To Trumbo

The Mets find themselves in a real tricky spot heading into 2014. Whether we like it or not, what we thought was a sure thing – is now far from it. The Mets have no answer at First Base anymore. It’s a rare moment when a franchise goes from thinking they have a cornerstone franchise […]

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With Byrd: Witch-Hunt Is The Word

An article by posted on July 25, 2013 0 Comments
With Byrd: Witch-Hunt Is The Word

Steroids, and all PED’s have become such a staple in sports that now headlines are made less on accomplishments but more on accusations. Jeff Pearlman, who I will preface by saying is very open in terms of his communication and is never one to shy away from his opinion, wrote a piece recently about his […]

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Mets Well Represented In Top 5 In Jersey Sales

An article by posted on July 11, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Well Represented In Top 5 In Jersey Sales

According to ESPN.com and Major League Baseball, the Mets have two of the five most popular jerseys purchased this season. Probably to nobody’s surprise, Matt Harvey finds himself #5 on this list, but quite frankly to my surprise, David Wright is ranked #4 on the list! Jersey sales are a funny thing. Often times when […]

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So Where Are All Those Moneyball Players…Take 2?

An article by posted on July 11, 2013 0 Comments
So Where Are All Those Moneyball Players…Take 2?

I cannot help but remember back in mid-May when ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin commented in his blog about the lack of “moneyball” players the Mets have signed since Sandy Alderson took the reigns in New York. That post by Rubin sparked this conversation on MMO. First, I think the phrase “moneyball” players is a […]

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PED Scandal Creates Double Standard

An article by posted on July 10, 2013 0 Comments
PED Scandal Creates Double Standard

With the potential for suspensions to be brought down on superstars like Alex Rodriguez, and Ryan Braun as well as several other prominent players, I am reminded of the double standard that exists in today’s world when it comes to sports. The steroid era changed everything. When it all began to unravel, the media lead […]

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Fear & Loathing of Sabermetrics

An article by posted on July 9, 2013 0 Comments
Fear & Loathing of Sabermetrics

People fear what they do not understand. There’s no way to deny that. The truth is, baseball is still a game where people continue to hold on to “the way things used to be” in their hearts. It’s why there is no full replay yet, it’s why people are against the DH in the NL […]

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Trade Deadline: Finding Underrated Talent in Milwaukee

An article by posted on July 5, 2013 0 Comments

As we approach the trading deadline, anybody who has a keyboard will be coming up with trade ideas for the New York Mets. The truth is, I try to stay away from the “rumor” machine because I feel like I’ve learned my lesson with getting enthralled in things that never actually happen. The Mets are […]

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Emotional Trade: Torres 2012 for Pagan 2013-2016

An article by posted on July 3, 2013 0 Comments
Emotional Trade: Torres 2012 for Pagan 2013-2016

Last year, the Mets whiffed on a trade that brought Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres to New York in exchange for Angel Pagan. The deal was supposed to deal one of the Mets many outfielders, for a need which was middle relief and also bring in a veteran outfielder to fill the gap. Ramirez never […]

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