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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The Other Side Of Multi-Year Free Agent Deals

An article by posted on January 3, 2013 0 Comments
The Other Side Of Multi-Year Free Agent Deals

There is this idea that gets floated around every winter that if you do not sign top free agents, you’re punting the off-season or playing (wait for it) “moneyball.” In most instances, a free agent hits the market toward the end of his prime years. You’re purchasing an unknown commodity that is likely overpriced and […]

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MMO Mailbag: Twins Willing To Trade?

An article by posted on December 21, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Mailbag: Twins Willing To Trade?

With the Mets still on the hunt for an outfield, we received the following e-mail from Phil: I can’t believe the Mets haven’t traded for Josh Willingham yet. After some injury issues he averaged .253/.350/.501 with 64 HRs the last two years. At worst, he’s slightly better defensively than Duda. I kept hearing the Twins would […]

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Davidoff Takes Logic Out Of Hall of Fame Voting

An article by posted on December 20, 2012 0 Comments
Davidoff Takes Logic Out Of Hall of Fame Voting

Ken Davidoff has spent the last week or so getting attention, not for the quality of his work but for the shock value of his work. Most recently, Davidoff published his Hall of Fame ballot. Davidoff goes through every player in detail and does an excellent job at that. Davidoff also does an excellent job […]

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Nothing Is Decided In December

An article by posted on December 19, 2012 0 Comments
Nothing Is Decided In December

Yesterday evening, GM Sandy Alderson insisted that his team can be competitive in 2013. I heard the calls, I’ve read the tweets, and I’ve seen the comments. It seems almost unanimously fans seem to think the opposite. Some may say I’m a dreamer or some may say I’m an apologist for a general manager. I […]

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MMO Mailbag: Should We Target Detroit’s Drew Smyly?

An article by posted on December 19, 2012 0 Comments
MMO Mailbag: Should We Target Detroit’s Drew Smyly?

I received this e-mail from Hitman: What do you think about the possibility of bringing in Drew Smyly of the Tigers? I’ve already touched up previously in a few comments about his great breaking stuff and if you haven’t seen a highlight video of his from the 2012 season on Youtube, watch it. You’ll be […]

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The Chance For Something Special

An article by posted on December 18, 2012 0 Comments
The Chance For Something Special

First, this has to be said. As a fan of the Mets, I want to thank R.A. Dickey for everything he has done and the example he set for any player facing adversity in the game today. I thank Omar Minaya for taking a chance on him, and thank Sandy Alderson for believing in him […]

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The Unknown Commodity: Bullpen Arms

An article by posted on December 4, 2012 0 Comments
The Unknown Commodity: Bullpen Arms

It seems like year after year the Mets are looking at upgrading their bullpen. Whether it’s Sean Green, Elmer Dessens, Francisco Rodriguez, Scott Schoeneweis, Billy Wagner, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Jason Isringhausen, or even D.J. Carrasco. It never seems like the Mets have figured out what makes for a great bullpen year after year. Sure you […]

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Looking Ahead: Mets 2013 and Beyond

An article by posted on November 30, 2012 0 Comments
Looking Ahead: Mets 2013 and Beyond

Today is the day that most Mets fans take a sigh of relief that the organization was able to show the fans that they are more financially stable than most have thought. David Wright is a Met, probably until his last days on a baseball field. This is something Mets fans have never seen before. […]

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Off-Season Patience Is A Virtue

An article by posted on November 28, 2012 0 Comments

Maybe I’m in the minority here but the last few years have taught me one thing about social media – it allows teams, agents, and players to get whatever message they want sent to the masses to benefit themselves first. How many times have we heard “player X” could be traded? Or “team offered X […]

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The Wilpons: It Could Be Much Worse

An article by posted on November 14, 2012 0 Comments
The Wilpons: It Could Be Much Worse

For all of our troubles lately as Mets fans, yesterday proved one thing to be true: It could be worse. Some of you reading this are desperately hoping that one day, the Mets have new owners at the helm. I’m not here to tell you that you are right or wrong. I’m here to tell […]

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