Mets Thoughts

Jerry Grote: The Man Behind the Mask

An article by posted on October 19, 2016 0 Comments
Jerry Grote: The Man Behind the Mask

On this date in 1965, the Mets acquired catcher Jerry Grote from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later (Tom Parsons) and cash. Grote would become a mainstay behind the plate for 12 seasons with the Mets, helping to nurture a young pitching staff to great heights and guiding the team to […]

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Few Things Shock Me In Baseball… Then There’s Justin Turner

An article by posted on October 19, 2016 0 Comments
Few Things Shock Me In Baseball… Then There’s Justin Turner

Few things surprise me in baseball, mostly because in my 40 years of watching the game I’ve learned that almost everyday something happens that has never happened before. Baseball is a sport that loves its records and everyday it seems new ones are set and old ones are broken. Nothing is ever what it seems. […]

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Trade Bruce For The Right Reasons

An article by posted on October 19, 2016 0 Comments
Trade Bruce For The Right Reasons

Jon Heyman recently reported that a rival executive thinks the Mets might consider trading Jay Bruce once they pick up his 13 million dollar contract option after the season. This news really isn’t all that shocking. Mets fans have been speculating for months that this might be a possibility depending on the outcome of the […]

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The Window to Re-Sign Cespedes is Closing

An article by posted on October 18, 2016 0 Comments
The Window to Re-Sign Cespedes is Closing

Back in the 1998 offseason, neither the Mets nor Mike Piazza were messing around. Before the end of the World Series, which is the time players could file for free agency, the Mets made the 30 year old Piazza the highest paid player in the sport by giving him a seven year, $91 million contract. […]

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Harper: Mets Need Kenley Jansen To Keep Up With Cubs

An article by posted on October 18, 2016 0 Comments
Harper: Mets Need Kenley Jansen To Keep Up With Cubs

John Harper of the Daily News makes his case for the Mets signing free-agent closer Kenley Jansen this offseason. “If the Mets want to take a huge step toward re-claiming that supremacy next year and beyond, they should make a big splash this off-season by signing Kenley Jansen,” writes Harper who argues that adding Jansen will put […]

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Mets Should Re-Sign Fernando Salas

An article by posted on October 17, 2016 0 Comments
Mets Should Re-Sign Fernando Salas

With Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia in the fold, the Mets have their eighth and ninth innings guys set up for next season. In 2016, that tandem was the best in baseball. However, it was also the most taxed. The duo pitched more innings than any other reliever combination in the major leagues. The main […]

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This Date In Mets History: Robin Ventura’s Grand Slam Single

An article by posted on October 17, 2016 0 Comments
This Date In Mets History: Robin Ventura’s Grand Slam Single

One of the players I most enjoyed covering was Robin Ventura for those two years he played for the Yankees. In a clubhouse full of stars and egos, Ventura was a voice of calm, reason and humorous relief. I enjoyed stopping by his locker to shoot the breeze for a minute or two, talking about things other […]

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Giving Mets Hitting Coach Kevin Long His Due

An article by posted on October 16, 2016 0 Comments
Giving Mets Hitting Coach Kevin Long His Due

The Mets ranked dead last in the majors with a .225 team batting average with runners in scoring position. As a result of this and other issues, there was much hand-wringing over the Mets offense, and by natural extension of that, hitting coach Kevin Long. However, lost in all of the hand-wringing and finger-pointing was […]

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Is a Dickey Reunion Possible?

An article by posted on October 15, 2016 0 Comments
Is a Dickey Reunion Possible?

Let me say this right off the bat. I’m not writing this to sell people on the notion that R.A. Dickey has another Cy Young caliber season left in his right arm. I’m not writing this to try and convince people that Dickey the knuckleballer is a better rotation option than our five young aces, […]

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Time For the Six-Man Rotation

An article by posted on October 15, 2016 0 Comments
Time For the Six-Man Rotation

One of the most famous lines in baseball history was Spahn and Sain and pray for rain, a reference to the superiority of the top two pitchers in the four-man rotation of the 1948 Boston Braves. Many young fans are unaware that until the late 1960s and early 1970s most teams went with a four […]

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