Mets Merized Online » All-Star Game Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Injury Update: Blevins Not Close To Return, Carlyle Done For Season Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:47:45 +0000 buddy carlyle

Mets right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle, who went on the DL in May with back spasms, is likely done for the season after having hip surgery, according to Mark Carig of  Newsday.

After the Mets signed Carlyle to a minor league contract before the 2014 season, he delivered a solid season for them. In 27 appearances out of the bullpen, he posted a 1.45 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Carlyle, 37, didn’t fare as well in his second go-around with the Mets. He made just 11 appearances with a 5.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in eight innings before the back spasms landed him on the DL.

Travis d'Arnaud, Terry Collins, Sean Barber, Jerry Blevins

As for Jerry Blevins, who sustained a broken left wrist on April 19 after taking a comebacker against the Marlins, he has not begun throwing yet.

Sandy Alderson told reporters on Friday that Blevins was examined by team doctors in New York on Wednesday and they requested a second opinion.

On Thursday, doctors in Boston told Blevins that his fractured wrist had not healed to a satisfactory point as of yet and are unhappy with the rate of healing.

He will be reevaluated in three weeks.

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Little Roller Up Along First… Behind the Bag! It Gets Through…Hernandez? Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:21:30 +0000 red-sox-celebrate

October 25, 1986: Boston:

It took 68 years for the Red Sox to end the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ and they did it in historic fashion in front of a sold-out Fenway Park.

The heavily favored Mets, winners of 108 regular season games, turned to Bob Ojeda in hopes of forcing a game 7. Trailing by a run heading to the home half of the eighth, Boston tied the game at 3. The Mets seemed destined to win when they scored two in the top of the tenth for a commanding 5-3 lead.

However, the bullpen could not close it out. After Jesse Orosco retired the first two batters, Boston rallied for an unprecedented three runs in the bottom of the 10th. Several times Boston was down to their last strike but the Sox were amazin. Roger McDowell allowed the tying run to score on a pitch in the dirt that Gary Carter couldn’t handle.

Tied 5-5 and with the winning run on second base, centerfielder Dave Henderson hit a slow roller along the first base line. Somehow, the ball skipped below the glove of Keith Hernandez, and Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs raced home, hands atop his helmet in disbelief, and into the arms of his teammates.

In other Baseball news, Pirates young slugger Barry Bonds appears to be getting bigger…

Okay, okay, you’re all wondering what I’m smoking and where you can get some. I admit to taking some literary license and rewriting history. Or am I? Game 6 did not end this way. But it definitely could have had Bud Selig been commissioner back then.

Beginning in 2003, Commissioner Selig, along with approval from the Player’s Union, decided that the winner of the All-Star Game would have home field advantage in the World Series. And just like that the National Pastime’s two greatest institutions, the All-Star Game and the World Series, would be forever altered. Both had remained relatively untouched since their inceptions in 1933 and 1903 respectively. And then along came Bud.

The reason was simple. Viewership for the Midsummer Classic was down. Interest was waning. The powers-that-be believed the game should now carry significance. For seventy years the All-Star Game was by and large an exhibition put on for the fans. It gave us a chance to see the best and brightest from each league. Now that’s changed. And not for the better.

Since 2003, the league that won the All-Star Game has gone on to win the World Series 8 out of 12 times. In other words, an ‘exhibition game’ in July has direct influence over the Fall Classic in October. It also can–and has–changed the history of the game.

In 1986, the Mets returned to Shea where they rallied to win games 6 and 7. However, had Selig’s rule been in place then, it’s likely 1969 would be the Mets only championship season. The AL won the 1986 All-Star Game. Boston would have had home field advantage, not us.

In 2005, the White Sox won the Series in 5 games. It was their first championship since 1917 when they were led by guys named Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte and Buck Weaver. The victory, however, was bittersweet for Chicagoans. Had the home field advantage rule not been in place, the Sox would have been home for games 3, 4 and 5, not on the road. Their first championship would have—and should have—been in Chicago, not Houston.

Game 6 of the 2011 World Series was arguably the greatest post-season game ever played. Facing elimination, the Cardinals returned to STL needing 2 wins. They went to the HOME half of the 8th inning of game 6 trailing 7-4. They scored 1 in the bottom of the frame, two more in the HOME half of the ninth, twice more in the HOME half of the 10th and finally won it in the HOME half of the 11th. The following day they won Game 7. Had the old format been retained and home field alternated year-to-year, Texas would have hosted games 6 and 7 and most likely would have won their first Championship in team history.

San Francisco Giants win the 2012 World Series

San Francisco fans waited more than half a century to see their Giants win it all. Yet, despite the fact their club has won 3 titles in the last 5 years, all series clinchers have come on the road. Once again, had the original alternating format been in place, the NL club was scheduled to host 4 of the 7 games in even years. The Giants would’ve won 2010 and 2012 at AT&T Park, not in Texas and Detroit.

The All-Star Game now carries major importance. Yet, it still maintains that Exhibition Game feel. If the point is to win—and it clearly is—why does every team need to be represented? Why does the manager need to stress about making sure every guy gets in as much as he stresses about winning? We are NL fans. We want the NL to win. Therefore, I want the best guys out there for 9 innings. I want to see Max Scherzer pitching to Buster Posey for all 27 outs. I want Paul Goldschmidt to have at least 4 AB’s.

Why should ONE game have such a huge bearing on the Fall Classic? Since there’s interleague games daily, why not just look at the best head-to head records throughout the season? Whichever league wins more over the course of 6 months, not one night, gets home field advantage. After all, as it stands now, how many of us really care when the AL Mariners play the NL Rockies?

As a kid growing up in the 70’s, watching the All-Star Game was one of my favorite times of the year. Being a NL fan, the biggest stars in the AL were just names in a box score. The Mid-Summer Classic gave me a chance to see my Baseball cards come to life. I could actually see a Nolan Ryan fastball rather than hearing about it. I could witness Harmon Killebrew uncoil from his crouch. I could watch Rod Carew change his stance on each pitch depending on the count. It was a wonderful thing.

Even before these recent changes, the luster of the ASG has diminished. MLB Network, ESPN, YouTube, etc…obviously weren’t around back then. Seeing Mike Trout every night on the highlight reel is nothing special. Seeing Al Kaline Saturday afternoon during an episode of “This Week in Baseball” was.


No shock here but the first player to ever go deep in an All-Star Game was Babe Ruth. When returning to the dugout, The Bambino said, “Let’s show these NL bums how we play.” From 1933 through the early 90’s, there was indeed a rivalry between the leagues. That, too, is now gone. Players have no qualms about switching teams, much less switching leagues. The biggest free agents last winter—Max Scherzer, Pablo Sandoval and James Shields—all changed leagues. And hey, if entire franchises can switch (Houston to the AL, Milwaukee to the NL), why shouldn’t players?

Ironically, despite the Commish’s best efforts to increase interest, it’s failed. The 2002 ASG, the final one without ‘meaning,’ was watched in 10 million homes. In 2013, just 7.5 million tuned in, a drop of 25%.

Keeping in mind I am a traditionalist, I feel it’s imperative that this ‘experiment’ be put to rest. Let’s have the All-Star Game mean exactly what it was designed for: a chance to take a breather for a few days, sit back and watch the best players in the game display their talent.

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NYPL All-Star Game Ends In A 1-1 Tie Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0000 National Anthem during the 2014 NYPL All-Star Game (Photo by Jim Mancari)

National Anthem during the 2014 NYPL All-Star Game (Photo by Jim Mancari)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – MCU Park in Coney Island had the feel of Miller Park in Milwaukee circa July, 2002.

That’s because this year’s 10th annual New York-Penn League (NYPL) All-Star Game finished in a 1-1 tie – just like the 2002 MLB Midsummer’s Classic.

Six Brooklyn Cyclones played Tuesday night in the All-Star Game, representing the South team. It was the second time the Cyclones hosted the league’s All-Star Game – the first was the first-ever game in 2005 – and the first time the 14 teams in the league were split into North and South teams rather than American versus National League affiliates.

Marcos Molina (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Marcos Molina (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Cyclones’ right-hander Marcos Molina started the game for the South All-Stars and turned in a scoreless opening inning, giving up only a two-out single while striking out two. The 19-year-old is 6-2 in 10 starts this summer and is second in the league with a 1.58 ERA. He leads the NYPL with 73 strikeouts and a 0.83 WHIP.

Molina getting the start marked the sixth time in franchise history that a Cyclone has started the All-Star Game, as well as the third straight. Bobby Parnell started the first-ever NYPL All-Star Game in 2005. Mark Cohoon (2009), Yohan Almonte (2010), Luis Mateo (2012) and Miller Diaz (2013) have all earned starting nods in the game.

The other Cyclones’ starter was 18-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario, who batted second in the lineup for the South. He flew out to right field in the first inning and was robbed of a base hit in his second at-bat in the fourth.

For the year, Rosario is batting .286 with 36 runs scored, 14 extra-base hits and 19 RBI. He currently sits third in the NYPL with 66 hits and is tied for the league-lead with five triples.

Cyclones’ righty Corey Oswalt pitched the top of the fourth inning. He surrendered two hits but was able to escape the jam unscathed. In 10 games this season, he’s 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA – third in the NYPL – and has allowed two runs or less in eight of his nine starts.

Cyclones’ third baseman Jhoan Ureña entered the game in the sixth inning, hitting into a fielder’s choice in his first at-bat and grounding out in his second. He’s the only player in the NYPL to appear in all 63 games, and he leads the league in hits (71) and at-bats (240) and is fifth in RBI (38). At just 19 years old, he became the only player in Cyclones’ franchise history to record three hitting streaks of 10 or more games in the same season.

Cyclones’ right fielder Michael Bernal also entered the game as a reserve. He struck out to end the bottom of the seventh inning. Though he’s third in the NYPL with 77 strikeouts on the season, he’s tied for the Cyclones’ team lead with five home runs and is second on the team with 30 RBI. He also leads the team in stolen bases (10) and outfield assists (eight).

Cyclones’ lefty closer Shane Bay entered with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and needed only one pitch to retire the side. He ranks second in the league with 13 saves and has held his opponents scoreless in 14 of his 17 appearances.

In addition to these six players, the Cyclones’ coaches, including first-year manager Tom Gamboa, served as the active staff for the South team during the game.

Before the game, MCU Park was the site of a celebrity/civil servant softball challenge presented by Mercedes Benz of Brooklyn and the Tic Toc Stop Foundation. The game featured members of the FDNY, NYPD and DSNY alongside stars from the world of sports, television and beyond, including Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, John Franco, Steve Lavin, Chris Mullin, Rosanna Scotto and the Impractical Jokers.

After the softball game, Esiason, Carton, Franco and Lavin all participated in an on-field ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Cyclones (35-28) currently hold a full 1.0-game lead in the Wild Card race over the Connecticut Tigers with just 13 games remaining. Brooklyn resumes action Wednesday night to take on the Staten Island Yankees before returning home Thursday.

Click here to view the complete box score from the All-Star Game.

Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, John Franco and Steve Lavin accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, John Franco and Steve Lavin accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

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Ureña’s Walkoff Hit Lifts Cyclones To Doubleheader Split Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:00:49 +0000 Jhoan Urena plated the winning run with a walk off single. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Jhoan Urena plated the winning run with a walk off single. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It was a long night of baseball Wednesday at MCU Park in Coney Island, but the Brooklyn Cyclones emerged in a better position than when the night started.

The Cyclones (31-28) split a seven-inning doubleheader against the Lowell Spinners, the Single-A short season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, both by a score of 3-2.

A walkoff single by Jhoan Ureña in extra innings of the second game gave Brooklyn a needed win after dropping the first contest. The split, coupled with the Connecticut Tigers getting swept in a doubleheader, brings the Cyclones within a half game of the Wild Card lead in the New York-Penn League (NYPL).

The 19-year-old Ureña finished the day 3-for-7 with three RBI. After hitting safely in both games, the All-Star third baseman now has a nine-game hitting streak. He’s also the only player in the NYPL to play in all 59 games this season.

Defense was a bit of a problem for the Cyclones in the doubleheader, as the team committed four errors. All five Spinners’ runs were scored due to an error that started or prolonged a rally. Ureña made an error in Game 2, which led to the tying run scoring, but he rebounded two innings later to plate the winning run.

“I just moved past it,” Ureña said of the error. “It was an error, it happens. I just kept my head up, and all I could think about was the game now. I couldn’t think about the past.”

Brooklyn mounted a rally in the final inning of Game 1, but with the tying and winning runs on base, Mets’ first-round draft pick Michael Conforto struck out swinging on a ball he fouled tipped into the catcher’s glove. He’s cooled off with the bat slightly but is still hitting .319 (30-for-94) on the season.

In Game 2, Martires Arias turned in another solid effort in his second start for the Cyclones since being called up from Kingsport. His first start (6.0 shutout innings with six strikeouts) earned him NYPL Pitcher of the Week honors last week.

The 6-foot, 8-inch righty from the Dominican Republic turned in two scoreless innings to start the game, which ran his scoreless innings streak between Kingsport and Brooklyn to 24.0 innings, but he surrendered a run in the top of third inning.

He was lifted after 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and two runs (both earned) while walking none and striking out seven.

“We’re very pleasantly surprised with how good his (Arias) command is,” said Cyclones’ manager Tom Gamboa. “I think he did a terrific job. We’re real proud of him, and I think he’s shown tremendous poise and composure here.”

All-Star shortstop Amed Rosario also had a solid day at the plate, collecting three hits, two walks and three run scored. He led off the eighth inning of Game 2 with a single to right field and scored the game-winning run on Ureña’s walkoff hit.

With less than 20 games to go, the playoff race should be intense down the stretch.

“It looks like it’s going to go right down the wire,” Gamboa said. “If we would have lost two tonight, that would have really, really hurt.”

The Cyclones return to action Thursday night at MCU Park looking for a sweep over the Spinners. Righty Corey Oswalt (5-1, 2.84 ERA), who was selected to Tuesday’s All-Star Game, takes the mound to close out the series.

Click here to view the complete box score from these games.

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AL Defeats NL In NY-Penn League All-Star Game Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:14:55 +0000 The AL affiliates of the New York-Penn League defeated the NL affiliates (including the Brooklyn Cyclones) 4-3 in the 2013 All-Star Game played in Norwich, Conn.

The NL took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but it was Cyclones’ closer John Mincone that wound up with the blown save and the loss. He gave up a leadoff homer in the inning that tied the game and then allowed an unearned run to score to take the loss.

Mincone has been lights out for the Cyclones all summer, so if he was to have a bad performance, it’s great that it came in a meaningless game.

Cyclones’ starter Miller Diaz started the game and a surrendered a run in one inning. Righty Rob Gsellman threw the fifth inning for the NL squad and recorded two strikeouts in a scoreless frame. John Gant did not pitch in the game.

Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli came in off the bench and finished the game 0-for-1 after reaching on a fielder’s choice. He did score the go-ahead run at the time.

The Cyclones (26-26) currently sit in second place in the McNamara Division, only one game behind the division-leading Aberdeen Ironbirds.

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L.J. Mazzilli and John Mincone Among Five Cyclones Named NYPL All-Stars Sun, 04 Aug 2013 22:16:05 +0000 l.j. mazzilli

The Brooklyn Cyclones will have plenty of representation at the 2013 New York-Penn League All-Star Game to be played Aug. 13 in Norwich, Conn.

Starting pitchers John Gant, Miller Diaz and Robert Gsellman, closer John Mincone and second baseman L.J. Mazzilli will all represent the National League Affiliates in the game. Diaz will be the starter for the NL.

With just over a week to go to the game, here are the statistics for the Cyclones’ All-Stars.

John Gant: 3-2, 2.47 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 42.3 innings, 54 K, .199 batting average against

Miller Diaz: 4-1, 2.34 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 42.1 innings, 55 K, .184 batting average against

Robert Gsellman: 2-2, 2.09 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 47.1 innings, 37 K, .225 batting average against

John Mincone: 2-1, 1.76 ERA, 0.52 WHIP, 5 SV, 15.1 innings, 13 K, .143 batting average against

L.J. Mazzilli: .298 batting average, 11 runs, 53 hits, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, .376 SLG, .348 OBP

In addition to the five players, Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly, pitching coach Marc Valdes (a former Met), hitting coach Bobby Malek and athletic trainer Eric Velazquez will serve as the coaching staff for the National League Affiliates.

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Slideshow: 2013 Home Run Derby Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:54:35 +0000 Check out my photos from the Home Run Derby.

I was seated in the front row of the excelsior level, so a few of the photos came out a bit blurry.

But enjoy anyway!

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Highlights From The Eastern League All-Star Game Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:12:46 +0000

I’m sitting two rows behind the home dugout on the first base side on Autograph Session and Home Run Derby day, the day before the Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut.  A near 90-degree sun is beating down on a glorious summer day.  A huge throng of fans snake from the hallway below the stands, up a stairwell in left field and then back down in front of the third base dugouts waiting to procure autographs from the Eastern League Stars seated behind tables along the skinned dirt track running from dugout to dugout.  The line proves far too long for these old legs to navigate.

Five B-Mets are among the All-Stars, two, Cesar Puello and Allan Dykstra, who will be participating in the Home Run Extravaganza. Here’s the Program description of each B-Met All-Star.

Cesar Puello:  OF has been having a breakout season in 2013.  Puello has all the tools you look for in a major prospect and has been displaying them all season.  The La Romana, Dominican Republic native is the #14 prospect in the Mets system according to

Allan Dykstra:  IB  The San Diego California native and former Wake Forest Demon Deacon was a 1st round pick of the Padres in 2008.  Dykstra spent 3years in the minors with San Diego before being traded to the Mets in 2011.  He was previously drafted by the Boston Red Sox before choosing to attend WakeForest.

Josh Rodriguez:   INF  The Houston, Texas native and former Rice Owl was a 2nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 MLB Draft.  Rodriguez signed with the Mets in December of 2012.  He has been previously selected to the California League All-Star team and is making his second appearance in the Eastern League All-Star classic.

Logan Verrett:  RHP  The Corpus Christi native and former Baylor Bear was drafted by the Mets in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  Verrett has moved quickly through the Mets system reaching the Double-A level in only his second professional season.

Jeff Walters:   RHP  Walters is in his first season at the Double-A level.  The Orlando, Florida native and former Georgia Bulldog was drafted by the Mets in the 7th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

In many ways the Homerun Derby was more like a Contact Hitting Derby.  Sandwich boards with large 10’s, 20’s, and 30’s were stationed one behind the other beginning just beyond the infield grass in each outfield position.  A ball hit in the air landing beyond the 10 board but before the 20 earned 10 points and so on and so on.  Balls that cleared the outfield wall scored 50.

The scoring arrangement worked against the B-Met power guys Puello and Dykstra.  Both were more in tune for a HR Derby where only HR totals were tallied.  Puello was the first Eastern League slugger to put a buzz in the crowd blasting a shot that slammed the scoreboard in deep left-center that temporarily knocked out the posted point total readings.

Puello was the first legitimate Double-A star to hit earning 180 points, a rather pedestrian total.  Dykstra followed closely behind netting 200.

Caleb Joseph, a catcher on the Bowie Baysox was the eventual winner running up a very impressive score of 310.  Steven Sousa Jr. from the Harrisburg Senators, the final Eastern League slugger to hit, provided some competitive excitement.  With one swing to go, Sousa had 270 points needing a homerun to win the title.  His blast to straight-away-centerfield climbed three-quarters of the way up the 25 foot high wall earning 30 points and leaving him 10 shy of Joseph.

I especially enjoyed watching nearly 50 young baseball enthusiasts stretched across the outfield shagging the fly balls.  Some of the kids couldn’t have been more than third graders. Swarms of kids navigated beneath the moon balls that rocketed off the sluggers’ bats.   Line shots sometimes ripped the gloves off the kids’ hands and left me with a lump in my throat, but everyone seemed to escape without serious injury.

Tuesday’s grand weather was no so grand on All-Star Wednesday.  Intermittent rains splattered a capacity crowd (8,633) throughout much of the contest.  But, the game had all the pageantry of a summer classic, incredible singers, zany promotions and some dazzling defensive baseball.  It was tough times for the home-standing Eastern squad including our B-Met heroes.

Puello, Dykstra and Rodriguez all started in the 5-0 loss but went a combined 0-for-7 with only Puello reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.  Puello made a defensive gem in the visitor’s fourth uncorking a rocket launcher from right field throwing out Altoona’s Jake Cunningham at the plate.  Cunningham looked to be over half way between third and home when Puello released the ball.  In fact, Cunningham was so certain of scoring, he didn’t slide.  Puello’s cannon stunned Cunningham and equally amazed a roaring 8,000 plus.

The Western offensive damage was done with the first three batters of the game.  Hard throwing Eastern starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo had command issues walking Brian Goodwin and Numan Romero, the first two hitters he faced.  Javier Herrera crushed the first pitch he saw driving a shot over the mammoth green wall in straight-away center field for three Western runs.

The West also got to our Logan Verrett touching the B-Met righty for their final two runs in the fourth. Verrett surrendered four hits in the inning, but profited from teammate Puello’s run saving throw to the plate. B-Met closer Jeff Walters pitched a scoreless ninth inning for East.

(Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)

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The All-Star Game and Matt Harvey Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:44:17 +0000 Matt Harvey starting the all-star game on Tuesday at Citi-Field would be a dream come true for him, the organization, and Mets’ fans. Except, I have a HUGE problem with what the Mets are doing to make sure that happens. I know, I have no idea what the Mets are actually planning doing with his start and I understand a lot of it is hearsay, but from what I am gathering, the Mets have thought of limiting Harvey’s pitch count or skipping him altogether on Saturday in order to put him in position to start the game on Tuesday.

It would be a tremendous honor to watch Matt Harvey start the game along with David Wright. Harvey has been one of the best pitchers in baseball and it just makes sense to start the hometown guy for the game. Bochy, Kershaw, and everybody seems to acknowledge that. I was all for moving Harvey’s start up from Sunday to Saturday, because it was putting him on normal rest and would allow him to pitch on Tuesday. That move actually made sense in all regards, as it would have skipped an underperforming, now unhealthy, Marcum before the break. At this point in the Mets handling of the situation, I’m all in. It is completely logical and doesn’t hurt the baseball team.

Next there are anonymous Mets officials that are saying that the Mets are doing whatever they can to ensure that Matt Harvey starts the game. I don’t know what exactly they are doing, but still I’m okay with that. Doesn’t hurt the ball club at all.

Now, with recent developments that Matt Harvey has a blister on his index finger, reports are saying that Terry Collins may skip his start on Saturday or limit his pitch count to allow him to pitch in the All-Star game. THIS is where I have a problem. I want to see Harvey pitch on Tuesday, I promise I do. But to sacrifice a start or half a start to do that is ridiculous. The Mets are sending a message that the honor of pitching in an All-Star game is more important than giving the Mets the best chance to win. Carlos Torres would be the first candidate to replace Harvey if he is skipped. with all due respect to Torres, who has pitched amazingly since being called up, Matt Harvey is an ace and puts the team in the best position to win a game.

Some may say, the Mets are 9 games under .500 and really have no chance of playing meaningful games in September. So this would be good for the organization and wouldn’t really affect the outcome of the season. That is extremly true, as this one game that Harvey could be skipped will probably mean nothing to the team in the long run as they are 4th place in the NL East. Well that means the Mets value honors and fame more than they do winning, despite their record. If the Mets want to be on the front of the newspapers and all over the media, then the best way to do that is to win. Harvey starting the game would be a great story, but so would Harvey beating the NL best Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

The blister argument is also interesting. Harvey has developed a blister on his index finger from a couple starts ago and it has affected his pitching a little bit. If that blister means that Harvey can’t start on Saturday, is it wise to throw him out there on Tuesday? Is it beneficial for the Mets to allow him to pitch if he’s not 100%? Harvey has dismissed the injury and said he’s ready to start on Saturday. He also threw 121 pitches on Monday with that blister, so I don’t see why the Mets would skip the start for any other reason than the All-Star game.

All I really am saying is that all of these rumors of the Mets doing what they can to make sure Harvey starts the All-Star game is fine by me until it starts affecting the ability for the Mets to win. By skipping his start or limiting his pitch count, the Mets are telling the fans that they are more worried about this game (basically an exhibition game for the Mets), than they are about giving this team the best opportunity to win. Even if the opportunity to start the All-Star game at Citi Field will never come again for Matt Harvey, is that worth skipping a start? There’s no right answer, but you know mine.

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MMO Interview: Josh Satin, The Hitting Machine Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:56:05 +0000 The following is an interview we did with Josh Satin back on July 4th, 2011. Here we are two years later and who could have predicted that he’d be playing first base regularly and thriving as he has in the major leagues? Well actually, I did predict it, but it’s early yet so I’ll take a wait and see approach. :-) But needless to say, I am very pleased with the results so far.

Last night I heard that in the span since Josh Satin has been promoted until now, no other major leaguer has more hits than he does. Wow…

Enjoy this MMO Flashback from Josh Satin…


1st Inning – As a Cal alum, how proud were you to see the team advance to the College World Series after nearly being forced to fold?

As a cal alum I was very proud of the team and their accomplishments this season. I’m still very close with the head coach there so I’m so happy that we were finally able to get over the hump and get to the college world series. Hopefully this recent run can help spark the program for some more consistent future success.

2nd Inning – You were drafted as a second baseman, but the Mets have used you all around the diamond. If you had to pick one position to play which would it be?

Although drafted as a second baseman I have played all over the diamond my whole career. I spent a year in college playing third, all of high school playing shortstop, and two Summer Ball seasons in the cape playing first base… If I had to choose it would be which ever position gives me the best opportunity to make the big leagues.

3rd Inning – You recently hit for the cycle. Was that the first one you’ve hit and how good did it feel to slide into third base to complete it?

It was the first cycle of my entire career at any level so it was definitely a great feeling. Sliding into third was a thrill I might not ever feel again so it’s something I’ll remember for he rest of my life.

josh satin

4th Inning – Briefly describe what it has been like to play under Wally Backman, who is known for having a colorful personality to say the least.

Wally has been great to play for. Before he season I had heard only great things about him as a manager so I had high hopes and he has exceeded them all. He brings so much energy everyday so it’s easy to play hard for him. He is dedicated to helping each of us get to the big leagues and has worked tirelessly with me at each of my positions. And although he is firey with umpires on the field, behind the scenes he always picks his players up even when they are struggling or cost the team a game.

5th Inning – Who has been the most difficult pitcher you have faced this year and which pitcher on the B-Mets would you least like to face?

Most difficult pitcher to face in the Eastern League is Brad Peacock and pitcher I would least like to face on the B-Mets is probably Rhiner Cruz. Rightly throwing sidearm at 98 not my ideal pitcher to face

6th Inning – If a scout was to watch you play over the course of a week what do you think his report would look like, or how would you hope it looked?

I would hope the scout says he plays the game hard first and foremost. Offensively I would hope they’d say I work counts and don’t swing at bad pitches. When I get my pitch I usually barrel it up. Hopefully they say I have good gap power with occasional home run power. Defensively I would hope they say I’m solid. Catch everything I get to and play as hard as I can.

7th Inning – Since your promotion to Binghamton last year, over what projects to be a full season (151 games), you have hit .310/.401/.492 with 46 doubles, 3 triples, 16 home runs, driven in 88, and scored 90 runs. Those are some pretty remarkable numbers. You have clearly earned a promotion to Buffalo. Have the Mets made any indications to you when one will happen?

Thank you. They have not given me any indication. I just have to play hard everyday.

7th Inning Stretch – This is the off topic question. If you could have four tickets to any music concert, you have to take one family member, one teammate, one male celebrity, and one female celebrity, what concert do you go to and who do you take?

If I were to go to a concert, I would go to Kanye West. Male celebrity would be Justin Timberlake, female would be Blake Lively, teammate would be Eric Campbell, family member would be my brother Dylan.

I want to send a big thank you out to Josh and mention that he was one of three B-Mets recently named to the Eastern League All-Star Game. Last year in the Florida State League All-Star Game he won the MVP with a game tying homerun and the game winning hit in extra innings.

We see rookies come up and have a great one or two weeks all the time in this game… Many of them take advantage of the fact that they are an unknown quantity to the opposing team which gives them a bit of an advantage at times. Eventually, their skill set catches up to them and they become who they’ve always been.

One of the reasons I’ve been pushing Satin as long as I have is because to see him once, is to know he’s a legitimate hitter. I’m not talking about now, I’m talking about seeing him in 2010 and 2011. Considering Satin’s versatility and his ability to play second base, I was always surprised that the Mets never seriously considered him as an option. All he’s ever done was get on base and produce runs and he’s been selected as an All Star three times as a second baseman and once after he became a regular first baseman last season.

The good news is that he’s here now, and I believe he’s here to stay. It took a long time, but Satin never gave up or ever complained about his plight. He’d just put on his uniform day in and day out and and play his heart out with a smile. You have to admire that in a ballplayer.

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One Of The Greatest All-Star Games Ever. And It Happened At Shea Tue, 02 Jul 2013 04:21:49 +0000 beatles2_1024

1964 was a bustling time in our nation’s history. With America still reeling from the shock of our president being assassinated on the streets of Dallas, we were under invasion by a group of four long haired lads from Liverpool. New President Lyndon Johnson declared a ‘War on Poverty.’ Average annual income in America was $6000, a new house cost $13,000, a new car $3500. For $1.25 you could purchase a movie ticket, for $4.50 you could fill your car.

Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Oscar for his role in “Lilies of the Field.” Ford unveiled a new sports car called the Mustang, a game show named “Jeopardy” premiered and another group from England, this one calling themselves the Rolling Stones, released their debut album. In New York, a group of twelve young men were arrested for their rebellious act against the establishment. In what is regarded as the first anti-war protest of the decade, they publicly burned their draft cards in protest of our growing involvement in a place half way around the world most Americans could not locate on a map. A place called Vietnam.

People in NY were excited. Not only were we hosting the World’s Fair but with the opening of Shea Stadium, NL baseball was officially back in NY. With this new state-of-the-art modern facility that could be modified for football, Mets fans were ecstatic. In only the 31st game ever played at Shea, Jim Bunning tossed a Perfect Game. It was the seventh perfecto in history and the first in the NL since John Montgomery Ward tossed one against the Buffalo Bisons in 1880.

Now it was time for our home to appear in the National Spotlight. 50,850 packed Shea as the Mets hosted the 35th All-Star Game. The 1964 midsummer classic is regarded by historians as one of the best ever. Walt Alston managed the NL club and Al Lopez piloted the AL players. Current Mets manager Casey Stengel and future Mets manager Gil Hodges were coaches. Dean Chance took the mound for the AL, Don Drysdale for the NL. The Mets own Ron Hunt started at 2b. Of the 18 starting players, 8 wound wind up in Cooperstown.

Batting Orders

American League                                                                 National League

Jim Fregosi  (SS)                                                                  Roberto Clemente   (RF)

Tony Oliva   (RF)                                                                   Dick Groat         (SS)

Mickey Mantle  (CF)                                                              Billy Williams    (LF)

Harmon Killebrew  (LF)                                                         Willie Mays     (CF)

Bob Allison    (1B)                                                                 Orlando Cepeda  (1B)

Brooks Robinson  (3B)                                                          Ken Boyer     (3B)

Bobby Richardson  (2B)                                                        Joe Torre      (C)

Elston Howard     (C)                                                             Ron Hunt       (2B)

The AL wasted no time taking the lead. Fregosi opened the game with a solid hit to left field, moved to second base on a passed ball and scored two outs later on a rocket to left off the bat of Harmon Killebrew. 1-0 AL.

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LA Angels’ Dean Chance baffled the NL for three innings. In the fourth he was replaced by John Wyatt of the Kansas City A’s. Billy Williams welcomed Wyatt to the game by leading off the fourth with a solo home run. Later that inning a solo blast by Ken Boyer put the NL on top, 2-1.

The NL added to the lead in the fifth. With two outs, Clemente singled up the middle off of Camilio Pascual. Cardinals shortstop Dick Groat doubled, Clemente raced home and the NL was up 3-1.

The American League rallied to tie the game in the sixth. After Oliva was fanned, Mantle and Killebrew singled. Brooks Robinson hit a line drive to the power alley in left-center. The ball rolled to the wall, Mantle and Killebrew scored. 3-3.

The AL recaptured the lead in the seventh when Elston Howard was hit by a Turk Farrell pitch. Pinch-hitter Rocky Colavito doubled, making it second and third. Fregosi hit a sac-fly to center that scored Howard and put the AL back on top, 4-3.

Boston’s Dick Radatz came in and once again the NL hitters were baffled. Radatz struck out 4 of the 6 batters he faced in the 7th and 8th. Juan Marichal made quick work of the AL in the top of the 9th. Radatz took the mound in the bottom half of the frame needing only three outs. But he’d have to face the heart of the NL’s potent lineup.


Mays opened the inning with a walk and stole second. With the tying run in scoring position, Mays’ teammate Orlando Cepeda dug in. He hit a pop fly to short right that dropped. Mays scored easily to tie the game at 4-4. Cepeda, who took second on the throw home, was replaced by pinch runner Curt Flood. Ken Boyer popped out for the first out. Reds catcher Johnny Edward was intentionally walked to set up the DP. With runners on first and second and the game knotted at 4 in the bottom of the ninth, who was due up but none other than our own Ron Hunt, the Mets sole representative.

Manager Alston, however, decided to pinch hit for Hunt with Hank Aaron. The future HR king was fanned and it seemed like Radatz would get out of the jam when Phillies outfielder Johnny Callison stepped to the plate. Callison sent the first pitch high and deep. The ball sailed over the RF wall and gave the NL an improbable come from behind 7-4 victory, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies outfielder joined Ted Williams and Stan Musial as the only players to win an All-Star Game on a walk-off HR.

Now, after half a century, the All-Star Game returns to the home of the Mets. Here’s to great memories, exciting baseball and a NL victory. To Baseball fans around the country and around the planet, Welcome To Our Home.721_-mlb_all-star_game-primary-2013

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Collins Named Coach For Upcoming All-Star Game Fri, 14 Jun 2013 01:38:38 +0000 Collins was recently named as coach for the upcoming All-Star game on June 6th.

Current Mets manager Terry Collins has been named as National League coach alongside former Mets skipper Davey Johnson for the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field.

The two were designated by Bruce Bochy on Thursday, the current skipper for the San Francisco Giants, who will manage the National League at this years Midsummer Classic.

The announcement marks Collins’ second straight year coaching for the All-Star game after serving under Tony La Russa in last years rout of the American League.

Currently in his third and final season managing the Washington Nationals, Johnson, led the 1986 Mets to a 108 win season and their second World Series title.

The opposition also received additions to their coaching staff, as AL manager Jim Leyland named Robin Ventura and John Gibbons to his team, both of which have ties with the Mets organization.

Ventura was with the Mets when they won their last NL pennant in 2000, while Gibbons had a brief stint with the team back in the 80′s.

The All-Star game will take place on July 16. The last time the Mets hosted the event was in 1964 at Shea Stadium.

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My Personal Attempt To Sabotage The All-Star Game Thu, 23 May 2013 10:50:01 +0000 721_-mlb_all-star_game-primary-2013It’s that time of the year again. Seven weeks into the season and we are being asked to vote for the 2013 All-Stars.

This week Cincinnati came to town. Now, imagine for a moment, if as you walked into Citi Field you were handed a ballot where you could choose which Reds you would want playing that day. Safe to say, we Mets fans would probably decide that Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce deserve a day off. We could have Jack Hannahan bat clean-up. Johnny Cueto? Are you kidding me? Of course not.

Why would we do this? The answer is obvious. We want our Mets to win.

Now, of course that would never happen. When do fans get to pick their opponent’s team? Unless, it’s the All-Star Game.

Growing up and becoming a fan in the 1970’s, the Mid-Summer Classic was a highlight of the season for me. It gave me a chance to see my baseball cards come to life. The game was steeped in tradition. It showcased the top talent in the game. It was an opportunity for America to see the best and brightest from each league battle for ‘bragging rights.’

Ray Fosse On Ground, Pete Rose StandingWe had the opportunity to see dream match-ups that only existed in Strat-O-Matic. We could watch our own Tom Seaver try to fan Rod Carew, a young cocky Roger Clemens trying to sneak a fast ball by Tony Gwynn, Charlie Hustle digging in against Catfish or Rickey Henderson challenging the arm of Dave Parker. Yes, this is what the All-Star Game was. And what it is meant to be.

As we all know the game regrettably has changed. League loyalty is gone. Not only do players not stay with one team for most of their career, but they have no qualms about switching leagues. Guys like George Brett, Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson, Jim Palmer, Willie Mays and countless others never would have dreamed about ‘crossing over.’ Nowadays, however, one doesn’t have to look far. Pujols, Cabrera, Fielder, Beckett, A-Gon have all switched.

And that’s fine. But in the midst of this, league loyalty fades away.

Yet, in 2003, Bud Selig elected to add a disturbing nuance to the ASG when he decided that the winner of a ‘meaningless’ game in July determines who has home field advantage for the World Series.

Obviously, thanks to the commissioner, the contest is no longer a simple platform to display the top stars. The game now has major significance, huge importance. The All-Star Game has a direct outcome on who may become World Champions. Since the inception of this rule a decade ago, the league that won the All-Star Game has gone on to win the World Series 7 out of 10 times. And the last four in a row. (The only exceptions were the 03 Marlins, 06 Cardinals and 08 Phillies.)

Now, being a NL fan, I obviously want the NL to win. And since this is the case, explain to me why I should vote for the top stars from the AL. Are you joking? I’m rooting for the NL—But yet I am supposed to vote for Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols and Dustin Pedroia and Torii Hunter??? The heck with that! I’m going to vote for the worst hitters I can find, some guy from Seattle or Kansas City I never heard of. I’m supposed to vote for Ian Kinsler or Howie Kendrick when Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis is on the ballot? Come on people. Get real.


And since Commissioner Selig has turned this exhibition game into something of great significance, I, as a NL fan, want the best NL-ers out there. Since the point is to win, why does every need need to be represented? Why does every player need to get one at-bat? Why are the managers equally concerned with making sure every player gets in the game as they are with winning the game? Since the purpose is to win, I better see Buster Posey and Bryce Harper out there the entire night. I want to see Kershaw for 8 and Romo to close it out.

When Giants manager Bruce Bochy set his line-up for game 4 of the World Series last year, he didn’t decide that perhaps Pablo Sandoval needed a day off. He didn’t elect to give Posey a rest and put Hector Sanchez behind the plate. He put his best team on the field. Why? Because it was a must-win game…just like the All-Star Game has become.

Now, of course, this would never happen. Dodger fans would be up in arms (and rightfully so) if their ace “wasted” a start in the “meaningless” All-Star Game. But really, how meaningless is it?

So, as a Baseball fan, I will vote for the 2013 All-Star Game. But as a Mets fan, and as a fan of the National League, I will be voting for the worst the American League has to offer. And I will continue to do so until Selig reinstates the Mid-Summer Classic to what it was and what it should be: A traditional setting where fans could sit back and enjoy the best our National Pastime has to offer.

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LaRussa Says Matt Cain, Not R.A. Dickey, Will Start All-Star Game Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:46:40 +0000

It must be great to be a San Francisco Giants fan.

Not only did a late push of fan votes elect three starting position players (Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera) to the NL lineup, but now the Giants will also have Matt Cain as the starting pitcher.

John Harper of the New York Daily News tweeted at 9:23 a.m. that “Source says Dickey is not starting All-Star Game. Will be Cain vs. Verlander.”

No knock on Cain, whose perfect game this season certainly warrants an All-Star start, but R.A. Dickey has been the feel-good story of the year.

Here are the results of a National Poll taken by ESPN shortly after the announcement was made: Click the image to embiggen.

More than two to one of over 34,000 votes tallied thus far would have preferred to see R.A. Dickey over Matt Cain.

NL manager Tony La Russa had been rumored last week to be on the fence about starting Dickey based on Posey potentially having difficulty handling the knuckleball. Posey will instead catch his regular battery mate Cain to open the game.

Either way though, whoever is catching will have to handle the pitch, since obviously Josh Thole will not be heading to Kansas City. Posey and Carlos Ruiz are the only catchers on the NL roster, so most likely Posey will be catching Dickey anyway.

While we are bound to see Dickey at some point, it’s a shame he’s not getting the start. He’s tied for the NL lead in wins, is second in strikeouts and is fifth in ERA.

Dickey said that he wanted the start since he’s a competitor and any competitor would want to start the game.

So both Mets representatives have now been swindled out of their potential starting roles in the mid-summer classic. David Wright’s fate rested with the fans, so that is not as egregious as the Dickey decision.

You would think that an actual baseball mind in La Russa would be able to make the right choice. I guess not.

This post was updated at 3:30 PM

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Bud Selig Officially Announces Mets 2013 All-Star Game Hosts Wed, 16 May 2012 17:13:05 +0000 Updated 5/16 at 1:30pm:

The Mets have been awarded the 2013 All-Star Game announced MLB commissioner Bud Selig today at a press conference at City Hall. In addition to Selig,  Mayor Bloomberg, Fred Wilpon and of course Mr. Met were on hand for the announcement.

“As we celebrate the franchise’s golden anniversary this year, I am pleased to award the 2013 All-Star Game to the New York Mets and their loyal fans. We are delighted to bring the Midsummer Classic to Citi Field, a wonderful ballpark that has carried on the remarkable National League tradition in New York City. The Mets will be superb hosts to next summer’s greatest sporting event.”
-Bud Selig today announcing Mets 2013 All-Star hosts.

This will mark the second time in franchise history that the New York Mets will host an All-Star Game, the last time being 1964 during Shea Stadium’s inaugural season. This marks the ninth time that the All-Star Game will be played in New York City, more than any other city. Baseball’s 84th All-Star Game will take place at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 13th, 2013.

Original Post 5/7 at 1:38pm:

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post says to expect an official announcement shortly that the Mets will host the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field.

Expect an official announcement shortly that the Mets will host the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. It’s been locked in for over five years.

This has been expected for quite sometime but the timing of an official announcement has been a long time coming most likely because MLB wanted to be sure the Wilpons and their financial problems were settled and behind them.

In 2009, Kelly created some great mock-up logos/patches for the 2013 All Star Game and posted them on MMO. We even took a vote to see which one our readers preferred the most.

Here are the designs that you voted on…

Each design tells a story about the rich history and imagery of our team and our wonderful city.

*Click on each design to enlarge and see the graphic in high resolution.*

1. Mets All Star Skyline – The first entry is representative of the classic Mets logo with such aspects as the skyline and bridge and of course the shape.

Ranked #1 with 895 votes.

2. Big Apple All Stars – The Home Run Apple is one of the most popular and familiar Mets symbols. Many Mets fans remember campaigning to save the apple when the team moved from the beloved Shea Stadium to the new Citi Field.

Ranked #4 with 518 votes.

3. All Stars Across the Unisphere –  Arguably Queens’ most iconic symbol, the Unisphere is located in Flushing Meadow Park and not far from the home of the Mets.

Ranked #3 with 567 votes.

4. Mr. Met Is An All Star – A happy Mr. Met sits atop this All Star logo which is in the shape of home plate.

Ranked #2 with 725 votes.

Amazing job by Kelly on these and I’d wager good money that whatever the team decides to go with, their patch probably won’t be nearly as good as any of these.


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Mets Still Not Official Host Of 2013 All-Star Game Thu, 05 Jan 2012 01:57:18 +0000 Major League Baseball has yet to officially announce the Mets as the host for the 2013 All-Star Game, says Eric Fisher of Sporting News. Fisher says that MLB and New York City are still negotiating and working on “dealing with the complex logistics” of hosting such an event in the nation’s largest market.

Fisher makes a point of saying that despite both MLB and the Mets declining to comment on the issue, it is a matter of planning out the event and not a result of the Amazin’s financial situation.

It will likely be until late January at the earliest before any resolution/official announcement is made.

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Welcome To The 2011 MLB “Some”-Star Game Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:30:23 +0000 Tonight, when you get ready to watch the All-Star Game with your cold drink in hand and bowl of chips about to tip over onto the carpet, you’ll probably be taken back to your childhood, when you used to watch players such as Gary Carter, Cal Ripken, Jr., Ozzie Smith and other future Hall of Famers take the field in a matchup of the best baseball players in the majors.

But this year, instead of seeing guys such as Ryan Braun, Felix Hernandez, Mariano Rivera and some guy who just reached a thousand hits for the third time, we’ll be treated to the likes of Scott Rolen (.241, 5 HR, 36 RBI), Russell Martin (.220, 10 HR, 36 RBI), Brandon League (1-4, 3.44 ERA).

In other words, we’re not seeing the All-Star Game. Rather, we’re seeing the Some-Star Game, where some stars will make courtesy appearances and the rest of the players will need to wear name tags for anyone to recognize them. (Aaron Crow? Jordan Walden? Kevin Correia and his 4.01 ERA and .270 opponents’ batting average?)

Things weren’t always this way at the Mid-Summer Classic. The 1971 All-Star Game featured nine future Hall of Famers in the outfield alone. No one needed to be introduced to Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente, Lou Brock, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline or Reggie Jackson. They let their résumés speak for themselves. In all, there were 20 future Hall of Famers who played in that All-Star Game, including Rod Carew, Brooks Robinson, Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Palmer, Johnny Bench, Willie McCovey, Steve Carlton, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, and “The Franchise” himself, Tom Seaver. In addition, both managers (Earl Weaver and Sparky Anderson) were elected to the Hall of Fame.

None of those players called in sick (I’m talking to you, Mariano Rivera). None of the pitchers needed the extra rest because they pitched on the Sunday before the All-Star Game (that’s a silly new rule) and none of them were physically or emotionally exhausted (you figure it out).

The fans vote these players into the All-Star Game because they want to see them play on the national stage among their peers. Let’s take a random All-Star and change his name so as not to single out any particular player. We’ll call him Dirk Jitters. Mr. Jitters received millions of votes from the fans to start for his respective league in the All-Star Game. But Dirk decided he’d rather take the time off and not even bother to show up to the game that he was voted to start in.

That would be similar to Americans voting Barack Obama into the White House, only to have him say “you know what? I think I’m going to stay home and watch the White Sox instead, but thanks for voting.”

Unlike some of this year’s All-Star crop, including the aforementioned Dirk Jitters (remember, we changed his name to protect the guilty), San Francisco Giants’ closer Brian Wilson actually gets it. He’s thankful for the opportunity to represent his league and feels other All-Stars should not take this honor for granted, saying:

“I would say that you (should) show up, unless you need these three days to recover. You are representing your team, so it would be good to be here. I don’t know if (it’s an) obligation, but it’s one of your duties as a player, out of respect, knowing that there was a guy that really wanted to be on the All-Star team, and his stats were right there, and he would have loved the chance to be here.”

If I wanted to watch a “Some-Star” game, I’d watch a Mets game, because the Mets have “some stars” on the team. But when I tune into the All-Star game, I expect to see the best players in the major leagues. I don’t want to see players no one voted for. I don’t want to see players who were replacements for injured players who were replacements for players who would rather be on paid vacation. I want to see the players who will someday join those members of the 1971 All-Star squads in the Hall of Fame.

As fans, we deserve to see the best players participate in the All-Star Game. If only the players could see the same thing.


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Was Dillon Gee An All-Star Snub? Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:30:43 +0000

This weekend, the rosters for the 82nd annual MLB All-Star Game were announced.

As we all know, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will be representing the Mets in this year’s game—played next Tuesday night at Chase Field in Arizona.

However, the lingering question is should Reyes and Beltran be joined by one of their teammates: Dillon Gee?

Despite his great start to this season, the answer to the preceding question is “No.”

Gee has been a very pleasant surprise for the Mets this season. He picked up right where he left off (and then some) from his strong September last season.

He currently is 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA through 13 starts. He is also tied for the league lead in winning percentage at .800.

However, only 13 starts are probably what hurt him the most when NL manager Bruce Bochy was selecting his staff. Gee was brought up when Chris Young went down for the season.

If Gee had made those five more starts with some success, he might have earned a spot on the team. But for now, let’s be content that he is pitching great and leave it at that. If he duplicates this performance in the coming years, he should definitely be an All-Star at some point.

While the non-selection of Gee seems to be justified, the same cannot be said for Bochy leaving off a few NL pitchers having even better seasons that Gee.

Bochy selected four pitchers from his own San Francisco Giants pitching staff: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Brian Wilson.

Wilson—the closer—should obviously be there. Even Vogelsong—who’s been a career journeyman—rightfully deserves his first All-Star selection after posting a 6-1 record with a 2.13 ERA.

However, the selections of Lincecum and Cain—normally two of the games top pitchers—might just be Bochy rewarding his own guys.

Lincecum has had an off year and sits at 6-7 with a 3.04 ERA. Cain meanwhile is just 7-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Though maybe one could have made the team, taking both over other deserving pitchers doesn’t seem too fair.

Braves starter Tommy Hanson was probably the biggest snub. He’s 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA and has the lowest batting average against in the league at .193. If those aren’t All-Star numbers, than seriously what are?

Even Pirates starter Kevin Correia could be considered a snub. At 11-6, he’s tied with Jair Jurrjens and Roy Halladay—both on the NL team—for the league lead in wins.

These snubs may get a chance, however, to make the team as last minute replacements. Cain and Cole Hamels are scheduled to pitch Sunday so won’t be available for Tuesday’s game.

Hanson, Correia or maybe even Gee may get the call to fill in those spots. Either way, hopefully Gee will continue this output in the second half.

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Mets Will Host The 2013 All-Star Game: Just What the Doctor Ordered Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:27:15 +0000 Nearly forty seven years ago Johnny Callison hit a walk off home run in the 1964 All-Star Game at Shea Stadium, that being the first and only time the Mets in their 49-year history would host an All-Star Game. Now in 2011, Sports Illustrated and sources close to Jon Heyman are reporting that the New York Mets will host the All-Star Game. The report is unconfirmed by MLB but many sources close to the situation say it is going to happen. This on the heels of the Wilpon’s looking to find a minority investor in the Mets.

Yesterday, the Wilpons in a conference call stated that they would like to sell up to 25% of the team to “Make sure they have the necessary resources to compete and win”. The Wilpons are currently in a messy lawsuit following the Bernie Madoff scandal that possibly left the Wilpons with an extra $50 million in their pockets, something trustee Irving Picard has been entrusted to recover for the victims of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Picard may be seeking up to one billion dollars from the Wilpons as a result of the whole mess. This puts possible financial restraints on the Mets in one of the most pivotal off seasons in franchise history coming up following the 2011 season.

I recap all of this because having the All-Star Game at Citi Field in 2013 will bring in a ton of revenue to the team in the upcoming years. All-Star Games sell out faster than you can say “Albert Pujols” and feature people from all over the country coming to see baseball’s greatest stars, and they pay top dollar to do so. Like it or not, but if the Mets get themselves another investor and hit the jackpot on this All-Star Game, it has the potential to secure the Wilpons as the owners of the Mets.

I know the All-Star Game itself with tickets and food and what not generates about the same revenue as Opening Day, but when you add in all the advertising, marketing and merchandising opportunities, it will generate even more much needed money. Fans will pay hand over fist for the jerseys, caps, souvenirs, programs, etc. It will be a cash cow for the Mets in 2013. Until then, the Mets have a lot to worry about as far as their financial future.

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Let’s Do This Thing Wed, 14 Jul 2010 20:07:09 +0000 The All-Star game is behind us, and I’d like to thank Brian McCann for the game-winning hit that will give the Mets home field advantage in the World Series. You think that’s far-fetched?  Well, it’s not.  The Mets are just 4 games back of Atlanta and have a lot to be optimistic about.  Carlos Beltran returns tomorrow in San Fran, and a lot has gone right for the Mets without him. That’s not to say this team doesn’t have flaws, because it does, and they reared their ugly head against Cincy and Atlanta last week.  But the Mets are a true contender.

Lots of things have to bounce right, but it feels good knowing the Mets have a great shot at the postseason and a more-than-we-thought-before shot at actually reaching the Fall Classic.  Hence my opening line, which is only partially in jest.

It sure would be nice if we added a Roy Oswalt, who would look great as a true #2 starter behind Johan, but this team will probably win 85 to 90 games either way.

Are you optimistic?  Are you pessimistic?  Honestly, since we weren’t picked to win, and since no one expected the Mets to finish about fourth place, all the pressure was off.  And combined with great chemistry, unbelievable pitching and the resurgence of David Wright, it’s made this team a contender again.  So let’s do this thing.  Let’s get into the second half on a roll and make a statement that the Mets are for real, and might just be for real into October.

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