Mets Merized Online » American League http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:12:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Start Spreading The News… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/start-spreading-the-news.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/start-spreading-the-news.html/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:09:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194538 curtis granderson

After a convincing 6-4 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, the New York Mets (86-67) are on the brink of their first postseason in nine years.

With the Washington Nationals losing again to the Baltimore Orioles before the Mets even took the field on Thursday, the Mets’ magic number to clinch the National League East title has been slashed to three.

The Mets increased their division lead to 7 1/2 games with nine games remaining on their schedule, and they can clinch as early as Saturday.

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With the 2015 regular season nearing the end, Bovada has released their updated odds for the World Series. Only three teams have better odds than the Mets to win the World Series.

It’s increasingly apparent that the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers will hook up in the National League Divisional Series. What now lies at stake is home-field advantage and currently the Mets trail the Dodgers by 1 1/2 games.

Manager Terry Collins told reporters on Thursday that he is unconcerned about finishing ahead of the Dodgers.

“Five o’clock in Los Angeles is really a tough time to play at Dodger Stadium. That being said, it’s going to be a tough time for them, too,” Collins said. “Right now we’ve just got to get in. I don’t care where we play.”

Collins also mentioned how less pressurized it is in the clubhouse when the team is away from Citi Field where he says they play too tight. And the home and road disparity in both record and numbers of late support that.

But I could care less about that right now… Our team is on the verge of clinching on Saturday and I’m so ecstatic that we’re heading back to the postseason.

I’ve believed in this team since Spring Training and we’ve all been through thick and thin while keeping the faith under some trying periods throughout a long and sometimes tedious season. For the true believers, our loyalty is about to be rewarded.

And as I’ve maintained since the All-Star break, if we made it to the postseason the Mets would easily be the most dangerous team in the playoffs, and a team that can go all the way. Our pitching in a short series will be lethal.

It’s been such a fun and exciting and thrilling season to be a part of and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us in the next four weeks. Mets baby!

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All-Star Recap: AL Tops NL 6-3, DeGrom Strikes Out The Side http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/all-star-recap-al-tops-nl-6-3-degrom-strikes-out-the-side.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/all-star-recap-al-tops-nl-6-3-degrom-strikes-out-the-side.html/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 03:47:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=187134 jacob deGrom

The American League All Stars defeated the National League All Stars by a score of 6-3 in Cincinnati Tuesday night.

National League:

Pitching:

Zack Greinke started the game for the National League. He pitched two strong innings after giving up an opposite field leadoff home run to Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout. The next batter walked, however he retired the remainder of batters he faced, four of which via the strikeout.

Gerrit Cole pitched the third inning, walking a batter and striking out Mike Trout. He was relieved by Madison Bumgarner, who allowed a base hit to Lorenzo Cain and eventually ran into a little trouble, but didn’t allow a run. 

Clayton Kershaw came in to pitch the 5th inning and allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and one walk.

And in ran the flowing locks of Jacob deGrom to pitch the 6th inning, who immediately struck out Steven Vogt on three straight fastballs. Then Jason Kipnis came up and did a little better, he struck out on four fastballs, two of which hit 98 mph. Then Jose Iglesias came in and after flailing at a 97 mph fastball he wasn’t even close when deGrom played with him throwing two sliders. So yes, Jacob deGrom struck out the side on 10 pitches. There were 0 foul balls. 5 swinging and 4 called strikes. He was DOMINANT. Or… Shall I say… deGrominant.

Francisco Rodriguez, who has no numbers as good as Jeurys Familia‘s, came in for the 7th inning and was hit around. He gave up consistently solid contact, allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit and a walk.

Mark Melancon came in to pitch the 8th, and struck out two while allowing a solo home run to Brian Dozier.

Hometown closer Aroldis Chapman took the top of the 9th inning tossing heat, his slowest fastball being 98 mph and hitting 103 multiple times. He struck out the side.

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Offense:

After Paul Goldschmidt recorded an infield single (and then advanced to second on a Josh Donaldson throwing error), Jhonny Peralta drove him in with a single to right field, tying the game at 1 in the second inning.

After deGrom whiffed through the American League batters in the top of the 6th inning, Andrew McCutchen jumped on the first pitch he saw from Chris Archer to blast a second deck home run to left field to trim the score to 3-2.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Paul Goldschmidt reached base on a throwing error committed by pitcher Zach Britton. Yadier Molina then singled up the middle to bring up Met– I mean Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who grounded into a fielder’s choice. No All Star win for Jacob deGrom this year.

Ryan Braun led of the 9th inning with a triple into the right field corner, then almost immediately scored on a Brandon Crawford SAC fly to reduce the lead to 6-3. Kris Bryant then flew out to the warning track in right field, just missing a home run. Joe Panik then lined out to left field to end the game.

American League:

Pitching:

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros started for the American League, pitching 2 innings allowing 2 hits and one unearned run, and struck out one. He was relieved by Felix Hernandez and does what kings do, pitching a perfect 3rd inning, striking out Andrew McCutchen.

David Price pitched a perfect 4th inning, striking out two batters. He was relieved by Rays’ Chris Archer who pitched an inning and a third, allowing a home run to Andrew McCutchen.

Zach Britton came in with one out in the 6th and allowed a hit, but worked out of a jam to keep the AL’s lead intact.

Dellin Betances took the 7th inning, allowing a walk while striking out one. Royals setup man Wade Davis took the 8th, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

Glen Perkins came in for the 9th with a 4 run lead and despite giving up a triple and a sac fly, he secured the win with an otherwise clean inning.

Offense:

Mike Trout led off the game with an opposite field solo shot off Zack Greinke to give the American League an early 1-0 lead. He ended up going 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

In the 5th inning with a runner on first, Mike Trout hit a ground ball which should have been a double play, but it was turned too slow up the middle and Trout was safe at first. Manny Machado flew out, then Albert Pujols walked to put runners on first and second with 2 outs. Prince Fielder proceeded to knock a base hit to left field scoring Mike Trout to give the AL a 2-1 lead. Then on the very next pitch, Lorenzo Cain ripped a double down the line scoring Albert Pujols for a 3-1 lead.

In the 7th inning, Manny Machado ripped an RBI double to score Brock Holt. Then Prince Fielder hit a SAC fly to increase the American League’s lead to 5-2.

In the 8th inning, Brian Dozier ripped a solo home run to dead center field to increase the lead to 6-2 for the American League.

Notes:

Mike Trout‘s leadoff home run was the first hit by the first batter of the All Star Game since Joe Morgan in 1977, and the first first leadoff homer since Bo Jackson in 1989.

Every position player on both teams were used.

With the win, the American League secured home field advantage for the 2015 World Series.

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A’s Still Looking For Win-Now Pieces http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/as-still-looking-for-win-now-pieces.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/as-still-looking-for-win-now-pieces.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:30:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=185307 Infielder-Ben-Zobrist-Oakland-Athletics_Rick-Osentoski-USA-TODAY-Sports

As Ken Rosenthal wrote last week, Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics currently own one of the worst records in the American League but are still not ready to give up on competing this season. They are still open to dealing for Ben Zobrist, who has been the subject of Mets-A’s rumors for months, but are not looking for prospects in return.

Rosenthal cited recent trade talks with the Nationals, in which Oakland wanted outfielder Michael Taylor, a top power-hitting, speedy prospect who has played 55 games with the Nationals this season. So if you thought the Mets could get away with giving up Brandon Nimmo or another not-quite-ready prospect, think again. The A’s want someone who can help over the next few months, not the next few years.

Although the Mets may be able to trade Daniel Murphy or Dilson Herrera as players who can contribute now, this makes them less of a match for a deal with Oakland. The Mets have a plethora of tradable prospects, but dealing someone like Murphy would hurt their already-reeling offense. Ideally, the Mets would deal from their strength, pitching, to get better.

That being said, a lot can change between now and the July 31 trade deadline. If the A’s fall further out of contention, Beane’s strategy could shift and make a deal between him and Sandy Alderson more of a possibility.

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MMO 2015 Season Preview: American League West http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-2015-season-preview-american-league-west.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-2015-season-preview-american-league-west.html/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=177870 Seattle-Mariners-Felix-Hernandez

Texas Rangers – 5th Place

Key additions: Yovani Gallardo

Key subtractions: Alex Rios, Jason Frasor and sort of Yu Darvish

In what I expect to be the best division in the American League, I can’t find a reason to give Texas anything higher than 4th place. Since I think Houston will be young and fun enough to watch, I’ll peg Texas here.

Texas won’t be as bad as they were in 2014, but the loss of Darvish and the continued uncertainty of Prince Fielder is a big deal. Right now, Fielder looks like he is going to be fine – but he’s still coming back from neck surgery.

This team also is living and dying on the potential of Andrus and Odor. I’m starting to have my doubts on Andrus and it’s too early to tell with Odor. The only player you can 100% count on in this lineup if Adrian Beltre who continues to produce year after year in spite of his age.

Outside of Gallardo, I’m not really convinced this rotation of Holland, Detwiler, Lewis and Tepesch can keep up in this division which is packed with quality hitters and better pitchers.

Another rough year in Texas, just possibly not quite as embarrassing as 2014 was.

Houston Astros – 4th Place

Key additions: Evan Gattis, Luis Valbuena, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek, Jed Lowrie, and Colby Rasmus.

Key subtractions: Dexter Fowler & Mike Foltynewicz.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Xtreem pegs Houston in 3rd or higher, they seem like the young sexy pick this year but I just cannot buy in yet.

I will say in terms of just mashing the ball, the combination of Evan Gattis, Chris Carter, George Springer and Colby Rasmus is going to be really fun to watch. I am not sure yet what the plan is for Gattis/Carter because I don’t think Gattis is going to play the field much which means you have two DH’s. That’s going to be a tricky situation later in the year when Gattis proves to be a defensive liability.

Still, you take those four guys and put Jose Altuve in front of them and you have suddenly got a scary looking lineup.

The problem in Houston is, and will be the pitching. I cannot come up with a logical reason why the starting rotation of Keuchel, Feldman, Wojciechowski, McHugh and Hernandez can compete for a division title inside the best division in the American League.

I don’t care how scary the lineup looks on paper – that rotation doesn’t scare anybody. Their bullpen additions were nice adds, Gregerson paired with Qualls and Neshek should do just well enough.

It won’t matter though, they may be a story early in the year but that rotation is not holding up for 162.

Oakland A’s – 3rd Place

Key additions: Ben Zobrist, Brett Lawrie, Marcus Semien, Billy Butler, Ike Davis, and Tyler Clippard

Key subtractions: Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Derek Norris, John Jaso, Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo, Daric Barton, Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, and Luke Gregerson

Look, I know the formula seems to work when everybody seems to think Billy Beane has lost his mind – but I look at that key departure list and remember how their season ended and I just cannot put them any higher than 3rd in this division.

Is Oakland where Ike Davis find himself or is where he just continues to have hot streaks that make us salivate and look to blame Mets management for sticking us with a 30 HR 1B in Lucas Duda?

Realistically, if Ike Davis isn’t a power hitter then Billy Butler becomes the most important hitter in this lineup – that’s a scary situation if you ask me. This lineup looks nothing like the A’s of the past few years (the Astros do), they look more like the Rays of the past few years.

The rotation should be solid with Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Hahn leading the way and then the fingers crossed with Drew Pomeranz and Kendall Graveman.

I love the addition of Tyler Clippard, he was the only Nationals reliever I hated seeing, I think the combo of Clippard with Sean Doolittle could be nasty.

Overall, I’d say this team is annoying because I think they can pitch real well – but they won’t be able to produce runs at the same clip they did over the last few years and for that reason, they slide into third here.

Los Angeles Angels – 2nd Place

Key additions: Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano & Matt Joyce

Key subtractions: Howie Kendrick, Hank Conger and then possibly Josh Hamilton

For the Angels, it’s all about staying healthy and putting together quality years from the talent around Mike Trout.

Can Albert Pujols drive in 100 runs again? A .790 OPS year isn’t exactly eye popping, but it will do just fine in his current role, based on his age.

The only real hole in this lineup is the one left by Josh Hamilton, and frankly – I’m not sure how big of a hole that is. I’m not too confident that Collin Cowgill is good enough for the everyday role in LA, but I’m also not too concerned about what he’s replacing based on last year’s result.

Cowgill is having a nice spring, but he always seems to…right?

He did okay last year, not good – not the worst thing you ever saw either. We’ll see how that goes.

The rotation is once again lead by Jered Weaver following by Garrett Richards who should be back from a knee injury at the end of April, then you have C.J. Wilson. I really like Matt Shoemaker, he went relatively unnoticed last year going 16-4.

The bullpen is still pretty good – Huston Street and Joe Smith slam the door shut and while I like the combo of Clippard/Doolittle better, they are still one of the best 8/9 combo’s in the American League.

Seattle Mariners – 1st Place

Key additions: Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, J.A. Happ, Justin Ruggiano, and Rickie Weeks.

Key subtractions: Kendrys Morales, Michael Saunders, Brandon Maurer, Chris Young, Justin Smoak.

I cannot be the only person who knows Yankees fans that mocked Robinson Cano’s choice of choosing Seattle over the Yankees right?

How do you think Robinson feels about that decision right now? Put the money aside…try and tell me why he is not in a better situation right now? I still think the Yankees picked the wrong time to be “smart” with their money.

Adding Nelson Cruz to this lineup was a great move, should prove very beneficial to Cano also. You’re replacing James Jones with Austin Jackson and CoreyHart/Justin Smoak with Cruz – yeah I’d say they did pretty well there.

The rotation is lead obviously by King Felix. Hisashi Iwakuma takes his spot as the #2 – no brainer there. What will be interesting to see is whether James Paxton and Taijuan Walker are ready to step in and follow King Felix’s lead to help make this one of the best rotations in the American League. The hype and potential are there, but they have to prove it on the field.

Seattle’s bullpen was very good last year, they bring back all of the key pieces and while I am not the biggest Fernando Rodney fan in the world – I have to trust that this bullpen remaining in tact from 2014 should lead to great things.

I think Seattle has put it all together, finally. If Walker/Paxton can be the pitchers many have expected them to be, then Seattle should be considered a top 3 team in the American League.

AL West MVP: I don’t think it makes sense to pick anybody but Mike Trout here.

AL West Cy Young: King Felix took back his reign last year from Darvish, and with Darvish out – Felix is a no brainer.

AL West Sleeper: Is Taijuan Walker a sleeper? I guess he has to be right? He’s my guy.

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5th Place – Oakland A’s

Guys, they lost basically everything and added……Tyler Clippard. Look, Clippard is one of the best 8th-inning guys in the league, but he’s the key addition to a team who barely avoided missing the playoffs in epic fashion and proceeded to lose their two best pitchers, best position player and a reliever comparable to Clippard in the first place. Not to mention Coco Crisp missing two months. I do think Zobrist is a solid player and Semien will have a nice year, but there’s literally nothing on that roster you can depend on to have a really good year. There’s some potential there (Semien, and I do really like Gray), but nothing reliable. Put it this way. My bet is the A’s all star this season isn’t earned. It’ll be one of those default, every-team-needs-one loophole all stars like Daniel Murphy.

4th Place – Texas Rangers

The loss of Darvish absolutely destroys any chance this team has to compete. What makes this team a step up from cellar dweller to me is that, like Jessep said, you can pencil Beltre in for an all star season, which is more than you can say for the A’s. And I think a healthy Prince Fielder is also better than anyone on Oakland. And I ALSO think Leonys Martin is better than anyone on the A’s. I think Andrus is a very good shortstop, though perhaps slightly overpaid, and Odor has tons of potential. I think Gallardo and Holland are good pitchers, though neither is a prototypical ace. But of course, neither is any pitcher on Oakland. There are plenty of issues here, and I don’t think they’ll be a particularly good team, they’ll just be better than Oakland. Which means…

3rd Place – Houston Astros

Jessep was right! I pick the Astros for third place. This team will score a million runs. Or slightly short of that, maybe. And they can catch the ball. They have a tremendous defensive outfield with Colby Rasums, Jake Marisnick and George Springer left to right and a perennial all star at second base in Altuve. Jason Castro is a very solid defensive catcher, as well. Besides the power, Chris Carter became a well-rounded hitter in the second half, believe it or not. The left side of the infield won’t offer much production on either side of the ball, but again, I only pick this team for third place. I think the bullpen is very good and Keuchel is about ready to be one of the better lefties in the league. Feldman isn’t great, but he’s outperformed his FIP the last two seasons and actually has a good defense behind him now. He’s solid at worst. I don’t think we’ve gotten to a really good team in the AL West yet, this is just who’s less worse than the others.

2nd Place – Seattle Mariners

Over hype. To be fair, they didn’t lose anyone of value. To be honest, they didn’t really gain a whole lot of value, either. Everyone will point to Nelson Cruz as a huge splash that will put them over the top. But Cruz cooled off considerably and hit only .249/.308/.451 after May 31. And he’s moving to a stadium that greatly suppresses power. Kyle Seager’s star is on the rise, but aside from Cruz, Seager and Cano, where’s the offense coming from? Dustin Ackley stinks, Logan Morrison hasn’t played 100 games in four years, Mike Zunino is one more bad year from being a complete disaster, Brad Miller couldn’t hit sand if he fell off a camel and Seth Smith is a platoon player. Austin Jackson is decent, I suppose. I do think they have a great rotation and a solid pen, but this team will lose a lot of low-scoring games. There won’t be a real big gap between the Mariners and the Astros if Houston finds itself pitching better than expected.

1st Place – Los Angeles Angels

The Angels’ rotation isn’t that far behind Seattle’s (especially if Heaney is as advertised when he gets his shot) and they also have a very solid pen, but the difference here is that the Angels can actually hit. Jessep expressed his concern over Cowgill in the outfield, rightfully so, but also mentioned he’s not exactly replacing 2008 Hamilton, also rightfully so. If the former Mets legend happens to stutter out of the gate, the Angels can always trot Matt Joyce out there, who played a solid left field for the Rays the last two seasons and get C.J. Cron’s bat in the DH spot. Second base is hole for sure, and David Freese had his second straight season in decline, but the Angels aren’t only the best team in the division, they’ll probably have home field in the playoffs, as well.

AL West MVP: Michael Nelson Trout.

AL West Cy Young: King Felix. These are easy.

AL West Sleeper: Marcus Semien. He hit .272/.374/.465 in 1,740 minor league at bats, so there’s immense talent there. As a shortstop now, he could be a perennial all star if he can stick there defensively.

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The 2,700 Hit Club Not in the Hall of Fame http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/the-2700-hit-club-not-in-the-hall-of-fame.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/the-2700-hit-club-not-in-the-hall-of-fame.html/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:00:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=153233 cooperstown hall of fame hof

There have been 65 players in MLB history that have racked up at least 2,700 hits. 3,000 hits has been a magic benchmark, but to get 2,700 hits – if you’re not in the Hall of Fame – you’re just one notch below.

So who are the members of the 2,700 hit club that aren’t in the Hall?

Here they are including still active players.

65 – Doc Cramer. Doc played 20 seasons in the majors from 1929-48 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and Detroit Tigers. During his career – he had 2,705 hits and a .296 career batting average. The Center Fielder made made 5 All-Star teams, had three 200 hit seasons, led the American League in hits in 1940, led the American League in at-bats 7 times, led the American League in singles 5 times, and was the hardest man to strike out in the American League 4 times. The closest he came to the Hall was in 1964 when he received 6% of the vote.

63 – Dave Parker. Dave played 19 MLB seasons (1973-91) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, and California Angels. He had 2,712 career hits, a .290 career batting average and 339 home runs. The closest he came to the HOF was in 1998 when he received 24.5% of the vote. Dave was a 7-time All-Star, won two batting titles, three Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, and was the 1978 National League MVP when he hit .334 with 30 HR, 117 RBI’s and won a Gold Glove. His 1,493 RBI’s is 54th in MLB history.

62 – Bill Buckner. We all know Bill. He was much, much more than the Goat of Game 6. He was an outstanding Major Leaguer that played 22 seasons (1969-90) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals. He collected 2,715 hits during his career with a career .289 batting average. He won a batting crown with the Cubs in 1980. He led the National League in doubles twice. He made one All-Star team. He was the hardest man to strike out in the National League twice and two more times in the American League. The closest he came to the Hall was in 1996 when he received 2.1% of the vote.

61 – Rusty Staub. Our Rusty played 23 seasons (1963-85) with the Houston Colt 45′s/Astros, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers. He collected 2,716 career hits and was a .279 career hitter. The closest he came to the HOF was 1994 with 7.9% of the vote. Rusty was a six time All-Star and led the National League in doubles in 1967. He also led the National League in outfield assists 4 times.

58 – Chipper Jones. Chipper generated 2,726 hits and a .303 batting average during his 19 year career (1993, 1995-2012) with the Atlanta Braves. He’ll get into the Hall when he’s eligible.

55 – Al Oliver. Al played 18 years in the Majors (1968-95) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays. He collected 2,743 career hits with a .303 career batting average. In addition to winning the batting crown with the Expos in 1982, he also led the National League in hits, doubles, and RBI’s that season. Al was a 7-time All-Star and won 3 Silver Sluggers. The closest he came to the HOF was in 1991 when he received 4.3% of the vote.

53 – Vada Pinson. Vada played 18 MLB seasons (1958-75) with the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals. He collected 2,757 hits with a .286 career batting average. He was a 3-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove in 1961, led the National League in Runs in 1959, led the National League in hits twice, had four 200-hit seasons, led the National League in triples twice, and led the National League in doubles twice. The closest he came to the HOF was in 1988 with 15.7% of the vote.

52 – Johnny Damon. Damon will be an interesting case as to how close he’ll get the the Hall when he’s eligible. I personally don’t think he’ll get in. He played 18 MLB seasons (1995-2012) with the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Cleveland Indians. He collected 2,769 hits with a career .284 batting average. Johnny made two All-Star teams, in 2000 he led the American League in runs scored and stolen bases. He also led the American League in Triples in 2002.

50 – Ken Griffey, Jr. Junior played 22 seasons (1989-2010) with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox and will be in the Big Room of the HOF when he’s eligible. He had 2,781 hits and a .284 batting average in his career. He was the 1997 MVP when he led the American League in HR, RBI, runs, and Slugging. Griffey was a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, and won 7 Silver Slugger awards. His 630 career Home Runs is 6th on the all time list.

46t – Ivan Rodriguez. Pudge played 21 MLB seasons (1991-2011) with the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals. He had 2,844 hits with a .296 batting average. He was the 1999 American League MVP when he hit .332 with 35 HR, 113 RBI while winning a Gold Glove. He was a 14-time All-Star, won 13 Gold Gloves, 7 Silver Sluggers, and is 1st on the all time career list of games played as a Catcher. Were it not for PED suspicions, Rodriguez’s place in the HOF wouldn’t even be in question. We’ll see what happens when he’s eligible.

46t - Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has 2,844 base hits in his 14 year MLB career with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. The surefire Hall of Famer has a career .317 batting average and had 200+ hits during the first 10 seasons of his career including a MLB record 262 hits during the 2004 season. He is a 10 time All-Star, the 2001 American League MVP, the 2001 American League Rookie of the Year, won 10 straight Gold Gloves, 3 time Silver Slugger and 2 time Batting Champion.

43 – Harold Baines. He played for 22 years (1980-2001) with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles, and Cleveland Indians. A Designated Hitter and Right Fielder for most of his career, Harold earned 2,866 hits with a .289 career batting average. The closest he ever came to the Hall was in 2010 when he earned 6.1% of the vote. He was a 6-time All-Star, won a Silver Slugger in 1989, and led the American League in Slugging in 1984.

40 – Omar Vizquel. Omar played 24 MLB seasons (1989-2012) with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays. He collected 2,877 hits with a .272 career batting average and was one of the greatest defensive Shortstops of all time. Omar was a 3-time All-Star and earned 11 Gold Gloves, including in 2006 during his age 39 season as a member of the Giants. His 2,709 games as a Shortstop is 1st All-Time and is 1,734 Double Plays turned as a SS is 1st All-Time. If Omar doesn’t get into the HOF – something is wrong with the voting.

33 – Barry Bonds. Barry played 22 MLB seasons (1986-2007) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He has 2,935 hits and a .298 career batting average to his name. The 7-time National League MVP has been locked out of the HOF. His 762 Home Runs is 1st all time, as is his 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks. He led the majors in home runs twice, including his MLB record 73 in 2001. He was a 14-time All-Star, won 8 Gold Gloves, 12 Silver Sluggers, won two National League Batting Crowns, and led the National League in OBP 10 times. The closest he’s come to the Hall was in 2013 with 36.2% of the vote. With his tainted PED career, the only way he may get into Cooperstown is as a paying patron.

32 – Alex Rodriguez. How many more hits Alex will collect when he returns from a year long PED suspension remains to be seen. As of now, he has played 20 MLB seasons (1994-2013) with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees. He currently has 2,939 hits and a .299 career batting average. He is a 3-time American League MVP, 14 time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove winner, and 10-time Silver Slugger. He won a batting crown in 1996, led the AL in slugging four times, led the AL in runs scored 5 times, led the AL in hits in 1998, led the AL in home runs 5 times, led the AL in RBI’s twice, had three 200 hit seasons, scored 100+ runs 13 straight seasons, and 13 straight seasons of 100 RBI’s. He is 6th on the all-time RBI list and his 654 career home runs is 5th in MLB history. Despite this resume, he’ll likely be locked out of Cooperstown as well.

24 – Rafael Palmeiro. Rafael played 20 MLB seasons (1986-2005) with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles. Rafael is a member of the 500 HR club and 3,000 hit club and has 3,020 career hits with a .288 batting average and his 569 career home runs is 12th all time. He has the numbers to be in the HOF, but with his PED history – he never achieved more than 12.6% of the vote in 2012 and was dropped from consideration after the 2014 vote after failing to earn 5% of the vote. Rafael was a 4-time All Star, won 3 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Sluggers, led the American League in runs scored in 1993, and led the American League in hits in 1990.

20 – Craig Biggio. Craig played 20 years (1988-2007) with the Houston Astros. He has 3,060 career hits and has a .281 career batting average. He just narrowly missed being voted into the HOF in 2014 with 74.8% of the vote and will get in. Craig was a 7 time All-Star, won 4 Gold Gloves, won 5 Silver Sluggers, led the National League in runs scored twice, led the National League in Doubles 3 times, led the NL in hit by pitches 5 times, and led the National League in stolen bases in 1994. He was hit by 285 pitches in his MLB career (2nd all time).

6 – Derek Jeter. Derek ended his career 6th on the All-time Hit list, collecting 3,465 hits in his 20 year career (1995-2014). The future HOF’er ended with a career .310 batting average, was the 1996 Rookie of the Year, is a 14 time All-Star, 5 time Gold Glove winner, and has won 5 Silver Sluggers.

1 – Pete Rose. The All Time Hit King belongs in the Hall of Fame. Pete played 24 seasons (1963-86) with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Montreal Expos. His 4,256 hits is first all time to go with a .303 career batting average. He was the 1973 National League MVP, a 17-time All-Star, won 2 Gold Gloves, 1 Silver Slugger, won 3 Batting Crowns, has played more games in MLB history (3,562) than anyone else, led the NL in hits 7 times, led the NL in runs scored 4 times, led the NL in doubles 4 times, is 2nd on the career doubles list (746), and had ten 200+ hit seasons.

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Quietly, Gee Drops His Fifth Straight To A’s http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/quietly-gee-drops-his-fifth-straight-to-as.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/quietly-gee-drops-his-fifth-straight-to-as.html/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=163795 dillon geeIt doesn’t feel like five starts since Dillon Gee‘s last victory which came over a month ago to the Atlanta Braves on July 9th! The man who earned the opening day start this year for the Mets is 4-6 with a 3.84 ERA but has now dropped his fifth straight start.

The numbers aren’t as bad as his record. A 3.84 ERA isn’t all that bad and it seems as though Gee generally does keep the team in games.

Last night this was not the case. Gee fell behind to a number of batters throughout the game but things really fell apart in the 4th inning. He couldn’t locate his curveball, yet insisted on throwing it over and over. This led to a bases loaded situation after he walked the number nine hitter Eric Sogard. Coco Crisp promptly laced a bases clearing triple to the wall.

After the game, Gee was obviously not happy about his results. “It’s difficult and it’s frustrating. All I can do is try to take the positives out of this, keep working hard and try to turn it around” (USA Today). Turning things around is crucial for Gee. After pitching to a 2.38 and 2.25 ERA in April and May, his ERA in the following months spiked as high as 6.08 in July and now rests at 3.84. “I haven’t been able to get through the rough inning” Gee added.

No matter how you spin it, Gee was outclassed by one of the best pitchers in the American League this season. Scott Kazmir was on his game, going 6 innings, allowing just a single home-run to Travis d’Arnaud. Given the offensive struggles, allowing four earned runs as a starter just isn’t going to cut it.

The road doesn’t get much easier for the Mets. While Zack Wheeler has been on a dominating streak, he faces another ace of this staff in Jeff Samardzija this afternoon with Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers waiting on deck.

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Curtis Granderson Will Wear No. 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/curtis-granderson-will-wear-no-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/curtis-granderson-will-wear-no-3.html/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:18:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134670 curtis granderson gfx

The Mets will introduce Curtis Granderson. at a press conference at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday at 12:30 PM.

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Granderson will wear uniform No. 3 according to a team announcement.

MMO will be on hand, John Delcos will be covering the press event for us and the Q&A session afterward.

Granderson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and ranks fifth in the majors with a home run every 15.3 at-bats over the last three seasons. He has scored 100 or more runs four times in his career and hit 20 or more home runs in a season six times.

“We are excited to add Curtis’ power to the middle of the lineup,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “He is a dynamic offensive player who has had success in New York.”

Granderson will earn earn annual salaries of $13 million in 2014, $16 million in 2015 and 2016, and $15 million in 2017, and additionally he did not receive a no-trade clause.

The lefthanded hitter batted .229 (49-214) with seven home runs in 2013 with the Yankees after a fractured right forearm and fractured left pinkie limited him to 61 games. Granderson hit 84 home runs, scored 238 runs and collected 225 RBI from 2011-2012 with the Yankees. From 2008-2012 he compiled 312 extra-base hits to rank fourth in the American League during that span.

The 6-1, 195-pounder has batted .261 (1,157-4,438) with 780 runs scored, 199 doubles, 80 triples, 217 home runs, 606 RBI and 122 stolen bases since making his major league debut in 2004 with the Detroit Tigers. Granderson hit 40 or more home runs in consecutive seasons (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012). He finished fourth in the American League MVP voting in 2011 after leading the AL in runs (136) and RBI (119).

Granderson hit 108 home runs from 2010-2012, including 47 on the road, ranking sixth in the majors and 61 at home, ranking second in the majors. He has a .274 (876-3,192) career batting average vs. righthanders with a .357 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage.

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Joe Smith Signs With Angels For Three Years http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/joe-smith-signs-with-angels-for-three-years.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/joe-smith-signs-with-angels-for-three-years.html/#comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 03:08:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132582 joe smith

Update 11/23 at 9:45 PM

Free agent reliever Joe Smith just signed with the Los Angeles Angels on a 3-year deal worth a little more than $15 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Read my thoughts on Joe Smith from an earlier post below…

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Indians were not expected to retain Joe Smith.

Smith, as most of you know, is an ex-Met who was traded away in the J.J. Putz deal. Smith has developed into one of the premier relievers in the American League over the last few years, with a 2.42 ERA in 197.0 innings over his last three seasons. He has also finished 45 games for the Indians and allowed just ten home runs. Right-handers have a career batting average of just .218 against him — while lefties are only faring a little better at .248.

He’s seeking a three-year deal worth about $15 MM and considering he’s just 29, he seems like a reliever that I would take a gamble on.

Here’s the added benefit to that, however — Smith is basically a constant at this point, so you have some margin of error with Jeurys Familia/Jeff Walters/Jack Leathersich/Vic Black.

In the present scenario, as much as I think they’ll all succeed, this would put the Mets in a scenario where they do not HAVE to succeed, and then one of them could be used a trade chip for a big deal down the line.

What do you all think?

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Puma: Mets Dealing With Sticker Shock On Free Agents http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/puma-mets-dealing-with-sticker-shock-on-free-agents.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/puma-mets-dealing-with-sticker-shock-on-free-agents.html/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:45:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132919 MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

An interesting tweet from Mike Puma of the New York Post who said the Mets believed they could get Peralta on a two-year deal:

“Mets dealing with “sticker shock” on free agents. Thought they could get Peralta on a two-year deal, but he wants at least three years.”

On November 11 I actually used the same term to describe recent statements and actions by the Mets front office:

“My guess is that Sandy is suffering from sticker shock. I think it’s safe to say that as much as they wanted you to believe everything is now hunky-dory, it’s obviously not.”

Let me add that this does not mean they won’t still continue to pursue Peralta. I think they will.

However, this just shows how poorly they misjudged this year’s market and explains their hesitation in signing any free agents now and preferring to wait until late in the offseason instead.

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MLB Trade Rumors reported on Monday that the Yankees are expressing interest in Jhonny Peralta, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Peralta would provide the Yankees with insurance should Alex Rodriguez miss significant time with a suspension or in the event of a Derek Jeter injury. He has extensive big league experience at both shortstop and third base.

The Mets met with the free-agent shortstop during the GM Meetings, but a team executive downplayed it saying he just happened to be in Orlando.

Today, Sandy Alderson revealed to reporters that he hasn’t had any contact with Peralta since a rumored meeting with him at the GM Meetings a week ago in Orlando, Fla.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Peralta’s agent is looking for “Big-Time Money” and far more than a three-year, $45 million contract.

The Mets want to add a shortstop from outside the organization. With Stephen Drew expected to be outside their price range, Peralta figured to be the top target in a limited pool of candidates at the position, writes Rubin.

Peralta, 31, was the second most productive player in the Tigers lineup prior to his 50 game suspension for violating major league baseball’s joint drug agreement. He batted .303/.358/457 this season and his strong first half earned him a spot on the All Star team.

An average season for Peralta would like .290 with 35 doubles, 15 home runs, 80 runs, and 80 RBIs.

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Hits & Misses: Thoughts On Duda, den Dekker and Flores http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/hits-misses-thoughts-on-duda-den-dekker-and-flores.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/hits-misses-thoughts-on-duda-den-dekker-and-flores.html/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:50:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129750 lucas duda

Lucas Duda (.232/.351/.426) and Matt den Dekker (.245/.315/.326) might be playing Winter Ball this offseason, according to ESPN New York. Woo freaking hoo…

If either of these two players are starting players for us in 2014, I may just puke. We have to stop settling for mediocrity and insist on better quality players for this team. Aside from Daniel Murphy and David Wright, none of our position players would be playing everyday for most major league teams.

After three years under Sandy, I’m tired of seeing fringe players being made out to be something more than they are. Of the two, den Dekker has some value as a fourth outfielder. Duda on the other hand, has no business owning a glove.

He can take his hollow .351 OBP to the American League for all I care. Sorry, I know that there’s a lot of Duda fans out there, but he’ll be 28 in February and he is not a prospect. The last two seasons were supposed to be his PEAK years… Time to move on from Duda and Ike Davis as well…

Either go sign Jose Abreu or give Wilmer Flores a full year at first base and lets end this BS already… Enough is enough…

Speaking of Flores, he could start seeing more time at second base beginning on Sunday in the series finale against the Phillies, according to Terry Collins.

Flores burst out of the gate for the Mets when he was first called up, but has been hobbled by a sore ankle that has taken it’s toll on his batting average. He is still playing at less than 80% and is not yet fully healed. Flores also said he will not play Winter Ball this offseason so he can concentrate on early workouts in preparation for next Spring.

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Mets vs Twins: Gee Takes The Hill, Brown Will DH, Satin’s 28-Game On-Base Streak http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-vs-twins-gee-takes-the-hill-brown-will-dh-satins-28-game-on-base-streak.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-vs-twins-gee-takes-the-hill-brown-will-dh-satins-28-game-on-base-streak.html/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:19:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127465 dillon gee

Mets at Twins • 2:10 PM • Target Field

RHP Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79) vs Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd – RF
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Andrew Brown – DH
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Omar Quintanilla – SS

Game Notes

  • Wilmer Flores started consecutive games Saturday and Sunday after twisting his right ankle last week in Los Angeles. He went a combined 1-for-7 in the starts at San Diego. Flores is not yet 100 percent, but he is healthy enough to play.
  • Dillon Gee will start Monday’s makeup game at Minnesota, where the two teams were snowed out in April. Gee has never faced the Twins. He received a no-decision in New York’s 5-4 setback in 12 innings to the Dodgers in his last start on Aug. 14. In his past six starts, Gee is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA.
  • Jenrry Mejia might be done for the season. Mejia, who left Saturday’s contest against the Padres after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. “I can’t say I know for sure, but it certainly doesn’t look very good,” manager Terry Collins said when asked if Mejia’s season were over. Mets officials said there had been plans to perform surgery for bone spurs in his elbow during the offseason, but that timeframe may be sped up.
  • Greg Burke was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster vacancy created when RHP Jenrry Mejia went on the disabled list. Burke, 30, went 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 28 appearances for the Mets earlier this season.
  • Matt Harvey allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings but didn’t figure in the decision Sunday during the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Padres. Harvey didn’t walk a batter. Harvey, who one-hit the Padres in an April win, threw 86 pitches (55 strikes) before Andrew Brown pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. He has thrown at least six innings in 12 of his past 13 starts.
  • Josh Satin reached base for the 28th consecutive time in a game he’s started when he singled in the fourth inning. Satin, who went 1-for-4, has a .415 on-base percentage.
  • Pedro Feliciano gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth to Will Venable, allowing the Padres to score a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Sunday. Feliciano allowed a run on one hit with a walk and a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. He hadn’t allowed a homer in his previous six outings (3 1/3 innings) since returning from left shoulder surgery in early August.

Game Preview

The Mets finally finish a long, long road trip on the West Coast with a make up game in Minnesota today. Ok, so Minnesota isn’t on the West Coast, but it’s in a different time zone so whatever. Anyway, in case you forgot, at the start of the season the Mets rolled into snowy Minnesota and Colorado thus causing the hectic schedule they are experiencing now. In other news, d’Arnaud, who has walked 4 times since being called up and looks like he is staying until the end of the year is still in search of his first major league hit. He will try to get against Kyle Gibson tonight as the Mets counter with Dillon Gee.

Dillon Gee is 8-8 over 24 games and a 3.79 ERA over 145.0 innings and 105 strikeouts. In the month of August he has made three starts with a 1.74 ERA over 20.2 innings with 11 strikeouts. He missed Minnesota earlier this season and since the Twins are in the American League, it is understandable that Gee has never faced the Twins before and never has faced anyone on the Twins roster.

Kyle Gibson is 2-3 this season over 9 starts and 47.1 innings of work with an ERA of 6.27. This season he has walked 18 batters and struck out 27. In the month of August he has made three starts, pitched 14.0 innings and has posted an ERA of 6.43. Gibson is a rookie this season and missed the Mets earlier this year, thus he has never faced them nor has he faced anyone on the Mets in a major league game.

Lets Go Mets!

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Featured Post: The Risk In Letting Ike Davis Go http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/featured-post-the-risk-in-letting-ike-davis-go.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/featured-post-the-risk-in-letting-ike-davis-go.html/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:53:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127257 ike davis

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Ike Davis went 1-for-3 with a long home run of Ian Kennedy last night as the Mets beat the Padres 5-2 at Petco Park. Davis also drew two more walks, prompting a sigh from Keith Hernandez in the first inning, “Uh… nice walk.”

In Davis’ defense, he took four straight pitches out of the strike zone and it was obvious Kennedy wasn’t giving him anything to hit despite walking Marlon Byrd before him.

Ironically, when Kenned did throw strikes to both Byrd and Davis their next time at the plate, they torched him for back-to-back home runs.

After the game, a cheerful Davis remarked, “I finally caught up to one and it felt good.”

For Davis, it was his first home run since July 26 and only his second since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. While his slugging isn’t quite there yet, his on-base has now reached a much more respectable .326 for the season, raising it over 100 points since his return from Las Vegas on July 5.

The much maligned first baseman has turned his season around once again, compiling a batting clip of .319/.500/.542 since the All-Star break. Despite his torrid four weeks, many still hold the sentiment that the once-top hitting prospect is not worth the headache, especially considering his $6-7 million in arbitration he is expected to receive come this winter. Many fans and even those within the organization believe that Davis is not long for the Mets. However, when it comes to struggling young corner-infielders with significant power, one team can tell you that it may be worth it to be patient for just a little while long; the Texas Rangers.

The year was 2008, and the powerhouse pieces of the Rangers lineup were coming together. Scoring an obscene 901 runs on the season, Texas was beginning to assemble the pieces of a team that what would in two years time become the first American League champions in franchise history and do so in consecutive years.

Headlining the young and promising bats was a 24-year old Ian Kinsler, who in ’08 earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. Meanwhile, another, lesser known youngster was making a name for himself to Kinsler’s left; Chris Davis.

Davis put together a solid rookie campaign despite striking out 88 times in just 80 games, batting .285/.331/.549 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs. Davis continued to show flares of some major power potential over the next few seasons; unfortunately the rest of his game did not. His batting average plummeted to the Mendoza line while the strikeouts mounted to almost 35% over that period.

Finally the Rangers decided Davis was a lost cause and traded the then 25-year old along with Tommy Hunter in a deadline deal for the Japanese sensation Koji Uehara in an effort to bolster the bullpen in preparation for another pennant race, eventually proving to be one of the worst trades of GM Jon Daniels tenure.

Davis would finally find his power stroke beneath the lights of Camden Yards, ripping 79 home runs since the trade including 44 this season alone, all in exchange for 22 games of Uehara.

The Mets are in a similar situation as the Rangers with a Davis of their own in Ike, and they need to be patient. This is not to say that Ike necessarily will go on to hit 79 homers in two-and-change seasons, but he is someone the Mets could regret letting go.

His issues with his swing are more than well documented, his struggles have been very much publicized, but when it comes to someone with as much power potential as Ike Davis, you don’t give up on him as easily as so many already have.

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Jerry Seinfeld Tells Met Fans That The American League Is Not The Taliban http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/jerry-seinfeld-tells-met-fans-that-the-american-league-is-not-the-taliban.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/jerry-seinfeld-tells-met-fans-that-the-american-league-is-not-the-taliban.html/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:13:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125312 Jerry Seinfeld, celebrity Mets fan extraordinaire, didn’t take to kindly to how Met fans behaved at the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

“This is one of the lowest moments of my lifetime of Mets fandom, when the Citi Field crowd was booing teams that they see as rivals to their Mets team,” he told Steve Somers of WFAN.

“I was in shock. I was embarrassed. I thought it was horrible manners. These are the best players, in the game you love, that have come here to put on a show for you, and we’re booing them like five-year-olds as if there’s some sort of real animosity.”

“The American League is not the Taliban,” referring to the way Miguel Cabrera was treated.

He did acknowledge that the fans may have partially atoned for their sins in how they celebrated Mariano Rivera’s tribute later in the eighth inning.

Umm…. Okay….

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AL Defeats NL 3-0 In Mid-Summer Classic Amid Some Memorable Moments http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/al-defeats-nl-3-0-in-mid-summer-classic-amid-some-memorable-moments.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/al-defeats-nl-3-0-in-mid-summer-classic-amid-some-memorable-moments.html/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 04:29:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124959

Well the 2013 All-Star Game has come to a close as the American League defeated the National League by the score of 3-0. It was the lowest-scoring All-Star Game since 1990, when the AL earned a 2-0 victory.

I loved the Opening Ceremonies and it was great to see Carlos Beltran and Mariano Rivera get some nice ovations, but not nearly as loud and boisterous as the ovations for the Mets All-Stars David Wright and Matt Harvey.

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Matt Harvey was greeted by a first pitch double by leadoff hitter Mike Trout, but then went on to pitch two scoreless innings and facing eight batters while striking out three.

Things got a little scary when he hit the Yankees’ Robinson Cano just above the knee and he was removed from the game. Harvey apologized to Cano afterward and it looks like the All Star second baseman will be fine.

“The last thing I wanted to do was go out there and possibly injure somebody,” Harvey said.

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David Wright, who has now made more All-Star Game appearances than any other Met in franchise history (7), went 1-for-3 with a single. This will end a whirlwind three days for Wright who was running around all over the city as the face of the Mets and the face of this All-Star Game, acting as the unofficial ambassador and saying all the right things.

“I’m glad that I could help promote this game,” said Wright. “I’m glad that I could help represent the New York Mets. I look at is as trying to be a good host. I think I’m trying to be a good ambassador for the game and then obviously trying to be an ambassador for the New York Mets. That’s kind of the responsibility that I feel.”

Some of the in-game entertainment included was Candice Glover singing the National Anthem, Marc Anthony singing God Bless America, and Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline. When I first heard Diamond would be appearing I thought it was silly, but then I learned it was to honor the bombings in Boston. Both Diamond and Anthony absolutely energized the crowd.

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Then Mariano Rivera came out to pitch the eighth inning and it was the highlight of the evening for me. That’s what I will remember most about this All-Star Game. Citi Field blasted Metallica’s Enter Sandman while players and coaches in both dugouts came out and applauded him while the crowd gave him a 4-minute standing ovation. It was quite a moment and everyone was on their feet.

Rivera was named the All-Star Game MVP for his 1-2-3 inning. Afterward, he was to emotional to speak, but eventually got out a few choice humble comments. Classy as always.

All in all it was a great Mid-Summer Classic and the largest crowd in Citi Field history nearing close to 42,000 fans including standing room only.

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The starting lineups for tonight are…

American League

  1. CF: Mike Trout, Angels
  2. 2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
  3. 3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  4. 1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
  5. LF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
  6. DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
  7. RF: Adam Jones, Orioles
  8. C: Joe Mauer, Twins
  9. SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles

Starting pitcher: Max Scherzer, Tigers

National League:

  1. 2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
  2. RF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
  3. 1B: Joey Votto, Reds
  4. 3B: David Wright, Mets
  5. LF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
  6. C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  7. SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
  8. DH: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
  9. CF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Starting pitcher: Matt Harvey, Mets

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Wright and Harvey Selected To All-Star Game, Full Rosters http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/wright-and-harvey-selected-to-all-star-game-full-rosters.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/wright-and-harvey-selected-to-all-star-game-full-rosters.html/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 01:24:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124024 wright all star

THAT’S WRIGHT!!!

Give yourselves a pat on the back Met fans, David Wright and Matt Harvey have been elected to start the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th! In a late surge of votes for Wright, the Mets captain managed to beat out the “Kung Who? Panda” by a whopping two million votes according to MLB PR via Twitter. Pablo Sandoval was not chosen by NL and Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy for either the reserves or the Final Vote.

This will mark Wright’s fifth time starting the All-Star Game, matching Darryl Strawberry for second in franchise history; only Mike Piazza has more with six All-Star starts as a Met. Overall, 2013 will also represent Wright’s seventh overall All-Star appearance, second in team history only to Tom Seaver who had nine in Flushing. He also becomes the second Met to start the mid-summer classic at home, the first being Ron Hunt in 1964 during Shea’s inaugural year.

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Matt Harvey, as expected, was also chosen to represent the Amazin’s next Tuesday. Harvey becomes just the fourth Met pitcher in club history to crack the All-Star roster in his first full season, joining an exclusive list of Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Doc Gooden. Harvey is widely considered the top choice to start for the National League, which would make him the first pitcher to start at his home ballpark for the All-Star Game since Roger Clemens in 2004, a player many–including Harvey himself–have often compared to the Mets’ phenom.

What an incredible job by the Mets to get the word out there for David Wright, and an even more amazing turnout from the fans to make the captain one of the leading vote-getters for this year’s All-Star game, beating out Sandoval by a final tally of 6,411,381 to 4,507,219. Great to see Mets fans getting out there and voting.

Here are the full rosters…

American League

Starters
C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

Pitchers
RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, A’s
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers

Reserves
C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

National League

Starters
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Pitchers
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

Reserves
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Photo By Clayton Collier

Photo By Clayton Collier

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Everything’s Coming Up Apples… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/everythings-coming-up-apples.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/everythings-coming-up-apples.html/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122669 So all of a sudden these strangely colored orbs are appearing all over our great city.

Have you come across any of them?

Most of you have probably seen this one, which stands outside the Mets Shop at Citi Field, but what about all the others?

Here’s a map of where all these forbidden fruits can be located… And you can check out the many Met fans who are submitting pics of these Apple Sightings by searching the hashtag #ASGApples on Twitter.

MLB.com Apples Parade 1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Atlanta Braves*
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Chicago White Sox
7. Cincinnati Reds
8. Cleveland Indians
9. Colorado Rockies
10. Detroit Tigers
11. Houston Astros*
12. Kansas City Royals*
13. Los Angeles Angels
14. Los Angeles Dodgers
15. Miami Marlins*
16. Milwaukee Brewers
17. Minnesota Twins
18. New York Mets*
19. New York Yankees
20. Oakland Athletics
21. Philadelphia Phillies
22. Pittsburgh Pirates
23. San Diego Padres
24. San Francisco Giants
25. Seattle Mariners
26. St. Louis Cardinals
27. Tampa Bay Rays*
28. Texas Rangers
29. Toronto Blue Jays
30. Washington Nationals
31. MLB All-Star Game
32. American League*
33. National League*
34. Brooklyn Dodgers
35. New York Giants
Modell’s: 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street
TBS: Time Warner Center – Columbus Circle
Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue btwn 15th and 16th Street
Party City: 223 West 34th Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
Staybridge Suites: 340 West 40th Street btwn 8th and 9th Avenues
Toys “R” Us: 1514 Broadway @ 44th Street
Modell’s: 607 Sixth Avenue @ 18th Street
Topps: 1 Whitehall Street @ Bridge Street
World Financial Center: 200 Liberty Street @ West Street
Duane Reade: 1657 Broadway btwn 51st and 52nd Streets
Westin: 212 East 42nd Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues
FOX: 1211 Avenue of Americas btwn 47th and 48th Streets
Bed Bath and Beyond: 410 East 61st Street @ 1st Avenue
T-Mobile: 322 West 125th Street @ 8th Avenue
Grace Building: West 43rd Street @ 6th Avenue
Office of the Commissioner: 245 Park Avenue @ 46th Street
Best Buy: 1 Union Square South @ 14th Street
SNY: 75 Rockefeller Center btwn 5th and 6th Avenues
Modell’s: 234 West 42nd Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
Modell’s: 795 Columbus Ave. @ 100th Street
Party City: 38 West 14th Street btwn 5th and 6th Avenues
Niketown: 6 East 57th St btwn Madison and 5th Avenues
Sony: 550 Madison Ave btwn 55th and 56th Streets
Tommy Bahama: 551 5th Ave @ 45th Street
Nintendo: 10 Rockefeller Plaza @ 48th Street
Buy Buy Baby: 270 7th Ave btwn 26th and 25th Streets
120 Park Avenue @ 42nd Street
Zuccotti Park: 1 Liberty Plaza btwn Broadway & Church Street
Intercontinental: 111 East 48th Street @ Lexington Avenue
Intrepid Museum: 1 Intrepid Square @ West 46th Street
Citi Field: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave @ 126th Street
NY Public Library: 11 West 40th Street @ 5th Avenue
NY Public Library: 11 West 40th Street @ 5th Avenue
Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street
Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street
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Mets vs Twins: Photos From Pressbox At Target Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-vs-twins-photos-from-pressbox-at-target-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-vs-twins-photos-from-pressbox-at-target-field.html/#comments Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:25:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=114117 Updated by Joe D.

Here’s a couple of shots Matt sent in from the press box at Target Field. Looks like he has a great view…

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Bases Loaded For John Buck…

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Is that Kevin Burkhardt roaming around in the upper deck?

Matt tells me he’ll bring a regular digital camera for the Saturday and Sunday games…

Starting Lineup

  1. Jordany Valdespin CF
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Ike Davis 1B
  5. John Buck C
  6. Lucas Duda DH
  7. Marlon Byrd RF
  8. Mike Baxter LF
  9. Ruben Tejada SS

Jon Niese LHP

Game Notes

The Mets went 8-7 in Interleague play in 2012. The Mets are .500 or better in 11 of their 16 seasons of Interleague play, and are 135-127 all-time in Interleague play. The 135 wins are the fourth-most among National League teams.

The Mets have signed LHP Sean Henn to a minor league contract. Henn has not appeared in a Major League game since 2009 when he went a combined 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in 20 relief appearances with the Twins and Orioles.

David Wright has 89 career RBI vs. the American League, tied with Mike Piazza for the most in team history. The 89 Interleague RBI are the ninth-most among any major leaguer since 2005, the first season Wright played an Interleague game. He has 19 career Interleague home runs, nine behind Piazza (28) for the most in club history.

Jonathon Niese has thrown 6.0 or more innings in his last 22 consecutive starts, the longest current streak in the major leagues. The streak is also the longest by a Mets pitcher since Tom Glavine went 27 starts from July 15, 2005-June 3, 2006 lasting 6.0 or more innings.

Has hit a home run in three straight games (April 8- present) for the first time in his career. Buck has five home runs through the team’s first nine games, tied for the second-most in franchise history with Darryl Strawberry (5 home runs in nine games in 1987) and Jeff Kent (5 home runs in nine games in 1994). Dave Kingman holds the team mark with seven home runs in New York’s first nine games in 1976.

In New York’s five wins, Mets starting pitchers have posted a 2.03 ERA (seven earned runs/31.0 innings). In the club’s four losses, the starters have combined for a 6.87 ERA (14
earned runs/18.1 innings).

The Mets bullpen has hurled 16.2 innings in their last four games. During that span, the pen has allowed four earned runs (2.16 ERA). Overall, the Mets pen is 2-0 with a 3.34 ERA (11 earned runs/29.2 innings). The ERA is 7th in the National League.

Overall, the Mets have recorded a 3.53 ERA (31 earned runs/79.0 innings), ranking third in the NL and seventh in the majors.

Game Preview

The Mets travel to Minnesota tonight to start their first interleague game of the season. Some of you may be asking yourself, “Hey, why are we playing an interleague game so early”. To those of you, “HAVEN’T YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION! GEEZ..”

The Astros joined the American League this year making each league have 15 teams thus making the wild card system for fair in terms of chance of getting one. Having 15 in each league forces two teams to always be locked in an interleague series. Anyway, the Mets might be playing in the American League tonight but will see an old foe as they take on Vance Worley behind Jonathan Niese.

Niese is off to a good start this year going 1-0 in his first two games pitching a total of 12.2 innings allowing 3 earned runs, 4 total. In that stretch he has 12 hits and 4 walks while striking out 9 batters. He has faced the Twins once where he picked up the win throwing 6 shutout innings of baseball allowing 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. The Twins have the following numbers against Niese:

Carroll 3-5
Willingham 2-5, HR
Worley 1-6
Mauer 0-2

The Mets batters going from facing the Phillies to an ex-Philly in Vance Worley who is 0-1 this season over two starts. During that time has pitched 11.0 innings allowing a league leading 18 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Last season he was 6-9 over 23 starts and 133.0 innings with a 4.20 ERA. He was 0-2 against the Mets last season over 3 games where he allowed 14 ER over 14.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Vance:

Murphy 10-15, 2B, 3B (Seriously, that’s 2 hits per 3 AB’s)
Tejada 7-17, 2B
Wright 4-15, HR
Duda 5-10, 2B, HR
Davis 1-9
Turner 4-10, 2 2B
Baxter 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Check 213 Miles From Shea!

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MMO 2013 Predictions: American League Award Winners http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mmo-2013-predictions-american-league-award-winners.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mmo-2013-predictions-american-league-award-winners.html/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:00:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=112781 The 2013 season is officially underway, and you all know what that means, our annual MMO preseason predictions. Each year our tireless staff of writers send in their predictions for the 2013 season, and the player with the most votes gets our pre-season nod for all that shiny MLB hardware. Later today, we will have the NL Awards and in the coming days will have plenty more of fun and interesting predictions! So without further ado, here are our award winners in the American League:

American League Cy Young Award

Felix Hernandez

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Big King Felix took the Cy Young Award with five votes from our staff. In second was Justin Verlander with three and third was Chirs Sale with two. Jared Weaver, the imperfect Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Josh Johnson all had one vote a piece.

American League MVP

Mike Trout

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Mike Trout took home seven MMO votes to take our MVP award, and to think, he could have been a Met ;-). Albert Pujols was second with three and the new Jay-Z client Robinson Cano was third with two.

AL Home Run Champ

Jose Bautista

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Brief but former Met Jose Bautista received six votes to become our preseason home run king. Prince Fielder was second with three tallies.

AL Batting Champion

Mike Trout and Robinson Cano

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We have a tie! At four votes a piece, Mike Trout and Robinson Cano were voted co-batting champs. Miguel Cabrera was behind them at three. Josh Hamilton and Joe Mauer had two.

AL Stolen Base Leader

Mike Trout

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I’m starting to see a theme here, something seems a little fishy. Mike Trout leads the American League with five votes. Michael Bourn with his new Indians at four and former-met speedster Jose Reyes in third at two picks.

AL Rookie Of The Year

Wil Myers

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Now Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wil Myers is our choice for ROY at seven votes. Trevor Bauer had three, and Jurickson Profar and Dylan Bundy nabbed two a piece.

AL Comeback Player Of The Year

Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera gets our nod for Comeback Player at five tallies. Jose Bautista had himself four votes. Lance Berkman, Jacoby Ellsbury took home two a piece, hell even Jason Bay got thrown a bone from Jessep!

mmo logoSo that’s our 2013 A.L. Award predictions, hope you enjoyed… We’ll have the National League posted later today. In the mean time, here is how our staff voted individually. Feel free to comment with your own AL predictions!

Joe D.

AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez

AL MVP: Mike Trout

AL Homerun Champ: Prince Fielder

AL Batting Leader: Robinson Cano

AL Stolen Base Leader: Mike Trout

AL ROY: Trevor Bauer

AL Comeback Player: Jacoby Ellsbury

Paul Zinn

AL Cy Young – Felix Hernandez

AL MVP – Robinson Cano

AL Homerun Champ – Albert Pujols

AL Batting Leader – Miguel Cabrera

AL Stolen Base Leader – Jose Reyes

AL Rookie of the Year -Trevor Bauer

AL Comeback Player – Mariano Rivera

Clare Laferty

AL Cy Young – Felix Hernandez

AL MVP – Mike Trout

Michael Barrett

AL Cy Young – David Price

AL MVP – Mike Trout

AL Homerun Champ – Mark Trumbo

AL Batting Leader – Miguel Cabrera

AL Stolen Base Leader – Mike Trout

AL Rookie of the Year -Jurickson Profar

AL Comeback Player – Mariano Rivera

Vinny B.

AL Cy Young – Jered Weaver

AL MVP – Albert Pujols

AL HR Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader -Robinson Cano

AL Stolen Base Leader – Desmond Jennings

AL Rookie of the year – Will Myers

AL Comeback player of the year – Lance Berkman

Matt Balasis

AL Cy Young – David Price

AL MVP – Jose Bautista

AL Homerun Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader – Joe Mauer

AL Stolen Base Leader – Jose Reyes

AL Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers

AL Comeback Player – Jose Bautista

Joe Spector

AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander

AL MVP – Albert Pujols

AL Homerun Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader – Robinson Cano

AL Stolen Base Leader – Brett Gardner

AL Rookie of the Year – Dylan Bundy

AL Comeback Player – Jose Bautista

Jessep

AL Cy Young – Felix Hernandez

AL MVP – Prince Fielder

AL Homerun Champ – Prince Fielder

AL Batting Leader – Mike Trout

AL Stolen Base Leader – Jose Altuve

AL Rookie of the Year – Trevor Bauer

AL Comeback Player – Jason Bay

Rob (Tie Dyed)

AL Cy Young – Chris Sale

AL MVP – Mike Trout

AL Homerun Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader – Billy Butler

AL Stolen Base Leader – Jose Reyes

AL Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers

AL Comeback Player – Jose Bautista

Connor

AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander

AL MVP – Miguel Cabrera

AL Homerun Champ – Adam Dunn

AL Batting Leader – Joe Mauer

AL Stolen Base Leader – Michael Bourn

AL Rookie of the Year – Dylan Bundy

AL Comeback Player – Eric Hosmer

Clayton Collier

AL Cy Young – Matt Harrison

AL MVP – Robinson Cano

AL Homerun Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader – Miguel Cabrera

AL Stolen Base Leader – Michael Bourn

AL Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers

AL Comeback Player – Victor Martinez

Gerry Silverman

AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez

AL MVP: Mike Trout

AL Homerun Champ: Prince Fielder

AL Batting Leader: Mike Trout

AL Stolen Base Leader: Mike Trout

AL ROY: Jurickson Profar

AL Comeback Player: Jacob Ellsbury

Adam Rossi

AL Cy Young – Yu Darvish

AL MVP – Mike Trout

AL Homerun Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader – Mike Trout

AL Stolen Base Leader – Mike Trout

AL Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers

AL Comeback Player – Jose Bautista

Dan Valis

AL Cy Young – David Price

AL MVP – Jose Bautista

AL Homerun Champ – Jose Bautista

AL Batting Leader – Josh Hamilton

AL Stolen Base Leader – Michael Bourn

AL Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers

AL Comeback Player – Mariano Rivera

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AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander

AL MVP – Evan Longoria

AL Homerun Champ – Josh Hamilton

AL Batting Leader – Josh Hamilton

AL Stolen Base Leader – Emilio Bonafacio

AL Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers

AL Comeback Player – Mariano Rivera

Gregg Hopps

AL Cy Young -Josh Johnson

AL Batting Leader -Mike Trout

AL Comeback Player -Mariano Rivera

Jim Mancari

AL Cy Young – Chris Sale

AL MVP – Albert Pujols

AL Homerun Champ – Albert Pujols

AL Batting Leader – Robinson Cano

AL Stolen Base Leader – Michael Bourn

AL Rookie of the Year – Jurickson Profar

AL Comeback Player – Lance Berkman

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Top 5 American League Promotional Giveaways In 2013 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/top-5-al-promotional-giveaways-in-2013.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/top-5-al-promotional-giveaways-in-2013.html/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:00:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=110170 Professional sports franchises have been trying to reward fans for coming to their game for almost 70 years.

The game, whether it’s baseball, basketball, football or hockey is always the number one attraction for any consumer to walk through the gates. In 1941, Bill Veeck started to bring a different point of view. What if the game wasn’t the only entertainment?

In 1941, Veeck was a part of a group that purchased the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Assn. Veeck and his manager Charley Grimm put their heads together to come up with themes and gimmicks that would turn the Brewers into one of the most successful (and entertaining) minor league franchises.

Veeck took the game seriously though as well. Veeck is widely known as the man who signed Larry Doby, the first African American man to play in the American League.

Later on, his son, Mike Veeck would put his stamp on the game in 1979 when Disco Demolition Night demolished the record books for one night in Chicago.

Since the Veeck’s put their personal marketing stamp on the game, every major sport and minor league baseball does their best to not only entertain their fans beyond the game – but get some quality media exposure for doing so.

Some of the greatest promotions and giveaways occur when current events take everybody’s attention in the news. Which team will be the first to act and find a way to capitalize on current events?

But, with the season just around the corner, many teams have finalized their promotional schedules. In our first installment, we’ll take a look at the top 5 promotions the American League has to offer in 2013.

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Toronto Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado Day: On July 21st Blue Jays fans will receive a commemorative Carlos Delgado baseball. The Blue Jays will honor Carlos Delgado by adding him to the Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence.

Baltimore Orioles – Alumni Series:  Before every Monday and Thursday home game, fans are invited to meet some of their favorite former Orioles, as select O’s Alumni will sign autographs.

Chicago White Sox – Mullet Night & Fireworks: This crazy combo will be held on June 28. As somebody who has grown tired of fireworks, when you sprinkle in Mullets, you had me at hello.

Seattle Mariners – Beard Hat Night: This promotion, which takes place on April 26, could be epic if the Mariners signed closer Brian Wilson. The hat is a ski cap that has a bottom face cover that looks like a beard. It’s pretty pointless, but I bet they will have a lot of fun with this item.

Oakland A’s – Coco Lean Bobblehead: If you remember the 2012 Oakland A’s would celebrate by doing a Weekend at Bernie’s like lean-back. Oakland capitalized on this and found a way to put it into a bobblehead. Almost anything you can imagine has been done with a bobblehead – this hasn’t. Get yours on June 29.

In our next installment we’ll focus on the National League before diving into the Minor Leagues!

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Baseball History 101 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/01/baseball-history-101.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/01/baseball-history-101.html/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:59:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=69701

For Christmas, I received a great gift from my mother; it was a small book title Fun Facts for Baseball Fans, compiled by Paul Kent. It is a great read because it doesn’t take you all that long to get through, and you learn so much about the game in such a short period of time.

One of the facts that I thought was the most interesting was the amount of professional leagues that were formed before the American and National Leagues were formed, stabilized, and have obviously stood the test of time. It was back in 1839 when Abner Doubleday is credited with inventing the game of baseball in his hometown of Cooperstown, New York. I took another 19 years until fans paid to watch baseball for the first time in 1858. So, as professional baseball became a reality, there needed to be governing bodies present.

Since 1871, Paul Kent noted that there have been seven different leagues that had been in existence:

  • National Association (1871-1875)
  • National League (1876-present)
  • American Association (1882-1891)
  • Union Association (1884)
  • Players League (1890)
  • American League (1901-present)
  • Federal League (1914-1915)

Now, if you were like me when I read this, I was thoroughly confused because I never knew that there were five other “major leagues” that were formed and failed. What I also thought was cool was that Kent listed some of teams that eventually moved to the leagues we know today, and told us about the teams that were forever lost to history.

In the American Association, there were four organizations that are still around today that moved to the National League in 1891, which are: the Dodgers, reds, Pirates, and Cardinals. The teams that (thankfully) were lost in history forever from the American Association were: Brooklyn Gladiators, Cincinnati Kelly’s Killers, Columbus Solons, and the Rochester Hop Bitters.

For the short-lived Union Association, some little known teams that didn’t stand the test of time were: the Baltimore Monumentals, Altoona Mountain City, Pittsburgh Stogies, St. Louis Maroons, St. Paul Apostles, and Wilmington Quick Steps. In the Players League, the Brooklyn Wards Wonders, Cleveland Infants, and Pittsburgh Burghers didn’t make the cut.

Finally, the last league Kent touched upon that lost organizations after they folded was the Federal League, which lost the Baltimore Terrapins, Brooklyn Tip-Tops, Buffalo Buffeds, Chicago Whales, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Kansas City Packers, Newark Peps, Pittsburgh Rebels, and St. Louis Terriers.

I don’t know about you, but I had tons of fun just reading all of the ridiculous names of these unsuccessful organizations. If you think that the recent expansion teams names were kind of silly, just take a look back at what the names used to be…it was a lot worse back in the day.

this is part of the reason why baseball is such a wonderful game; there is so much history that goes uncovered by the ordinary fan that you could literally spend days going through and digesting it all. I hope you enjoyed this trip back through time with me, because even though this is the first history lesson, it surely won’t be the last, thanks to these awesome Christmas gifts from my family and loved ones!

Like what you’re reading? Feel free to take a look at my MLB blog titled “On The Way Home“ .

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