Mets Merized Online » believe Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:29:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets 2016 Breakout Prospect: 3B Jhoan Urena Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:18:15 +0000 MLB BASEBALL TOURNAMENT TORNEO SUPREMO IN GUERRA JUNE 13

This is my first post in a while. MetsMinors.Net is starting a new series of who we believe will be our top breakout candidates for 2016. Both editors have picked 3 prospects we believe will break out in 2016 and be on the radar for this coming minor league system. I will kick this off with sweet-swinging Jhoan Urena.

Urena was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for $425,000. In his first 3 seasons between three short-season clubs, Ureña never batted below .279 (DSL, 2012), and showed a little pop, hitting 5 home runs and 20 doubles while hitting .300/.356/.431 in 75 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014.

In 2015 however, he had a year to forget. Promoted with his left-side infield companion Amed Rosario to High-A St. Lucie from the Cyclones, Ureña did not do very well in .214/.257./267 in 64 games. There is an explanation however for why Ureña did not perform: he broke hamate bones in both hands, and had a couple wrist sprains before and afterwards. Hamate bones are notorious injuries with repercussions in power.  They also take a long time, multiple months to heal, and surgery to remove the broken bones.

The Mets have assured that the 21-year-old Ureña will be ready for Spring Training, and if healthy, he could go back to his old hitting ways, and find himself permanently on the prospect radar as a legitimate candidate for the future of 3rd base. A true third baseman with a great arm, he still has a couple of issues he needs to address in the field in terms of his fielding, however, he is young and projects out to an average fielder.

The switch-hitter has a nice stroke from both sides, and has a solid line-drive approach, as well as advanced bat-to-ball skills that allow him  to make contact,. He could produce a .280 average with home run projection in the teens. He will likely repeat at St. Lucie to start out 2016, but we believe it will be a tale of two seasons in contrast to last year.

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Should Mets Trade Wilmer Flores Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:10:10 +0000 wilmer flores reporter Phil Rogers speculates that if the Mets were to consider dealing infielder Wilmer Flores, they may have a couple of willing trade partners in the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He writes:

“Remember when no one thought the Mets had one shortstop? They’ve got three now, since signing Asdrubal Cabrera a few days after Terry Collins said Tejada and Flores would compete for the everyday job. Teams like the Padres and White Sox are still exploring shortstop options, so maybe there’s a deal to be made for Flores, who raised his stock after Chase Utley took Tejada down in the National League Division Series.”

Here’s the thing. Whether you believe or agree with the strategy, the Mets have spent the entire offseason dodging questions about adding a significant star-quality bat by professing a philosophy of depth and versatility.

When the Mets signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year deal right after they traded for Neil Walker, it put Wilmer Flores in exactly the position the Mets have always envisioned for him. – that is becoming the team’s super utility player who can cover all four infield positions, and give them a potent bat against left-handed pitching.

The other important factor to note is that for now, Flores may be the only insurance the Mets have at third base to cover David Wright when he’s going to need a game or two off. While both Walker and Cabrera said they’d play third in a pinch if needed, it’s been years since either of them fielded the position, and they’ve played just 16 games combined at third base in their big-league careers.

What exactly is Flores’ trade value? In my opinion it’s not more than the value he currently gives the Mets. In other words, I don’t believe there’s a team who who view Flores with as much value as we do.

Apparently Phil Rogers believes there are teams out there who view Flores as an everyday shortstop, and particularly the White Sox who are still in play for bringing back Alexei Ramirez, and the Padres. It’s a bold statement considering the team that knows Flores best have never viewed him like that. Although, I felt Flores did make some great strides defensively

Flores, 24, batted .263 with a .403 slugging percentage last season, with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 510 plate appearances.

Let’s say you could deal Flores for a right-handed reliever, what happens next? Are we back to Eric Campbell (who continues to occupy space on the 40 man roster) and Ruben Tejada as our bench guys? There goes that whole “we’re not cheap, we’re just focused on depth” argument.

Unless Flores is part of a bigger deal for a significant addition – a difference maker – I don’t see the logic in dealing him now while his value is greater to us than anything we’d likely get back in return.


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Proving Piazza Didn’t Use Steroids Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:00:04 +0000 mike piazza

There have been some irresponsible opinions that Mike Piazza‘s election to the Hall of Fame means it will pave the way for  known steroid users to be elected to the Hall of Fame. This premise contains one potential logic fallacy. It presupposes Piazza used steroids. Did he?

Let’s start with the case against him. There are no reports, investigations, or tests linking him to steroids. The case against him boils down to rumor, innuendo, and skin problems. We have no statements from teammates, clubhouse workers, or anyone else who may have any link to Piazza establishing he used steroids. So that makes me question how do you counteract rumors and innuendo?  Facts don’t work. Piazza’s denials haven’t worked.  Overall, the only way to combat rumors and innuendo is to present what people will actually say in public about a person.

Cliff Floyd was a teammate of Piazza from 2003 – 2005. Floyd is an analyst all over the place from MLB Radio, MLB Network, and SNY.  Here’s his opinion on steroid users and the Hall of Fame:

Floyd doesn’t want steroid users in the Hall of Fame. Here’s how he reacted when Mike Piazza was elected:

Floyd didn’t choose to ignore Piazza’s election. He didn’t condemn the choice. He celebrated Piazza’s induction. Floyd shared a clubhouse with Piazza for three years. If anyone would know he used steroids, it was Floyd. However, there were no accusations from him. Just congratulations. From this it is apparent that Cliff Floyd does not believe his former teammate used steroids.

I already know the rebuttal. Steroid testing  in baseball began in 2003. Of course Floyd saw nothing. This rebuttal doesn’t take into account that no teammate has ever spoken about Piazza using steroids. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been good enough thus far. To that, my next example is Al Leiter.

Like Floyd, Leiter is all over the place covering baseball. Leiter was Piazza’s teammate from 1998 – 2004. They played together a long time, and Leiter threw to Piazza more than any other catcher. Here was Leiter’s ballot on MLB Network:


It should first be noted Leiter doesn’t actually have a ballot. The above photo from MLB Network shows how he would have voted if he had a vote.

Note, there’s no Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens on the ballot. Leiter didn’t vote for two people who have been linked to steroids use during their careers.  These are two people who would’ve been elected but for their steroid use.  Leiter didn’t vote for people who we know from various sources that used steroids. Yet, Leiter voted for Piazza. Other than Piazza himself, who would know better than Leiter if Piazza used steroids?

If teammates like Leiter and Floyd don’t link Piazza to steroid use, how can anyone else?  If we’re going by word of mouth or rumor, shouldn’t we at least take into account the opinions of Piazza’s teammates?  These are people who have put their name out there and have separated Piazza from the group of known steroid users. They now are now members of the media and are staking their reputations if it ever came out that Piazza used steroids.  I find it hard to believe there is a massive Mets cover up afoot; a coverup which includes each and every player and former player.

Isn’t this substantive proof that Piazza DID NOT use steroids?  Isn’t this more than what has been presented by anyone as a factual basis to prove Piazza used steroids?  Why doesn’t anyone ever discuss this aspect of whether or not someone used steroids?  It seems the people saying Piazza used steroids are the ones that didn’t play the game. They weren’t the ones in the Mets locker room. Somehow, we’re supposed to believe they know more about Piazza than people who were with him every day from February to early October. It doesn’t add up.

Therefore, using the same “standard of proof” others have used, it is conclusive Piazza didn’t use steroids.


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Tommy Tanous Will Likely Replace DePodesta Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:28:47 +0000 tommy-tanous-2013

Following Paul DePodesta’s departure, John Harper of the NY Post says that Tommy Tanous will likely take over his role as the head of player development. Tanous originally joined the organization as a professional scout in 2010, and he was named the Director of Amateur Scouting the following year.

This decision seems to make the most sense as he was heavily involved in the draft the past several seasons with DePodesta. He has done a great job helping build the Mets minors, and should be able to adjust to the new role just fine.

“Whatever Sandy decides, I think it will be a seamless transition,” J.P. Ricciardi said yesterday. “We have enough people in place. Even though Sandy wasn’t at the Winter Meetings, this has been business as usual for us this winter. It’s always a team effort, with Sandy listening to everyone’s opinions and making decisions from there.”

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Some May Say He’s A Dreamer… Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:16:47 +0000 john lennon 2

“I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can… But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.”


“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

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October 8, 1940 – December 8, 1980

It’s December 8th, and it was 35 years ago today that the world lost one of the most influential musicians and composers it has ever known. More than that, John Lennon was was a shining light in a dark and uncertain world who believed that love and peace were not just concepts, but parallel roads to a perfect society.

We still mourn the passing of this extraordinary man whose unwavering spirit still touches millions today. I’ll never forget the night he was shot down and taken away from us in the prime of his life. He taught us that it was okay to dream…

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Mets and Nationals Expected To Be Highest Bidders For Ben Zobrist Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:03:21 +0000 zobrist ben

Here is something to open up your appetites for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tom Verducci appeared on the MLB Network this afternoon and reported that the Mets and Nationals are expected to be the high bidders for free agent Ben Zobrist. Yes, that Ben Zobrist…

I find that extremely difficult to believe as being the “high bidder” will mean two things…

First, a four-year deal which I definitely don’t see Sandy Alderson doing, especially for a 35-year old player who regressed a little in 2015.

Second, an average annual salary higher than $15 million dollars for a total package worth upwards of $60 million dollars. That would mean payroll rises to at least $120 million unless they shed some other contracts.

Anything could happen, but I’m a huge “Seeing Is Believing” kind of guy…. That said, you are free to believe what you want to believe because that’s the way we roll here.

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The New York Mets remain “very interested” in infielder Ben Zobrist after meeting with his agents at the GM Meetings last week in Boca Raton. According to Tim Rohan of the New York Times, the Mets held a conference call with the sought-after free agent this afternoon.

The Mets have long been interested in Zobrist going back to the trading deadline when they tried hard to acquire him before he was dealt to the Kansas City Royals.

The team now view him as someone who could replace Daniel Murphy while also playing some third base and corner outfield. Zobrist is a career .265/.355/.431 hitter with 127 home runs, 567 RBIs, and 105 stolen bases.

Last season in 126 games with the Athletics and Royals, the 34-year old Zobrist hit .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles and 56 RBIs. He had a strong postseason, batting .303 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Struggling to come back from an injury in April and May, Zobrist had a down year in 2015. But his .349 wOBA and 123 wRC+ were still better than Daniel Murphy who had his best season and produced a .325 wOBA and 110 wRC+.

Additionally, Zobrist batted a respectable .253 with a .753 OPS against right-handed pitching last season. But he absolutely torched left-handers with a .329 average against them with a .409 on-base and .926 OPS.

All of that said, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, hears that it’s unlikely the Mets make a strong offer to sign Zobrist and that the plan is to hand the job to 22-year old Dilson Herrera who they are extremely high on.

Who the Mets’ Opening Day second baseman will be in 2016 is anybody’s guess right now and akin to professional sports handicapping.

Zobrist is looking for a four-year deal worth $60 million. I think you all know my thoughts on Zobrist. If he was 2-3 years younger, I’m all over it, but this could blow up in our faces like Cuddyer only worse. Paying him $15 million a year through his age 38 season sounds like a plan for disaster.



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The 2015 Mets: A Journey To Remember Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:48:19 +0000 mets win nlcs

Mets fan Drew Palazzo wrote in to MMO this morning to share his thrilling tribute video dedicated to the 2015 Mets.

He writes:

“Looking back on 2015, I personally believe that the New York Mets proved to us that a story doesn’t necessarily require a happy ending in order to be truly memorable. The season ended up being all about the journey, an exhilarating one that we’ll never forget! ”

Enjoy the show…

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Alderson, Collins, Maddon On Cubs Sweeping Season Series Against Mets Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:36:46 +0000 Here’s something I hope you find interesting. During the media sessions at Citi Field on Friday evening, I noticed that Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and Cubs manager Joe Maddon were each asked to respond the Cubs winning the regular season series 7-0 over the Mets, and whether it mattered in the NLCS. Here is what they each had to say:

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Terry Collins - No, we played good — I think we’re a different team for sure. I think we’re a different team. But they’ve got a good club. They’ve had a good club. They play very well. They played us extremely well. They have for two years.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead. I mean, their team has changed. They’ve got a few new guys, but we’re still going to see Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta, who are two very, very good pitchers. We just went through that with the Dodgers, so we’ve got to get ourselves ready, but we’re a different lineup, too. We’re looking forward to it. Again, I think postseason is a whole different game than it is in the regular season, you know, just by the way you work some guys. We’ll hopefully play better than we did during the season.

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Sandy Alderson – Well, I’d say a couple things from our standpoint. In looking at the pitching, I think that our young guys are a little more experienced, a little better command, more confidence. So I think from that standpoint, we’re in a better position.

Offensively it’s a different team. Not totally but significantly. So I don’t think that 0-7 registers much concern on the part of our players, but we certainly have to turn that around. We’d like to be 4-10 at the end of this with the Cubs.


Joe Maddon: I really don’t believe it does. The only thing that matters is we know we can beat them. They know they can beat us because based on what they’ve gone through through this particular moment. So I don’t think there is any real weight to be attached to that whatsoever. They’re an entirely different team. We’re pretty different too compared to that particular moment, but they are really different.

Believe me, I don’t even take any — I take zero stock in that whatsoever, honestly. Those are some really close games, too, that we played against them. We won some close games. Things just happened to work in our favor in those moments. Their offense wasn’t nearly what it is right now, so I — I’m not even looking at that as being pertinent.

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Well as you can see, all the adults in the room pretty much agreed that both these teams are very different than the ones who last played each other in May and June. Buckle up and get ready for a great and very competitive NL Championship Series.

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10 Signs You Root for the New York Mets Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:42:52 +0000 kelly johnson mets win

Meaningful September baseball? A real lineup? A starting rotation that dominates, and a reliable bullpen? Are we sure these are the same Mets that looked all but dead in June? The short answer is no, they aren’t; they’re a rejuvenated, electric, never-say-die bunch that feed off the crowd’s energy while simultaneously creating their own (and believe me, there is plenty of momentum in the crowd).

Yoenis Cespedes is a complete game changer, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia are a lockdown combination, and there are no longer any automatic outs in the lineup. Chances are you’ve been loyal to the orange and blue quite some time now, and you may have picked up some of these habits that make it more obvious than you think that you’re a Mets fan.

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1. Your eyes are trained to spot the colors orange and blue.

That’s a nice looking, vaguely blue water bottle sitting on the counter over there. Holy crap, there’s an orange right next to it!

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2. In fact, half the things you own are orange and blue.

Orange shirt, blue shorts. Blue sheets, orange pillowcase. Blue shoes, orange laces. Definitely a blue and orange phone case. Is there a pattern here?

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3. You style your hair like Jacob deGrom.

And you’ve sent him multiple fan letters asking him what kind of shampoo and conditioner he uses.


4. You have the urge to scream extremely crass things whenever you hear the name “Fred” or “Jeff”

It’s a built in defense mechanism.

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5. You hate everything about Philadelphia.

Screw you too, Washington Nationals.

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6. You stick your tongue out like David Wright while performing everyday activities.

Taking out the garbage, paying bills, walking the dog, you name it, tongue out.


7.  Something in your family is named Shea.

Your dog, your kid, your car…


8. You cringe at the mere mention of the year 2006.

“I can’t believe it’s been nine years since we married, honey. On this day in 2006—honey… why are you crying…?”


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9. Your pin number is some variation of the numbers 86 and 69.

I just can’t imagine why!

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10. The word “amazing” is your favorite word.

But you usually shorten it to “Amazin’”. Life is strange like that sometimes.

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Morning Grind: Oh, How Sweep It Is! Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:00:30 +0000 USATSI_8791139_154511658_lowres

After Stephen Strasburg absolutely dominated the Mets hitters all night on Wednesday, it seemed like 2-1 might be an insurmountable deficit.

Strasburg was dealing right out of the gate, making the Mets look silly, striking out hitters left and right with his filthy hook that was falling right off the table.

mmo feature original footerI should have known not to worry, especially with how the Mets have been playing the last several weeks, but I guess it’s just in my DNA.

The Mets, like they’ve done 35 times this year, came back from behind to beat the floundering Washington Nationals by a score of 5-3. The Mets are now 59-11 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season.

Yesterday, I wrote an article and spoke about unlikely heroes. Tonight, another one presented himself. Kelly Johnson played difference maker as he blasted the tying home run off of Strasburg in the eighth inning.

Then Yoenis Cespedes, who I truly believe is a superhuman, appropriately hit the go ahead home run to lead the Mets to victory. He just makes it look so easy. To him, the pitchers are throwing beach balls.

It’s been such a Jekyll and Hide season for the Mets. The wins the last three nights would never have been possible even just two months ago.

Going from worst the first half of the season, to first from July 25th on in almost every offensive category has made all the difference.

Had the Mets been down tonight that late in the game earlier this year, they would have just lied down and took the loss. Well guess what? Not anymore.

On winning teams like this one, everyone does their job. The bullpen, which had looked horrendous the last few weeks pitched 11.1 innings this series and allowed just one earned run.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a huge home run last night to help win the game, and Kelly Johnson did the same thing tonight. It’s not just the sexy names that are getting the job the done, everyone is firing on all cylinders.

“At this point in the season, two or three weeks left, you’re looking pretty good if you have a six-or seven-game lead,” Johnson said. “Hopefully those games we play them in New York won’t matter and we can celebrate early.”

The team has such a great chemistry, and believes it can win every single night. And hell, they can. They just came into the Nationals home ball park and completely shell shocked them.

“This has been the three biggest games of my career.” Terry Collins said in his post game interview. “We’re legitimate, this is not a fluke.”

Much of the reason behind the Mets’ success has been slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Kelly Johnson, who delivered a clutch home run of his own, had nothing but positive things to say about the Cuban phenom.

“It’s like he’s some throwback player, like your dad used to tell you about Clemente or Mantle,” said Johnson. “He’s so cool.”

“I don’t know how it works, but he should be in the discussion for the NL MVP.” The Mets captain, David Wright, said after the huge offensive output Cespedes has delivered since the Mets acquired him.

Nobody could have predicted that on September 10th, the Mets would have a commanding seven game lead in the NL East. This is the most exciting team I’ve ever had the pleasure of rooting for, and I truly believe we can go all the way. We aren’t called the Miracle Mets for nothing!

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The Last Word: Only the Mets Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:13:38 +0000 Wilmer - Flores

The fiasco that was Wednesday, July 29 at Citi Field will for a long time stand as Exhibit A for a couple of truisms my wife and I share as we watch the Mets most every night from April to October (yeah, October):

One, every game features something you’ve never seen before, and two, baseball is so great because it’s a daily, unscripted soap opera.

I mean, when did you ever see a Met hit three home runs, and get no attention for it?  When did you ever see a player crying a river on the field?  When did you ever see a player on the field that you were told belonged to another team?  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Having watched thousands of Mets games over the years, and having witnessed – or lived through – the whole uniquely bizarre evening, I was left with one impression,  independent of whether you blame Joel Sherman, Sandy Alderson, Doug Melvin,  the bat boy, or whoever.

Only the Mets.

Only the Mets could have been at the center of this tragicomedy, whether it was their fault or not.  The infrequent highs and frequent lows for this franchise have always been so uniquely pronounced.

From the impossible World Series title in ‘69 to the impossible comeback in Game 6 of the ‘86 Series to an Agbayani-Timo-Payton outfield making it to the October Classic to the prospect of five young controllable aces in the same rotation, the mountaintop experiences have been…really high.

And we all know enough about the lows to forego cataloguing them here.

But Wednesday night added a new dimension to the 53-year old soap opera: The utterly bizarre.

Forget the emotions of Wilmer Flores for a moment.  How about the unparalleled emotional rollercoaster for Mets fans?  By my count, there were 15 such swings of emotion over the course of three or four hours:

Wow, fantastic, we’re getting Gomez, just what we need.  Wait, we’re giving up on Wheeler, one of our budding studs?  Hold on, are we gonna get burned when Flores turns into a real hitter in Milwaukee?  Hey, why are Gomez’s numbers down this year?  Why the hell hasn’t Collins pulled Flores out of the game?

Then, It sure looks like Flores has been crying – hey, he HAS been crying.  Look, the fans are giving him a Standing O – touching.  Look, Collins finally pulled Flores out of the game – the deal must be done.  Wait, Flores said they told him there was no deal.  I don’t believe this – Collins is swearing like a drunken sailor and saying he, the manager of the damn team, was never told what the rest of the world knew.

Then,  I really don’t believe this – Alderson is now saying there is and will be no deal.  It must be because the Brewers didn’t like the medicals on Wheeler and got cold feet – maybe Wheeler is in worse shape than they’re saying.  Wait, they’re now saying it was actually the Mets who didn’t like the medicals on Gomez.  Oh, boy, they missed a chance to get a difference maker.  Oh, thank God they didn’t get damaged goods and resurrect the ghost of Victor Zambrano.

Whew!  There’s only one thing I’m sure of:  though this could only happen to the Mets, even they – and we – will never witness a night like that again. But keep your fingers crossed just in case.


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Hey Sandy, Are You Freaking Kidding Me??? Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:54:50 +0000 Sandy Alderson

Speaking with reporters at Citi Field on Thursday, Sandy Alderson said he has room in his budget to acquire an impact player and that he is scouring the market for an outfielder.

“We have the ability to take on money,” he said, “even though none of you will believe me.”

Well Sandy, the reason we don’t believe you is because you speak for a couple of crooked and inept owners who have done nothing but lie to this fanbase for the better part of two decades.

How many times have you yourself been duped by them? We all know you were blindsided by the shock waves of the Madoff scandal. You get paid to cover for the Wilpons, we don’t.

Did you forget when you said you had a $100 million budget in 2013 and 2014 and came away with $85 and $79 million payrolls instead? Guess what, Met fans didn’t forget.

And how often have you told us that you had money to spend at the trade deadline and didn’t. Nobody expected you to bring in a rental but you said that you could make trades for pieces that would “help the team in the long view.” You did nothing… NOTHING…

So there are plenty of reasons for why nobody believes you, the least of which is the fact that you’ve done nothing yet to address the lackluster offense you put together.

For crying out loud, you have John Mayberry and his .170 batting average batting cleanup today against Clayton Kershaw. Are you freaking kidding me? All of Omar Minaya’s pitchers are batting higher than the guys on your bench. What a joke…

Where are all these big bats you were gonna bring in once the young pitching was ready? Gimme a break…

In June you said you had the resources to add one big bat… Wake up, Sandy… next week is August.

It’s common knowledge that you’ve already balked at Ben Zobrist and Justin Upton, and please don’t tell us that it didn’t have anything to do with money, because we both know that it did. It’s always about the money with this team!

Oh and another thing, it’s pretty apparent that you and I have completely different definitions of what adding a big bat to the payroll means.

In your Wilponian world a big bat is a player who makes $3-4 million dollars. However, in the real world a big bat is someone who makes in excess of $10 million or $15 million dollars.

So when you say we probably won’t believe you, it’s with pretty freaking good cause. It’s because you have let us down time and time and time again. How can we ever take you at your word. How can we ever take anything you or your bosses say at face value?

You’ve proven to be quite adept at having a fire sale and selling off major-league assets for prospects. But as far as I’m concerned you’ve done a lousy job adding any major-league talent to this team.

By the way, you’re 0-for-4 with your offseason moves this past Winter. (Cuddyer, Mayberry, Torres, Blevins) Not one of them have panned out, they were all busts.

I’ve got to tell you, I’m worried that you are incapable of bringing in the pieces we need to take this team to the next level. Prove me wrong.

I’ve defended you for 4 1/2 years, but I’m completely done with that. You owe me… I want to see some results and I want to see them now. The time for big talk is at an end,  and the time for action is now.

So enough with all the snark and enough with all the jokes. It’s time to get serious already and do something. And guess what… seeing is believing.

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I’ve Got An Ax To Grind Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:30:46 +0000 wilpon alderson

I’m sorry Mets fans, but what I’m about to tell you really has me beyond frustrated and I have this urgent need to vent.

First, I want you to know, that in my 12 years of running this site, I have never sold my integrity for access to the team. And as a matter of fact, I believe I may have lost what little access I had, solely because I refused to relent when it came to how I truly felt about team ownership.

Lately, I often get asked why I often come off sounding so angry when I write, and the truth is it’s because I see things that frustrate me, especially when I see the Wilpon-powered media duping fans with their non-stop propaganda. It sickens me. I wish people could see through their veil of lies and see things the way I see them.

This afternoon, when I learned Eddie Coleman reported that the Mets balked at Ben Zobrist because he is owed about $2-3 million for the rest of year, I wanted to punch my first through a wall.

I have no way of knowing whether it’s true or not, but using history – both past and recent – as a guide, and knowing Coleman is one of those high integrity reporters, I absolutely do believe it to be true.

Of course this comes on the heels of two separate SNY/Wilpon entity reports today, that the Mets have money to spend at the deadline, and even general manager Sandy Alderson saying last week, the team is ready to overpay for what they need if they have to. Really?

How can we believe anything that they say? Where do you draw the line? Only in a Wilponian world gone mad, is the majority of team news, hyperbole, speculation and propaganda reported through Wilpon owned subsidiaries. And still there are those who defend this process and let it thrive into the cash cow it has become.

This latest ball-twisting news shouldn’t be shocking, but it is because nobody expected the Mets to be this stingy in a year when attendance is thriving, concessions sales are skyrocketing, and SNY and MetsBlog are enjoying record earnings.

Well how about a little something for the fucking fans? How about a little chump change for the loyalists whose emotions and pockets you’ve sucked dry over these last eight years? Is a mere pittance of $2-3 million dollars, too fucking much to ask?

Why do you insist on torturing us the way you do when all we want to do is love the team and root for them to win a championship?

You run this team like a couple of leeches sucking the orange and blue blood out of us. A couple of pariahs… Everything is a money-grab…

How can we talk about a long run of sustained success with a couple of louses like you running this team? You are the antithesis of success when it comes to running this team. You are the cross all Met fans have to bear…

If you really cared about the Mets, you’d sell the team to better stewards and then just disappear. Don’t you get that’s how most fans feel about you? Well, at least the ones who aren’t on your payroll. Just leave…


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Finally, Flores and Tejada Played At Their Best Defensive Positions Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:00:17 +0000 ruben-tejada

Better late than never?

After nearly three months as the Mets’ everyday shortstop, Wilmer Flores started at second base on Sunday, and wouldn’t you know it, he looked great.

Last week, Terry Collins told reporters he was coming around on moving Flores to second, after weeks and weeks of resisting it for fear of hurting Flores’ feelings.

“We told him he’s going to be our shortstop, how do you think he’s going to feel if I move him to second or third? I’m not going to do that to him.”

Honestly, Flores hasn’t ushered in the “end of days” like many feared as the Mets shortstop. He has 10 errors, so do a lot of other shortstops.

But if you have a wide open opportunity to play Flores at his best defensive position, and Ruben Tejada at his best defensive position, and Daniel Murphy at his best defensive position, why the hell did it take 2 1/2 months to get this done?

God knows this team isn’t an offensive juggernaut, so if pitching is your ticket to the post season, shouldn’t your best defensive alignment be a top priority to support that pitching?

Like I said, better late than never, I guess…

The move was supposed to go into effect on Tuesday, when Daniel Murphy would be activated from the disabled list and take over at third base. But Collins said he wanted to give it a test drive.

After the game, Collins sounded like he just invented the wheel. “I think this is going to be the best infield we’ve had and we’re gonna run it out there on a nightly basis,” he said. Great idea, Terry.

While Collins and Sandy Alderson remained tight-lipped about it, it sounds like Ruben Tejada has won himself an everyday job again as the Mets shortstop, which makes me believe that Dilson Herrera could be optioned to Las Vegas when Murphy is activated.

I don’t believe they’ll let a 21-year old prospect expected to be the second baseman of the future sit idly on the bench in a utility role. But I could be wrong.

I guess as long as Tejada keeps producing, and give him credit for how he’s performed this season, he’ll remain fixed as the everyday shortstop. But if his performance declines, then what?

Do they bring Herrera back to play short? Or does he go to second and Flores slides back to short? I guess we’ll deal with that issue if and when it occurs.

For now, all I care about is that we have our best defensive alignment in place and we’re getting a key bat back in the lineup on Tuesday. LGM

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Should Mets Trade One Of Their Top Young Pitchers For Tulowitzki? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:20:17 +0000 troy tulowitzki

Columnist Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe spoke to a couple of MLB executives who say the Mets are still the best match for trading with the Colorado Rockies for All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Cafardo believes the Mets would have to part with one of their young pitchers, and says Steven Matz could be the one who gets a deal done.

“The Mets continue to be the best match for Tulowitzki, according to the baseball executives who have offered an opinion,” writes Cafardo.

“The Mets have the young pitching (lefthander Steven Matz) to start with in a deal for Tulowitzki, who could improve a Mets offense that has the worst OPS in the majors on offspeed pitches, of which they’re getting a steady diet, according to MLB Network researcher Elliott Kalb.”

“Tulowitzki could man shortstop or third base and electrify the Mets’ fan base, which is starving for its team to be relevant from April to October.”

On Thursday, MMO’s Michael Branda made a case for Tulowitzki which you can read here. He writes:

They need impact.

They need a player that would join this roster and instantly awaken players like Juan Lagares, and Lucas Duda.

They need a player that lessens the pressure on aging players like Curtis Granderson or Michael Cuddyer and allows them to be veteran leaders without feeling like they need to carry the team offensively every night.

They need a player that would instantly make the pitchers feel as though this organization is doing everything they can to ensure their talents are not wasted.

They need a player that will ignite the fan base – and give the fans a reason to believe that this organization does believe this team can be special if given the chance. And even with all of the reasons to not make the trade – Troy Tulowitzki is that player.

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What do you say? Would you trade Matz for Tulo as Cafardo suggests? Would you trade one of our other pitchers for Tulo instead?

Or do you keep the pitchers and hope Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Lucas Duda can somehow turn it on offensively, while keeping your fingers crossed that Michael Conforto is the missing piece to the puzzle?


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Why Doesn’t Sandy Alderson Do Something Already? Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:48:47 +0000 sandy-alderson

Oftentimes I feel as though we have some of the most irrational, bipolar, manic-depressive, flip-flopping fans and writers I’ve ever seen. Win three games, order the champagne and playoff tickets. Lose three games, open the windows and get out on your ledges.

In a matter of 13 days I saw one site go from “Do Something Mets” to “Sandy’s In All-Out, Full-On, Hustle Mode” to “Where’s Sandy? He Needs To Get The Cavalry”.

For years I’ve seen fans absolutely thrilled to get away from the knee-jerk-reaction way of doing things under Omar Minaya, and embracing Sandy Alderson’s methodical, well-thought-out approach to building a team that can give us a long run of sustainable championship caliber success.

It’s amazing how after a little taste of winning and contending, you now have many fans and bloggers caving in, and who want to go back to the old, dated, and counterproductive ways of doing things.

These are actual quotes:

“Let’s do something! We gotta do something! Look at the Atlanta Braves, they’re doing something!”

“Sandy needs to get off his ass and do something! Anything! Stop sitting on your f–king hands and do something!”

“Obviously this front office don’t give a shit about winning!”

One of things I love about our team of writers is how they will often post on potential options for the Mets in such an objective manner, considering all the pros and cons and not ignoring the cost in dollars and prospects.

What drives me insane is all the drivel about the Mets needing to sign a bat, or a reliever, or a glove, but never mentioning any specific players and what they’re willing to part with. Just a bunch of incoherent ramblings and mutterings with no substance or ideas, just mindless screaming and dubious finger pointing.

I’d love to know exactly what these people want Sandy Alderson to do? 

They act as though the Mets have their pick of any players they could possibly want, all for the rock-bottom price of Dillon Gee and Danny Muno.

“Why weren’t the Mets in on Trumbo? At least we’d know they actually care about winning.”

That was another gem I read elsewhere. It’s like no rational thought is given about acquiring a player that actually fits a need and has an open position to fill.

The Mets are reeling after a great start. The Mets have been mired in a June swoon since losing Daniel Murphy. I get it.

I’d love to see the Mets get a bat to beef up the offense, but who? And at what position? And most importantly, at what cost?

What I don’t want to see is Alderson make a move that will undermine what we’ve been trying to build over the last five years just so we could win 3-4 more games. And that’s if we’re lucky and the move actually pans out. Most of the time such fixes never work out.

Imagine if we had a general manager who would react and make moves just to pacify the lunatic fringe of the blogosphere? Well actually we don’t have to imagine it, we’ve already experienced it.

This is exactly what led to the downfall of Omar Minaya. He came in talking about a five year vision, but as soon as he got a taste of winning four years ahead of time, he scrapped his plan and went into balls-to-the-wall, win at all costs mode. And as we’ve seen all too many times, it failed epically and set the organization back another five years.

Now we have some who would see us go though this vicious cycle again, all because we spent a few weeks in first place.

We have some who are willing to trade seven years of Steven Matz or Noah Syndergaard to get a bandaid type fix that probably backfires on us. I’m sick and tired of shooting ourselves in the foot.

What blows my mind about those calling for Alderson to go out and get the cavalry, is that they have their heads so far up their asses they can’t even comprehend that the cavalry may already be here in the form of Dilson Herrera and knocking-at-the-door Michael Conforto.

We’ve been so patient for five years, why can’t we wait another few months? Why can’t we allow “the plan” to play out and come to fruition when we’re so f–king close?

In the meantime why can’t we just enjoy what we’re seeing and understand that whether or not we win or lose this season, our young players are getting the experience of grinding it out in the heat of a playoff push. This is so invaluable to say the least.

The Mets are tempering and hardening many of their young core players and readying them not for a one-and-done as in 2006, but for something much more substantial and lasting. This is our 1984 and 1985. Let’s not ruin it.

So my message to Sandy Alderson is to ignore the lunatic fringe and stay the course. If you can find a tweak or two for this season at a reasonable cost, fine.

But if other teams are only demanding our best prospects for their over the hill, overpaid, and overrated dispensable parts, please take a pass.

The smarts ones among us understand the greater good and realize that the other 29 teams are not bending over backwards to help us as others seem to think.

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An Improved Wilmer Flores Continues To Evolve Fri, 29 May 2015 17:08:41 +0000 wilmer flores

For the last year and a half Met fans have been speculating about the future of the shortstop position ever since the failed Ruben Tejada experiment. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been able to stay level headed throughout the process and stick with what he feels will be best for the team and its future despite the heavy critisicm.

That plan was to stay home grown and give Wilmer Flores a crack at the every day gig at shortstop. A plan that has seemed like an absolute roller coaster since day one.

Flores was unable to quiet the critics for the first month of the season playing an atrocious defense. Through May 15th Flores had only converted on 92.2 percent of routine plays, second worst among active shortstops. He had made eight errors up to that point only better than four other shotstops in the league.

No one said that becoming a starter in the biggest sports market in the world was going to be an easy task but Flores seemed to be taking it to a brand new level at his new everyday position and Mets fans were clearly getting sick of waiting for Flores to come around.

After an impeccable 13-3 start to the season the Mets dropped 12 of their next 19 contests with the main issue being the offense. During that stretch Flores hit a whooping .174 nothing even close to being worthy enough to back his defensive miscues.

Terry Collins and company though would continue to give their faith and support to the 23 year old despite being heavily criticized by the fans and media. That patience and faith has been questioned for a while now but we are slowly but surely starting to see it pay off.

Seeing Citi Field praise Wilmer Flores for a job well done on Tuesday night was a rare sight from the Mets faithful. Flores had just delivered two huge at-bats in a row to bail out a terrible 8th inning for the Mets bullpen.

It may be hard to believe but as the month of May comes to a close and we head into the long summer months, the Mets are starting to believe they have found themselves a permanent shortstop. Hard to believe after seeing thenumbers Flores put up the first month of the season, huh? He was and still is a work in process, a process beginning to finally pay off.

Over the last two weeks Flores has been able to find a groove at the plate. Fans are seeing much better at-bats, a lot more patience, and a much more relaxed Wilmer Flores. He has been a home run machine as well, now sitting atop of the home run category for all National League shortstops including a clutch home run in game one of the Mets/Phillies series on Monday to propel New York to a victory.

We also saw the clutch gene out of Flores on Tuesday when he came to bat with the Mets trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth and two runners in scoring position.

Flores had probably his best at-bat of the season fighting off pitch after pitch from Phillies reliever Ken Giles who is having an exceptional season. Flores would eventually punch a fly ball into right field to drive in the tying run.

He would continue his late game heroics in the 10th driving in Juan Lagares from third with a two out single for the Mets second walk-off win of the season and the second of Flores young career. Las Vegas 51’s manager Wally Backman has praised the clutch gene of Flores something we are starting to see at the big league level.

The 23-year old Flores is never going to be a Jose Reyes or Andrelton Simmons with the glove,  but with every successful throw we are starting to see a sense of comfort from Flores. He has been much more relaxed at the new position. He made a great play in the loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday something that was lost because of the performance by the rest of the team.

He is far from a finished product. Flores is growing on Met fans everywhere something I never thought I would see a month ago. Flores has gotten his average up to .252 with a team leading seven home runs and is now on pace to hit .275 with 20-25 home runs and I will take that all day.

Wilmer Flores is still extremely young and has been able to block out all the doubters. Since day one of spring training, Flores was told he wouldn’t be able to do it, he could not succeed as the every day shortstop of the New York Mets. However the Mets were able to work through the early season struggles, as was Flores. It’s time to give the kid a break and let him continue to find himself. He has only been getting better and it should continue to improve going forward with even more reps and his growing confidence.

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Why Do Mets Have Such An Inordinate Amount Of Injuries? Mon, 25 May 2015 13:46:48 +0000 David Wright

The following is a conversation between Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez that I transcribed from Sunday’s Mets vs Pirates broadcast.

The two of them spent about 15 minutes discussing why Mets players suffer so many injuries to their muscles, joints and ligaments.

Gary: For all that this Mets organization has done to minimize injuries, including the offseason strength and conditioning programs they’ve insituted with Mike Barwis the last two years, this organization seems incredibly beset with injuries year after year after year.

Gary: Is it just bad luck? Or is it something that requires some further introspection on the part of this organization?

Keith: I don’t believe in bad luck. Maybe there has to be a reevaluation of their conditioning programs. I personally think that the players work out too much. It’s a long year, there’s much more travel now, much more weariness – especially leg weariness – which is probably why Lucas Duda is out.

Keith: I’d like to see the guys basically not being baseball gym rats. It’s crazy, they come to the ballpark and mostly live in that bunker down there.

Gary: I think it’s important that you differentiate between the traumatic injuries and the freak injuries which are always going to happen during the course of the season.

Gary: It’s the other things like the pulled quads and the pulled hamstrings like Duda yesterday, Wright earlier in the season… The back problems… Are those things that can be avoided? Is there a way to figure out how to minimize those things?  I know the Mets have been very diligent in trying to figure out how to do that but is there something that’s missing?

Keith: I’m no expert… There has been a lot of advancements in conditioning throughout sports. But I do think this sport is particularly different in that it’s a marathon and you play 162 games in 182 days in the dead of summer.

Keith: You’ve got to be stronger in August and September. From my own personal experience, I started lifting during the latter part of my career. I was always reluctant to do anything involving weights with my legs. I was always afraid that my legs would get too strong and that they would tighten up. Instead I would stretch my legs all the time to keep them loose.

Keith: Now I know that these players are also stretching too, but I’m wondering if all this focus on building their leg muscles is creating too much tension? I imagine those muscles and ligaments are as tight as piano wires. I’m talking about your hamstrings, your quads, etc. In my day we ran to make our legs strong, and we played to keep our legs strong.

Gary: And the other piece to that is: are the Mets doing these things and pushing their players too hard? I wonder if that’s what other teams are doing too? I don’t hear about other teams working their players the way the Mets do.

Anyway, the conversation went on and on with each wondering why the Mets have so many more injuries than the average team over the last several seasons.

Both agreed that the Mets need to reevaluate their entire training staff, procedures, and conditioning programs.

Hernandez also advocated for the 154 game scheduled proposed by new commissioner Rob Manfred as it would minimize injuries caused by fatigue.

They question whether Mets players specifically are doing too much lifting, if the offseason workouts are contributing to the stress on their muscles and ligaments, and if their bodies are getting enough time to recuperate after a long season.

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Mets Not Panicking Despite Falling Out Of First Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:36 +0000 terry-collins-1

With another Mets blowout loss and another Nationals win over the Yankees, the Mets officially fell out of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 14. Despite that, manager Terry Collins insisted that no one in the clubhouse is panicking right now.

“We’re not even out of May”, said Collins. “There’s another 10 game winning streak that’s in there. There’s going to be another 5 game losing streak that’s in there. We’ve got to play the Nationals 12 times, 13 times — whatever we’ve got them left.” (Adam Rubin, ESPN)

“There’s a lot — a lot – of baseball left. there’s no sense of urgency here. We have things that we have to continue to try to do. We have to continue to try to watch the workload of some guys. We need to continue to try to get healthy. But there’s no panic here, believe me. Not in the clubhouse. Not anyplace else”.

Ever since the Mets started out with an 11 game winning streak to start with a record of 13-3, they’ve gone 10-15 since while squandering an eight game lead over the now first place Washington Nationals.

Added Collins: “A lot of people want to talk about the Nationals. Did they panic when they were 1-7? No. And we’re not going to panic either.”

The main issue with the Mets continues to be their offense. They’ve scored three runs or less in 16 of their last 22 games. They’ve also been shut out four times this season including Wednesday’s 9-0 loss.

“We’re not hitting the ball hard,” said Collins. “We’re not even barreling up some balls. I don’t know what the reason is. Other teams don’t have a problem hitting suckers out of this ballpark. We’ve just got to continue to walk that fine line of making sure we get something good to hit, we’ve got to put a hit on the barrel … We’ve got to quit worrying about hitting the ball out of the ballpark and worry about hitting some line drives.”

Despite back to back blowout losses to the Cardinals, Collins insist that the Mets will have no team meeting. He doesn’t want too many because he fears the players might start tuning them out.

It’s good to see the Mets staying calm despite facing some adversity. But they need to get their offense going and fast or we may be witnessing some real panic in the future, especially if we continue to see games like we saw the last two days.

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Marlins Owner Quizzed People About Wally Backman At Citi Field Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:03:28 +0000 wally backman las vegas review-journal

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “quizzed” people at Citi Field during the weekend about Wally Backman’s readiness to be a major league manager, according to a report in the New York Post.

Loria was in attendance in Queens as his Marlins were swept in a four-game series by the New York Mets.

The Miami Herald reported on Sunday that manager Mike Redmond’s job is in jeopardy and Backman is a candidate to replace him. Backman manages the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

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After a humbling and disastrous four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets this weekend at Citi Field – a sweep that now leaves them with the second-worst record in the majors at 3-10 – the Miami Marlins are in panic mode. At least that’s what some are saying in South Florida.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that manager Mike Redmond is on the hot seat and that his job may be in jeopardy as the team heads to Philadelphia for a series with the Phillies that could decide his fate.

Sources say the organization is already bouncing around possible replacements and one possibility being considered is Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria would have no problem firing his manager this early in the season as he has been down this road before, firing Jeff Torborg in May of 2003, and Fredi Gonzalez in June of 2010.

Sources say Loria is not happy with the team’s play and he agreed with Giancarlo Stanton who blasted the team on Friday and saying that they lacked fire.

Many were looking at the Marlins has a surefire contender for a wild card spot this season and some were projecting Miami for a 90 win season.

Obviously Backman would certainly fit Loria’s desire for a fiery manager to replace the laid-back Mike Redmond. But I believe it’s way too early to think they would really ax Redmond this soon. However, with Loria, you never know.

That said, a source close to the Las Vegas manager told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert, that neither Backman or his representatives, have been contacted by the Marlins yet. (Daily News)


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