Mets Vice President of Player Development and Scouting Paul DePodesta fielded questions for about an hour on Twitter yesterday. He did a nice job of tackling the many concerns and inquiries fans had about the most recent draft, many of the team’s prospects and where they fit into the plan, and also discussed his strategy and the organizations philosophy on developing players and their selection process. I’m going to summarize some of the things that […]
The New York Mets fourth round pick, second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, has officially signed with the team according to the company’s official Twitter page. The Mets made the announcement early on saturday posting a Tweet which read, “Mets 4th rounder UConn 2nd baseman L.J. Mazzilli, Lee Mazzilli’s son, has officially signed and will be sent to @BKCyclones”. The announcement marks yet another 2013 draftee to come to terms with the organization. Mazzilli, the 116th pick […]
Terry Collins just told reporters that Matt Harvey will make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Cardinals. Go ahead and plan accordingly for Harvey Day… In the eighth inning of last night’s 20-inning 2-1 loss to the Marlins, Harvey was removed from his start with tightness in his lower back. He was cruising before being pulled and held the Marlins to just one earned run in seven innings while striking out six. After singling in the […]
The Mets have drafted 72 outfielders in the first 5 rounds (top 100 picks) during the 48 year history of the MLB draft. Of those 72, 18 made it to the majors. Of those 18, six of them enjoyed what can only be described as cups of coffee with a variety of teams. They were, John Gibbons (24th overall 1980), John Christensen (38th overall 1981), Terry Blocker (4th overall 1981), Stan Jefferson (20th overall 1983), Rod Gaspar […]
Left field has always been used as a kind of defensive dumping ground for many teams trying to find a way to get a bat in the lineup. Not requiring the arm strength considered de rigueur for Right, and less daunting in the presence of a fleet centerfielder, it is often a place for players whose offense demands playing time, but are not “natural” outfielders and have been blocked from a preferred position by a […]
The street I live on is a fairly quiet residential one lane road. Three miles to the south it meanders up into the foothills that look down on the valley. It gives way to an expansive residence, the proverbial mansion on the hill. At night, the home is illuminated in a sea of blackness. There’s nothing close by and the property seems big enough to warrant its own zip code. On many Saturday nights, I […]
“Home runs are over-rated. You don’t have to hit home runs to win. If I don’t get a home run all year, and the team wins, I’ll be more than satisfied.” – Steve Henderson (1981) The Reccoppa family piled into Dad’s burnt orange 1970 Plymouth Duster for the short ride across the bridge on Route 37 to Seaside Heights. A visit to grandma’s summer house, a sure sign school would be out soon. Anthony, 10, […]
We tend to see the world and everything that encompasses it through our own shaded lenses. Our biases and preconceptions while defining us can often prevent us from understanding the whole truth. If the truth you’re seeking is to know if a candidate for President is a serial sexual harasser or whether perhaps a venerable college football coach for years turned a blind eye to his assistant’s deviant behavior or even if a certain baseball […]
Veteran writer Bill Madden of the Daily News, thinks the Mets should hire Lee Mazzilli. He says that Bobby V will cost the Mets too much money and that the Mets front office is hesitant to move Wally Backman from A-Ball to the major leagues in one fell swoop. While I do agree with Madden on Wally and Bobby, I must draw the line on Lee Mazzilli. I’ve NEVER been convinced in his ability to manage and I’m not looking for […]
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