Mets Merized Online » National League http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Nationals Talkin’ Shit, But Don’t Count Us Out Yet http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/nationals-talkin-shit-dont-count-us-out-yet.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/nationals-talkin-shit-dont-count-us-out-yet.html/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:23:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=173660 MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

Michael Cuddyer was at Citi Field today entertaining some local kids at a charity event. Afterward while speaking to reporters, he responded to the hype surrounding the Washington Nationals being the best team in the NL East and comments by ownership and management about their powerhouse rotation.

“I think the ‘Baseball Almanac’ would be written a lot differently if you donned a champion in February every year.”

During the Nationals press conference to introduce Max Scherzer, GM Mike Rizzo lauded his new starting rotation which will be headlined by Scherzer and followed by Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.

“We’ll stack our rotation up with anybody’s in our division, our league and maybe in baseball,” Rizzo told reporters.

Teams owner Mark Lerner called his rotation historic, saying that they could possibly allow the fewest runs ever in the National League.

The plan is to keep Zimmermann and Strasburg, and neither will be traded as some have speculated. At 88, the principle owner Ted Lerner wants to see the Nats win a World Series in his lifetime and is prepared to do anything to make that happen.

The Nationals have owned the Mets in recent years, compiling a 41-15 record against them over the last three seasons, and beating the Mets in 15 of 19 contests, outscoring them 95 to 52.

That said, they lost Mets killer Adam LaRoche and that’s gotta make some of our starters happy. Still, the road to the playoffs for the Mets goes through Washington, have we done enough to make up the 17 win gap from last season?

Is good health, a couple of bounce-back seasons, and improved performances from returning players plus the addition of Cuddyer enough to bridge and overcome that gap? It’s not impossible.

There’s a lot of optimism in Flushing these days, and sometimes great things happen when you least expect it. But silly me… You already knew that… You’re Mets fans.

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Sources: Everth Cabrera Not A Consideration For Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/sources-everth-cabrera-not-a-consideration-for-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/sources-everth-cabrera-not-a-consideration-for-mets.html/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:08:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=171023 MLB: San Diego Padres at Minnesota Twins

While Everth Cabrera is very much available, and while the Mets are still reportedly looking for an upgrade at shortstop, team sources told ESPN New York that he is not a consideration.

On Friday, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported that several teams have legitimate concerns about Cabrera’s “checkered” past including the Mets.

Cabrera became a free agent after the San Diego Padres cut ties and non-tendered him on Tuesday. It’s believed that mounting concerns over his legal issues led to that decision. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana and resisting arrest.

The former All-Star was also suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis, and previously faced domestic violence assault charges against his wife which were eventually dismissed.

December 4

Before yesterday’s deadline, San Diego non-tendered shortstop Everth Cabrera, who was once considered a core player and future star for the Padres. Cabrera made $2.45 million in 2014 and was eligible for arbitration.

Cabrera, 28, has missed significant time the last two seasons due to a Biogenesis suspension, hamstring injuries, and off the field issues. He was arrested on Sept. 3 for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, but the charge was later reduced to resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

In 2013, Cabrera was selected as an all-star, batted .283 with a .355 on-base and .381 slugging, and was leading the league in stolen bases with 37 at the time of his suspension. In addition to that, he also led the National League in stolen bases in 2012 with 44.

This past season, his numbers weren’t nearly as good as he batted  just .232/.272/.300 over a span of 90 games. However, Cabrera is worth taking a chance on, as he brings solid defense to a position the Mets are looking to improve in, and would be a solid leadoff hitter who can wreak havoc on the base paths.

“I made some bad moves,” Cabrera said last evening. “But I know I can do a lot of things in this game. I’ve thought, ‘What am I doing? That’s not Everth Cabrera. What happened with Everth Cabrera?’ Now I’m hungry to be one of the best shortstops in the game, to be a better player, to work harder, to be better every single day.”

Despite his issues, Cabrera is still a worthy target for the Mets. His defense alone makes him an immediate upgrade at shortstop, but his plus-speed could give the Mets a potentially solid leadoff option.

Is he a risk? Yes. But at the very least, Cabrera won’t cost a ton of money, won’t require draft pick compensation, and still has loads of potential at a relatively young age.

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Gil Hodges Up For Hall of Fame Consideration In December http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/gil-hodges-up-for-hall-of-fame-consideration-in-december.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/gil-hodges-up-for-hall-of-fame-consideration-in-december.html/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:37:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=168992 gil hodges bklyn

An MMO Fan Shot by Bill Hall

Gil Hodges is one of ten names on this year’s Golden Era Ballot the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced today.Players will be reviewed and voted on December 8 during the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego.

We support the election of Gil Hodges to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is fully qualified under every one of the criteria set forth in the Hall’s own rules:

“Voting shall be based on player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

Gil Hodges was the premier first baseman in the National League during the Golden Era. He was an outstanding fielder, winning the first three Gold Gloves ever awarded in his final three seasons as a full-time regular. He was a dominant power hitter, topping twenty home runs for eleven consecutive seasons, and he totaled thirty or more homers in six of those years. He was an eight-time All Star. His on-the-field performance was a major factor in seven pennants and two World Championships during his fourteen seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was second in both home runs and runs batted in for the National League during the 1950s, was tenth on the all-time home run list at his retirement, and in third place among right-handed batters.

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His career totals might have been even more impressive had he not spent three years in the Pacific with the U.S. Marines during World War II, where he earned the Bronze Star, which is awarded for acts of heroism or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Integrity, sportsmanship and character may be hard to quantify, but Hodges displayed these qualities in abundance. As both a player and manager, he won the universal respect of his teammates, the players he managed, opponents and fans. He was widely recognized as the only player never to be booed in Brooklyn. Hodges made his home in the heart of the community where he played and he was extremely generous with his time, showing a special dedication to youth. Jackie Robinson credited him as a key figure in easing his difficult role as the first African-American in the major leagues in the 20th century. As a first-time manager, Hodges dramatically improved the performance of the expansion Washington Senators. When he returned to New York as manager of the Mets, he brought 25 young men together as a unit that accomplished one of the most improbable and best remembered feats in baseball history: the 1969 World Series title.

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His untimely death at age 47 in 1972 robbed baseball and its fans of many more years of his great skills and character. His reputation had endured and grown in the decades since that loss. He has earned one distinction his generations of admirers would dearly love to see become a historic footnote–accumulating more votes than any candidate not yet enshrined in the Hall. His achievements during the quarter-century he did spend in the game have richly earned him a place in baseball’s shrine.

Once more, Hodges boosters are hopeful that his time has finally come. Although whoever is chosen by the Golden Era Committee will be a member of the Hall’s class of 2015, the election and announcement will take place in December, so the campaigners have adopted a hashtag to help publicize their cause: #14in14.

Sign our petition now.

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Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton Win Hank Aaron Awards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/mike-trout-and-giancarlo-stanton-win-hank-aaron-awards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/mike-trout-and-giancarlo-stanton-win-hank-aaron-awards.html/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:33:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=168684 mike trout giancarlo stanton

Major League Baseball announced that Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton are the winners of the 2014 Hank Aaron Award in their respective leagues.

Since 1999, the Hank Aaron Award is presented annually to the best overall offensive performer in both the American League and National League.

In a press conference and pregame ceremony held at AT&T Park prior to Game 4 of the World Series, commissioner Bud Selig formally presented the awards to both Trout and Stanton.

Trout, 23, batted .287 with a .377 OBP for the Angels with 39 doubles, nine triples, and a league leading 36 homers and 111 RBI.

In a season cut short by a gruesome pitch to his face, the 24-year old Stanton batted .288 with a .395 OBP and .555 Slugging for the Marlins. He laced 31 doubles while clubbing an MLB leading 37 homers to go with 105 RBI.

Congratulations to both these deserving young players.

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Is Rafael Montero The One The Mets Trade? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/is-rafael-montero-the-one-the-mets-trade.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/is-rafael-montero-the-one-the-mets-trade.html/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:31:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=168504 Rafael - Montero

The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense, writes Andy Martino of the Daily News.

However it’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, he says.

This offseason will be filled with lots of Mets trade rumors and buzz, and unlike last year when Sandy Alderson suggested he would trade a young pitcher to acquire a bat and ultimately stood pat, I believe this time the Mets will actually go through with it.

That said, Martino writes that over the past 12 months, Wheeler went from sort of available, with some in the organization pushing hard to move him, to virtually untouchable. And as for deGrom, with the young righthander soon to be named the National League rookie of the year award, he isn’t going anywhere either.

That leaves Noah Syndergaard and Montero. Sure there’s Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon. But nobody believes the Mets could get the kind of bat they need for one of them. Along with either Montero or Syndergaard, one of them might go to acquire that piece they’re looking for.

This should make for lots of interesting debate and conversation as the Hot Stove season begins to warm up. When all is said and done, I have a hunch that Montero and Gee will be the ones to go. I just hope it’s all worth it in the end.

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Lamar Johnson Will Not Return As Hitting Coach http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/lamar-johnson-will-not-return-as-hitting-coach.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/lamar-johnson-will-not-return-as-hitting-coach.html/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:30:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=167235 lamar johnson

Official Release

The New York Mets today announced that hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera will not return to their positions in 2015. Johnson and Natera have been offered positions within the minor league system.

“We appreciate the hard work of Lamar and Luis this year at the Major League level,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “We hope they will continue to be part of the Mets organization in the future.”

Natera was named to the newly created position of assistant hitting coach on March 24. Johnson took over for Dave Hudgens, who was fired on May 26.

The Mets also announced that Mike Barwis, a strength and conditioning consultant to the Mets since 2011, has been appointed to oversee all Major League and Minor League strength and conditioning for the Mets organization.

Barwis, known for his “Barwis Methods” performance training programs for professional and amateur athletes, will remain a consultant, but will now be directly involved in the hiring and supervision of all Mets strength and conditioning coaches and will be responsible for implementing a system-wide performance training program.

4:00 PM

According to CBS’s Jon Heyman, the Mets have officially announced that Lamar Johnson will be replaced as hitting coach. Johnson and his assistant Luis Natera will not retain their roles within the organization. It is still unclear if they will be reassigned or released.

Johnson replaced Dave Hudgens after he was fired on May 27. There was no difference in batting or on-base after the switch.

While the Mets overall hitting rankings were not the worst in the National League, they struggled to hit with runners on base all year. They ranked seventh worst in baseball with 3.61 runners left in scoring position per game.

Bob Geren, Tim Teufel, Tom Goodwin and Dan Warthen will all return for the 2015 season.

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What Can We Expect From Travis d’Arnaud Next Season? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/what-can-we-expect-from-travis-darnaud-next-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/what-can-we-expect-from-travis-darnaud-next-season.html/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:19:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=167139 travis d'arnaud

This year’s free-agent class is a particularly weak one. With very few options in the outfield and at shortstop, two positions that the Mets are desperate to fix, there are a number of potential options at catcher. But with Travis d’Arnaud here and with Kevin Plawecki waiting in the wings, this isn’t exactly a need for the Mets. The question the Mets need to answer regarding d’Arnaud, is if at 26, have they’ve seen enough to make him the long-term answer at catcher?

On June 8th, after opening the season with a .180 batting average, the Mets demoted d’Arnaud to AAA Las Vegas. As soon as he joined the 51′s roster he caught fire, launching 6 home runs with a nasty .444 batting average over 14 games.

After vowing to rid his mind of all the noise and simply going back to basics, the d’Arnaud that returned was not the same man who was with the team out of spring training. He was seeing the ball better, taking it to all fields and even showing some of the power that Mets fans had been hearing about since he was acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade. The problem is that even during his hot second half, d’Arnaud’s numbers weren’t all that impressive.

Among catchers, his .265 batting average was 14th best in the National League and the seven home runs after the break were good for 7th in the league. His .313 OBP certainly needs to be better and was only a tick up from the .292 he posted in the first half. On the plus side was his .474 slugging.

Perhaps the most obvious flaw to d’Arnaud’s game is his defense. His nine errors ranked third worst in the NL and he led the majors with 12 passed balls. Additionally, he needs to improve on throwing runners out. The opposition stole 58 bases on d’Arnaud who managed a poor 19 percent caught-stealing rate. League average was 28 percent in 2014.

D’Arnaud’s  Wins Above Replacement for the season was less than one at a mere 0.3, mostly because of how his poor defense negated much of his offense.

Sandy Alderson’s goal is to improve the Mets by 10-12 games, he said in his press conference last Sunday. Getting 2-3 wins from TDA would go a long way toward helping to achieve that mark. 

This is not meant to disparage or take away from what d’Arnaud has accomplished. After all, he is still 2-3 years away from reaching his prime as a backstop. Still, you want to see some progress behind the dish.

What can we expect from him? Is it too much to ask for him to match his second half batting average over a full season? Does 15 home-runs get it done? Can he produce a 3.0 WAR?

D’Arnaud needs to be a key cog for the Mets’ offense in 2015 and if there are any doubts then the Mets may need to explore other options during the off-season to add that big bat that can produce in the middle of the Mets lineup.

In the end, I expect him to produce. He’ll come through and continue to show growth, the same way he did in the second half of this year. If he can work on his defense and stay focused at the plate, there’s no reason why d’Arnaud can’t be the Mets catcher for years to come.

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DeGrom Named Rookie of the Month For September http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/degrom-odds-on-favorite-for-rookie-of-the-year.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/degrom-odds-on-favorite-for-rookie-of-the-year.html/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:47:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166899 jacob degrom ks 8

Jacob deGrom has been voted the National League Rookie of the Month for September. The 26-year-old righty was 2-0 in four September starts, leading MLB rookie pitchers with 38 strikeouts, which also ranked fourth overall in the NL.

DeGrom posted a 1.67 ERA i 27.0 IP which was the top mark among qualifying NL rookies and ranked 10th overall in the Senior Circuit.

He finished his rookie campaign by earning his ninth victory on September 21st at Atlanta, fanning 10 Braves batters in 6.0 innings of work en route to a 10-2 win. It was the fourth double-digit strikeout game in 22 Major League contests.

Unlike in the American League where Jose Abreu won the award in three of six months (and will likely win AL ROY), deGrom stands as the only player to win the award twice this season in the National League. Billy HamiltonChris OwingsKolten Wong and Kyle Hendricks also took home top rookie honors this year.

This sets the stage for deGrom to win Rookie of the Year. That award should be handed out at the beginning of November.

September 29

At the start of the year, expectations were low for Mets rookie Jacob deGrom. As a 26-year old pitcher at  Triple-A Las Vegas, many believed that he did not have the talent to develop into a top starting pitcher. As it turns out, most pre-season predictions could not have been more wrong, and deGrom dominated with a 9-6 record, 2.64 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 140 innings pitched.

DeGrom’s ERA ranked within the top ten in the National League among pitchers with at least 140 innings. He also ranked 6th in NL in strikeouts per nine innings and he tied the MLB record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin a game with eight whiffs.

Given deGrom’s obscurity in the minors, his excellent performance this season went unnoticed around the league for most of the year. However, deGrom was so good down the stretch that many analysts are now tabbing him for top rookie honors, and some (Ken Rosenthal) even changed their minds as recently as a few days ago.

Jayson Stark, ESPN

“DeGrom has been one of the best starters in the whole NL,” Stark explains, who points out that deGrom has the second-best ERA in the National League during his last 15 starts, topped only by Clayton Kershaw, who will likely win the Cy Young award. “So if a guy is in that kind of company, would YOU have any regrets about handing him a Rookie of the Year trophy? Not me.”

Jon Heyman, CBS Sports

“For whatever reason, the favorite for the NL award seems to be Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, a very exciting player who has racked up 56 stolen bases and played a very nice center field while batting a solid .259. But while he has had a nice year, his OPS-plus is 87, which is below average.”

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

“Mets fans can stop tweeting at me now. I take it back. I TAKE IT ALL BACK! DeGrom kept improving, pitching to a 1.33 ERA, holding opponents to a .457 OPS and producing a 38-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in September. He’s fun to watch. And yes, he’s Rookie of the Year.”

Las Vegas odds-maker Bovada, now has deGrom as the heavy favorite to win the award with 1-to-3 odds, far ahead of Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton who’s now dropped to 2-to-1.

 It is great to see deGrom finally get the recognition he deserves. His emergence this season has been the biggest bright spot of the year, and he should be a lock to win the award as he has clearly outperformed Billy Hamilton. If deGrom somehow loses the vote, it will be because of Hamilton’s greater popularity and not his performance.

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Zack Wheeler Wraps Up Strong 2014 Campaign With 3.54 ERA http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/zack-wheeler-wraps-up-strong-2014-campaign-with-3-54-era.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/zack-wheeler-wraps-up-strong-2014-campaign-with-3-54-era.html/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:00:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166616 zack wheelerLast night Zack Wheeler wrapped up his sophomore campaign against the Nationals. In his first full season in the majors, Wheeler pitched to a 3.54 ERA over 185.1 innings. His .500 record (11-11) isn’t necessarily reflective of the type of season he had but there are areas for him to improve heading into next season.

What we learned about Wheeler is important. While he’s not Matt Harvey, Wheeler is a guy that can pitch at the top of any rotation. He learned to battle this season, fighting through moments of weakness and coming through strong. There were multiple games in which Wheeler didn’t have his best stuff but fought through and picked up a win.

Looking at 2014 against 2013, Wheeler lowered his walks per 9 innings from 4.1 to 3.8. While doing that, he raised his strikeouts per nine innings from 7.6 to 9.1. A major area of concern for Wheeler was his pitch counts. Only 17 pitchers in the major leagues threw more pitches per start than Wheeler and his 17.8 pitches per inning were the highest in the national league (he was 2nd in Major League Baseball to the Rays Jake Odorizzi).

Both Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese finished in the top 20 in ERA in the National League this year and there’s a lot of promise heading into 2015. With the return of Harvey and the emergence of Jacob deGrom, we’re looking at an incredible rotation next year.

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DeGrom’s Last Stand? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/degroms-last-stand.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/degroms-last-stand.html/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:26:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166292 degrom

There isn’t any doubt in my mind that Jacob deGrom should be the National League’s Rookie of the Year. What he did in Sunday’s 10-2 rout of the Braves to complete a rare sweep in Atlanta – one earned run with ten strikeouts in six innings – should seal the deal.

What deGrom’s performance may have also sealed – although Terry Collins isn’t saying – is his ledger for the 2014 season. The Mets initially planned on 180 innings for deGrom this year and he’s at 178.2. Close enough.

Collins will make a decision early this week.

“We’ll regroup here in a couple of days and decide what we’re going to do with him as far as his next start goes,’’ Collins told reporters after the game. “He’s real close to where we wanted him to get anyway on the season. We were talking from 180 to 185 was going to be max anyway. We’ll just see if he starts the next game.’’

Collins said he’s impressed with deGrom’s stuff, both on the mound and from within.“I know one thing: He walked in here and he said he wanted to pitch,’’ Collins said. “He’s not sitting back saying, ‘OK, I’ll just shut her down.’ He wants to go back out there.

“That was impressive to hear. This time of year, in our situation, it would have been very easy for a lot of guys to say, ‘I’m done. I’m washed up.’ He’s not like that.’’

Collins has been impressed with his team’s unwillingness to pack in the season, and that’s a good reflection on him and why he’ll be back.

I have no problem with the Mets shutting down deGrom now, although it would be nice for him to take a bow at Citi Field in the season’s final weekend. The Mets are being ultra cautious, which is what to expect from them evidenced by their treatment of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

If today was deGrom’s final start, he finished at 9-6 with a 2.63 ERA, 43 walks and 144 strikeouts. Those are definitely Rookie of the Year credentials.

Assuming deGrom is shut down, Rafael Montero would start next Saturday against the Houston Astros.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-braves-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-braves-2.html/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:06:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166217 jon niese

The Mets won their second straight against Atlanta on Saturday night, doubling up the Braves 4-2 at Turner Field.

Jon Niese started for the Mets and was cruising along, holding the Braves scoreless for seven solid innings. But in the eighth, Niese began to tire and the Braves loaded the bases with one out. That would be all for the Mets lefty. Niese was charged with two runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings, walking one and striking out five.

Josh Edgin inherited the bases loaded and was quickly greeted by a two-run single by Met killer Freddie Freeman. It would be the only batter he faced.

Terry Collins then called on the almost always dependable Carlos Torres, who came in and got two huge outs to strand the tying runs and snuff out the Atlanta threat.

Lucas Duda got the Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score Eric Young Jr. who led off the game with a walk.

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Second baseman Dilson Herrera went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer in the second inning. However he came up lame in the sixth while legging out a single and left the game with what the team is calling a right quad strain. It looks like he’ll probably miss the remaining week of the season. Herrera finishes his short stint batting .220 (13-for-59) with three homers and 11 RBI.

Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the eighth to extend the Mets lead to 4-0. It was the 19th homer of the season for Granderson who started in center field tonight.

Jenrry Mejia came in to pitch the ninth and earned his 27th save of the season. It’s been a solid campaign for Mejia who leads the National League with 17 second half saves. He did not do any sort of celebration and left the field quietly.

After consecutive 74 win seasons, tonight’s win was the Mets’ 75th of the season and they only need to go 6-1 in the remaining seven games to finish at .500.

The Mets will look to complete the sweep on Sunday with Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.68) going up against Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74) for the Braves in a 1:35 PM matchup.

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Jenrry Mejia Leads NL With 15 Saves Since All Star Break http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/jenrry-mejia-leads-nl-with-15-saves-since-all-star-break.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/jenrry-mejia-leads-nl-with-15-saves-since-all-star-break.html/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:40:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165651 jenry mejia

Jenrry Mejia earned his 26th save of the season on Friday night as the Mets beat the Nationals 4-3, however his post game celebration caused a bit of a stir.

After Mejia struck out Ian Desmond to end the game, he pointed at Desmond’ as if he were casting a fishing rod and then began reeling him in. It was hilarious.

Apparently, and according to Adam Rubin, some players thought it was too over-the-top. Bryce Harper in the on-deck circle was among some Nats who were none too pleased, says Rubin.

“That wasn’t called for,” Denard Span said to reporters about Mejia’s antics. “No need for that.”

Terry Collins didn’t have a problem with it. “You’ve got to have some emotion in the game. We see it everywhere. …But, gosh, it’s a big win for us against a first-place team and there’s no reason not to be excited.”

Mejia says it’s all spontaneous and not scripted. “I just go out there and it’s like adrenaline. I just do what comes naturally. I just struck him out, and I did something to finish the game.”

Ian Desmond, who was the target of Mejia’s fish reeling, didn’t seem to mind it. “If you don’t like it, play better.”

Look, Jenrry Mejia is a refreshing departure from the norm. Let him celebrate all he wants. I only wish we had more personalities like him.

By the way, since the All Star break Jenrry Mejia is tied with Trevor Rosenthal for the National League lead in saves with 15. So yeah, keep on celebrating Jenrry…

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Granderson is the Most Disappointing Player in New York http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/granderson-is-the-most-disappointing-player-in-new-york.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/granderson-is-the-most-disappointing-player-in-new-york.html/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:09:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164930 curtis-granderson

Columnists Brad Kallet and Jeff Capellini of CBS New York ranked the 10 Most Disappointing Players in New York, and tabbed Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson number one.

“He’s one of the most likable and affable athletes on the planet, but unfortunately that doesn’t make up for a .210 batting average and .313 OBP. The former Yankee was the Mets’ major free-agent splash this past offseason, and he was expected to be the guy who would finally protect Wright in the lineup… The Mets need 35-40 homers from Grandy, not 16. …His four-year, $60 million deal is slowly entering Jason Bay territory.”

Three other Mets players made the list with Ruben Tejada ranking 10th, Chris Young 6th and David Wright 4th,

Granderson was benched for the second time in four games on Wednesday and he’s quickly become the elephant in the corner of the clubhouse who can no longer be ignored.

He’s currently mired in a 1-for-26 (.038) slump and finished the month of August with a .147 average, going 16-for-109 with only two extra-base hits.

On the season he is batting just .214 with 16 homers and 49 RBI, causing one Mets front office official to say, “Remember, he was supposed to be our cleanup hitter…The guy has been invisible.”

Granderson is owed $47 million over the next three seasons, but manager Terry Collins remains hopeful, citing fatigue and an unfamiliarity with the National League as the primary issues.

“I know one thing, because of his demeanor he’s going to make adjustments he thinks he’s got to make to make sure next year is a better year. All I’m trying to do is make sure the next 3 ½ weeks are better.”

Granderson has already lost his spot as the cleanup hitter, and has now been booted from the leadoff spot.

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Mets Are Too Comfortable With Losing, Backman Would Change That http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-are-too-comfortable-with-losing-backman-would-change-that.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-are-too-comfortable-with-losing-backman-would-change-that.html/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164899 wally backman las vegas review-journal

Bob Klapisch of The Record says he couldn’t help but wonder how Sandy Alderson really felt about Wally Backman winning the Pacific Coast League’s Manager of the Year award, considering the GM has shown no intention of giving Backman a chance in New York. It’s time to reconsider this de facto blackball, and see Backman as an asset who can help the Mets ascend toward respectability.

Klapisch says while Collins has been a good front office messenger for Alderson, he shouldn’t be faulted for his boss guessing wrong on Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, and David Wright’s mysterious collapse. But Collins has failed to meet minimum expectations of a .500 season, and for all the emphasis on patience in the batter’s box, the Mets drew the fewest walks in the National League in August and have the NL’s second-worst offense

A sixth straight losing season, four of them by Collins, and attendance that continues to dive in lockstep with the team, the decision may not even be Alderson’s and the Wilpons can impose their will as soon as this season concludes. Alderson has been and still remains a staunch supporter of Collins.

If that does happen, Klapisch says it would require Alderson to shed his prejudice against the very trait that makes Backman unique – that he’s an independent thinker with a strong personality.

Backman has done his penance since the fiasco in Arizona ten years ago. He has played by the rules, avoided controversy, poured himself into the job as a mentor, and has risen steadily through the organization, Klapisch argues.

“You can’t imagine how hard it is to keep a bunch of 20-something-year-old kids out of trouble in a place like Vegas, unless you have their total respect,” an industry source said.

“No one can say Backman doesn’t win over his players. To a man, they cite his enthusiasm and toughness, an infectious positive attitude that’s helped a number of young Mets on their way up.”

Eric Campbell told the Las Vegas Review-Journal earlier this year. “He’s a fiery guy and he has your back. That’s really all you can ask for as a player. You want to play hard for him because you know that’s how he played and that’s what he appreciates,”

Something has to give, Klapisch concludes. Alderson’s team is mired in a losing culture and desperately need is a blast of accountability. They’ve become far too comfortable losing year after year. Backman could change that ethos. He deserves to at least try.

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Here Comes Herrera… There Goes Murphy? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/here-comes-herrera-there-goes-murphy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/here-comes-herrera-there-goes-murphy.html/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:16:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164601 dilson herrera Brad Penner

When a team’s only All Star goes on the Disabled List, you would expect fans to be eagerly awaiting his return. However, when National League hits leader Daniel Murphy suffered a calf strain, a feeling of excitement arose within the Mets’ fanbase. On Friday night, the Mets called up Dilson Herrera, the top second base prospect in the system. This begs the question: do the Mets finally have a replacement for Daniel Murphy?

Dilson Herrera has rocketed through the Mets’ farm system in 2014. His latest (and final) minor league stop has scouts raving about his offensive potential. In his time with Double-A Binghamton, Herrera raked to a .340 batting average, a .406 OBP, and an astounding .967 OPS. Add on his 10 home runs, nine steals, and that fact the he’s done all this in just 61 games, and you start to understand why Dilson Herrera has generated so much hype after coming over in last August’s Marlon Byrd trade.

Some may think that Herrera will be overpowered by Major League pitching, however, Herrera had no trouble leading the Double-A Eastern League in batting average despite being almost five years younger than the league’s average ballplayer, according to Baseball Reference. In fact, ever since the Pirates signed him out of Colombia he’s been at least 1.5 years younger than the average competition. Combine all this information and it’s easy to see why GM Sandy Alderson chose for Herrera to bypass the launching pad that is Triple-A Las Vegas, and send the young budding prospect to Queens.

Still, there is one player standing in his way, but that may not be an issue for long.

Daniel Murphy has been a fixture in the New York Mets’ lineup ever since reaching the big leagues in 2008. However, even though he’s been a stellar option at the plate the last two seasons, it seems like Murphy has priced himself out of the Big Apple.

Despite playing in the largest sports market in the world, the Mets retain a small market payroll and approach. Set to be a free agent following the 2015 season, Murphy will reel in over $8M next season, a price tag that may be a bit too steep for Sandy Alderson and co. With Murphy’s pending free agency, it’s time for the Mets to make a very hard decision. Should they extend the homegrown All-Star second baseman, likely to cost the team around $50M over four to five years? Or should they trade Murphy, in hopes of bringing back impact talent at other positions around the diamond? If the Mets really want to contend right now, there is only one choice for the front office.

The current National League hits leader has reached the peak of his trade value. Daniel Murphy is pacing qualified National League second baseman in batting average, hits, and is tied for first in runs scored. Additionally, Murphy is second in steals, fourth in home runs, and fourth in runs batted in among NL second-sackers. However, despite excellent play of Murphy, the Mets are still out of playoff contention due to the many holes on their roster. New York is second-to-last in the National League in both batting average and OPS, barely beating out the lowly Padres in both categories.

And although Daniel Murphy is a bit inconsistent in the field, there is no shortage of second base needy teams that would willingly trade a significant piece to land Murphy. Executing a Daniel Murphy trade could land the Mets a power-hitting left fielder or a competent shortstop, the two most significant areas of weakness on the team. If the Mets can turn a position of weakness into a position of strength, assuming Herrera can adequately man the middle, trading Murphy is a must for the New York Mets.

At the ripe age of 20, Dilson Herrera is both the present and future at second base for the Mets. In fact, Keith Law of ESPN was bullish on Herrera in a recent report, stating, “If Herrera ended up on a few All-Star teams I wouldn’t be shocked.” While Daniel Murphy may be the most consistent player on the Mets right now, it would be in New York’s best interest to trade Murphy while he is at the height of his trade value.

With Sandy Alderson’s incredible track record in trades, it would be no surprise if Murphy, coupled with perhaps a mid-tier prospect, netted the Amazin’s the impact power bat they have been looking for. All that’s left is for the Mets to hand over the reigns to a young, energetic, power-hitting second baseman out of Colombia. It’s Dilson Herrera’s time to shine.

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Lucas Duda’s Career Day Leads Mets Past Dodgers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/lucas-dudas-career-day-leads-mets-past-dodgers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/lucas-dudas-career-day-leads-mets-past-dodgers.html/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:42:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164204 lucas duda 2 hr

The often soft spoken Lucas Duda is turning into a solid first baseman right before our eyes. After the trade of Ike Davis, the job was handed to him and he hasn’t looked back since. We knew he could hit the long ball and his defense has looked more refined each and every day. Now he’s actually leading this team.

On Sunday, Duda crushed a pair of home runs, his 25th and 26th of the season. He drove in five runs, a career high and was part of a triple-play in the 6th inning. After the game, Duda had this to say about seeing Yasiel Puig breaking for home:

“It definitely kind of caught my eye…I was lucky enough to have just enough time and get the ball to Travis, and he made a good tag.”

What really put Duda in the drivers seat on Sunday were his two homers. With 26, he is now third in the National League, behind Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton.

“I got a few pitches up that I could handle. I put the barrel on them, and that was it.”

The man of many words was clear and concise. What he left out is that his first home run almost left Dodgers Stadium.

The type of season that Duda has put together is truly incredible considering he was in a platoon for the first month. He’s driven in 76 runs and is hitting .260. There’s nothing not to like about his overall game right now.

Thoughts from Joe D.

What blows my mind about Duda is how effortlessly he launches baseballs out of the park. All he has to do is make good contact and boom. No need for him to muscle anything over the wall, just make contact. His opposite field power is impressive. 

Duda’s defense has also been worth noting and it continues to improve.

His critics say he can’t hit lefties, but I’d argue that he’s hit them well in the past so with some adjustments he can do it again.

The big takeaway here is that in Duda we are now set at first base, which is more than we could say when the year started.

Let’s hear it for the Big Lebowski.

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Can Mets Own This City As Long As Wilpons Own This Team? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/can-mets-own-this-city-as-long-as-wilpons-own-this-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/can-mets-own-this-city-as-long-as-wilpons-own-this-team.html/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:29:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160770 Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Mets are in the perfect position to take back control of New York from the Yankees.

“You may remember how they were going to be carried back into the warm embrace of this city by Generation K. It was an idea that so frightened George Steinbrenner he demanded after the 1995 season the Yankees go with a kid shortstop in 1996 just to show they had a farm system, too.”

Sherman contends that it is not far-fetched to believe New York can be a National League city again. He cites the Mets’ deep and promising pitching, the return of Matt Harvey, and the emergence of Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda

First of all, how about we get to .500 before we start waving the pom-poms? The Braves and Nationals are both on pace for 90 win seasons. To catch them the Mets will have to win 90 games too, or in other words they’ll have to go 45-22 the rest of the way.

Secondly, where are the star attractions in the lineup? David Wright is in the golden years of a great career. Curtis Granderson is also on the wrong side of 30. He cites Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud based on what? A nice three week stretch?

Mets CubsFurthermore, Sherman completely ignores the biggest problem with the Mets and the one thing that blows a 50 foot wide hole in his theory – the Mets owners – and specifically Jeff Wilpon who pretty much holds and pulls all the strings now.

It was easy to own this town with a great farm system busting at the seams with talent. But lets not ignore that Frank Cashen went after megastar power like Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez and added savvy veterans like Ray Knight and Bobby Ojeda to complete the puzzle. That 1986 team was easy to love. They were exciting to watch. They had a roster full of personality that sucked us all in.

Maybe some day we can own this city again, but it will take more than Loyalty Pledges, Free Shirt Fridays and Huey Lewis and the News. And we’ll have to do a lot better than Chris Young for $7.5 million and trading off every star player we can’t afford to keep including our own homegrown All Stars.

Why don’t the Mets start off small and try to steal their own town of Flushing back from the Yankees before reporters start floating the notion that New York can be a National League town again? How about that for a start?

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Mets Power Surge Offers a Glimmer of Hope http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-power-surge-offers-a-glimmer-of-hope.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-power-surge-offers-a-glimmer-of-hope.html/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:32:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160470 With Travis d’Arnaud’s 7th inning home run in last night’s ball game, the Mets have homered in 9 consecutive contests at Citi Field. This marks the longest such streak since the club moved over from Shea in 2009.

d'Arnaud's 7th inning blast marked the 9th consecutive game that the Mets have homered at Citi Field, setting a record.

d’Arnaud’s 7th inning blast marked the 9th consecutive game that the Mets have homered at Citi Field, setting a record.

Despite an overhaul of the sprawling dimensions at Citi Field prior to the 2012 season, the spacious ball park has often been a convenient excuse for the lack of offense produced by the home team. In 2010 and 2011, Citi Field ranked in the bottom 5 in the MLB in terms of home runs per game. Since the Mets made the adjustments, the park has fluctuated between 10th and 12th.

Earlier this season Terry Collins suggested that the size of the park was getting in the heads of his players, resulting in a lack of confidence and thus low production. These days, that worry seems to be a thing of the past. In the Mets previous 19 games, the club has hit 21 homers, the most in the National League over that span.

Jared Diamond, who covers the team for the Wall Street Journal suggests that the Mets recent power surge could be attributed to the weather. Diamond writes, “Since 2000, games have averaged 8.72 runs when the temperature is between 60 and 69 degrees, 9.24 runs between 70 and 79 degrees, 9.65 runs between 80 and 89 degrees and 10.15 runs between 90 and 99 degrees.”

The Mets have developed a more aggressive approach at the plate since hiring Lamar Johnson. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

The Mets have developed a more aggressive approach at the plate since hiring Lamar Johnson. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

Perhaps the Mets could attribute their power numbers to new hitting coach Lamar Johnson. Since Dave Hudgens was let go at the end of May, the Mets have swung the bats more aggressively. This season the Mets have swung at just 44.5 % of pitches they have faced, marking the lowest figure in the league. However, in the last 30 days, they have swung at 46.6%, which is 8th highest in the MLB.

“I think Lamar has done a fantastic job and been put in a tough situation with not knowing a lot of these hitters. To be thrust into that situation and go through a period where he’s trying to learn guys’ swings, he’s done a very nice job” said Mets Captain David Wright.

Curtis Granderson adds, “L.J. didn’t come in saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to try to do something different in terms of driving the baseball.’ The main thing is to be ready to hit once you step into the box from pitch one because that might be the best pitch you get. That sometimes results in the ball getting driven out of the ballpark.”

Obviously, the Mets front office under Alderson has preached a patient approach which they hope will result in more walks and better pitches to hit. However, it has been a breath of fresh air to see players like Granderson swinging on 3-0 or Duda swinging at a first pitch fastball down the middle. It will be interesting to see how the Mets approach their at-bats down the road if they continue to find success attacking early.

Whatever the cause for the Mets power surge, they are hitting the ball with a level of authority that Mets fans have grown unaccustomed to in recent years. Dating back to June 15th, the Mets have a team OPS of .758, which leads the National League. Though it is but a blip in the grander scheme of the 2014 season, their recent offensive success offers hope as the team heads into its final four games before the All-Star break.

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Murphy Earns First All Star Selection, Lone Mets Representative http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/murphy-earns-first-all-star-selection-lone-mets-representative.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/murphy-earns-first-all-star-selection-lone-mets-representative.html/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:56:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159570 daniel murphy

July 6 – Updated 8:00 PM

Major League Baseball tonight announced that Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was selected to his first All-Star team as National League Manager Mike Matheny’s selection. The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place July 15 at Minnesota’s Target Field.

Murphy is the third Mets second baseman named to an All-Star Game. Edgardo Alfonzo was named in 2000 and Ron Hunt was on the 1964 and 1966 National League teams.

Murphy entered today second in the National League with 105 hits and tied for sixth with 29 multi-hit games.  He also began the day third among NL second basemen with a .295 batting average, tied for fourth with 19 doubles, tied for second with 29 walks, second with 52 runs scored, tied for fourth with seven home runs and third with 11 stolen bases.

“I’m very excited, but the word I’d use is humbling. And the other word is blessed.” said Murphy.

Murphy will be the only player to represent the Mets as the Captain and the face of MLB, David Wright, was not selected to the National League roster. Wright, who led NL third basemen before being over taken by the Brewers Aramis Ramirez, was left off the roster in favor of Todd Frazier of the Reds and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.

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As of Tuesday, Daniel Murphy wasn’t any where to be found on the voting tally for the opportunity to start at second base for the National League in the All Star game. And even though he may not be considered a top tier second baseman with his glove, in my mind he surely deserves the nod offensively, and should at least make the squad as a reserve because of his bat.

1. Chase Utley, Phillies: 2,090,110
2. Neil Walker, Pirates: 1,328,959
3. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: 1,129,759
4. Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 849,316
5. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 798,784

In Monday’s loss to the Braves, Murphy continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-4, to extend his current hit streak to five games. He has also hit safely in eight of his last ten games and is batting .341 (15-for-44) in that span.

Murphy currently leads the Mets in many offensive categories, games played (81), at-bats (340), runs scored (51), hits (103), second in doubles (19), tied with Lucas Duda in RBI’s (41), actually is second in stolen bases (11), and leads the team with a .303 batting average.

Now I understand that David Wright is the face of MLB and also the Mets Captain, but Murphy is having an all-around better first half than even the Captain and deserves to represent the Mets at the All Star game.

Hopefully he will get the first nod of his career, when the reserves are revealed during the All-Star Selection Show on Sunday and that he’ll join Wright on the squad.

Thoughts from Joe D.

While I agree that Murphy has shown and done enough to warrant a bench spot on the All Star squad, my bigger concern is what the Mets will do with him going forward.

Should the Mets extend him now, or trade him at the deadline, end of the season or next year’s deadline? Those are the four options.

Murphy is the team’s best pure hitter in every sense and only reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen has more hits in the last two seasons. But with a team that I believe will not spend a dime more than $87-88 million on payroll and has no problem being in baseball’s bottom five, I can’t see how the Mets keep Murphy now that they are locked into Curtis Granderson and David Wright for about $36 million annually the next three years.

Murphy enters his final year of arbitration after the season and stands to collect upwards of $8 million in 2015 according to most reports.

Yesterday we learned he had already been dangled to Houston this past offseason. And Sandy Alderson dodged the question when a season ticket holder asked him if Murphy was being traded.

There’s a chance we might be seeing the last few weeks of Daniel Murphy, stripping the team of their most accomplished hitter at a time when hits and wins are pretty scarce.

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MMO Fan Shot: Gil Hodges Belongs In The Hall Of Fame http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-fan-shot-gil-hodges-belongs-in-the-hall-of-fame-14in14.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-fan-shot-gil-hodges-belongs-in-the-hall-of-fame-14in14.html/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:18:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159641 gil hodges bklyn

An MMO Fan Shot by Bill Hall

We support the election of Gil Hodges to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He is fully qualified under every one of the criteria set forth in the Hall’s own rules:

“Voting shall be based on player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

Gil Hodges was the premier first baseman in the National League during the Golden Era. He was an outstanding fielder, winning the first three Gold Gloves ever awarded in his final three seasons as a full-time regular. He was a dominant power hitter, topping twenty home runs for eleven consecutive seasons, and he totaled thirty or more homers in six of those years. He was an eight-time All Star. His on-the-field performance was a major factor in seven pennants and two World Championships during his fourteen seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was second in both home runs and runs batted in for the National League during the 1950s, was tenth on the all-time home run list at his retirement, and in third place among right-handed batters.

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His career totals might have been even more impressive had he not spent three years in the Pacific with the U.S. Marines during World War II, where he earned the Bronze Star, which is awarded for acts of heroism or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Integrity, sportsmanship and character may be hard to quantify, but Hodges displayed these qualities in abundance. As both a player and manager, he won the universal respect of his teammates, the players he managed, opponents and fans. He was widely recognized as the only player never to be booed in Brooklyn. Hodges made his home in the heart of the community where he played and he was extremely generous with his time, showing a special dedication to youth. Jackie Robinson credited him as a key figure in easing his difficult role as the first African-American in the major leagues in the 20th century. As a first-time manager, Hodges dramatically improved the performance of the expansion Washington Senators. When he returned to New York as manager of the Mets, he brought 25 young men together as a unit that accomplished one of the most improbable and best remembered feats in baseball history: the 1969 World Series title.

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His untimely death at age 47 in 1972 robbed baseball and its fans of many more years of his great skills and character. His reputation had endured and grown in the decades since that loss. He has earned one distinction his generations of admirers would dearly love to see become a historic footnote–accumulating more votes than any candidate not yet enshrined in the Hall. His achievements during the quarter-century he did spend in the game have richly earned him a place in baseball’s shrine.

Sign our petition now and please re-tweet this on Twitter with our hashtag #14in14.

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