Mets Merized Online » SNY Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:34:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SNY Announces Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:12:51 +0000 gkr gary keith ron sny

Mets fans it’s that time of year again. There may be snow on the ground but baseball season is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report in two days, with exhibition games starting two weeks later.

Mets fans will get to hear the beloved Gary Cohen’s voice early this year. Via a tweet from’s Anthony Dicomo, SNY has announced that they will broadcast 15 Mets spring training games.

The first broadcast will take place on February 25 at 1 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. Every home full squad exhibition game thereafter will be televised, up until the last home scrimmage on March 28 at 1 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Earlier in the offseason, SNY also announced they will be implementing a streaming service for the 2017 regular season. The network will now make Mets games available via livestream at no additional cost to SNY subscribers. Starting opening day, broadcasts will be available live on and the NBC Sports app.

The Mets first workout that will be open to the public is on Tuesday, February 14 and gates will open at 9:30 a.m.

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SNY To Stream Live Mets Games On And NBC Sports App Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:03:38 +0000 gkr gary keith ron sny

Per Andy Graziano on Twitter, SNY will begin streaming live Mets games as well as pre- and post-game shows starting on Opening Day. Per the tweet, the service will be available on and the NBC Sports app at no additional cost to authenticated SNY pay TV subscribers.

Speaking on the subject, President of SNY Steve Raab said, “As we prepare for another season of Mets baseball, it was very important to us at SNY that we have a streaming component ready for our fans in time for Opening Day. With this service now in place, we are excited to expand SNY’s scope and to deliver exclusive Mets coverage to our dedicated fans both at home and on the go.” has already been streaming live games, however local fans have been frustrated because when they are within a certain distance of the team they want to watch, the game is “blacked out.” This development will allow Mets fans living in the Tri-State Area to watch games.

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Morning Grind: Winter Meetings Come To A Close Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:14:06 +0000 sandy-alderson-2

Sandy Alderson told reporters yesterday, that the team hopes to get payroll below the current $150 million dollar level and that could mean holding off on adding any new contracts until they could shed existing contracts – namely Jay Bruce who is set to earn $13 million. ”If you were to take what we have right now, it’s probably around $150 million. But, I don’t expect that’s where it’ll always be.”

“Payroll is an issue, but so is playing time, and we’re not configured well to allocate playing time,” Alderson continued. “There’s some things we need to do to smooth that out. I wouldn’t expect that we would go into the season with what we have, not because the payroll is too high — although that is definitely a consideration — it’s also because we don’t have the right mix at the moment and the ability to allocate playing time.”

Ideally, I believe the Mers would like to head into the season with a payroll that is roughly $135 million on Opening Day. That would give the team about $15 million to use for in-season acquisitions when needed. This is a very sound fiscal approach that I’m happy to see the team adopting.

When I think back to how things used to be, it gives me such comfort to know we now have a general manager that puts a great emphasis in keeping payroll flexible by not constraining the roster with too many bloated contracts that eventually become untradable.

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Jay Bruce is still a Met and while the expectation was that he’d be quickly dealt, there’s good chance that Sandy Alderson leaves the Winter Meetings this afternoon with the former Reds slugger still in his pocket. It’s not for a lack of trying, but the offers for Bruce have been lackluster and a few teams have tried low-balling the Mets.

Alderson refuses to give in and give away his one true trade asset for a bag of balls and I don’t blame him. While it has been a slow developing market for power-hitting outfielders, once players like Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo are off the market, things will begin to pick up and teams will start giving Jay Bruce a second look. Patience is the key word.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

There’s some growing buzz surrounding the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox regarding closer David Robertson, an All Star who saved 37 games last season. One person I spoke to however, was very skeptical that the two sides can get anything done unless the Mets are willing to move a pair of top organizational prospects.

I like Robertson as a 7th or 8th inning reliever, but I think it would be unwise to give up too much to get him. I have some big-time concerns over a three year decline in his strikeout rate, FIP and WHIP. His 4.6 walk rate is also a bit alarming, this is by no means an elite level reliever.

It’s one thing if we flip Jay Bruce for him, but the rebuilding White Sox have no interest in him. Trading a pair of young players like Robert Gsellman and a Gavin Cecchini is not exactly something I want to do. Keep the kids and try signing a Brad Ziegler or Koji Uehara once you move Bruce instead.

By the way, if the Mets do end up using Gsellman out of the pen, bet he puts up better peripherals and is more effective than most of the middle relievers on the market right now.

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The Mets were dead serious when they said outfielder Michael Conforto was untouchable on Monday. According to a report in Newsday, a rival club made an aggressive offer for Conforto and an industry source said that the Mets refused to listen. Say that last part slowly – refused to listen.

Let’s face it, the Mets have had a tough time developing outfielders over the last 10+ years, but here’s one they value so highly they will not risk losing him and I applaud them for not being so quick to trade a future star for a quick fix for the bullpen.

That stance by the Mets gets me pretty excited over just how good the 23-year old Conforto can be this season and throughout his career. So when I see someone ask why the Mets couldn’t beat the Cubs offer and trade Conforto to the Royals for just one year of closer Wade Davis, well I get angry. And you don’t want to see me when I’m angry.

Quick Hits

1.  I don’t think I can stomach another minute of any baseball or hot stove show on SNY anchored by Andy Martino and Steve Gelbs. I just can’t take either of them seriously. One of them I can tolerate, but two at the same time? Sorry, pass me the remote.

2.  I feel the need to remind some of you that the top free agent player signed this offseason was outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Oh and by the way, it was the New York Mets that signed him. You have some people crying in their Honey Bunches of Oats over not getting Mark Melancon or Adam Eaton. Seriously, have you seen what it took to get those players either in dollars or prospects? How quickly some forget when we made deals like that and how it gutted our farm system and suffocated the franchise for over half a decade.

3.  I really hope we don’t lose relief prospect Paul Sewald this afternoon in the Rule 5 Draft, but my gut feeling tells me that he will be quickly scooped up and that he’ll have himself a solid rookie campaign. I was pretty excited to see the team starting to draft and develop their own closers and I was really looking forward to seeing Sewald break into the Mets bullpen in 2017.

Have a great Thursday, everyone.

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Gary Cohen Signs Multi-Year Contract With SNY Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:00:26 +0000 gkr gary keith ron sny

Gary Cohen has signed a multi-year contract with SNY and will remain the Mets play-by-play man for years to come.

Cohen, 58, has been the play-by-play man since SNY came into existence, and is nominated for the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award in 2017.

The Mets broadcast team is one of the best in the business, with Mets greats Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez also on SNY, and Howie Rose and Josh Lewin on the radio.

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Gary Cohen’s SNY Contract Set To Expire Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:58:55 +0000 Gary Cohen

According to the New York Daily News‘ Bob Raissman, beloved play-by-play man Gary Cohen’s SNY contract is set to expire at the end of 2016.

Cohen, 58, has been with the Mets organization for 28 years, the first 17 years as a member of their radio team on WFAN. Cohen, along with Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, have been the Mets’ TV voices since 2006, when the Mets debuted their newest cable television network, SportsNet New York (SNY).

Sources tell Raissman that representatives at SNY have been working to hammer out a new multi-year contract for Cohen, but nothing has been finalized. Mets fans have been spoiled since 2006, having the great pleasure of listening to one of the best broadcast teams in all of baseball, a point that would be hard to dispute amongst loyal and fair fans.

Turning on the television to SNY for a 7:00 pm game, then watching the pre-game introduction, and finally hearing those familiar words fans have grown accustomed to over the years, ”And a pleasant good evening everybody” is the official indication for me that the game is about to get underway.

What makes the relationship between Cohen and the Mets even more memorable is the fact that growing up, Cohen was a huge Mets fan, so getting to broadcast the games for his childhood team is a dream that many fans have wished for at some point in their lives.

It sounds like a new deal will be reached with the veteran play-by-play broadcaster, as the trio have great chemistry and baseball knowledge together, along with multiple New York Emmy Awards. Stay tuned for future updates on the matter.

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Jacob deGrom Will Have Elbow Surgery This Week Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:40:36 +0000 jacob-degrom

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has opted for season-ending surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. He will have the procedure this week, Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday’s game with the Braves.

DeGrom, 28, was initially slated to pitch last Sunday, but after throwing a bullpen session Friday, he felt the recurring pain in his right elbow while tossing a ball during practice.

Doctors will move the ulnar nerve, which had been causing intermittent elbow discomfort as well as finger numbness over his last 5-6 starts. DeGrom went 7-8 this season with a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts.

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Jacob deGrom who was expected to rejoin the rotation and start on Sunday, is likely out for the season according to general manager Sandy Alderson who spoke to reporters at Citi Field before the game on Saturday.

After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, deGrom felt a twinge and some pain in his elbow and team doctors determined he will need surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

“I think we knew that it was something that was going to have to be done in the offseason, and we were trying to put it off until then. It’s definitely disappointing,” said deGrom.

Manager Terry Collins said that deGrom was very upset when learning his season was over because of continued pain in his elbow and forearm.

“I talked to him again this morning, and he’s still very upset at the fact he still feels it today. I just said ‘look, you’ve got to move forward and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

“We just have to prepare not to have him,” Collins continued. “It was hard. When he walked in, I could tell something was wrong. But again, you want to try to make sure. He was really down about it because he was so excited about coming back.”

Alderson said that the surgery is not as serious as Tommy John surgery, but that it’s still a significant procedure and an unfortunate loss for the club.

The likely recovery time for ulnar nerve surgery is anywhere between 4-6 months although each case is very different. DeGrom has already had Tommy John surgery on that elbow to repair the ulnar collateral ligament.

The 28-year old righty ends his season having made 24 starts for the Mets and posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while striking out 143 batters in 148 innings pitched. DeGrom had a 7-8 record.

The Mets have now lost Matt HarveyZack Wheeler and deGrom for the season. All three are expected to be ready for spring training.

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Talkin’ Mets: Mike Piazza and the Hall of Fame, Special Guest Sal Licata Weighs In Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:55:11 +0000 mike piazza hof

Tonight I share my memories of Mike Piazza and talk about how game-changing his arrival was for a generation of Mets fans. Hear highlights from Piazza’s career and clips of his emotional speech from earlier today.

I also talk about the critical upcoming homestand, how Jose Reyes has been invaluable to the Mets lineup and whether James Loney should be benched when Lucas Duda returns.

Sal Licata of WOR and SNY joins me  to share his memories of Piazza and talk about the current state of the Mets.

Sal believes Terry Collins needs to play Michael Conforto more and, despite their struggles, expects the Mets to make the playoffs.




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West Coast Trips Exacerbate Obsession Tue, 10 May 2016 15:22:48 +0000 familia granderson

My addiction is permeating everyone in my home.  We are becoming consumed by this team, and I love it.

Last I remember, Steven Matz had just slashed a double down the right field line and Dave Roberts took the ball from Scott Kazmir.  Next thing I know, I wake up to Geico Sportsnight on SNY.  I glance around to get my bearings, look at my phone, and realize it’s 3 AM.  My sons will be up in two hours; I have to be at work in four.

Sadly, the first thing I think is NOT, did I lock the front door?  Is the alarm on? Did I take out the garbage? Or even, did I brush my teeth? My initial conscious thought, Did they hold on?!?

Happily they did.  I even watched some in game highlights with one eye open to see another stellar showing by the suddenly very deep NL best bullpen.  I barely had the strength to get up off the couch and get to bed.

I sleep another two hours.  Probably five total.

My oldest son wakes up and, like every morning, asks, “Daddy, did the Mets win?” I mumbled an inaudible reply and just handed him my phone.  He is six years old and knows how to check the apps and watch the in game highlights.

Its 5:05 AM.  My youngest son arrives in the room still wiping his eyes.

Michael, my oldest son, tells his little brother Carter about the game.  ”Iron-Matz got a hit Carter, and the Mets won!” Before little four year old Carter can open his eyes, he says, “Daddy, you had breakfast with Iron Matz.”  He is right, you can read about that here.

I see myself as a very big fan. Probably the most intense one that I know personally.  Lately I have been stopping to smell the roses, but it is a bit challenging with 10:40 PM and 10:10 PM starts.  In past years, especially since becoming a father, I may not have made it 5 plus innings into a west coast game.

But this year is different.

Seriously, how fun is this? I hope you all realize how great this is.  Every single game is an event.  No longer is the question, ‘If Santana is pitching, want to go to the game?” or “Let’s go out for the game, Pedro is pitching.” It is a given that the game will be entertaining, because the starting pitching is a draw.  A very far cry from the old Boston Braves adage “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.”

This pitching rotation is truly a treat.  We all know they are very talented and have a chance to be one of the greatest ever assembled, but how fun is the process of watching them grow?

Steven Matz, Long Island’s own, is proving to a top flight south paw who is harder on himself than the New York media could ever be.

Noah Syndergaard has the ability to take over this city, and I am totally okay with that.  The dude throws 100+ and has a great social media personality.

Jacob Degrom has already done great things such as winning the Rookie of the Year Award and striking out the side in last years All Star Game on ten pitches.  His game five start in last years NLDS was one of the most memorable performances I have ever seen.  He clearly did not have even close to his best stuff, but battled through to get the win and propel the Mets to the NLCS.

Matt Harvey, the first and most highly scrutinized of the young rotation to debut, is always in the spotlight.  Hopefully Sunday’s start was the beginning of the beginning for him in 2016.

Lastly, the ageless Steve Nebraska-like Bartolo Colon.  The guy is non-stop comedy.  Always having fun and laid back but always focused on the task at hand.  He is a walking reality television show that would rival Matthew McConaughey in Edtv.

Remember Zack Wheeler? He’ll be back soon.

This team is entertaining.  It is worth being a walking zombie at work the next day.   Every night there is a reason to watch, which is a far cry from where the club was just a few short years ago.  I am not going to tell you to set aside a couple of days for the ticker tape parade in early November.  What I am going to ask you to do is try to enjoy the journey!

Think about all the non pitching related story lines that we have already seen thus far.  Neil Walker‘s historic April. Cespedes has started off hotter than the prize pig he roasted. The ascension of Michael Conforto, and Colon’s historic homer just to name a few.

All this drama and we are only 19% of the way through the regular season.  With the first 2016 clash with the Nationals just a week away, the story lines are only going to get even juicier.  So, enjoy the ride!

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SNY Announces 1 Hour Documentary “Five Days In Flushing” Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:38:46 +0000 yoenis Cespedes

SNYthe official television home of the New York Mets, recalls the memorable days leading up to the 2015 trade deadline that transformed a struggling Mets team into a World Series contender with Five Days in Flushing.  

image002What started with heart-wrenching tears, ended in elation only four days later as the Mets moved into a tie for first place following a seemingly improbable three-game sweep of its National League East rival Washington Nationals.  From that point forward, led by trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, and the dominant arms of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets wouldn’t look back again.

Premiering Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the one-hour documentary showcases those closely involved including key decision makers, players, and media covering the team to recount the series of events that changed the course of an entire organization.  Five Days in Flushing features interviews with the following individuals:

Please note the following quotes from SNY’s Five Days in Flushing, debuting Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m.:

KEITH HERNANDEZ: “Let’s face it, in June; no one thought this club was going anywhere.  They were dead in the water.”

ANTHONY DICOMO: “I have never seen anything like the Wilmer Flores night at a ballpark before; I will probably never see it again in my career covering baseball.”

RON DARLING: “When Wilmer got emotional, it showed every Met fan how much he loved being a Met.  That’s what the fans want.  They want, at some point, the players say, ‘It’s bigger than the money, it’s bigger than the cars, it’s bigger than the homes.  It’s the uniform.  The orange and blue is what I want to play for.’”

WILMER FLORES: “Before that at bat, I said, ‘Man, I’ve never hit a walk-off homer. I would be nice to hit one right now.”

TERRY COLLINS: “It brought our team together.  It brought our team rooting for each other.”

MARC CARIG: “If they win a World Series.  If they win two.  If they win three, you’re going to look back and think, ‘where did it all begin?’  You’re going to look at that last week of July.  That was the genesis.  That’s where it changed.”

SNY will re-air the documentary later that evening at 9:30 p.m. and again Sunday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m.  Check your local listings for additional re-airs.

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Additional Mets Spring Training Broadcast Dates Not On SNY or WPIX Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:59:59 +0000 david wright spring

In addition to the Mets Spring Training Games that are being broadcast on SNY and WPIX, die-hard fans will also have access to Mets spring training games with no blackouts on which aren’t being broadcast in the Mets home market.

Eight additional available Mets broadcasts not being televised on SNY or WPIX can be watched live as follows:

Saturday, March 5 – Mets vs. Astros (Kissimmee)
Monday, March 7 – Mets vs. Cardinals (Jupiter)
Sunday, March 13 – Mets vs. Marlins (Jupiter)
Saturday, March 19 – Mets vs. Nationals (Viera)
Saturday, March 26 – Mets vs. Braves (Kissimmee)
Monday, March 28 – Mets vs. Cardinals (Jupiter)
Thursday, March 31 – Mets vs. Cubs (Las Vegas)
Friday, April 1 – Mets vs. Cubs (Las Vegas)

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SNY Announces Mets Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:33:11 +0000 New York Mets Spring Training

SNY announced its comprehensive spring training coverage for the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets. SNY will provide exclusive daily coverage of the Mets in Port St. Lucie as the team prepares to defend its NL crown. Citi will be the presenting sponsor of SNY’s spring training coverage.


As part of its coverage, SNY will produce 14 live telecasts during spring training led by SNY’s Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Cohen. The trio will return for its eleventh season, while Steve Gelbs will begin his second year as the network’s full-time on-field reporter.

The broadcast team will make its 2016 debut Friday, March 4th at 1:10 p.m. as the Mets host slugger Giancarlo Stanton and division rival Miami Marlins in the network’s broadcast opener. Coverage begins from Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie with SNY’s Mets Preview Show at 12:30 p.m. Host Gary Apple will be joined by network analyst Nelson Figueroa and Steve Gelbs to preview the upcoming season and to set the stage for the day’s spring training action.

SNY will also debut the all-new interactive daily show Mets Talk Live. The program will gather a panel of team insiders together in-studio to tackle recent club news and to recap the latest Mets performances featuring exclusive post-game sound and highlights.

The program will also answer fans’ burning questions submitted via social media and video message. Mets Talk Live will air daily at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, February 29th before moving to its regular time slot at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 4th.

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Keith Hernandez and SNY Agree To New Contract Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:30:11 +0000 keith-hernandez-jpg

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Keith Hernandez and SNY have agreed on a new contract.

Mike Puma of the New York Post adds that the deal may be longer than his previous three-year contract.

Hernandez will resume his role as an analyst with Gary Cohen and Ron Darling during Mets telecasts.

Awesome news… It wouldn’t have been the same without Keith.

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reminds us that SNY color man and analyst Keith Hernandez still remains unsigned, but that contract negotiations to remain in the Mets broadcast booth are expected to begin shortly.

SNY has had some major turnover recently and parted company with analyst Bobby Ojeda and roving reporter Kevin Burkhardt last season, both of whom were replaced by Nelson Figueroa and Steve Gelbs respectively.

Hernandez, 62, has been a commentator on Mets telecasts on SNY for 10 seasons. He has been joined by play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen and fellow analyst Ron Darling to form one of the most beloved broadcast teams in sports.

Here is an excellent and entertaining interview of Keith Hernandez by sportscaster Dan Patrick.

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Should Cohen Cut In On Howie and Lewin For Postseason Radio Broadcasts? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 13:00:41 +0000 gary keith ron sny

Bob Raissman of the Daily News doesn’t sound like a big fan of Mets TV play-by-play man Gary Cohen.

Raissman ripped into Cohen, accusing him of big-footing it in 2006 when he pushed his way into the radio booth for the Mets postseason broadcasts. He hopes that doesn’t happen again this time around.

“The last time the Mets made the playoffs someone thought it would be a swell idea to move Gary Cohen into the radio booth to do two innings of each playoff game.”

“This was big-footing at its worst. Rose and McCarthy had worked almost every regular season game only to have postseason innings stolen by Cohen.”

Raissman says the move treated Howie Rose and Tom McCarthy like two schleps who were incapable of calling such huge games.

“And it wasn’t like Cohen was not involved in those playoffs. He was part of SNY’s pre- and post-game shows, which aired before and after the national playoff broadcasts.”

The current WOR-AM radio team includes Rose and Josh Lewin, who have been outstanding together. Lewin has quickly become a crowd pleaser, and of course Howie is Howie, the guy is epic. Wayne Randazzo also does a great job on the pre and post game shows.

As far as Cohen joining the booth, I don’t really have an opinion on it other than to say I do love the radio team as it is.

And if Cohen is going to do the W.B. Mason pre and post game show on SNY during the postseason anyway, I can get my GKR fix that way.

But seriously, I think Raissman has got far too much time on his hands.

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Cespedes Very Happy Being With Mets Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:57:12 +0000 Cespedes Yoenis

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post spoke with Yoenis Cespedes at the offices of his representatives at Roc Nation and discussed his time and potential future with the Mets.

As far as how he’s enjoyed his time in New York so far and the reception he’s received from fans, Cespedes said:

“I’m very happy here. This has been the most complete team that I’ve been a part of. So I’m definitely really happy to stay here. I feel really good about being here.”

Regarding the Mets themselves and his teammates, Cespedes said:

“It’s been the best month I’ve had in the last four years of my career. Because of the results that I’ve had, and because currently, I’m in the playoffs.”

Cespedes also admitted to Davidoff that it was he who asked his agent to get rid of the clause in his contract that limited the Mets to just five days to sign him.

“It only gave me five days for the Mets to sign me after the World Series, so I wanted it changed so that it’s not just within those five days. So even during the offseason, they can sign me if that’s what they want.”

It’s quite apparent to me, that whether or not Cespedes returns to the Mets after this season is clearly on the shoulders of the Wilpons.

Cespedes has said and done everything to show he loves this team, loves its fans, and loves the city. He’s done that both in words and in deeds.

In an article by Tim Rohan of the New York Times, Ariel Prieto, Cespedes’s interpreter in Oakland said:

“A team like the Mets, if they give him a good offer, he’s going to stay,” Prieto said . “He wants to compete; that’s what’s most important to this kid. He wants to be a part of that. That’s why he’s doing good over there, because he knows they have a good chance to go to the playoffs or even go all the way through.”

In 42 games with the Mets, Cespedes is hitting .302 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI and a 1.226 OPS.

For an excellent analysis of why signing Yoenis Cespedes is a risk the Mets have to take, I encourage you to read this article by my colleague Matt Balasis.


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Do The Mets Have A Closer Controversy? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:00:31 +0000 jeurys familia

That’s what talking heads on SNY think. On Thursday, during an episode of Loudmouths Andy Martino of the Daily News suggested that the leash is getting shorter and shorter on Familia and that it’s time to start considering Tyler Clippard as the team’s closer.

Right after that Gary Apple of SNY asked Nelson Figueroa the question of whether Tyler Clippard should replace Familia. Figueroa said it was too early and that it’s gonna take more than four or five bad outings before the Mets even consider something like that simply because he’s been the teams MVP the majority of the season and the team wouldn’t be where it is without him.

Speaking with reporters after the game, Terry Collins said Familia will remain as the team’s closer.

“He’s still gonna be the closer,” Collins said. “But we’ll hopefully get his confidence back and get him out there a little more often and see what the results are.” (Kieran Darcy, ESPN NY)

Yesterday’s blown save was Familia’s third since the All-Star break and his fifth overall this season. He’s allowed six runs in 5.1 innings since the break and is 0-3 in save chances.

Meanwhile, Clippard has pitched two scoreless innings since joining the Mets. In 38.2 innings with Oakland, he maintained a solid 2.79 ERA with 17 saves.

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Mets vs Cubs Probable Pitching Matchups Mon, 11 May 2015 16:03:32 +0000 render8

The New York Mets (20-11) head to Wrigley Field tonight to begin a four game series with the Chicago Cubs (15-15).

Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-3, 2.95) vs. LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 4.04), 8:05 PM

Tuesday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (MLB debut) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (3-3, 3.41), 8:05 PM

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.72) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (3-1, 3.52), 8:05 PM

Thursday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-2, 1.95) vs. LHP Travis Wood (2-2, 4.96), 2:20 PM

Additionally, Terry Collins told reporters that the Mets are not planning to use a spot-starter during their current 20 games in 20 days stretch which began on Friday and ends on May 27. (

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Happy Birthday Gary Cohen Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:11:25 +0000 Gary_Cohen,_Ron_Darling,_Keith_Hernandez_2013.jpgTop Series: Batted .357 (5-for-14) at Sacramento (April 13-16) Batted .476 (10-for-21) vs. Fresno (April 17-20) Batted .368 (7-for-19) at Reno (April 21-24) Multiple-hit games: 12…hit safely in 13 of 18 games  You could listen to the rest of the interview here.

It’s Outta Here!!!!

Gary Cohen turns 55 years old today. There’s no one I would rather see calling every game’s live action on SNY. The trio of Cohen, Darling, and Hernandez makes for entertaining television, even when the Mets are having a losing season.

Cohen has been calling the action in the Mets booth since 1989. He started on WFAN radio calling games with the legendary Bob Murphy, and got promoted to calling the action on live television during SNY’s debut in 2006.

Cohen is a human Mets encyclopedia. It’s very hard to stump Gary in anything Mets related. He has been an avid Mets fan ever since childhood and knows just about everything there is to know about the New York Mets. Try to stump Gary, and good luck, cause you’ll need it. The man is a Mets baseball genius.

Gary Cohen’s enthusiasm is definitely noticeable whenever the Mets score a crutial run, hit one over the fence, make a great defensive play ( who could ever forget Cohen’s enthusiasm when Endy Chavez robbed Scott Rolen in the 2006 NLCS ), turn a double play, get a crutial strikeout, etc. SNY made a brilliant move in moving him to the television booth in 2006. There is no one better.

Gary is still going strong calling all the Mets action. We hope to have him around for many more decades to come. Happy Birthday Gary Cohen. We all love ya.


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Viewership Wars: Mets Are Gaining On The Yankees Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:14:34 +0000 granderson

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that since SNY went on the air in 2006, Mets viewership has nearly always lagged behind the Yankees on YES.

“This is hardly a revelation: In nearly all of those seasons, the Mets performed poorly while the Yankees, with one World Series championship in 2009, were always at least pretty good.”

In 2013, Yankees viewership was double that of the Mets, and last year it was nearly double again.

But with the Mets on a 10-game winning streak and the Yankees at 8-7 entering Thursday afternoon’s games, the chasm in their television audiences has narrowed significantly.


Mets games this season on SNY are drawing an average of 253,339 viewers for each game, up 47 percent from the same time last season. At YES, Yankee viewership has tumbled 21 percent, to 267,000.

Sandomir adds that through Tuesday, the most-watched broadcast for either New York team this season was the debut of Matt Harvey, who pitched six innings on April 14 in a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

An average of 429,161 watched that game, at least 25,000 more than watched the Yankees’ viewing peak this season, their home opener on April 6.

Look out, baby, cause here we come…

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MLB to Allow Local Games to be Streamed on Phones and Tablets Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:27:07 +0000 AtBat_Android_Devices_01_r7h86vtvMLB is finally going to  about to allow the ability to stream local baseball games on smartphones and tablets — including Mets games in New York, provided you already subscribe to SNY through a standard cable provider, Josh Kosman of the New York Post reports.

“Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days a deal with a national distributor, like a wireless provider, to stream local games of every MLB team.”

MLB is currently the only major sport that does not stream games of local teams.

The move would serve two distinct purposes. For one it would allow team owners to put more pressure on regional sports networks, while also attracting younger fans who prefer to stream on their phones and tablets.

Fans will also have access to archived games to catch up on games they missed. No word on cost if any.


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Mets Notes: Alderson To Meet The Press, Puello and Nieuwenhuis Out Of Options, Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:39:10 +0000 mets pitchers report

Sandy To Meet The Press

Mets GM Sandy Alderson will address reporters from Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Friday, in place of manager Terry Collins, who is away with family due to the passing of his father. The press conference will air live on SNY at 11:00 AM.

I’m looking forward to hearing what Sandy has to say about the offseason, what’s cooking on the trade front, and his expectations for the season.

Player Options and Out Clauses

Adam Rubin confirmed that Kirk NieuwenhuisWilmer Flores, John Mayberry Jr., Jenrry Mejia, Cesar Puello, Ruben Tejada and Carlos Torres are all out of options.

All of them should make the Opening Day roster except for Puello who may have to pass through waivers. As we’ve noted before, with Nieuwenhuis on the roster it most certainly means that Matt den Dekker will head to Las Vegas when camp breaks.

Marc Carig also reported that righty reliever Buddy Carlyle, who was signed to a minor-league deal in January, has an out clause in his contract that he can exercise by Opening Day. Carlyle, 37, had a solid showing in 27 games for the Mets last season, posting a 1.45 ERA.

Niese More Confident This Spring

Jon Niese told reporters he feels strong going into the 2015 season, saying: “I haven’t been this confident with my arm in probably three years.”

He also added that he should have started 2014 on the disabled list, rather than trying to rush back.

“There was a sharp pain in there,” Niese said about his shoulder pain last spring. He now believes he returned to the mound “way too early” and thinks he “kind of screwed things up in there.”

Edgin Not Worried About Workload

Josh Edgin told reporters that despite the Mets not making a move for veteran left-hander to add to the pen and a history of overworking their lefty relievers, he is unconcerned about his possible workload in 2015.

“It’s not really an issue. I’ve just gotta control myself,” Edgin said. “I can work, just put me in.”

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News adds:

Edgin, who was among the first cuts from the major-league roster last spring, has been here since early January working out with the team’s new strength and conditioning coordinator, Mike Barwis, and many of his teammates. After being sent to minor-league camp in the first round of cuts of 2014, Edgin started the season in Triple-A and worked his way back to the major-league club in mid-May.

“It was kind of like a reality check, I guess you could say,” Edgin said.

After being cut, he said it gave him a chance to work on mechanical issues — he was rushing his delivery — and his mental approach.

After he returned, Edgin allowed just four earned runs in 47 appearances for a 1.32 ERA and had a .196 opponents’ batting average against him last season.

Profar To Have Shoulder Surgery

And finally in some non direct Mets news, Rangers infield prospect Jurickson Profar will have shoulder surgery Monday according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. A schedule for when he’ll be able to begin rehab is pending the outcome of the surgery.

You may recall the Mets and Rangers reportedly discussed Profar, among other Rangers prospects, when the Mets were shopping Dillon Gee. However, Texas was mostly interested in getting both Noah Syndergaard and one of Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom.

Ultimately, and despite several offers from the Mets and several other teams, the Rangers opted to hold onto Profar because they found the offers to be weak.


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Nelson Figueroa Joins SNY As New Mets Studio Analyst Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:52:51 +0000 nelson figueroa

SNY has officially announced Nelson Figueroa as the new Mets studio analyst for pre and post games shows.

“Having grown up in Coney Island as a Mets fan, getting to play for them during a 19-year journey that’s taken me all around the world, and now coming full circle back to New York to cover this team is truly amazing,” Figueroa said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

February 15

Bob Raissman of the Daily News confirms that Nelson Figueroa will indeed become SNY’s new full-time Mets studio analyst.

MLB TV moles say Figueroa, the loquacious journeyman pitcher who was with the Mets in 2008-2009, agreed to a deal with SNY late last week.

Figueroa will replace Bobby Ojeda, who spent six seasons in SNY’s Mets pre- and postgame studio. Ojeda wanted to return this season but he and SNY suits could not reach agreement on financial terms of a new deal.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Figueroa has done some work with MLB Network and sources told Raissman he and his wife and daughter will move from their home in Arizona to New York.

We wish Figgy lots of luck as he gets set to fill some big shoes from the very well liked Bobby O.


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