Mets Merized Online » sports Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:09:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Jump 20 Spots in ESPN’s Ultimate Standings Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:30:22 +0000 cespedes-cabrera

For the past 13 years, ESPN has ranked all 122 sports franchises from best to worst according to fan votes. The Mets rose up 20 spots to 82nd overall and 21st in Major League baseball. Atop the list in baseball is the Kansas City Royals (9th overall) and on the bottom is the Oakland Athletics (115th overall).

The ranking is based on the eight categories you see below (1 is best, 122 worst):

Overall: 82
Title track: 67 (+8)
Ownership: 102 (+14)
Coaching: 99 (+4)
Players: 87 (+3)
Fan relations: 87 (+20)
Affordability: 91 (+15)
Stadium Experience: 66 (+3)
Bang for your buck: 46 (+33)
Change from 2015: +20

Not shocking to see that ownership gets the worst rating for the Mets. Bang for your buck saw the biggest change improving by 33 spots from 2015.

The Mets were the second highest rated National League East team behind the Washington Nationals (7th in MLB, 34th overall). Followed by the Philadelphia Phillies (23rd in MLB, 88th overall), then the Miami Marlins (25th in MLB, 91st overall) and lastly the Atlanta Braves (28th in MLB, 104th overall).




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Reflecting on the Mets’ 2016 Season: An Unlikely Road to October Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:28:43 +0000 jeurys-familia

As an aspiring journalist, I’m trained to put forward a professional appearance. Whether in my radio sports updates at WAER or on my shifts anchoring sports shows at CitrusTV, I can’t overtly root for my Mets. But last night was different.

Like most of you, I watched the game purely as a fan; and like most of you, I felt my heart drop to my stomach when Conor Gillaspie blasted that three-run homer in the ninth to seal the Mets’ fate.

It’s not often that I find myself at a loss for words. But that’s exactly where I was last night, watching the game in a cramped dorm room with a few friends. You could have cut the tension in the air with a knife. Nobody spoke a word, faces just rested sadly in open palms. As we sat in stunned silence, I couldn’t help myself. In the moments following the season’s most crushing loss, I began to think back on the year and what I saw from our New York Mets.

Looking back on last night, the old adage of baseball as a game of inches could not ring more true. Just think, if Familia gets that pitch up and in just a little more on Gillaspie, the Mets probably make it out of the inning unscathed. Just think, the game likely goes to extra innings and Madison Bumgarner can’t pitch forever, right? Think about the outcome of the game if the Giant’s shaky bullpen comes into play.


It’s important to acknowledge that October baseball was all but a pipe dream in mid-August. Sitting a game under .500 on August 19, the Mets fell 8-1 to a beleaguered San Francisco squad. The feeble effort would drop the Amazins to 60 and 62, 5.5 games out of a wildcard spot. Decimated by injuries and poor play by key players, the seemingly infallible Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) gave the Mets just a 13 percent chance to make the postseason.

What happened after that? From August 20 to the season’s last day, the Mets compiled a major league best 27-13 record to storm into the playoffs. Who would have thought that our underdog crew would make the postseason behind the likes of Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, and T.J. Rivera? Definitely not me.

Without a doubt the theme of the season was beating odds, and the Mets did that in just making a playoff appearance.

Still, waking up this morning, it all seemed like a bad dream. For a second, I imagined Bumgarner was knocked out early, the Mets pushed across a few early runs, and the champagne celebration in the clubhouse ended with the Mets heading to Chicago. But the cruel ESPN update on my phone jolted me back to reality. The season is over.


I’ll freely admit that I’m still in a funk today, but the positives of this season far outweigh everything else. This season was quintessential Mets baseball. While watching often made you curse, scream and maybe even throw things at your TV, your gut told you that they would somehow find a way to win.

Looking at the big picture, I cannot express how proud I am of this team. The grit and persistence shown this year perhaps even rivals that of Tug McGraw‘s “Ya Gotta Believe” Mets. Next season, our Mets will be back, strong, healthy, and looking for redemption. Look out MLB and LGM.

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Today In Mets Biz: Porsche North America Added To Mets Sponsorship Portfolio Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:15:09 +0000 Last week, the New York Mets sent out a press release announcing a new multi-year partnership with Porsche Cars North America.

As part of the deal, the German car manufacturer will be given access to the Empire Level Suites as well as the former Acela Club. These two high-end assets will feature activation areas that showcase cars and other retail offerings from Porsche. The Porsche name-print logo is now featured on the glass exterior of the high-end restaurant in the left-field corner of Citi Field.


Their is also a hospitality aspect of the deal. Select season ticket and suite holders will be invited to Porsche test-track driving events. Tri-State Porsche dealers will also have access to team/player activities.

This deal makes sense for Porsche as they continue their marketing efforts in North America, particularly in the sports landscape. This isn’t the first sports-related partnership they have announced recently. This past June, they announced a similar, multi-year partnership with the New York Jets. That sponsorship is estimated to be worth seven-figures. The deal includes hospitality assets that are similar to those included in the Mets deal. Porsche North America is making a clear effort to expand their business and brand awareness in the tri-state area.

Porsche has a history of sponsorship with U.S. sports properties including the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors. Porsche’s sponsorship objective it to, “engage pro athletes, business executives and other affluent, influential people,” according to an article on

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MMO Exclusive: Orthopedic Surgeon Explains David Wright’s Neck Procedure Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:18:17 +0000 david wright

Exactly two weeks ago, the Mets season took a turn for the worse when third baseman David Wright underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion procedure on his neck to repair a herniated disk. Mets fans and media alike rushed to the proverbial Panic City with proclamations that Wright was “finished” and that the Mets’ season would go by the wayside. In the midst of all the pandemonium, nobody bothered to actually learn what Dr. Robert Watkins did while operating on the Mets Captain.

Enter David Geier, a South Carolina based surgeon who specializes in orthopedic sports medicine. Before launching his own practice in a suburb of Charleston, Dr. Geier spent eight years as the director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also worked with several professional teams across the country, including the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams, and the US women’s national soccer team. Here’s his medical explanation of David Wright’s injury, surgery, and recovery.

The purpose of a cervical discectomy and fusion procedure is to alleviate the pressure on a spinal nerve caused by a herniated disk; and in David Wright’s case, spinal stenosis as well.

To fully understand the procedure, we first need to understand the issue of a herniated disc. Cervical vertebrae are composed of about 80 percent water, giving their centers a jelly-like consistency. When a disc ruptures, the jelly-like center bulges through the annulus (a protective wall for the spinal cord) and puts pressure on the spinal nerve, causing pain.

The cervical discectomy and fusion procedure itself can be broken down into two parts.

“In a discectomy, the surgeon goes in and takes out that leaked disc material to eliminate the pressure on the spinal nerve,” Geier explains.

“Sometimes only a part of the disc needs to be removed, but in severe cases, a surgeon can remove the entire piece.”

A fusion is a more advanced procedure and is required only if there are more advanced problems in the area, according to Dr. Geier.

“You still have the disc material that’s leaked out, but you might have some arthritis changes between the bones or some instability, potentially even some abnormal motion after taking out the disc.”

The actual fusion part of the procedure is self explanatory.

“Essentially, you fuse the two bones together to restrict motion and therefore allow healing and uninhibited nerve function.”

Surgeons then replace the removed disk with either a bone graft from the hip or a cage device, before attaching a metal plate to the vertebrae above and below to provide stability.

The goal of the fusion is to prevent stress on the bone by limiting motion. This in turn aids bone healing and nerve function.

The actual procedure can be seen in an animated video you can view here.

In terms of returning to baseball, Geier was noncommittal on David Wright. He was insistent that recovery varies on a case to case basis, with factors such as age, fitness, and activity level playing a part.

“It’s so variable, that’s why nobody’s going to be able to give you a completely correct explanation, and nobody’s going to be wrong.”

It will take about four to six months for the bone in Wright’s neck to heal. Extensive physical therapy will also be necessary for him regain full nerve function. Wright would likely return to baseball activities at some point in the offseason before needing reps against live pitching. With recovery so unpredictable, Geier gives a broad time frame for a return.

“It could be anywhere from six months to a year.”

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2016 MLB First Year Player Draft Primer Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:11:59 +0000 2014 draft day studio secaucus

The Rule Four MLB Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year for us at MetsMinors.Net and Metsmerized Online. Every year all thirty teams get together and choose Baseball’s Best amateur talent in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

To Be Eligible According to, You Must Be:

  • High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college;
  • College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old
  • Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed

It is different from drafts from sports such as the NHL, NBA, and NFL who do not have minor league systems and instead often use drafted players automatically. As well, other pro sports do not draft high school players.

The draft starts on Thursday June 9th, 2016, with the first pick at 7:00 PM. From 7:00 to 10:00, the first 77 picks will be selected, which are the first round, the compensation round, the lottery round A, Second Round, and Lottery Round B. The broadcast coverage beings at 6 PM ET on MLB Network and

On Friday, June 10th, the draft will continue with the third round to the tenth round, starting at 1:00 PM. On Saturday June 11th, the remaining 30 round selections will occur, starting at 1:00 PM.

We will be covering the first and second rounds on MMO, and then rounds 3-40 will be covered on with scouting reports for all players if/when we find them. We also will have Clayton Collier representing us at the MLB Draft in New Jersey

The Mets have four picks in the top 100 picks including #19 in the first round, #31 in the Compensation round, #64 in the Second Round, and #100 in the third round, and then every 30 picks after that.

They will have $7,578,000 to spend across a possible 41 picks. Teams are instructed to stick close to Slot Values for each pick they select. Check out MLB Trade Rumor’s Breakdown of the Draft Slot Rules.

The Slot Values for each Mets pick (Picks 1 through 10)

  1. Round 1, Pick 19 $2,378,800
  2. Round 1a, Pick 31 $1,972,100
  3. Round 2, Pick 64 $1,009,200
  4. Round 3, Pick 100 $596,600
  5. Round 4, Pick 130 $446,500
  6. Round 5, Pick 160 $334,500
  7. Round 6, Pick 190 $250,500
  8. Round 7, Pick 220 $187,800
  9. Round 8, Pick 250 $$175,400
  10. Round 9, Pick 280 $163,700
  11. Round 10, Pick 310 $156,600

Since January 1st, I have made a tally of who the mock drafts believe the Mets will Pick. During that time, players have risen and fallen, so many on these lists will likely not be either at #19 or multiple players with better ability may have knocked the player down to a lower draft standing.

Mock Draft Tally from 1/1 to Today


3B/1B Will Craig 29, C Zack Collins 6, OF Alex Kirilloff 6,  3B Nolan Jones 6, 3B/RHP Josh Lowe 5, C Matt Thaiss 5, RHP Connor Jones 4, SS/3B Drew Mendoza 3, OF Blake Rutherford 2, RHP Austin Bergner 2, 3B Nick Senzel 2, RHP Cal Quantrill 2,  3B Bobby Dalbec 2, 1B/OF Will Benson 2, RHP Kevin Gowdy 2, RHP Daulton Jeffries 2, RHP Matt Manning 2, RHP Alex Speas 1, LHP Jeff Belge 1, RHP Ian Anderson 1,  C Chris Okey 1, OF Kyle Mercer 1, RHP Kyle Funkhouser 1, OF Nick Banks 1, OF Avery Tuck 1,   RHP Alec Hansen 1,  OF Bryan Reynolds 1,  OF Buddy Reed 1,  LHP Anthony Kay 1, OF Taylor Trammell 1, RHP Forest Whitley 1, SS Gavin Lux 1


C Chris Okey 8, LHP Eric Lauer 7, OF Bryan Reynolds 5, LHP Jesus Luzardo 4, RHP Kevin Gowdy 4, OF Taylor Trammell 4, LHP Anthony Kay 4, 3B/1B Will Craig 3, 3B Drew Mendoza 3, OF Buddy Reed 3, SS Gavin Lux 3, 3B/SS Carter Kieboom 3, OF Nick Banks 2, OF Will Benson 2, RHP Logan Shore 2, LHP Joey Wentz 2, LHP Kyle Muller 2,  RHP Robert Tyler 2, RHP Zach Jackson 2, RHP Kyle Funkhouser 1,  3B/RHP David Lowe 1,  RHP Alex Speas 1, RHP Zach Bergner 1, LHP Braxton Garrett 1, OF Heath Quinn 1, RHP Ian Anderson 1,  RHP Zack Burdi 1, RHP Jordan Sheffield 1,  RHP Justin Dunn 1, C Sean Murphy 1, RHP Cody Sedlock 1, RHP Cal Quantrill 1


OF Heath Quinn 6, SS Luis Curbelo 4, C Ben Rortvedt 2, RHP Drake Fellows 2,  SS Grant Bodison 1, RHP Wil Crowe 1, SS Errol Robinson 1, RHP Ian Hamilton 1, RHP Nick Banks 1, LHP Matt Krook 1

We have Draft Reports from here:

We will be giving reports for the players as soon as they are selected, so be sure to refresh!

Round 1, No. 19 – RHP Justin Dunn, Boston College

Baseball America #22 out of 500

In 2015, Chris Shaw became the fifth first-rounder drafted out of Boston College. This year, Dunn could be the sixth. The athletic righthander began the season pitching out of the bullpen, but his lightning quick arm and promising offspeed pitches forced him into the Eagles’ rotation. Dunn is slight in stature, with some scouts questioning his listed 6-foot-2, 184-pound frame. While he is short physically, his stuff isn’t. He pitches consistently at 92-95 and touching as high as 97 at times with his fastball. His best secondary pitch is his slider, thrown with tight spin, vertical shape and mid-80s velocity. He throws a curveball that has similar shape to his slider, but breaks more loosely and grades out as a below-average pitch, though its presence can disrupt hitters’ timing. Dunn has shown feel for a changeup at times, showing the ability to locate the pitch at hitters’ knees. His performance as a starter has encouraged teams that he can start long term, as he has held velocity well deep into his outings. #29

At the start of the spring, Dunn was an interesting college reliever with arm strength, albeit one with a four-pitch mix many scouts were intrigued to see as a starter. They got their wish as Dunn became a part of Boston College’s weekend rotation in April and saw his Draft stock take off.

Dunn has always had a plus fastball and he maintained it in his early starts, lighting radar guns up to 98-99 mph and sitting in the 92-95 mph range. He utilizes two breaking balls, both of which are Major League average: a three-quarters curve and a solid hard slider. His changeup will also flash average, though he didn’t need it much as a reliever. His command is fringy at present, but his outstanding stuff helps make up for it.

Many teams feel Dunn has a very good chance to start as a Yordano Ventura type athletic, yet slightly undersized, right-hander. As a result, he was flying up boards, with some feeling he could be gone by the end of the first round.

Round 1 Comp, No. 31 – LHP Anthony Kay, Uconn

Baseball America #35 out of 500

A 29th round pick of the Mets out of high school, Kay was one of three promising Long Island prep arms, with Stephen Woods and Matt Vogel also showing promise. All three chose to go to college, and Kay has emerged as the best of the group. The ace of UConn’s staff, Kay throws three pitches for strikes. His fastball works in the low 90s and touches 95 early in his starts. Scouts see his changeup is an above-average or plus pitch; it shows both fade and tumble and generates swings and misses from righthanded hitters regularly. Kay has a tendency to throw his changeup from a slightly lower arm slot, giving scouts concerns that elite hitters will be able to see the pitch coming. He throws a breaking ball with slurvy shape. Kay usually throws the pitch against righthanded hitters, and has not thrown it with conviction this spring. Kay is on the shorter side, standing at 6-foot, but he has a wide, sturdy build. #43

The University of Connecticut has produced some excellent pro talent, headlined by George Springer, Nick Ahmed and Matt Barnes. Kay, the Huskies’ Friday night starter, could be the next in line.

Kay fits the mold of the advanced pitchability college lefty, one with a track record of success, not only at UConn, but also in the Cape Cod League in 2014 and with Team USA in 2015. Kay succeeds by filling the strike zone and keeping hitters guessing, albeit with the lack of a true out pitch. He’ll top out at 94-95 mph with his fastball, though he pitches more effectively at around 91 mph. He has a consistently reliable changeup, though he telegraphs it at times by lowering his arm slot. His breaking ball is fringy.

College performers like Kay tend to do well on Draft day. He could be seen as a poor man’s Mark Buehrle type, one who could perhaps add a cutter at the next level to give him a four-pitch mix, helping him to be a quick to the big leagues back-end starter.

Round 2, No. 64 – Peter Alonso, University Of Florida #64

As a high school third baseman at Plant High School in Tampa, Alonso went undrafted. After three years at the University of Florida, that won’t happen again, as he was swinging a hot bat at the right time as the Draft approached.

Alonso was making consistent, hard contact for the Gators as his junior season progressed. He’s always had raw power, but didn’t always look like he could tap into it consistently. Lately, however, he’s shortened his swing and begun to use the whole field more effectively, showing extra-base pop to the opposite field. Much of his success stems from a more open stance which has helped him get his hips through more consistently. He’s a first baseman only with well below-average speed, though his hands and footwork at the corner infield position should be adequate.

As a right-right first baseman, the bat is really going to have to play. Offensive college performers tend to do well in the Draft, and Alonso’s raw natural power was giving him some helium as the spring progressed.

BA #139 out of 500

Injuries have dogged Alonso the last two seasons–he missed 30 games in 2015 with a broken foot and later broke his nose, and in May 2016 he missed time with a broken left hand. He nevertheless has been the Gators’ most consistent power bat in that span and was leading the ’16 Gators in batting and homers when he got hurt. Alonso didn’t show much power in the Cape Cod League last summer with Bourne after hitting 18 the previous summer during an MVP turn in the Northwoods League. Alonso has plus raw power, hitting the first-ever home run to center field at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha during the 2015 College World Series. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Alonso does it with strength rather than bat speed and is a poor runner who likely will be limited to first base, but his righthanded power is his carrying tool.


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Avengers: Age of Syndergaard – Official Trailer Fri, 06 May 2016 19:17:38 +0000 noah syndergaard

Our friends from the sports comedy website The Kicker, reached out to us with a new video they just developed that blended footage from the Thor and Avengers movies with highlights from Noah Syndergaard‘s pitching.

It’s pretty cool, check it out.

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Amazin’ Mets Designs By @AthleteLogos Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:39:13 +0000 Bart-Ball-Flip-Neon-Shirt-Mockup

Recently we came across a very cool company, called Athlete Logos, via Twitter and Instagram (@athletelogos). They are a design firm that specializes in creating custom logos and apparel for athletes & sports teams.


They also happen to be owned and operated by a huge Mets fan named Dan who spends a great deal of his time creating some really cool and very unique Mets t-shirts which you can view and purchase on their site.

From a Neon Cespedes Bat Flip, to an LGM inspired subway sign, these designs really stand out from other apparel on the market. Check them out at or at their apparel site here.


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Mets Odds To Win World Series Are 14/1 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:30:59 +0000 Matz Syndergaard deGrom

In their latest Baseball Futures, leading online sports bookers, Bovada, cast the Mets with 14/1 odds to win the World Series, tied with the Royals for fourth on the list behind the Giants, Cubs, and Red Sox.

Remember, these odds can and will change at the drop of a hat in the event of a trade, free agent signing, or injury, but they’re still fun to think about and the fact that the reigning National League Champions have very good odds at harnessing a World Series title after coming up just short last year is a nice sight to see.

Here’s how the league stacks up:

San Francisco Giants – 6/1
Chicago Cubs – 6/1
Boston Red Sox – 9/1
New York Mets – 14/1
Kansas City Royals – 14/1
Los Angeles Dodgers – 16/1
Toronto Blue Jays – 16/1
St. Louis Cardinals – 16/1
Washington Nationals – 18/1
Houston Astros – 18/1
Pittsburgh Pirates – 18/1
Texas Rangers – 20/1
Arizona Diamondbacks – 20/1
Cleveland Indians – 25/1
Los Angeles Angels – 25/1
New York Yankees – 25/1
Detroit Tigers – 25/1

The Braves, Phillies, Reds, Rockies, and Padres hold up the rear with 100/1 odds.


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Mets and Coca-Cola Announce Landmark Partnership Mon, 07 Dec 2015 15:02:18 +0000 wilpon pepsi mets

The 2015 National League Champion New York Mets and The Coca-Cola Company announced today a long-term landmark agreement making Coca-Cola the newest Signature Partner of the Mets and Citi Field. Today’s announcement was made by representatives from the Mets and Coca-Cola as they rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The partnership between the two entities will include year-round Coca-Cola presence throughout Citi Field beginning in 2016 including a Coca-Cola themed seating area in right field. It will also feature products such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Dasani bottled water, Gold Peak Iced Tea, and others available throughout Citi Field.

In addition, the Mets and Coca-Cola will collaboratively plan and execute a variety of marketing, advertising, and promotional programs and platforms to maximize the impact of the partnership and to benefit fans, including the launch of commemorative 12-ounce Coca-Cola cans celebrating the Mets’ 2015 League Championship. Cans will be available throughout the New York Metropolitan area beginning next month.

“We are excited to partner with Coca-Cola as we align our brand with the most popular soft drink brand in the world,” said Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon. “Like the Mets, Coca-Cola has a very loyal fan base, and we are proud to partner with them and look forward to serving their products to our fans for many years to come. In addition, we look forward to implementing exciting new marketing programs at Citi Field and in the New York region.”

“Coca-Cola and the Mets share a passion to refresh baseball fans and enhance their entertainment,” said Sandy Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America. “This partnership combines our iconic brand with a championship caliber team right here in the business and sports capital of the world. We are excited by the innovative marketing programs we have developed for the 2016 season, and are certain that they will inspire moments of optimism and happiness both on and off of Citi Field.”


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There’s Something Amazin’ Going On In New York This Summer Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:38:55 +0000 Uribe Juan

I’ve written about the New York dynamic and the bitterness it tends to spur from Mets/Jets/Islanders crowd towards the Yankees/Giants/Rangers crowd in two different books now. It’s been going on forever.

Howie Rose told me in two different interviews about the difference in recognition, credit, comparison, and pretty much everything else when it comes to the two fan bases. I mean the Islanders had to pay a territorial tax to the Rangers when they first came into the league. Who does that?

Is 2015 the beginning of something new here in the Big Apple?

The Yankees didn’t make any headline spurring moves before the trade deadline, but the Mets sure did. Heck, we even caught the attention of Jerry Seinfeld with one of our trades. Granted Mr. Seinfeld is a known Mets fan, but the point is New York Mets baseball is finally casting its own shadow over the five boroughs rather than simply being encompassed by one.

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A pitcher whose notoriety has been blended into the background a bit with all the hubbabaloo over Harvey, Syndergaard, deGrom, and Colon, is native New Yorker Steven Matz who out-dueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka in the series opener.

For a park where former Mets broadcaster Wayne Hagin claims home runs “go to die,” the Mets didn’t have any problem putting three in the seats last night.

Juan Uribe, which name – forgive me Howie – I can’t imagine being sounded out by any broadcaster’s voice other than that of Vin Scully, has been solid, and he proved himself such with a two-run insurance home run in last night’s 5-1 win over the Yanks.

Is this the beginning of some universal shift? Are the New York papers going to give the Mets their due? Granted I don’t snatch a Daily News or copy of The Times from off my front doorstep anymore these days, but I’d imagine the boys from Flushing have been hogging most of those back pages this Summer.

What a scary thought it must be for the other National League division and wild card leaders right now, realizing that the Mets are looking like a powerhouse.

Even with a win last night, the Nationals need sherpas to even see how high the Mets are on that summit. Yes folks, we’ve got the pitching, and the hitting, and even the fielding and base running. That spells B-A-S-E-B-A-L-L and that spells W-I-N-N-E-R!

Is there any team out there who really wants to face these Mets right now… Our Mets? I’d bet no.

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Some More Managerial Options For The Mets Mon, 18 May 2015 14:00:29 +0000 collins joker

Couple of years back I wrote a piece where I detailed several alternatives to Terry Collins as Manager of the NY Mets. You can read it here if you are so inclined. Well, here we are two years later and wouldn’t you know it, Terry is still our manager. I guess none of the options I so graciously put forward were considered. I especially thought the sign-language speaking gorilla would have done well, but you never know with these things. Some people just don’t appreciate the value of a gorilla in the dugout.

Anyway I thought I’d give it another shot. Maybe broaden the candidate pool … why limit ourselves to higher primates? I think a pigeon would do nicely, one of those messenger pigeons. We could name him Lefty.

You could outfit it with a little Mets cap and maybe some tiny cleats, this way Lefty can truly take the role of “middle management” and fly directly from the front office to home plate with the lineup card rolled up and stuffed in a little pill bottle around its neck …

MLB: New York Mets at New York YankeesAfterwards Lefty can waddle into the dugout and munch on sunflower seeds, giving funny sideways glances that the camera can zoom in on every time the ump misses a call. If we need to challenge a play? Lefty can fly right out to the ump with a red flag in its beak and sit on the Ump’s shoulder while they look at the video … if he doesn’t like the results Lefty can leave a little present on the Ump’s shoulder!

Or how about an unused Mars Rover prototype? NASA is practically giving those things away! I know, I know this is kind of like the robot suggestion from the earlier piece, but the Mars Rover isn’t your run of the mill robot. It’s solar powered for one so you wouldn’t need an extension cord all the way back to the clubhouse. It can take earth samples as well, so it could give a detailed reading when the grounds are getting too wet for continued play.

While we’re at it, with an inconspicuous little poke in the buttocks of opposing batters as they walk out of the dugout, Mars Rover could get an instant steroid reading — how useful would that be?

getPartMars Rover has all kinds of flashing lights and whistles and camera-sensors so it could speed up turn-around time on reviews.

The all terrain capabilities are nice too … and, as always Mars Rover would feel right at home in Terry’s office as a fellow deep space traveler. Also, instead of kicking dust at an umpire, Mars Rover could simply put its tracks in reverse and literally bury the Ump in dirt in a matter of seconds!

We could try and sign one of those creepy gremlins from the original “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” movie. Someone (perhaps Bob Geren?) would have to carry around an umbrella to shield the spooky nether-worlder from the sun’s rays.

These particular gremlins are unusually persistent and are very good at setting booby traps. The official word in the paper the next day might read “opposing player tripped and fell into a bottomless abyss while entering the visiting clubhouse.”

The nice thing with one of these guys is you wouldn’t need to pay for new uniforms as Collins is pretty much the same size. Creepy “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” gremlin could also scare the hell out of the opposition with its weird whispered-tone taunting.

And finally, unlike Collins, creepy nether-world gremlin is clearly capable of forethought — showing the capacity to lure women named Sally to their inevitable demise in a chimney shaft — so he’d probably be good at figuring out ways to get Bryce Harper to slip on banana peels and stuff, just sayin’.

There’s also the gopher from Caddyshack. Again, pretty much the same size as Collins so Jeffie could use those extra bucks on fender-bender bumper-cars at Six Flags. Gopher could create an underground network of tunnels at Citi Field and scamper out to tell Granderson to play Markakis more to pull, delivering the message himself. Of course the team would have to learn Gopher’s strange scratch & snort language but we could easily hire a linguist. Money is no object here.

Gopher Manager could scoot right out to the bullpen and see with his own beady eyes that maybe Torres doesn’t have it tonight … So he could go with, oh I don’t know, pretty much anybody else. This particular candidate has mad people skills as well, and he sports an impressive resume listing Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and Punxsutawney Phil as references. Gopher Manager is also good for lots of laughs (he is a much better dancer than Collins), and I have it on good authority that Gopher Manager would work for a salary of peanuts and small shiny objects.

Finally we could just hire a pastrami on rye sandwich to manage the Mets. As the diametric inverse of a ruben (on whole wheat), there is little to no chance Pastrami Sandwich Manager would pencil Tejada in at shortstop, second base, or even third base.

Pastrami Sandwich would not only rival and perhaps surpass Terry Collins intellectually, those little toothpicks that keep Pastrami Sandwich together could also be used to pin down a lineup card – a lineup card, mind you, conspicuously lacking in feather-brained permutations passed off as “unorthodox new-ageisms.”

Also Pastrami sandwich could act as quite the distraction were it conveniently placed slightly off the third base line as a runner were rounding third — they’d go right for the sandwich and totally miss home plate just as Tim Teufel pulls Pastrami Manager away with a string.


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MMO Feature: Tom Seaver’s 19 Strikeout Classic Turns 45 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:06:24 +0000 tom seaver bw

On this day in Mets history, 45 years ago, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver tossed his 19-strikeout gem against the San Diego Padres and set the major league record with 10 straight strikeouts to end the game.

It happened on April 22, 1970 and our own Stephen Hanks was there. Here is an article he wrote back in 2010 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Mets history. Please enjoy…

mmo feature original footerThere is a mantle above an unused fireplace in my home office that I’ve turned into a little shrine to my sports idol Tom Seaver. It’s nothing crazy, just a bunch of old action photos, vintage baseball cards, magazine covers, bobble head dolls, figurines depicting that classic Seaver right-knee scraping the mound motion, even an empty bottle of Tom Seaver recent vintage wine. But among all these treasures, there is one that bears special significance today: the scorecard I recorded at Shea Stadium on April 22, 1970, the day the man I consider the greatest right-handed pitcher of all time (Roger Clemens forfeited that title the day he picked up a syringe) struck out 19 San Diego Padres, including the LAST 10 IN A ROW.

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Here are both pages of my original scorecard.
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It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since that glorious afternoon, but not hard to believe how I ended up being an eyewitness to baseball history. Tom Seaver had been my baseball hero from the day he started his first game for the Mets in 1967, although I became aware of him during his one season pitching for the Jacksonville Suns in 1966. At that point, I was a 10 1/2-year old Mets fanatic desperate for a young star and baseball role model to cling to.

I attended my first Mets’ game at the Polo Grounds in 1963, watched the entire 10-hour epic double-header, including the 23-inning second game, against the Giants in 1964, and spent my early childhood thinking my favorite team would never get out of last place. By mid-1966, my burgeoning adolescent hormones were contributing to take my Mets obsession to a fever pitch. And like all Mets fans who didn’t think the losing was cute anymore, I was hoping for a savior to finally change our fortunes.

So I started checking The Sporting News, which in those days was considered the “Bible of Baseball” and printed every major league and Triple A box score from the proceeding week, in addition to all the league stats. I started noticing there was a 21-year-old named Tom Seaver on the Jacksonville pitching staff who was actually winning as many games as he lost.

Even more impressively, he was striking out an average of eight per game, wasn’t walking a lot of guys, and had a great hits-to-innings pitched ratio. At that point, very few Mets fans knew about the bizarre circumstances that made Seaver a Met–the voiding of his contract with the Braves while he was still at USC, and the Mets subsequently being selected out of a hat in a lottery staged by Commissioner William Eckert. All I cared about was that we might finally be developing some semblance of a major league pitcher and I followed Seaver’s minor-league starts religiously throughout the summer.

Although it was clear that Seaver was the Mets’ best pitcher going into the 1967 season, he started Game 2 against the Pirates, struck out 8 in 5.1 innings and got a no-decision. By his next start, a 6-1 win over the Cubs, this hard-throwing righthander with the picture-perfect delivery was my favorite player and probably the favorite of every other Mets fan.

For me, Tom cemented his hero status on May 17, 1967. That year and until 1971, the Mets games on radio were carried on WJRZ-AM with a pre- and post-game show hosted by an intelligent and very congenial man named Bob Brown, who staged various fan contests. I sent in a bunch of postcards hoping to get selected for a call and before the game against the Braves that May night, my phone rang. It was Bob Brown offering me a chance to win a baseball glove if I could pick three Mets to get a total of four hits in the game at Fulton County Stadium. So naturally I picked the Mets’ three hottest hitters at that point–Tommy Davis, Ed Kranepool and Jerry Buchek.

Going into the ninth inning, Davis and Kranepool had combined for three hits (Buchek was shutout) but Davis came through for me with a single and I won a Bobby Shantz glove. You may think this whole story has been a digression, but the kicker is this: Tom Seaver went three for three that night, with two RBI, a walk and a stolen base. The best athlete on the team was a rookie pitcher.

Anyway, you know what happened over the next couple of years. Seaver wins 16 games in both ’67 and ’68 (with 32 complete games combined) and then leads the Mets to the promised land in 1969 with 25 victories, including the near-perfect game against the Cubs. After celebrating my team’s improbable World Championship, which I watched from my home in the South Bronx not far from Yankee Stadium, my family moved that December to the spanking new Co-Op City middle class housing project in the Northeast Bronx. Now 14, I was old enough to get a job delivering the Daily News in my 33-story building and the gig earned me about $30 to $40 a week, a fortune for a kid that age at that time. My plan for spending my new-found wealth? Go to as many games of the defending champs as possible, especially considering you could sit in the upper deck behind home plate for a buck and a half.

But I didn’t want to attend just any games. I wanted to see EVERY game Tom Seaver pitched at Shea Stadium (that wasn’t on a school night, of course) and the Mets’ five-man rotation made it pretty easy to figure out when Tom Terrific was going to be on the hill. Seaver was on a five-day cycle even when there were off days. So I knew that after opening day on April 7, Tom would pitch on the 12th, 17th and 22nd, the latter a Wednesday afternoon game I could attend because it would be the second day of Passover and public schools would be closed. I really splurged for that one and for six bucks got tickets for me and my brother in the first row of the loge (second deck) behind home plate.

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After settling into our seats on a beautiful spring day (I don’t recall it being chilly), Tom proceeded to strike out two in the first inning. The way the sound of the Seaver fastball was reverberating after hitting Jerry Grote‘s mitt only confirmed it was going to a long day for the Padres. Ken Boswell‘s double off some guy named Mike Corkins drove in Bud Harrelson (who had singled), giving the Mets a first-inning lead. But the Pods’ cleanup hitter and leftfielder Al Ferrara led off the second inning with a home run to tie it (I think it scraped the back of the fence on the way down) until we got the lead back in the third on a Bud Harrelson triple that just missed going out. Given the Mets’ offense, which could disappear for innings or days at a time, I figured that run would have to hold up if Tom was to get a W. (I can’t tell you how many times during Seaver’s Mets career I sweated out a game because of lack of run support. My mother once threatened to start giving me sedatives whenever Tom pitched because I’d pace around the TV room and scream at the set imploring the Mets to score a freaking run.)

By the top of the 6th inning, Tom had yielded just one other hit and had nine strikeouts. Of course the score was still 2-1 so the ace would really have to bear down. After a popup and a fly out, Tom struck out Ferrara for his 10th K of the game. I don’t think I was aware of it at the time–and I could be corrected if I’m wrong–but by the top of the 7th, afternoon shadows were starting to creep over home plate while the sun was still shining over the rest of Shea. This would not be good for a Padres lineup that was already flailing at Seaver’s fastball, which that day looked and sounded like it was in the upper 90s–and we didn’t need a radar gun to tell us that.

At this point in the game, I was totally transfixed on the man on the hill, picking up every nuance of that motion on the mound. As a Babe Ruth League pitcher, I was already mimicking Seaver’s delivery, which was never better described than by Roger Angell in The New Yorker after Tom was traded on June 15, 1977 (still one of the worst days of my life):

“One of the images I have before me now is that of Tom Seaver pitching; the motionless assessing pause on the hill while the signal is delivered, the easy, rocking shift of weight onto the back leg, the upraised arms, and then the left shoulder coming forward as the whole body drives forward and drops suddenly downward–down so low that the right knee scrapes the sloping dirt of the mound–in an immense thrusting stride, and the right arm coming over blurrily and still flailing, even as the ball, the famous fastball, flashes across the pate, chest-high on the batter and already past his low, late swing.”

In the top of the 7th, Seaver struck out Nate Colbert, Dave Campbell and Jerry Morales, the latter two looking. While that was impressive, none of the 14,000 of us cheering madly at every strike thought it out of the ordinary for our Tom and when he led off the bottom of the 7th, he got the obligatory polite ovation.

Of course if this game had been played in 2010 instead of 1970, Gary Matthews, Jr. would have been pinch-hitting because, hey, you need to get another run and our ace might be hitting his pitch count to boot. Thankfully, Gil Hodges wouldn’t think of pulling his best arm and when Bob Barton, and pinch hitters Ramon Webster and Ivan Murrell all K’d in the 8th (the latter two swinging), there wasn’t a soul in Shea who thought we weren’t watching history, let alone believe the Padres would actually hit another pitch.

As Tom took the mound for the top of the 9th, the buzz in the park was palpable and my heart was palpitating. Van Kelly led off the ninth and when he struck out swinging for the 8th strikeout in a row, the crowd sounded more like 40,000.

With every strike that whizzed by a Padre hitter I felt as if I was being levitated out of my seat. I don’t have a pitch chart of the game (don’t know if there is one available), but it seemed as if every pitch in those last two innings were strikes and the crowd roared louder with every one. Cito Gaston struck out looking for nine in a row and 18 for the game. One more strikeout and Tom Seaver would set a new record of 10 Ks in a row and match Steve Carlton‘s 19-strikeout game (which he lost thanks to those two Ron Swoboda home runs) against us the year before.

With the entire park on it’s feet and screaming itself hoarse, Tom fittingly blew away Ferrara for the record-breaking K. By this point I was jumping up and down so wildly I almost fell over the loge railing. I carried that emotional high all the way to 7 train and for the entire trip back to the Bronx. It is still the greatest pitching performance I’ve ever seen live (and I saw a couple of Seaver one-hitters and his 300th win at Yankee Stadium). Again, the Terrific One didn’t just strike out 10 in a row, he mowed down the LAST 10 IN A ROW.

As you can see above, I dutifully saved my scorecard of that game (and I wasn’t a kid who kept score much, so I must have had a premonition) and all of my handwritten annotations (including the note about Jerry Grote setting a new putout record-20) were added that day. There is one additional scribbling on the Mets side of the scorecard.

In early 1983 I was about to launch my own magazine called NEW YORK SPORTS and the Mets gave me the best launch present I could imagine by bringing Seaver back from the Cincinnati Reds that winter. Putting my idol on the cover of my magazine’s premiere issue was a no-brainer and before spring training I hiked out to Shea with a camera crew to shoot Tom Terrific. As I was leaving my house that morning, I thought, “Damn, I’ve got to ask Tom to sign the 19K-game scorecard” and found it in a huge pile of Seaver memorabilia I had been collecting for years. After assuming my best professional editor’s air during the photo session (even pressuring my hero to smile once in a while), I reverted to sheepish fan mode and asked Tom to autograph the scorecard. As he turned my prized possession into even more of a collector’s item, he looked down at the card and said, “Hmmm, that was a pretty good outing.” Indeed.

There’s one more postscript. In 1996-97, I was editing a elementary school classroom newspaper and decided to do a feature on the Baseball Hall of Fame. The executives at the Hall took me to lunch at a quaint Cooperstown bistro and we spent a pleasant hour or so talking baseball history. Naturally, Tom Seaver came up in the conversation and I told my story of attending the 1970 pitching masterpiece, mentioning that I still had the scorecard. The Hall curator perked up. “Wow, would you be willing to donate that to the Hall of Fame?” he asked wide-eyed. “Well, what would I get for it,” I responded. “Well, we could give you a lifetime pass to the Hall of Fame.”

I’ve been to the Baseball Hall of Fame a few times since that lunch meeting. The scorecard still resides in my own personal Tom Seaver Museum. Happy Anniversary, Tom!

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MLB To Launch Investigation Into Rash of Positive Stanozolol Results Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:06:43 +0000 rob manfred

Commonly sold under the name Winstrol (oral) and Wonstrol Depot (intramuscular), Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid that began to be widely used in sports during the 80’s but which has actually been around since 1962.

It was in fact the steroid that Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive on in 1988. As of 4/14, Jenrry Mejia of the Mets, Ervin Santana of the Twins, Arodys Vizcaino of the Braves and David Rollins of the Mariners have all been suspended having tested positive for stanozolol. Per NBCSports, this has prompted MLB to launch an investigation. Rob Manfred made the following statement:

“Major League Baseball investigators have launched a Biogenesis-style investigation to determine if there is a link — a doctor, trainer, drug dealer or dietary supplement — between the four cases.”

This is going to get interesting. When Mejia initially commented on his suspension he seemed genuinely surprised by the result. Maybe I’m being naïve, but you’ve got to wonder … this stuff apparently was what the original steroid tests were designed to find, it would be beyond foolish to use stanozolol.

Although I don’t exactly look forward to another MLB witch-hunt, I do see the need. MLB tends to go in with crowbars and hammers where a scalpel might be better — trolling minor leaguers for information and bullying them into incriminating statements and penalizing them for not ratting out other players was certainly their MO under Selig, it will be interesting to see whether Manfred is perhaps more subtle. I don’t know … not sure I agree with the methods, particularly in light of how in the end, it wasn’t the thuggish bullying by MLB but the two excellent investigative pieces in the Miami New Times that broke the case.

Still, it’s nice to see MLB taking a prompt action on this outbreak. If indeed this is the result of a tainted or misrepresented substance you have to wonder whether the suspensions might be revoked and whether Mejia may yet be reinstated.

Given the recent controversy over tainted nutritional supplements it wouldn’t be entirely out of the realm of possibility. However, as Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports noted, “More likely this was the result of someone telling the players that they can conceal it with some masking agent or system-beating scheme which makes the detection of this otherwise ridiculously detectable drug impossible.”

Thought provoking to say the least in light of last week’s Steve Kettman interview where he made the following statement:

“I’m not sure that we have entered a “post-steroid” era or that we ever will. The cheaters are smarter and more sophisticated now than they were, and juicing is less prevalent; we’d be naive to think it no longer occurs.”

It will be interesting to see where this latest can of worms takes us.


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Mets New Lineup Would Result In One Additional Win Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:20:44 +0000 curtis granderson

The Mets’ unorthodox starting lineup on Opening Day had many in a tizzy and it was the big story on Tuesday while the team enjoyed a day off.

Whose idea was it? Terry? Sandy? Mr. Met? All of the above?

In a report by Marc Carig of Newsday, team sources insisted that the adjusted lineup stemmed from conversations within the coaching staff, which only later brought the idea to the front office.

“The front office gave their input, but this lineup was strictly Terry and his coaching staff.”

Those same sources said the Mets intend to stick with roughly the same lineup Wednesday night against the Nationals. And the plan is to keep it for the foreseeable future, even against lefthanded pitching.

Baseball+Board+NEW+(Darker)(1)Meanwhile, Strat-O-Matic, the industry leader in sports simulation games for the past 50-plus years, simulated the run production and win-loss total for the Mets using Monday’s Opening Day lineup versus the team’s perceived traditional lineup.

Their simulations found that the Opening Day lineup would yield approximately 13 more runs over the course of a full 162-game season, which would equate to one more win in the standings.

The simulation yielded 4.25 runs per game leading to a 90-72 record with the new and unique lineup. While the traditional lineup resulted in 4.17 runs per game and a 89-73 record.

You can read more on Strat-O-Matic’s site and follow them on Twitter @StratOMatic.


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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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New Citi Field Scoreboard Is Real and It’s Spectacular Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:27:06 +0000 IMG_20150318_231128

There it is… The Mets tweeted an image of our new state of the art scoreboard, featuring one of the largest high-definition digital screens in any sports venue in the country.

The Daktronics digital video board is 62% larger than the original screen and measures a whopping 5,670 square feet .

Said Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon when asked, “It’s real and it’s spectacular.”

Okay just kidding. But wow, it does appear to be a stunning display. It should certainly make watching the Mets at Citi a much more enhanced experience and more fun to watch.


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Mets Should Start Considering Extensions For Some Players Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:05:36 +0000 lucas duda

History has shown us the best way, and most economical, is to build from within and complement your core with free-agent signings and trades.

The Mets have a young, but largely unproven core of talent outside of David Wright.

I wrote the other day how the Mets should consider extending Lucas Duda if he duplicates last season’s production. He’s not the only one the Mets should go long-term on to avoid the arbitration years.

If these Mets prove to be healthy and have strong seasons, I would call the agents for Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. We’ve seen glimpses of their potential and their value will only increase.

I might even include Jacob deGrom and Jenrry Mejia in that category.

I don’t think we’ve seen enough from Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares or Wilmer Flores to make that call. As for Jon Niese, the Mets already went long-term with him and he failed to produce so he goes to the back of the line. That is, unless the Mets don’t trade him first.

I can’t even think to put Noah Syndergaard in this grouping until he at least pitches on this level.

This much we know, the Mets are not, and will not be a free-spending team any time soon. Signing any player to a multi-year contract entails some risk, but those named are the best young prospects the organization has to offer.

To be financially solvent it is important for all businesses, including sports franchises, to have cost certainty and that comes in the form of structured salaries.

These would be good gambles.



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Mets Billboard Design Unveiled Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:29:37 +0000 mets billboard final

Mets fan Gary Palumbo unveiled the final design for the billboards that will go up by Citi Field in Queens and Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

The goal was to raise awareness that the Mets are now ready to contend and become relevant again after fans were asked to be patient for six long and frustrating years. The owners promised to support the team once it rebuilt a new young core of exciting players and got their financial problems sorted out. However Mets owners have not kept their end of the bargain. Instead they’ve kept payroll flat and in the bottom 20 percent of baseball while projecting a 19 percent spike in ticket sales.

To help drive the effort was launched in conjunction with the release of the design today. You can check out the site to learn more or you can follow them on Twitter at @MetsBillboard.


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Mets Odds To Win World Series Are 25:1 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:35:12 +0000 sfgiantsworldseries2014 trophy

In their latest Baseball Futures, leading online sports bookers Bovada, cast the Mets with 25/1 odds to win the World Series, tied with the White Sox, Yankees and Royals.

Twelve other teams were favored in front of them with the Dodgers, Red Sox and Nationals the heavy favorites, respectively.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 15/2
  • Boston Red Sox – 9/1
  • Washington Nationals – 10/1
  • Chicago Cubs – 12/1
  • Detroit Tigers – 12/1
  • Los Angeles Angels – 12/1
  • San Francisco Giants – 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners – 16/1
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 16/1
  • Baltimore Orioles – 18/1
  • San Diego Padres – 18/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays – 18/1
  • Chicago White Sox – 25/1
  • Kansas City Royals – 25/1
  • New York Mets – 25/1
  • New York Yankees – 25/1
  • Atlanta Braves – 28/1

The Phillies, Twins and Astros hold up the rear with 150/1 odds.

These futures were generated on December 1 and do not include any of the over 150 players that have switched uniforms this month. It will be interesting to see how they change in January and which teams increase their odds for the better.

In a New York Times article, former Met Al Leiter said that fans have many reasons to be excited about the Mets, citing their young pitching. “They could be and should be a playoff team,” Leiter said.

The real shame here is that with better owners the Mets could very well steal the city back from the Yankees who have owned this town for two decades.

When you have the money the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees have, it’s so easy to overcome mistakes and get right back in the game again in a year or two rather than a 6-8 year rebuilding process. The best free agent players in the game tend to follow the money.


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Mejia Not Upset About Collins Calling Parnell Team’s Closer Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:10:41 +0000 jenry mejia

Jenrry Mejia is well aware of what Terry Collins said in San Diego when he proclaimed Bobby Parnell the Mets closer as soon as he is ready to return sometime around May. Collins matter of factly said Parnell was the Mets incumbent closer and also added that Mejia, Familia and Black would all get to close games this Spring.

Mejia said he was not upset about Collins’ comments despite his belief that he did everything that has been asked of him. He took the high road.

“Whatever job they give to me I’m gonna be there to help my team,” Mejia said. “I can throw seventh inning, eighth inning, ninth inning whatever. I got to be ready to play the game that’s all.”

Mejia saved 28 games last season and ranked second in the NL with 22 second half saves. He was reluctant to be moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen after failed attempts to close by Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth to begin the season.

But by early June, Mejia took hold of the closer role and never looked back, posting a 2.72 ERA in 56 relief appearances.

“Mentally, it’s same thing, come here and do my job,” Mejia said. “I feel happy to see Bobby Parnell getting ready, because we are going to have a strong bullpen with Parnell, Familia, Black and everybody.”

Mejia and Jeurys Familia both had surgery to repair a sports hernia in the offseason and are feeling great and have already begun working out . They are both expected to be ready to go come spring training.

Here’s video of Mejia and Familia from Ed “Rusty” Marcus who covered the Mets holiday party yesterday.


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Listen To Sandy Alderson On The Tip-Off Show Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:30:50 +0000 sandy alderson

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson will join MMO’s John Bernhardt and Randy VanKeuren on today’s WIOX, Tip-Off show.

Tip-Off is a Friday morning sports show that airs from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM every Friday morning on WIOX, 91.3 FM.

Sandy will field our questions during the last half-hour of the program and we invite MMO readers to listen by streaming Tip-Off at or at WIOX at

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