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Mets Re-Sign Tatis; Smoltz Next?

Mets Re-Sign Tatis; Smoltz Next?

The Mets have reportedly re-signed Fernando Tatis to be half of a platoon with Daniel Murphy at first base. If this sounds familiar, it should — last year the duo started the season sharing left field. How did that work out? Tatis actually finished 2009 with respectable numbers: .282, 8 homers and 48 RBIs in 340 […]

Sheets & Garland Gone; What Now?

Sheets & Garland Gone; What Now?

News Tuesday that is distressing to Mets fans and the team’s starting rotation — Ben Sheets and Jon Garland signed with other teams. The A’s locked up Sheets for a guaranteed $10 million plus incentives, while Garland came to an agreement with the Padres for $4.25 million. While I advocated signing both of them, I […]

Mets Gets Gary Matthews, Jr.

Mets Gets Gary Matthews, Jr.

The Mets on Friday acquired Gary Matthews, Jr. from the Los Angeles Angels for reliever Brian Stokes. Matthews is expected to compete with Angel Pagan for the center field job until Carlos Beltran is ready to come back from his controversial knee surgery. Matthews signed what is considered to be one of the worst contracts […]

Molina Balks, Sheets Throws, Bay's Knees

Molina Balks, Sheets Throws, Bay’s Knees

There was a lot of Mets news Tuesday, so let’s get right to it. First off, apparently you really can leave your heart in San Francisco (left, the classic photo). That’s where Begnie Molina’s was. The catcher who was said to be destined for Queens spurned the Mets, and resigned with the Giants. The deal […]

Carlos Beltran Has Knee Surgery

Carlos Beltran Has Knee Surgery

2009′s injury bug has hit the 2010 Mets, and the season hasn’t even begun yet. Carlos Beltran had surgery on his right knee Wednesday, and is expected to return to baseball activities in 12 weeks, meaning he will likely miss the start of the season. But just like everything surrounding the Mets, this is not […]

The Omar Minaya/Latino Bias Myth

The Omar Minaya/Latino Bias Myth

It’s a staple of Mets message boards and I assume sports talk radio (I don’t listen) — that Omar Minaya favors Latino players over non-Latinos. There is certainly circumstantial evidence to back up that claim. The Mets have perhaps more Latinos on their roster than any other team. Minaya has made some questionable deals that […]

I Don't Want to Brag, But...

I Don’t Want to Brag, But…

In November I wrote a column predicting the results of this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. And I’m proud to say that I was just five votes short of being 100% correct, confounding all of the so called experts. I correctly predicted Andre Dawson (left, with fellow former Expos Hall of Famer and Mets hero Gary […]

Mets Introduce Jason Bay

Mets Introduce Jason Bay

So much for Peter Gammons’ claim that Jason Bay would “rather play in Beirut than Queens.” Tuesday the Mets introduced Bay as their new left fielder at a news conference at Citi Field (left). He said, “this is where I want to be.” Here are some highlights from the news conference: Why the Mets? “First of […]

THE List: 10 Best/Worst Mets Managers

THE List: 10 Best/Worst Mets Managers

BEST: Casey Stengel (1962-1965), 175-404 It doesn’t matter that Stengel’s .302  winning percentage is the worst in Mets history. The greatest showman in baseball history made the Mets relevant when they were simply awful on the field. Gil Hodges (1968-1971),  339-309 Everybody who played for Hodges revered him, saying he was the driving force behind the […]