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Analyzing 2011 Hall of Fame Ballot

Analyzing 2011 Hall of Fame Ballot

The latest Hall of Fame ballot was mailed out on Monday, and just like last year there are no “no-doubt-about-it-first-ballot” guys on it. That’s always good news for the holdovers from previous years. And after four years of only Mark McGwire, this year begins the parade of suspected steroid users, with the debate intensifying over whether […]

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

As the San Francisco Giants proved, starting pitching wins the World Series. If the Mets hope to join them as World Champs sometime this decade, the Mets will need to get more pitching, and fast because they certainly don’t have enough. Right now the Mets are going into the 2011 season with absolutely zero sure things in the […]

Derek Jeter a Met? Not Likely

Derek Jeter a Met? Not Likely

Now that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has basically dared Derek Jeter to go out and see what kind of market there is for his services, there is all sorts of speculation that he could jump ship, swim across the river and wash ashore in Flushing. It’s not likely to happen for several reasons, but let’s […]

Video: Terry Collins Era Has Begun

Terry Collins was introduced Tuesday as the new manager of the New York Mets. He may not have been the first choice of Mets fans. Or the second. Or the third… Well, you get the point. But in any case, he is now the leader of the team, and we’ve got to get behind him. Here is his […]

Mets Trade Rumors

Mets Trade Rumors

Taking a break from Sunday’s disappointing news that Terry Collins will be named manager and Tuesday’s sure-to-be disappointing news conference introducing Terry Collins as manager… There is a report from a website called Around the Horn that claims the Mets and Diamondbacks are discussing what would be a blockbuster trade — shortstop Stephen Drew and […]

Reports: Mets Choose Terry Collins

Reports: Mets Choose Terry Collins

According to multiple reports Sunday afternoon, the Mets have decided on Terry Collins as their next manager.  ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin says a team source confirms the reports. If true, Collins beats out Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and fan favorite Wally Backman. Collins has not managed in the majors since 1999 when he was ousted from the Angels […]

I Predict Chip Hale!

I Predict Chip Hale!

I will start this off my saying I am usually wrong when I make predictions. I thought George W. Bush would lose. Twice. I predicted that CC Sabathia would win the Cy Young easily. I picked Dewey over Truman. So take it with a grain of salt when I say I think Chip Hale will […]

THE Poll: Who Will be Next Mets Manager?

The Mets have announced that they have completed the second round of interviews for their manager’s job, meeting with Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin. Reports say the Mets will announce the new skipper at a news conference next Tuesday. I really have no clue whom the Mets will pick. On one […]

Ridiculous: Felix Hernandez Wins Cy Young

Ridiculous: Felix Hernandez Wins Cy Young

Here’s what I wrote last month in predicting that CC Sabathia should easily win the Cy Young award, and that Felix Hernandez should not even be in the conversation: There is no way a pitcher with 13 wins should get the Cy Young… If that happens, the sabermetricians win, and I’m done. I believed that then, […]

Mets Managerial Search & Other Stuff

Mets Managerial Search & Other Stuff

This Mets managerial search must be getting to me. I had a dream the other night — and I swear this is true — that the Mets named Walter Alston as their manager. And I just kept thinking, “He’s still alive?” No, Alston is not alive, and the two apparent front-runners for the job – Bob […]

Hot Stove Heating Up

Hot Stove Heating Up

The hot stove portion of the baseball year is starting to heat up. The Mets are not likely to be a major player for any of the big-time free agents,  but there are a couple of cheaper guys out there who could end up in Flushing. Plus, they should be active in the trade market — […]

Narrowing Down Managerial Candidates

Narrowing Down Managerial Candidates

According to reports, Sandy Alderson has narrowed down the list of potential managers, and none of the names is likely to please Mets fans. Multiple reports say the Mets have already decided to have a second round of interviews with Clint Hurdle, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins. Some reports say Chip Hale will also get a […]

Video: Construction of Good Old Shea

This is part of a promotional video for the Mets produced after the 1963 season. This section deals with the construction of the Mets new home for the following year, Shea Stadium. I don’t know about you, but now that it’s gone, I miss the crummy old place. And 45 years later, here’s the giant […]

Rusty Staub on Hall of Fame Ballot

Rusty Staub on Hall of Fame Ballot

Mets favorite Rusty Staub is on the Hall of Fame ballot that used to be called the “Veterans Committee,” but now has the unfortunate name “Expansion Era ballot for the Committee to Consider Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players for Hall of Fame.” After the old Veterans Committee was revamped a few years ago, the […]

Video: “Family Guy” Nails the Mets

Sunday night’s episode of “Family Guy” included a hilarious joke that hit Mets fans right where they live. Haven’t we all felt this way?: In searching for that, I found another one that I had forgotten about:

Mets Hire Paul DePodesta

Mets Hire Paul DePodesta

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson apparently subscribes to the theory, “take care of the head, and the body will follow,” or however the expression goes. He has hired Paul DePodesta as vice president of player development and amateur scouting. Coupled with last week’s hiring of J.P. Ricciardi, Alderson seems to be assembling a “Dream Team” […]

Hisanori Takahashi Era is Over

Hisanori Takahashi Era is Over

Hisanori Takahashi is one and done with the Mets. The team released him on Friday after failing to agree on a contract. “Hisanori wanted to test the free agent market,” new Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “We thank Hisanori for his contributions to the Mets in 2010 and wish him good luck […]

Mets Pick Up Jose Reyes' Option

Mets Pick Up Jose Reyes’ Option

In his first player move as Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson picked up Jose Reyes’ $11 million option for 2011 on Wednesday. In a statement, Alderson said he would be open to discussing a long-term deal with the shortstop: “Jose Reyes is one of the most dynamic players in the game and there never was […]

Mets Hire J.P. Ricciardi

Mets Hire J.P. Ricciardi

New Mets General Sandy Alderson has made his first move, and it’s a good one — he hired J.P. Ricciardi as a Special Assistant. Ricciardi is a former GM himself, of the Blue Jays, and he is at the forefront of the Moneyball/sabermetrics crowd. I am not a huge fan of sabermetrics, but they certainly […]

Giants Win the World Series

Giants Win the World Series

So the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series, downing the Texas Rangers four games to one. It is the first championship since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. Yeah, I don’t care much, either. The Rangers or the Giants, the Giants or the Rangers — not much of a rooting interest either […]