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The 2011 Mets: The Season of "If"

The 2011 Mets: The Season of “If”

Before my doctor tells me to turn my head and cough or bend over and relax, we talk about the Mets. I try to keep the conversation going for as long as possible, for obvious reasons. Before a fortunately non-invasive recent visit, he asked me what I thought about the team’s prospects for 2011. I […]

And it Begins: Jason Bay to DL?

And it Begins: Jason Bay to DL?

Jason Bay could start the 2011 season where he ended the 2010 campaign — on the disabled list. Bay was scratched from Tuesday’s spring training game with a strained muscle in his rib cage. GM Sandy Alderson said he would probably wait until just before the Thursday 11am deadline to set his roster before deciding […]

Why Revenue Sharing is Unfair

Why Revenue Sharing is Unfair

Of all the horrible, self-serving policies Bud Selig has enacted during his reign of terror as MLB commissioner, none is worse than revenue sharing. It penalizes major market teams and rewards small market clubs that are often run incompetently, like, say, the Milwaukee Brewers when Selig’s “family” owned it for a time during his time as commissioner. A […]

The Case for Daniel Murphy

The Case for Daniel Murphy

Listen, I have nothing against Brad Emaus. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy. But Daniel Murphy deserves to get the second base job over him, despite reports the Mets are getting set to tab Emaus for the job. First of all, Murphy is batting .310 this spring with ten RBIs. Emaus is batting .293, […]

Mets Release Oliver Perez!!!

Mets Release Oliver Perez!!!

To quote former President Gerald R. Ford, “Our long national nightmare is over.” For the nation at that time that meant the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency (incidentally, Ford actually objected to that now-iconic line, but his speechwriters insisted that he leave it in). For Mets fans now, it means Oliver Perez will never be seen […]

NOW Alderson Listens to Fans?!

NOW Alderson Listens to Fans?!

There has been a lot of nonsense in the media over the past couple of days regarding the release of Luis Castillo. For some reason, many writers insist on finding reasons for his banishment other than his diminishing skills on the field. The most common refrain was that it was fan-driven, that the Mets did […]

Mets Cut Delusional Luis Castillo

Mets Cut Delusional Luis Castillo

One down, one to go. The Mets have released Luis Castillo, who apparently went to the same School of Delusion as Heath Bell and Bengie Molina. GM Sandy Alderson said, “After a long evaluation during spring training, after consulting with Terry (Collins) and the coaching staff, I made a recommendation to ownership in the best interest […]

The Carlos Beltran Puzzle

The Carlos Beltran Puzzle

So let me get this straight — Carlos Beltran was able to come back last season and play 64 games. He looked a bit hobbled at times, but at least he was still able to get out onto the field. Then, after having the entire off-season to rest and rehab, he has been able to play just […]

Jose Reyes Gone? Not So Fast

Jose Reyes Gone? Not So Fast

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post is the latest scribe to jump on the “Jose Reyes’s days with the Met are numbered” bandwagon — in fact Kernan’s Wednesday column is aptly titled “Reyes Days with Mets Numbered.” I’m just not buying it. I know all about the Mets financial problems, and this decision will […]

Mets 2nd Base Problem

Mets 2nd Base Problem

Calling Carlos Baerga and Roberto Alomar — no one seems to want to play second base for the New York Mets. The job is there for the taking, but no one is stepping up to claim it. Daniel Murphy (left) – certainly the favorite of the fans — committed two errors in Saturday’s game against the Braves, proving what a […]

Video: Camera Day 1975

Younger Mets fans probably don’t know this, but back in the day, the Mets used to hold Camera Day. People would gather in the field level seats at Shea, and players would come out and pose for pictures. Could you imagine today’s players agreeing to do that? Here is some video from 1975, featuring Jerry Grote, […]

Fire Sale? No Way!

Fire Sale? No Way!

There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about whether the Mets should just hold a fire sale and trade much of their roster and start all over. Supporters of this plan say the Mets are far from being a contender, so why not trade players for quality prospects to gear up for […]

Can't Get Excited Yet

Can’t Get Excited Yet

Am I the only one who can’t seem to get excited about spring training games? I don’t get SNY so I can’t see many games anyway. But the Mets-Cardinals game was on MLB Network (on tape delay) on Thursday. I tuned in during the second half of the game, and I just didn’t care. I […]