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Zack Wheeler Officially a Met: Injured

Zack Wheeler officially became a Met Wednesday when he was scratched from his first Spring Training start with an injury. It doesn’t appear to be serious — yet. Just wait until the Mets medical geniuses get their hands on him. Wheeler apparently strained his oblique while taking batting practice. Mets Blog reports that the strain […]


Mets: No Plate Blocking for Travis d’Arnaud

The Mets have decided that they will not allow Travis d”Arnaud to block the plate if a runner is trying to score on a close play. I understand the thinking, but I’m not sure how happy I am about this. “He’s the future,” Terry Collins told the Daily News in explaining the team’s thinking. “So […]

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Michael Bourn Didn’t Consider Mets Offer

Despite reports that the Mets were really and truly Michael Bourn’s first choice, he said Tuesday that he never seriously considered the Mets offer because it would have required him to wait weeks until the draft pick nonsense was settled. “I couldn’t do that,” Bourn told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. “I’d still be sitting […]

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Lucas Duda Getting a Rest

After just two Spring Training games, Lucas Duda is getting a much-needed rest — he is being held out of the next few exhibition games. Yeah, this bodes well for the season. Duda is 0-7 with six strikeouts thus far this spring. That is not good. Terry Collins told reporters that Duda’s wrist, on which […]

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Setback for Johan Santana?

Johan Santana has suffered an apparent setback in his comeback from injury that ended his 2012 season prematurely. His first Spring Training start has been pushed back for as many as two weeks. Team doctor David Altchek, who is visiting Port St. Lucie (why he is not there full time is beyond me), examined Santana […]

Talking Mike Piazza on “The Phil Naessens Show”

In this latest edition of “The Phil Naessens Show,” Phil and I discuss Mike Piazza’s new book “Long Shot.” Check it out.

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Zack Wheeler Impresses

Mets camp was abuzz Wednesday after Zack Wheeler threw his first batting practice session, yet it appears there is no possible way he will make the team out of Spring Training. The media and several players watched, and everybody walked away impressed. “Just the ball comes out of hands so easy,” Ike Davis said according […]

Daniel Murphy Gets Cortisone Shot

As expected, Daniel Murphy received a cortisone shot Tuesday to deal with the “subtle tug” of his intercostal muscle in his right ribs, a source tells Before he traveled to New York Tuesday morning for treatment, Daniel Murphy said he hoped the injury would only keep him out for a week to 10 days. […]

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Daniel Murphy Sent to NY with Injury

A pitch hasn’t even been thrown yet, and already a Mets starter is injured. Daniel Murphy was sent to New York Tuesday after experiencing a “subtle tug” on an intercostal muscle in his right ribs. This intercostal muscle, which no one ever heard of until a couple of years ago, is the same thing that […]

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Trade Justin Turner? Why?

There is a report that the Mets could consider trading Justin Turner if there is a roster crunch late in Spring Training. It begs the question: why would they do that? The mysterious “source acquainted with the Mets’ plans” told that Turner could be forced out depending on whom the Mets want to carry on […]

Brandon Hicks this Year’s Brad Emaus for Mets?

You remember Brad Emaus, right? He’s the guy who the Mets installed as the starting second baseman in 2011, whom J.P. Ricciardi insisted, practically drooling in anticipation, would hit 15 home runs per year. Well, after hitting .162 ( with zero home runs), he was released after 14 games, and hasn’t seen a major league […]

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Not a Fan of Mr. Met Spring Training Hat

I’ve got to say, I’m not a fan of the Mets Spring Training hat, the one featuring Mr. Met. It’s not that I don’t like Mr. Met; it’s just that he doesn’t belong on a hat. Every MLB team has new hats this spring sporting an alternate logo. The Braves, for example, were reportedly going […]

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Johan Santana Throws Off Mound

On Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Johan Santana threw off of a pitcher’s mound for the first time since he was shut down last August. That’s a good thing because Santana will be required to throw from the mound in baseball games. “This is my first time in a while, but it was fine,” Santana […]

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Mets Stuck with Johan Santana for 2014?

While the Mets anxiously await the expiration of Johan Santana’s contract following the 2013 season so they can spend his $25 million elsewhere (or not spend it), the last of Omar Minaya’s vesting options has reared its ugly head. Just like Francisco Rodriguez and Jason Bay before him, Santana can spend another overpaid season in […]

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David Wright: Don’t Compare Me to Derek Jeter

David Wright angrily slammed back at Fred Wilpon for having the nerve to compare the Mets third baseman to Derek Jeter. Just kidding — Wright wasn’t angry, but he didn’t think the comparison was justified. “In my eyes, that’s the ultimate compliment,” Wright said, according to “I think it’s somewhat undeserving. But it’s humbling […]

Talking Mets on “The Phil Naessens Show”

In an extended visit on “The Phil Naessens Show,” Phil and I discuss the latest Mets news, including their failure to sign Michael Bourn and the future of Terry Collins as Mets manager.

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Photos: Terry Collins & Cotton Hill, Separated at Birth?!

I found this funny photo on Twitter that suggests Terry Collins and Cotton Hill (Hank’s mean father on “King of the Hill”) were perhaps separated at birth. They are about the same height (Cotton had his shins blown off in World War II), but Terry Collins’s disposition is much better.  

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Fred Wilpon: No More Money Problems

Fred Wilpon has announced to the world that his family’s money problems are over, and that the Mets are ready to spend money. How odd that his proclamation comes after money-spending season is over. “I think we would anticipate being big investors if that were appropriate,” Wilpon said about next off season’s free agent crop, […]

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Frank Francisco Shut Down

Well, that was quick — the Mets have shut down Frank Francisco with inflammation in his allegedly surgically-repaired right elbow. reports that the problem occurred after the closer threw on flat ground last week. “I talked to him last week,” Terry Collins said. “He did play catch. There was some inflammation in there. The […]

Video: Young Mike Piazza Courtside

I just started reading Mike Piazza’s new autobiography “Long Shot.” I’ll have a full review when I am done. But early in the book he mentions that he used to go to 76ers games while growing up in Pennsylvania. He mentioned one particular game when Julius Erving threw down his “famous rock-a-bye-dunk” against the Lakers. […]

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Michael Bourn Signs with Indians

The Cleveland Indians signed Michael Bourn Monday night to a  four-year, $48 million contract, even though the Mets were reportedly Bourn’s first choice. MLB Trade Rumors reports that according to sources who spoke to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets were “definitely” his first choice. The two sides worked out dollars and […]


MLB, Union Talk Mets Draft Pick

There is a report that the players union and MLB have had talks about whether the Mets 11th pick in the June amateur draft should be protected if they sign Michael Bourn. “Inquiring/position nature at this point in time,” a source told about the nature of the talks. Apparently the talks will remain preliminary […]

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Lucas Duda Key Mets Player for 2013

Every year there is one player who is the key to a successful season. Last year I said it was Johan Santana, and I was pretty much proven correct — the Mets fortunes began to wane at the same time as Santana’s health. This year, I believe that player is Lucas Duda. Cue groans here. When […]

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Who will be in Mets Bullpen in 2013?

With the official signing of Brandon Lyon on Friday, it appears the Mets are done with their latest in a string of off season bullpen rebuilding projects. So what will the Mets bullpen look like in 2013? Well, Lyon, Frank Francisco, Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin appear to be locks. Francisco will probably be the […]