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Nolan Ryan Says Military Impacted his Mets Development

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The gang over at the Kult of Mets Personalities scored a great guest, Hall of Famer and current owner of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan. Of course, we all know that Ryan started his career with the Mets. In five seasons he was 29-38 with a 3.58 ERA. The deal that sent Ryan to California for Jim Fregosi is […]

End the Season on Labor Day, Sept Trades, Scranton Yanks in Staten Island, Fan Interference

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Today is Labor Day and it’s the unofficial end of summer. School starts tomorrow, the NFL starts next Sunday, and there will be no more long weekends in the Hamptons. Should baseball end as well? Longtime journalist Frank Deford believes so. Last week, he wrote a piece for NPR where he proposes a 140 game scheduled and […]

A Big September Can Net Ivan Nova AL Rookie of the Year

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Update: 6:00 AM on August 30th – As Chuck Johnson and Beyond the Boxscore pointed out, Ogando is not a rookie as he had 114 days of service time. My calculation was off, and Fangraphs should not have him listed with the “rookies.” Ivan Nova won his 14th ballgame yesterday, which I believe puts him in […]

Nova the Answer, Learning from Bagwell, LA Cashman, I-95 Beltran

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The Ubaldo Jimenez rumor mill continues to turn as teams like Boston and Cincinnati are now connected to the Colorado ace. We reported here on Friday morning the price for Jimenez is steep, as it would likely cost the Yankees their top positional prospect (Montero) and two of the Killer B’s. Ivan Nova was injured last night during […]

Former Mets Prospects Work Ethic Catches Up With Him

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Nearly seven years later Scott Kazmir still is a topic of conversation around here. Dealt to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano in the infamous July 31st, 2004 deal, Kazmir has been the ultimate “what if” for Mets fans since. This trend continued after Kazmir’s season debut that resulted in 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, […]

The Insane Market For Relievers

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

The biggest surprise of the offseason has been the amount of A level spending on B and C level talent. Put aside the contracts of Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, but focus more on the bullpen, which I believe is the most risky commodity in baseball. It was just last year that Houston GM Ed […]

Matsui on Yanks Radar?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Brandon Tierney of ESPN Radio reported on the “Wheelhouse” tonight that Anaheim may be ready to dump some of their veterans. He believes the Yankees might be able to reacquire Hideki Matsui at the trade deadline. With all the talk of Adam Dunn, Matsui might be a more reasonable acquisition to beef up the offense. […]

“Little Sarge” a Stopgap, Ike in the OF

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

All in all, it was a good offseason week for the Mets, Johan Santana’s return to the mound and the re-signing of Fernando Tatis are positive developments. Santana gives his team all he has as the ace of the staff, while Tatis, at this point, ceratainly appreciates having the opportunity to wear a major-league uniform […]

Scoring Without Homers

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

A while back I had Dayn Perry of Foxsports on my WGBB show. We were, at the time, talking about his newly released book “Winners: How Good Teams Become Great Ones.” Dayn grew up a Cardinals fan, and we talked about how winning in the modern game becomes very difficult with a team that lacks […]

What’s the Fuss Over Gary Matthews Jr.?

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Every deal the Mets make these days creates hysteria of epic proportions. Last season the Mets were exposed for the lack of depth they had. Already their starting centerfielder has gone down with an injury this year. The only capable replacement, before today, was Angel Pagan. Their other outfielders, Cory Sullivan and Jeremy Reed, took […]