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Winning a Pennant is More Important than Winning the Value Game

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I love hearing reports about how teams “refuse” to give up a certain prospects for Carlos Beltran. Reporters, blogs, and fans talk about the fact that Beltran is a two month rental and will yield no draft picks (contract dictates the team can’t offer him arbitration) in free agency after the season. Earlier today, Jayson Stark of […]

Can Homegrown Mets Win Over Fans?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

There were reports this weekend of much weaker than expected Mets season ticket sales. I don’t think that should be a surprise after how last season ended, the lack of a big free agent catch, and the negativity surrounding the Madoff scandal. However, winning will change things very quickly. Remember, before Mike Piazza‘s arrival in […]

Lastings Milledge Still Hasn’t Learned His Lesson

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

It seems Lastings Milledge still hasn’t learned his lesson. During the last weekend of 2007, Milledge hit a couple of homers on a Saturday afternoon that many believe incited the Marlins, who would go on to eliminate the Mets in back to back seasons. Earlier this week in Winter Ball, Milledge was up to his […]

My Mets Winter Meeting Vision

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Sandy Alderson told reporters yesterday the goal at the Winter Meetings will be “to add rotation and bullpen help, and look for a fourth outfielder.” He also mentioned a backup catcher in a market that is very thin. So what does that look like? Let’s play GM and see if this gets the job done: […]

Interesting Non-Tenders

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I don’t know why but every year I enjoy writing this post about possible non tender candidates that could be fits for both local teams. The Yankees could probably get anyone they wanted, but for the Mets it’s tricky because of their reported budget ($5 million) this winter. Anyway, let’s give it a try. Hideki […]

Why Do the Mets Sour on Certain Players?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Howard discussed the Mets decision to call up Omir Santos over Nick Evans yesterday. Although I think it’s a temporary move until Henry Blanco is healthy, it does show you how far Evans has fallen on the depth chart. It was the last day of 2008 that Evans started in left field against the Marlins […]

Ike Could Be What Milledge Wasn’t

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Everybody likes Ike after just two weeks in the big leagues. Ike Davis has taken New York by storm like no Mets prospects since… Lastings Milledge? Yes, I thought of similarities, and differences, between the two prospects who tried to become the third member of the homegrown offensive “core” with Wright and Reyes. Is Davis […]

Elijah Dukes, Winning, and Character

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Earlier today this site caused a stir with Howard’s endorsement of the Mets signing just released outfielder Elijah Dukes. One of our readers, Mark, had this to say about it: Having a guy like this on the team would sap all enjoyment of the season for me. Would you be happy with at team of […]

Mr. Rocktober Was Almost a Met

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Yorvit Torrealba would have been the story today if Huston Street didn’t do his best Brad Lidge impression. According to Jayson Stark that double made Torrealba 20 for his last 33 with runners in scoring position the last two months. In 2007 he hit over .500 against the Phillies and, despite struggling in the NLCS, […]

Jeff Francoeur Does Not Suck

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

By now you have heard the report by Marty Noble which stated the Mets are contemplating offering Jeff Francoeur a 3 year deal. This was met with the usual paranoia throughout the internet. News flash- Jeff Francoeur does not suck. As a matter of fact, the Mets would be in worse shape this season without […]