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Sensible Contracts for Hitters and Pitchers

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

In recent months I have discussed the dangers of long-term deals, specifically when it came to the Mets signing¬†Jose Reyes. The years, more than the dollars, is usually the problem. Long-term contracts lead to teams paying premium dollars for players past their prime. The average annual value is often skewed because you have situations (see […]

Livan Hernandez: Fact or Fiction?

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This is Livan Hernandez’s line so far: W: 3 L: 1 ERA: 0.87 WHIP: 0.87 1 Shutout ERA+: 499 For the advance metric fans in the audience his FIP is 4.08 so I am guessing it’s only a matter of time before he comes back down to earth – right? Could it be possible that […]

Why Chapman Wasn’t Worth It for Locals

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Towards the end of the baseball season we heard about a promising left handed pitcher from Cuba named Aroldis Chapman. Naturally, both New York teams were connected to Chapman since there were rumors of a large asking price. When first addressing Chapman, I said it was too risky for the Mets to take the risk, […]

Former Mets Pitcher Sued for Stiffing on Bill

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Livan Hernandez may be gone, but his former driver has not forgotten the money still owed to him. According to TMZ, Hernandez owes Franklin Vizcaino $15,800. This is for unpaid services and wrecking Vizcaino’s Lincoln Navigator. Who knew Hernandez was in an accident back in June? Could it explain his poor pitching since? Probably not. […]

Bird Killer, Softball Antics, The Next No Name Star

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

- Going into last night’s game Andy Pettitte was 25-6 with a 3.73 ERA against the Orioles. By far the most wins against any team. – The Mets beat the Nats with Livan Hernandez on the mound. Not first base. Not third base. Pitching. Can we at least not stoop to softball team antics the […]

Sellers, But Cautiously

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Whenever I think of teams selling to rebuild, I think of the Mets dealing David Cone in 1992 at age 29. What organizational plan exactly calls for dumping an ace pitcher at age 29? Did they think they wouldn’t be competitive for another 7-10 years? Was that really the idea? My larger point, aside from […]

Mets, Even As Sellers, Not in Great Position

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The Houston Astros were dead and buried back in 1990. During the month of August they made a trade which seemed innocuous at the time. The Boston Red Sox, in need of a right handed reliever, traded a rookie named Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen, Houston’s top flight right handed set up man. […]

First Place, John Henry, Pumpkin, Manny

Friday, July 10th, 2009

- The Yankees are now tied for first place with the Red Sox. You have to keep going back to their 0-8 record against Boston and wonder the shape they would be in with just a couple of wins. Just two wins would put them 4 games up and a .500 record would have them […]

Leadership Personified, Ichiro, Contradictions, and the Wave

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

- I often discuss my thoughts on leadership and get criticized by our stat loving readers. I believe leadership comes in different forms and, for a team to win, they must have variations of it throughout the clubhouse. In the past, the Mets had very little off the field leadership to complement their dubious clubhouse […]

Morning Digest: Hanging Goose Eggs Edition

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

- What is more aggravating last night? The Yanks letting Tommy Hansen off the hook or Joel Pineiro shutting the Mets out for the second time in his career? – The booth was talking about how Pineiro has reinvented himself as a sinkerball pitcher. Rick Sutcliffe recently suggested putting Duncan into the Hall of Fame […]