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We Talk Mets Bullpen, Nakajima @ 8pm

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Tonight is my final Winter Meetings recap show. Howard Megdal of the Journal News will spend the hour and co-host with me. We will start off with the flurry of Mets transactions from late last night. Hear our thoughts on the Angel Pagan deal, and the signings of Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. We also […]

Mets Do Well in Pagan Deal , Good Value With Francisco

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Mets finally made some noise in Dallas as they signed Jon Rauch (4.85 ERA, 11 saves in Toronto last season) to a reasonable 1 year/$3.5 million dollar deal, but the real coup by Sandy Alderson was bringing in two players- RHP Ramon Ramirez and CF Andres Torres- for Angel Pagan, and signing RHP Frank Francisco. Pagan had fallen out of […]

Simmering Hot Stove Tonight @8pm

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

The Winter Meetings are a week away, so tonight we begin to “simmer” the Hot Stove with some talk about the local teams. First, I hope to have former big league pitcher Brooks Kieschnick joins me to discuss the transition from outfielder to pitcher. I will propose the DPH idea to him and see his […]

Angel Pagan Dilemma

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Angel Pagan is one of the more difficult decisions the Mets have. On one hand, you have a player that has shown the potential to be a very well above average centerfielder on both sides of the ball. On the other hand, you have an oft-injured player that is prone to mental mistakes and has annoyed […]

Red Flags on Matt Capps; Colon In Citi Field?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

There were reports out of the Milwaukee GM meetings that Matt Capps might be on the top of the Mets closer shopping list. Capps was a name I did not discuss on Sunday when I talked about who would be a fit to close ballgames at Citi Field next season. Unlike Broxton, Lidge and Nathan, […]

Mets FA’s and Arb Eligible: Who Should Stay or Go?

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Mets have twelve players that are either free agents or arbitration eligible this offseason. Let’s take a look at each and see if it makes sense to have them back in 2012: Jose Reyes (free agent) - no brainer, sort of. Losing Reyes will change the dynamic of the Mets in a way they won’t be […]

Protest, Yanks Playoff Opponent, Dillon Gee & Ron Darling, Sesame Street, Big Hurt Beer, Worst Dressed Met

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Yankees were robbed by the umpires last night as they blew the Billy Butler home run call in the third inning. The Yanks should have lodged a protest on this one. It was so obvious on slow motion replay (click here and fast forward to the 1:50 mark). The last protest to be upheld […]

Bobby Abreu HOF Debate, Jason Bay is an Expensive Scott Hairston, Rivera Panic, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, ESPN Can’t Beat a Vacant Chair

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Bobby Abreu beat his old teammates last night with two homers, including a ninth inning shot off the great Mariano Rivera. We will get to Rivera’s recent struggles later on, but this hit was ironic since Abreu was the topic of a Hall of Fame debate with the beat writers on Twitter. Back in 2009 I wrote this […]

Angel Pagan: What Does the Future Hold?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

You could argue that Angel Pagan has been the biggest disappointment on the 2011 Mets. Since staying healthy and playing full time in 2009, Pagan produced a .296 batting average, with an average of 8 homers, 50 RBI, and 26 stolen bases. He appeared to have the potential to be a mini version of Johnny Damon with a blend […]

Gary Brown Video, Hall of Fame Game, Forgotten Yankee, Yanks Should Wait Till August

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Reports are swirling that Carlos Beltran is headed to San Francisco. The main piece in the deal could be San Jose outfielder Gary Brown. Brown is the first round pick of the Giants from 2010. He was the Big West Conference Player of the Year for Cal State Fullerton that year as well. John Klima of Baseball Beginnings rated Brown as […]

Will Yanks Like Inge, Pepsi Porch, Senior Saviors, 50 Amazin Years, Vance Worley

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The Tigers designated Brandon Inge for assignment last night. Inge has struggled this season hitting only .177 with a homer and 17 RBI. Since I live in Smithtown, Long Island I could swear I heard cheers coming west from Manhasset. Why? Because WFAN’s Mike Francesa has talked about “liking Inge a lot” on his radio show. He […]

The Surprising Mets Defense

Friday, July 1st, 2011

One of the biggest criticisms of Jason Bay when he signed with the Mets was not for picking a cavernous stadium that would swallow up his home runs, but his inability to play defense. The Boston media, known to take swipes at players on the way out of town, made this widely known upon Bay’s […]

Brooklyn Still a Pure Baseball Experience a Decade Later

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I was in attendance last night for the Brooklyn Cyclones/Aberdeen Ironbirds game at MCU Park in Coney Island. I decided to take in the game as a fan, electing to avoid the chaos an event such as “Angel Pagan Bobble Head Night” creates when you have tons of mainstream media in the building. Taking in […]

Getting to Know Angel Pagan

Monday, June 20th, 2011

It’s Angel Pagan Bobble Head night at MCU Park in Brooklyn tonight. Let’s take a minute to get to know him! FULL NAME: Angel Pagan HEIGHT, WEIGHT:  6-2, 195 BORN: July 2, 1981 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: April 3, 2006 NICKNAME: Called  “El Caballo Loco“ or “Crazy Horse“ by his Mets teammates. […]

Morning Digest: First Ever Sports Talk Call Edition

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Yesterday, Neil Best of Newsday educated us on the first every sports talk call, which was taken by the legendary Bill Mazer. The first-time caller, first-time listener would be a man in his 60s now, presumably still a fan with a phone. Perhaps he even weighed in this week on Jose Reyes‘ contract or Derek […]