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Backman Not Joining Nationals

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I was just informed that the report about Wally Backman possibly joining the #Nats as a Major League coach is not true. #MLB #MetsTue Oct 11 18:24:55 via webWilliam Ladsonwashingnats Bill Ladson, Nationals beat reporter for MLB.com reports that Wally Backman will not be joining Davey Johnson’s staff. I would suspect this means that Backman […]

Matt Harvey Less Than Impressive in Double-A, Melky Mesa Improving

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

There is no better way for a major league baseball organization to improve its future than to develop some high impact arms. A group of power armed starting pitchers can quickly transform a sub.-500 team into a playoff contender or even a World Series winner. Teams with generally weak lineups can win primarily based upon […]

Scouting Review: Collin McHugh, Jordany Valdespin, Graham Stoneburner

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Earlier this week I attended games between the locals Double A affiliates, with the Binghamton Mets visiting the Yankees’ Trenton Thunder. I saw the Thunder a few games early in the season, then one game a few weeks ago. I like to see teams in different parts of the season to ascertain whether kids have […]

Cashman on Burnett, Mets vs. Yanks for Pedro in ’97, Overpaid Selig, Nick Swisher Album, Matt Harvey and Learning from Generation K, Johan Santana’s Future

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Brian Cashman addressed A.J. Burnett with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN yesterday.  We signed a pitcher who was .500. That is what his career record was. He’s a .500 pitcher. He can be electric and dominant. He’s an inconsistent guy. But what he does is give you innings, sometimes their high quality, sometimes they’re […]

Portland Sea Dogs Key to Beltran Deal?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Earlier today I talked about how I liked the Boston prospects over any other organization. Although I haven’t seen many of these kids play, I looked at their numbers and historically trust the judgment of Theo Epstein’s front office. I also think Beltran would be a nice fit in the Red Sox lineup this year […]

Marlins Wanted Permission to Talk to Backman

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Update: 11:00 PM: According to ESPN the Marlins are going to bring back 80-year old Jack McKeon. Back in 2003, they hired McKeon midseason when the team was floundering under Jeff Torborg (they were 16-22 at the time). They would go on to win the World Series that year, beating the Yankees in six games. […]

Binghamton Mets Baseball: A Good Ballpark Experience

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Earlier this week I spent a couple of days in Binghamton to watch the B-Mets take on the Erie SeaWolves. The two teams played in a doubleheader, and while I watched the few prospects that stood out on the B-Mets- Reese Havens, Josh Satin, Robert Carson- I did take in the positive ballpark experience at […]

Enough of the Winter of Discontent

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I realize, in what has been a legitimate Winter of Discontent for both Yankees and Mets fans, my writing has been, for the most part, absent from NYBD presentations. The reason is my recent pursuit, that of Director of Media Relations for the Trenton Steel, a new Indoor Football team which will begin play in […]

Mejia Story Might End Well

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The biggest debate this season for the Mets was the treatment of top pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia. Of course, you know the story by now. In the spring Jerry Manuel convinced everyone that Mejia was an integral part of the bullpen. It turned out his most important innings came in mop up, infuriated fans, and […]

Mets Have a Winner in Mejia

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – There is no doubt about it. Mets pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia is a winner. Not because he can throw a fastball nearly 99 mph. Not because he impressed Mets manager Jerry Manuel so much that he made 30 appearances in the club’s bullpen. Not because he is the Mets’ Bargain of the […]

Mejia Back on Track

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Not long ago Jerry Manuel asked Jenrry Mejia to get big outs for him late in a Subway Series game. The stakes weren’t as high for Mejia last night, now pitching for the B-Mets, since manager Tim Teufel was asking him to make it through 75 pitches in just another Eastern League matchup . Mejia […]

Satin, Reyes, Ratliff, Keying Binghamton Surge

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Things are looking up as far as the Mets are concerned all over.  The big club is a surprise contender in the National League East, Class-A Savannah has already clinched a playoff berth in South Atlantic League and Double-A Binghamton is the Eastern League’s hottest club. So much for matters being dull and boring with […]

Mejia Back Where He Belongs

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Right-hander Jenrry Mejia will make his first start for the Double-A Binghamton Mets tonight. It’s right to say the talented 20-year-old from Tabara Arrisba, D.R., is doing this about 70 games and two-and-half months too late. The Mets, with manager Jerry Manuel among the leading proponents, insisted on having Mejia, the club’s No. 1 prospect, […]

Bullpen Has that 2008 Feel

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Lost in the Mets winning streak is the development, or should I say regression, of the bullpen over the last few weeks. It’s apparent that Jerry Manuel will eschew traditional bullpen roles and play the hot hand, which has led to multiple eighth inning men and burnt out relievers. Fernando Nieve‘s disappearance is probably just […]

Campbell Putting Together Breakout Season for B-Mets

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Binghamton third baseman Eric Campbell is one of these guys who can’t catch a break. “Isn’t that the guy who was a top pick by Atlanta and released?’’ No. This is Eric S. Campbell, an eighth-round pick by the Mets in 2008 out of Boston College.  And he’s in the midst of a breakout season […]