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Don’t Expect Reyes’ Return to Be Very Memorable

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Jose Reyes returns to New York tonight as a member of the Miami Marlins. It will be weird to see the former Mets shortstop decked out in the silly art deco Miami uniform. This is not the first time in team history a star is returning to his former place of employment. The Mets have done […]

The Mets and Their Relationship With Alumni

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

No matter how well the Mets play on the field it always seems to come down to fans and media types focusing on what happens off-the-field. That is probably what passes the time on Twitter, sells papers or generates internet traffic, hence why the news that the team is planning a tribute to Jose Reyes created some […]

Derek Jeter Wins NYBD Fans 2011 “Person of the Year”

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

The results are final in the second annual NYBD “Person of the Year” and a Yankee takes the prize home for a second year in a row. Here is how you, the fan, voted: Derek Jeter - 51% The Wilpons - 21% Brian Cashman- 16% Jose Reyes - 7% Carlos Beltran - 5% Jeter now joins George […]

Media Bias With Jose Reyes and Drew Brees

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I was looking to see the media reaction this week after the Saints Drew Brees was allowed to stay in Monday Night’s blowout over Atlanta and attempt to break Dan Marino’s single season passing record. What I found was that it was a stark contrast to what went on when Jose Reyes elected to sit […]

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 […]

Love Works Both Ways

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Anytime an athlete doesn’t get what he wants he pulls out the “respect and love card.” When they leave for more money “it’s a business,” or they need to “do what’s best for their family.” When a team decides to take the same approach for their bottom line, the same athlete then personalizes it and […]

Looking at the New Mets Shortstop

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Unless something drastic happens, Ruben Tejada will be the opening day shortstop now that Jose Reyes is in Miami. It would be unfair to expect Tejada to replace Reyes. We may never again see the combination of speed, power, and average that Reyes demonstrated in his best seasons. With that said, Tejada is no slouch. He has consistently been […]

Talking Jose Reyes Tonight @ 8pm

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Day 2 of the Winter Meetings is all Jose Reyes talk all the time. Howard Megdal of the Journal News, and author of an upcoming book “Wilpon’s Folly” will co-host throughout the hour. We will discuss the Reyes contract, the Wilpon ownership situation, and try to piece together a roster. Joining us at 8:30 is WFAN host […]

The Shame of Losing Jose Reyes

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We all knew this day was coming, but for Mets fans it still hurts knowing that Jose Reyes will no longer be playing shortstop at Citi Field. Once the Marlins crossed the $100 million dollar threshold, it was game, set, match for the Reyes sweepstakes. Clearly, giving Reyes a 6-year deal and an option comes with risk. He’s […]

Kicking Off the Winter Meetings @ 8pm

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Join me at 8pm as I kick off the Winter Meetings. Bobby Valentine joins the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, and what better person to talk about his impact than Andrew Muscato, who produced a film about Valentine called “The Zen of Bobby V.” Andrew has also gotten to work closely with Bobby on other projects as […]

Mets Can’t Afford to Lose Reyes to the Fish

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

 I have gone on record saying there is a contract threshold where Jose Reyes becomes a diminishing return. His dubious health record makes me wonder if anything above 5 years and $100 million dollars is a sound investment. Also, for as good as he is, there are questions about whether he is a cornerstone player […]

Phillies Are Stealth Favorites For Jose Reyes

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Andy Martino of the Daily News had a great line on Twitter when he called Jose Reyes “the dead Elvis of this offseason.” Thus far, we have yet to fully grasp what the market for Reyes really is. The call me Miami not Florida Marlins wined and dined him a couple of weeks ago, which […]

Trading David Wright for Another Superstar

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The odds of a team giving up the “king’s ransom” that Sandy Alderson would demand for David Wright is minimal. He’s coming off the worst season of his career on both sides of the ball, is recovering from an injured back, and there is the impending free agency. If they were intent on dealing Wright, […]

These Fish Don’t Fool Me

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

On Opening Day 2011 there were 12 teams with payrolls of $100 million dollars or more. The Florida, now Miami Marlins were 7th from the bottom with a payroll of $56 million dollars. Over the last two weeks we have heard they have outstanding offers to Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, Ryan Madson, and Mark Buehrle. […]

Stop Overrating Jose Reyes

Monday, November 14th, 2011

As the rumors persist that Jose Reyes will sign with the Miami Marlins, the “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” of Sandy Alderson has begun. The most persistent second guess to date is why didn’t Alderson trade him in June or July when his value was the highest? If you look closely, Reyes’ hamstring injury on July 2nd pretty much changed what […]