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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 […]

Tabata, Milledge, Sterling, Mess at Citi

Monday, September 7th, 2009

- Tyler Kepner writes about how last year’s Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte deal looks pretty good for the Pirates. Ross Ohlendorf is quietly having a great year, Jose Tabata has developed nicely, and Daniel McCuthen is having a solid year in Indianapolis. With Nady’s injury all you have to show for it is a lefty specialist […]

Mets Top 10 - Five Years Later

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The Mets player development has been a major topic of conversation since the dismissal of Tony Bernazard. Many experts cite the Mets inability to plug in league average replacements for the big league club when members of the 25 man roster went down. It got me to thinking about the Mets farm system and how […]

Death & Taxes, $90 Pizza, Patience, ESPN Policy

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

- Some, including me, were saying earlier this year that K-Rod might be reaching Mariano level of performance. Last night the contrasting ninth innings proved the divide is still very large between Mariano and second best. According to Peter Abraham, Mariano has converted 100 of 103 saves since 2007. The only thing more automatic is […]

Weekly Digest on WGBB Tonight @ 10pm

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

The Weekly Digest moves from its podcast format to 1240 AM WGBB. Listen live at 10pm as I am joined by two guests tonight. First, Howard Megdal will join me to discuss the issues with the Mets starting pitching, why it should be Lastings Milledge, not Jeff Francoer, in the Mets OF, and Yankees Old […]

Lastings Milledge Trade Revisited

Friday, July 17th, 2009

So back in December 2007, the Mets traded Lastings Milledge for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider. A trade of the future for the present. How’d that work out? Well, in the case of Church, the Mets didn’t get very much, between an injury-plagued 2007, a middling 2008, and the power hitter with no power, Jeff […]