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Francoeur May Emerge As Mets Leader

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The Mets have long been searching for someone to handle the leadership role that has been a void for a majority of the Minaya regime. As much as we love David Wright and Jose Reyes, it has become apparent that Wright is incapable of that role, while Reyes, as he stated on WFAN, wants no […]

Non Tenders Of Interest

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Now that teams have non tendered some of their players here are a bunch that should be of interest to the Mets, Yankees, or possibly both. Garrett Atkins Initially he has his warts as Atkins is a product of Coors Field, doesn’t have the best plate discipline, is a below average fielder,  and is coming […]

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, […]


Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Once again, one of the best baseball writers in the business has sounded the alarm for changing managers. Last time, it was Tim Marchman in the sadly-defunct New York Sun. This time, it is another one of my favorites: Ken Davidoff. Davidoff makes a number of key points that I agree with: the inexcusable ripping […]

Three Managerial “Musts”

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I advocated firing Jerry Manuel earlier today. Jim Baumbach of Newsday and I discussed this during last night’s edition of NYBD radio. Outside of Bobby Valentine there doesn’t appear to be many big name managers available. Do the Mets really need a big name? How about bringing in someone that can handle the situation this […]

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 […]

Baseball Cards, Brian Bannister, Girardi’s Test, Drama

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

- I was sent an interesting ad yesterday. With the punitive fees at eBay growing, selling old stuff, namely baseball cards, can be extremely difficult. Enter this guy who is buying your old cards. Thought it might be something useful for the collectors in the audience. - Brian Bannister is a fan of modern statistical […]

Duquette on Statistical Analysis & Decision Making

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Readers of the site know about some of the spirited debate going on here regarding statistical analysis. I questioned our good friends at Amazin Avenue, who tend to look at the game from a very numbers centric perspective. The best example is the Jeff Francoeur/Ryan Church trade, which continuously is analyzed by comparing numbers such […]

The Battle of Dueling Baseball Philosophies

Monday, August 10th, 2009

On Friday James K did a great follow up piece on Amazin Avenue regarding my comments about WAR or Wins Above Replacement. First, I was flattered that NYBD has come far enough where I would be the topic of conversation on a site like Amazin Avenue. In my humble opinion, AA is right there with […]

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 […]