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What Is Your Favorite Old Ballpark? Honoring Torre, Wright’s Crossroad and Friendly Neighborhood

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Last night the SNY booth was discussing old ballparks and it gave me the idea to reach out to my Twitter and Facebook followers to ask what old ballpark would they have liked to watch a game. Here are the responses I received: Ebbetts Field Polo Grounds Crosley Field Jarry Park Original Yankee Stadium Astrodome […]

Parnell and BABIP, Bill Buckner on Curb, Second Spitter, Jesus Montero and Marketing of the Future

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Check out this blurb from a piece by Andy McCullough in the Star Ledger about Bobby Parnell: Few Mets have experienced patches of bad luck like him this season. He possesses the second-highest batting average on balls in play (.343), which measures how often a hit is recorded when the hitter makes contact. The average for a […]

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 […]

Blood on Jerry’s Hand With Mejia

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Jenrry Mejia pitched in another low leverage situation last night. After the game I heard on WFAN that Jerry Manuel said sending Mejia down to the minors to develop as a starter is something the team would consider. It’s a well known fact that Manuel pushed to have Mejia on the ballclub because he felt […]

NY Mets: DL on the DL

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

As the Mets closed up April will a stunning reversal of what was a 4-8 beginning with their 10-1 homestand and when they added a 9-1 thumping of the Phillies, the DL seemed to be a “divine light” that sent them Ike Davis for Daniel Murphy. Yet sometimes when you’re only focusing on the W’s, […]

Two Steps Forward/One Back

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

On a night at Citi Field where the optimism I have been preaching might have started to show, there still were glaring reasons to worry and wonder who cursed the Mets. On the positive note Mike Pelfrey was dominant again, Jose Reyes made his return, unofficially, but the real Reyes showed up for the first […]

Reasons for Mets Optimism

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I have been on record thinking the Mets are not as bad as everyone believes through the first two weeks of the season. Yes, there are concerns about the message being sent down by Omar and Jerry, but the release of Mike Jacobs is a start towards putting the best lineup on the field. The […]

Keep The Head Up There is Hope

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Sitting in an empty Citi Field last night reminded me how disengaged the Mets fan base has become. What should have been a nightly sellout, or near sellout, of a ballpark that was long overdue has become a mausoleum in short time. With the early morning rain today, I can’t see tonight being much different, […]

Why Are the Mets Messing with Igarashi?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I was perusing Dave Lennon’s postgame notes and came across this nugget: The Mets may have found a set-up man in Ryota Igarashi – now that they have stopped messing with his head. After trying to get him to change his grip on his curve ball, and then teaching him a slider, the Mets have […]

Mejia Tempting Jerry

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Jerry Manuel has made it no secret that he likes Jenrry Mejia. Whether it’s speculating about him coming north or comparing him to Mariano Rivera, Manuel seems to believe Mejia can help the Mets this season. Obviously the 2 plus innings of perfect baseball today didn’t change that, if anything it shows that Mejia might […]