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Collins Needs to Learn From His 9th Inning Mess

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

I think Terry Collins does a great job holding his team accountable and communicating with his players. Both were huge question marks when he was named Mets’ manager after the 2010 season. After watching him for two years, I have been less impressed with his in-game management and bullpen utilization. I don’t think either is bad enough […]

Watch: Remembering the 1962 Mets

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Mets officially became 50-years old earlier today. On April 11th, 1962 they played the first-ever game in team history, an 11-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Appropriately, the Mets celebrated that sloppy debut with an equally sloppy 4-0 defeat to Washington earlier today. Nonetheless, here is a short video to commemorate the birthday […]

What is the David Wright Plan B?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Sandy Alderson gave reporters a David Wright injury update by indicating he’s in line for an “ultrasound-guided” cortisone shot in New York. Terry Collins was more optimistic, hoping that Wright gets cleared to ramp up baseball activities. Anyone who isn’t preparing for the David Wright Plan B obviously hasn’t spent time covering this team the last few years. The Mets […]

Brogna Says Let Reyes Walk and Trade Wright; Byrdak on WGBB

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Couple of links for Mets fans to digest on this Monday afternoon. Former Mets and Phillies first baseman Rico Brogna writes a blog for WFAN.com. Today, he discusses the Mets offseason and how they should approach Jose Reyes: Brogna discusses how he first saw Reyes as a 19-year old in Double-A. He believes that Jose […]

Mets and Tim Byrdak Agree to Contract Extension

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Update: 5:18 PM - The Mets Just Released this statement The New York Mets today announced the team has agreed on a one-year contract extension with lefthanded pitcher Tim Byrdak. Byrdak, 37, has appeared in 68 games in relief for the Mets this season, going 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA (12 earned runs/36.2 innings pitched). […]

Mets FA’s and Arb Eligible: Who Should Stay or Go?

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Mets have twelve players that are either free agents or arbitration eligible this offseason. Let’s take a look at each and see if it makes sense to have them back in 2012: Jose Reyes (free agent) - no brainer, sort of. Losing Reyes will change the dynamic of the Mets in a way they won’t be […]

Protest, Yanks Playoff Opponent, Dillon Gee & Ron Darling, Sesame Street, Big Hurt Beer, Worst Dressed Met

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Yankees were robbed by the umpires last night as they blew the Billy Butler home run call in the third inning. The Yanks should have lodged a protest on this one. It was so obvious on slow motion replay (click here and fast forward to the 1:50 mark). The last protest to be upheld […]

CC Joining the Red Sox, Evaluating Niese, Joe Torre Loves OTB, Underrated Byrdak

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The Yankees and Red Sox went to battle over Mark Teixeira in the winter of 2008. Could they be headed for another one-on-one rematch for CC Sabathia this offseason? Many believe Sabathia returning to the Bronx is a fait accompli. He loves the city, has a beautiful home that was featured in Architectural Digest, and has the Yankees limitless funds to […]

Shades of Guidry, Keeping Beltran, Chi Sox Fire Sale, Revenge on Bruce

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Many thought CC Sabathia was headed to a perfect game last night. Thoughts of David Cone‘s perfecto in 1999 had to come to mind since it was under a similar scenario where the performance was delayed by rain. When it was all said and done, maybe a more appropriate comparison was June 17th, 1978 when Ron Guidry struck out 18 […]

Sign Stealing, Kim Jones Wardrobe Malfunction, LOOGY’s, Nolasco an Option?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

So the Blue Jays are stealing signs illegally according to Joe Girardi? This isn’t the first team to fall into this category as the Phillies were accused of setting up cameras at Citizen’s Bank Park a couple of years ago. Girardi points out that stealing signs from the base paths is illegal, but using equipment such […]

Sausage Fest , Bullpen Management, Entrance Music, Radio Gossip

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The guys at Nomaas call the Yankees three game sweep of the Brewers a “sausage fest.” *** By the way… using the Pythagorean Won/Loss formula, which uses runs scored vs. runs allowed to calculate a team’s record, the Yankees are the best in baseball at 50-28. Going into yesterday’s game they were averaging 6.11 runs and 9.61 […]

The Killer K’s?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

We reported the Yankees interest in Kerry Wood a couple of weeks ago. I can confirm the Yankees are not only looking at Wood (currently on the DL with a blister), but are seriously considering Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez. What the Mets would ask for in return is unknown, but considering the salary relief that […]

Trade Thought: Beltran for Swisher

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

With Carlos Beltran surprising everyone with his performance to date (.294, 8, 24) it’s no surprise talks of trading him began immediately after his third homer sailed over the fence in Colorado. Beltran’s only value to the New York Mets is the rest of this season. They will not receive a draft pick since they […]

Tim Byrdak Entrance Song Winner Is…

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Thunderstruck by AC/DC The first one to submit that was Paul Serzan so he will be receiving an autographed ball courtesy of Tim Byrdak. Congrats Paul! I had a brief exchange with Tim last night and he was thankful for the volume of interest in the contest. We had 496 entries in the five days […]

Vote: Tim Byrdak Entrance Song Contest

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

During last night’s show I announced a fun contest we are sponsoring here at NYBD. In January, new Mets reliever Tim Byrdak appeared on 1240 AM WGBB with me. I asked him what his entrance music was during his time in Houston, and he informed us that he didn’t have one. As a result, he’s […]