MetsToday Sells Out

After over four years, 2511 posts, and over 9000 comments, MetsToday finally made the big time: it is now the official Mets blog of the ESPN SweetSpot, headed by Rob Neyer.

Ah, so that explains the ESPN bar at the top of the page …

Within an hour of the announcement, (1) dozens of loyal visitors, friends, and family sent their congratulations; (2) my web host shut down the site temporarily for traffic overload; and, (3) I received “constructive criticism” from a prolific TV / movie actor who admitted to being “underwhelmed” by MetsToday and suggested I put a little more passion and opinion into my writing. Huh, that’s a new one … usually people are bashing me for being TOO opinionated … guess I still have work to do.

So what will change now that MetsToday has “sold out” to “the man”? Nothing, other than that bar up there and an occasional server meltdown. The truth is, the site has not been “sold”, and this remains a non-paying gig. Once in a while, there may be an “assignment” from Rob Neyer, and we may have the chance to include some ESPN material down the road (video?), but for the most part, MetsToday will continue to be the same blog it’s always been. Rob (I think I can call him “Rob”?) handpicked the blogs for the SweetSpot Network because he believed each did a strong job of covering our favorite teams — so why fix what ain’t broke?

Speaking of those great blogs, you can jump to any of them via the drop-down selector in the bar above. A few you may already be familiar with, and all are worth checking out.

I cannot go any further without thanking the loyal readers and commenters of MetsToday, who keep the conversation going on a daily basis and who, as Yogi Berra might say, make this blog necessary. Really, that’s what this blog is all about — a place where Mets fans can convene and kvetch.

To new readers, thanks for taking the time to check out MetsToday and please consider joining the conversation. We only ask that you respect others and refrain from personal attacks — stay on topic and keep the argument directed toward positions rather than other commenters. Also, this is a family-friendly (and pet-friendly) site so no profanity.

More good news: the Mets remain undefeated and in first place in the NL East!

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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Andrew Vazzano April 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    Congrats, Joe!
  2. Mike April 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm
    Been wondering when this announcement would come. When I saw Neyer’s piece this morning I knew it was coming soon. Congrats Joe, good luck with the new exposure.

    I hope it doesn’t get too crowded in here though…

  3. chris April 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm
    So there’s using your content to fill their outlet? And you’re not getting compensated? Umm…
  4. Dave Singer April 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    Mazel amigo!

    Sigh, I guess you’ll have to stop fruiting your beer.

    Oh, I’m off to Detroit tomorrow…yes, it does suck to be me.

    Later bro….great work (seriously).

  5. joejanish April 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    Thanks guys!

    Mike – yeah, we were asked not to announce anything until the official word went out from ESPN. Hopefully we’ll get a few new voices and perspectives to add to the conversation.

    Chris – Yeah, I hear ya. But a little blog like this doesn’t have much leverage in negotiations with a corporation the size of ESPN, particularly with so many newspapers going out of business and many very qualified writers available. The exposure / credibility by association is the payment. And money was never the reason I did this blog anyway.

    Dave – I remain comfortable enough with myself to add a slice of citrus to my beer in public! Hey speaking of Detroit check out Mike McClary’s Daily Fungo, he’s one of my favorite out-of-town bloggers. Safe travels, my friend.

  6. Coop April 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm
    Great news Joe! w00t w00t!! Definitely well deserved as you are the James Brown of Meta blogging community (aka the hardest working man!)
  7. Ted Berg April 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm
    Congrats, Joe. Couldn’t have happened to a more accomplished arm-wrestler.
  8. Walnutz15 April 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    Attaboy, Janish…..keep it comin’ brotha.

    A few doses of reality never hurt anybody — and that’s why Mets Today has always been my favorite blog.

    Congrats, pal.

  9. Dave Doyle April 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    Congrats Joe! Keep up the great work.
  10. jfmarron April 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    from your french following

  11. Kerel Cooper April 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    Congrats Joe! Big time move man!
  12. joejanish April 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm
    Kerel & Dave – many thanks! maybe they’ll show our McFadden’s videos on Baseball Tonight LOL !

    Ted – thanks. In fact I had to beat Rob Neyer at arm wrestling to get the gig.

    Coop – many thanks for your support — now and through the years. Hardest working? I think that’s still our good friend Matt Cerrone, but I’ll accept the nomination!

    ‘nutz – thanks, it’s you and the rest of the MT faithful that keep me going!

    jfmarron – wow, thanks! You know you’ve made the big time when your blog reaches Montpellier! Looking forward to your comments this year.

  13. Matt Himelfarb April 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    Congrats man. This kind of recognition is long overdue. Your analysis has always been unique and educational for fans like myself.
  14. isuzudude April 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    Awesome news, Joe! Congratulations! I feel privileged to have become a part of this honorable Mets’ fraternity of ideas and opinions. Have a cold one on me as celebration.
  15. gary s. April 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm
    good stuff joe.. my favorite blog hits the big time.. congrats
  16. Mark April 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    Joe, congrats. I’ve been reading the blog for a while (long time listener, first time caller …) and I am routinely impressed with your thoughtful in depth analysis. Very well deserved.
  17. murph April 7, 2010 at 1:08 am
    Congratulations, Joe.
    Mets Today is one of the best Mets blogs out there, so I am glad to know that more Mets fans will be reading you.


  18. joejanish April 7, 2010 at 1:40 am
    Matt / ‘dude / Gary / Murph – this wouldn’t have happened without you and the rest of MT loyal commenters. It’s you and your comments that keep me posting every day. Many thanks for everything!

    Mark – hey thanks for finally joining in the fray! And thanks for “listening” … hope to hear more from you this season!

  19. sincekindergarten April 7, 2010 at 6:40 am
    Joe, congrats! I’ve been light on commenting lately–I addressed that in the email. However, I am getting the “little big girl” to chant “Mets Mets Mets!” as it’s not too far from what my wife taught her: “Jets Jets Jets!”

    Keep up the great work!

  20. CatchDog April 7, 2010 at 8:09 am
    Congrats Joe! ESPN and Rob made the perfect choice. Proof in the pudding is that besides the other Met blogs which I read and/or post on, I choose to read only two rival team’s blogs (Crash & IAATM Stupid). Both were picked up too.

    Keep up the great work!!

  21. LibertyBoy April 7, 2010 at 10:54 am
    Congrats, ya Flushing Homer! Looking forward to you beating the Metsie drums with amplification.
  22. LibertyBoy April 7, 2010 at 11:07 am
    BTW, I like this blog looks. It has a glossy-magazine-y feel.
  23. TheDZA April 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    Nice job Joe! Good to see your site recognised, that’s why we check in everyday without fail.
    I think you’ll get an essay in that Amazin’ Avenue annual next year, you definitely should.

    P.S. Was that actor off Law & Order?

  24. Mark Healey April 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    It couldn’t have happened to a better guy, Joe.

    Your work here at MetsToday has always been incredible, honest and spot on, I’m surprised it took so long for someone eith brains to recognize it.

    My very best to you…and thanks for everything.

  25. joejanish April 8, 2010 at 12:06 am
    Thanks everyone! Again, this happened because of you and your loyal support. I’m not very religious but feel blessed to have such a great group of people coming by every day. As far as I’m concerned, you are the best audience in the Mets blogosphere!