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Stand Pat, Sandy

Here it comes: the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, which has become a cottage industry of sorts for many TV networks and blogs, who serve up tasty trade news and trade rumors to a ravenous audience. Much like New Year’s Eve revelers, many baseball fans wake up on August 1 with a trade rumor hangover […]

Mets 2014 Games

The Iconoclastic Cynic vs. The Unabashed Fanboy

I never thought I would be typing these words this year, but I actually set time aside on Sunday to tune into the Mets-Marlins game. It didn’t hurt that my new favorite Met was taking the hill, but also after catching the final few innings of Saturday’s come from behind win, I wanted see what […]

Mets 2014 Games

Game Recaps (Sort Of) and a Gee-nious Move

In Joe’s absence, I will attempt to keep the lights lit around here. The Mets took three of four from the Braves this week. Dillon Gee pitched well and Travis d’Araund extended his coming out (no not that type of coming out) party. On the down side, Juan Larges’ offensive struggles continue and most disturbingly, […]

Mets 2014 Games

Every Once in a While…

And then, there are weekends like this past one, where you start to think maybe, just maybe. When Juan Lagares throws out another runner at home, Travis d’Araund comes up big late in the game, when the quartet of Vic Black, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia and Jennry Mejia look like world-beaters and when Zack Wheeler […]

Mets 2014 Games

Mr. Alderson, Your Baby Is Ugly

I spent nearly a quarter century in the Directory Publishing business. Along the way, I worked for several interesting people. Among my favorites was a woman named Brenda. She headed up our New Products Division during one of those rare times when any idea could at least make it to the table for consideration. She […]

Mets 2014 Games

It’s Only a Matter of Time Now

Well, the lid blew off of the pot this last week. The New York Times story that Uncle Saulie is looking to sell his share his share of the Mets, while quickly denied, signals that the Wilpon Financial Crisis has reached a critical mass. Maybe this is wishful thinking, but I don’t see any way […]

Mets 2014 Games

The Mets: Gone in Ten Years?

Somewhat ancient history already, but right before this season got started the Mets and the Blue Jays played a two-game set in Olympic Stadium, the former home of the now-relocated Montreal Expos. Nearly 97,000 fans turned out for a nostalgic look at baseball in La Métropole du Québec. I enjoyed the bits of the broadcasts […]

Mets 2014 Games

Prisoners to “Potential?”

Nice win last night. An encouraging outing by Jenrry Mejia and Lucas Duda hits two homers. Duda’s heroics coming the day after he was named the starting first baseman. Maybe it’s age, but the cynic in me wonders what both of these players will do for an encore. Is this the beginning of a solid, […]

Mets 2014 Games

If Ruben Tejada is the Answer, What was the Question?

I wonder if Ruben Tejada did a little dance when news of Wilmer Flores’ demotion to AAA was announced. I’ll bet Omar Quintanilla was happy as well. Barring a trade (yeah right), Tejada and Q will be respectively, the Mets’ opening day shortstop and understudy. Also demoted with Flores was Kirk Nieuwenhuis, meaning both Ike […]

13-14 Offseason

Mets 2014: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

“We’ll spend more…if the fans come to the games.” Sandy Alderson, as quoted by Metsblog Imagine any other product or service provider saying this to or about their customers! I am stunned that this comment hasn’t been more widely picked up on and discussed. Where is the outrage? Maybe most of the fan base has […]

13-14 Offseason

Halfway There

Merry Christmas everyone. While the past few years with the Mets have tempered my enthusiasm for baseball somewhat (OK, greatly) this time of year does signal that we’ve reached the halfway point in the offseason. I think “halfway there” also describes the current state of the Mets offseason. FWIW, I do approve of both the […]

13-14 Offseason

Rumors Buzz; Fans Get Stung

Some Winter Meetings so far, eh? Ready for another day of nothing from the Mets? Brace yourself for Sandy Alderson’s parting quotes about “laying the groundwork.” Sure, point to the calendar and say that Opening Day is four months away. Just ignore the fact that the bulk of the player movement has happened and with […]

13-14 Offseason

Goners: Ike, Murphy and…Lagares?

Joe’s recent post asking what three moves each of us would make if we were Mets GM got me to thinking. Given the current state of the Mets franchise, I don’t think that there are three moves that would make much a difference. Because of the Wilpons, I stand by an earlier post that even […]

13-14 Offseason

Cardinal Rules for The Mets

Yes, I get the irony of making this statement in a post built around a trade proposal, but I think we have to be realistic about the Mets this offseason. Given the state of the Wilpon’s finances, I sense that many Mets fans are setting themselves up for further disappointment by expecting GM Sandy Alderson […]

13-14 Offseason

The Mets: Can They Avoid “That Deal?”

There is a passage in Jack Lang’s excellent Mets history book about an early 1970’s confrontation between Lang and then Mets Chairman of the Board M. Donald Grant over Lang’s newspaper column ripping a trade that Grant had orchestrated. “You said we had to make a deal and we made one,” Grant reportedly snarled. “Now […]

13-14 Offseason