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Will the Mets Land a Big Fish?

At MetsFansForever, Will Sommer asks several bloggers which “big” free agent will be signed by the Mets

Andrew Vazzano unearths a slice of good news from the winter meetings – that David Wright and Daniel Murphy were working out with Howard Johnson, and Jeff Francoeur may be with HoJo later in the winter.

Ted Berg wrote an uncharacteristically long post poo-poohing the concept of a #2 starter and arguing that the Mets should pass on John Lackey.

Bob Klapisch says the Mets are pretenders

We’re only a day and a half into the winter meetings, but Brooklyn Met Fan is already tired of the rumors.

Kerel Cooper responds to yesterday’s question, “Would You Want Pat Burrell?” :


Blogosphere is Down On Jerry Manuel

It’s only been a few weeks, but most of the blogosphere is unhappy with the Mets’ decision to bring back Jerry Manuel as manager. Metstradamus is the most recent, asking Jerry, “What Have You Learned?

Similarly, Mike Steffanos of MikesMets does not approve of Jerry Manuel’s re-election.

Also on MikesMets, Barry Duchan posts his winter predictions for the Mets.

Andrew Vazzano has done a very quick rundown / analysis on the Mets’ pitching staff — in a format that would make Mick Jones and Joe Strummer proud.

Also a hat tip to TheRopolitans for this video of Oktoberfest at Citi Field (if only I’d known!):


Link Roundup

Doug Glanville gives an update on Marlon Anderson.

At Jimmy Scott’s High and Tight, former Met Eric Valent tells the story of being the 25th man on the roster, playing in Japan, and, eventually, transitioning from player to coach to scout. Insightful stuff.

Brad Lidge is nursing a sore knee and is “day to day”. That could be good news for the Mets, with the Phillies series coming up this weekend.

Kerel Cooper at OnTheBlack explains why the Mets’ weekend series win over the Nationals left him disappointed.

Metstradamus explains how you can have a Citi Field ticket for a seat that doesn’t exist — though you will have a cupholder.

Coop at MySummerFamily isn’t worried about Oliver Perez’s maddening start to the season — explaining that he started out just as inconsistently in ’08 and ’07, and is bound to come around.

Andrew Vazzano of TheRopolitans posts the results of his Twitter poll, “What to Do with Omir Santos?”


Link Roundup

Anthony Rieber of Newsday alerts Carlos Beltran to the fact that his dad’s senior softball league does not allow sliding, but the National League does.

Andrew Vazzano of TheRopolitans regurgitates a quick Q&A on Ken Takahashi he did with BaseballDigest.com‘s Japanese specialist Patrick Newman. Guess what? Takahashi was NOT particularly strong against LH hitters. Swell.

Wallace Matthews tells the tale of the two players known as Ryan Church.

Former Mets batboy Matt Tracy indicts Omar Minaya for the Mets’ struggles this year. He also exposes Jerry Manuel’s ignorance of opposing players, and still doesn’t see the logic of firing Willie Randolph (join the club).


Citi Field: First Look


The good, the bad, and the ugly of Citi Field, brought to you in pictures. View the photos, read my remarks, and form your own opinion … or wait another two weeks and try to scalp a ticket so you can see the place for yourself.

Thanks to fellow blogger Andrew Vazzano of TheRopolitans, I was able to attend the very first baseball game ever played at Citi Field, between the St. John’s Red Storm and the Georgetown Hoyas.

While there, I took a bunch of pictures to give you an idea of what the new stadium is like. Unfortunately, the day was dreary, with gray skies and a constant mist, so all the photos came out similarly drab and colorless. Since there have been several photo and video “tours” on other blogs, I’ve tried to assemble more esoteric points of interest around the park.

What was most strange about this day was that it is likely the only time the stadium will look so sparse of spectators, despite being a sellout. All 42,000 seats were sold — within 45 minutes of going on sale on the internet — yet the majority of folks were walking around the inner guts of the stadium to check everything out rather than sitting in their seats.

All photos have been published as a series, and this is article number one. More than 20 photos and descriptions are included, to guide you through this virtual tour of Citi Field on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Click the links below this post to navigate through.


It’s All About Me

Enough with the Manny talk, the Citi Field sponsorship controversy, the Madoff Ponzi Scheme, and every other extraneous detail littering the Mets’ offseason.

Let’s talk about me.

For one, I encourage you to check out Kerel Cooper’s OnTheBlack website, which is one of the few (if only) Mets videoblogs out there. Kerel is way ahead of the curve with his motion picture blog, but that’s not the only reason to visit. Remember, today it’s all about me, and you can see me, me, me, as I participate in his Mets blogger roundtable, which was shot over this past weekend at Bobby V’s in Stamford, CT. OK, it isn’t all me … Andrew Vazzano of The Ropolitans, Dave Doyle of MetsReport.com, and Kerel himself discussed several issues facing the Mets this winter. Be sure to watch the entire video, or you’ll miss Dave’s argument why Barry Bonds is a better target for the Mets than Manny Ramirez.

Secondly, you should know that I’m part of the team that is putting Baseball Digest magazine online — BaseballDigest.com is launching on March 1. This project is taking up much of my “free” time, which is part of the reason I haven’t been posting here as often as usual. While we ramp up the “real” website, there is a simple placeholder blog in place to keep you up to date on the developments, and also to inform you of the internet radio show schedule. Ah, there is me again … I co-hosted the first-ever “Baseball Digest Live” show with Mark Healey on Monday, and you can listen to the archived podcast by clicking here or download it for listening later. The show is broadcast every day from 11am to 1pm, live from Foley’s Pub and Restaurant on 33rd Street in New York City. If you have never been to Foley’s, you MUST get there. In addition to it being an extremely warm, friendly, comfortable place to enjoy a pint, it also happens to be a baseball mecca, with so much memorabilia hanging on the walls and from the ceiling it makes your head spin. Oh, and it happens to be a popular watering hole among current and former MLB players, managers, coaches, scouts, and umpires. You never know who might drop in at Foley’s … and actually, that’s part of the mystique of Baseball Digest Live. Listen to the first show to find out what former Yankee All-Star happened to drop in and give us a quick interview. Hint: he was once part of a major trade, yet didn’t change uniforms.

Finally, if you didn’t see it yet, I did a two-part Q&A with Mike Steffanos over at MikesMets.com. Part one is here, part two is here. You must read both parts to find out what former Yankee 20-game winner and bestselling author I caught in a semipro league about a hundred years ago, and that pitcher’s most gritty performance. MikesMets is one of a handful of Mets blogs I read regularly, and I recommend the site highly. Mike does a fantastic job of writing on subjects that generally escape the mainstream, particularly with Mets history.

Wow, can you get any more of me, myself, and I? Written articles, radio, video … how else can I get your attention? Perhaps I’ll talk to Mr. Sandman, and invade your dreams as well.

Enough about me … I can’t handle an ego trip for more than a few paragraphs. If you’ve been reading MetsToday long enough, you know it’s not really all about me. It’s all about you, and the Mets, of course. I promise, no more self-aggrandizing for at least a few weeks.