Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Couple of years ago there was talk about the Mets hosting the 2013 game in there new stadium but nothing yet is official. The 2012 game in KC was announced 2 years in advance. So what is the hold up?
Of course most might think its the fact the Wilpons are in over there heads with the Madoff mess and that any judgement for the Wilpons against them will be curtains for ownership . The Wilpons have a March date set to find out if they will be on the hook for 83M .
MLB of course has a different angle. Industry sources said MLB once again is dealing with the complex logistics of staging its midsummer jewel event in the country’s largest market.
I dont buy it since they did announce the Yankees all star game way ahead of time.
The Mets have not had the ALL star game in there home park since the opening of She in 1964. Of course now the Wilpons are on the hook for messing this up as well . Not enough that the Mets will be a shell of a team in 2012. Stay tuned.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
My partner and I have been scribing for this blog, which we are extremely proud of, for almost four years. We blog out of our passion for the NY Mets, and we believe we offer a different spin than most Mets blog sites.We use the entire history of this team, not just the present.
As for our original post, we were asked by the columnist to remove the article. His claim was that we copied the entire article. We didn't. We did use some information and quotes, but did accurately list the writer as the first source via a hyperlink to HIS article. In no way did I nor my partner try and discredit nor plagiarize the work of the originator. In fact, just the opposite.
Out of respect for our fellow Mets bloggers out there and the author of the article, we have removed our post titled: Original Met Choo-Choo Coleman Strolls Down Memory Lane.
We apologize that it had to come to this, but we aren't doing this for fame and fortune. This blog site is our passion, not our occupation.
We look forward to continue providing story's experiences, and our opinions. We hope you continue to visit.
Monday, January 23, 2012
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Mets knuckleballer RA Dickey has been inducted into the Tennessee Vol Baseball Hall Of Fame. Dickey is one of 18 members of the Vol Hall of Fame.
Said the Mets starter:
"I have mixed emotions about (being inducted) because it's real nice to be recognized as a great player at Tennessee, but at the same time, I'm certainly aware that I'm no more than the product of people that poured into me well and loved on me well while I was here, two of them being Bill Mosiello and Dave Serrano. I think whatever level of talent I brought into UT from high school, they cultivated it into this honor. It's as much their award as it is mine."
Dickey, who recently returned from reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and raising over $100,000 for his charity, Bombay Teen Challenge, reminisced about his time at Tennessee and learning how to throw the knuckleball after losing much velocity of his once blazing fastball:
"I think one of the things that I learned (at Tennessee) is that there are more ways to skin a cat than just one, and that has helped me," Dickey said. "Having the aptitude to own the things you don't do well and try to recognize that and get better from them has been a big deal in my career. Self-awareness has been a part in that, being able to realize that being a conventional pitcher no longer was going to work for me, so I really had to embrace the knuckleball completely. To that end, I went and worked with Charlie Hough, Phil Neikro and Tim Wakefield, three of the best knuckleballers to ever walk the planet, and tried to gain any wisdom I could from those guys and they were very generous with it. It's another situation where guys leveraged themselves to help me, and I'm incredibly grateful for that."
While at Tennessee Dickey was the all time leader in wins, innings pitched, appearances and games started. New York’s knuckleballer also holds single season records in wins, innings pitched, and ranks third in strikeouts.
Upon his enshrinement Dickey was presented with a granite plaque, as well as a unique piece of art, created by current Tennessee junior pitcher Samuel Davis, entitled "Through the Years." The drawing featured Dickey's various journeys in baseball, including his time at UT, with Team USA and in professional baseball.
Let’s hope Dickey’s productive off-season will translate in to productive 2012.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
In ignoring Mets threats and requests that Dickey cancel his fund-raising trip to Africa, Dickey, Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racainiello, and Rockies pitcher Kevin Slowey reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The trip was planned last off-season to raise money and awareness for Bombay Teen Challenge, which fights against human trafficking in the red light district in Mumbai.
According to reports, Dickey had to battle fatigue and nausea in the final hours of the ascent. After reaching the top, Dickey exclaimed in a letter to a friend, "God is good!"
Congratulations to Dickey on the accomplishment of this great feat.
Source: NY Daily News
Friday, January 13, 2012
"Given how low the expectations are for the team this year, it will be difficult to reverse that trend soon."
Thanks Fred for at least admitting the obvious. Of course the Mets hope that Bay will find his swing,Wright will love the new dimensions and Santana will be pretty to pitch every 5 days. Fred though for once feels like all us met fans do. Is it 2013 yet?
Source - WSJ
Thursday, January 12, 2012
As we reported three days ago, the Mets put much maligned outfielder Fernando Martinez on waivers, and yesterday FMart was quickly scooped up by the dreadful Houston Astros.
Martinez, who seems to have been around for a dozen years, is actually 23 years old, and has had a very underwhelming career that has been marred by injuries.
When Omar Minaya signed the 16 year old Martinez on July 11, 2005, it was heralded as a tremendous signing. Martinez was alleged to have power, speed, arm, and good baseball instincts. Unfortunately, none of this has proven true. Martinez has been an oft injured huge disappointment. I have likened Martinez to another Mets "can't miss" prospect, Alex Escobar.
Astros GM Jeff Lunhow says about FMart:
"I have been scouting [Martinez] since he was 16 years old before he signed with the Mets as a free agent from the Dominican and watched him extensively over the years,. I was always interested in him, and our scouts here liked him. I was at the Caribbean Series a few years back when he was the MVP.
"The kid has some big league tools and he's very young, and I think a change of scenery may be exactly what he needs to blossom into full potential. For a club like ourselves who could take a chance on something like this, it makes sense."
It's a shame the FMart experiment didn't work out, but his fragile body and arthritic knee greatly hindered him. A change of scenery might be exactly what is needed for the "young" outfielder, but the Mets releasing him is a move that should have happened three years ago.
This is yet another move by Elvis to erase the deals and transactions that his predecessor made; making a break from the Mets recent past. Fortunately, unlike Reyes, this move cannot be argued. It needed to be done.
Sources: MLB.com, Baseball Reference
Monday, January 9, 2012
The Mets reportedly have place Fernando FMart Marinez and Daniel Herrera on waivers. Martinez, signed as a 16 year old out of the Dominican Republic, was highly touted by scouts and former Mets GM Omar Minaya. Unfortunately like Escobar, Martinez has been unable to live up to expectations. The oft injured 23 year old has an arthritic knee that renders him useless even when he isn't injured.
Herrera, whom the Mets acquired from Milwaukee in the Francisco Rodriguez trade, is not highly regarded by Mets brass. The thought is that once the league gets used to Herrera, they will hit him hard.
If either players passes through waivers, they can be returned to the Mets minor league.
Source: Adam Rubin, Baseball Reference
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Happy New Year