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January 31, 2016

TC’s ideal lineup, Per NY Post

by @ 10:49 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets skipper Terry Collins revealed his initial lineup idea as the NL Champion New York Mets approach spring training:

1. Curtis Granderson, RF
2. David Wright, 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
4. Lucas Duda, 1B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Michael Conforto, LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
8. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
9. Pitcher

TC spoke of this lineups depth and versatility as well as bench options. I am trying to draw up my own and having a hard time. #LGM



January 23, 2016

YOENIS Returns!!!!

by @ 12:09 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets got Cespedes on their terms: What is really a one-year deal



The New York Mets front office, fans and supporters of strong baseball discipline won late Friday night when OF Yoenis Cespedes resigned with the club. The deal is officially 3 yrs/75 million with full no trade language but is really a 1 year 27.5 million deal due to an opt out clause. This is a great, great day for the Mets and their fans. The team has had a strong offseason but was still missing an obvious power bat in the 4 hole. Cespedes can also play CenterField when Michael Conforto is in Left and veteran Curtis Granderson mans right. This signing also indicates the commitment of Ownership in dollars and actions. The Mets had a stated goal of a $115-120 million payroll. With this contract as well as the signing of top lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo Wednesday, the team salary numbers are in the $140 mill range. Just an awesome sign and signing for the team. Incredibly, Cespedes reportedly turned down a 5 yr/100 million deal from the division rival Washington Nationals for this short term deal and the comfort of a team he fell in love with. Just a great night and start to the weekend for the Mets and their fans.

January 9, 2016

Updates on Sandy,Murph, The team

by @ 10:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Been in interesting week for the Mets and not just because of the election of Mike Piazza to the Hall of Fame. GM Sandy Alderson made his first public appearance and comments since news broke of his cancer diagnosis in November. The Mets leader seemed to be in good spirits and talked with the media about a wide range of topics. In summary, he likes this team and the payroll will be around $115 million. Alderson lost a top lieutenant when assistant GM Paul DePodesta left the team to work for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns this week. But otherwise,it was good to see Sandy.

Losing Daniel Murphy was inevitable with the trades and signings of the recent weeks but it was still hard for Mets fans. #28 is a good guy and fan favorite who came up in the system. He was a natural 3B who tried to play the OF and ended up at 2B, he showed up everyday, worked hard and became an all star.   He was also a team leader who always promoted his teammates and talked them up to the media(Just YouTube ANY Murph interviews). This made it especially tough for Mets fans when Murph’s deal with the division rival Washington Nationals became official this week. And I am a Neil Walker guy! I am also a Daniel Murphy guy and wish the team and his reps could have figured out a way to keep him in Queens. This is an example of the business of sports.

The Mets would still like to add a veteran reliever(Tyler Clippard?  Antonio Bastardo? Matt Albers?) and 1B-OF type to replace retired Michael Cuddyer in a bench-platoon role. Names like Ryan Raburn and Steve Pearce have been linked with the  Mets and make sense. The team is close to set and should have a balanced ,solid 25 man roster that will provide skipper Terry Collins with a lot of options off the bench and out of the pen. I will write more about this in the coming months but two players to focus on are Outfielders Juan Lagares(My pick for a BIG comeback season in 2016) and Michael Conforto(My man crush- he could be INCREDIBLE for this team- think David Wright in 2004). Very exciting times for Mets fans as 2016 spring training draws near.

Mike Piazza: Hall of Fame

by @ 8:01 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mike Piazza was voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this week and the best hitting catcher of all time will go into Cooperstown with a Mets cap. Already a premier name and star in the sport, The Mets changed their franchise when they traded for the backstop on May 23,1998. New York had a nice little team and was on the rise but this gave the team an identity and face. #31 was a team leader, spokesperson and model all in one. And he could hit. Boy, could he hit. I have been watching baseball for over 40 yrs and have never see a guy hit more opposite field homeruns in my life. He also hit them in big spots and did so against premier arms like Smoltz, Hoffman and Clemens. He was also a vastly underrated defender, who caught and called a good game. Most importantly, he liked, no LOVED being a Met. He inked in extension with the team after the 98 season and led NY to the post season in back to back campaigns in 1999-2000.  Mike Piazza is one of the greatest players of all time and he is now a Hall of Famer. And He is a Met. And that is pretty special for Mike and Mets fans.

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