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February 29, 2008

The Fear Card

John Maine had a rocky first spring start yesterday and Johan Santana makes his over-hyped debut and gives up a 3-run jack to a guy who hasn't faced a major league pitch since his lone at bat of the 2005 season. A friend of mine who doesn't even root for...

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February 28, 2008

A New Chapter in the John Maine Saga

As I sit here writing this, John Maine is making his first appearance of the spring against the Redbirds. Maine is beginning his third season with the Mets, for the first time coming into camp as an established veteran with an unquestioned job. There is no talk of him having...

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February 27, 2008

Twisted Logic

As a general rule, I've enjoyed Jon Heyman's MLB columns on SI.com. They're entertaining and are a good way to keep up to date on what's happening around baseball. I have a somewhat different view on many of the issues than Heyman, but I can say the same thing about...

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February 26, 2008

A Throw-in on the Deal?

I had assumed that the Mets had traded Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, Phillip Humber and Kevin Mulvey to the Twins in return for Johan Santana. Imagine my surprise when Baseball America came out with their Top 100 Prospects list and I saw this: I'm going to assume this is a...

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February 25, 2008

Pelfrey or El Duque?

I had some interesting e-mails this weekend from readers reacting to the rough start to spring training by Orlando Hernandez. As was the case last spring, the 40-something Cuban right-hander has experienced a variety of physical ailments right out of the box. With word out of camp that Mike Pelfrey...

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February 24, 2008

Trades from the Past - Millan and Stone for Gentry and Frisella

The Mets' recent acquisition of Luis Castillo brought to mind another Mets' second baseman with similar skills - Felix Millan. Like Castillo, Millan was a low-profile, but excellent player who excelled in handling the bat and playing an outstanding second base. Felix was one of the main reasons the Mets...

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Book Review: Banned in the Bronx

Banned in the Bronx: The Yankee Hater Memoirs: 1953-2005 Author: Gene Hutmaker Paperback, 404 pages, Virtualbookworm.com Publishing I have to admit, when I received an e-mail from the author of this book, I didn't know quite what to make of it: My name is Gene Hutmaker and I am the...

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February 23, 2008

A Note About Book Reviews

In a little while I will posting my first book review since December 2006. This is despite the fact that I love to read and had hoped to make reviews of books and DVDs relevant to Mets fans a regular part of this blog. Several things contributed to this. I've...

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February 22, 2008

The Best-Laid Plans...

Okay - so I made my commitment last Friday to post every day again, and almost broke that commitment within the first week. Mother Nature's reminder that it is still winter here in the northeast managed to mess things up for me pretty good on this snowy Friday. Sorry about...

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February 21, 2008

Ollie's Future

As Oliver Perez has his arbitration hearing this afternoon, it seems a good time to speculate about OP's future with the Mets. We hear from news reports that the Mets unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a contract with Scott Boras, Perez' agent, but were rebuffed. The thinking is clearly that Perez...

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February 20, 2008

Who Will Pitch In?

Today Moises Alou seems to be getting the lion's share of attention at Mets camp. According to multiple sources, including John Delcos' blog, the 41-year-old LF hopes to get 500 ABs this season. You have to love his attitude, but personally I believe about 400 - 450 would be about...

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February 19, 2008

Happy Delgado Day

In the familiar process of early spring training, each day seems to select one player for the lion's share of features. Today it's Carlos Delgado. Much has been written about Carlos' struggles for most of last season, which certainly made the Mets offense much less formidable -- particularly when Moises...

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February 18, 2008

Words

You think that I don't even mean a single word I say. It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away. -- Bee Gees As mentioned in Friday's post, I will attempt to go back to posting on this blog daily through the end of...

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February 17, 2008

Spring Training Schedule

For those of you who, like me, can't wait for even the fake games to start: February DateOpponent / TimeBroadcast Tuesday 26Michigan 12:00 PM        -- Wednesday 27@ Tigers 1:05 PM-- Thursday 28@ Cardinals 1:05 PM-- Friday 29Cardinals 1:10 PMSNY March Saturday 1vs Dodgers 1:10 PMCW 11, WFAN...

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Old Time Mets - John Stephenson

If Johnny Stephenson is remembered at all by fans of the early Mets, it's as the last out of Jim Bunning's perfect game. He was so overmatched in striking out, the Mets might as well have plucked a fan out of the stands at random and asked him to get...

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February 15, 2008

Thank You, Roger

I never cared much for Roger Clemens, but the incidents with Mike Piazza, culminating in the infamous World Series bad shard throwing incident, cemented a place for the large-buttocked pitcher in my Hall of Personal Enmity. These feelings have only intensified over the years. Of particular irritation to me was...

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February 12, 2008

The Sign Man

Karl Ehrhardt, the Sign Man, died last week at the age of 83. From 1964-1981, the Sign Man, an ad designer, had a season ticket in the field boxes at Shea. At his feet, he kept a bag of home-made professional-quality signs. When something significant happened in a Mets game,...

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February 11, 2008

Mets Sign Armas

One outcome of the trade with Minnesota for Johan Santana was the depletion of pitching depth in the farm system that is close to major league ready. From the Associated Press comes the news that Omar has inked Tony Armas, Jr. to a minor league deal: Right-hander Tony Armas agreed...

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February 9, 2008

Old Time Mets - Tommy Davis

Although he spent just one season with the team, 1967, Tommy Davis was a principal in 2 of the biggest trades the Mets made in their formative years, the one that brought him to the Mets and the one that sent him away. Prior to the '67 season, the Mets...

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February 8, 2008

Lessons from Another Sport, Part 2

[Part 1] The Giants Super Bowl victory over the Patriots this past Sunday reminded me of some basic truths that also applied to baseball and being a Mets fan. In Part 1, we talked a little about the dangers of buying into the myth of inevitability. I've come to the...

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February 7, 2008

Funny Stuff

Our buddy Dan at Lone Star Mets has been inhaling those aerosol fumes again. The result is this funny look at the upcoming season for New York's "other" ballclub. Check it out. About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first...

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February 5, 2008

Lessons from Another Sport, Part 1

Once upon a time I was a bigger fan of football than baseball. Unfortunately, the team I chose to root for was the Giants. Being a Giants fan and a Mets fans in the late 70s and early 80s was just ugly. Even mediocrity seemed to be an unobtainable goal....

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February 4, 2008

More Than Meets the Eye

Now that The Deal has been consummated, it seems a good time to reflect on what has transpired from several angles. Before Mets fans rejoice too much, there are some sobering realities to digest. Both the Mets and the Twins gained and lost, but the Mets took on tremendous risk....

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February 3, 2008

Great Mets' Trades of the Past - Hernandez for Allen and Ownbey

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on June 17, 2007. - M.S. As it becomes apparent that the Mets, as currently constituted, will not run away with the NL East this year, Mets' fans are all anxiously anticipating this year's upcoming deals feeling certain that Omar Minaya will plunge...

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February 1, 2008

Omar's Job Is Just Beginning

Update 5:10 PM: Just found out on SNY that there is a 2 hour extension for this negotiation, pushing the deadline back to 7 PM tonight. Time to pop a couple of Rolaids and then re-cross all my fingers... Update: Multiple sources are reporting a done deal. I'm putting away...

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