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February 26, 2009

Reality Check

I've been writing a lot of real long posts the last couple of weeks. I like doing it, but sometimes it's nice to make a simple point that doesn't require quite so many words. I've written about Luis Castillo fairly extensively, and I think most of us are in agreement...

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February 25, 2009

Hold Your Horses

I was giving all my attention to some real work stuff today, so I skipped my morning Mets reading and didn't try to follow anything on the first exhibition game. When I knocked off for a break this afternoon I checked my email. One of the perks of writing a...

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Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- Conclusions

I understand that the team has a lot of question marks going into this season, but I can't help but feel more optimistic this year. I'm sure the revamped bullpen plays a part in this, but that's not the only reason. Although I defended him for quite a while, I...

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February 24, 2009

Burning a Hole in My Pocket

The economy is in a shambles, my boss has been fired, my car is in the shop, and I'm getting over a bad bout of diverticulitis. Why am I so happy this week? Because, like Juror #7 in Twelve Angry Men, I've got baseball tickets burning a hole in my...

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February 23, 2009

Out of Left Field?

I promise to get to the conclusions for the 2009 Mets previews series, but I wanted to weigh in on some of the weekend's news. The biggest news was Jerry Manuel's pronouncement that Daniel Murphy was the Mets everyday LF and Ryan Church could find himself in a platoon in...

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February 22, 2009

Thrown Out of Shea

Editor's Note: This is MetsFanSZ's first contribution to this site. - M.S. The demise of Shea Stadium this week evoked memories of Mets fans everywhere of great times at "our dump." Most likely centered around the miracle of 1969, perhaps Swoboda's fantasy diving catch or Cleon's genuflection on Davey Johnson's...

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February 20, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- The Bench

We'll finish up our initial thoughts on the 2009 Mets -- which was supposed to be a brief overview but somehow grew into War and Peace -- with a look at the bench today and conclude with a final summation tomorrow. The consensus seems to be that the Mets are...

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February 19, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- Position Players

Yesterday I shared a few initial things that I'm paying attention to this spring from the 2009 Mets starting rotation and bullpen. Today we'll take a look at the position players, tomorrow the bench. Catcher Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro will most likely share this job. Schneider will play more...

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February 18, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets: Pitchers

They haven't even played intersquad games yet, but while we're waiting for things to get underway here are a few keys I see early on, along with some from the gut picks on who I think might be on the opening day roster. Today we'll do the pitchers, tomorrow the...

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February 17, 2009

It Still Hurts to Say Goodbye

On Metsblog I found a link to WCBS880.com's pictures of what is virtually the last piece of Shea Stadium that will be coming down in the next day or so. Far better writers than me have expressed their sentiments about losing an old friend that's been a part of our...

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February 16, 2009

Sean Green and Bullpen Lessons

I remember at the time of the trade for J.J. Putz hearing some good things about the other Mariners reliever acquired in the deal. I remember checking his stats out and noting that he had really good numbers for the first four months of last season only to tail off...

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February 15, 2009

I Don't Hate Luis Castillo

Whether I talk Mets with Mets fans or non Mets fans this winter, Luis Castillo's name inevitably comes up in the conversation. Over the last few seasons it seems like there are always one or two players designated to be the whipping boy for the most disgruntled elements of the...

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February 14, 2009

Chemistry Revisited

I had an "interesting" experience yesterday. Over the past couple of years Lisa and I have purchased a number of pieces of furniture that had to be assembled. You're probably familiar with the type -- they use cam-type fasteners to go together. It's a pain in the a** to do...

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February 12, 2009

Fire Bud

Sorry for being a little sporadic in the posting, I've been fighting a pretty serious cold. I have a Mets piece that I'm working on and promise to have posted later today. I had not intended to write any more on steroids for now, but the Commissioner's idiotic statements to...

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February 10, 2009

'Roid Ramblings

I was impressed by the comments left on yesterday's piece on A-Roid. While we don't all agree on the subject, I appreciated the mature level of discourse in the comments section. Of course, that didn't stop the usual handful of crank e-mails I get whenever I write on anything even...

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February 8, 2009

A New Scapegoat

With Barry Bonds out of the game, baseball badly needed someone to step up and be the face of performance enhancing drugs. Thanks to someone in the government who illegally leaked evidence obtained in the Balco investigation, the comically self-absorbed Alex Rodriguez has replaced Barry Bonds as baseball's new official...

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February 7, 2009

Getting to Second Base

I'll be touching on this in more detail at some point very soon, but all of us die-hards who pay attention in the off-season understand that Luis Castillo -- barring an unlikely trade or injury -- will provide a dominant story line in spring training and into the start of...

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February 6, 2009

One Week to Go

I was going to write this post a lot earlier, but I wasted a lot of time running down the street shouting out to my Yankee and Red Sox fan neighbors, "We got Elmer Dessens! We got Elmer Dessens!" Oh sure, they pretended not to be impressed, but I knew...

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February 4, 2009

Thoughts of Spring

It's been a rough winter where I live in west central Connecticut. Seems like I've been shoveling snow every other day since December, and as I write this my outside thermometer is registering a balmy 6.7 degrees Fahrenheit. However, now that the Mets have signed Oliver Perez and the truck...

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February 3, 2009

Thoughts on the Perez Contract

I know there are Mets fans out there who desperately wanted to see them sign Ben Sheets instead of Perez, but I like the deal. If the reported figures of 3 years and $36 million are true, that seems like a reasonable risk for the enigmatic leftie. I think they...

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February 2, 2009

A Perez Deal Done?

According to Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal, as well as some other sources, the Mets are close to re-signing Oliver Perez. Of course, we've heard stuff like that before, but it makes sense that there would be a push to get something done with spring training almost here. I don't...

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