30 comments for “Monday catch-all thread (10/22/18)

  1. Mike Walczak
    October 22, 2018 at 9:04 am

    John Olerud
    Lance Johnson
    Mike Piazza
    Cleon Jones

    • October 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Olerud and Jones are correct. Olerud has the top two marks and Jones’ 1969 ranks fifth.

  2. October 22, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I’m a huge fan of Expanding the Strike Zone. Hitters have so concentrated on that small box that they’ve developed a “Mono Swing”—same swing, regardless of pitch count or situation. I believe the “enlarged strike zone” will force hitters to be more contact oriented. I want the game to have more contact…more “baseball playing”….more Plays!

    I will begin by questioning my premise on “expanding the strike zone”— is there a stat to show whether an automated system will call more strikes within the present definition of the strike zone? If so, it may be that I’m looking for enforcedment of the strike zone.

  3. John Fox
    October 22, 2018 at 10:11 am

    How about Richie Ashburn for the top 10 OBP list?

    • October 22, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Did not have enough PA to qualify.

  4. TexasGusCC
    October 22, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Olerud, Jones, Wright, Beltran, Reyes, Nimmo, and Gilkey?

    • October 22, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Mike already got Olerud and Jones.

      Wright is 7th on the list with his 2007 season.

      So, after three guesses we have #1, #2, #5 and #7. Still looking for #3, #4, #6, #8 and #9.

      • TexasGusCC
        October 22, 2018 at 10:34 am

        I was going to say Hunt because he’s always getting plucked, but don’t think he had the average. How could Reyes not be there after hitting .331? He couldn’t add another 70 points in walks?

  5. Chris F
    October 22, 2018 at 11:17 am


    • October 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Yes – his 2000 season ranks third. Still looking for numbers 4, 6, 8 and 9 on the list.

  6. Eric Bloom
    October 22, 2018 at 11:39 am


  7. October 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    How about Dave Magadan and Keith Hernandez?

    • October 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Magadan gets the sixth spot while Keith grabs eight and nine. Now just looking for the guy in the fourth spot.

  8. Chris F
    October 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm


    (Pete took Keith first)

  9. Chris F
    October 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    As we get closer and closer to Doug Melvin as the next GM or whatever fake name they conjure up, does anyone think, wow, now the Mets are doing good things?

    Ive been more inspired before.

    • October 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Of the three guys that MetsBlog has running, I’d like to see Bloom. He has been involved with nearly everything while with the Rays and at under 40, he could be with the club for 20-plus years if he was successful. Maybe the Wilpons will think his youth will make him malleable and give him a shot.

      Melvin may not be inspiring but it could have been far worse, especially with some of the names that were mentioned. A two-time executive of the year by The Sporting News, he’s certainly not afraid of making deals. He had some nice drafts early with the Brewers but that might be more Jack Z. than him.

      My main issue is that they don’t need to hire another guy in his mid-60s to be the GM.

      • TJ
        October 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        I am disappointed that Ng is not a finalist. I think the combination of a deep baseball resume plus working in the front office in big markets with demanding/dysfunctional ownership could have really helped.

        Like Brian, at this stage my preference is Bloom, but my concern would be how he can function at a high level with Fred and Jeff hovering. With Fred clearly in the driver seat, Melvin may just offer the best mix of baseball acumen and interpersonal wisdom. Not so much inspiring, but I’d take the open mind approach.

        • TexasGusCC
          October 22, 2018 at 8:39 pm

          This morning Joe Torre endorsed Ng. She was out by lunchtime.

          • Mike Walczak
            October 22, 2018 at 9:25 pm

            I’ll take Bloom. I don’t want the experiment with the agent.

          • October 23, 2018 at 3:17 am

            Does it matter? Jeff is the real GM. It’s going to be interesting to see who wins out. Old school Fred or new school Jeff. I read where Alderson asked for more money for the teams analytics department but nothing came of that request. The Mets at that time had 3 personnel in that dept.! The Yankees have 20.

  10. October 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    OMG…The Giants!!!!

    who’s more wrecked right now????…The Gmen or the Mets?

  11. October 23, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Luis Castillo?

    • October 23, 2018 at 9:54 am

      He did have one really good year for the Mets but that ranks 25th on the OBP list.

  12. October 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

    How about Lee Mazzilli or Carlos Delgado?

    • October 23, 2018 at 11:16 am


      Our guy played one year and part of another with the Mets. His full year he wore the Mercury Mets jersey as part of MLB’s “Turn Ahead the Clock” promotion. He played for nine different teams in his career, including both of this season’s World Series clubs.

  13. October 23, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Rusty Staub?

    • October 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

      back to the drawing board

  14. October 24, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Today’s hints for our missing player:

    He made his MLB debut in 1979 and played his last game in 2003.

  15. October 24, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Ricky Henderson

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