Wishing Doubleday was still the Mets owner

NJ.com’s Matthew Artus wrote an article about the history of Mets general managers since Frank Cashen came aboard. He closed his piece hoping that owner Fred Wilpon would have similar luck as with Cashen when hiring the team’s next GM. Upon reading it, my first reaction was – I wish it was Nelson Doubleday who [...]

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Takahashi's value as a starter

David Waldstein of the New York Times recently reminded everyone that the Mets essentially have until the end of October to sign Hisanori Takahashi. While Takahashi is a free agent following the 2010 season, if the Mets do not sign him by Halloween they are ineligible to ink him to a major league deal before [...]

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Top seasons by Mets hitters

Throughout their history the Mets have been known as a pitching-first organization.  But the Mets have had some pretty good years by hitters, too.  Here are the top single-season performances by position in team history, ranked by the WAR calculation available on Baseball-Reference. Position Player WAR Year 1B John Olerud 8.1 1998 LF Bernard Gilkey [...]

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Brad Holt emerges from the quicksand

"I've been looking forward to [the AFL] a lot. That was the biggest thing toward the end of the year," Holt said. "I knew it, the coordinators knew it -- it was a mental year, I got caught in the quicksand and it's hard to come out of it. It was just all in my [...]

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Mets would be wise by not spending at all

While the Mets have not named a new general manager yet-and subsequently a manager-but whoever the Wilpon’s decide on, the person tabbed to be GM will have some shrewd decisions to make. One of the major challenges facing the team is how they should approach free-agency in 2011 and go about readjusting their roster. How’s [...]

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Joaquin Arias profile

Just think if the Texas Rangers had Robinson Cano in their already-loaded lineup. It could have happened. Back in the winter of 2003 the Rangers had a choice between Cano and another young infielder, Joaquin Arias, as the player to be named with Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez. The Rangers chose Arias and “Now you [...]

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End of season report card for the Mets

For a season that opened up with hope, and which was carried to the All-Star break, the Mets once again flamed out and disappointed their fans and had their second consecutive losing season (79-83). Change is now on the horizon as GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel were given their pink slips on Monday. [...]

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Tejada surges towards the end

So it looks imminent the Mets will be replacing GM Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel when the season is over. Once the new GM is hired, he will have a lot of work to do along with some interesting decisions to make in regards to the makeup of the 2011 Mets. While it may [...]

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Mets should use Dickey, Pelfrey more in Citi

In 2010, the home team in MLB has a .559 winning percentage compared to a .441 mark when on the road.  Through games of Friday the Mets had a .582 winning percentage in home games, an above-average mark and the 12-best in MLB.  On the road, they have a .395 winning percentage, a below-average mark [...]

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Are Wilpons ready for hard truths?

"But the Mets have lacked ability to self-assess and look at the big picture. Are the Wilpons ready to hire someone who will tell them hard truths — and to listen when those hard truths come? This cannot be about buzzwords. For real this time, the skills sets must be gravitas, vision, creativity and fortitude. [...]

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