Pete Alonso’s $20 million arbitration salary

One of the items flying under the radar last week was the Arbitration Deadline, on Thursday January 11. The New York Mets had a half dozen players with the right service times – players between three and six years, plus Super Twos. Going to arbitration is almost universally a bad play for teams because they [...]

On how Yogi Berra missed being a career Yankee back in 1965

One baseball player trait fans admire is “played their whole career with the same team”. It is standard trivia to know Brooks Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski both spent their entire 23-year careers with the same team – that’s the record. There are 11 players, all in the Hall of Fame, that played in 20 or [...]

A zippy interview with Dan Szymborski

Dan Szymborski self-describes as “Senior Writer for FanGraphs, ESPN contributor, data provider for teams/agents, ZiPSetician, gamer, exasperating, possibly the worst. BBWAA, Digital Dandy.” Dan and I have been friends for about 27 years, discussing and arguing baseball on USENET discussion boards. He developed ZiPS, the premier projection system for 20+ years, and I developed RED, [...]

Gold Gloves, perhaps?

The Mets have managed to sink to the bottom of the National League East. There are still positive aspects to the season and certainly skills to build on for 2024. While the hitting is always under the microscope, having a defender give away runs in the field definitely has to be prevented.  It is a [...]

Ya gotta believe?

The Mets have made it to the 99-game mark. Sitting at 46-53, what can the Mets expect to achieve the rest of the season? The first information to review is what the prognosticators assessed the Mets true talent level before the season. Most already included Edwin Diaz’ injury, so that issue was included in the [...]

The Mets need to be proactive in plugging their holes

The New York Mets have spent lots of money in the recent past.  Steven Cohen is a new kind of owner. He understands flags fly forever, and he’s a fan. He also knows any title will result in immediate increased team valuation.  These are important considerations when assessing next steps for a team with a [...]

Following the Mets’ indicators after a month of action

After a month of baseball, many aspects of the games are taking shape. There have been lots of rule changes the last couple of years many fans like and many fans dislike.  How these rule changes affect the Mets also varies. As Steven Shrager wrote last week, the Mets DH is a work in progress. [...]