Going down memory lane with Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden

One of my earliest Mets’ memories is Game 5 of the 1969 World Series.  My second grade home room teacher, Mrs. Goudey, let us watch the game on a clunky old black and white television she wheeled into the classroom on a tall metal cart.  When she turned on the game, Jerry Koosman had already [...]

A chance meeting with Art Shamsky

Art Shamsky played Major League Baseball from 1965 through 1972.  He played predominantly for the Cincinnati Reds (1965-1967) and the New York Mets (1968-1971).  He once hit four home runs in consecutive at-bats, tying a Major League record.  He is the only such player, however, to hit the first three of those home runs in [...]

Do long-term contracts ever work out for the Mets? The Pete Alonso question

Now that the Mets have lost out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, all eyes turn toward the team’s most difficult question of the off-season:  Pete Alonso’s future with the Mets.  In an article from last spring, it was suggested that the team should extend his contract and that it would cost north of $400M.  Some scoffed at [...]

Mets have work to accomplish during the Winter Meetings

It’s December in New York and so that means the Hot Stove is heating up. Major League Baseball’s Winter Meeting is convening once again and when baseball executives meet, they can’t help themselves from doing deals. The hottest two players on the free agent front are Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Where will they land? [...]

The challenges facing the Mets this offseason

When legendary labor leader Marvin Miller devised the free agent system that Major League Baseball still uses today (with some tweaks along the way), the framework of the system created an “exclusive rights” period during which teams could negotiate with their players to whom free agency was an option.  Originally, a 10-day window, this year [...]

Next season begins now, but it doesn’t look like the Mets will be better for several years

About 10 days ago, I wrote an entirely different column than what appears here. The previous version was a decently upbeat assessment of the Mets’ short-term future and a maybe too rosy look at the talent the team obtained by trading aging superstars. Then I watched the first two games of the Royals series – [...]

On Steve Cohen’s dream of sustained success

Another lost season. It’s almost not possible. Heading out of Spring Training there was such hope and optimism – almost certainty – that these Mets would be really good. Contenders for the World Series. A stacked lineup. Wonderful starting pitching. An awesome bullpen. What could go wrong? Everything. We’ll start with Edwin Diaz in the [...]

Alonso is killing it in 2023: What will it take to keep him beyond 2024?

Pete Alonso is on the cusp of making serious bank – and he deserves every penny. We started hearing about his prodigious home run power when he was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2016 Amateur Draft from the University of Florida. The number one overall pick that year? The Phillies drafted high school [...]