Musings on an up-and-down Mets season

Umpiring and Replay Robbery Any true Mets fan knows full well that we have been getting screwed by umpires for decades. When others bemoaned the introduction of replay, I cheered. Over the years, umpires blew obvious calls that replays overturned. (Remember Omar Santos’ home run at Fenway Park?) In a recent season, the Mets were [...]

David Stearns’ challenge to build a balanced offense

Every great offense in baseball is built on the concept of balance.  A lineup of sluggers only doesn’t work.  Neither does a lineup consisting solely of singles’ hitters.  Great offenses have some guys who get on base (and move themselves along) and others who drive them in.   In today’s game, the rule book is [...]

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 – [...]