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 [...]

The ramifications of the offseason of one-year deals for the Mets

The following quote by Max Scherzer comes from a Ken Rosenthal piece in The Athletic, published Aug. 1, 2023, after Scherzer’s trade to the Rangers.  Scherzer said: “I talked to Billy (Eppler),” Scherzer told The Athletic. “I was like, ‘OK, are we reloading for 2024?’ He goes, ‘No, we’re not. Basically our vision now is [...]

A Darryl Strawberry fan who can’t wait for June 1

Yesterday, the New York Mets announced the dates that they will retire Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry’s numbers this upcoming season.  The date for Gooden’s number is April 14, and for Strawberry, it’s June 1. Both are well deserving. They were two of the Mets’ biggest and brightest stars in the 1980s decade, providing lots [...]

Mets now have to make a cut to their 40-man roster

With the 2024 acquisitions of Harrison Bader, Diego Castillo and Sean Manaea, the Mets will have to remove a player from the 40-man roster. This isn’t a huge problem, as there are eight or more players that could be cut without losing too much sleep. But previously it was an open question if David Stearns [...]

Mets sign Sean Manaea to fill out rotation

The New York Mets made a move on Sunday morning, to improve their starting rotation. It was not highly touted starting pitchers in Blake Snell or Jordan Montgomery. Instead, it was another lefty starter in Sean Manaea. The Mets signed the southpaw to a two-year, $28 million contract. The deal includes an opt-out after the [...]

Taking stock of the Mets’ offseason so far after the Harrison Bader signing

Harrison Bader’s one-year deal adds $10.5 million to both the Opening Day payroll and – more importantly – to the 40-man Competitive Balance Tax payroll. It’s difficult to establish what the latter sits at now, with the unknown of arbitration salaries. Cot’s estimates it to be $306.4 million, while Spotrac has it at $293.2 million. [...]

Why signing J.D. Martinez should be the Mets’ first priority in 2024

The good news is that there are still plenty of good free agent players available. I’ve stressed enough previously of how much the Mets need more pitching. However, the Mets could also use more hitting too, especially at the Designated Hitter spot. And the perfect free agent, who can bolster the Mets DH spot, is [...]

The case for acquiring Jordan Montgomery

With the New York Mets missing out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the organization will focus on acquiring other free agent pitchers to bolster their starting rotation. There are still several names available in the free agent market. One of the top starters available, is Jordan Montgomery and here is why the Mets should go after him. [...]