Remembering pitching coaches Rube Walker and Mel Stottlemyre

A point of commonality for the two Mets championship seasons of 1969 and 1986 was that both teams possessed an excellent pitching coach, Rube Walker for the ‘69 squad and Mel Stottlemyre in ‘86. Walker was a baseball lifer, his playing career was mostly as a backup catcher, first for the Cubs, then for the [...]

Mets Minors: Offseason deep dive on Colin Houck

Biography: The Mets spent their 32nd overall pick in the 2023 draft to bring aboard a shortstop named Colin Houck.  The high school infielder boasted tremendous offensive numbers and athleticism that allowed him to perform as a two-sport athlete. He received scholarship offers from a number of serious schools to continue his football career as [...]

Steve Cohen and his plan to rebuild in New York

At this point it should be obvious to everyone that the Mets are trying to thread the needle with their moves this offseason. They’re trying to assemble a team capable of making the playoffs this year, while maintaining payroll flexibility for the future. My opinion is that the flexibility is for 2026. With the additions [...]

The 2024 Mets may be greater than the sum of their parts

  “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou’s famous quote was commentary on relationships rather than the state of an MLB franchise, of course, but it nonetheless seems fitting when assessing the Mets’ offseason. As Brian touched on earlier this month, they’ve done what they said they were [...]

How many starts in center field will Harrison Bader, Brandon Nimmo and others get in 2024?

Recently, Brandon Nimmo was voted as the second-best LF in MLB. It’s always nice to see players on your favorite team rated so highly. But why is everyone so ready to declare Nimmo as a corner outfielder? Sure, in an ideal world, Nimmo is a corner outfielder. But are the 2024 Mets living in an [...]