A couple of quick hits before I settle in to watch the Jets-Colts game. I’ve got no dog in this fight but I guess I’ll root for the Jets since their name ends in “ets”

Great post by Amazin’ Avenue showing pics of celebs in Mets attire. The first pic though is of Adam Sandler who is a Highlander fan. Kevin James, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Baba Booey, Tim Robbins and Jon Stewart I know are die hard Mets fans. I met Stewart at of all places the Bronx Zoo a few years ago when the zoo had a Holiday Lights Festival. He was waiting like me to put his kids on the Merry-Go-Round. I recognized him right away and before I could say hi to him, he approached me and commented about my Mets jacket and cap. As our kids rode the Merry Go Round we talked Mets baseball. Yes that was a cool, very cool.

Jason Robotham of Metszila found a great article about Chris Young that was written in Men’s Journal. I know there has been talk that Alderson will not go past $1.5 mil for another starting pitcher so it would be nice to sign a pitcher like Young to an incentive laden deal for one year with an option kicking in as one of those incentives .

Ed Marcus (a/k/a Rusty Jr.) of The Real Dirt Mets blog wants to know who you feel are the Top 50 Mets players of all time. I’m going to file my top 50 in the comments section of Ed’s post and I have to warn you there is no big research or statistical analysis with my list.

(as I write this post, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks just jaunted 60 yds for a TD to put the Seahawks up 41-30 over the defending champs New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks are a 10 pt underdog and have an 11 pt lead with 3 mins left in the game. Lynch broke six tackles during his run. Incredible)

Somewhere on my Top 50 list of Mets players I will put the name R.A. Dickey. In just one year Dickey has won the respect and admiration of Mets fans like I’ve not seen in a long time

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  1. Krane, that is because Dickey is the rare player today that “acts” like a man. He wants to pitch nine innings, he is a stand up guy, and on a team that has been absolutely devoid of “cajones” he tried to make up for it all by himself. And he does it without swagger and drawing attention to himself. All he cares about is winning, and how many of the current Mets do you say that about? There hasn’t a player on this team like that in years. I don’t know if he is in the Top 50, but I certainly can understand why you want him in there.

  2. Regarding Dickey in your top 50 I know you said there won’t be much statistical analysis in your choices, which is your prerogative, but I like to use the stat ERA+ to rank pitchers and Dickey led the 2010 Mets with an ERA+ of 138.

    In the last 10 seasons there have been 7 seasons in which no Mets starting pitcher has had an ERA+ of 138 or better and in my informal quick look (I may have missed something) at this last decade only 3 Mets starting pitchers have had an ERA+ of 138 or better.

    Obviously we’re only talking about 1 season but based on ERA+ Dickey’s 2010 was one of the top 5 seasons by any Mets starting pitcher in the last decade.

  3. Jay, I am definitely old school. On the other hand, of the “new fangled” stats, I think that BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is a good stat to show the value of contact…and I am not saying that I do not like ERA+ but I have to admit, I have no idea what that stat is, so if you would be so kind, as to explain it to me, I would appreciate it, so I can decide if I appreciate the stat itself.

  4. kranepool says:


    You hit it right on the head on a team of weak willed players Dickey stood out like a beacon of light in the middle of the Artic Ocean

  5. kranepool says:

    Jay I love statistical analysis for player evaluation but when it come to my Top 50 Mets guys like Todd Pratt or Al Weis may not have the numbers (George Theodore and Ron Swoboda fit that description as well)but still have an endearment to me as a Mets fan

  6. for pfh64

    I think the wikipedia explanation of ERA+ is pretty good, here is a link:

  7. for pfh64

    a decent explanation of the formula used to calculate it, with an example, can be found here:

  8. Jay, I appreciate it, I am still lost, even if it is not as much, I kind of get the jist, it is trying to determine the success or failure of a pitcher, allowing for the league average and ballpark factored in, but I am not sure.

  9. Congrats to Dickey.

    But I really like the career leader in ERA+.

  10. Naming the top 50 Shake Shackers is akin to naming the top 50 Morris Albert songs!!!!

  11. Michael, are you trying to make a point?

  12. I love David Wright

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