Mets Fans Are On The Outside Looking In

While the Twitter-verse is blowing up over the Rays-Royals deal after just toweling off over Zack Grienke signing a 6 year $147 with the Los Angeles Dodgers (seriously are we sure the Dodgers weren’t bought by the U.S .Congress?) we Mets fans are like a bunch of street urchins staring at the bakery window praying that we can fill our empty belly’s with a day old bun.

The news out of Mets camp is about banners and bobble heads and circus coming to Citi Field instead of big strapping power hitting outfielders joining the big league club or the stay of execution of a Cy Young Winning knuckleballer and a couple of reliable relief pitchers.  It’s great that the Mets are putting tickets on sale earlier than usual but in all honestly before I buy a ticket for the performance I need to know who’s in the cast?  I’d love to go see Macbeth but with Pauly Shore playing the Scottish Lord I’d pass.   

I am trying to remain patient but as the days go on without any type of player movement, I’m leaning toward the Yogi-isim of “it gets late early” which will soon lead me to my favorite axiom “shit or get off the pot”.  I really, really want to participate in the season of Mets in 2013, I have my discretionary income sitting in an empty Chock Full O’ Nuts can waiting to purchase tickets. I want to go to all the  Tchotchke Days, I want to sit in Section 514 of the Promenade Infield with my scorebook on a warm summer day, I live for these kind of moments, and all I ask of the Mets is to make an effort to put out a team on the field that I can root for.  I just do not want to see a team where the majority of the roster is made up of players who rolled over and played dead for last four late summers. I’m not asking much and I’m willing to pay in U.S. currency for it.

So many people are killing Dayton Moore today for trading off Wil Myers Baseball Americas Minor League Player of the Year and P Jake Ordorizzi the #1 and # 3 prospects in the Royals system along with two other lower ranked prospects  for pitchers ” Big Game” James Shields and Wade Davis. For all the heat Moore is taking, I have to give him props for having the balls to be bold. He’s not standing by he’s taking a shot by adding a consistent top of the rotation starter in Shields and a reliable reliever in Davis.

If we have learned anything from the last couple of post seasons, the team that is playing at its best in August and September are the teams that make the big post season runs. Teams like the Mets who think the season ends at the All Star Break each season are left to lament how to get better. It’s December 10th and right now the Mets are not any better than they were when the season ended. So far it’s “it gets late early “but we’re not far from “shit or get off the pot”

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NY METS BE-BOP-A-BOBBLEHEAD

This Ike Davis Bobblehead was given out at MCU Park and is one my favorties  

 

The New York Mets have released their schedule of bobblehead giveaways and each one is a must have if you are like me a serious bobblehead collector.

On Sunday April 22nd at 1:10PM vs. the SF Giants will be Tom Seaver Bobblehead  Day

Saturday May 26th at 1:10PM vs. the SD Padres will be Rusty Staub Bobblehead Day

Sunday June 17th at 1:100PM vs. the Cincinnati Reds will be Keith Hernandez Bobblehead Day

Saturday July 21st at 1:10PM vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers will be Edgardo Alfonzo Bobblehead Day

Saturday August 25 at 1:10PM vs. Houston Astros will be Mike Piazza Bobblehead Day

An impressive list of bobblehead honorees even with the omission of Ed Kranepool Bobblehead day.

To get tickets for these games go to Mets.com and Mets50.com   

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BED SHEET, PAINT AND A GOOD ATTITUDE IS ALL YOU NEED FOR BANNER DAY

Mark it down on your calendar May 27th it will be Banner Day at Citi Field and before you read anything else today you MUST read Mets Police posting today on what Banner Day means and how you should properly behavior on this day.

Yeah, Yeah I know the owners suck, team sucks, Citi Field sucks yada, yada and more endless yada. That’s why it is time for you to stop all of your sobbing (right Ray?) and get involved in something that is fun and a big part of the fabric of what it is to be a Mets fan.

I hope all you red-ass Mets fans know that any derogatory signs or banners you feel is your right to bring to Citi Field that day will never make it on to the field and before you kill the Mets for screening the banners that will be on display think about what’s worse screening banners or being refused access to use the rest room during God Bless America?

How great is it to be Steve Cohen? Cohen is a true hedge fund impresario. He is in the running for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers but he also is buying a minority stake in the Mets. It’s a win-win all around for Cohen, if he gets the Dodgers, he becomes sole owner, if he loses out on the Dodgers, he’ll still have his wallet in the door to be sole owner of Mets. In fact I wouldn’t be shocked if Bud Selig is working a backroom deal with Cohen, Wilpon and MLB to drive up the sale price of the Dodgers with Cohen getting a bigger piece of the Mets, still a minority share but more that 10-20% with the agreement that is the Wilpon’s have to sell they sell outright to Cohen.

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BBA ANNOUNCE THEIR 2011 ALL STAR SELECTIONS

Here is the press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance announcing the BBA’s selections for the NL an AL starters for the 2011 All Star Game:


BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE NAMES 2011 ALL-STARS

 

Outfielders Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers led their respective leagues in balloting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as conducted by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and announced today.

Bautista, who has an American League-leading 1.133 OPS to go along with his 24 home runs, was named on 50 ballots, not including one ballot that placed him at third base.  Bautista was joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who received 48 votes, and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, who tallied 23 votes.

There were few close races in the AL voting by the BBA.  The tightest was at third base, where Yankee Alex Rodriguez outpolled Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers 30-16.  All other races were decided by at least twenty votes save the nod for starting pitcher.  Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won that 16-6 over Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, but many bloggers did not designate a specific starter so fewer votes were cast in that category.

Other American League nods were to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was selected at that position.

Over in the National League, Kemp’s stellar first half–he sits second in batting average, first in home runs, second in RBI and has 21 stolen bases to boot–earned him mention on 54 ballots.  Accompanying him in the outfield was Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

As in the junior circuit, the closest race in the NL was at the hot corner.  Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco edged out Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres 21-14, with Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones receiving 10 votes.

The other races were not a contest, as Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes all won their slots by at least 25 votes.

Starting the contest for the NL was Roy Halladay, who easily outpolled his Philadelphia teammate Cole Hamels for the honor.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  As a secondary goal, they vote on various awards throughout the year.  In January, they recommended Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the Baseball Hall of Fame and in March, they created a new award to honor the top internet writer and then named it after the first recipient, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski.  You can find the BBA at their website or on Facebook.  You can follow the Alliance at @baseballblogs on Twitter or via the hashtag #BBBA.

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COACH ‘EM UP FELLAS’

Its official the somewhat new and improved Mets coaching staff has been announced via press release.  The names are the ones we figured on.  Old School Dan Warthen and Chip Hale remain on staff at their positions. Obie becomes Terry Collins sounding board in the dugout. Mookie Wilson is back with the team as first base coach (and I’d bet outfield and base running coach as well)

Two names that were added are of hitting coach Dave Hudgens and bullpen coach Joe Debus, here are their bios:

Hudgens spent the last five years (2006-2010) as the Field Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians.  He is currently managing Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.  Hudgens was the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics in 1999 and from 2003-2005.  He managed four years in Oakland’s minor league system from 1985-1988, including three years at Medford (A) of the Northwest League.  Hudgens, who was originally selected by the Mets in the first round of the January 1975 draft but did not sign, served as the Athletics’ Assistant Director of Player Development from 1996-1998 and 2000-2002.  He played six minor league seasons with the Athletics and Indians and appeared in six games with Oakland in 1983.

Debus was a professional scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2009-2010.  He served on the coaching staff of the Orix Buffaloes in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League during Terry Collins’ tenure as Manager from 2007-2008.  He served as the minor league catching coordinator for the Dodgers from 2002-2004 and in 2005 he was the bullpen coach for the big league squad.  Debus began his coaching career in the Dodgers minor league system in 1990 and served as a coach or manager through the 1999 campaign.  In 2000 and 2001 Debus was the General Manager of the Elmira Pioneers of the Independent Northern League.  He played 10 seasons in the minor leagues, advancing as high as Triple-A.

This what you’d call a “grizzled” coaching staff

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DODGERS BACK TO BROOKLYN ?

OH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like Frank McCourt is looking to unload the Los Angeles Dodgers of Brooklyn as he can’t afford a baseball team and an ex-wife. Oh the possibilities here.

Could Freddy Skill Sets pull an O’Malley and head West to own his beloved Dodgers ? Think about it. Or how desperate is McCourt for some scratch that he would sell the DODGERS name to Freddy? Or just the trademark name Brooklyn Dodgers ?  Then he can get Jay Horowitz to legally change his name to Happy Felton

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