Checkout The Kranepool Society Podcast-June 5th 2013

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Joe DeMayo of St Lucie to Flushing joined me on the Kranepool Society Podcast to talk about tomorrows MLB First Year Entry Draft and to discuss the Mets Minor Leagues system

Note: I had a little technical hick up in the beginning  of the podcast so give it a bit to get going

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Kranepool Society Podcast w/Doug Wilson author of The Bird: The LIfe and Legacy of Mark Fidrych

 

I had the pleasure of speaking with Doug Wilson the author of The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych (Thomas Dunne Books)

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Checkout The Kranepool Society Podcast with Matthew Silverman

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I had the pleasure of having Matthew Silverman author of the book Swinging ’73:Baseball Wildest Season (published by Lyons Press) on the Kranepool Society Podcast recently to to talk about his book and the 1973 baseball season

 

 

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Checkout The Kranepool Society Podcast with guest Christopher Frankie

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My guest on the last Kranepool Society Podcast was Christopher Frankie author of NAILED The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra (published by Running Press)

 

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Checkout The Sports Media Watchdog Podcast of 3-31-13

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Mike and Steve talk about start of the baseball season. Hear them remember Johan Santana’s career, talk about the promising Mets prospects and Hal Steinbrenner’s media tour. They also will chat about the NCAA tournament championship game and Tim McCarver’s retirement.

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Hey Mets, What’s Shakin’

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I’m not a fan of the Harlem Shake by any stretch but this version that the Mets have put together is a howl.

I’m really enjoying this Spring of Jay but I’m just afraid that the next wacky event he’ll be a part of is marrying a Kardashian

Good to see Andy Martino has the pulse of the Mets clubhouse, the players really seems to hate each other, especially David Wright and LaTroy Hawkins both guys need to lighten up.

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Darryl Strawberry and John Franco Will Be At Bryant Park Today For The Mets Citi Tickets Pre-Sale

 

If you are in the area by Bryant Park (42 St bet.  5th and 6th Ave) today between 12PM and 1PM who can meet former Mets stars Darryl Strawberry and John Franco who will be on hand for the kickoff of the Citi card holders pre-sale for 2013 Mets tickets.

The three day exclusive presale will begin on Monday, February 25 and run until Wednesday, February 27 at 11:59 PM. Citi customers will have special access to purchase single home game tickets online at http://mets.com/Citipresale, Citi Field or any Mets Clubhouse Shop.

The Citi exclusive presale is the first opportunity for fans to purchase Opening Day, as well as Subway Series tickets. Fans must use their Citi credit or debit card to take advantage of this special offer.

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Checkout The Sports Media Watchdogs Podcast of 2-24-13

 

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Join Mike Siva and I as we discuss a host of topics from the lull in the sports schedule in February, the Daytona 500, spring training, the fall of the NY Rangers, my disdain for the WBC and more.

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Checkout The Sports Media Watchdog Podcast from 2-17-13

 
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On the latest Sports Media Watchdog Podcast Mike Silva and I discuss Michale Jordan at 50, The NBA All Star Game, the legacy of LeBron James, Fred Wilpon and his new found cash, and the NY Highlanders dropping StubHub as they try to strong arm the secondary ticket market

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Will 2013 Be The Summer of Lucas Duda ?

 
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Lucas Duda is one very large enigma to Mets fans. We see a strapping young man who stands 6’4” 250+ lbs and wonder, when will it all come together for Duda, when will we see 30+ HR’s and 90+ RBI. Well at 27 years old if it doesn’t come this year it mostly likely will never happen for Duda.

27 years of age is a great age to be unless you are an unproven big league baseball player. It’s an age where you are hitting your playing prime, where if you are a quality baseball player, everything comes together, it all starts to click, you have a good read on the opposing pitching staffs, you have a good idea of your hitting zone, you know when to be aggressive and when to lay off the breaking balls you chased as a greenhorn. It’s when the game starts to slow down just a bit for you to manage it effectively.  This is the season for all of this to come to Lucas Duda at the plate, if it doesn’t the Mets are in for a long season and Duda could be one in a long line of young Mets outfielders to be discarded on the side of the road.

I’ve looked a few of the projections for Duda for the coming season and while there seems to be a bit of an uptick in his power numbers by some, is it enough t to keep him as a big league starter?:

PECOTA .251/.333/.430  15 HR 54 RBI

ZiPS  .248/.330/.418  18HR  74 RBI

Bill James  .268/.356/.454   18HR  69 RBI

 

James projects Duda with a better on base and slugging percentage and I kind of agree with that. Duda has improved his eye at the plate, swinging at fewer pitches outside the strike zone (30.1, 29.8 and 35.3 last season) and his base on balls rate has gone up each season as well. But it’s the power numbers that give me pause on Duda as his Isolated Power Average dropped from .189 in 2011 to a pedestrian .150 last season. Being that the Mets lineup is still in flux-I don’t think Terry Collins knows who will be his 1-2 in the lineup yet-where Duda bats will determine how many RBI opportunities he gets, I figure Duda to bat 6th so the opportunity to drive in runs will be there for him.

Hitting just 15-18 home runs will not be acceptable this season from Duda, the Mets have to see an increase to at least mid-twenty’s if the team is going to make any noise this season and again at 27 years old, it’s time for Lucas to bust out.

The dilemma is for Duda to stay in the lineup he has got to hit and be a run producer as his defense is, and there is no way to sugar coat it,dreadful. The Mets do not need Duda to be Barry Bonds-like in left field but he needs to be able to get a good initial jump on balls and just make the routine play. In Duda’s defense (no pun intended) he is a first baseman by trade who is still learning a new position, so I have to cut him some slack.

The intangible in the whole Lucas Duda equation is his mind set. When Duda first came up to the Mets, it took a while for him to become comfortable in the major league/NYC setting. Terry Collins has mentioned that Duda has to get a grasp of being a big leaguer and now as one of the young vets on this Mets team, he has to be a leader. That doesn’t mean he has to be vocal or a rah-rah type, which is not his nature but Duda has to step up this season and be a difference maker so the club and Mets fans don’t have to suffer through another disappointing season.

Let’s all hope that 2013 becomes The Summer of Duda.      

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