Showing posts with label ESPN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ESPN. Show all posts

Friday, May 23, 2014

Listen to Linda Cohn's Podcast with Mets Ace Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey stopped by Linda Cohn's Podcast "Listen Closely" to talk about the Rangers and Mets..

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mets News: ESPN Keith Law - Mets have the 6th Best Farm System

Best 1B Prospect?

Mets News:’s Keith Law puts five Mets in his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with Noah Syndergaard the highest ranked at No. 24.

Travis d'Arnaud (36), Dominic Smith (37), Rafael Montero (60) and Brandon Nimmo (92) round out the list.

Dominic Smith is the highest ranked first baseman on Law’s list and the only first baseman to appear in the top 50.

On Tuesday, Law said the Mets have the sixth-best farm system in MLB.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

ESPN Baseball Writers: Predict Mike Piazza will miss the 2014 HOF Call

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the Baseball Writers' Association of America election results at 2PM today.

Seventeen voters from ESPN submitted ballots this year, and their votes are listed below.

The eligible players needed at least 13 votes to garner 75 percent of ESPN's total. If the ESPN ballot serves as any indication, Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas will receive enough votes to join Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in the Hall of Fame class of 2014.

While Mets Great, Mike Piazza is predicted miss the mark by 4.4%.

To see complete list click here

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mets News: Wally Backman to stay in Mets organization?

Mets News:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  The Mets have not been asked by any other organization for permission to speak with Wally Backman about a managerial vacancy. So team officials still expect Backman to return as Triple-A Las Vegas manager in 2014.

The Mets could not yet guarantee Backman's return, noting it still would be possible that a newly hired manager elsewhere might want Backman on the major league staff as a coach. But, for now, the Mets fully expect Backman to continue managing the 51s next season.

In its first year as a Mets affiliate, Backman-led Las Vegas won its Pacific Coast League division with an 81-63 record before getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mets return their entire major league staff in 2014, leaving no room for a promotion for Backman.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Preliminary 2014 Mets Schedule

Image Courtesy of  ESPN - Click to Enlarge

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Pic of Day: Sneak Peak of Matt Harvey's nude photo-shoot for ESPN the Magazine

If you got it Matt, Flaunt it - LOL
Matt Harvey shows off his form that’s made him the ace of the Mets staff in ESPN The Magazine’s fifth annual body issue.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mets News: ESPN's Law Predicts Mets will select 1B/OF Dominic Smith (Video) in 2013 MLB Amateur Draft

Mets News:

ESPN's Keith Law projects the Mets selecting Gardena, Calif., high school first baseman Dominic Smith with the 11th overall pick in next month's draft.

Baseball America's initial projection has the Mets selecting New Mexico first/third baseman D.J. Peterson from the University of New Mexico, but Law has Peterson off the board at No. 9 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Other draft possibilities:

Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge or "long shots" Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe or Stanford outfielder Austin Wilson.

Writes Law on Smith:

Smith is one of the best pure hitters in the high school class, showing a smooth left-handed swing with power and a plus glove at first base. When he keeps his weight back, his swing is outstanding, with great balance through contact and good hip rotation to generate power from his legs. He has quick, strong wrists, with a projectable body that should lead to very hard contact when he fills out in three or four years.

He can drift forward at the plate too early, getting his weight out over his front side before he's started his hands, losing power and struggling to control the bat head behind him. His stride is long and early, which may be part of the reason for his trouble staying back but is an easy fix in pro ball.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Ramirez, Rauch, Bay, Hairston, Young, Beato, Satin, Quintanilla, Tejada, Cedeno

Mets News and Notes:

Rookie Elvin Ramirez could not limit the damage after Santana departed. Ramirez, making his third major league appearance, walked four and was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets' lone run came with two outs in the ninth inning against ex-teammate Ryota Igarashi.

Jon Rauch rejoined the Mets bullpen after skipping the series in D.C. to allow the inflammation in his "debris"-littered right elbow to calm. He entered with the Mets trailing by nine runs in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame that included one bloop hit. Rauch said he took anti-inflammatory medication while remaining behind in New York. He assigned the root of the issue to bones grating with each other and irritating a nerve. He told reporters surgery will not be necessary.

Jason Bay, scratched from Thursday's lineup because of nausea he blamed on antibiotics being taken for a sinus infection, made his first appearance with the Mets since April 23 in the series opener. Bay started in left field and batted seventh. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Lucas Duda served as the DH.

Scott Hairston, who entered Wednesday's starting lineup after Bay was scratched, started a second straight game against a right-hander over odd-man-out Andres Torres. The current outfield crunch is not as severe as it will be next Friday, when the Mets return to National League play at home against Cincinnati and lose the DH. At that point, Duda could shift to first base and Ike Davis could be vulnerable. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opener against the Yankees.

Former hitting coach Howard Johnson (@20Hojo) tweeted about Davis: "Ike's reputation of questioning umpires on every strike is coming back to haunt him...anything close goes against him..."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mets one of four teams interested in Jeff Francis

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says the Mets are among four teams “keeping tabs” on LHP Jeff Francis.

Francis, 31, went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA 183 innings over 31 starts for the Royals last season. Although he allowed 224 hits, he allowed just 39 walks while striking out 91.

It was the first time he had made more than 30 starts in a season since 2007, when he went 17-9 and a 4.22 ERA with the Rockies.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Video: "Doc" Gooden admits he missed the team's championship parade in '86 because he was in a drug-induced haze

Former New York Mets ace Dwight "Doc" Gooden admits he missed the team's World Series championship parade in 1986 because he was in a drug-induced haze.

Gooden, who has battled drug problems during and after his career, told ESPN that he attended a party in the projects on Long Island after a team party ended following the Mets' Game 7 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

"When the party started winding down, for myself, a lot of times I get to a certain point of using drugs, the paranoia sticks in," Gooden told ESPN. "So I end up leaving the party with the team, going to these projects, of all places, in Long Island. Hang out there.

"Then you know what time you have to be at the ballpark to go into the city for the parade, but I'm thinking 'OK, I've got time.' And the clocks, I mean the rooms are spinning. I said, 'OK, I'll leave in another hour. OK, maybe in 30 minutes I'll leave. Well, maybe 15 more minutes I'll leave. Then the next thing you know, the parade's on and I'm watching the parade on TV. ... Horrible, horrible feeling."

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Game 4 Pitcher and Mets Fan Tries To Eliminate Yankees

Rick Porcello
West Orange NJ's own Rick Porcello doesn't know how it happened. His parents were Yankees fans. They would even let him skip one day of school per year to go to the old Yankee Stadium, but for some reason he became a Mets fan.
"I guess when I was pretty much old enough to start following baseball and really be in touch with the players was right around the 2000 [Mets] team and they went to the World Series," the 22-year-old Porcello said. "I just rooted for them. I always liked the fact that they were kind of more of an underdog in New York."
Porcello is the favorite against A.J. Burnett. There is an assumption that with Burnett on the mound, the Yankees don't have a shot. But Porcello has not been great. There is a reason he is the Tigers' fourth-starter. He was 14-9, but his ERA was 4.75. His home ERA was 5.64.

New York Yankees Career statistics vs. Rick Porcello
Robinson Cano11 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 .455 .455 .545 1.000
Eric Chavez2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.500 2.000
Brett Gardner9 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .111 .200 .111 .311
Curtis Granderson5 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
Derek Jeter9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Andruw Jones2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .750 .500 1.250
Russell Martin4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .500 .250 .750
Eduardo Nunez3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Ramiro Pena7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286
Jorge Posada9 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 .333 .455 .444 .899
Alex Rodriguez4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Nick Swisher10 3 0 0 1 4 2 2 .300 .417 .600 1.017
Mark Teixeira10 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .100 .182 .100 .282

"I have high expectations for myself and I don't think it was nearly as well as I'm capable of pitching over the course of an entire year," Porcello said.
Porcello said his parents are no longer Yankees fans. Well, his mom still likes one player.
"Mom loves Derek Jeter," Porcello said. "[She] might like him more than me."
 Source: ESPN

I know I will be rooting for the Tigers (Who I want to go All the way) a little more now that Mr. Porcello is a Orange and Blue Wearing Mets Fan on the inside... Go Tigers!! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Buster Olney: Mets Expected to listen to offers for David Wright

According to Buster Olney of, The Mets are expected to listen to offers for David Wright, who would presumably draw interest from the Rockies and Angels, among others.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Johan Santana to throw bullpen session Tuesday with Mets in Florida

According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin,  Johan Santana should throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Miami for Mets staff.

He will pitch in a minor league playoff game Friday. If all continues to go well, and the Mets' affiliates are done with the postseason after that,

Santana could find himself in a major league game at least for a couple of innings as soon as the following week.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Jayson Stark of ESPN on Jose Reyes' injury

Jayson Stark of ESPN Reports, that there’s buzz that the Mets were prepared to offer Reyes $100MM over five years earlier in the summer. It’s not hard to imagine the Mets scaling back their offer or replacing guaranteed years with vesting options now.

One of Stark’s sources estimates that each day on the disabled list costs Reyes $500K.

However, there's no doubt that Reyes will see some substantial offers this winter.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Moving the walls in at Citi-Field might be a topic of conversation in the off-season

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY said before the four-homer night at Citi-Field, incoming minority partner David Einhorn watched batting practice with Fred Wilpon. And, according to Newsday, there was a lot of gesticulating about the outfield walls, which may be getting modified next season to make Citi Field more power friendly.  David Lennon writes that the 16-foot wall in left could be halved, but cannot be moved in because behind the padding is a cement retaining wall. Sandy Alderson also modified the design of Petco Park after his first season on the job with the San Diego Padres. The GM acknowledged to Andrew Keh in the Times about dimension changes: "It is probably something we need to think about," while adding: "It’s not something we need to decide with regard to the team we have now. It’s something we need to decide with regard to the team we want to have in the future.”

Through the weekend, Citi Field ranked 11th of 16 ballparks in the National League in homers per game at 1.53. How might alterations to Citi Field affect home run totals?

Here’s an analysis from Greg Rybarczyk, founder of He is a former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and ship navigator as well as a former physics instructor at an ROTC prep school.

To determine the percentage increase in homers that wall adjustments would cause, Rybarczyk took all of the homers hit in the majors in 2010 and plotted them first using the existing Citi Field walls, then with certain modifications to the ballpark.


Says Rybarczyk: “I did this by moving the fence line of the long fence segment 10 feet towards the infield (which actually results in the fence being a bit more than 10 feet closer to home, since the fence angles away from home plate). I also lowered this fence to 10 feet high from the existing 16 feet high. If you do this, you increase homers to that part of the park by 35 percent, and overall homers by 22 percent. Obviously you can tweak the amount of the move inwards and/or the height of the new wall to get a bigger or smaller effect.”

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rumor Mill: Buster Olney says 5 teams in talks for Carlos Beltran...

Five teams remain in on talks for Carlos Beltran, according to ESPN's Buster Olney
He has the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, and yes the Rangers are back in the fold...
Olney says the Braves are the favorite, followed by the Giants.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rumor Mill: Red Sox like Carlos Beltran, but not the price

The Red Sox's position on New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has not changed, despite reports that Boston is aggressively pursuing him.

The Red Sox have made known their interest to the Mets, but at this stage are unwilling to part with the type of top-tier prospects New York is seeking in return, according to a Red Sox source.

And as much as they would like a right-handed bat, the Red Sox may have more pressing needs to address, especially on the pitching side, with three-fifths of their starting rotation out of action and reliever Bobby Jenks on the disabled list for a third time.

"We're interested in Beltran, but the price would have to be sensible," one Red Sox source said Wednesday, reiterating the position Boston maintained from the outset. "We lost a lot of good prospects for (Adrian) Gonzalez and want to protect our better minor leaguers."

Another major league source with ties to Beltran also expressed doubt that the veteran outfielder will wind up in a Boston uniform.

"I don't think they make a hard play," the source said.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

ESPN: Johan Santana close to throwing to batters

Sandy Alderson believes Johan Santana is very close to throwing to batters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Santana threw another bullpen session Saturday, so those types of batting practice sessions are next in the progression.

Alderson has described the next stage as spring-training-like, although he acknowledged that needs better definition.

“Some people have been thinking of spring training as say March 1 to March 31 -- actual pitching in games,” Alderson said. “Others have thought of it as the six weeks, pitchers and catchers, etc. We’ll try to get a little more precise over the next week or so. As I said I think a few days ago, we’re not looking for Johan to ride in here and be a major factor in this season.”

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