To be sure, this is the season of knee-jerk reactions. Suddenly, corporate America can do nothing right—in fact, everything from executive compensation to promotional budgets has been denounced as a waste of taxpayer funds. What a shame that so few elected political leaders understand the real world. The irony became stronger in recent days as Read More
This weekend, I made my way out to the Willets Point–Shea Stadium stop on the No. 7 train, and for the first time with my own eyes, I saw that my beloved blue dump was gone. The only things left of Shea, the home of the Mets for 45 years, were some mounds of ash, Read More
For players in Caribbean winter leagues like Pedro Feliciano, each game is an exercise in multitasking.
Feliciano, who is currently pitching for Leones de Ponce in Puerto Rico, has the immediate task in front of him—helping his team to the Puerto Rican playoffs. Feliciano also has the unenviable task of putting a difficult 2008 behind Read More
From the moment the Mets announced that Billy Wagner would miss the 2010 season, both fans and the media focused on the prize closer of the offseason, Francisco Rodriguez.
With the news that the Mets have agreed to a three-year deal with Rodriguez today, it is clear that New York came to the conclusion that Read More
The Mets have casually approached the free agent closer market, and rightfully so. Both Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Fuentes are top choices, but it appears that only the Mets have both the money and the inclination to spend it on a closer, leaving them free to choose.
So New York has let the market come Read More
As Thanksgiving approaches, the Mets are still two reliable starters short, with only Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine assured of spots in next season’s rotation. Oliver Perez remains unsigned, and if the season opened today, Jonathon Niese (total career starts: 3) would likely be the number four man.
Meanwhile, embattled reliever Aaron Heilman Read More
Time to Say Goodbye to Pedro.
Pedro Martinez’s agent said this week that while several teams are interested in his client’s services for 2009, the Mets remain his top choice. And on the surface, Martinez is still a good fit for the Mets.
Even if New York re-signs Oliver Perez, their fifth starter remains Read More
As the Mets assess ways to improve their pitching staff this offseason, Oliver Perez, who has been a mainstay of the starting rotation, is mentioned as one of several options. But if the Mets are serious about consolidating 2008’s gains, they have no choice but to sign Perez, who is the best of their plausible Read More
So what are the poor, pathetic, sidelined Mets to do as they approach roster decisions this winter?
At first glance, their options for building a team that can play consistently good baseball for an entire season are grim: A weak free agent class provides little in the way of help, either offensively or with starting Read More
It’s not just that the Mets lost to the Florida Marlins Sunday, 4-2, to finish out of the playoffs—it’s how they lost.
There was little question that New York’s bullpen would provide an obstacle for the team’s stellar starting pitching and offense to overcome. But in the final three games of the season, while the Read More