NL East

Bartolo Colon, homer, dh
Bartolo Colon hits first career home run!! #TEAMBARTOLO BABY!!! WOOOO!!!   Your browser does not support iframes. My life is seriously complete! I could die (after I finish writing this of course!) and be completely happy! My main man in baseball (and most of you know this from reading my blog or following me on Twitter or Facebook), actually probably on the entire planet, is Bartolo Colon!  I’ll admit I wasn’t a fan until the lovable, always happy pitcher became a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2012. In 2013, and I still hold this to be true, I was […]

Bartolo Colon takes James Shields deep for first career home ...

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Cespedes signs for three-years with Mets, includes one-year opt-out Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t looking for a three-year deal and it was rumored that the Washington Nationals were willing to give him the five-year, $100 million deal he was, more or less, looking for. Even more rumors whispered that he was holding out on the Nationals for a sixth year. They went further still saying that the outfielder, who went on a two month tear that helped turn the New York Mets’ 2015 season around after they acquired him from the Detroit Tigers at the July 31st trade deadline, wanted to stay […]

Popularity of opt-out clauses and Yoenis Cespedes

Mets fans, cult-hero
Re-signing of Colon should make Mets fans happy I can’t (no, wait I totally can) believe I am writing another post about him but who doesn’t just LOVE him?! I mean he’s so happy and just look at that face! I honestly don’t think there is a player who loves the game more. It’s infectious! Right? That’s why, and if you’ve read my blog before then you probably already know, I’m totally #TeamBartolo!! Fans of the New York Mets got good news on Wednesday, their team has re-signed everyone’s favorite player Bartolo Colon. It’s just a one-year deal as Colon […]

Mets’ fans rejoice! Mets re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year deal

Cuddyer announces retirement Yep. It’s official. I’m super old. Not super old but super, HELLA old. Michael Cuddyer retired from baseball and I feel old. Why him? No real clue. Never been a fan, never not been a fan. I didn’t feel as old when Mariano Rivera retired or when I realized that both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were over 40 – ok, well sometimes I am better off in denial. Except at least A-Rod and Jeter are still have some years on me. I remember them coming up in the league and Cuddyer as well. Michael Cuddyer has another […]

Michael Cuddyer calls it a career at 36 years old

Zack Wheeler
The New York Mets announced Sunday that they will not be shopping right-handed starter Zack Wheeler despite having a fearsome foursome in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard.  Personally I was hoping they’d shop Wheeler back in July. Wheeler, 25,  is coming off of having had Tommy John surgery last summer and they ALMOST did. Remember Wilmer Flores crying on the field after he thought he’d been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (giving him two reasons to cry – their record and leaving the Mets)? Well that was over Wheeler. The Brewers were prepared to send Carlos […]

Mets not shopping Wheeler is a disappointment

The New York Mets announced Wednesday that they had agreed with manager Terry Collins on a two-year contract extension that is reportedly worth $3 million. Collins did manage the Mets to a 90-72 regular-season record and an National League East title. He took them through the postseason and to the World Series that ended in a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals; it was the Mets’ first NL Pennant in 15 years. It would seem that extending Collins’ contract would be the prudent thing to do. However, there are questions and circumstances surrounding Collins that would make some question why the […]

Why are the Mets extending Collins’ contract?

Murphy, KC
After Saturday night the New York Mets found a themselves in a place that they had hoped to never be. They found themselves three games to one to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. It’s not an impossible spot to get out of. Teams’ in history have done it before, the last time being the 1985 World Champion KC Royals.  The Mets had the lead until a fifth inning mistake by Yoenis Cespedes but the scoring started on a solo home run by rookie Michael Conforto. It was his first of the night off of Royals’ starter Chris […]

Murphy, Cespedes allow KC to go up 3-1 in the ...

Game 3, takeaways
New York Mets’ captain David Wright, who has been out most of the season with lumbar spinal stenosis, was the true hero during the Game 3 of the 2015 World Series as the Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 9-3. He contributed four RBI to the Mets’ nine total runs and it was great for everyone to see him looking like his old self. It was Wrights second career postseason home run and first ever in the World Series. The crowd at Citi Field was electric with constant chants of “Lets Go Mets” and when Daniel Murphy […]

Mets take control in Game 3 of the World Series

Bartolo Colon, cult-hero
The Oakland Athletics didn’t sign veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon after he’d had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013 because they didn’t want to sign a 40-year-old to a two-year deal. Colon wanted a two-year deal and the New York Mets were happy to oblige. Since then, however, it appears the A’s may have been better off with a bit more depth in the starting rotation, especially depth that includes a well-seasoned veteran. I don’t think it could have hurt the A’s to have Colon on the 25-man roster in 2014 or 2015. I mean, he can […]

Should the A’s consider signing Bartolo Colon?

Cueto, second tier pitchers 2
Cueto pitches first World Series complete game since 1991 Honestly  this is a game I don’t want to talk about all that much.  Not that I necessarily don’t like the Kansas City Royals but I most certainly like the New York Mets a bit more. Unfortunately for me and a lot of New Yorkers, the game ended 7-1 in favor of the Royals. This game was pretty straight forward. Royals manager Ned Yost made the best decision possible. He started Johnny Cueto at home in Game 2 Wednesday night. Yost made sure that if the series even goes to six […]

Behind Cueto, Royals easily take Game 2

Game One
Royals walk-off in the 14th inning to take Game 1 of the World Series You can’t say that this hasn’t been a strange postseason. From New York Mets’ David Murphy‘s six home runs in six straight games to the insanity that ensued in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Almost every postseason game in 2015 has had something special, different or interesting occur (most of which will be in a series of columns I will soon be running on Today’s Knuckleball – likely at the conclusion of the World Series). Game 1 of […]

Craziness continues in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series

Ruben Amaro Jr. 2
Apparently former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was hoping for a higher position than that of first base coach,  however, if he took a minute to consider what  his current track record, both as a GM and as a former big league ballplayer, looks like from the outside he’d have to realize that he is in denial. Still, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last month that Amaro had retained Bob Lamonte, a prominent agent for NFL coaches and executives, to help promote him as a potential GM or manager to MLB clubs. As a former player, Amaro […]

Ruben Amaro Jr. is Red Sox first base coach and ...