David Wright: “I Don’t Want to Have Regrets”

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“I don’t want to have regrets,” said a noticeably different Wright in an interview with MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo on Friday afternoon, during his annual Vegas Night to benefit the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Virginia.

“It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can’t be relied on to go out there and do what I’ve done throughout my career,” “That is a tough thing to say.”

Wright, who appeared noticeably slimmer and more cautious with every comment, explained how recovering from spinal stenosis has been a pure guessing game. “You don’t know how you’re going to feel a month from now. You don’t know how you’re going to feel a couple weeks from now. You’re hoping that it continues to get better, but you just don’t know.”

Read the entire story by MLB.com’s Mets Beat Writer Anthony DiComo here

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First Bruce, and now Adrian Gonzalez???

Anyone else confused?

A few days ago, the news broke that the Mets have signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a three year $39 million dollar deal. A very affordable deal for a reliable old toy.

What was Jay’s role going to be?

He was going to be the right fielder at least until Conforto came back, and he could play all three outfield spots as well as some first base is the situation warrants it. Some people questioned it considering first base and the outfield is not a position of need for the Mets (like third base), but, considering how Bruce is a reliable guy that brings clubhouse leadership, and usually puts up 25 homeruns and 80 RBI’s by year’s end, the deal was met with praise.

Great, the Mets are off to the races, now let’s get a closer and a third baseman!

Then this happens…..

In the twenty minutes since the news has broken, it has been met with criticism, some of which is warranted, and some not.

This does send a message that the Mets have little to no faith in Dominic Smith, who underperformed in his’ cup of coffee in 2017. Additionally, this probably means Dominic Smith will start the year in Triple-A Las Vegas, so he can get four at bats on a regular basis, something I can’t see him doing if everyone is healthy to start the year.

On the singing itself, it’s certainly a little strange; Gonzalez was  one of the best players in baseball a few years ago, but he’s fallen off a cliff the last two years statistics wise, and it’s ultimately a cheap Michael Cuddyer type move.

Does this excite me? Somewhat. It’ll be surreal to see Adrian Gonzalez in the orange and blue, but after the initial shock, I don’t think the Mets will see extraordinary productivity from him.

That being said, this whole post is remarkably similar to what I said when Colon signed in 2014, and I was dead wrong, so I will withhold judgement.

Do I still have hope for David Wright in 2018?

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While the Mets haven’t done much outside of significantly improving the coaching staff this offseason, there has been some traction recently when it comes to the free agent market.

Specifically, General Manager Sandy Alderson has expressed interest in re-signing Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, and signing long-time Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas or maybe Todd Frazier.

Now, these rumors are, just rumors, but this is the first time in my time as a Mets fan (now 12 years) that I’ve seen the team try to acquire a legitimate third baseman. And the reason that has been the case for the past decade and a half is that David Wright has been the Mets hot corner.

Three years ago, it would be insulting to even consider going after a journeyman third baseman, but that’s all changed, since David has only played a couple dozen games in those three lost seasons for him.

While the majority of the Mets fans perception of David is still really, really, high, and his t-shirt still sells very well at the Modell’s and at the Team Store, it’s no secret that injuries have totally de-railed his career, and every time he builds up strength and gets back out there, something else sidelines him. Through all of these injuries I have been and will continue to be supportive and hopeful that we’ll see him in a uniform again on the field, and I don’t blame him at all for trying to do his job, which is play baseball. He has a family to support, and might have kids and grandkids that he’d like to help out as well. Sure, he makes good money, why not collect the salary from the Wilpons and the insurance?

So, I’ll still root for Wright for right now. I hear all the calls that he should retire, some of them are probably warranted, but he’s earned the right through his time here to call it quits when he wants to, and it looks like he has no intention of stopping now.

 

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WATCH: Top Mets Moments in 2017

It’s easy to forget the good moments that took place in 2017 with the Orange & Blue, but there were a few.

Relax and enjoy this clip, it might warm you up a little bit, and get you somewhat excited for Spring Training.

Last Call for the Queens Baseball Convention

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Two weeks from now, and three blocks from my home, Mets fans will gather in Astoria, NY, specifically Katch Pub & Grill (located on Newton Ave and 31st street) to see former Mets, current Mets and even some familiar faces far and wide that are usually only seen at the ballpark in the summer and on social media.

I’ve gone to all of the QBC’s that were not cancelled by a blizzard so far, and I can truly say they are a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, my work constraints will prohibit me from going this year; which is a shame. So, instead of writing about why you should feel pity for me (which you shouldn’t, I genuinely enjoy my weekend job) I will spend this blog post soliciting for the remaining tickets that are still on sale.

As of this writing, the only ticket still available is the Admission + Two Autographs level for $65. Previously, tickets were available at the door, but that seems unlikely given how fast these tickets have gone.

Grab yours here, and see the full schedule and info on the official website here.

(P.S. Someone please record the Uni Talk panel so I can watch it at home).

 

My Mets New Year’s Resolutions

 

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A new year means a new season, filled will new trials and new tribulations, and, like last year, I have some wishes that I hope for our team heading into the 2018 season.

As a Mets fan for 13 years, I’m fairly positive none of these wishes will come true, but, there isn’t any harm in asking for them, so here we go:

1. There is a stretch of 5 days with our aces pitching

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Since June of 2015, when Steven Matz made his Major League debut with the Mets, we’ve had Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard under our control, but there hasn’t been one stretch of five games, where those five pitchers have started.

In other words, someone is always hurt, and this handicaps the team significantly. Obviously, injuries are a part of the game, and they can happen wether you take every precaution against injury or not. The being said, a rotation with Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Matz, Gsellman and Lugo should not have started pitchers like Tommy Milone, Rafael Montero, Adam Wilk, Tyler Pill and Chris Flexen on a regular basis.

Ray Ramirez was fired at the end of the season in 2017, and the new coaching staff should usher in a new culture when it comes to getting ready and preparing for games.

2. The Mets cut ties with Barwis

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Speaking about injuries, one person that people love to point their fingers at is the Mets strength and conditioning coordinator, who has a home base down in Port St. Lucie, Mike Barwis.

Brawls, who has prided himself in “conditioning” David Wright for the past half-decade, has yielded a lot of criticism from Mets fans, and while I can’t blame him for a player getting injured while making a fantastic catch, the captain does have to fall with his ship, and the Mets health performance has been abysmal since the he’s come in.

3. The Mets bring back the Black, just for one game.

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2018 is the 20 year anniversary of the debut of the Mets black elements, including the alternate uniforms, hybrid caps, and drop shadows that we love to hate.

Personally, I believe the current Mets uniform set is one of the best that there is hands down. That being said, there is a lot of history with the Mets black uniforms, and I do hope that they will bring them back eventually as a quick nod to the past.

That being said, black is still not and will never be a Mets color, and we should stick to Orange and Blue when it comes to our regular uniforms.

 

It’s 2018……….

It’s finally 2018, and as promised it’s time to look at our new logos!

These logos will debut over our social platforms and on the blog, and will be fully phased in by week’s end.

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Above is our primary logo, which will be featured on the blog and in select social media. The font has been used by myself when designing other graphics for the blog since the beginning of 2016, and I’m fairly satisfied with it, so I decided to use it with our new logo.

In addition to the primary logo, we are releasing three alternate logos that will also be used throughout the platform, these will not be seen regularly but will still be present throughout the blog.

So, how do you like our new look? Let me know in the comments down below and on twitter @NikoMetsPlus.

Also, as the Holidays come to a close, I want to again wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year, (the Mets should really take note of that point) and of course…. Let’s Go Mets!

A new look for MetsPlus, but first…..

The last post about 2017 will be a reflection on one of our signature items, here on the blog, the logo.

The arched logo, pictured below, was designed by Robert Pimpser in 2015, and is known informally as the “2015 logo”.

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I blogged about the NL Champion Mets with that logo, saw deGrom win a Rookie of the Year, watched Mike Piazza get inducted into the Hall of Fame and saw his number retired at Citi Field.

I truly did enjoy the logo, but it is somewhat hard to integrate with other designs and graphics I post, so, for the new logo, known as the 2018 Logo, we are simplifying things a little bit.

Check back a little later tonight (or tomorrow morning) and see our new look!

Oh, and Happy New Year’s Eve!

 

 

Will I be going to the Winter Classic at Citi Field

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Let me be honest here. I’m not a huge hockey fan.

I don’t know a single player on a third of the teams in the league, and I don’t know who any of those people are in the embedded photo above. That being said, I still wear Islanders gear, and am a casual fan that goes to about 2-3 games per month. Additionally, I have some Sabres gear, and have gone to a few games up in Buffalo, and I get really into the game when I go.

So, I was pretty intrigued when the NHL announced that the Winter Classic is coming to Citi Field this New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2018.

Unfortunately, the prices have been inflated ever since the tickets have come out. As of today’s date, the 29th of December the cheapest ticket on StubHub is $137, up in the Promenade Outfield, which will be freezing cold in that wind channel on a January night.

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So, I’m probably not going to be going to the Winter Classic unless the ticket prices take a five, which I think will be fairly unlikely.