December 2014

BBA Elects Niko Goutakolis as the new Alliance President

All I want is Baseball

Baseball. A great sport that gets a lot of revenue on an annual basis. If you have been watching MLB Network or any of the Baseball coverage that airs on SNY, it’s getting old and stale, and I’ll be there first to admit it, I’m sick of talking about how long it takes for the Mets to get a shortstop or a relief pitcher. How many days away is Opening Day again? 98? I just want Baseball back, maybe if we can get some low-quality camera shots of a pitcher throwing a baseball to a catcher in Port St.Lucie, I’ll be happy. The Mets have a nice spring training complex, and if you haven’t been, I highly recommend going in 2015. The capacity is around 7,500, and the Mets regularly draw somewhere around 3,000 to 5,000 people, so it won’t sell out like games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, just north of West Palm Beach, where the Marlins and Cardinals play. Going to Spring Training gives you something to look forward to, and it’s very easy to grab an autograph or two . Stadium_030506_046small

If you can’t make it down to Florida this year, I recommend going to the Queens Baseball Convention in January, 2015. Stars like Mookie Wilson, Wally Backman and Adam Rubin will be there for autographs and interviews. Mets broadcaster Josh Lewin from WOR will also be there. If you don’t have your tickets yet, don’t worry, you still have time. Head on over to MetsPolice.com right now and grab a pair of tickets. I already have. Anyway, the moral of this post is that Baseball needs to hurry up and get here. Happy New Year Mets fans!

Posted by: Niko Goutakolis 

Will the Mets sign anyone else this offseason?

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So far this offseason, the Mets have signed one major player, Michael Cuddyer, to a two year deal in early November. The Mets have since been mute, only signing minor league players and trades that barely make the local newspaper. What can the Mets do now? Sign someone before the free agent market dries up…. if it hasn’t already. All along, the Mets fan-base (including me) has been pushing for the Mets to sign a big-name hitter (Castro, Tulo.. exc.). The problem is, you look at that, and you see that I wrote exc. indicating that there are a lot more guys out their that would be great candidates for the job, but are there? Frankly, I would be challenged to find another big name shortstop out there. Reports say that Tulowitzki to the Mets has a 5% chance of happening at best. The Cubs are reluctant to trade Castro, or any of their five shortstops ready for the big leagues. So, will the Mets make another signing or trade this offseason to get a bat or a reliever? I don’t think so. The Mets have made it clear that they are confident in Shortstop, when I’m very wary on that front. Alas, again, only time will tell.

#MetsMoment countdown: #8 Ike Davis Walk Off Grand Slam

On April 5th 2014 Ike Davis hit a Walk-off Grand Slam to lift the Mets over the Reds. The Mets improved to 2-3.

Third time the charm for Mike Piazza?

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On September 29th, 2013, Mike Piazza was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame. 2013 was also the first year Mike Piazza made it on the real Hall of Fame ballot, however, he only received 57.8% of the votes, missing the 75% requirement. In the following year, Piazza received 62.2% of the votes. A considerable increase, but still a huge gap in order to reach the elusive 75%. This year, with the help of Baseball Think Factory, we are getting  glimpse of what the Hall of Fame ballot will look like. So far, Piazza has 78.9 % of the writers on his side, while this is good, it’s really too early to tell anything from this since we only have 90 ballots collected of the over 300 ballots that will be tallied on the first week of January. Usually, the people that conceal their ballots are the more stubborn writers, who tend to vote for fewer players. While this is just an assumption, it is something that you shouldn’t over look. So, will the third time be the charm for Mike Piazza? Most likely, but, if he isn’t, the incline in the percentage tells me he will make it before the 10 year limit.

What might a Mets playoff roster look like?

Mets Beat Writer Anthony DiComo gives us a preview of what a Mets playoff roster could look like. I really do believe that 2015 will be a playoff year for the New York Mets, and that they have more assets than everyone thinks that they do. They are a prime shortstop away from a World Series caliber year. Yes, I just said Mets and World Series in the same sentence!

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Imagine if the Mets had made the playoffs this season. Given so many season-ending injuries and so much roster uncertainty, constructing a capable playoff roster would be a monumental task. Here’s a stab at what one might have looked like:

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Catcher: Anthony Recker, Juan Centeno
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had surgery earlier this week to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, in what sounded like a painful injury. It’s doubtful d’Arnaud would have been able to contribute to the playoff push, leaving the Mets stuck with Recker and Centeno. Top prospect Kevin Plawecki, even if ready (he’s not), would not have been eligible for the postseason roster.

Infield: Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Eric Campbell
A monster plot line would have been Wright’s left shoulder health heading into the playoffs. Assuming an in-contention Mets team would have shut their third baseman down at the…

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Will David Wright win Face of MLB in 2015?

The MLB Network Face of MLB challenge returns this January! Last year, David Wright took home the awards as the Face, but this year, strong competition and a not-so-good year for Wright makes his odds of winning extremely slim. wright-face-of-mlb

Since it’s the day after Christmas, however, let’s be positive! Here are three reasons why David Wright might win Face of MLB!

1) If Eric Sogard can do it, so can David Wright- You have to remember that this is a Twitter contest, not the MVP award. One team can win by doing a Twitter giveaway contest, but only if you vote. This is how Eric Sogard snuck through the cracks in 2014. If you don’t know who Eric Sogard is, neither do I.

2)  New York fan base vs (other) fan base- The road to success in this contest is to make sure that you never face a “big-money” franchise. As long as your not facing St.Louis, Los Angeles or Boston, the New York team will win, because, the fans are there. Even if they are hiding in the dark, the Mets have fans.

3) People like David Wright- Wright is a likable guy, even when he is bad, he’s always up there on the All-Star Game ballot.

All in all, I enjoy Face of MLB.Why? When Face of MLB ends, the Spring Training schedule begins, I like how the event is co-ordinated, as it makes you see the light at the end of a long tunnel. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lead Writer: Niko Goutakolis 

Merry Christmas to Mets fans around the world

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I hope everyone out in Mets-land is enjoying a healthy Christmas season and a Happy New Year. Share a Christmas or New Years resolution in the comments section below. MetsPlus will be a little more quiet until the New Year, but we do have some exciting stuff up for you guys. Want one more present? Retweet THIS: https://twitter.com/nikomlb/status/546688676172816384
If you Retweet this post above, you will be entered to WIN a pair of Mets tickets to a game in April 2015. Winner to be revealed on my Twitter account (@NikoMLB) at 11am tomorrow morning. Sleep tight and you might have something else to put in your stocking come Christmas morning!

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LJ Mazzilli suspended 50 Games

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LJ, a relative of Lee Mazzilli, has been suspended for 50 games for a second positive drug test in a short two year career. The Mets said in a statement released Tuesday that Mazzilli “has sought counseling to address his issues.” LJ has some attributes that could lead to a good career.

Tulo-Mets?

The Mets and Troy Tulowitzki have been connected in a lot of trade talks, and every week someone comes out and says that a deal is “not going to happen”. Here is what this means behind the scenes:

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Troy Tulowitzki has always been the face of the Rockies since Todd Helton’s retirement, and maybe longer. This means that then Mets need to give away a few A list prospects in return for Tulowitzki. I believe everything the Mets have offered (probably substantially less than needed) has been denied, resulting in the “The deal is not happening” response. So what makes the not happening a deal? Wheeler and Syndergaard for Tulowitzki and a reliever that won’t brake the bank. Tulowitzki is a All-Star shortstop, and he can get the Mets to the World Series, let alone the postseason.