September 2016

#LinksAboutHim: Robert Gsellman

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Robert Gsellman is tonight’s starting pitcher in Philadelphia. Here is a media update on the latest of the newest Mets flamethrower:

  • Newsday talks about how Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo have been bailing out the Mets.
  • Anthony DiComo of MLB.com explains the importance of having Robert in the rotation.
  • Elite Sports NY asks if Gsellman is deGrom 2.0?
  • Baseball Reference shares Gsellman’s statistics through his minor league career.

With Three Games to go, Wild Card up in the Air

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159 games in, and there are still a lot of postseason questions completely up in the air. Will the Mets get a postseason spot? Will they play the Wild Card Game in Citi Field? Who has home field advantage? The Mets or the Giants? How about the Cardinals?

Here’s what we know:

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If the season ended today, the Mets would be the first Wild Card.

However, every single scenario is still a possibility, as the Cardinals are only two games back of the Mets, who hold the first wild card.

According to Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com, St Louis has the tiebreak over the Mets, so in a tie, we would go to St.Louis, but San Francisco would come to us if that’s how it panned out.

The Mets, with at least two wins in this series are guaranteed to play games beyond Sunday, and there are plenty of situations present where the Mets play games beyond Sunday if they only win one in Philly.

The best case scenario is for the Cardinals to completely leap-frog the Giants, and to have the Cardinals come to Citi Field.

 

Watch: Back In The New York Groove at Citi!

Back In The New York Groove sure has grown on me as a strong win song:

Watch: Piano Man Sing-A-Long at Citi Field!

Some people love it, some people hate it, but we can all agree it’s best when they actually get to finish it!

Watch: Seventh Inning Stretch at Citi!

This is something that hasn’t changed since I became a Mets fan ten years ago:

 

 

WATCH: Mets Opening Montage from 2016

On Sunday, the Mets played their last regular season home game of the year, and I was having a great time watching the Mets bring in run after run from section 306.

I filmed a few CitiVision segments, and here is the first of four, the Opening Montage:

WATCH: Asdrubal Wins It!!!!!!

WBC Brooklyn Qualifier rosters announced

If you have the chance this week, go catch a WBC Qualifier match at MCU Park. Good excuse to go out to Coney Island.

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The World Baseball Classic announced the rosters of the four participating countries in the Brooklyn Qualifier: Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan.AfbeeldingsresultaatThese four will take on each other from September 22 through September 25 at MCU Ballpark, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones (A Short Season affiliate of the New York Mets in the New York-Penn League). 

Israel will have around 20 affiliated minor league players on its roster. Next to those, the team will have former MLB pitcher Jason Marquis, former MLB infielder Ike Davis, AAA player Josh Satin and Craig Breslow on its roster. The players are:
Alex Katz (White Sox), Jared Lakind (Pirates), R.C. Orlan (Nationals) and Ryan Sherriff Afbeeldingsresultaat(Cardinals), Corey Baker (Cardinals), Bradley Goldberg (White Sox), Tyler Herron (Mets), Dean Kremer (Dodgers), Troy Neiman (Rockies), Joey Wagman (Oakland) and Josh Zeid (Mets); infielders Scott Burcham (Rockies), Cody Decker(Red Sox), Nate Freiman (Red Sox) Ty Kelly…

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There’s no explaining these Mets, so let’s all just enjoy the ride they’re taking us on.

Yesterday was a tough loss, but Baseball is a weird game. This is an article from three weeks ago explaining why you should enjoy watching the 2016 Mets.

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If you had tapped Terry Collins on the shoulder in Spring Training and told him how it would play out, he surely never would have guessed that his Mets would still be nicely position to return to the postseason on Labor Day.

To revisit: The Mets do not have David Wright, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda or Juan Lagares.

They will not have Wright, Harvey or Walker again this season. As for the others, stay tuned. Matz (shoulder) is the only one of the group not on the Disabled List.

The Mets have used 45 players, including 10 starting pitchers. Collins has started eight different third basemen, eight left fielders.

Yoenis Cespedes missed two weeks in August with a leg injury and is playing despite it down the stretch.

Every team knows injuries are part of the game, part of the process of preparing. That’s why…

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New Era is about to lose a long time customer

Thanks a lot MLB.

You guys really screwed up this time.

If someone could tell me how to embed GIFs into WordPress, I’d really appreciate it, because I’d love to insert all of the screeming/mad ones in existence and use that instead of words for the rest of the post.

Anyway, since I’m not tech savvy, let me vent my frustration through words:

 

This is all MLB’s fault, not New Era’s. New Era did exactly what I would do if I were them, and that’s making an offer. In 1993, New Era became the sole provider of on-field Major League Caps, and in 1997, the debuted the “flag” which is on every cap they make (typically on the left side) with the noticeable exception of the MLB on field cap. And while I have zero proof to back this up, I’m positive New Era has nagged MLB every year since 1999 with the same question “How much will it take to put our logo on the on-field caps?”, and every year until this year, MLB has responded with “We’d like to keep the caps clean, and without any logos of any kind”. Until this year, when MLB gave New Era a figure, and New Era said yes without hesitation.

Now, I know some of you might be saying, “Uniforms, pants and now even socks have the manufacturers mark on them! Who cares if the cap does too?”

Well, that’s a fair point, but one has to realize that a hat is much more recognizable then a uniform top or pants. A lot of people assume Nike makes the Uniforms, due to their presence on league undershirts, but Majestic is the actual manufacturer.

Additionally, the cap is different from the uniform. It’s one of the things Baseball is known for. That’s why that type of cap is called a “baseball cap”.

Take a look at this image of T.J Rivera, do you really notice the Majestic Logo, and if so, is it really obtrusive? Personally, it’s hard to make out what it says, and I had to go to the 14th image to find a picture of him with the Majestic Logo present, because it’s so small and only on one sleeve.

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Not a major issue, right? That’s why Majestic has always been on the uniforms. Now, let’s take a look at Columbia Fireflies player Tyler Bachelor with his on-field cap:

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Unmistakably noticeable. Frankly, the Fireflies don’t make it look that bad, but can you imagine all the times TV camera’s zoom in on the pitcher before the delivery of his pitch? People will instantly be able to know which company makes that cap, and they will have a connection towards the brand.

I have my reservations about this whole thing. I believe the Baseball cap is one of those things that should always remain clean and without any markings, but, we live in a time where merchandise sales are important, and while I’ll never buy a 59Fifty on-field with the New Era cap, and while I’m driving to Dick’s Sporting Goods as we speak to pick up three or four plain Mets caps before the switch next season, this move was inevitable.

If you don’t want the corporate sponsorship on the caps either, the best way to make your voice heard is with your money. Just, don’t by the caps, complain to their Twitter feed, send an email or two, and, who knows, maybe they will retract it in the future.

Finally, if everything else fails, this is always an option: