April 2017

If Syndergaard has to miss substantial time, who should replace him?

Today, during the Mets versus Nationals game in Washington DC, Noah Syndergaard was pulled in the Second inning, with “a possible lat strain” and was reportedly headed to New York for an MRI.

Syndergaard was removed for Sean Gilmartin, who then opened the game up, which lead to a 23-5 loss.

Unfortunately, this means that Syndergaard will miss some time, and potentially longer if the results of tomorrow morning’s MRI are not favorable. So, the Mets are going to have to look at the alternatives that are available to the Mets immediately, which, until Lugo or Matz are ready to return, could make some critically important starts.

Here are three of the possible alternatives that the Mets could call up/move to the rotation while Noah is recovering:

1.  Tyler Pill – Las Vegas 51s (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 Games, 22.1 IP)

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Pill is the wild card in the deck, but is a formidable option that has been pitching with a lot of success in the minor leagues. Through 22 minor league innings, Pill has yet to allow an earned run, and has only walked two people while striking out 8 (1.12 WHIP). Pill is 26 years old, and has been stuck in Las Vegas since 2014, so if he is going to come up, now is the time. The only question is promoting him is too big of a Pill for the Mets to swallow. (Yup, first to make that joke!)

2. Sean Gilmartin –  Las Veags 51s and New York Mets 

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Probably the most practical solution, slotting Sean Gilmartin in for Syndergaard makes sense. First, he is already here and pitched today, albeit with little success. Gilmartin has spent time in New York since the year 2015, and has transitioned for the lefty specialist to the long man, and I think his role as the long man is the most important role he will play this year. While me might get a few starts here or there in a pinch, I don’t foresee him in a starting role for more than one game.

3. Rafael Montero – Las Vegas 51s and New York Mets

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Montero, who continues to get chance after chance, might get one more opportunity to shine in the Mets rotation. He pitched brilliantly yesterday, not allowing a hit through five innings in Las Vegas, Unfortunately, I really think bringing him up will just be a waste of time, and while the Mets might not have the luxury, Montero seems to have an un-known problem when he pitches in the big leagues that he doesn’t have in Triple A.

Who do you think the Mets should promote? 

 

Should the Mets add an Orange uniform in the Future?

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The season is over three weeks in, and the Mets new uniform set looks very sharp. The Blues look great with the new caps, and the Skyline logo pops off great.

However, one of the questions I get a lot is about orange jerseys.

In 2013 and 2014, the Mets “Los Mets” uniform was in Mets orange with Blue lettering, and frankly it looked awesome. However, the Mets decided to retire the Fiesta Latina promotion, and the Los Mets Orange went into storage.

So here’s the question: Should the Mets make an Orange jersey for next year’s uniform set? 

Well, to be honest, I’m intrigued.

I think that the Mets have enough uniforms, to be honest. I wasn’t a fan of when we had five uniforms (or six, looking at you, 2014). And, I think that having an odd number of uniforms, is, well, odd. The jersey would probably only be restricted to home games, and it would diminish the amount of times the blue uniforms would be worn.

I would like it if it was worn on Sunday’s, but I’d kind of prefer to see the blue’s become the Sunday specials.

So, no, readers. I don’t want an Orange uniform right now,  but in the future, I think the Orange has a place in the Mets set.

Video: Daniel Murphy – My Story

This video has been around for a while, however, I thought that it’s worth the share, as it’s a pretty interesting perceptive on Murphy’s decision to miss Opening Day 2014.

I’m a huge Murphy fan, and while I don’t root for him anymore with his Nationals status, I’d love to see Murph return to the Mets in some capacity in the future, wether it be as a Met player, coach, or even a broadcaster.

I mean, can you imagine Murphy as the third base coach?

Comparing the Mets Garden Gnome Commercials

Tomorrow is Mets Garden Gnome Night (or Day?, it’s a 4pm start). And for the third consecutive year, one of the Mets aces is getting “gnomeified” for the first 15,000 fans that enter Citi Field. In 2015, it was the “deGnome”, or Jacob deGrom. Last year, it was the “Syndergaarden” Gnome, for Noah Syndergaard. And this year, Matt Harvey will have his turn.

Alongside the promotions, however, are ads. Advertisements that get drilled into you every half inning on SNY. And seeing as I can recite each of these commercials word for word, I’m curious what readers think the best Gnome commercial was.

Here’s the 2015 Jacob “deGnome” ad, featuring Howie Rose.

Not too bad. Nothing extra special, but funny to see deGrom’s reaction to the gnome.

Next up is Noah Syndergaard’s 2016 ad. Noah provides gnome commentary to start, while Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony shares ticket and time info.

That was probably the most comedic, and I love how the music changes tone after Alex starts talking.

Speaking of music, I love the background music in this year’s commercial for the Harvey gnome:

So what is your favorite commercial? Stupid post, I know, but I thought it would be a fun reflection on an un-savory weak for the Amazin’s.

Latest #ToppsNOW Mets Card

Jay Bruce’s two homer in performance versus the Phillies last night has given him his very own Topps NOW Card. Take a look: 


To purchase this and more, visit the Topps website here.

New Features for 2017

MetsPlus is in it’s fifth baseball season, and it’s fourth covering the Mets exclusively. Year after year, the adventures and places that the blog takes me on grows, and I continue to look forward to continued success. However, as I’ve mentioned plenty of times here, I want to re-invent the blog, and I want to see what I can do here.

Last year, two new features were launched, one of which took me to Cooperstown to see Mike Piazza.

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And the other of which has taken me to the concession stands at Citi Field, flying Business Class, and talking about Subways.

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Today, I wanted to reveal a new feature on MetsPlus, and the current ones, and what the outlook is.

#ThePlusInMetsPlus (2016-): One of the non-Baseball related features, The Plus In Mets Plus talks about things that might have some relevance to Baseball or the gameday experience. Last year, this was a weekly feature, but will now come out once at least once a month.

#MetsPlus360 (2016-):  Like The Plus In Mets Plus, MetsPlus360 reviews a moment or experience, but it is strictly Mets related. A review of Piazza’s number retirement, or the Syndergaard Topps event are examples of a MetsPlus360 feature.

#PlusVoices (2017-): The Mets have over 30 bloggers, 10 podcasts, and plenty of online personalities. On Plus Voices, we will get to learn a little more about some of these personalities.

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About my affiliation with MLB.com….

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The baseball season is fully underway, and as we enter the second weekend of the baseball regular season, I wanted to clarify something that some (probably none) of you might be curious about.

Last December, I wrote this post about my affiliation with Major League Baseball’s website, MLB.com, and how the partnership was coming to a close. I stated that December 21st was going to be the day (roughly) when I left the MLBlogs site, and transitioned to an independent blog, due to MLB’s switch from WordPress to Medium, something I had no interest in whatsoever.

However, the WordPress MLBlogs template is still active, and with my time being pushed towards my college search, I haven’t had the time or resources to change the look of the blog and formally de-tach myself.

So, while the blog might say “MLB.com/Blogs” at the top, I no longer have any formal relationship with the MLB.com family of blogs, moreover, I’m still running the former MLB.com theme.

One thing I am curious about, however, is who is collecting the ad revenue, because I haven’t got a cent, and MLB is no longer attached. Anyway, back to Mets baseball…

MLB Releases Special Event Uniforms for 2017

For the second year in a row, special uniforms will be worn during Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day, however, this year, there is twist.

Instead of wearing the Mother’s Day cap and uni on Mother’s Day, they will be worn on “Mother’s Day weekend”. And Independence Day? The combo isn’t just being worn the fourth of July, it’ll be worn on the first, second, third and fourth.

Another big change are the special Stance socks that are coming into play this year. Now, there will be two Mother’s and Father’s Day designs, and special designs for both Memorial Day and the Independence Day Week games.

Here is the full assortment of Mets Uniforms and Caps, courtesy of the great SportsLogos.net site.

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As you can see, the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sets are un-changed, and the Memorial Day jersey is fairly similar to what it was like in the past, with the noticeable addition of the solid dark green on the caps, and the five stars on the side.

Independence Day comes with a nice cap, which will feature a glossy glued on liquid chrome “NY” logo, similar to the material on the Spring Training side patch.

All proceeds will go the applicable charities associated with the holiday, which is a nice touch, and takes the “greed” factor out of these uniforms, so it’s hard to criticize any of these uniforms.

What are your thought’s on these Special Event Uniforms? 

Mets 2017 Walk Up Music

Video courtesy of Sports Intros

Noah Syndergaard is the first ever Topps NOW Intern

Ahh Baseball Cards. In my room, I have old math binders filled with hundreds of cards per season from 2005 to 2014. The fun of heading down to the convenience store and getting a eight pack of Topps cards,  only to rip the pack open and add it to the sacred collection (and trade them the following day in school) was some of the best fun I had in my childhood. Trading baseball cards was like the stock market for kids, only the reward wasn’t money, it was having a good time.

Nothing was better however that getting specialty cards. When I was young, getting a “Topps Attax” card to play with on the computer, or a postseason patch card was the a total thrill. The limited nature and secrecy of these cards made them very worthwhile, and a collectors item among my grade school trading friends.

Nowadays, I still get the team packs, but the unknown nature of what cards have been released has diminished, thanks to internet forums and social media. which adds a new component to Topps trading, but diminishes the fun of getting a surprise.

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Luckily, the folks at Topps introduced Topps NOW, which I talked about last year on the blog. For those that don’t know, Topps NOW is a feature where collector’s get that chance to purchase a Baseball card featuring a highlight from the previous day’s action. However, there is a caveat, which is where the “limited edition” nature gets rediscovered. The card is only available for 24 hours from release, and then it’s no longer available for purchase. Just imagining how much trading power my inner-kid (and, current, teenager, to a certain extent) would have had with Topps NOW cards made me really excited for the new development that Topps announced yesterday.

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Noah Syndergaard is becoming the first Topps NOW Intern,  where he will guide and contribute to the decision making process of the professionals that make Topps NOW a reality.

To commemorate this, a pregame presser was announced and held before yesterday’s game, one that I had the pleasure of attending. Noah was enthusiastically wearing a huge Topps NOW t-shirt, and with his dry sense of humor, explained the duties of the Topps internship. I asked Syndergaard what it felt like when he saw his first Topps NOW card last year, and Syndergaard immediately talked about the Los Angeles two home-run game, and how awesome it was to see the card printed almost instantaneously. Frankly, I think Syndergaard is completely right. With most tangible items commemorating an event, like a cap or a t-shirt, one would have to wait at least one week to go through the process of development, at which point the moment is no longer relevant. With Topps Now, one can purchase the card within hours of the moments’ occurrence, which is fantastic.

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After a while, the interview got sidetracked into questions about Syndergaard’s blister, but the show stopper was Bartolo Colon, in all his glory, coming in to present his San Diego home-run card.

While this was a super memorable moment, it also displays how Topps NOW represents history, a card that will forever represent that night in May. In the future, Topps NOW cards will not only be fun to collect, but to reflect on.

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Overall, I’m very excited for the future of Topps NOW. The world is turning more digital day after day, but Baseball cards are perfect in their classic, printed form. Topps NOW brings that tangible magic with the limited edition twist, which is a perfect combination. To purchase your Topps NOW card, go to their website here, and follow the Topps Company on their social media platforms.

Below is the press conference in it’s entirety:

Special thanks to The Topps Company for their invitation, I look forward to collect these new Topps NOW cards, which should hopefully be mostly Mets, right?