NY Mets fire Manager Mickey Callaway #MetsTwitter #LGM

The Mickey Callaway era with the NY Mets is now over, and I can admit, I was wrong.

When the Mets named Callaway the manager back on October 23rd in 2017, I was all-in. I believed in what Callaway did as a pitching coach and his belief in analytics and it being used in baseball. While Mickey wasn’t my first choice (Alex Cora) I felt Mickey was the best next thing.

I was so confident in the hire that I talked trash on Twitter and referred to Callaway as a top 5 managing candidate at the time.

Clearly, I am not ready to be a GM yet, LOL!

Callaway struggled with handling the bullpen, although I will give him a pass for the most part when it comes to the pen. The talent wasn’t there and it’s difficult to manage a pen when relievers are not doing their jobs. What could not be forgiven was Callaway’s in-game moves with pinch hitters and being out maneuvered by opposing managers.

A perfect example of this was a couple of weeks ago, with the Mets in the hunt for the playoffs. Callaway allowed the Phillies to pinch-hit Bryce Harper to hit against Tyler Bashlor (Righty), and explained he wanted to get Phillies regular old reliever Mike Morin out of game. We are not talking about Mariano Rivera here…

While it’s not great that the Mets must find a new manager, this is different from previous years. This is a Mets team that has talent, a young core in Pete Alonso, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Confronto, and a pitching staff that is formidable (Jacob deGrom). For the first time in a long-time, this is team that can attract top managerial candidates.

Of the top candidates, Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi would be at the top of my list. As of right now the word is Maddon will head west to take the Angels job. If that’s the case Joe Girardi would have to be the guy previous experience handling the NYC market and not afraid of the bright lights.

But…

If I had a dark horse, Houston Astros’ manager AJ Hinch, who could be looking for a challenge and good friends with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Yoenis Cespedes Gets His Yoga On #Mets #LGM

NY Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes got his yoga on this winter after suffering with leg injuries the past 2 seasons.

In 2016 Cespedes dealt with pulled quads and went into that offseason with the idea of strengthening his legs by lifting HEAVY weights. And it showed as Cespedes came in the 2017 Spring Training rocking tree trunks for legs. Unfortunately for Yo and the Mets, the heavy weightlifting only resulted in more leg issues. In 2017 the Mets saw their slugger only take the field for 81 games. After a frustrating 2017, Cespedes declared he needed to make a change in his workouts.

Encourage by Cespedes wanting to change his workout regiment, there was reason for optimism for Mets fans. Except the offseason came and went and no word on how Cespedes was doing.

Well Mets fans the wait is over!

Reporting to Spring Training Yo talked about what a difference this spring has been from previous years.

“Yoga has been working for me. Last season, the last couple of seasons, when I showed up down here, my lower back and body was very tight,”

“and I haven’t felt that yet. Yoga has been working for me.”

Cespedes will always be a muscle-bound beast,  but the addition of running and yoga can only help.

“So this year, I did three things differently. I ran. I did weight lifting, but not so heavy weights, and also did yoga trying to be ready for this,”

“With yoga, the muscles are more flexible right now. When I used to work out with heavy weight-lifting, I was strong, but I wasn’t flexible. Right now I am flexible because of yoga.”

For the Mets to be successful, they will need a healthy Yo as he is the main cog to the Mets lineup. No disrespect to Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Michael Conforto; but Cespedes when on puts a charge into the lineup and team overall.

With all the leg injuries Cespedes has experienced over the past 2 seasons, I can imagine he may look to pick his spots to bust it out of the box or in the outfield in the early part of the season. And to be honest I am ok with that, as its more important to me to see Cespedes playing in August and September than trying to beat an infield hit in May.

Well, while we wait for Opening Day, does anyone have any suggestions for yoga classes in NYC for Yo??

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: NY Daily News

The Mets Clutch Home Runs Added to MLB’s #THIS Campaign

The NY Mets completed an AMAZIN 3-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, and you will be hard pressed to find a more exciting series up to this point in the season.

The Mets had to come from behind in all 3 games to beat the Nationals and they did it in dramatic fashion. MLB captured 2 of the biggest moments in the series in their #THIS campaign

#THIS is meant to show you why baseball is great!

Here are other Mets’ moments that are part of the #THIS campaign

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

The Gary Carter Trade: 30 Years Later

The NY Mets were coming off a 90-72 season in 1984, and with a pitching staff led by the young phenom Dwight Gooden. The Mets were looking to add that missing piece that would take the to the next level.

December 1984 the Mets made a the trade that would change the franchise. They traded away Hubie Brooks, Herm Winningham, Mike Fitzgerald, and Floyd Youmans to the Montreal Expos for 7-time All-Star Gary Carter.

Although the Mets would barely miss the playoffs finishing 2nd to the St Louis Cardinals in 1985, it was a prelude of what was to be a special season in 1986.With the help of Carter and his no quit attitude the Mets would reach the top of the mountain in ’86 and win the World Series.

Here’s a preview of a short documentary taking a look back at that trade….

You can see the whole documentary on Metsblog.com; http://metsblog.com/metsblog/the-gary-carter-trade-30-years-later/

#RIP Gary ‘Kid’ Carter

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As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

NY Mets’ Daniel Murphy Criticized for Comments about Gays

On Tuesday MLB Ambassador of Inclusion Billy Bean (openly gay) visited the NY Mets Spring Training camp. In raising awareness Bean is providing “guidance and training related to efforts to support those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community”.

During Bean’s visit 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy took the opportunity to comment on homosexuality. At this point I’m not sure if a reporter posed a question to Murphy or if he decided to comment on his own.

“I disagree with the lifestyle,” Murphy told the Daily News when asked about Bean’s visit. “But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love a teammate who is gay. I was glad he was here today and to hear his story.” “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual,” Murphy continued. “That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect.” “Getting to know him.” That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100%.”

“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality,” he said. “We love the people. We disagree about the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”

Of course the PC world jumped on Murphy’s comments and called his comments “offensive” while others deemed them “hateful”. Boomer & Carton from WFAN in NYC chimed in….

“Daniel Murphy did everything he could to try to couch what he was saying so it didn’t come across as hateful or hurtful,” Carton said. “But the reality is, what he said is offensive.”

“He sounds like he’s pretty aggressive,” Esiason said. “That’s why he should just play baseball. His language is way over the top and too strong.”

Seriously folks!!!

Murphy didn’t say he hated gays or that they deserved to die. He was very articulate in stating that his belief disagrees with homosexuality, but that he wouldn’t shun Bean. There’s nothing wrong with what Murphy said, disagreeing with homosexuality is not offensive, hateful or aggressive as Boomer and Carlton stated.

This is the problem with our society, we are not always going to agree with each other and we can agree to disagree without hatred being involved. As for Murphy’s comments being aggressive, if anything Boomer and Carlton were aggressive in attacking Murphy. Their response to Murphy does more to discourage open conversation than encourage.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: Daily Stache

Yup, 50 Cent’s First Pitch was the Worst!

By now we have all seen the 1st pitch from 50 Cent before the NY Mets played the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week.

The consensus has been it was the worst 1st pitch, but The Washington Post took a step further when they posted this visual of some of the worst 1st pitches.

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SMH, Damn 50!

United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed more skill on her ceremonial first pitch, and look at Michael Jordan….  And he stopped playing basketball to play baseball for a short time.

 

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Ryne Sandberg and Shake Shack Are Cool Again

Over Mother’s Day Weekend Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg claimed he had a case of food poisoning after eating an undercooked burger from Shake Shack at Citi Field (home of the Mets).

NY Mets first-baseman Lucas Duda also claimed he came down with food poisoning from eating Shake Shack.  it was initially reported Duda ate from the Shake Shack at Citi Field but it was later reported he actually ate from a different Shake Shack.

For Mets fans Shake Shack is just about the best thing going for the Mets right now outside of pre/post game drinks at McFaddens with my favorite bartenders.  Mets fans can handle the disappoint of the Mets but say it ain’t so about Shake Shack!!!

The NY Mets and Shake Shack quickly denied it was their burgers that caused Sandberg’s illness.

“We’ve served thousands of guests at our Citi Field Shack over the past week, and this is the first we’ve heard of any issue whatsoever,”

“We take every guest concern of any sort seriously, and as such reached out to Ryne Sandberg to get more information since we have not heard from him. We stand by our food quality 100 percent.” – Shake Shack spokesman Greg Waters

As of this morning it looks Sandberg and Shake Shack were able to talk it out as Shake Shack’s Twitter account sent out the following pic

ShakeShack

Good job by Shake Shack to work this out with Sandberg, not sure what Mets fans would have done if they could not rely on Shake Shack.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!