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Mets Morning News: Taking a Long look

Mets Morning News: Taking a Long look

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Kevin Long is still a prime contender to be the next Mets manager. Here’s what he did to impress the team. Everything else is pretty quiet in the Mets universe. But we did get a chance to catch up the infamous thumbs down guy. Around the AL East The Nationals top brass is facing some heat for the decision to fire Dusty Baker. There’s plenty of changes brewing in the Braves staff too. Just like we’re doing at Amazin’ Avenue, Fish Stripes is doing their own season reviews of Marlins players. Most recently,...

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Amazin Avenue Oct 21, 2017
2017 Mets Season Review: Nori Aoki brought consistency late in the season

2017 Mets Season Review: Nori Aoki brought consistency late in the season

The outfielder did exactly what you thought he would After Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes went down with injuries and Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce were traded away, the Mets needed someone to play the outfield for the last month of the season. Enter Norichika Aoki. Aoki was signed by the Mets on September 2, and he almost immediately did what he’s always done over his career: played a league-average outfield. Aoki was released by the Toronto Blue Jays on August 29, having been traded from the Houston Astros a month or so earlier. He hit .284/.371/.373 over the course of his 27...
Amazin Avenue Oct 21, 2017
Mets Morning News: Manager search narrows, Mets will exercise option on Blevins

Mets Morning News: Manager search narrows, Mets will exercise option on Blevins

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Kevin Long and Manny Acta appear to be the frontrunners for the Mets’ managerial position. The Mets will bring back Jerry Blevins for 2018, as expected. Abbey Mastracco believes the Mets should try to get Dusty Baker to manage the team. Around the NL East Dusty Baker is out as the Nationals’ manager. Ichiro Suzuki is still working out at Marlins Park, long after the Marlins’ season ended. The Marlins barely throw curveballs and it appears to be hurting their pitching. Daniel Murphy underwent...
Amazin Avenue Oct 21, 2017
Mets plan to pick up Jerry Blevins’s 2018 option

Mets plan to pick up Jerry Blevins’s 2018 option

The move is not surprising given his performance and affordable salary. The Mets will pick up their 2018 team option on left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, who has been with the team since the beginning of the 2015 season. At a time that now feels very long ago, he was acquired from the Nationals in a trade for outfielder Matt den Dekker just before the season got underway. Shortly thereafter, he chose to use our own Steve Schreiber’s MS Paint as his Twitter avatar and stuck with it for a couple of years. Perhaps that didn’t endear him to all Mets fans, but it was much appreciated in...
Amazin Avenue Oct 20, 2017
Mets nearing managerial decision with Kevin Long, Manny Acta among possibilities

Mets nearing managerial decision with Kevin Long, Manny Acta among possibilities

The team might makes its decision soon. The Mets are looking to make their decision on hiring a new manager in the coming days, according to a report from the New York Post, with Kevin Long and Manny Acta among the possibilities for the job. The report notes that the team is looking to wrap things up by October 31, as that’s the date that the contracts for Long, who has served as the team’s hitting coach, and Pat Roessler, the assistant hitting coach, expire. Although the Nationals announced that they are not bringing back Dusty Baker next year, there doesn’t seem to be any chance...
Pendleton, Perez out as Braves coaches, Weiss likely in

Pendleton, Perez out as Braves coaches, Weiss likely in

Prepare for more Braves upheaval: Bench coach Terry Pendleton and first-base coach Eddie Perez are expected to be dropped from the coaching staff and former Rockies manager – and ex-Braves shortstop — Walt Weiss is ...
Amazin Avenue Oct 20, 2017
2017 Mets Season Review: It’s a miracle Jerry Blevins still has a functioning left arm

2017 Mets Season Review: It’s a miracle Jerry Blevins still has a functioning left arm

Despite flagrant overuse, Blevins was good again this year It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that Jerry Blevins appeared in 75 games for the Mets this year, tied for fourth most in all of baseball. It shouldn’t surprise you that Blevins appeared in 15 of the team’s first 23 games, or that he had a nearly three-to-one strikeout to walk ratio, or that he had by far the best nickname on his jersey during Player’s Weekend. The only surprising fact about Jerry Blevins in 2017 is that he somehow didn’t get hurt pitching as frequently as he did. Blevins, along with...
Amazin Avenue Oct 20, 2017
Mets Morning News: Count out Cora

Mets Morning News: Count out Cora

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Now that the Red Sox and Alex Cora have reached an agreement, the Mets’ managerial search is down to about four or six candidates, depending on whom you ask. The Mets are hoping to purchase the Syracuse Chiefs for $18 million. Prospect David Thompson is crushing it through the early going in the Arizona Fall League. NorthJersey.com’s Matt Ehalt graded the front office’s offseason from a year ago, dinging them particularly for failing to bolster the bullpen. Around the NL East Braves prospect Alex...
Amazin Avenue Oct 19, 2017
Amazin' Avenue Audio, Episode 258: Please not the Yankees

Amazin' Avenue Audio, Episode 258: Please not the Yankees

We come to talk playoff baseball and minor league affiliates. Welcome back to Amazin' Avenue Audio, where we come to talk playoff baseball and minor league affiliates. First up, Brian Salvatore and Chris McShane discuss the team's purchase of the Syracuse Chiefs, a brief managerial update, and to talk which ex-Mets we are rooting for in these playoffs. (1:12) Brian Wright looks at the Top 5 pitching coaches in Mets' history. (31:03) And finally, Aaron Yorke goes in depth with the managerial hunt. (34:57) As always, you can listen or subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, where...
Amazin Avenue Oct 19, 2017
2017 Mets Season Review: After a brutal start, Jose Reyes finished the year strong

2017 Mets Season Review: After a brutal start, Jose Reyes finished the year strong

The longtime Met played five different positions and had a productive second half. Jose Reyes had an up-and-down year for the Mets—or, more precisely, a year that started down and finished up. After a miserable first half in which he hit .215/.284/.370 (74 wRC+), Reyes rebounded with an excellent .288/.356/.472 (121 wRC+) line the rest of the way. Going into the year, the Mets’ plan was to use Reyes as a utility infielder. Due to a series of injuries and trades, however, Reyes became an everyday player, appearing in 145 games at second, third, and short. He even got a few innings in...
Amazin Avenue Oct 19, 2017
Mets Morning News: Manny Acta interviews for managerial opening, Cubs and Yankees win

Mets Morning News: Manny Acta interviews for managerial opening, Cubs and Yankees win

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Manny Acta was the latest candidate to interview for the managerial position. Luis Guillorme will play in the Arizona Fall League and he hopes to one day follow a path to majors like Amed Rosario. Around the NL East Former Braves shortstop Walt Weiss could join Atlanta’s coaching staff next season. The Red Sox make sense as a trade partner for the Marlins when they start shedding their payroll. Rhys Hoskins’s splash into the majors was one of the best in Phillies’ history. Around the Majors The...
Amazin Avenue Oct 18, 2017
2017 Mets Season Review: Travis Taijeron finally made his major league debut

2017 Mets Season Review: Travis Taijeron finally made his major league debut

Enjoy that cup of coffee, youngish man! There can be a lot of grasping at straws to impart some meaning to September baseball in a lost season. And while much of that focus is rightly on the progress of prospects that may hopefully make the next September more meaningful, one small joy can be watching some less-heralded players get their moment in the sun on an major league field. Travis Taijeron has been in the running for King of Spring Training for several years running in Port St. Lucie. In the organization since 2011, he has never put up an ISO under .227 in any minor league season. Of...
Amazin Avenue Oct 18, 2017
2017 Mets Season Review: Seth Lugo’s season threw him many curves

2017 Mets Season Review: Seth Lugo’s season threw him many curves

The king of spin rate showed some signs of cromulence between injuries. The most notable portion of Seth Lugo’s 2017 season may well have taken place before Opening Day. His success in the early rounds of the World Baseball Classic brought some national prominence to a pitcher known to Mets fans for his impressive, seemingly out-of-nowhere late-season contributions to the team’s 2016 Wild Card run, and to the statistically-inclined for the otherworldly spin rate on his curveball. However, many speculated that Lugo’s early exertion pitching for Puerto Rico in the WBC may have...
Amazin Avenue Oct 18, 2017
Mets Morning News: MLB eyes growth, Geren maybe out on manager search

Mets Morning News: MLB eyes growth, Geren maybe out on manager search

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet The Mets The managerial hunt continues, and as the Mets seem to be wrapping up their first round of interviews, Newsday’s Marc Carig says that Bob Geren and Chip Hale are no longer being considered candidates for the job. Robin Ventura also appears to be out of the mix as well - not just for the Mets, but for managing in general. Current hitting coach Kevin Long appears to be the front runner of the first group of interviewees. Joe McEwing, Mickey Callaway, and Manny Acta are all set to be interviewed this...
CBS NY Oct 17, 2017
Alex Cora Among Candidates Interviewing For Mets’ Manager Job

Alex Cora Among Candidates Interviewing For Mets’ Manager Job

The Mets can thank the Yankees for making it a bit easier to interview Alex Cora for their managerial opening.

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