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We want playoffs

 

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A September Citi Field sunset (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

 

The New York Mets wrapped up their regular season home schedule with a 17-0 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. I made it to two of their 81 home contests, my fewest since Citi Field opened.

I’m ok with that, though I wish I’d gone to at least one game on my own so I could wander around the ballpark without annoying anyone else. I have less patience for the travel – going to a game in Queens means I spend almost as much time on trains as I do watching baseball. And I have to admit, the ballpark was easier to get around when there weren’t 30,000+ people there most nights.

Back in April, I think we all had visions of the Mets repeating as National League East champions and going back to the World Series, this time to win it all. The second part of that dream could still happen, but Daniel Murphy is the only one who got to celebrate two consecutive division titles. Continue reading “We want playoffs”

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News & Notes: Daniel Murphy, Ty Kelly & early off-season trades

Daniel Murphy (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Daniel Murphy (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

On Friday, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy declined the club’s $15.8 million qualifying offer, making him eligible to sign with any the other 29 MLB teams. Despite a World Series performance to forget, Murphy should be able to land a multi-year deal this winter, so his decision is not much of a surprise.

And with Dilson Herrera waiting for an opportunity to take over at second base for major league minimum, the Mets never seemed all that interested in negotiating with Murphy. But while Herrera should provide better defense, it’s going to be important for a club that was already offensively challenged in 2015 to find a way to replace Murphy’s hitting contributions. Despite playing in just 130 games, Murphy was second on the 2015 Mets in hits, first in doubles and fifth in home runs.

Here’s hoping that Sandy Alderson has a plan.

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Mets news & notes to end the week

Daniel Murphy plays in what was likely his final regular season game with the Mets on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Daniel Murphy plays in what was likely his final regular season game with the Mets on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Mets extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to free agent Daniel Murphy today, though that doesn’t mean he is any more likely to return to the team in 2016. Rather, it was about making sure the Mets get an extra draft pick between the first and second rounds of next year’s amateur free agent draft. But it’s a good move, nonetheless. Before the playoff run, I was concerned that Sandy Alderson might let Murphy leave for no return.

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So you're saying there's a chance….

CitiFieldFor one night at least, everything went right in Mets-land.

  • Michael Conforto went 4-for-4 with a walk in his second major league game.
  • Kelly Johnson made a good first impression in his Mets debut by going 2-for-6 with a home run.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis also went 4-for-4, driving in four of the Mets’ 15 runs.
  • Lucas Duda hit a pair of home runs, offering hope that he’s returning to his April & May All-Star candidate form.
  • Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4, including a home run
  • Matt Harvey went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs… oh, and he pitched a pretty good game too.

It’s fun to watch your team score 15 runs on 21 hits in a single night instead of taking a whole week to reach those totals. Imagine if Terry Collins issued that “hit or sit” ultimatum a little bit sooner.

The Mets have a tougher challenge awaiting them today. Zack Greinke hasn’t given up a run since June 13th… but maybe, just maybe, the Mets can be the team to put an end to his scoreless innings streak.

And maybe, just maybe, they can find enough offense on a consistent basis to get their amazing starting rotation to the postseason where anything can happen.

It might take something on the order of a minor miracle, but after games like last night’s it’s easier to believe.

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First baseball cards of 2015

It took a little longer for this year’s baseball cards to reach retailers near me, but I finally found them today and splurged to by a “value box” of 2015 Topps Series 1 from Target.

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I really like this year’s design. The colorful borders help the 2015 cards to stand out from Topps’ recent efforts, and really, they don’t look much like anything else in the company’s 60+ years of flagship sets. The card fronts are mercifully foil free except for the Topps logo in most cases, and the backs have large, easy-to-read card numbers.

Or maybe I’m just happy that I found some Mets in my 10 packs of cards. Daniel Murphy was the top card on the first regular pack of 2015 baseball cards I opened. (He could have been my first card of the year, except I wanted to see what was in the bonus pack before I got started.)

And the Mets kept coming.

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Winnings from Collector’s Crack “Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web”

Last month, I entered the “Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web” run by Mark at Collector’s Crack: Alaska’s #1 Sports Card and Collectibles Blog. Out of 43 entrants, I was the only one who correctly picked the San Francisco Giants as the winners of the 2014 World Series. (And that turned out to be a good thing, because I would have missed all the tie breakers.)

My prize arrived yesterday, complete with a certificate recognizing me as the grand prize winner.

Winner

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Baseball Card of the Day: 2014 Topps All-Star Fanfest Daniel Murphy

Topps produced a set of sixty-nine 10″ by 14″ prints of the Major League Baseball All-Stars this summer, which were limited to 99 copies each and sold through Topps.com for $34.99 a piece. At the All-Star Fan Fest in Minnesota, Topps sold smaller (5″ by 7″) versions that are not serial numbered.

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I learned about the All-Star Fanfest version while searching eBay for the Daniel Murphy All-Star cards in the Topps Update set. I picked up Murphy’s All-Star Fanfest card for $5.49 shipped. I’m not quite sure how the oversized blank-backed baseball card fits in my collection – if Murphy is still a Met next spring, maybe I’ll frame it and hang it on the wall.