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All good things…

IMG_20170927_164310863_BURST000_COVER_TOPAs I write this, we’re less than 48 hours away from the final out of the 2017 New York Mets season… and already, manager Terry Collins has been kicked upstairs, pitching coach Dan Warthen and trainer Ray Ramirez have been relieved of their duties, and coaches Dick Scott, Ricky Bones and Tom Goodwin have been encouraged to seek other employment.

A 70-92 record and the worst team ERA since 1962 will bring changes, and they’re already starting to happen.

I said my goodbye to this year’s Mets team last week at Citi Field. My friend Vinny pointed out tickets would probably be really cheap for a midweek season finale between two teams that had been out of the running since Memorial Day, and he was right – I got a pair of seats 13 rows behind the third base dugout for about what it would have cost to go to a Brooklyn Cyclones game.

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Last Mets standing

I thought I was numb.

It’s been an awful year for the New York Mets – yesterday afternoon’s lost dropped their record to 55-71, including a miserable 28-39 at home. (I feel blessed that they actually won one of the handful of games I went to this season.)

There have been so many injuries that the team is actually issuing press releases to help the media keep track of who’s hurt, who might be coming back soon and who’s done for the season.

Thanks to a series of summer trades, the Mets have become the second youngest team in baseball. And many of the veterans who are left — I’m looking at you, Yoenis Cespedes — have underperformed. A lot. (Cespedes, earning the highest salary among the 2017 Mets, has a 1.6 Fangraphs WAR — just 0.2 points higher than what Noah Syndergaard accomplished in 27.1 innings.)

I still put the Mets on as background noise if I’m home, but I haven’t actively paid attention to every minute of the tv broadcasts since early June.

Yesterday, I got to see the ugly footage of Michael Conforto dislocating his shoulder during his likely final plate appearance of 2017. And surprise, surprise… the Mets can still deliver that sucker punch even when you thought it couldn’t get worse.

My heart goes out to Conforto, who was on his way to becoming the Mets’ best player and one of baseball’s stars this year with an amazing season. Hopefully the Mets’ leadership will handle his injury properly and Conforto will be able to pick up where he left off next year.

Conforto, and more recently rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith, were the reasons I was still watching Mets baseball this year.

Let’s hope Rosario and Smith can both make it to October 1st.

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2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Mets checklist

Dominic Smith's 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball card (from my collection)
Dominic Smith’s 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball card (from my collection)

I more or less overlooked Topps’ annual Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects set when it came out last November.

I got a few cards in a Christmas gift, and a few more in a birthday gift… and I started to wonder how close I was to completing the Mets team set. It turns out that I have most of the ones that matter to me.

The Mets have six players in the 130-card draft picks portion of the base set, one in the 45-card rookies part and one in the 45-card top prospects segment. They have the same eight players in the Chrome versions, and then there are three “common” inserts. (Here’s a link to the full checklist on Topps’ website.)

I’ve got the eight regular cards plus the Kevin Plawecki insert – I’ll have to find the Matt Harvey & Rafael Montero inserts at some point.

Draft Picks
BDPP1 Dominic Smith
BDPP38 Andrew Church
BDPP39 Casey Meisner
BDPP40 Ivan Wilson
BDPP72 Luis Guillorme
BDPP107 Gaither Bumgardner

Top Prospects
TP-22 Noah Syndergaard

Rookies
20 Zack Wheeler

Kevin Plawecki's 2013 Bowman Scouts Breakouts baseball card (from my collection)
Kevin Plawecki’s 2013 Bowman Scouts Breakouts baseball card (from my collection)

Chrome Draft Picks
BDPP1 Dominic Smith
BDPP38 Andrew Church
BDPP39 Casey Meisner
BDPP40 Ivan Wilson
BDPP72 Luis Guillorme
BDPP107 Gaither Bumgardner

Chrome Top Prospects
TP-22 Noah Syndergaard

Chrome Rookies
20 Zack Wheeler

Futures of the Franchise
FF-MH Matt Harvey

Bowman Scouts Breakouts
BSB-KP Kevin Plawecki
BSB-RMO Rafael Montero

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Mets Baseball Card of the Week: Dominic Smith 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

Dominic-Smith-2013-Bowman

Dominic Smith was the New York Mets’ top pick in last year’s Amateur Player Draft, the 11th overall pick in the nation. The 18-year-old first baseman spent most of his first professional season with the Gulf Coast League Mets, and Baseball America named him the 4th best prospect in the league.

After just one pro season, Smith also made Baseball America’s list of the top ten prospects in the New York Mets’ farm system, again coming in at number four.

“Smith earned rave reviews from scouts for his hitting and defense coming out of high school in Southern California.” wrote Baseball America’s Ben Bader in September. “With a sweet lefthanded swing, good bat speed, hand-eye coordination and pitch recognition, Smith has the potential to be a plus hitter and get on base at a high clip… with above-average future power potential.” Continue reading “Mets Baseball Card of the Week: Dominic Smith 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects”