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Seaver trade 40th anniversary

 

I'm reading it right now. There's also a matching article in the Daily News and a link to another article (written on the 30th anniversary) by long time baseball writer Bill Madden. Lots of inside information there.

 

M. Donald Grant was a bigger asshole by far than either of the Dolans.

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Looked at the standings - the Mets are closer to the division lead than the 2nd wild card spot. This is certainly a strange year.

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At Citi Field I just had the Fuku spicy chicken sandwich. Crispy and spicy but not a gutbomb. A little overpriced at 12.50 but not a total ripoff. Just what I wanted.

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Not a good sign when attending Citifield and the best thing is the food, not the game. Still think they have a better chance of making the playoffs than the Yankees, but fear it will not be a fun summer in the Bronx or Queens.

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Here's a good way to sum up the Mets' season in a nutshell (pardon the pun). RE: last night's loss, via a walk-off walk, here's what happened in the 8th:

 

Robles had numbness in fingers pitching the ninth. In the eighth he landed awkwardly and pinched his genitals, prompting Ray Ramirez visit.

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You think a major league manager would have stopped Harvey's multiple injuries, Syndegaard's major injury, Cespedes' recurrent hamstring problems, Walker's back injury, Wright's (I don't ever want to retire) back injury, and on and on.

 

I think they need to look at management/conditioning/off-season rituals from the top on down.

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But a major league manager would have taken Harvey out of the 5th Game of the World Series. Could you imagine Torre, Madden or Sciosia allowing that to occur?

 

His pitching choices are terrible. He allows players to dictate what they want to do in too many game decision moments. They should never have fired Willie Randolph.

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But a major league manager would have taken Harvey out of the 5th Game of the World Series. Could you imagine Torre, Madden or Sciosia allowing that to occur?

You might want to take Maddon off that list. In the World Series list.he used Chapman for needless innings and then couldn't use him the following night. Even good managers sometimes make mistakes.

 

Collins isn't a great in-game manager but he keeps his teams motivated and they play hard for him, even when a season gets out of hand.

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Maddon did over-use Chapman, but he had no choice. They didn't have much of a bullpen. At least he didn't leave his starter on the mound too long -and after he made the decision to remove him.

 

I don't agree the team plays hard for Collins. The Mets do not respect him as they should (just ask Cepedes). The individual who receives the most respect in that clubhouse is Granderson, not Collins.

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So the Mets are attempting to sabotage their 2018 season a year early. Whoever came up with yesterday's silly idea must be a fan of the Washington Nationals.

 

Starting Synd for 1 inning an then bringing in Harvey after that is pure insanity. Not only do you risk Synd re-injuring himself but you put another recovering pitcher in a situation that he has never experienced.

 

There was no need to have Synd pitch other then to give in to his inflated ago. Pitching one inning is a risky gimmick that proves nothing and risks everything. Taking Harvey out of his normal pre-game warm-up routine is worse than that. Here's a guy who is struggling to find continuity and management puts him into a position to fail and confuse - and he was able to accomplish that for them in spades.

 

Next year when the Mets (hopefully) hire a real major league manager, these bush-league tactics will cease.

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In 1980, three pitchers pitched 20 or more complete games. Nine pitched 13 or more complete games.

 

None of this middle reliever, late middle reliever, early closer, etc nonsense. Just go out and pitch. (And they did it for a lot less money,, too)

 

The leader in 2016 pitched three complete games. Gimme a break...

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