Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets INF T.J. Rivera, who had Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow on Sept. 14, is hoping to return around the beginning of next season.

While pitchers usually miss between 12 and 18 months recovering from Tommy John surgery, position players can return in as little as six months.

Mets officials foresee Rivera returning this coming summer, but his goal is to get back sooner...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

"Knicks management is making a huge effort" to get in the good graces of Kristaps Porzingis' brother, Janis, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

According to Berman, that effort included team president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry, and head coach Jeff Hornacek all meeting with Janis at separate times earlier this week.

Janis Porzingis said earlier this month that money won't be the main factor regarding whether Kristaps remains with the Knicks long-term.

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Sep 9, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (Jeffrey Becker)
Sep 9, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (Jeffrey Becker)

The Mets are among the teams expressing interest in free agent LH reliever Mike Minor, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The 29-year-old Minor reinvented himself as a reliever in 2017, as he pitched in the majors for the first time since 2014, when he was a starter for the Braves.

After having shoulder surgery in 2015, Minor returned this past season with a a 2.55 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP while striking out 88 batters and walking 22 in 77 2/3 innings (65 games). He was dominant against lefties, holding them to a .163/.228/.196 line, but solid against righties as well, as they hit just .223/.281/.383 against him...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.

"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."

"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)
Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)

Knicks PG Ramon Sessions, who did not play on Wednesday night, has barely played since starting the first three games of the season -- a role that was then given to Jarrett Jack.

"I've played my whole career, first time in my 11 years this has actually happened," Sessions told the NY Post. "I've been around a while, been around different scenarios. It's still early. It's a long season. In the NBA, a lot of things can happen.''

With Jack starting, rookie Frank Ntilikina has been getting major minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Ron Baker has been inactive.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Danny Abriano
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Bryan Shaw (Adam Hunger)
Bryan Shaw (Adam Hunger)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' top priority this offseason will reportedly be finding a back-end reliever to add to the trio of Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, and Jerry Blevins. With the Mets not expected to pursue closer options such as Wade Davis and Greg Holland, here's a look at some of the relievers they might pursue...

RHP Bryan Shaw

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A-Rod as next Yankees manager? 00:03:25
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the possibility of Alex Rodriguez becoming the next manager of the New York Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez sat down with The Players' Tribune's "R2C2" podcast with Yankees LHP CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco to discuss the Yankees' managerial search. 

The 42-year-old Rodriguez has carved out a niche as a baseball commentator for FOX, but has also served as a special advisor to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner. When asked about the managerial position, he related it to being the President of the United States.

"I will say that, you know, being a manager for the New York Yankees is almost like POTUS, you know," Rodriguez said. "It's like one of those jobs that everybody and anybody should or would pay attention to because the New York Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports, not only America, but the entire globe. And whether you're in China or Dubai or Australia, everybody knows that logo...So, I do wish them luck."

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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

In his first public comments since recommending the dismissal of manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there were "issues and concerns" with Girardi's ability to communicate with the players.

That failure to ""fully communicate, engage, and connect" might have been a hurdle that was "insurmountable," according to Cashman.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

While Cashman has always been tight-lipped about his dealings, he flat out suggested the process has not begun. He apparently has no list, no front-runners and is seemingly wide-open in his search. Truthfully, I'm surprised we're reacting to a conference call about the managerial opening and not an introductory press conference introducing the new skipper...

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sanchez, Danny Abriano
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Oct 29, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Oct 29, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

There were a record 6,105 home runs hit during the regular season. Clayton Kershaw, arguably the best pitcher ever, has allowed eight home runs in 28 postseason innings in 2017. Todd Frazier hit a home run with this swing. And the Dodgers and Astros combined for seven home runs during Sunday night's insane 13-12 Houston victory in Game 5 of the World Series.

To provide context for the eight home runs Kershaw has allowed this postseason in 28 innings, he had previously allowed 10 home runs over his entire postseason career (90 innings) from 2008 to 2016.

So, what the hell is going on?

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Murti calls in to talk Girardi 00:04:28
SNY insider Sweeny Murti calls in to discuss the breaking news that the Yankees will not renew the contract of manager Joe Girardi.

Joe Girardi will not return as manager of the Yankees in 2018, the team announced. "With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back," Girardi said in a statement.

Girardi and GM Brian Cashman had been scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss Girardi's future with the team. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The news that Girardi is not coming back is not entirely shocking, but that it was an organizational decision is more surprising than had he decided to walk away on his own...

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Murti calls in to talk Girardi 00:04:28
SNY insider Sweeny Murti calls in to discuss the breaking news that the Yankees will not renew the contract of manager Joe Girardi.

Joe Girardi will not return as manager of the Yankees in 2018, the team announced. "With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back," Girardi said in a statement.

Girardi and GM Brian Cashman had been scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss Girardi's future with the team. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The news that Girardi is not coming back is not entirely shocking, but that it was an organizational decision is more surprising than had he decided to walk away on his own...

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Sep 21, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (Jake Roth)
Sep 21, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (Jake Roth)

It is somewhat rare for pitching coaches at the major league level to transition to manager, which is what Mickey Callaway will be doing with the Mets.

Bud Black, who coached Callaway when the latter was with the Angels from 2002 to 2003, discussed the process he went through when shifting from pitching coach of the Angels to manager of the Padres (after being hired by Sandy Alderson) prior to the 2007 season.

"Being the manager is a lot more about who the person is than what position they played," Black -- now the manager of the Rockies -- told the NY Daily News on Monday. "But I remember having those conversations with some of my veteran players in my first year - guys like Brian Giles, Mike Cameron, Geoff Blum...

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Callaway on becoming manager 00:05:45
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks about his personal history, what he's bringing to New York and his excitement to get started.

The Mets began their managerial search a few weeks ago with a list in excess of 35 candidates that "fit into a variety of different categories," GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday at Citi Field before introducing Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in team history.

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Callaway on becoming manager 00:05:45
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks about his personal history, what he's bringing to New York and his excitement to get started.

The Mets began their managerial search a few weeks ago with a list in excess of 35 candidates that "fit into a variety of different categories," GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday at Citi Field before introducing Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in team history.

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Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (Robert Hanashiro)

Justin Turner had a big NLCS against the Cubs as the Dodgers advanced to their first World Series since 1988.

Turner's walkoff home run in Game 2 was the first walkoff hit by a Dodger in the postseason since Kirk Gibson's walkoff homer against Dennis Eckersley and the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me)Sandy Alderson's biggest mistakes since taking over as GM continue to be watching Daniel Murphy sign with the Nationals and non-tendering Turner...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter

The Mets have started conducting their managerial interviews. Here is a look at the names that are in the mix...

Kevin Long, Mets hitting coach

The 50-year-old Long, who expressed his interest in the job to Alderson, does not have any big league managerial experience. He was the hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014, before taking the same role with the Mets prior to the 2015 season. He is returning to the Mets in 2018, but it isn't yet known what his role will be.

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Danny Abriano
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Melo's thought process 00:04:22
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss what was going through Carmelo Anthony's mind as his time with the Knicks came to a close.

Carmelo Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder in late-September, said he doesn't hold a grudge against the Knicks for how things transpired in New York.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson took subtle and not so subtle shots at Anthony last season, before attempting to trade him at the deadline and again before the Draft this past April.

"When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,'' Anthony told Marc Stein of the NY Times. "Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn't know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day."

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Danny Abriano
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Ralph Vacchiano on Giants' chaos 00:01:16
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano covers the chaos around Ben McAdoo and the Giants, including the suspension of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The Giants suspended CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for leaving the team on Wednesday, head coach Ben McAdoo said, before refusing to reveal the length of the suspension.

The cornerback decided to leave after having conversations with McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese over the last two days, according to McAdoo.

The timeline went as follows, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano:

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The plan for Mets RHP Matt Harvey this offseason will include "a substantial throwing program," Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, told Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

"The idea is to have a lot of reps to get his fastball command back and get his release point down," Boras explained.

Harvey had a tumultuous 2017 season as injuries plagued his performance. After surgery last season to remove a rib in order to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms, Harvey suffered a stress injury to his shoulder this season and missed several months. After returning, he had a 11.28 ERA in six starts...

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Sandy Alomar, Jr. is receiving "strong consideration" to be interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Alomar, 51, is the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians, who are currently facing the Yankees in the ALDS. He began his coaching career as a catching instructor for the Mets in 2008 and 2009. He has been on Cleveland's coaching staff since 2009, and was reportedly a finalist for the Blue Jays' managerial job prior to the 2011 season.

He was interim manager of the Indians for six games in 2012 after the team fired Manny Acta...

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Danny Abriano
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

Dave Eiland, who parted ways with the Royals last week, could be a fit to replace Dan Warthen as the next Mets pitching coach, surmises Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Sherman notes the relationship Eiland has with Kevin Long, who will be on the Mets' staff in 2018.

"You are not wrong at all. That is very accurate," Eiland told Sherman about his strong relationship with Long...

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke on a host of topics on Tuesday, shortly after the team announced changes to the coaching staff, the departure of head trainer Ray Ramirez, and the assignment of former-manager Terry Collins as a special assistant to the GM. Here's what you need to know...


Dan Warthen is out as pitching coach

Warthen has been offered a different role in the organization, but has not yet indicated whether he'll accept it. The potential role has not been fleshed out, according to Alderson...

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Collins' new responsibilities 00:03:12
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson elaborates further on what Terry Collins' new responsibilities will be as special assistant to the GM.

Terry Collins, who resigned as Mets manager after the final game of the season on Sunday in Philadelphia, has accepted the position of Special Assistant to GM Sandy Alderson, the team announced on Tuesday.

"I would expect that a lot of his area of responsibility and consultation will be in the area of player development," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said about Collins' new role. "I was disappointed with the performance of some of those players (who were called up this season) and their preparation for playing at the major league level."

Collins' tenure as manager had been expected to end after the season, according to multiple reports.

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 (AP)
(AP)

After the Giants fell to 0-4 with Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, head coach Ben McAdoo said he isn't surprised with the way things have gone. 

"I'm not surprised. I'm not shocked," McAdoo said after the game. "You can't carry things over from one year to the next. We talked about that in the offseason."

The Giants went 11-5 last season, losing to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs, and were expected to be a Super Bowl contender this season.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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Alderson talks Collins' decision 00:12:34
Sandy Alderson discusses Terry Collins stepping down as manager and thanks him for his time with the organization.

After resigning as Mets manager after Sunday's season finale against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Terry Collins said "I've had a tremendous run. I've had a great time."

"It's been a blast," he added. "But it's time."

Collins, who stepped down after seven years at the helm, said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon has been behind him since day one, and thanked GM Sandy Alderson for hiring him prior to the 2011 season...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterOn July 26, 2012 in Arizona, Matt Harvey made his presence felt, striking out 11 Diamondbacks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and walking three in his Mets debut.

Harvey, who many scouts projected to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter, took it up a notch after arriving from Triple-A Buffalo, featuring wipeout sliders that reached the low-90s, fastballs that sat between 95 and 97 MPH and at times ticked higher, a plus changeup, and a plus curve. 

With the Mets In the midst of their fourth-straight losing season, Harvey was not only a legitimate ace, but the first real glimmer of hope for the team as Sandy Alderson's rebuild took shape...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
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 (Michael Perez/AP)
(Michael Perez/AP)

Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. said Monday on Twitter that his "peeing" celebration after his first touchdown on Sunday was a response to President Donald Trump's recent comments about NFL players who kneel for the national anthem.

Click below for Beckham's tweet

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks president Steve Mills said the plan is for Carmelo Anthony to be with the team for the foreseeable future.

"Our plan is that Carmelo will be with us on Monday (at media day). ... and be with us on Tuesday when we start practice," Mills said on Friday.

Jake Brown | Twitter | There's no reason for the Knicks to commit to Carmelo Anthony's future. Everyone knows the rumors, and Anthony has made it clear he wants to be traded. Scott Perry and Steve Mills would be doing everyone a disservice if they acted like it's a definite that he will be here. And with media day and training camp getting underway next week, they know that now is the time trade talks are ramping up.

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Should all teams expand netting? 00:02:37
After a scary incident where a young fan was struck with a batted ball, the panel discusses if all teams should extend protective netting.

Several Yankees players said the team should expand the protective netting in the wake of a two-year-old girl who was sitting down the third base line being struck in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Wednesday.

The girl remained hospitalized on Thursday, according to the NY Post.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league would "redouble" its efforts when it comes to extra netting.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants QB Eli Manning said he can handle the criticism from head coach Ben McAdoo. "Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism," Manning said during an appearance on WFAN.  "Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it."

McAdoo placed the bame squarely on Manning for the delay of game penalty the team took when they were going for it on 4th-and-goal at the Lions' 2-yard line with roughly five minutes left in the third quarter.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Forget whether or not the Giants should have gone for it on fourth down. This is a communication issue between head coach and quarterback. 

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What went wrong for the Giants? 00:02:20
Willie Colon discusses where exactly the Giants went wrong in their loss to the Detroit Lions in the home opener.

WR Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 17 yards while being targeted five times during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

With the Giants trailing 17-10 with just over 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Marshall dropped a pass down the sideline that would've gone for about 30 yards, and would have set the Giants up around midfield.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Beckham was back on the field, and I -- along with many others -- was excited to see if that made a difference for Marshall. Clearly, it wasn't a factor in the slightest. 

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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Yankees at Rays in Queens! 00:04:02
Sweeny Murti discusses the dynamics of the Yankees' series against the Rays and the importance of Aroldis Chapman and Clint Frazier.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Yankees open a three-game series against the Rays at Citi Field on Monday night -- a series that was originally scheduled to be played in Tampa Bay.

The series is being held at Citi Field -- and not a neutral ballpark in Baltimore or elsewhere -- because there weren't enough quality hotel rooms at the other potential sites.

While it's an oddity to have the Yankees (who will be the road team for the series) playing at the Mets' ballpark without the Mets there, it's happened before. 

On April 15, 1998, after a beam collapsed at the original Yankee Stadium, the Yankees and Angels played one game at Shea Stadium.

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Yankees at Rays in Queens! 00:04:02
Sweeny Murti discusses the dynamics of the Yankees' series against the Rays and the importance of Aroldis Chapman and Clint Frazier.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Yankees open a three-game series against the Rays at Citi Field on Monday night -- a series that was originally scheduled to be played in Tampa Bay.

The series is being held at Citi Field -- and not a neutral ballpark in Baltimore or elsewhere -- because there weren't enough quality hotel rooms at the other potential sites.

While it's an oddity to have the Yankees (who will be the road team for the series) playing at the Mets' ballpark without the Mets there, it's happened before. 

On April 15, 1998, after a beam collapsed at the original Yankee Stadium, the Yankees and Angels played one game at Shea Stadium.

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Talking David Wright's future 00:01:24
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR admires David Wright's desire to play, but doubts he should still try to come back.

Mets 3B David Wright, who underwent rotator cuff surgery earlier this week, said he has not considered retirement and that he remains focused on returning to the Mets.

"I think I still have something to give," Wright said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."

Wright played three games for High-A St. Lucie in a rehab stint in August as he looked to return from a shoulder impingement that had kept him out since Spring Training. After experiencing more pain in his shoulder, Wright terminated the rehab. 

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 (Mitch Stringer)
(Mitch Stringer)

The Orioles may trade 3B Manny Machado this offseason if they're not "making headway on a new deal," reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, notes Cafardo. 

Machado, 25, is hitting .273/.328/.507 with 32 HR, 29 doubles, and 91 RBI in 134 games this season for the Orioles. 

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Gelbs on Cespedes' health 00:02:02
Steve Gelbs discusses the Mets' plans to help Yoenis Cespedes increase flexibility by toning down his weight-lifting.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who will alter his training regimen this offseason, was doing 1,100 pound 'bear' squats before the season, up from 700 pounds in 2015, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury last month, Cespedes -- who dealt with nagging lower-body injuries this season prior to his season-ending one -- said he'd adjust his workout regimen to focus on being more athletic.

"I want to become more flexible, more athletic, have less bulk [in my legs]," Cespedes told the New York Post.. "I want to do less weight lifting. I'm going to do some different things, I want to do yoga, more stretching. I want to be lighter. I want to come back around 210, lose about 15 pounds.''

Cespedes hit .292/.352/.540 with 17 HR and 42 RBI while playing in just 81 games this season. He played in 132 games in 2016...

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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

During Spring Training, there was hope that David Wright and Jose Reyes -- who played together with the Mets from 2004 to 2011 -- would reunite on field during games this season.

However, with Wright recently terminating his rehab assignment and Reyes a free agent after this season, that reunion might never happen.

"I wish all the best for him and whatever decision he needs to make I am going to be behind him 100 percent," Reyes said Tuesday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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 (Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)
(Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Conforto is on pace to have one of the best single-season offensive performances in Mets history, entering Wednesday hitting .278 with a .385 OBP and .559 SLG to go along with 27 HR in 107 games. The 24-year-old Conforto, who made his first All-Star Game appearance this season, is on pace to finish the year with 35 HR.

As Conforto comes into his own as a star, let's look back at the five best offensive seasons in team history...

Darryl Strawberry, 1987

Strawberry won the Rookie of the Year award in 1984 and was second in the MVP voting in 1988, but the 1987 campaign was arguably his best. As a 25-year-old, Strawberry hit .284/.398/.583 with 39 HR (tied for the most in his career, with 1988), 104 RBI, 32 doubles, 108 runs scored, and 36 stolen bases.

Jose Reyes, 2006

At just 23 years old, 2006 was the season Reyes put it all together as the Mets won their first N.L. East title since 1988. Reyes slashed .300/.354/.487 (the second-highest slugging percentage of his career) with 64 stolen bases, 17 triples, 19 HR, 122 runs scored, and 81 RBI. Reyes' 2007, 2008, and 2011 seasons were also incredible...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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RH reliever Jacob Rhame, who the Mets received from the Dodgers in exchange for Curtis Granderson, is now the team's No. 23 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com.

Rhame's ranking is the highest among all the prospects the Mets have received while trading Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker over the last few weeks.

"Like a number of young players we got, he's a righthanded pitcher who throws hard," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said, according to Newsday. "He's close to major-league ready. Hopefully, we'll see him either in September or spring training. We're very happy we got him."

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, sources recently told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Passan, four teams, including the Giants, have already reached out the Marlins, with having already exchanged player names prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Stanton, 27, is hitting .283 with a .374 OBP, while leading the league in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.640).

He is in the third year of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which contains a no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. The deal also includes a $25 million team option for 2028.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and Yankees played their first regular season series in 1997 at Yankee Stadium as interleague play debuted throughout Major League Baseball.

Since then, there have been tons of memorable moments as Queens battled the Bronx.

Here are the top five...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and Yankees played their first regular season series in 1997 at Yankee Stadium as interleague play debuted throughout Major League Baseball.

Since then, there have been tons of memorable moments for the Mets as Queens has battled the Bronx.

Here are the top five...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Yankees are not expected to trade for Mets OF/1B Jay Bruce, who can be traded this month if he's placed on and clears waivers.

One Yankees official "shot down any notion" that the team would trade for Bruce, while speaking with Bob Klapisch of NJ.com, citing the fact that owner Hal Steinbrenner has frozen the payroll for the remainder of the season.

The Yankees are currently without first basemen Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, and have primarily been using Chase Headley at first base recently.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein look at whether Carmelo Anthony will still be a member of the New York Knicks next season on Loud Mouths.

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is only willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

Anthony had reportedly been willing to accept a trade to the Rockets and the Cavaliers, and had been interested in joining the Thunder, but that has apparently changed.

He would not comment on the report on Wednesday but said that he's "at peace" and that he didn't know what the chances of him remaining a Knick are, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

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