Former Mets catcher and Hall of Fame member Mike Piazza addresses the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number (31) prior to the game between New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)
Former Mets catcher and Hall of Fame member Mike Piazza addresses the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number (31) prior to the game between New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)

On this date in 1998, while working the service desk at Home Depot, I answered an urgent phone call from my mother, who, as a Mets fan herself, was eager to tell me the Mets traded for "that pizza guy," as she called him.

I laughed, knowing full well she meant Mike Piazza, who never would have become the legend he is in Queens had the Dodgers never turned their backs on his contract request.

Piazza wanted at least $91 million during his Spring Training negotiations with the Dodgers in early 1998. They never offered more than $84 million, Piazza rejected it, and Los Angeles began floating his name in trade talks with interested teams. The Mets were among several teams to show interest...

In what was a major shock to the baseball world, Piazza was eventually traded to the Marlins, who were 15 games below .500, in last place, and in the process of dismantling their team - not rebuilding it - after a World Series run the year before.



Meanwhile, the Mets had the National League's worst winning percentage from 1993 to 1996. However, after hiring Bobby Valentine in 1997, they surprised Mets fans by winning 88 games and chasing the Wild Card deep in to September. Immediately after winning the World Series, the Marlins began trading off their most expensive players, including sending pitchers Al Leiter and Dennis Cook to the Mets.

The next season, when the Marlins acquired Piazza with the intent of flipping him for prospects, it made sense for them to call the Mets since they knew New York had interest in Piazza, and both organizations were already very familiar with one another's farm system.

"Piazza was a marquee-type guy and we needed that type of player," then-GM Steve Phillips told me in 2015 about the decision to pursue Piazza. "We were a good little team, but we needed to get a superstar. At the same time, we know from previous discussions that the Marlins liked our top outfield prospect, Preston Wilson, as well as some of our young pitching talent."

The opportunity for the Mets to acquire Piazza was in place, the prospects needed were available, Phillips and his front office were ready to make a deal, and the team's fans were hungry for something to get done. Finally, eight days after leaving Los Angeles for Miami, the Marlins traded Piazza to the Mets for Preston Wilson, and pitching prospects Geoff Geotz and Ed Yarnall.

"I think we invented the chest bump," Phillips told me about his reaction after completing the deal. "It was so exciting, especially knowing we were about to make an announcement that was going to rock New York City."

Pizza was selected by the Dodgers with their last pick during the 1988 MLB Amateur Draft mostly because his dad, Vince, lobbied his friend, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, to draft him.

"The Dodgers didn't want him," Lasorda told USA TODAY Sports during July 2016 interview. "Nobody wanted him. I kept telling our guys, 'I want him drafted.'"



According to Lasorda, because he was viewed as a 'courtesy pick,' the Dodgers had no intention of keeping him, though they were impressed with his ability to hit. However, when Lasorda said Piazza had experience being a catcher, the Dodgers signed him to their basic $15,000 contract.

The only problem was that Piazza had never been a catcher. Lasorda made it up, knowing it was the only way his team would give his friend's son a chance. At the advice of the legendary manager, Piazza caught a flight to the Dominican Republic, where, at 20 years old and the first American player to ever be in camp, he worked out at the organization's training facility to learn how to be a backstop.

"You have no idea what this kid went through," Lasorda told USA Today. "The Dodgers never wanted him. They held it against him because of my relationship with him. They wanted to break him."

The next summer at Single-A Vero Beach in Florida, Piazza struggled behind the plate and considered quitting baseball after being in countless confrontations with the team's coaching staff, most of whom resented his relationship with Lasorda.

"It was a difficult time, but it helped get me to where I needed to be," Piazza told me during an interview at Tradition Field in 2016. "It made me stronger, mentally and physically, and it taught me how to be patient."

Piazza made his major league debut in 1992. The next season, he made the All-Star team as a catcher and won the National League's Rookie of the Year award as a catcher, four years after first putting a mask on.

By 1997, he was widely considered the best hitting catcher in baseball, and now on his way to being the greatest hitting catcher of all time. He hit .362 that season, with 40 home runs and 124 RBI, while finishing second in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award.

It would be his last full year in Dodger blue.



Given how he entered baseball at the bottom and had to work his way to the top, it seemed only fitting that Piazza would get a chance to perform on the world's largest stage...

In his first game with the Mets -- May 23, 1998 -- Piazza hit an RBI double through the right-center field gap. It gave the Mets a 2-0 lead as they went on to defeat the Brewers, 3-0.

"I'm on cloud nine right now, but I need some sleep," Piazza told New York reporters after his first game, which was totally understandable considering his three-team, four-city tour during the previous eight days.

Piazza immediately began hitting with the Mets, though it took him time to find his power stroke at Shea Stadium. He was frequently booed in June and early July for struggling at home, and not hitting in the clutch. However, after announcing that he wanted to postpone contract talks with the Mets until after the season, Pizza got hot at the plate in August and never looked back.

"It was a little stressful for a while," Phillips admitted to me about the early going of Piazza's time in a Mets uniform. "But, once it clicked, and when the fans accepted Piazza, it became everything we thought it could be."

In his 106 games, Piazza hit .348 with a .419 OBP, 23 home runs, 33 doubles and 76 RBI. Unfortunately, despite a spike in attendance, the Mets actually played slightly worse baseball than they did before Piazza was acquired, and ended up missing the postseason by just 1.5 games.

The season ended with no postseason and Piazza eligible to be a free agent, which left Mets fans and all of baseball to wonder whether his time in New York would be reduced to just four months.

"It had been going so well and the way we hoped it would, and so we felt there was a chance we could bring him back," Phillips told me, though he admitted to also being nervous in advance of restarting negotiations.



Thankfully, it took just four days for the two sides to agree to a seven-year, $91 million deal, which was $1 million more than his reported ask of the Dodgers six months earlier. The deal also included a limited no-trade clause making it - at the time - the most lucrative contract ever given to a baseball player.

''This tells the fans that we appreciate the fact that they came back to watch us play after we acquired Mike,'' Mets co-owner Nelson Doubleday said the day the deal was announced. ''They wanted a marquee player, we needed a marquee player and we got them a marquee player.''

The Mets became Piazza's team in 1999, during which the franchise returned to the postseason for the first time in 11 years. The Mets would get back to the postseason in 2000, marking the first ever back-to-back postseason appearances in franchise history. In 2000, he and the Mets won the National League pennant and advanced to the World Series to face the crosstown rival Yankees, who were in the midst of a dynastic run of Championships.

The Mets struggled in the years after losing to the Yankees in the World Series, during which Piazza's production dropped as his injuries started to rise. Sadly, on Oct. 2, 2005, Piazza played his final game with the Mets, as it was reported that he and the team planned to part ways after the season. During the game, Mets manager Willie Randolph replaced Piazza after the eighth inning so the 47,718 fans in Shea Stadium could give their catcher one last cheer.

Piazza bowed toward the stands, waved and then slowly jogged down the dugout steps.

"They never should have traded him," Lasorda told USA Today Sports in 2015, when asked if he regrets seeing Piazza leave Los Angeles. "They made the biggest mistake of their lives. But look who got the last laugh, and now the rest is history."



In 2013, the Mets inducted Piazza into their Hall of Fame. And in 2016, after finally being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with their hat on, the Mets made him just their second player (along with Tom Seaver) to have his number retired.

In the end, Piazza played 16 years, half of which for the Mets, and most all of them behind the plate. He hit .308 for his career, made the All-Star team 12 times and - thanks to a smart deal 21 years ago today - he made countless people - myself included - proud to be Mets fans.


Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. He also hosts the MetsBlog Podcast, which you can subscribe to here. His new book, The New York Mets Fans' Bucket List, details 44 things every Mets fan should experience during their lifetime. To check it out, click here!

Comments

See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 61 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

Jacob deGrom is the obvious favorite to win the 2020 NL Cy Young Award, as he searches for his third straight one to join elite company in the record books. But who is his biggest competition? 

Looking at the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler are his biggest competition. So, in the latest edition of What are the Odds?, the BNNY crew break down who deGrom needs to worry about the most whenever this season gets underway...

Read More
Comments

Keith Hernandez, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Last week I hope you all watched the 1986 World Series Game 6 Watch Party on SNY's Facebook page which featured many of my former teammates. It was truly a brilliant idea to put us all together in a discussion forum as the game unfolded from beginning to end. We were told that we could Zoom in and Zoom out at any time if we needed a break. I didn't plan on watching the entire game, which (as Met fans everywhere will recall) took almost four hours to play.  

But I did.

It was so much fun to virtually "see" my old teammates Santana, Ojeda, Teufel, Elster, McDowell, Darryl, Mitchell, etc. It's been years since I've seen, let alone talked with, most of them. But having all of their faces on my computer screen talking together in real-time was one of the most fulfilling moments in my baseball life.  

Read More
Comments

Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves before the 2015 trade deadline, Kelly Johnson proved to be a valuable utility player for the Mets, playing all over the diamond and doing whatever was asked of him by manager Terry Collins.

On Wednesday, Johnson joined the BNNY crew to look back at some of the pivotal moments of the 2015 postseason, including Chase Utley's NLDS slide into Ruben Tejada, Matt Harvey staying in for the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, and more.

Tune in to the full episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.

Tags: Kelly Johnson, Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada
Read More
Comments

With owners giving approval on May 11 to Major League Baseball's proposal to begin the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, negotiations are now ongoing between the league and Players Association.

The goal is to begin a second spring training of sorts around June 10 and for Opening Day to be around July 1, meaning the league and players have a finite amount of time to reach an agreement.

Here's the latest...

Read More
Comments

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Last month, Major League Baseball sent the Players Association a 67-page document proposing health and safety measures for the 2020 season. On May 21, the union responded with suggestions.

While there remain outstanding issues between the league and players on health and safety, people involved in negotiations are highly optimistic that the sides will reach an agreement. This aspect of negotiations has proven less contentious than financial talks, and the players are expected to get much of what they want on health and safety.

An agreement there could help facilitate one on pay. Since MLB signaled its intention on Monday night to launch a shortened season with prorated pay if no new accord is reached, the sides have engaged in limited dialogue, according to sources.

Read More
Comments

Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the Mets took Jarred Kelenic at No. 6 in the 2018 MLB Draft, they got an 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder with above average tools on both sides of the ball who was widely viewed as the best high school hitter in the draft.

With the Mets set to pick at No. 19 in the 2020 MLB Draft on June 10, Keith Law of The Athletic's latest mock draft has them taking 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder Austin Hendrick, who -- like Kelenic at the time he was drafted -- has above average tools on both sides of the ball.

"Hendrick has only a couple of landing spots, as he's going to be sophomore-eligible if he goes to Mississippi State and may ask for an over-slot bonus, even though scouts didn't see him play this year," Law writes. "The Mets seem to be hoping for a top high school bat to get to them, with college pitching the fallback."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the last 30 years, the Mets have selected a catcher in the first round of the MLB Draft just once, when they picked Kevin Plawecki at No. 35 overall in 2012.

And the lack of a can't-miss catching prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft might mean that the Mets going for one when they pick at No. 19 is unlikely.

When you look at the Mets' farm system, Francisco Alvarez is a true blue chip catching prospect who profiles as a player who will excel on both sides of the ball. But he likely won't be ready until 2022 at the earliest, and potentially not until 2023.

Read More
Comments

Clover Park
Clover Park

Add the Mets to the group of teams that have reopened their spring training facilities for players on a limited basis. 

The state of Florida, like many others, is allowing facilities to open up for sports teams, and the Mets told Newsday's Tim Healey on Tuesday that Clover Park in Port St. Lucie "is available for players who reside locally."

Mets C Wilson Ramos was seen there on Tuesday working out in the gym. 

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
Read More
Comments

See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 60 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

Regardless of what many said after the fact, pretty much everyone watching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series wanted Matt Harvey to come back out for the ninth inning with the Mets leading, 2-0.

From the fans at Citi Field to the fans at home to the media in the press box, the belief was that Harvey should be given a chance to finish what he started.

When Harvey came running back to the mound after talking Terry Collins out of replacing him, the crowd roared. But things fell apart from there.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)

Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to have back-and-forth negotiations, but the clock is ticking toward the "soft deadline" if the goal is still to resume spring training around June 10. 

Pedro Martinez, the Hall-of-Famer who pitched four seasons with the Mets in the mid-2000s, is hopeful that both sides can find a middle ground on some of their differences, particularly when it comes to figuring out players' pay for a shortened season with no fans, so that the game can offer some solace for the fans at home.

"I'm hoping that both sides stop thinking about their own good to start thinking about the fans," Martinez said during an interview with Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live. "I think this is the perfect time to have their baseball teams out there to have the people try to forget about a little bit what's going on. 

Read More
Comments

 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

As protests against police brutality and racial injusitce continue in most major cities in the United States, Mets star Pete Alonso posted on Instagram on Tuesday along with the caption #blackouttuesday -- a hashtag many are using on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Soon after Alonso's post went up, Instagram user @mattenrique77 responded by saying "All Lives Matter" -- a pathetic retort Alonso would have none of.

"Get out of here with that ignorance," Alonso wrote. "Of course everybody's life matters but we're focusing on the wide spread racism in our country right now. The question is, why does the black lives matter movement bother you enough to have to say all lives matter?"

Read More
Comments

Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)
Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Owners from all 30 Major League Baseball teams convened on a conference call Monday, according to sources, and reiterated the desire to begin the season. 

If any owner has gotten to the point where he does not see the value in playing a truncated schedule, he did not express that to his colleagues. Add that to the players' consistent stance that they want to play, and there remains the expectation that the 2020 season will be salvaged. 

Read More
Comments

MLB
MLB

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Let's start with where we expect this negotiation to end: Major League Baseball and the Players Association will reach an agreement to play roughly 70-80 games, and players will accept a small percentage pay cut.

Additionally, the league will offer further financial incentives like removing the qualifying offer and the competitive balance tax this winter, in order to help kick-start free agency during an offseason of financial hardship. The union will offer deferred salaries.

Read More
Comments

With this shortened MLB season slowly coming together, Vegas Sportsbooks haven't missed a beat with projecting winning percentages for 2020. 

As we knew, the NL East was going to be a hard-fought division this season -- shortened or not. With the World Series-champion Nationals not even being the NL East division winner last season (that's the Braves) to go along with the Mets and Phillies, it was bound to be good baseball.

Vegas thinks the same thing with their winning percentages this season. So do you think the Mets will go over or under their projected wins? That's the latest topic on What Are The Odds?

Read More
Comments

On the eighth anniversary of Johan Santana pitching the first Mets no-hitter, Mike Baxter and Josh Thole recall their roles from that night.

Read More
Comments

May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Ron Darling is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Ron Darling is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

A judge has thrown out former Met Lenny Dykstra's lawsuit against his former teammate Ron Darling for defamation following the release of Darling's autobiography. 

With the lawsuit put to bed, Daring released an official statement on the matter:

CLICK BELOW TO READ DARLING'S FULL STATEMENT

Read More
Comments

Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the Mets released a statement about the situation on Monday:

Queens, NY is one of the most diverse areas in our country. We take pride in our diversity. It is our strength

That is why we denounce all forms of racism and discrimination.

We stand with our state, our city, and community. We hope to be a part of positive change in our society.

Read More
Comments

Johan Santana threw the first Mets no-hitter eight years ago today.

After making history, the jubilant Santana addressed his teammates. Watch his full speech above...

Read More
Comments

Johan Santana
Johan Santana

It was a night many Mets fans thought they would never see.

On June 1, 2012 at Citi Field in front of 27,069 fans, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history 50 years after the inception of the team.

There had been many near-misses through the years, from Tom Seaver to Rick Reed to Tom Glavine and many in between. But it was Santana -- back on the mound after missing the entire 2011 season due to shoulder surgery -- who did it.

Read More
Comments

Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |9

When the Mets selected hard-throwing RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft, they got a first-round talent who SNY contributor and former Mets front office member Adam Fisher referred to at the time as the "linchpin" of their draft.

Allan, who turned 19 years old this past April, dropped out of the first round and all the way to the Mets at No. 89 because of signability concerns. But New York walked a bit of a tightrope when giving out its signing bonuses, and were able to get Allan signed under its alloted bonus pool.

Read More
Comments

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A few nights ago, Michael Cuddyer sat in bed and forced himself to watch the entire video, all eight minutes and 43 seconds, that showed a white Minneapolis police officer kill a black man, George Floyd. It took him about four minutes to break down crying.

Cuddyer is an icon in Minnesota, having played 11 seasons for the Twins before leaving for Colorado and New York. He is now back with the team as a member of the front office.

"I forced myself to watch it, because I wanted to feel the empathy and I wanted to see the injustice," Cuddyer said in a phone interview on Sunday. "In the middle of it, I started bawling…I'm not afraid to admit it. I literally was in my bed bawling. Tears falling down my face."

Tags: Michael Cuddyer, Andy Martino
Read More
Comments

MLB The Show
MLB The Show

See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 59 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso spoke about the situation on Sunday.

"For the past couple of days, I've struggled to wrap my mind around what's happening," Alonso wrote on Instagram. "I have a voice and I will not remain silent. My heart has been broken over the murder of George Floyd. I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because (of) the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other."

Floyd died following his arrest in Minnesota after police officer Derek Chauvin -- who was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter -- had his knee on a prone Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe."

After protests began in and around Minneapolis following the death of Floyd, other protests have taken place in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, and elsewhere. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 31, called Players Who Played for the Mets and Yankees...

Read More
Comments

Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)
Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have been taking place in cities across the country.

Many professional athletes, both in New York and other cities, have used their platform to either speak out on or join these protests.

"Racism is engrained [sic] in our society/culture and the world seems incapable of change," tweeted Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. "To change the world we must begin with ourselves. Truly look in the mirror and identify if you're part of the problem or the solution. Your true colors will always be revealed!"

Read More
Comments

See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 58 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Mets were leading the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, with one out and none on in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. They were about to secure the win, guaranteeing themselves at least a split before returning to Citi Field for Game 3. And then it happened.

A Jeurys Familia quick pitch was turned around by Alex Gordon, who drove it out of the ballpark. Five innings later, the Mets lost. And the series was turned on its head.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson lamented the Game 1 loss and Familia's quick pitch.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 57 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

In a winner-take-all Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS against the Dodgers, Jacob deGrom stepped up in a huge way for the Mets, allowing just two earned runs over six innings of work while striking out seven hitters.

On the latest BNNY: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses how this game helped deGrom take his confidence to the next level and shaped him into the two-time NL Cy Young winner he is today ...

Tags: Jacob deGrom
Read More
Comments

Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey's time with the Mets was complicated, with off the field moments and his Dark Knight persona at times overshadowing what was his utter dominance on the mound when healthy.

Harvey blew past his innings limit in 2015 in his first season after Tommy John surgery (something former teammate David Wright recently lauded him for), underwent thoracic outlet surgery in 2016, and was never the same.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective Podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked what led to Harvey's downfall.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

MLB
MLB

The Mets are among teams that have released minor leaguers on Thursday, per The Score's Robert Murray

The Brewers, Nationals and Mariners were also among known teams that have let go some of its prospects. 

Unfortunately, these cuts shouldn't come as a surprise as the coronavirus pandemic hasn't just been wreaking havoc in Major League Baseball, but in Minor League Baseball as well. 

Read More
Comments

Daniel Murphy's 2015 postseason run is something Mets fans will never forget. 

After hitting just 14 home runs in the regular season, Murphy became a legend in the postseason, belting seven home runs in a nine-game span, helping the Mets defeat the Dodgers in five games and then sweep the Chicago Cubs to win the NL pennant. 

On the latest Beyond the Booth Live, SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez looked back on Murphy's meteoric playoff rise. 

Tags: Daniel Murphy
Read More
Comments

See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 56 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Odds with a + in front show how much money would be won on a $100 bet. Odds with a - in front show how much money someone would have to wager to win $100.


Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit 53 homers in 2019 as he shattered the single-season rookie record and led all of the majors. While Alonso is among the favorites to hit the most homers during a shortened 2020 season that could be roughly 82 games, he is not the favorite.

Here are the players with the best odds, per BetMGM:

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

In the latest edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary, Keith and Ron play "Rapid Replies," where they say the first word that comes to their mind when they hear another. 

What do think when they hear "Shea?" How about "Citi Field?" Check it out...

Read More
Comments

SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also look back at the Mets 2015 postseason run during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Read More
Comments

Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)
Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Following a day of video conferences with other players in leadership positions in the Players Association, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer held the position that his union would not accept further pay cuts.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer, a prominent voice in the union, tweeted on Wednesday night.

Read More
Comments

Not many MLB players working out in anticipation for whenever the 2020 season gets underway has someone working alongside of them, let alone a teammate. 

Dom Smith and Marcus Stroman have been working out together since the pandemic shut down spring training, and it has given Smith a real good look at what Stroman brings to the rubber every fifth day. 

When his stuff is on, Stroman is one of the hardest pitchers to time and hit with his deceptive delivery techniques that match his array of pitches. On the latest episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith discussed what he's been doing with Stroman recently. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
Read More
Comments

Custom handshakes between baseball players is basically an art form.

And while there won't be any handshakes if/when the 2020 season begins due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols being put in place, Dominic Smith has come up with some socially distant ways to celebrate, and it's still fun to reminisce about some of the best handshakes from last season. 

On the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith and J.D. Davis discussed not only just how some of these hand shakes develop over time, but also how Davis completely whiffed on sharing a handshake with Smith after one of his biggest home runs of the season. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis
Read More
Comments

When the 2020 MLB season (hopefully) begins, new health and safety protocols will be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's not yet clear exactly what the protocols will be, but with high-fives and fist bumps likely to be forbidden, how will walk-off celebrations look?

The Mets made an art form out of walk-offs last season, with the player responsible for the game-winner getting his jersey ripped off. The celebrations also featured players dousing one another with water and food, and Dominic Smith using his scooter to take part while he was recovering from a foot injury.

Asked during the latest Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies what celebrations could look like in 2020, Smith had some ideas in mind.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 55 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

Read More
Comments

With MLB and the Players Association deep in negotiations for the potential return of the 2020 season -- which could mean a second spring training starting around June 10 -- players are ramping up their preparation.

For J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, that means things have gotten more intense.

"Right now what I'm doing (is) I'm getting more balls off the machine. Getting ready, swinging a little bit harder, making sure I do some more sprints, some more long distance stuff," Davis said Wednesday during The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. "Definitely ramping it up here, definitely getting the itch. The month before it was kind of that mystery of when we're gonna start, but now it's becoming a little more clear that it's gonna start here in the next couple of weeks. I have no idea, I don't make those decisions, but I'm excited for that phone call."

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

Baseball Night in New York takes a look around the NL to discuss who the best overall position player is in the entire league.

Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger edged out Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in MVP voting last year, and former AL MVP Mookie Betts has now changed leagues as well. So who is the top position player?

Read More
Comments

On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith reveal the secrets behind last season's handshakes and new ways to safely celebrate when baseball returns.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis
Read More
Comments

MLB
MLB

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The players want to play. The owners want to earn. A round of calls to sources reveals that everyone is surprisingly calm behind the scenes, and the PR/social media war is mostly kabuki.

For these reasons and more, Tuesday's dust-up did nothing to change the industry expectation that MLB will launch its season in July.

When we did our rounds of asking for reaction on the player/agent side on Tuesday and Wednesday after the owners proposed steep cuts for top earning players, we received a number of virtual shrugs.

Read More
Comments

Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the last 10 years, the Mets have selected an outfielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft three times.

The picks of Brandon Nimmo (2011) and Michael Conforto (2014) have worked out incredibly well, and they currently make up two thirds of the Mets' expected starting outfield.

The other outfielder the Mets most recently drafted? That would be Jarred Kelenic, who was selected in 2018 and traded to the Seattle Mariners in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to Queens. Regardless of whether Diaz and/or Cano improve in Year 2 in New York, including Kelenic in that deal was unwise. And he is now a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball who will likely be in the majors by 2021.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
Read More
Comments

MLB
MLB

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After reading about Major League Baseball's proposal for a sliding scale of pay cuts that penalized the highest earners, one veteran role player had to grudgingly admire what the owners had done.

"They've just taken the biggest problem in the union, the pay class divide, and flipped it on its head," the player said. "And now they'll watch as the union tears itself apart as the highest paid fight back on this while the lowest paid say 'whoa whoa whoa, we like this!' The union will try to convince those young, naive players that it's in their interest to stand together, but it isn't."

Inside any major league clubhouse, there are wealthy players and players making the minimum salary. Last year on the Yankees, to choose a random example, Giancarlo Stanton earned approximately $25.5 million more than Ben Heller.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Andy Martino
Read More
Comments