Your votes are in… The verdict is overwhelming that the Mets have indeed turned the corner by a 75% to 25% vote. I believe that the Mets are definitely on the right track. I started to believe that when they were left on the field for walk off wins in St. Louis and again in Philadelphia last week, and came back to win the next day after both difficult losses.
I love what Jerry Manuel has done with the team. The players have certainly responded since Willie Randolph was fired proving that Omar Minaya made the right move. The firing itself was handled awkwardly, at best, but it got the job done. Let’s go Mets!
I added a new poll to the site coming off the series victory in Philadelphia. Clearly, the Mets are playing a different brand of baseball over the last few weeks. But have the Mets turned the corner from the malaise that permeated the first two months of the season? Or is this a temporary success story?
Baseball Prospectus now has the Mets odds of making the postseason at 37.5%. That’s up 17.1% in the last seven days.
Reader “td” wins the contest this week for suggesting that the Mets trade Carlos Delgado between games of the double header yesterday to maximize his value. td wins a copy of the book “Mets By The Numbers” by Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman.
Thanks to Matthew Silverman for supporting the contest here. Be sure to visit his website for information on his group gathering at the Shea Stadium picnic area for a game on September 24 against the NL’s best team, the Chicago Cubs. At that point, there will only be five games left at Shea. So be sure to join the group for an evening against the NL’s best. Hopefully, there will be playoff implications hanging in the balance.
This week I’m running a contest for the best comment. You can enter as many comments as you like during the week and everyone is eligible. I’ll be judging the comments for insight, opinion, and writing skill. I’ll only ship the prize to a U.S. shipping address.The contest runs from June 23 to June 27, 2008.
The prize is the book “Mets By The Numbers” by Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman. The book tells the history of the Mets by the players that wore each number. The foreward is written by Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose. You can also purchase the book at Barnes & Noble.
Update June 17 11:00 AM EDT: Since the decision was made for us early this morning. I decided to take the poll down.
Since it appears to be imminent that someone is going to get fired. I’d like to get your take on who should get the axe. See the poll on the right side of the page. If you’re using a feed reader, visit the site to participate in the poll.
Former Met and current SNY analyst Darryl Strawberry will be at the Rockefeller Center store tomorrow June 10th from 6:00pm-7:00pm for an autograph signing. He’ll be signing copies of “New York Mets: Essential Games of Shea Stadium” and “Shea Goodbye: 45 Years of Amazin'” DVD sets. The address is 559 5th Avenue.
Hopefully, he now understands the tax implications of an autograph signing after this judgment that was signed by a judge in February 2008.
Remember to enter the MetsReport.com contest to win a free copy of the “New York Mets: Essentials Games of Shea Stadium” DVD set.
MetsReport.com is giving away one copy of the six DVD set “The New York Mets: Essential Games of Shea Stadium” from A&E Home Video. The DVD set contains six full games plus extras: 1969 World Series Game 4 vs. Orioles, 1986 NLCS Game 3 vs. Astros, 1986 World Series Game 6 vs. Red Sox, 1999 NLCS Game 5 vs. Braves, Sept. 21 2001 vs. Braves, and May 19, 2006 vs. Yankees. The DVD set is in stores today and is a $44.99 value. You can buy it at the MLB Store.
To enter you must submit a question or comment to MetsReport.com mailbag. I’ll be judging for the most insightful comment and/or question. Click the “Mailbag” link above or click here. You can enter as many times as you want.
The contest will run for one week until midnight EDT June 11, 2008. Everyone is eligible, but I’ll only ship the DVD set to a continental U.S. address.