iPhone Baseball App Review – Fan Misery Index

The perfect iPhone app for Mets fans! The Fan Misery Index app has real-time updates that will give statistical reference to our shared misery as Mets fans.

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If you’re a Met’s fan who carries an iPhone then this app was made just for you. This little app, called FMI or FanMiseryIndex.com, should come in handy as the season progresses. The app costs $2.99 and as a bonus, you can follow the Metsreport.com feed right from the app. I highly recommend it. Check out the slideshow. It’s 25 screenshots that explain what statistics are available and since it’s a dynamic content application the statistics are updated in real time.

From the company site:

“Fanmisery.com has created a mathematical method that calculates the FanMisery.com Index (FMI) based on relative strengths of a set of statistics and opinions. The FMI is conceptually similar to the S&P 500 Index or the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it’s a calculated value between 0 and 10 where 0 indicates bliss and 10 represents the ultimate misery that you could ever envision.”

Last year, as the Yankees were playing the Phillies in the World Series the Mets FMI probably would have been pinned at 10!

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Jose Reyes’ Thyroid Problem Over

Jose Reyes is returning to Port St. Lucie after two weeks at home recovering from a hyperthyroid condition.

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There’s some huge news today for us. Jose Reyes has been cleared to play again. The thyroid condition that kept him on the shelf for two weeks is sufficiently resolved for him to go back to Port St. Lucie and start working out and playing again.

I can’t think of anything that could be better news. I was dreading the thought of starting the season with Reyes and Carlos Beltran on the disabled list. It would seem like 2009 all over again.

Jerry Manuel told reporters that he thought Reyes would need 10 spring training games to get ready for the season. And Omar Minaya said that they would just see how things went and couldn’t commit to Reyes starting with the team on opening day. No matter how it shakes out, this is better than the possible eight weeks that Reyes could have been away from the team.

Here’s some video from ESPN:

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Dear Minaya: Break Up The Mets Core

David Daniels writes that the Mets core is broken. Omar Minaya needs to make some creative moves to fix a team built around stars that aren’t performing.

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It seems that every year it’s the same old story. We can’t seem to get our All-Star center fielder and All-Star shortstop on the field together. Whether you want to call it back luck, bad management or you just chalk it up to the fact that these two are injury prone, we can’t afford to keep both players if they keep going down so much. What to do…?

If I were Omar Minaya, I would trade one of these injury prone superstars to get a top line starting pitcher. If I had to trade one, here’s who I’d trade:

Carlos Beltran? – At 32 years-old and with two years left on his contract, if he can get back by May, get some playing time under his belt and show off the five-tool, Gold Glove, All-Star center fielder that he is, a trade involving Beltran by the July trading deadline could bring back at least a #2 starter and some major help for the minors. Re-stocking the minor leagues for future trades should be a priority and a front line pitcher would certainly help us now. Of course we would need a strong defensive center fielder to replace him to cover such a large outfield at Citi Field. Is F-Mart that guy? I’m not sure but he certainly stacks up to Reyes when it comes to nagging injuries.

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Highest Payroll in National League Should Be Good For Fourth Place

David Daniels writes that the Mets, despite the highest payroll in the National League, will continue to underachieve in 2010.

Courtesy of permanantly scatterbrained FlickrEditor’s Note: This is a guest post by long-time Mets fan David Daniels. David is a Long Island native that gives his take on the state of the Mets in 2010. You can read David’s work at his site on Long Island life and tech.

Baseball’s back! Let the season begin, but before it does here is where I think this Mets team will stand at the end of the year. Stock up on your Rolaids and Tums because we’re in for another wild ride and when the dust clears this team will be in 4th place and possibly fighting for the basement of this division.

Why? This team has entirely too many issues so I’m going to start at the top:

Management – A clown of a GM, two straight collapses, a ballpark dedicated to another team, a manager fired in the middle of the night, a beat writer blamed for the team’s troubles, not to mention the Madoff mess where the Wilpons may, or may not have, lost significant money – Mets Management has one debacle after another to their credit and, yes, we will get more of the same this year. I just don’t trust this management team with making any decision bigger that deciding if “Frankie should go back to glasses.”

From managing the media, to managing injuries to managing the farm system, the Mets have failed miserably at all three. The newest instances with Reyes’ and Beltran’s most recent injuries just reaffirms that management and the medical staff are still not on the same page. Expect more bad decisions by management regarding injuries. I just hope they don’t ruin any careers.

Having solid management from top to bottom is the foundation of a successful franchise. Another losing season and Omar’s gotta go. We’re stuck with the Wilpons because I really don’t think they will ever sell the team. The Mets need a new blueprint for success. Paying top dollar for free agents and plugging all your holes with retread players is a formula that Omar has proven does not work. Let’s cut our losses early this year. No waiting till 2012 when Omar’s contract expires. The Wilpons should have a replacement for him ready to go by the July trading deadline or there will be many empty seats after July. Except me. I enjoy buying $.99 seats on Stubhub. Really!

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Voice of the Fan: Mets 2009 Offseason Inactivity

Epitome of a Met Fan

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I haven’t been worried about the Mets lack of making a splashy free agent signing or trade until now. But if they can’t get something done within the next week or so, we do need to be concerned. I’ve talked to a lot of Mets fans that are starting to freak out that John Lackey is off the board and the Mets seem to be bargain hunting for free agent pitching and outfielders, not to mention the lack of depth in the organization.

In this continuation of my voice of the fan series you can read what frequent commenter Mark Jones, aka MetStatHead, has to say about the Mets offseason so far. If you’re interested in having your voice heard here at The Mets Report get in touch with me on my Contact page. Read on for Mark’s thoughts.

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Voice Of The Fan: Mets Ownership

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Since the 2009 season was a complete bust for the Mets and there hasn’t been much to get excited about since May, I decided to try something new during this downtime for Mets fans. I’m going to run some posts that highlight opinions from other Mets fan like me. I may ask other Mets fans that have blogs of their own but I decided to start by asking some of the fans that frequently leave comments here.

Everyone is welcome to leave comments on this site but I wanted to put the spotlight on some of the fans that really make this site fun for me to write. If you feel that you’re up to the task of being in the spotlight, contact me and we’ll work something out. I wanted to start with Robin Schwartz, whom you know as RobinTheBoyWonderingWTF in the comments here.

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