We’re almost to the start of spring training and I’m excited.
Welcome back everyone. I’ve been off working two jobs and then moving to a new job that will pay me the same as when I worked two jobs. Also there was a month of holidays.
But I’m gonna try my darndest to keep this website current as a new year’s resolution. I’ll be working on getting more posts and some video commentary out as well. Joe hopefully will be able to chime in once a week or so. We’ll see.
I wanted to talk about the moves made by the Mets this offseason each time a new one went down, but, alas and alack, I never found time to sit down and pound out some content.
So without further ado, a long overdue view of the New York Mets second season signings. Continue reading
By Jesse Disbrow
There’s a lot of talk about the new replay possibility in baseball and hits home more recently as the Mets were on the wrong end of a bad call this last week.
The biggest gripe I hear about the system is that it will make an already long game longer. The purists also don’t mind a bit of human error on the parts of umpires, especially since it’s always been that way.
But I’ve got a plan. It takes the best parts of football and hockey’s systems and also works to keep reviews and time short.
Here’s how it’ll work. First of all, we’d adopt hockey’s central review office. This takes pressure off of umpires second guessing themselves. Umps confer, if one doesn’t have a clear view to overturn a play, they go to the central office. As for plays that can be reviewed, home run reviews will stay the same. Additionally, all scoring plays can be reviewed in the same manner. Now to borrow from football, each manager will have one dispute to cash in on a bad call. It can be used on any play that isn’t a scoring play and isn’t a ball or strike call (which includes strike outs and walks). If the manager gets the dispute right, he gets to dispute one more call. Starting in the bottom of the ninth all reviews will be called from the central office or the umpires (like football’s last two minutes.)
In this system you get one chance, so it may not even get used. Plus the system rewards good challenges with an extra, so not every little thing will be disputed. Also managers won’t have to dispute big plays that happen more often, like scoring plays.
Right now I’m leaning towards being able challenge a play before the next result is recorded. That means out, hit or walk, not next pitch. I am willing to listen to compelling arguments in the comments.
Strikes and balls will be left alone. The strike zone is one of those things that is not uniform in baseball. Umps are given guidelines, but can make their own strike zones, just like teams can make their own ballparks with different outfield depths and foul grounds. As long as umps keep a consistent strike zone in a game, they should be fine. If they can’t keep it consistent they should be sent down to the minors.
Did I miss anything? Do you in fact dispute my call? Let me know in the comments.
By Jesse Disbrow
Back at the beginning of the year I predicted who would win what and why (or at least why it didn’t matter.) It’s well past time for me to look back and brag about how smart I was or explain away my poor choices as you can’t predict baseball.
By Jesse Disbrow
This is a new feature we’re starting here, the first of a few new features for this website. Over the next week, we’ll roll out a few different weekly features as well as the standard general reaction and special feature content.
Best Use of Murphy’s Law: And no this doesn’t mean “any ball that can be hit to second base will be,” it means “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” In this case I refer to the Wilmer Flores injury. Just when I think we’re getting an exciting new player into our everyday line-up, he gets broke. I’d like to see a lot more of Josh Satin while Flores is resting, even if that’s only a few days.
Best Pitcher: Jenrry Mejia. Listen Matt Harvey is great, but that’s no surprise. Mejia’s sudden set of great outings is a little more surprising. We’ve already forgotten about Jeremy Hefner. Who’s that? We’ve got new shininess.
Best Hitter: It might have been Flores and it might still be despite the injury. The other options are John Buck and Ike Davis. The fact that they’re options for best hitters should make Mets fans happy. Now if either could add a few more home runs to their totals…
Best Western: If the Mets can leave this road trip having gone 5-4, it would be solid. It didn’t think we’d take more than one against the Dodgers, but we played well against them. It took some heroics for the Diamondbacks not to get swept, and we’re at least even money against San Diego. Here’s to the start of a four-game road win streak.