This year was so packed with gigantic stories that we had to add a whopping 13 honorable mentions. And believe us, those had to be narrowed down, too.
Here’s a rundown of what some of our area sports figures found under the tree this morning; that is, if ole Santa didn’t change his mind.
“I’ve gotta see more from Matt Harvey. I think he even thinks of himself as, like, the king of the city here right now. He’s gotta do a lot more before I can look at him that way.”
Free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets finalized a two-year, $20 million deal.
“I’m staring at my board right now,” Alderson said. “In the outfield category, I’ve got seven guys on my board who are free agents — varying degrees of quality. In the trade category just as an example, I’ve got four, five — nine. Those are guys we talked about internally. They range from A+ to C+.”
The 2010 All-Star had a brutal season for the Bronx Bombers in 2013. He went an abysmal 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA, surrendering 24 home runs in 145 2/3 innings.
According to a report, Noah Syndergaard could be on an accelerated path to make his Mets debut in June 2014.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon made some bold comments about the future of his club on Tuesday. When addressing those comments, general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that his boss’ remarks were “off the cuff.”
But that doesn’t mean he’ll be taking the mound at any point in 2014. The Mets “are not prepared to let Harvey pitch next season,” the Daily News reported.
Dr. James Andrews performed the operation that repaired a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in Harvey’s right elbow on Tuesday. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes about a year.
Scott Boras says Mets ace Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery in about a week.
The Mets organization believe that Harvey will come back as good or better than before after next season.
Mets ace Matt Harvey will have surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, an operation that will sideline him for the 2014 season.
For what feels like a lifetime, Mets fans have been hearing that THIS is the offseason. THIS is when it will all change. 2014 will be the year that the Mets FINALLY field a team that can contend. You’re up, Mr. Alderson.
“I think now we’re entering a new phase where the short-term becomes somewhat more important than the long-term,” Alderson said. “And that’s how we’re going to go at it.”