Forty years after taking local boy Lee Mazzilli in the first round of the 1973 amateur draft, the Mets selected his son, University of Connecticut second baseman LJ Mazzilli.
While Darryl Strawberry was an outfielder and Smith is primarily a first baseman, they already have something in common: a sweet-looking swing from the left side of the plate.
I am not promising a World Series or even a playoff appearance in 2013, but this team is on the rise and will make you proud in the coming years. And the first steps toward that journey will take place in 2013.
The big question remains: Does Wright want to be a one-team man like Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter, or does he eventually want to test the free-agent waters like most elite players of the modern era?
The Mets have no money, but do they have no future?
Gavin Cecchini’s idol while he was growing up? Well, that would be a shortstop on the other side of town — the Yankees’ Derek Jeter.
Spring training is nearby, just around the corner – success for the Mets, though, may not exactly be around the same proverbial bend. But things are looking up. And it’s spearheaded by what you need at the top – good, young, strong cost-efficient pitching.
We’ve heard of angels in the outfield. The Mets are hoping they’ll have a cowboy in theirs sometime in the near future after signing their first-round draft pick Brandon Nimmo.
Brandon Nimmo had some anxious moments before he finally signed his first pro contract, more than he felt on draft night when the Mets surprisingly nabbed him in the first round.
It was the day before Mother’s Day and Mets executive Paul DePodesta had a prospect to go see. “‘This one better be worth it,’” his wife told him. “Fortunately, it was,” DePodesta said.
When commissioner Bud Selig steps to the podium at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. to begin Monday night’s MLB first-year player draft, he might say UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole’s name first. But who will the Mets and Yankees select? That’s what New Yorkers want to know.
Fred Wilpon is the face of a crumbling club, and now we don’t know if he can literally afford his own franchise. If the buck stops with him – as it always did with George Steinbrenner – it’s his fault.
Terry Collins chased jobs all the way to Japan and China in the 11 years since he last managed a major league club just to find a place in a dugout. Rejuvenating the New York Mets, though, might be his toughest challenge of all.
Terry Collins is a major league manager once again, hired by the New York Mets to help revitalize a franchise that has struggled on the field and at the gate.
After completing second interviews with four finalists, the New York Mets plan to select their next manager no later than Monday.