Rich Coutinho

Sandy Alderson (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Coutinho: The Mets Are On The Rise, And The First Steps Will Take Place In 2013

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.

01/02/2013

R.A. Dickey (credit: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images), Sandy Alderson (credit: Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Mets Fans, Ya Gotta Believe In Alderson’s Plan

I assure you that in a year or two, you’ll look at the R.A. Dickey trade as a watershed moment for the Mets.

12/18/2012

R.A. Dickey (credit: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images), Sandy Alderson (credit: Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Should Mets Extend R.A. Dickey Or Trade Him?

Despite all the naysayers in the blogosphere, GM Sandy Alderson is doing exactly what he should be doing — keeping his options open.

12/12/2012

Sandy Alderson (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Coutinho: 5 Questions As Mets Head To The Winter Meetings

Here is a laundry list of questions Sandy Alderson must face as we get into the teeth of the off-season.

12/02/2012

David Wright (credit: Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Coutinho: David Wright — Face Of The Franchise And So Much More

Today is a day to feel good Met fans–your franchise player will be here for eight years.

11/30/2012

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Coutinho: A Special Night For A Special Woman

Shannon Forde, who has worked in the New York Media Relations department since 1994 is fighting Stage IV breast cancer.

11/26/2012

Jose Reyes (credit: Marc Serota/Getty Images), Jeffrey Loria (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Miami Taxpayers Biggest Losers In Loria’s Shell Game

Jeffrey Loria is laughing all the way to the bank. Or as Gordon Gekko would put it, “Greed is good”. Truth be told, Gekko is a rank amateur compared to the Marlins owner.

11/14/2012

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Coutinho: With Bay Watch Over, Mets Back In Business

One of the biggest obstacles to success has been removed from the roster — at least from a personnel perspective, if not from a financial one.

11/07/2012

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Coutinho: For Knicks Fans, For NYC — What An Opener

Amazing indeed — and on a night when the wounds of Superstorm Sandy were still firmly in our minds.

11/03/2012

The Mets celebrate after winning Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. (Credit: Mandatory Credit: Allsport/ALLSPORT)

Coutinho: Has It Really Been 26 Years Since Game 6?

It’s hard to believe that it has been over a quarter of a century since the 1986 Mets captured an entire city with a World Championship, but I was thinking a lot about that season this week.

10/26/2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 9: Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals steals second base against Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium on August 9, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Coutinho: NLCS Will Be A Battle Of Wills

I learned a long time ago in baseball to never underestimate the value of being “a team of destiny.” But the problem in handicapping the 2012 NLCS is which of these 2 “destiny teams” will be going to the World Series?

10/13/2012

Sandy Alderson (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Coutinho: What To Expect From The Mets This Offseason

This Mets team is not as far away from contention as most think they are, but this is a huge offseason because Alderson must improve this team without sacrificing the payroll flexibility he will possess in 2014.

10/02/2012

R.A. Dickey (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Breaking Down The Top 5 Offseason Priorities For Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson needs to act swiftly in order to restore confidence in the eyes of the team’s fan base. With that in mind, here is what I think are the top five offseason issues he needs to address prior to the 2013 season.

09/25/2012

Terry Collins (credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Coutinho: If I Were The Mets, I Would Stick With Terry Collins

Despite what the public might think, this team does not need a manager who is going to throw over a buffet table after every loss.

09/23/2012

Robinson Cano (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Fans, Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The Twitter rumor-starters have gone too far.

09/21/2012

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