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Around Citi turns two, and what’s to come in 2015

Around Citi began as my passion project in 2010 – nothing more than a venue to discuss New York Mets baseball. The project faded in early 2011 when real life took over and I chose to partner with established blogs. Two years ago, Jan. 26, 2013, I relaunched Around Citi. Whether one, 500 or 5,000 people read the site, I wanted to create a medium to write about something I was passionate...
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New York Mets’ Kevin McGowan Goes Back To School, Field

While moving up through the minor league ranks throughout the past summer, New York Mets prospect Kevin McGowan spent the offseason finishing up his college degree at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH as he prepares for his third season in the Mets system. “My mother really wanted me to go back and finish up school because it was important to have something to fall back...
Via Baseball Essential
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: The Time is Now

For an average Met fan, it seems like it’s been decades since they have seen their team play in October. They haven’t been to the postseason since 2006. The constant flow of jokes and harassment from Yankee fans seems to be never-ending. However, this could be the first time in a number of years that Met fans can honestly say: the Mets are better than the Yankees. 2014 was ultimately...
Via Baseball Essential
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: profiling Lucas Duda

For the duration of his New York Mets career, David Wright has been the focus of the team’s offense. That may change this year, as some are concerned that David Wright is at the back-end of his career and injuries may plague him. Last year was arguably one of the worst years for David, although it is hard to think of it in terms of “worst” when he hit .269 and had a .324 OBP...
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Alderson Takes Jab At Flores

Sandy Alderson thinks he’s funny, but he’s not. He once joked about driving to spring training to save money for the financially distressed Mets. He joked about not putting together an outfield, and now took a poke at the shortstop situation and Wilmer Flores. On Saturday night at the annual Baseball Writers Association dinner in New York, when presenting an award to Hall of...
Via New York Mets Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cesar Puello faces crucial 2015

Finally things started to click for Cesar Puello, a player who has been playing for the Mets organization since he was 17, in 2013, where the 22 year-old hit .326, slugged 16 homers, drove in 73 runs and stole 24 bags. With this promising campaign, it looked that the Mets were going to have their corner outfielder of the future, but after being connected with the Biogenesis investigation...
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Sandy Alderson Pokes Fun At Mets Shortstop Situation

Last night, at the Baseball Writers of America Awards dinner in New York, general manager Sandy Alderson introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to the podium. “It’s a big night for me and for Mets fans, who have been waiting all winter for me to introduce a shortstop.” It’s been a while since Alderson has made one of his self deprecating jokes. Mike Puma of the NY Post writes that the...
Via Mets Merized Online
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MMO Mailbag: How Many Games Will The Mets Win This Season?

Mets Lifer asks… Will the Mets finally have a winning season in 2015, or considering the lack of significant upgrades this offseason, are we to expect another 79 win season as FanGraphs projected for us? Do you think we can squeak into the postseason? Andre replies… An 85-77 record this year seems like a pretty reasonable mid-ground bet. Let me explain. If not for Jose Valverde...
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Exclusive: Curt Hawkins Talks Independent Circuit, WWE Run, Edge and New York Mets

The former WWE tag team champion sits down to discuss his career, the Mets and more. In most cases, losing your dream job can leave you bitter, hurt and depressed. Especially when that dream job is working for an international juggernaut such as WWE. But formformer WWE tag team champion Curt Hawkins, it’s a unique opportunity to do what he loves without the pressure of a huge...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 2015 projections: Jacob deGrom

In 2012 the Mets debuted Matt Harvey and the following year they introduced Zack Wheeler. Then last year the club brought up Jacob deGrom. Harvey and Wheeler came with all types of hype and deGrom wasn’t nearly as highly regarded. This time last year, if you asked the fan base which Mets pitcher was going to walk away with the Rookie of the Year Award, deGrom would have been...
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Wright Believes In His Team, Supports GM’s Decision Not To Trade Young Arm

Speaking to Newsday reporter Marc Carig at his fundraiser to benefit a children’s hospital in his hometown Friday night, Mets third baseman David Wright said he supports Sandy Alderson’s decision not to trade a young arm like Steven Matz, Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard to bring in a player that can fill or upgrade a vital position. “My focus is short term,” he said....
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Preview: New York Mets

It’s been a number of years since this type of optimism surrounded the Major League Baseball team from Flushing. If you asked even the casual Mets fan, they would tell you it’s been too long. They wouldn’t be wrong. When was the last time one could look up and down the roster and come to the conclusion that multiple starting pitchers are capable of 20 wins, or that several...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy is irreplaceable, really

On paper Daniel Murphy is a good, but not great offensive player and below average fielder. He’s in his walk year and the Mets have two exciting young players who could take over the keystone in Wilmer Flores and the young prospect Dilson Herera. For these reasons, many Mets fans and sportswriters have been lobbying to trade Murph. Don’t count this writer/fan among them. On...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Who Could Be Gone After This Year

As a team trying to reach the next level, the New York Mets have several players entering make-or-break seasons. If they don’t produce in 2015 they could find themselves gone next year. The reasons for their potential departure range from age, to finances, to performance. Here’s who I am thinking needs to put up or shut up: Bartolo Colon: At 41, Colon is entering the second season...
Via New York Mets Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #113: Lucas Duda | 1B | NYM

The Mets didn’t offer a whole lot of offensive bright spots to their fans last year, but that was in no way Lucas Duda’s fault. He absolutely did his part. As a team the Mets hit just 125 home runs last year, which was 11th-worst in the league, but again, nobody could point fingers at Duda for this lack of team offensive production. In April of last year, fellow (at the time...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Darryl Strawberry’s deferred salary sold at auction for $1.3 million

This is one of the strangest baseball stories of the offseason. When Darryl Strawberry signed a contract with the Mets in 1985, $700,000 of his $1.8 million club option in 1990 was deferred. Strawberry didn’t pay over half a million dollars in taxes in the ’80s, and as a result, the IRS seized the annuity that the deferred money had been placed into. Then, Strawberry and his...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets Prospects: Noah Syndergaard

In the recent weeks, the New York Mets have seen a number of failed trades as they search for the market for a shortstop. Most trades have failed because the Mets are unwilling to part with their best prospects. The top prospect of the New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard, has been involved in nearly all of these failed trades. The Mets have been reluctant to trade Noah Syndergaard in...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #119: Daniel Murphy | 2B/3B | NYM

After what seemed like a breakout in 2013, Daniel Murphy returned to who he is. I think the 2014 Murphy is more likely the guy we can expect to see, but there’s some room for optimism that he can get back to 2013. Expecting any more than that would be foolish, though. Really, the guy does nothing exciting. He inspires no love nor hate, and no one gets into heated arguments about...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How do David Wright’s first 11 seasons stack up against Hall of Fame 3B?

New York Mets third baseman David Wright won’t likely be eligible for Hall of Fame voting until the mid-to-late 2020s. Wright, 32, is set to enter his 12th major league season in 2015 looking to rebound from a down year in which he produced a 101 OPS+. Though lauded for his All-Star stay of of play during the mid-to-late 2000s, Wright’s on-field value has recently been criticized...
Via Around Citi
10 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors Ian Desmond edition

Over the last two weeks, the rumors regarding Ian Desmond coming to the New York Mets have really picked up. It started following the trade of Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to Oakland from Tampa Bay. Some had reported that prior to that there was a three team deal on the table regarding Zobrist going to Washington and Desmond to New York, but that the Mets balked on the deal. Today...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets charging players to attend offseason workouts?

Like all other teams in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets have been holding voluntary workouts throughout the winter. These sessions are typically a chance for younger players to get some extra reps and impress the coaching staff. With the Mets, however, the younger guys have to be able to afford it first. It...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets fans fund billboards asking ownership to sell team

Successful initiatives often tend to be imitated. Inspired by Jets fans who rented several billboards near MetLife Stadium that called for the firing of general manager John Idzik, a Mets fan began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a similar campaign for billboards asking for team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to sell the franchise. Gary Palumbo raised $5,000 through donations...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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