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Mets Losing Season - How Did They Manage To Do It Again? | Reflections On Baseball

Mets Losing Season - How Did They Manage To Do It Again? | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYAnother Mets losing season is about to go into the books that will add to the underwhelming story of a team that has qualified for the playoffs only four times in the past two decades.The years roll by. Players come and go. Each season, there’s always tomorrow, until there are no more games on the schedule. All dressed up with the abundance of talent they have – and nowhere to go.How did it happen again in 2020?There are always reasons, and occasionally excuses, given for each Mets...

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Luke Voit: The AL MVP Candidate Has Entered Into Rarified Yankees Air | Reflections On Baseball

Luke Voit: The AL MVP Candidate Has Entered Into Rarified Yankees Air | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYBaseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.George Will“Throw away the numbers and let your eyes tell you everything you need to know.”– Privacy & Cookies: This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here:Dig DeeperThanks for visiting. Please come back again. Copyright © 2020 Reflections On...

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Mets New Era: Alderson/Cohen Dialing In On Minor League Development | Reflections On Baseball

Mets New Era: Alderson/Cohen Dialing In On Minor League Development | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe Mets system-wide overhaul, jettisoned by Steve Cohen’s hiring of Sandy Alderson, is still in its infancy.There’s more to come, and the announcement byMetsSteve Cohenminor leagueWhile the Mets, especially Alderson, have always been dead-on in spotting talent, too many of their top draft picks die young in the professional career or falter when they finally make it to The Show.In 1993, for instance, the Mets drafted as the number one overall pick, hoping that the lanky right-hander...

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The Yankees Current Backslide Into Playoffs Eerily Reminds Of 2000 Team | Reflections On Baseball

The Yankees Current Backslide Into Playoffs Eerily Reminds Of 2000 Team | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe are not the only playoff team with less than inspiring credentials during the last week of the 2020 regular season. Mediocre at best, 5-5 in their previous ten games and a three-game losing streak, the , like the Cubs, Padres, and White Sox, will stumble in as a qualifier for this year’s postseason crapshoot.With two games remaining, including today’s afternoon contest with the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium, the have already conceded the AL East Title to the Tampa Bay Rays, as...

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Yankees Reflect: How Much Do They Personally Want That 28th World Title? | Reflections On Baseball

Yankees Reflect: How Much Do They Personally Want That 28th World Title? | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe have the deepest of challenges facing them if they are to capture their 28th World Championship that follows an eleven-year drought.Ironically, those challenges go far beyond the logistics of having played a “regular” season amid a pandemic – and survived (intact for the most part) – only to be met with a series of hurdles for the postseason as agreed to by MLB and the player’s union (MLBPA),You’ll better understand when you take a look at MLB’s recently announced for the 2020...

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Yankees Playoff Rotation: Who's Going To Start That Critical Third Game? | Reflections On Baseball

Yankees Playoff Rotation: Who's Going To Start That Critical Third Game? | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe playoff rotation is not without choices for to make for the initial best two-of-three Wild Card Series to kick off the 2020 MLB postseason next Tuesday.But the playoff rotation will be led by in Game One, followed by , back to back for Game Two.Any number of scenarios will exist following those two games. The can be up or down by two, or one of the two will falter, and Game Three then becomes The Game to break the tie that determines which team moves on to the next level.The have...

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DJ LeMahieu: You Can Believe It - A Batting Title Means Little To Him | Reflections On Baseball

DJ LeMahieu: You Can Believe It - A Batting Title Means Little To Him | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYwon the when he was with the Colorado Rockies in 2016, but few know about it, and even fewer cares since he became a New York Yankee.As play begins today, DJ LeMahieu leads the American League in batting (.365), On Base Percentage (.420), OPS (1.032), and OPS+ (182) as the Yankee’s first baseman, second or third baseman, depending on where the ‘ manager needs him.Those numbers are worthy of recognition as the AL MVP, but they fall by the wayside whenever DJ LeMahieu talks (if you can...

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Yankees: Is This Just Another Tease With Judge And Stanton? | Reflections On Baseball

Yankees: Is This Just Another Tease With Judge And Stanton? | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYBaseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.George Will“Throw away the numbers and let your eyes tell you everything you need to know.”– Privacy & Cookies: This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here:Dig DeeperThanks for visiting. Please come back again. Copyright © 2020 Reflections On...

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Yankees Playoff Roster - Quarantined Taxi-Squad Opt-Outs Loom | Reflections On Baseball

Yankees Playoff Roster - Quarantined Taxi-Squad Opt-Outs Loom | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe playoff roster in most years boils down to the “no-brainers” plus the last two or three players that will stay with the team for the duration.Not this year, though. MLB’s COVID-19 precautionary quarantine rules have ‘ GM in an uproar.Not only does Cashman need to come up with the usual active roster (28 players this year), but he also has to select twelve players from the team’s taxi squad of players (currently 29) who will stay behind at the alternate-training site in Scranton,...

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Michael Conforto: Steve Cohen's Chance To Make The Big Splash - Or Not | Reflections On Baseball

Michael Conforto: Steve Cohen's Chance To Make The Big Splash - Or Not | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYpicked a good year to have the best of his six seasons with the Mets. His stats are worthy of serious consideration as the MVP of the National League.If not, that is, for the fact that his team will once again not make the playoffs for the sixteenth time in the last two decades.Forget all that for now because we are talking about a 28-year old centerfielder entering his third and final year of arbitration.His salary of $8 million for this season will be heavily in play...

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Steve Cohen: Deliver Us From The Wilpons, Amen | Reflections On Baseball

Steve Cohen: Deliver Us From The Wilpons, Amen | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYSteve Cohen will not enjoy a honeymoon as the new owner of the New York Mets. He’s been the owner in waiting for nearly a decade, and there’s no time to waste in getting his wayward franchise on a new path.A path that engulfs a winning culture and playoff appearances every year, with no excuses for not delivering, Steve Cohen is on the spot from day one, and every day hereafter. The Mets have always been a team on the brink of success, but more often than not, as with...

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The Yankees Have Been Lying In Wait And Playing Possum | Reflections On Baseball

The Yankees Have Been Lying In Wait And Playing Possum | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe , at one point this season, were ten over at 16-6 and looking every bit like the team most people picked to face the Dodgers in the World Series.As of last Tuesday, those same stood as a .500 for the first time in September since 1995.Losers of fifteen of their last twenty games, the were barely hanging on as the final Wild Card team to qualify for this year’s playoffs.Ending the season there meant the faced the prospect of drawing either the Oakland A’s or the ‘ new...

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Mets: Their Competition Is Where They Want Them - In The Other Dugout | Reflections On Baseball

Mets: Their Competition Is Where They Want Them - In The Other Dugout | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe Mets, on September 12, 2019, stood a full fourteen games behind the Nationals and Braves and tied with the Phillies for third place in the NL East.Just as today, though, the Mets had a deficit of only two games to make the 2019 playoffs as a wild card team. Despite a continuation of the run they were on, the Mets were also-rans when the playoffs began last year.The 2020 version of the New York Mets is not much different than last year.The team is devoid of starting...

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Mets Sale: Jennifer Lopez tells MLB And Alex - Don't Worry, I Got This | Reflections On Baseball

Mets Sale: Jennifer Lopez tells MLB And Alex - Don't Worry, I Got This | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYUp to this point, the Mets sale has featured as the face of the team of investors built to head off Steve Cohen’s $14 billion stashes of cash and holdings.As other bidders dropped out, it became clear that between Cohen and Rodriguez, the choice would narrow down to the better of two evils.Cohen, the billionaire hedge fund manager, paid  and currently has a  against him, making it far from a guarantee that he could get the 23 necessary votes from the 30 owners to gain...

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Mets Get A Mulligan For 2020 As Debate Turns To Cohen And 2021 - Why? | Reflections On Baseball

Mets Get A Mulligan For 2020 As Debate Turns To Cohen And 2021 - Why? | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe Mets 2020 season is all but over with twelve games to play and 2.5 games to make up in the National League East .“You are what your record says you are” (Joe Maddon)In a season where the Marlins, Padres, Phillies, and Giants are likely to qualify for the 2020 postseason, the Mets, without an unlikely splurge of success (like 9-3), will return to the comfort of their homes and families, forgoing the quarantined  “torture” for as many as six weeks –  and possible glory...

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Yankees - Forget The Upbeat Tone - The Team Is In Total Disarray | Reflections On Baseball

Yankees - Forget The Upbeat Tone - The Team Is In Total Disarray | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYThe 2020 are a mirage. They fool everyone but the team they are playing, and their supposed strengths are glaringly exposed as weaknesses daily.How can this be? Well, I’m afraid it’s staring at all of us right square in the face – we don’t wish to “see” it., , and are (or should be) history when the envision their future, and that includes this year when it’s looking like they’ll be lucky to qualify as the eighth (and final) team in the expanded AL playoffs...

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Clint Frazier: It's Time The Yankees Name Him As A Regular In The Lineup | Reflections On Baseball

Clint Frazier: It's Time The Yankees Name Him As A Regular In The Lineup | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYhas been inserted in the lineup for the last thirteen games. Whether by default (injuries and the poor play of and ) or not, Frazier, always the odd man out, is in and producing.Most fans are familiar with the odyssey accompanying ‘s journey to reach this point as one of several false starts and almost always empty hearts.Obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Indians that also brought and to the for the best reliever in the game at the time (2016), , Clint Frazier came...

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This Yankees Team Is Fighting For Its Playoffs Life - Better Believe It's True | Reflections On Baseball

This Yankees Team Is Fighting For Its Playoffs Life - Better Believe It's True | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYfans, forget about what the team looks like on paper because this team is not even a shadow of that team – you know – the one that was universally picked to challenge and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.The team we see today is the team that found a way to lose eight of ten games to the Tampa Bay Rays, now known as the “Daddy”, recalling days when ruled the earth.This is the same team that continues to write the name in its lineup as though it was...

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Aaron Boone: All Those Lame Cliche Filled Mantras Are Coming Up Empty | Reflections On Baseball

Aaron Boone: All Those Lame Cliche Filled Mantras Are Coming Up Empty | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYis as frustrated as anyone as he watches the fall from grace in recent weeks. But for some reason, Boone is not able to let it out.The do not need a cheerleader; they need a leader – and therefore, Boone’s tendency to hide behind empty cliches about the performance of his team and players is falling into an abyss that only heightens the frustration.reminds me of my high school physics teacher who told me after I received a failing grade on the New York State Regents...

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Yankees: Let's Not Kid Ourselves - This Team Will Not Fulfill Expectations | Reflections On Baseball

Yankees: Let's Not Kid Ourselves - This Team Will Not Fulfill Expectations | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYAs the games begin today, the have descended into a tie for second place in the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays.The Tampa Bay Rays are taking no prisoners, save for a much-ballyhooed high and tight fastball from that emptied both benches, forcing MLB to issue multiple suspensions.It’s a fact the are a full five games back of Tampa Bay in a season-closing in fast.Who would have thought that the picked to be in competition only with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best...

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Michael Conforto: Patience, Hard Work, And An MVP Year In The Making | Reflections On Baseball

Michael Conforto: Patience, Hard Work, And An MVP Year In The Making | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYIt’s conceivable that looked with amazement at his Mets teammate record-setting season last year, only to pause and ask himself – Why didn’t I do that in my first year, or second, or third, or my fourth season?Wasn’t it me, Michael Thomas Conforto, who was drafted by the  in the  (10th) of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from And wasn’t it me (Conforto) whom the Mets sent back to the minors on three occasions for a “tune-up” after failing miserably with the big club?Yes,...

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Mets In A Skid: It's Sure Getting Late Early This Season | Reflections On Baseball

Mets In A Skid: It's Sure Getting Late Early This Season | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYBaseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.George Will“Throw away the numbers and let your eyes tell you everything you need to know.”– Privacy & Cookies: This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here:Dig DeeperThanks for visiting. Please come back again. Copyright © 2020 Reflections...

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Rodriguez Bombshell: Cries Foul Ball - Mets Sale In A New State Of Chaos | Reflections On Baseball

Rodriguez Bombshell: Cries Foul Ball - Mets Sale In A New State Of Chaos | Reflections On Baseball

To offset the costs ($1,000 yearly) to maintain this site. Your consideration is appreciated. Steve Contursi, Catskill, NYissued a bombshell charge leaving no doubt in his mind that the sale of the Mets was rigged in favor of Steve Cohen from the get-go. And you know what? He may be right.This, ,In what is bound to be one of those he said, they said cases with mountains of circumstantial evidence, Rodriguez stunningly suggests that his conglomerate’s final bid was $50 million higher than Steve Cohen’s purported bid of $2.35 billion.Rodriguez argues he was the victim of misplaced trust when...

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