October 24th, 2014 at 12:14 AM
By Steve Popoloski
The New York Mets announced Thursday that they have hired Kevin Long as their new hitting coach for the 2015 season. Let go by the cross-town rival New York Yankees earlier this month after spending seven seasons in the same position for the Bombers. As we mentioned earlier today, Long will be reunited with Curtis Granderson, who enjoyed some of his best offensive years under Long's watch, including back-to-back 40+ home run seasons from 2011-12. The 47-year old Long was a member of the Yankees World Series winning coaching staff in 2009, a club that ranked amongst the best in the AL that season with a collective .283 average and 244 home runs.
Long brings eighteen years of coaching experience to the Mets, dating back to 1997 when he became manager of the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Northwest League. That career move came following an eight-year Minor League career in the Kansas City Royals system. where he had played since being drafted by the club in the 31st round of the 1989 draft out of the University of Arizona.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Mike Phillips
The New York Mets have interviewed their first candidate for their vacant hitting coach position, and it is a familiar name to New Yorkers. The Mets interviewed former Yankees' batting coach Kevin Long for the same position, CBS New York's website is reporting. Long is looking for a new job after being let go by the Yankees at the end of the 2014 season.
If the Mets hire Long, he will be reunited with outfielder Curtis Granderson. Granderson had his best success under Long's tutelage, hitting 40+ homers in consecutive seasons with the Yankees in 2011 and 2012. Granderson struggled in his first year away from Long, hitting only .227 with 20 homers and 66 RBI's in 2014.
Long may well be the front runner for the job, as he was the first interview from Sandy Alderson's short list of candidates. Long's hitting philosophy fits in with Alderson's beliefs on hitting, and he has shown he can repair hitters' swings very effectively. Long has also drawn interest from several other teams, so if the Mets believe he is their guy they may want to move quickly to hire him.
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October 23rd, 2014 at 11:51 AM
By Mike Phillips
Now that the 2014 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have already taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen. We will now take a look at every player on the active roster from A (Bobby Abreu) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2014 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at starting pitcher Dillon Gee.
Mets 101 Player Review: Dillon Gee
2014 Stats: 22 Starts, 137.1 Innings Pitched, 7-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 94:43 Strikeout: Walk Ratio, 18 Home Runs Allowed
2014 Story: Dillon Gee came into spring training in 2014 established in the rotation after the best year of his career in 2013. Gee ended up as the Mets' Opening Day starter after Jonathon Niese was injured in spring training, and he continued to build on his strong finish to 2013. Gee started off the season 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his first eight starts before landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a oblique strain. The Mets initially expected Gee to miss only one start, but he missed six weeks rehabbing the injury. Gee returned for one more start before the All Star Break, winning against the Atlanta Braves to put him at 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA for the first half of the season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 1:24 PM
By Mike Phillips
The Boston Red Sox are expected to be very active in the trade market this winter, with a lot of young players in play and a desire to make a big splash and improve on a last place season. The Red Sox may end up finding a good match with the New York Mets, who have a lot of pieces that could interest Boston in trades. The biggest name the two teams could swap is outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes, 29, was acquired by the Red Sox in a mid-season deal that sent lefty Jon Lester to the Oakland A's. Cespedes has tremendous power, having hit .260 with 22 homers and 100 RBI's between the two teams this season. Cespedes, however, has only one year and 10.5 million dollars remaining on his deal, and the Red Sox could move him if the price is right, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. While Cespedes is a very good power hitter, he has been reluctant to negotiate an extension with the Red Sox. Cafardo's report indicates that his reluctance, coupled with his desire to move out of right field and lackadaisical defense, could lead the Sox to move him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 11:32 AM
By Mike Phillips
Now that the 2014 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have already taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen. We will now take a look at every player on the active roster from A (Bobby Abreu) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2014 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at shortstop Wilmer Flores.
Mets 101 Player Review: Wilmer Flores
2014 Stats: 78 Games, 259 At Bats, 28 Runs Scored, 65 Hits, .251 Batting Average, 6 Home Runs, 29 RBI's, 13 Doubles, .664 OPSRead more... Join the Conversation...