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The Night Johan Santana Threw the First No-Hitter in Mets History

The Night Johan Santana Threw the First No-Hitter in Mets History

 

Freddy Vazquez(Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

The game is on, windows are open, and the fresh cool air was blowing off of Lake Ostego and into our small little room. Howie Rose’s voice filled the air and nervousness finally set in. The eighth inning had just begun and I was trying not to get too excited. You can’t help but wonder how you will react, how you plan on celebrating, how this could be one of the best nights of your life as a Mets fan. Three outs are made and the Mets are up to bat.

I turned on my Twitter app and started to read all of my fellow Mets fans’ tweets. The excitement was more than building, it was exploding! I love the fan loyalty, there really is no better fan base than ours. Point blank, no question, I dare you to challenge me. The feed wouldn’t stop refreshing but it didn’t matter – it was all Johan.

Howie comes back on the air and you never wanted a Mets inning to end so quickly. I was literally just hoping for three outs – I wanted the top of the ninth to start as soon as possible. The only thing I really remember at this moment was the cheering for Johan as he walked up to bat. They were even louder after he finally struck out and went back to the dugout. Andres Torres quickly made the third out and our dreams were to come true three outs later.

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Howie Rose Believes Syndergaard Is Close To Dr. K Status

Howie Rose Believes Syndergaard is Close to Dr. K Status

 

Freddy Vasquez (Featured BBBA Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

Howie Rose, New York Mets radio broadcaster, was asked if he believed the hype surrounding Noah Syndergaard and if he was as electric as Dwight Gooden. Here is what he had to say:

We got there in 2013 with Harvey. That was the closest thing we’d seen to Doc. It was not only what we saw on the field, it’s the electricity that he produced not only in the stands, but in the city. What Syndergaard is doing now is just about there. I think the hype is just about for Noah where it was for Matt 3 years ago, and hopefully he has a little more linear path to success without the interruption that so many of these kids seem to have.

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David Wright Deserves Everyone’s Respect

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Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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David Wright has played only a single game in 2016 and already the media and certain members of a regularly loyal fanbase have written his obituary. Wright went 0 for 4 on Sunday night and was visibly flat on the field.

Though it was not the season debut I was hoping for, I have all the faith in the world in David Wright and expect The Captain to be a meaningful contributor to the Mets in 2016.

Back in October, I had the pleasure of attending my first World Series. I met up with a buddy of mine who works in the medical field, and of course I asked him about Wright’s diagnosis.

He told me there were varying degrees of spinal stenosis, and with some physical therapy Wright should be able to play.

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Mike Piazza 9/11 Jersey Up for Auction

Mike Piazza 9/11 Jersey Up for Auction

Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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An artifact from one of the most memorable moments in New York Mets history is heading to the auction block. The jersey worn by Mets catcher Mike Piazza on September 21, 2001 will be sold by Goldin Auctions on April 30, 2016 during a live event in New York City.

Goldin has a very conservative estimate of $25,000 attached to this piece of history, but the feeling is that it will very well break the record for the highest amount paid for a game-used jersey.

In 2008, a jersey worn by Nolan Ryan in 1970 sold for the record price of $53,758. But the significance of Piazza’s jersey is expected to bring in at least double that amount when you consider how much famous home run jerseys have sold for in the past.

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Don Mattingly Gives David Wright Confidence for Upcoming Season

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Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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David Wright has a very challenging 2016 season in his sights. The talk around baseball this Spring Training is if he is able to be on the field for 100 games, it’s a successful year.

To combat the naysayers, Wright spent a month in California exploring techniques and developing a game plan for a daily regimen to get him ready to play with limited or no effort outside of the ordinary preparation.

Wright himself stated, “So far, so good”, and with that I will have the utmost confidence in our Captain.

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The Curious Case Of ‘Mets Thrower’ Josh Smoker

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Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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With two spots open in the bullpen, Josh Smoker is hoping he can prove his worth and snag a spot on the big league roster. But what makes his story interesting is not that he hits 97 mph on the gun at spring training, but rather the events that took place to get him there.

Smoker was a former #1 draft pick for the Washington Nationals, but injuries would lead to shoulder surgeries and eventually his release from the team in 2012.

After playing for the Frontier League in 2014, and proving his shoulder was better than before, MLB teams were still not interested enough to take a look at Josh and retirement seemed on the horizon.

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Zack Wheeler Loves Big Sexy And NY Mets Fans

Zack Wheeler Loves Big Sexy and NY Mets Fans

Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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Zack Wheeler gave MLB Network Radio’s Round Trip a few moments talking about his rehab back from Tommy John surgery,Bartolo Colon and NY Mets Fans.

The young starter also had a few choice words about recently banned player Jenrry Mejia, playing for Terry Collins, and watching his peers in the rotation during the World Series.

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Reed And Flores Happy To Still Be Mets In 2016

If things had played out differently - perhaps to Mets on the club wouldn't be. But Wilmer Flores and Addison Reed are - plus are looking forward to a 2016 season in Flushing Meadows, NY.

If things had played out differently – perhaps to Mets on the club wouldn’t be. But Wilmer Flores and Addison Reed are – plus are looking forward to a 2016 season in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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Addison Reed spent only a mere two months with the New York Mets, but within that time frame he went from playing for Arizona with no hopes of making the postseason, to making an appearance in the 2015 World Series.

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Wilmer Flores says his ankle is 100% since the injury and that 2015 will be a season he will never forget thanks to the fans.

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Michael Conforto Talks 2016 NY Mets Expectations

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Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com)  

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Michael Conforto exceeded expectations last season for the Mets to say the least.

Shades of brilliance were shown throughout his time played during the regular season, but hitting two home runs in game 4 of the World Series was something to talk about.

I was there to witness the feat achieved by the rookie Conforto, and Citi Field was going insane!

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Mike Piazza’s Number Will Be Retired In July

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This has been a very good month for Mets fans.

Mike Piazza was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 6th, Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a three year contract with the Mets on Saturday, and today it was announced that Mike Piazza will have his number retired by the NY Mets on July 30th.

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Mets All-Time Top 10 by WAR

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This week’s list is all about WAR or Wins Above Replacement. This is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic.

There are a bunch of baseball fans who hate sabermetrics, but I really dig WAR and it lends itself to great conversations.

The Miracle Mets of 69, the World Series team of 1986, the 2000 Mets and the 2015 club that lost World Series, who on this list makes that?

For a franchise that has been around for 53 years going 54, they have placed just 2 members into the Baseball Hall Of Fame with Gary Carter being inducted as an Expos player – only  Tom Seaver and now Mike Piazza have been enshrined in Cooperstown.

 

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Is Yoenis Cespedes The Answer For The Mets?

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Saturday morning brought a nice surprise to all Orioles fans wondering if Yoenis Cespedes was going to play in their outfield come April.

Chris Davis and agent Scott Boras were able to come to terms with the Orioles and agree on a 7 year $161 million dollar deal, once again proving he is the best sports agent that ever existed and the whole Cespedes offer was just a ploy by the Orioles to get their all-star first baseman back home where he belongs.

So what happens with Cespedes and the Mets?

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