Sep 01

Must See TV: Howard rips author.

HOWARD: ``Club not for sale.''

HOWARD: ``Club not for sale.''

Dave Howard, Mets vice president, business operations, called into FOX Business News to confront author Erin Arvedlund, who said club owner Fred Wilpon lost up to $700 in the Ponzi scam and could be forced to sell the team as early as next season.

Howard said: “Her claims are outrageous, unfounded and grossly irresponsible…. The figures she’s throwing out are inaccurate and substantially overstated… We have said from the outset that the losses incurred from the Madoff fraud have not and will not affect the operation of the Mets. The team is not for sale, whole or in part. It is family owned and it will be family owned for the long term… There’s no need to sell… There will be no sale and I can’t state it any more definitively than that. Her source is bogus and her claims are false and irresponsible.”

The club has been vehement and vocal in its denies, while the author responded with a mousy “we’ll see.”

Sep 01

Today in Baseball History; Tom Seaver blanks Bucs.

At the start of the season I promised I would keep up the blog as I continued my job search. I’ve been doing freelance, but haven’t landed anything full time. The economy is just not cooperating. I’ll keep plugging because that’s what I do. I fully intend to keep the blog going for as long as I can because I feel a commitment to you and because I enjoy it.

Quite frankly, it has kept me going at times. There are times I get depressed and overwhelmed, but the blog grounds me. It reminds me of what I like to do. For that, and your interest, I’ll always be grateful.

Recently, I spoke with someone about obtaining investors and other marketing ideas. For that to happen, however, I must show more than just Mets Chat Room. I will be coming up with other features and snippets of information to keep you interested. There will quotes, numbers features, as much news as I can get to, and analysis and commentaries.

If there are any suggestions, please let me know.

Tom was Terrific

Tom was Terrific

One of my passions is baseball history, so it will be natural for me to do a daily note on This Day in Baseball History. Of course, I’ll keep it Mets as often as I can.

What better way to start off than with Tom Seaver, who, on this day in 1975, shut out Pittsburgh, 3-0, at Shea Stadium. It was one of 44 career shutouts and 171 complete games in his Hall of Fame career.

One of Seaver’s club records which will never be broken is 21 complete games in 1971. With how the game is played these days, it might never be touched by anyone.

Of course, a post on Seaver is incomplete without asking you of your favorite moments of No. 41.

Aug 31

Proactive selling ….

With the competitive aspect of the season long since over, the Mets are planning for 2010 with every move they make. The decisions on surgery and the disabled list were made to protect players and give them proper rehab time.

Time to be proactive

Time to be proactive

Sticking with Daniel Murphy at first base and Bobby Parnell in the rotation were made with an eye on holes that need to be filled over the winter.

Economically, the Mets should also be thinking about next season.

With Mets tickets on the Internet at times selling for less than face value, and the economy still in shreds, the franchise could be faced with a large number of season ticket cancellations for next year in light of how the team has performed.

Business-as-usual for the Mets would be to send out renewal notices after the playoffs. But, these are not normal times and they should be considering a more aggressive approach to get their ticket holders to return.

With 15 home games remaining and nothing to play for, the Mets should consider giving season-ticket holders the opportunity to credit September’s unused tickets toward next year’s packages. If there’s no reason to go to the park, many ticket holders will be likely to dump their tickets for whatever they can get to cut their losses.

For those ticket holders who already decided about not renewing for 2010, there’s nothing the Mets can do. However, this gesture might push those sitting on the fence to renew.

Here’s a chance for the organization to thank its ticket holders for supporting the team during this lost season, and at the same time make a dent in its off-season sales.

It’s not as if the team would lose money because the Mets could always re-sell the returned tickets, or donate them to charity for a tax write-off.

And, the team should also be considering selling one-month packages, perhaps at a discounted rate.

I can’t imagine the Mets doing this because the first impression would be they would be making less money, but with how things have gone, and taking the economy into consideration, it could turn out to be a win-win for everybody.

The Mets might be in fourth place in the NL East, but this is no time for fourth-place thinking.

Aug 30

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #131; Parnell’s status in doubt?



I’ll start off today asking for a little peace and courtesy toward each other on the blog. Tomg is probably right in I have let things slide too much. I’ve always said I want the blog to be like a bunch of friends together is a sports bar. You can disagree, but please stop the name calling.

It’s rough enough having to watch the Mets play out the string isn’t it?

The Mets try to avoid a sweep today in the wake of Bobby Parnell’s third consecutive horrible start (22 runs in 12 2/3 innings) yesterday afternoon. Parnell gave up eight runs on nine hits and two walks in just 4 2/3 innings to put in jeopardy his experiment as a starter.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Parnell will take his next turn, but isn’t sure beyond that.

“This is the third time he’s had these types of issues, so we’ve got to find a better way to get that straightened out and pitch ahead in the count,” Manuel said. “You’d just like to see better command from a starting pitcher.”

Parnell gave up an 0-and-2 grand slam to Jake Fox on a hanging slider in the fifth. He hasn’t been the only Mets pitcher to give it up while ahead in the count. The staff has given up seven 0-and-2 homers this season, including two slams.

PARNELL: Struggling in new role.

PARNELL: Struggling in new role.

Said Parnell: “I know it’s going to be a process, and there’s going to be some tough lessons learned. I haven’t been keeping my team in the game, so I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board.”

It’s tough to make the conversion from reliever to starter during the season. Parnell has stamina questions because his body hasn’t adjusted to the work load. The team isn’t going anywhere this year, so letting Parnell start for the rest of the season can only benefit him and the Mets in finding out the answers.

Figueroa is 0-4 with a 4.40 ERA in nine career appearances, four starts against the Cubs.

Here’s today’s starting line-up against Carlos Zambrano:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Daniel Murphy,1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Jeremy Reed, LF
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Brian Schneider, C
Anderson Hernandez, SS
Nelson Figueroa, RP (1-3, 5.40)