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SI.com: Andrew Clark: The 10 biggest busts among No. 1 overall picks in baseball historyupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 18:25:00

The past two times the Houston Astros have selected first overall, the results have been solid, if not spectacular.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Cardinals' pitching woes, streaking White Sox, Eastern intrigue, moreupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 14:01:00

This weekend saw the White Sox continue their hot streak, four series played among the tightly bunched teams in the two Eastern divisions, and the ascendant Angels take two of three from the first-place Rangers, but the most compelling series was the one still going on in New York between the Mets and Cardinals. That series announced itself when Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on Friday night, and has become more compelling with each successive dominant Mets pitching performance. Meanwhile, with their loss on Sunday, the defending world champions saw their record fall to an even .500 and slipped a half-game behind the Pirates into third place in the National League Central.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: Santana continues remarkable comeback with Mets' first no-hitterupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 02:11:00

The Mets had played 8,019 regular season games and 64 postseason games across 50-plus seasons before June 1, 2012, but it wasn't until Johan Santana held the Cardinals without a hit on Friday night that one of their pitchers had thrown a no-hitter.

SI.com: Phil Taylor: Grand moment of Santana's no-hitter worth wait for one Mets fanupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 02:09:00

How can I explain this? When it comes to no-hitters, the thing about being a Mets fan was that it always felt like everyone got to have a birthday except me. With the exception of the San Diego Padres, every franchise in baseball had at least one no-hitter in its history but the Mets. Every fanbase had experienced that magical feeling that comes out of nowhere, when a regular game turns into a piece of history, when the guy on the mound for their team has talent and fate and maybe a generous umpire on his side and throws nine hitless innings -- except us luckless followers of the Mets. As a fan of the team for more than 40 years, I had resigned myself to a lifetime of watching other teams periodically hit the lottery. For my Mets, a no-no would never be.

Johan Santana pitches first no-hitter in New York Mets' historyupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 23:14:00

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in the franchise's history Friday night in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Remade ballpark, retooled swing help Wright fix what was wrongupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 16:17:00

NEW YORK -- At the age of 29, and as he is left out of the industry trend of teams locking up franchise players, New York Mets third baseman David Wright has begun already a third act to his career. It is the comeback phase. After a career-worst season in 2011, when it appeared that a canyon of a ballpark was extracting the greatness from his career, Wright went back to his roots. He hit last winter at a high school batting cage with Nick Boothe, the baseball coach at Virginia Wesleyan who had worked with Wright as a teenager.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Mets get win and good news: Santana looks like his old selfupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 20:37:00

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana assumed his familiar broad-legged stance on the third-base side of the pitching rubber when pitching out of the windup, and then he mowed down hitters by changing speeds and locating pitches.

SI.com: Eleven-time All-Star Gary Carter, 57, dies of brain cancerupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 01:33:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gary Carter was nicknamed "Kid" for good reason.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Gary Carter was the light of the Metsupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 18:39:00

Try as I might as a witness to his five years in New York as a catcher for the Mets, I cannot conjure a single image of Gary Carter with anything but a smile on his face. I have no recollection of a gloomy Carter, not even as his knees began to announce a slow surrender, his bat grew slow and weary or as his teammates, renowned masters of the dark arts, chided him for his well-displayed rectitude.

CNNMoney: Mets owners get good news in Madoff rulingupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 13:02:00

In a win for the owners of the New York Mets, a federal judge on Tuesday upheld an earlier court decision that placed limits on the amount of money that the trustee in the Madoff case can seek.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Marlins not done shopping yetupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 09:20:00

DALLAS -- Already the most fascinating team in baseball -- everybody from Albert Pujols to the Securities and Exchange Commission is checking them out -- the Marlins aren't done yet. Having added shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell, the newly named, newly outfitted and newly relocated Miami Marlins are prepared to push their payroll past $100 million if it means adding Pujols, according to a team source.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Marlins make another big splash by bringing Reyes to Miamiupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 10:27:00

DALLAS -- The Marlins added another big name free agent on Sunday, reportedly signing Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to a contract worth six years and $106 million, pending a physical. Here are five thoughts on the intra-division signing:

CNNMoney: Judge dismisses most counts in Mets' Madoff trialupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 21:57:00

A federal judge dismissed most counts of a $1 billion suit against the owners of the New York Mets baseball team Tuesday that stemmed from the club's involvement in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Flap over Mets' hats a window into how sports mark 9/11 tragedyupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 15:18:00

Bud Selig could feed the homeless and find a way to get hammered for it. He could fly medical supplies to a third-world country and environmental groups would rip him for taking a private plane. Selig has some of the worst p.r. instincts of anybody in sports, so it is not surprising that, faced with a six-inch putt on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, he kicked the ball.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Mets keeping 9/11 memory alive by reaching out beyond the fieldupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 13:08:00

NEW YORK -- An American flag covered most of the outfield.

CNNMoney: Mets strike out on $200 million bailoutupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 13:50:00

The New York Mets missed out on a $200 million home run when their investment deal fell through with hedge fund guru David Einhorn.

CNNMoney: Mets owners face Madoff trustee in courtupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 12:47:00

A federal judge will hear arguments Friday on whether the owners of the New York Mets baseball team should have to forfeit $1 billion for their connection to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Beltran, Reyes are top names for unpredictable trading seasonupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 15:41:00

The trading season began rather bizarrely, with the Mets rushing to trade Francisco Rodriguez, their star high-priced closer with the scary vesting option, a new agent and a missing no-trade list. K-Rod's previous agent apparently neglected to submit his 10-team no-trade list, and Mets higher-ups became concerned that his just-hired agent, Scott Boras, might try to rectify this situation. Although there was seemingly no way to submit a list that was already two years late, Mets GM Sandy Alderson didn't think it was worth taking a chance a trade could be stalled by a debate over the missing list.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Phillies, Red Sox lead pack of 10 teams chasing Mets' Beltranupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 14:50:00

The Phillies appear to be at least an early favorite in the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes that's drawn interest from as many as 10 teams. Philadelphia has suggested publicly that it doesn't want to add payroll, but it has the prospects to get a deal done. The Mets have signaled a willingness to pay some or all of the $7 million or so remaining on Beltran's salary, and Philly isn't averse to the surprise move (see Lee, Cliff).

SI.com: Mets trade K-Rod to Brewersupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 00:16:00

Closer Francisco Rodriguez has been traded to the Brewers, along with cash, for two players to be named later.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Top 10 storylines to watch in MLB's season halfupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 01:57:00

The All-Star Game may be thought of as baseball's midway point, but the Midsummer Classic is still almost two weeks away and several teams will actually be making the turn into the second half of play this week. On Wednesday six teams -- the Braves, Reds, Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Padres -- will become the first clubs to play their 82nd games, and by the weekend all 30 teams will officially officially have completed the first half of their schedules.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Padres already looking to sell but no decision by A's, Twins, Metsupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 12:48:00

In a tight, wait-and-see trade market, the San Diego Padres are one of the few potential sellers already engaging in early and serious trade discussions. The Padres have several valuable pieces, and executives who have spoken to them say they are being very aggressive. San Diego has even shown a willingness to at least engage in trade talk even about a star young reliever such as Mike Adams, whose 0.65 WHIP, $2.5-million salary and inability to become a free agent until after the 2012 season would bring a haul.

SI.com: Reyes to Mets: I won't negotiate during seasonupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 21:16:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jose Reyes is keeping his options open, which could make it hard for the New York Mets to afford him.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Reyes just what game, and Mets, need but his future is a mysteryupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 12:52:00

At a time when baseball has a shortage of compelling players -- you'd have to get through Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay and Brian Wilson before you found such an everyday player -- shortstop Jose Reyes of the New York Mets has emerged as exactly what the game needs: equal parts excitement and mystery.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Among 'Snakebitten Six' no team has had worse luck than Twinsupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 13:04:00

To borrow a phrase from the suddenly talkative Mets owner Fred Wilpon, plenty of teams seem "snakebitten'' this year. There have been so many injuries this year, particularly to star players (Buster Posey, Joe Mauer, David Wright), that the Snakebitten Six teams, listed below, have to feel something's just not right.

CNNMoney: Madoff-battered Mets near a $200 million bailoutupdated: Thu May 26 2011 13:29:00

The New York Mets announced Thursday that it will negotiate with investor David Einhorn for a $200 million minority stake in the financially beleaguered baseball team.

SI.com: Einhorn to buy stake in Metsupdated: Thu May 26 2011 13:07:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- The cash-strapped owners of the New York Mets agreed to sell a minority share of the team to hedge fund manager David Einhorn for $200 million, with the new partner predicting the club's financial situation will improve.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Mets owner Fred Wilpon sounds off on his beloved team's troublesupdated: Tue May 24 2011 17:53:00

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, as profiled this week in Sports Illustrated, provided a blunt picture of the team's finances: The team is "bleeding cash" at the rate of a possible $70 million loss this year and his ownership of the team could be jeopardized by the $1 billion lawsuit against him and his Sterling Equities partners. The suit was filed by the trustee of the liquidation of Bernie Madoff's investments.

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SI.com: Report: Mets' financial liabilities are around $625 millionupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 14:59:00

Just how deep in the hole is the troubled franchise of the New York Mets?

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Mets have many options at second base but few good onesupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 15:18:00

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets' second-base competition isn't all bad. If nothing else, it provides a nice diversion from the two biggest stories in Mets camp, which are: 1) the Oliver Perez Watch, and 2) the Madoff mess.

SI.com: Mets will host 2013 MLB All-Star Gameupdated: Sat Jan 29 2011 11:13:00

The Mets will host the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, people with knowledge of the situation told SI.com.

CNNMoney: Thanks to Madoff, you can buy a stake in the Metsupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 17:02:00

Want to buy a piece of the Mets?

Mets pitcher pleads guilty to assaultupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 17:13:00

New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct Friday after attacking his girlfriend's father at the Mets' ballpark last season, prosecutors said.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Eyeing managerial carousel? Hire a guy who's already been on the rideupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 14:44:00

Would you rather hire a manager who has failed or one who has no experience? Is trying to find the next Terry Francona a less risky bet than trying to find the next Mike Scioscia? This was a busy seven weeks for examining the mysterious issue of what experience means in the dugout. Since the regular season ended, 10 teams -- one-third of the major league clubs -- were forced to make a call on that issue.

SI.com: Mets hire Collins as managerupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 17:49:00

A person with knowledge of the situation says the New York Mets have hired Terry Collins as their manager.

SI.com: Shakeup continues as Mets fire scouting directorupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 16:23:00

The Mets' shakeup continues, as they have fired scouting director Rudy Terrasas, sources said.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Mets whiffing in their search for a new managerupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 11:44:00

Memo to the New York Mets: I was kidding

SI.com: Tim Marchman: Progressive? No, but the Mets' new front office doesn't have to beupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 15:18:00

Sandy Alderson, the new general manager of the New York Mets, is the kind of man who reminds other men of what they once thought they could be and sets them fawning. A Marine, a graduate of Harvard Law School, a successful general manager and CEO of major league ball clubs and breaker of umpires, he has, so far as one can tell, never failed at anything.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: "Misfit" Giants evoke memories of 1969 Metsupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 22:44:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- The misfits are showing their mojo, and the 1969 Mets come to mind.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Assessing managerial carouselupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 12:45:00

Previously unknown interim manager Mike Quade has emerged as the surprise heavy favorite to win the coveted Cubs managerial job, league sources say.

SI.com: HEYMAN: Alderson to interview for Mets' GM jobupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 14:18:00

Longtime baseball executive Sandy Alderson is talking to the New York Mets about their vacant general manager position and is in the process of setting up an interview. No date is officially set, but someone close to the situation said he thought the meeting would occur late next week, probably Thursday or Friday.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: After firing Manuel, Mets will take easy way out, hire vanilla managerupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 12:34:00

Here in New York, the stage has been ideally set.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Some athletes need to wake up, realize their gift -- to impact peopleupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 13:21:00

One day, in the not-too-distant future, nobody will visit them.

SI.com: Michael McCann: Could Mets void K-Rod contract? Yes, but it wouldn't be easyupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 14:15:00

Could the New York Mets terminate the lucrative contract of closer Francisco Rodriguez, who was charged with assault by law enforcement officials and also suspended two games by the Mets for an embarrassing and injurious post-game fight with his girlfriend's father?

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Time for Mets owners to speak up as chaotic season gets worseupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:36:00

NEW YORK -- The website of Sterling Equities -- the firm run by Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz, the principal owners of the New York Mets -- touts its company philosophy as a "family run business operated in a collegial manner, with professionalism and accountability."

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Floundering Mets have become baseball's worst franchiseupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 12:01:00

Entertained the annual worst-movie-of-all-time debate with a friend the other day.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Time for K-Rod to live up to pledgeupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 00:09:00

NEW YORK -- As Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez jogged in from the bullpen to pitch a ninth inning -- meaningless if not for the fact that it was his first appearance since his arrest for assault and the night he spent in the holding cell at Citi Field three nights ago -- fans greeted him with mild boos.

Mets place Rodriguez on restricted list over arrestupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 12:45:00

The New York Mets said Thursday that pitcher Francisco Rodriguez would be placed on the restricted list for two days after his arrest for allegedly punching his father-in-law in the face.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Players who could still be traded before Aug. 31 waiver deadlineupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 11:55:00

Some of the biggest names discussed in potential trades before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline have too much value to clear waivers and be traded now, such as Washington's Adam Dunn and Toronto's Jose Bautista. And some who might have cleared waivers were already traded, possibly including Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, Cristian Guzman and Jake Westbrook.

SI.com: Trade deadline buzz: Mets busy as deadline nearsupdated: Sat Jul 31 2010 09:44:00

The Mets offered a package of pitcher Oliver Perez and second baseman Luis Castillo for pitcher Carlos Zambrano, but the Cubs have not accepted. They may be more amenable to Perez-for-Zambrano straight up.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Star-studded, well-balanced NL East is summer's must-see divisionupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 16:15:00

It's highly competitive. Three teams, maybe four, have a realistic shot at the postseason.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Top 20 draft booms and busts, plus latest news on the draftupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 15:30:00

Never again will there be a repeat of the 1976 MLB draft, when two Hall of Famers and two near Hall of Famers were bypassed in the first round, with Alan Trammell going in the second round, Rickey Henderson (Hall class of 2009) in the fourth, Jack Morris in the fifth and Wade Boggs (Hall class of 2005) in the seventh.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Reds lead list of turnaround teams with eyes on Octoberupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 11:34:00

One of the greatest underappreciated truths of wild card era baseball is that losers turn into playoff teams every year. In the 15 years since baseball split into six divisions and allowed eight playoff entries, every postseason but one included at least one team that had a losing record the previous season. Thirty teams -- fully one-quarter of all playoff teams from 1995-2009 -- made the immediate turnaround from a losing record to the postseason. Why should this year be any different? Who will it be?

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Mets' Perez showing ultimate selfishness by refusing to go to minorsupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 12:01:00

Of all the professional athletes I have come across, few are more obnoxious, more difficult, more petulant than Brett Myers, the one-time Phillies ace now trying to rediscover himself as a Houston Astro.

SI.com: Joe Sheehan: Citi Field isn't the problem for struggling Mets Wright and Bayupdated: Fri May 28 2010 16:41:00

Arguably the most far-reaching impact of sabermetrics is in the use of park factors to put player performance in context. Throughout baseball history, players, fans and executives knew that certain parks changed the game and the statistics, from the Polo Grounds' horseshoe outfield to Yankee Stadium's short porch to the vast expanses of Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. It was statheads who started hanging numbers on those elements, though, enabling us to evaluate players more accurately.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Why each baseball season brings out the alarmist in us allupdated: Tue May 11 2010 13:42:00

Baseball is a yawn, not a sneeze.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Early test in Philadelphia leaves Mets searching for answersupdated: Tue May 04 2010 13:23:00

PHILADELPHIA -- In routing the Phillies on Friday night, the Mets won their eighth straight game, staved off their local rival's first challenge to their National League East lead and looked like a team ready to offer a season-long challenge to the three-time defending division champions.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Why an essential part of the game's romance is in declineupdated: Tue May 04 2010 13:08:00

One night last month while I watched the Oakland Athletics pitchers walk 10 New York Yankees, an idea occurred to me about what some people find "wrong" with baseball. It's not the time of games, the pace of games, the dilution of pitching because of expansion or the way hitters adjust their batting gloves and cup in between pitches -- the usual complaints that get attention.

SI.com: Mets' Pelfrey has shoulder tightnessupdated: Mon May 03 2010 17:28:00

New York Mets' right-handed Mike Pelfrey went for an MRI on Monday but is said to have only shoulder tightness and will make his next start Friday.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Heyward, Davis lead sterling class in Year of the Phenomupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 14:07:00

NEW YORK -- This past weekend at Citi Field, a pair of rookies, one the most talked about prospect in the game, the other a recent call-up who has already been causing a stir in his first week, crossed paths for the first time on a major league field. In a season that is looking like it will be the Year of the Phenom, both Ike Davis of the Mets and Jason Heyward of the Braves have been turning heads and earning rave reviews from their managers not only for how they play but also for how they handle themselves.

Weird baseball contract clausesupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 10:32:00

With baseball season in full swing, here's a list of some of the more creative, generous or ludicrous perks players have received.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Twenty observations from an eventful opening three weeksupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 11:28:00

It's been an eventful first couple weeks, and here are my initial observations, suggestions, rumors, regrets and recriminations ...

SI.com: Tim Marchman: When it comes to the national pastime, expect the unexpectedupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 12:49:00

The next time you're tempted to skip a ball game because you're just sure you know what's going to happen, think back to this past Saturday. It will cure your hubris.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: It's only April, but Manuel's seat with Mets is already getting warmupdated: Sun Apr 18 2010 12:10:00

Mets manager Jerry Manuel's seat has begun to heat up from lukewarm to warm. It isn't quite hot yet. But if things grow worse over the next few weeks with the slow-starting team, it will be.

SI.com: Tim Marchman: Who has the best core talent? Yanks, Phils and (surprise) Metsupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 12:37:00

Over a decade and a half, the constant in Yankee championships has been the home grown quartet of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera: The Core Four, as the papers (among others) have it. From one angle, this is evidence of the strength of the Yankee Way; from another, it's proof that the Yankee Way is a synonym for money. (Retaining the services of those four players has cost the team about a half billion dollars over the course of their careers.)

SI.com: Lee Jenkins: Spring Postcard: Mets need more than health to hang in raceupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 18:53:00

This spring, SI.com's baseball writers will be filing postcards from all 30 camps. To read all the postcards, click here.

SI.com: Mets sign Japanese lefty Takahashiupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 20:41:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets agreed Thursday to minor league contracts with first baseman Mike Jacobs and left-hander Hisanori Takahashi after missing out on several free agents with higher profiles.

SI.com: Ex-Marlin Jacobs close to Mets minor league dealupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 00:34:00

Free agent first baseman Mike Jacobs is close to signing a minor-league deal with the Mets, SI.com has confirmed.

SI.com: Angels send Matthews, $21.5 million to Metsupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 18:31:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- Unable to find regular playing time for Gary Matthews Jr., the Los Angeles Angels traded the outfielder to the New York Mets on Friday and agreed to pay $21.5 million as part of the deal.

SI.com: Michael McCann: Beltran's knee surgery raises questionsupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 01:51:00

New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran, who is entering the sixth season of a $119 million contract, had knee surgery on Wednesday morning. The surgery, which will likely sideline Beltran for the early part of the season, was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman, a prominent orthopedic surgeon not employed by the Mets. The Mets claim that they only gave permission for Beltran to be examined by Steadman and that they asked Beltran to wait on the surgery; Beltran asserts that the Mets granted permission for surgery and then, while the procedure was taking place, changed their mind and asked that he wait. SI.com legal expert Michael McCann discusses the potential fallout.

SI.com: Tim Marchman: Hot Stove Report: Reds made a good, not great, bet on Chapmanupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 14:32:00

Locked out of the U.S. by a war that ended two decades ago, best seen abroad at tournaments watched by few Americans who aren't paid to take in games, Cuban ballplayers are men about whom we know nothing in an age when we know more than we'd like to about nearly everyone else. This makes them mysterious and attractive. So the surprise isn't that Aroldis Chapman signed a six-year contract worth at least $30 million this week, but that he didn't sign for more.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Yes, Jason Bay is going to be big in New York -- a big bust, that isupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 11:07:00

The statement came 28 years ago.

SI.com: Lee Jenkins: Bay a surprisingly sensible signingupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 23:39:00

The Mets have two geographical rivals: One is in their city, one is in their division, and both were in the 2009 World Series. For all the challenging seasons the Mets have endured through their history -- 120 losses in 1962, worst team money could buy in '93, September swoons in '07 and '08 -- there was something unique about the agony they experienced in '09.

SI.com: Tim Marchman: Hot Stove Report: You can't blame the Mets for being cautiousupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 17:10:00

It has been a quiet holiday week in baseball. Of course, sometimes nothing happening is almost as significant as something happening. Take the Mets, a rich, lousy team that has made an ostentatious show of being willing to spend a lot to improve. With more than $90 million committed for next year before figuring arbitration awards for several young players, the team lacks a catcher, a first baseman, two outfielders and the semblance of dignity. Every one of their starters is inexperienced, terrible, coming off an injury or some combination of the three. They might be able to get better by signing the owners of Shea Stadium, the Brooklyn recording studio named after their erstwhile, much-mourned ballpark.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Bay, Holliday could be moving onupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 12:59:00

The final landing spots for free-agent hitting stars Jason Bay and Matt Holliday aren't known yet, but one thing seems true about both star players: Neither appears any closer today to remaining with his old team than when the offseason began.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Latest buzz from winter meetingsupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 18:06:00

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports from baseball's winter meetings in Indianapolis, which wrapped up Thursday ...

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Felix is looking for a King's ransom, and he probably deserves itupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 13:40:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Superstar pitcher Felix Hernandez's intention to request about $100 million for six years in contract talks might surprise some folks in that other young star pitchers have sought far less. Zack Greinke took a $38 million, four-year contract with the Royals and Josh Johnson was reported to request about $45 million for four years from the Marlins.

SI.com: Mets hire Hale as new third-base coachupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 18:54:00

Former Diamondbacks third-base coach Chip Hale is being hired to fill that role for the Mets, sources said.

SI.com: HEYMAN: Mets' maneuvers bad news for Minayaupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 20:29:00

Sources say longtime scout Sandy Johnson has agreed to return to the Mets as VP of scouting to continue assisting embattled general manager Omar Minaya after suggesting for weeks he was likely to retire, and some Mets officials believe the unusual effort made to retain Johnson is another sign of diminishing faith in Minaya.

SI.com: Jon Heyman: 'Not-so Amazins' lead lengthy list of disappointments this seasonupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 15:10:00

Manager Lou Piniella slumped in the dugout this weekend, exemplifying a talented Cubs team that has slumped far too often this season. Meanwhile, Mets manager Jerry Manuel provided a study in contrasts, standing erect in the opposing dugout, and generally not giving off the same sort of negative vibe. It must be a matter of style, and/or personality, since Manuel's Mets are is having a season just as horrific.

SI.com: Tim Marchman: Mets are in a sorry state of affairsupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 11:08:00

Leave aside the image of a shirtless executive challenging minor leaguers to fist fights, or a general manager accusing a good reporter of being out for a job running the farm system, or rumors that the team's owners will soon be seen on what's left of the Bowery shaking tin cups. What matters about the New York Mets is that, Sunday's sound 4-1 (RECAP | BOX) beating dealt to Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano notwithstanding, right now they're the kind of bad that drives people to drink. If they were a band, they'd be Creed; if they were a food, they'd be tripe soup; if they were a gesture, they'd be a lazy, lazy slouch. Few have seen their like.

SI.com: Santana to undergo arthroscopic elbow surgeryupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 15:51:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johan Santana needs surgery for bone chips in his left elbow and the star pitcher is out for the season, the latest blow to a New York Mets team battered by injuries.

SI.com: Draft deadline winners and losersupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 16:21:00

The last three years, Major League Baseball has implemented a signing deadline, ending the interminable holdouts that often plagued baseball's draft process. The draft still has plenty of problems, but that's another story. This draft is essentially in the books now that Monday's deadline has passed, with two fourth-year pitchers -- indy leaguers Aaron Crow (Royals first-rounder) and Tanner Scheppers (Rangers supplemental first-rounder) still unsigned but not subject to the deadline.

SI.com: Phil Taylor: After latest misstep, it's time for Mets GM Omar Minaya to goupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 07:40:00

It has always been the belief in this precinct that media types, generally speaking, are too quick to call for leaders -- coaches, general managers, athletic directors -- to be fired. We tend to disregard the real-life implications of losing one's job, not to mention forgetting how easily a five-game winning streak can turn someone from an idiot into a genius.

SI.com: Ted Keith: Francoeur looking foward to fresh start with Metsupdated: Sat Jul 11 2009 14:51:00

It was neither the time (3:45 p.m. MT, just before he was to start getting ready for a game against the Rockies) nor the place (the visiting manager's office at Coors Field) that he might have expected it, but Jeff Francoeur's once-heralded career with the Atlanta Braves came to an end Friday afternoon when he was called into the Bobby Cox's office and told, "We've made a trade and you'll never guess where: New York."

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Mets long on pessimism, short on help from ailing starsupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 12:13:00

Call it the Summer of Accountability.

SI.com: Michael Bamberger: Forty years ago, Seaver was nearly perfectupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 01:33:00

If you happened to be thumbing through the Newsday sports section on Thursday, you may have noticed an unusual box score: Mets 4, Cubs 0, in New York. Time of game: 2 hours, 2 minutes. Then you read the not-so-fine print: the game -- a Tom Seaver one-hitter -- was played 40 years ago, when the Mets were becoming the Miracle Mets, winners of the '69 World Series. Newsday is paying tribute to the team.

SI.com: Mets' Putz needs surgery, will miss 10 to 12 weeksupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 18:27:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York Mets reliever J.J. Putz will have surgery to remove a bone spur and pieces of bone from the back of his right elbow and is expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks.

SI.com: HEYMAN: Mets' Reyes has small tear in hamstringupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 21:30:00

The Mets announced Thursday night that shortstop Jose Reyes has a small tear in his right hamstring tendon. The team is not estimating when Reyes might return, but early reports are suggesting he'll be out until July.

SI.com: Mets insist Beltran and Maine don't have swine fluupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 11:45:00

Mets people insist that center field star Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher John Maine do not have swine flu or any of several symptoms of the virus in the wake of a swine flu scare involving another member of the Mets' traveling party.

SI.com: Mets trade backup catcher Castro to White Soxupdated: Sat May 30 2009 01:52:00

The New York Mets avoided a tricky situation Friday night when they traded backup catcher Ramon Castro and cash to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Lance Broadway.

SI.com: Mets acquire OF Brown, ship him off to Buffaloupdated: Fri May 29 2009 15:06:00

The New York Mets acquired outfielder Emil Brown from the Padres and will designate him for assignment to the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets announced today. Brown will be on the Bisons' roster for their matchup against the Durham Bulls tonight.

SI.com: Tim Marchman: Like it or not, interleague play is back -- and here to stayupdated: Thu May 21 2009 18:36:00

This weekend, when the Mets visit the Red Sox and the Yankees host the Phillies, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium will feature four teams with payrolls totaling $574 million. Allowing for inflation, this is as much as the 10 highest payrolls in baseball in 1997, the year of the first regular-season games between the National and American leagues.

SI.com: Kostya Kennedy: Seriously, catch the ball with two hands!updated: Thu May 07 2009 19:46:00

Ever play baseball? At any level? I mean even Little League, even T-ball? Then you can answer this question: What's the safest and surest way to catch a fly ball?

SI.com: A tale of two new New York Stadiumsupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:46:00

George Steinbrenner, the most famous owner of the free agency era, was at the new Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. When he was introduced, his daughter Jenny, sitting next to him, gently raised his right arm so that he could wave to the crowd. His roar may be gone, but the old lion was able to see his palace open. I watched Steinbrenner choking back emotion on the scoreboard TV from the concourse behind home plate. Next to me, a Yankee fan in a Paul O'Neill jersey had a homemade sign hanging from a string around his neck. It read: "The House that LOOT Built."

SI.com: Ben Reiter: Mets' staff is struggling, but they have nowhere to turn for helpupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 16:09:00

It was shaping up to be a glorious weekend of baseball for the Mets. Temperatures soared, and the Mets welcomed an opponent -- the lowly Nationals -- that was even more appetizing than anything purveyed at the Shake Shack in Citi Field. This was supposed to be the weekend in which the Mets, who entered as the losers of four straight games, would finally kick their 2009 season into gear.

SI.com: Norman Chad: Yankees, Mets are true city slickersupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 06:51:00

We are now 230-odd years into the American experiment and one thing is clear -- like the Roman Empire before us, we love our games!

SI.com: Jon Heyman: Citi Field is beautiful -- the Mets are notupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 17:32:00

Mets higher-ups were accepting compliments Monday night for their stunning new ballyard, Citi Field, which has nothing in common with the former, dreary, dumpy ol' Shea Stadium aside from its location near the intersection of the Grand Central Parkway and Roosevelt Avenue. "It's a ballpark, not a stadium,'' Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said of the new digs.

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