List as of April 17, 2011
30 down, still a lot left to go! But slowly and steadily, we're slowly progressing up (or down, rather) the ladder, on our list. Now, here's #120 - 111, after the jump...
The Phallic Battle--Tuesday August 24, 2010. 7:10 PM EST @ Citi Field and on SNY.
Be there or be impotent.
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Sure, Bob Costas might not be on hand, but don't think I forgot, Jeff! I've been sitting on this graphic for a while, just waiting for you to pop #100. HOF bound, for sure.
Bumped from FanPosts. --Eric
Last week’s post by DanDotLewis asked the members of AA about, among other things, their most memorable Mets moment. Mine was a little unusual because not only was I not at the game, I didn’t even see it, unless you count, as Terry Cashman or Charles Osgood would say, seeing it on the radio.
The Mejia Reality: What's The Big Deal About This "Reliever" With The Mediocre Numbers? (A PitchFX Story)
(I meant to bump this to the front page earlier but some other things got in the way. Even though Mejia has been demoted the findings here are still relevant. --Eric)
Jenrry Mejia is a very polarizing figure. Management (or at the very least Jerry Manuel) still likes him in the bullpen for mop-up work. Fans want the 20 year old to return to the minors as a starter so that the Mets' top (or near-the-top) prospect can develop.
Yet for a top prospect, the results don't seem to be that impressive aside from his 3.38 ERA. Mejia's 4.92 FIP shows that the low ERA has probably resulted from a lot of luck and his 5.40 K/9 is, well, not what you'd expect from a top prospect with a 95MPH fastball. Even worse is his 5.06 BB/9, which shows his considerable lack of control, and his -0.2 WAR (according to Fangraphs) which ranks him as WORSE than a replacement player this year! He does have a terrific 66.7% GB%, which is very positive and a good sign for the future, but the walk rate offsets even that little advantage. Clearly, the kid shouldn't be in the majors right now.
And yet this is not to say that the kid hasn't shown results that should get Met Fans very excited for the future. After the jump I'll take a look at Mejia's pitches and show that while his pitches are indeed very raw and in need of refinement, they show tremendous promise.
Go get it at AmazinAvenueAnnual.com. It's free!
I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project, from its conception back in November to its realization today. An unbelievable amount of work went into creating this book and we're all unspeakably proud of the way it turned out. I covered all of the thank yous in the AAA's acknowledgments, but Brad Lappin deserves another mention here for turning a loose stack of articles into an actual book. You'll know what I mean when you see it; this thing is a work of art. So, thank you, Brad.
I don't know what you're doing still reading this. Go get the book and then let us know what you think. The book site has a feedback/correction form, so if you notice any errors or omissions please use that—and not the comments section here—to notify us of anything that needs correcting.
As I've mentioned previously, the print and Kindle versions will be forthcoming, possibly as soon as next week.
Prologue: As you probably already heard, Oliver Perez is training at the world-renowned Athletes Performance Institute this winter. Hoping to make a good long-term return on my Ollie jersey on eBay, I traveled to Arizona to check on his progress.
Normally I wouldn't post something like this, seeing as this isn't Amazin' Avenue LiveJournal, but it's too hard to resist. A special guest unexpectedly appeared this past weekend at my sister's wedding:
Ordonez never wasted his time with selfish things like getting on base and stealing, and he certainly never hurt himself trying to do something stupid like coming back from an injury. And he never smiled. And he wasn't a good dancer. Plus, Rey-Rey always raised his game in September, when he multiplied his homerun totals by inifinity 4 years in a row. Thus begins my campaign for the Mets to cut Jose Reyes and bring back Rey Ordonez.