Tuesday, October 2, 2018

>>>>>>David Wright Tribute Set- The Wright Stuff


I'm going to make a small set of cards as a tribute to David Wright. I don't know how many cards yet, I'll be making it up as I go along. I hope to introduce it before the end of October. I don't want to rush this because The Captain was someone special and he deserves the best. Stay tuned.


It's going to be tough in 2019, to look out towards third base and not see David there.
But we always have the great Mets memories he gave us.
Wish you the best in all you do Mr. Wright.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>mfc Salutes Jeff McNeil!

Let's salute a current player. 
I really like what I'm seeing from our 
new infielder Jeff McNeil.


Jeff was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets. McNeil played 2014 with the Savannah Sand Gnats and St. Lucie Mets. He spent 2015 with St. Lucie and Binghamton Mets. After the 2015 season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. 


In 2016, McNeil began using an unorthodox knob-less bat given to him by Mets minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson; at that point Jeff began using knob-less bats exclusively. 


He played in only 51 games combined in 2016 and 2017 with Binghamton, St. Lucie and Las Vegas 51s due to numerous injuries. 


Jeff started 2018 with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and was promoted to Las Vegas during the season. He was called up to the majors for the first time on July 24, 2018.

McNeil's 1st MLB hit.
 He recorded his first Major League hit that night at Citi Field against Phil Hughes of the San Diego Padres on the first pitch he saw. 

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McNeil hit his first 
Major League home run 
off Tanner Roark of the 
Washington Nationals on July 31st.


And he's a damn good fielder too!





Tuesday, September 11, 2018

>>>>>>MFC salutes Howard Johnson!

MFC salutes Howard Johnson
(N.Y. Mets, 1985-1993)
On September 11, 1987, "HoJo" stole his 30th base to join the 30-30 club for the first time. He and Strawberry became the only teammates to achieve 30–30 status in the same season.


The entire league took notice of Johnson's unexpected rise in 1987 and he received 42 points in the voting for National League MVP. His home run and RBI totals were second only to Strawberry on the team and his home runs were seventh-best in the entire majors.



In 1987 Johnson's 36 home runs were the most in National League history by a switch-hitter, breaking Ripper Collins' 53-year-old record.

With his 30th home run on August 20, 1989, Johnson joined Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays as the only multi-year members of the 30–30 club.








Johnson's best game was his first ever five-RBIs game, including a grand slam, at Wrigley Field on June 13, 1990.

Howard became the leader of the offense for the Mets and, in response, became arguably the best offensive player in the National League in 1991, winning two-thirds of the coveted Triple Crown.




At season's end, Johnson had won both the National League home run title and RBI title. The 38 home runs broke his own record for N.L. switch hitters and 117 RBIs set the Met record for most runs batted in in a season until 1999. Both were also career bests for Johnson. On October 1, 1991, he stole his 30th base becoming only the second player, after Bobby Bonds, to join the 30–30 club in three different seasons.



Johnson's time with the Mets came to an end in 1993 as he was granted free agency.

In 1994, Johnson signed with the Colorado Rockies.  After a sub-par season with the Chicago Cubs in 1995, Johnson retired at age 35.

HoJo served as a hitting coach for the Butte Copper Kings (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), the Brooklyn Cyclones (N.Y. Mets), St. Lucie Mets, Birmingham Mets, Norfolk Tides (N.Y. Mets),

In 2007, he took over first base coaching duties for the Mets, and later that year was named hitting coach (until 2011).

Johnson was named hitting coach for AAA Tacoma Rainiers of the Seattle Mariners organization for the 2013 baseball season.

He then joined the Mariners as a hitting coach for the 2014 Season part of the new coaching staff (until June 20, 2015).

Johnson managed the single-A Down East Wood Ducks (Texas Rangers affiliate) in 2017, and is now hitting instructor for the AAA Round Rock Express in 2018.


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Career Highlights
•>Member of the 1984 World Series champion Tigers and the 1986 World Series champion Mets.

•>1992–1997: Held career National League record for home runs by a switch hitter.

•>1987–1996: Held single-season National League record for home runs by a switch hitter.

•>Three-time member of the 30–30 club (1987, 1989 and 1991). Only Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds and Alfonso Soriano have reached the marks more often.

•>1987–1991: Second highest home run total in the National League behind only teammate Darryl Strawberry.

•>1989 and 1991: Member of the National League All-Star team.

•>1989 and 1991: Winner of National League Silver Slugger award for third basemen.

•>Second on Mets all-time home run list from 1991 until 2004.

•>Second on Mets all-time RBI list from 1993 until 2005.

•>1991: Became the only switch-hitter to ever lead the NL in both HRs and RBIs in the same season.

•>1991: Became the only Met to lead the National League in RBI.

•>1991: Became the first switch-hitter to lead the National League in RBI. (Lance Berkman became the second in 2002.)

•>June 1989, September 1991: Winner of the National League Player of the Month award. He was the last Met to win the award until David Wright in June 2006



Sunday, April 8, 2018

>>>>>>>>>>MANAGERS YELLING!!!




Sweet Lou knows how to yell.
And kick!

When I think about managers yelling I picture scenes like the ones above when they, ya know, yell at umps. I always got a kick out of the manager cards where they are making like they are yelling.
You never see a manager cupping his hand in an argument. But picture it. A manager in an umps face cupping his hands and yelling. It would be hilarious.



So who started this? The oldest baseball card I could find was the ol' Perfessor himself, Casey Stengel. I could see Casey yelling things, yes. And any manager yelling from a dugout should get a pass.



These guys could have a legit reason to be yelling by the batting cage. 
"HEY JONES! GET YOUR ASS IN HERE AND HIT!"




If it wasn't for Wes this thread would not exist so thank you for that, Mr. Westrum.



For all I know this guys out in a field somewhere>.

Did these people just want to emulate the great Casey? Did they just like to yell? Did they think this was the number one thing that a manager should be doing? Looking busy. Yelling at, I guess his players, because he's not in a game. You never see a manager yell at his players anymore. Cripes, today if you ask a player to pick up the batting practice balls you could lose your job.





Billy Martin was a good yeller, yet he never posed yelling in any on his cards. Well, this one, but it don't count. That's Martin in action, yelling at an ump in a game. He's not posing. He looks like he's pleading.
I've rarely seen a manager yell at a player.

Well, again, Billy Martin. But he would yell at a water cooler if it didn't fill his paper cup.



Billy also could kick with the best of them. I have to admit I was a big Billy Martin fan. He knew how to put on a show.


The king of yell is Chuck Dressen. He yelled everywhere he went.


                                 
^He yelled in the same cloths for a year.^



When he could no longer manage in the majors he yelled in French, with two hands!
 He also waved and pointed . He was a busy manager.







                           

From Wikipedia:
Dressen was the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the early fifties. One of his more famous moves on the negative side of things was when, in the ninth inning of the decisive third game of a three game playoff for the pennant at the Polo Grounds, Dressen decided to go to the bullpen,removing Dodger starting pitcher Don Newcombe with a 4–2 lead and two men on base. Dressen summoned Ralph Branca, whose second pitch to Bobby Thomson was hit into the lower left-field stands for a three-run homer, a 5–4 Giants' win, and a National League pennant — Baseball's "Shot Heard ‘Round the World".

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Dressen Dodgers dominated the NL for the next two seasons, winning the pennant by margins of 4½ and 13 games. But each season, they came up short against the Yankees in the World Series. Fresh from winning the 1953 pennant with 105 victories, Dressen decided to publicly demand a three-year contract from Walter O’Malley instead of the customary one-year deal the Dodgers then offered their managers. But O'Malley didn't yield. He replaced Dressen with Triple-A Montreal Royals manager Walter Alston — a veteran minor leaguer who was unknown to baseball fans. Alston would go on to sign 23 one-year contracts with O'Malley, while winning seven NL pennants, four World Series, and a berth in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Alston was a pointer.
I was hoping to get a similar shot of the Mets new manager yelling, but he's a pretty calm guy so I'm not going to hold my breath. Here's the 2018 mfc Season Set card #1, Mickey Callaway! Not yelling!
Smiling!


I don't recall ever experiencing such a flawless start for a rookie manager, no less a new Mets manager, in all my days. Callaway had just been spot on with all his decisions so far.
I hope he can continue this excellence.
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This post was drafted in August of 2015 but never published. I'm going through old drafts that for some reason or other did not see the light of your monitors. I thought I'd dust this one off and get it up before I go into the Mets 2018 season, which has started out better than I thought it would. Waaaaay better. :)



Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Rusty Staub mfc Collection. RIP "Le Grand Orange" :(

I imagine all real Mets fans already know the news so I'm not going to rehash. So bummed I can't type what I feel if I want this up tonight. So, for now, just Rusty's mfc's. Some of these didn't make the cut for the corresponding years mfc collection and have never been posted here before.

All I will say now is that Staub was a very special person, beloved by all Mets fans.












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