Sunday, January 17, 2021

From @QBConvention 2019: Shea Anything Podcast

 


I just wanted to show those who haven't been to the QBC in the past and what they have missed. We are doing a virtual QBC on Feb 6 2021. Go to our YouTube page. Subscribe and click on the notifications to keep up to date. Click here for our page. Oh yeah, if we get to 250 subscribers, we will give away a prize to a random subscriber.


Doug Williams and Andy Martino take the Shea Anything podcast on the road to the Queens Baseball Convention, for a live taping surrounded by Mets fans! They dive into the Jed Lowrie signing, the strange free agency and availability of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, what still may happen before spring training, and questions from the live audience!


Friday, January 15, 2021

@SNY's Baseball Night in NY will virtually be at QBC 2021!!

 



SNY's Baseball Night in NY is back with us again for another fun panel. Join Doug Williams, Andy Martino, Sal Licata, and Jim Duquette on Saturday February 6, 2021 via our YouTube Channel.

Check out BBNY from QBC 2019 below. Also don't for get to subscribe and turn on notifications to the channel.


The Irish American Baseball Society

The fine folks over at the Irish American Baseball Society were kind enough to help us make the connection with Joe McEwing who is appearing at our Virtual QBC 2021 on Feb 6 2021. Go to our YouTube channel subscribe and hit the notification button. After you are done with that check out what the IABS is all about.

The Irish American Baseball Society

The Irish American Baseball Society (IABS) supports the game of baseball in Ireland and America and we celebrate the contributions of Irish Americans to baseball in America.

Our members include players and coaches at all levels of amateur and professional baseball, as well as MLB broadcasters, journalists, and executives – and fans like you!

We invite you to learn more about our organization, connect with us on social media, and subscribe to our email list for updates, special discounts, and more!

If you’re interested in joining the Irish American Baseball Society, click here for more information.



 The Irish American Baseball Society (IABS) supports the game of baseball in Ireland and America and we celebrate the contributions of Irish Americans to baseball in America. Our members include players and coaches at all levels of amateur and professional baseball, as well as MLB broadcasters, journalists, and executives – and fans like you!

The IABS is a non-profit subsidiary of the Baseball United Foundation. The Baseball United Foundation supports the development of baseball programs in Ireland and other countries where the game is not traditionally played. Federal Tax ID: 20-4623222.

John Fitzgerald – IABS Founder

John Fitzgerald founded the Irish American Baseball Society in 2018. As the Executive Director of the Baseball United Foundation, John oversees IABS operations.

IABS Membership Committee

The Irish American Baseball Society Membership Committee is responsible for supporting the mission, vision, purpose, and strategic plans of the Baseball United Foundation and Irish American Baseball Society. The committee is responsible for collaborating with members, to provide recommendations and assistance in member recruitment, engagement, and retention.

IABS Membership Committee 2020-2021

  • Mike Enright – President
  • Bernard Connaughton – Vice-Chair
  • Robert Score – Secretary
  • Chris Foy

Butterworth Award Committee

The Clive Butterworth Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service in the development of youth baseball in Ireland. The award honors early Irish baseball pioneer Clive Butterworth, the organizer and coach of the first known baseball teams in Ireland. The award was established in 2019 by the Irish American Baseball Society, in partnership with the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball United Foundation.

The Butterworth Award Committee represents a cross-section of baseball players, coaches, executives, and fans.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Queens Baseball Convention 2021: State of the Mets Panel

 



From Gotham Baseball.

QBC 2021: State Of The Mets Is Back!

On Jan. 13, the folks who run the Queens Baseball Convention announced that on Feb. 6, 2021, there will indeed be a QBC:

We had to postpone Queens Baseball Convention 2020 twice last year. We weren’t happy about that at all. We also know you guys weren’t thrilled with it either. As a way to make 2021 a little better for you everyone, we are doing a VIRTUAL QBC. That’s right a virtual QBC as a way to get us all together while we still can’t be together. 

 

BTW did We mention this virtual QBC is free of charge? Oh. We forgot to say that huh? Yep it is free. This QBC is our gift to you guys for supporting us in the past and to hopefully put smiles on faces because we think we all need that.

 

What we do need you guys to do is subscribe to our YouTube Channel. We want you to subscribe so you get the notifications when we have live shows going on and when the Virtual QBC is live.



 

If you can also like and share the channel and videos for us and help us grow the channel.

Also returning to QBC is the “State Of The Mets” panel, moderated by yours truly, Mark Healey, and I will be joined by Tim Healey (Newsday), Joe DeMayo (SNY), and Michael Mayer (Metsmerized.com).

So head over to the QBC YouTube channel and subscribe right now, so you can find out who this year’s guests will be!

Really looking forward to seeing you all at the QBC!

 

METS SIGN INF/OF JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ




METS SIGN INF/OF JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 14, 2020 – The New York Mets announced today that the team has signed infielder/outfielder José Martínez to a one-year contract.

 

Martínez, 32, debuted with St. Louis in 2016 and spent the first four seasons of his major league career with the Cardinals. He hit over .300 in each of his first two full campaigns, including a .305 (163-534) average in 2018 that ranked seventh in the NL.

 

The 6-foot, 6-inch right-handed hitter is a career .307 (95-309) hitter vs. left-handed pitchers with a .915 OPS and has batted .283 (265-935) with a .765 OPS vs. right-handers. 

 

He has played first base and both corner outfield positions in his five-year major league career, recording a .990 fielding percentage at first base and a combined .983 mark in the outfield. 

 

Martínez split last season between the Tampa Bay Rays (24 games) and Chicago Cubs (10 games), combining to hit .182/.265/.295 with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI.

 

The La Guaira, Venezuela native was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He is a career .289 hitter in 432 major league games with 61 doubles, 43 home runs, 182 RBI, 170 runs scored and a lifetime .803 OPS. He batted .538 (7-13) with three RBI in seven games during the 2019 postseason for St. Louis.

The Virtual Queens Baseball Convention 2021 Player Panel Announcement


That was fun last night on the youtube channel. I am not going to make you sit and watch the whole thing if you don't want so, I'll just let you know who the player is.


That's right. Super Joe McEwing. We are very lucky to have him virtually for this.We also announced other panels in the video. Watch That here and I think I'll also post about them during the day and upcoming days.

Virtual QBC is happening Feb,6, 2021.

Make sure you subscribe and click the bell for notifications on our Youtube channel. We gave away a fun little prize pack because we hit 100 subscribers yesterday. If we hit 250 subscribers in the next couple days, We will give away a bigger prize. If we keep hitting out goals subscriber wise the prizes will get bigger.


Also, don't forget about www.queensbaseballconvention.com and this blog right here.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Who's ready for Virtual @QBConvention 2021?

 


We had to postpone Queens Baseball Convention 2020 twice last year. We weren't happy about that at all. We also know you guys weren't thrilled with it either. As a way to make 2021 a little better for you everyone, we are doing a VIRTUAL QBC. That's right a virtual QBC as a way to get us all together while we still can't be together.  We know it won't be exactly the same with the photo ops and autos but we will still have fun player panel plus a few other returning ones. 

We can announce one right now.

Returning is the State of the Mets Panel hosted by Mark Healey.

More panels will be announced in the next couple of days. It'll be super.

BTW did We mention this virtual QBC is free of charge? Oh. We forgot to say that huh? Yep it is free. This QBC is our gift to you guys for supporting us in the past and to hopefully put smiles on faces because  we think we all need that.

What we do need you guys to do is subscribe to our YouTube Channel. We want you to subscribe so you get the notifications when we have live shows going on and when the Virtual QBC is live. 

If you can also like and share the channel and videos for us and help us grow the channel.

MediaGoon  might pop on the channel tonight to tell you who the player is going to be for the panel so you should subscribe.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Counterfeit Products. Who do they hurt?

 I know I have said it many times in the past that counterfeit products aren't cool. I happened to come across this video on youtube that you should check out about who it hurts.






Mets Carlos Carrasco press conference.

 




Citi Field to host COVID vaccinations

 


This is good. I mean they have an Amazon hub there right now, so why not a vaccine hub.

From the NY Daily News

The city is launching an Amazin’ effort to get more New Yorkers vaccinated.

Citi Field will host a “24/7” vaccination center starting later this month, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday alongside new Mets owner Steve Cohen.

Read more here.

How MLB is thinking about dealing with Covid-19 in 2021.

 



This is all very interesting and will fans go to games and adhere to safety measures?

MLB on Fox on FB

 health & safety standards will include pod seating, mandatory mask-wearing, and social distancing in lines. State/local authorities and teams can impose additional restrictions.


From the LA Times


In explaining why testing would not be mandated, the league said: “Mass testing of this kind is not practical with the existing rapid testing options, and testing is of limited utility when done days in advance of an event.” The league said its guidance could change in the event of “any major advancement in testing technology.”

In the memo, the league also noted the “uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution” and advised teams to consult legal counsel before imposing a vaccination requirement upon fans.

The league said it anticipated that state and local authorities would require “pod” seating, at least at the start of the season, with tickets sold in a “pod” or group and at least six feet between the groups. If authorities do not require such seating, MLB would have to approve any seating arrangement that would reduce the distance between groups to less than six feet.

Interesting.

The league also said it would mandate that fans wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking at their seats; that social distancing be enforced in lines to enter the ballpark, for concessions and merchandise, and when leaving the ballpark; that hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations be widely available; and that a buffer zone of at least six feet be established between fans and the playing field.

Teams do need to have a health and Safety plan.

According to the memo, teams are required to use pod seating and submit a health and safety plan to the league office for approval, in accordance with the MLB guidance. Fans will not be permitted to watch morning workouts or other pregame activities “unless those events are held in the ballpark under the same seating plan as for games.”

Read more here


 

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Mets Francisco Lindor's Press Conference

What's going on in front of Citi Field? Statues? (Dang I was foiled quickly)

 


My buddy Pete doesn't get enough credit for the stuff he finds. I'll just be looking at his FB page and I'll go how the hell did I miss this? Looks like this could be the new Seaver Statue Base? what about the smaller dirt? I didn't put Pete's full name in post because I didn't wan't put his name out there but wanted to give him credit at same time. So, what do you guys think?

SUPER QUICK UPDATE:

I tried to get a discussion going about this and MJ saw right through it. Hard to get one over on her.





QBC Conversations: Michael Stahl- Co-Writer of Big Sexy:In His Words - The Bartolo Colon Autobiography

 We are trying to build the Queens Baseball Convention's YouTube page. Like, Share and Subscribe.

Last year Big Sexy: In His Words- Autobiography of Bartolo Colon came out. I interviewed his co-writer Michael Stahl.



Sunday, January 10, 2021

@Mets Ball cap doghouse

 


Let your beloved pet express their New York Mets pride with this one-of-a-kind Plush Pet Nap Cap! You've already got enough team gear, so why not let your furry friend join in on the fun? It features quality New York Mets graphics that your pet will love.

@Mets Lindor Jerseys/Tees on Lids.com

 


Interesting with the orange tee shirt that they are almost gone.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

QBC Conversations: Joe DeMayo(@PSLtoFlushing), Joe Maricic(@GrafixJoker), and Dave Majo(@Dave_Majo)

 


Not only did I test out our equipment for a possible QBC once, but I did it twice in the same night. This time we had knowledgeable Joe DeMayo(@PSLtoFlushing), artistic great Joe Maricic(@Grafixjoker) and my artist buddy Dave Majo(@Dave_Majo) join me talking about the Lindor trade, Mets eras, and black jerseys. Check us out and tell me what ya think. Please like, share, and subscribe the channel. 


Update: We have fixed the way we spelled Joe DeMayo's name. We did it with lower D instead of the upper D because we think he should rebrand himself to fit closer to deGrom's last name.



Queens Baseball Conversations: @Dave_Majo

 



As you folks know, I am testing out equipment for the Virtual QBC 2021 that we are planning on doing soon. While I was trying this out, I was like what should do to actually test the system. I figured why not have folks find out more about my buddy Dave Majo. Dave has been the official artist for the QBC for the last few years and is a good friend of mine, I asked him about making the banners for the7line sections, how he started with art, and just chit chatted in general. Please subscribe/like/share our new youtube channel. Thanks.


Friday, January 8, 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021

And It's Official. Mets make a blockbuster(really a steal) of a trade.

 


Brand new era in Mets history. 


FLUSHING, N.Y., January 7, 2021 — The New York Mets today announced that they have acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in exchange for infielder Amed Rosario, infielder Andrés Giménez, minor league RHP Josh Wolf and minor league outfielder Isaiah Greene.

Lindor, 27, is a four-time All-Star (2016–2019), a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2016, 2019), including the American League Platinum Glove for the best overall defender in 2016 and a two-time Silver Slugger (2017, 2018).

The 5–11, 190-pounder ranks third in the majors with 258 extra-base hits since 2017. He ranks third in runs scored (359), fifth in hits (592), tied for 12th in homers (111) and 17th in stolen bases (68) during that span.

Lindor finished in the top 15 in the American League Most Valuable Player voting each year from 2016–2019. Since 2016, Lindor has a 47.6 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) according to FanGraphs, which is the third-highest rating among all players behind Mookie Betts and Andrelton Simmons.

Lindor has slashed .285/.346/.488 with 191 doubles, 138 homers, 411 RBI and 99 stolen bases in 777 games during his six-year career with Cleveland.

Carrasco, 33, led the American League with 18 wins in 2017. The 6–4, 224-pounder was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. He returned to the field that same season becoming the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Carrasco also earned the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in 2019 for his philanthropic efforts.

He was seventh in the AL with a 2.91 ERA over 12 starts in 2020 and was sixth with 82 strikeouts in 68.0 innings of work. Carrasco has also finished in the top 10 in ERA in 2017 (sixth — 3.29) and 2018 (eighth — 3.38) and in the top 10 in strikeouts in 2015 (fifth — 216), 2017 (fifth — 226) and 2018 (fourth — 231).

Since 2015, Carrasco is tied for 10th in the majors with 69 wins, 11th in strikeouts (1,001) and 15th in ERA (3.54 — minimum 800 innings).

Carrasco is 88–73 with a 3.77 ERA and 1,305 strikeouts in 242 games, 195 starts during his 11-year major league career with Cleveland.

Rosario, 25, hit .268 with 63 doubles, 32 homers and 148 RBI in 403 games with the Mets from 2017–2020.

Gimenez, 22, batted .263 with three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in 49 games last year in his first year in the majors.

Wolf, 20, was selected by the Mets in the second-round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft and Greene, 19, was the 69th overall pick from the 2020 First-Year Player Draft.

Reports that the @Mets have traded for Lindor.




And some Mets fans were losing patience. 

 

 

Which former Mets Players get a free pass from fans?

My cousin over at Metspolice is bringing up a point about something that goes on with Mets fans. Some fans don't want to sign Trevor Bauer but give Bartolo Colon a free pass. Some Mets fans wanted to run Brandon and his wife Chelsea out of town because they donated to the the republicans, yet Piazza gets a pass for his Trump support from these same fans? What is the the rules for free passes to the fans? I'm curious. 



 

More of the mystery gifts are coming in.




 


You can read my original post here




Tuesday, January 5, 2021

NY Post reports @stevenacohen made $1.6 Billion in 2020.


This is going to ruffle the whiny, entitled contingent of Mets fans. They are going to start complaining that no big name free agents were signed yet. Who know's how much Cohen actually made in 2020 but that is pretty cool if he made almost as much as he paid for the Mets.

From the NY Post.

 

Mets fans will be pleased to learn that Steve Cohen hit it out of the park last year.

The billionaire investor’s hedge fund Point72 Asset Management returned double digit gains of around 17 percent in 2020, according to an investor. 

Cohen’s personal take on that haul is expected to be in the range of $1.6 billion — or roughly two-thirds the $2.4 billion the 64-year-old paid for the Queens team in August after an earlier $2.6 billion deal fell apart in February. 

The pay raise couldn’t come at a better time. Cohen– who ended 2020 with a net worth pegged at $14 billion, according to Forbes — has vowed to spend big on the Mets. And fans are expected to try to keep him to that promise, especially if he continues to rebel against his reputation as a button-up money man by engaging with them on Twitter.

Read more here

Spoiler: @Mets Mystery DMs look to be solved

 A few weeks ago one of my buddies reach out and asked me if I got a DM from the Mets about being a passionate fan and that they wanted to send him something. A few different folks I know got these DMs and also a few I follow on Twitter that I don’t know personally got it too.

Dave from Dave’s Mets Dugout on Facebook sent me this. Go check out his page on FB.










That’s pretty cool of the Mets to send a gift like this to fans. I don’t know if it was their idea of the hat company’s idea (for promotional purposes)but either way it is cool to reward fans for being fans. 


@QBConvention has a Youtube channel.

 


I have been working to launch a youtube channel for the QBC. A lot of the videos that were uploaded in the past have been on vimeo(they still are). I moved the videos from the Past QBCs over to youtube to make the videos more accessible. I also wanted to make the channel so when we do a virtual QBC we have a few different landing points for it and I think Youtube and twitch are a couple of good places to have folks be able to watch from. I will probably be doing some test shows over the next few weeks to make sure I iron out any of the wrinkles of using new tech.

If you want to watch some of the past QBCs you can do so here.

Also do us a favor like, subscribe and share the channel and the videos. 

Whiny, entitled, not knowledgable @Mets fans are the worst Mets fans.




 On December 28th I wrote about how I was wondering when Mets fans patience was going to run out. People took it as though I was wishing for fans to turn on Steve Cohen. Funny thing I that's not what I was saying at all. I just know how fickle some Mets fans can be. When Cohen first was looking to buy the team, Mets fans started calling him Uncle Stevie(I hate that by the way. Sounds stupid). He was the White Knight riding in on a 14 billion dollar horse. Some Mets fans were expecting Cohen to unload a lot of his cash on every free agent available in this off season. "Sign this player". "Sign that player". "Cano is gone use his money and sign someone else for three years." Folks forget that there are still two years left after this season for Cano's contract at 20 plus million per season. So there's that amount of money. I know crazy right? Why did the Mets make a deal with McCann and not Realmuto? Obviously the higher ups see something that makes this make sense. The Mets have some great pitchers in the rotation. One of the things they have been missing the last few seasons was a catcher who can call a game and frame a pitch well. From all I have heard about Realmuto is that he can hit and catch but isn't a great game caller or pitch framer. This is something the Mets don't need. They need someone who can help out the pitching and take a little pressure off of them. 

Now we have folks complaining about the Mets not being in on Sugano. Like my title says, whiny, entitled, not knowledgable Mets fans are are the worst. I feel like the minority voices make the majority of Mets fans look bad. A lot of them remind me of the person you run into at a party, start talking to them, and then realize you made a huge mistake. You know you have run into someone like that.


This would also be the same guy who would complain if they did sign him and he sucked for the Mets.

 

I am not a huge Stroman fan. I think he is a decent pitcher but I guess Mary forgot about him.Syndergaard is supposed to be back and the there are still other pitchers out there thats the Mets can sign. They might not be Trevor Bauer but there are some solid pitchers out there.


Eddie here has a whole three followers. Guess this a burner account. Sure. Let's have the Mets Spend wildly and handcuff themselves over the next few seasons. These are the same folks who are saying Cohen has enough money to just buy out Cano. Again, I love fans spending other people's money.


 

Who is we? When did this guy buy into the team?  This is one of my pet peeves. As fans "We" are not part of the team. "We" aren't owners, managers, players. "We" are fans who root for "our" team. When you are a fan of a TV show or a movie. Do you say "We" should've directed this scene differently. No "We" don't. Stop it.

Like I said a couple of weeks ago, I knew some Mets fans patience was going start running out because they think that they are owed something from this new ownership/ We as Mets fans will eventually have a solid team. Whether it is this season or next season it will happen. As of right now the new regime has to dig out of some bad moves that were done by prior ownership. Stop trying to spend other folks money.

Monday, January 4, 2021

NYMets New Era On-Field Replica Mesh Back

 



Deck yourself out in the most memorable New York Mets gear with this riveting On-Field Replica Mesh Back 59FIFTY fitted hat from New Era. You're guaranteed to stand out as the most devoted New York Mets fan with this remarkable cap!
How is this an on field replica cap? If the players don't wear this during a game or BP how is it on field?

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Retro Mets Milk Commercial

From MLB.com' s @michaelsclair 

Sure, you roll your eyes at commercials in the moment -- you mean I have to wait a few minutes for this? But give it a few years (or decades), and all of a sudden they become something sublime -- bizarre time capsules that make us ask, "Wow, did Bob Uecker really get us to buy more beer? Did our clothes and TVs really look so ugly? Just where is the beef?"

So let's hop in our trusty time machine and laugh at the weirdest, silliest, and most over-the-top ads from every big league team. We'll mostly be using spots that weren't produced by the team itself, because things are so much funnier when you have Kirk Gibson hawking a local boat show -- which, yes, you'll find if you scroll down below.


You can't beat "Meet the Mets," but a "Milk Kicks!" jam along with a chuggin' Darryl Strawberry is pretty good, too. 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Virtual Queens Baseball Convention thoughts.



Happy New Year everyone. I decided to drop some news today. Dan and myself have decided that we are going to try to run a virtual QBC event in the near future. When is it you ask? We have to work on that. Who’s going to be the guests you ask? Again, we are working on that too. So, what is it that you are announcing then? Well. What I am announcing is that I will be trying to do test broadcasts.s Why am I going to do these test shows? I want to iron out any kinks so the day we do have the Virtual QBC we will hopefully have zero issues with it. I am going to figure out the best way to deliver the broadcasts.  We will announce when we are doing the shows.

Here is the one thing I am going to crowdsource to figure out. We will need to pay for the former or current player(s) to bring on as talent. We are trying to figure out how to deliver this to you guys. Should we charge the amount and give a link and password on twitter? If we did charge like this it wouldn't be anything ridiculous money wise. Probably around the price of a combo meal at a fast food joint. Now if we did that, it wouldn't just be for the player panel(s). There would also be other panels throughout the day also. Do we let you guys pay what you want and just give out our PayPal info and you send in a suggested donation? It could also be pay what you think is fair and we just leave the streams open to anyone to see? I would put the broadcast on a platform where you guys can ask questions via chat so it would be like doing the Q and A at the end of the panels.

Let me know what you guys think via our facebook, twitter, email, or even leave comments on this post.

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Black Mets Cap



If the Mets were to wear black caps(shudder), would the front look like this? 

Promote your intense New York Mets fandom with this unique Mesh Fresh 9FIFTY adjustable hat from New Era. It features exciting New York Mets graphics that will make your hardcore passion well known. You'll love celebrating your favorite team in this one-of-a-kind cap everywhere you go this season!