Sunday, January 17, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
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Thursday, January 14, 2021
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.
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
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.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
From the LA Times
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
Aren't these the flower beds?— Nancy and MJ (@nancyandmj) January 11, 2021
QBC Conversations: Michael Stahl- Co-Writer of Big Sexy:In His Words - The Bartolo Colon Autobiography
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Last year Big Sexy: In His Words- Autobiography of Bartolo Colon came out. I interviewed his co-writer Michael Stahl.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
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.
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
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.
And some Mets fans were losing patience.
The full Mets-Indians trade involves six players switching teams, per sources.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 7, 2021
Mets receive: Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco
Indians receive: Amed Rosario, Andrés Giménez, Josh Wolf,
The trade is official: https://t.co/fK5tS9gizq— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) January 7, 2021
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.
You choose your sides, you live with your side. This Mets Police article is from November 1st. Just want to be clear it's not from yesterday. That said....— metspolice.com (@metspolice) January 7, 2021
Mets HOFer Mike Piazza supported President Trump at Trump Rally on Saturday https://t.co/0KkHGZnyrB via @metspolice
I couldn't agree more. Piazza has always been my all-time favorite, and getting some time to actually hang out with him in 2015 (not just a quick photo op) was one of the coolest experiences I've had. But, yeah, after the rally and everything... can't support that.— Eric Sternberg (@Eric_Sternberg) January 7, 2021
We can’t gush over how Piazza saved New York City or whatever narrative you choose to believe, and ignore he supported Trump in November. That’s not naively supporting some sort of 2016 outsider who’ll drain the swamp, thats supporting Trump mid-Covid, mid-BLM. That’s Mike Piazza— metspolice.com (@metspolice) January 7, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Anthony Garcia (@TonyGarciaCapri) January 4, 2021
This would also be the same guy who would complain if they did sign him and he sucked for the Mets.
Our pitching staff is going to be deGrom and then pray for 4 days of rain!— Mary Irizarry (@MaryIrizarry24) January 4, 2021
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.
I guess we went from 1 stingy owner to another. All this money and other teams are doing moves. Been a met fan since 1969 guess its time for a change of teams.— Eddie (@Eddie52144392) January 4, 2021
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.
What exactly are we doing? Is James McCann really going to be our biggest pickup this offseason? Please say no.— _LakeShow_ (@_MambaForever_) January 4, 2021
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
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Saturday, January 2, 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
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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