Mets Happy with Starling Marte’s Spring Training Progress

24 Feb

Starling Marte

When Starling Marte and Buck Showalter set about building a relationship last season, each needed something from the other: Showalter was seeking a right fielder and two-hole hitter, and Marte valued predictability. Over the course of two conversations, they established an understanding on those points.

“Last year when I got here and he told me that I was gonna play right field, I told him, ‘Fine,’” Marte told SNY on Thursday, through interpreter Alan Suriel. “Like, I’ll play right field, but don’t move me, because I’m trying to get comfortable in a position that I’ve never played before.”

People don’t talk enough about Starling’s Marte’s impact on this team. Indeed, a healthy Marte can lead this team to a World series.

World Series Champion, TV Analyst & Former Mets Broadcaster Tim McCarver Dies at 81

16 Feb

Tim McCarver Ralph Kiner

Tim McCarver, the All-Star catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster who during 60 years in baseball won two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals and had a long run as one of the most recognized, incisive and talkative television commentators in the country, died Thursday. He was 81.

McCarver’s death was announced by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which said he died Thursday morning in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was with his family.

Vin Scully was obviously the GOAT. But Tim McCarver was definitely a Top 10 broadcaster of all-time.

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Keith Hernandez Signs 3-Year Deal to Return to Mets Booth

13 Feb

Keith Hernandez

Mets fans will continue to receive a healthy dose of Keith Hernandez on the team’s SNY-produced broadcasts over the next three seasons.

Hernandez, according to sources, has agreed to a three-year contract with SNY that will keep him in the booth as part of the longest-tenured broadcast trio in MLB history. Hernandez’s return was first reported Monday by Boomer Esiason on WFAN.

You know damn well that a Mets broadcast wouldn’t be the same without Keith.