The Mets announced on Monday plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their 1986 World Championship during the 2016 season.
“The 1986 Mets made an indelible mark on the baseball and New York sports scene, capturing the hearts of fans like few other teams,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “This 30th anniversary celebration provides our fans a way to re-connect their excitement to the historic achievements of 1986.”
The club will celebrate their last championship against the Dodgers during Memorial Day weekend May 27-29, beginning with a 1986 themed t-shirt on “Free Shirt Friday” on May 27.
On Saturday, May 28, there will be an on-field ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm recognizing all players and coaches from the 1986 World Championship team.
On Sunday night, May 29, the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a 1986 World Championship replica ring.
On Monday, the Binghamton Mets announced the sale of the Eastern League Franchise to Evans Street Baseball Inc., headed by John Hughes, by former owner Michael Urda.
Previously. here had been rumors Urda intended to sell the franchise to a group looking to move the B-Mets away from Binghamton to Delaware. But Hughes stated his intent to keep the team in Binghamton following his purchase of the franchise.
“Having a Double-A, New York Major League Baseball affiliate in the Southern Tier is a tremendous opportunity, so great attention will be focused to ensure the team has top-grade facilities and the infrastructure necessary to develop Major League talent,” Hughes said in a statement. “We want to be a contributor to the rebirth of the Southern Tier and create a memorable, unique, fun, and affordable fan experience each and every time. As a leader who takes an active hands-on approach, I am committed to upgrading the fan experience, improving community outreach programs, and establishing NYSEG Stadium as a community jewel.”
The B Mets open the silver season on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6:35 at NYSEG Stadium against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Season tickets and mini packs are on sale now and may be purchased in person at NYSEG stadium or by visiting www.bmets.com or calling (607) 723-METS.
Last week, the Mets designated C Johnny Monell for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Bartolo Colon.
On Wednesday, the Mets announced Monell had cleared waivers, and he was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
However, Monell can decide to become a free agent if he chooses.
Monell hit .167/.231/.208 with four RBI in 27 games for the Mets in 2015, having spent most of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets have been searching for a left-handed outfielder to complement Juan Lagares throughout the first half of the off-season.
Have they found one?
On Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the Mets are closing to signing free agent OF Alejandro De Aza.
The Mets made their deal with De Aza official on Tuesday.
This is an interesting play for the Mets, assuming De Aza is indeed going to be Lagares’ complement, and not an upgrade over Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the bench. Even with Nieuwenhuis, the Mets bench could stand to get a little more left-handed, and De Aza certainly can be seen as an upgrade in that area of the roster.
However, Heyman indicates De Aza will platoon with Lagares in center field. But De Aza doesn’t really check the boxes the Mets were seeking to fill if he is going to see significant playing time.
De Aza, who turns 32 in April, is capable of playing all three outfield positions, although he started just one game in center field in 2015. And the year prior, he started just 15 games in center, thus making him less of a fit for this team.
He isn’t a very good defensive player in general, although he could be considered an average to slightly above average left fielder.
However, the Mets do not have a need for a left-handed hitting left fielder. They have Michael Conforto.
De Aza profiles as a top-of-the-order bat and has been known for his speed throughout his career, but he didn’t log too many stolen bases in 2015. He’s also not the textbook-type player the Mets typically seek as he doesn’t get on-base very much while striking out quite a bit as well (he walked only 8.5 percent of the time while striking out 23 percent of the time in 2015).
De Aza has proven to be effective against left-handed pitching, however. He posted an .800 OPS against southpaws in 2015 with only a .470 OPS against right-handers, which mostly aligns with his career tendencies, although his ineffectiveness against the right side was unusually poor.
In 2015, De Aza hit .278/.351/.448 with 17 doubles, five triples, 33 RBI in 114 games for the Giants, Red Sox and Orioles.
Mets minor league RHP Connor Buchmann has received a 50-game suspension for the use of an amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.
Buchmann, 22, was drafted by the Mets in the 11th round of the 2014 first-year player draft. He appeared in only seven games for Kingsport (R) in the Appalachian League in 2015, allowing 20 hits and 19 walks with 18 earned runs allowed in only 11 2/3 innings.
Buchmann has appeared in only 16 games as a professional since being drafted, having never played above rookie ball.