November 2010

Ike Davis misses out on NL ROY

Well, this one wasn’t actually egregious at all. Ike Davis finished seventh in National League Rookie of the Year voting and received two third-place votes, the best finish by any Met since Jay Payton finished third with 37 points back in 2000.

Pitchers Hisanori Takahashi and Jon Niese were also eligible for the Mets, though neither received votes. Here’s the complete tally:

Buster Posey of the Giants won the award with 129 total points and 20 first-place votes, narrowly beating out Jason Heyward of the Braves.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Ike Davis misses out on Gold Glove

Despite a tremendous defensive rookie season that saw him pace National League first basemen in several advanced fielding metrics, Mets rookie Ike Davis lost out on the Gold Glove award to two-time winner Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.

iketumbling.jpgThe Mets did not have a Gold Glove winner for the second consecutive season.

According to the web site Fangraphs.com, Davis, 23, led all NL first basemen in UZR, an advanced statistic designed to measure the number of runs a player saves on defense. Among all big league first baseman, he trailed only Daric Barton of the Athletics, who also fell short of a Gold Glove.

Unlike the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year awards, which are voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Gold Glove awards are voted on by players and managers.

Davis also finished second in the Majors behind Barton in plus-minus rating and runs saved, two statistics developed by noted sabermatrician Bill James. In James’ admittedly subjective Dewan Fielding Bible awards, Davis finished third behind Barton and Pujols.

The Mets had only one other legitimate candidate for a Gold Glove award: outfielder Angel Pagan, who lost out to Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, Michael Bourn of the Astros and Shane Victorino of the Phillies. Pagan finished fifth in the Fielding Bible awards among outfielders, and fourth among NL outfielders in UZR.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Ollie makes Mexican League debut

Oliver Perez made his winter league debut today for Los Tomateros of the Mexican League, striking out two batters in a perfect inning of relief.

Perez, of course, is famously owed $12 million next year on the final third of his three-year, $36 million contract. It’s unlikely he’ll ever throw another pitch in a Mets uniform — but it’s not impossible, either. A strong winter and spring could afford him one last shot with the Mets, who lack depth both in the rotation and their bullpen.

Then again, the Mets could just as easily cut Perez loose, an action that former general manager Omar Minaya never urged ownership to consider. Certainly, new GM Sandy Alderson will explore every option — orthodox or original — before taking any action regarding Perez.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Mets announce 2011 ticket price reductions

The third year of Citi Field will feature the cheapest average ticket prices to date. Here’s the official release from the Mets:

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 3, 2010 – The New York Mets today announced a restructured ticket pricing program for 2011 that includes a reduction of ticket prices by an average of more than 14% from last season.  In addition, season ticket, ticket plan and group ticket customers receive an additional 10% discount.

Within the 14%-plus average price decrease, the Mets have made a full range of market-based adjustments to Citi Field’s 41,800 seats:

    * Ticket prices for 62% of the ballpark have been reduced
    * More than half of all seats have double-digit price reductions
    * 18% of the seats have been cut by 20% or more
    * 8% of seats have price decreases of 30% or more
    * Several seat categories have modest increases that average approximately 5%

Season Ticket Holders will begin receiving their invoices – which reflect their additional 10% discounts – by next week.

Season Ticket Holders also will have access to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities through the new “Amazin’ Mets Perks” (AMP) program of unique benefits and experiences.  Season Ticket Holders who pay in full by December 15 will automatically be eligible for the “30-Day Amazin’ Mets Perks” Daily Awards.  Hundreds of winners will be chosen overall, with awards starting on November 21 and continuing daily to December 20.

The Mets have revised their variable pricing plan to four tiers named as followed: Marquee (four games), Premium (22), Classic (25) and Value (30).

The Mets have increased the number of tickets that cost $15 or less by 45% to 384,000 from 264,206 last season.  Almost 2 million tickets, or 61% of total capacity, cost $50 or less, up from 54% in 2010.  Single game tickets start at $12.

“The Mets are committed to providing quality and value to our fans,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations.  “We reduced ticket prices for 2011 based on fan feedback and marketplace information.  We introduced Season Ticket Holder discounts and the ‘Amazin’ Mets Perks’ program as a way to thank and reward them for their loyalty and commitment.”

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—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Holt and Valdespin earn AFL honors

Mets prospects Brad Holt and second baseman Jordany Valdespin were named Tuesday to the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game. Holt, 24, a right-handed starting pitcher, is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in four starts with the Mesa Solar Sox. Valdespin, 22, a second baseman, is batting .355 with 11 RBIs in 15 games for Mesa.

The honor is particularly notable for Holt, a former supplemental first-round pick who, after entering this season as one of the organization’s top pitching prospects, went a dreadful 3-14 with an 8.34 ERA in 24 games split between Double-A Binghamton and Class A St. Lucie.

The Rising Stars Game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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