Mets hire ex-Yankee hitting coach Kevin Long

The Mets went out and got themselves a hitting coach today. Earlier this year, the Mets fired Dave Hudgens, and replaced him with Lamar Johnson. While Johnson was just an interm coach, he had a chance to land that same position in 2015. However, right after game 162, ownership announced that he will be offered a lesser role within the organization. Today, the Mets hired ex-Yankee hitting coach, Kevin Long.

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Long will assume duties and high expectations in 2015.

UPDATE: Dustin Clarke will be brought in as the new strength & conditioning coach.

ICYMI For the week: Mets & More

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- For those of you that overlooked the short but great World Series preview post, click here

- We’ve been trying to figure out what’s changing with the Mets uniforms this whole month, and while it’s still hard to tell, this might be a lead

- Here’s some Metsplus with info on Fall and Winter Fest, Click Here

- And finally, click here to see why you should be optimistic for Mets Baseball in 2015.

The Great World Series Preview Post

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Finally , the great World Series is upon us. Seven games that the whole world is waiting for. Who is going to win? It’s more than just a prediction. It’s intangibles, X factor,crowd and luck all packed into seven games. Two completely different teams, and yet so similar. How could this be? How can the Cinderella of all Cinderellas story Royals,match up against the dynasty that is the Giants?

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To be honest answering this question is a challenge! So I’m just going to stay with the Royals, my pre-season pick, to win the World Series and just watch it. This isn’t a normal bloggers approach, but I honestly just want to see this amazingly epic postseason’s final chapter.

Pepper Show Throwback: The Great All-Star Debate

Originally aired April 12, 2014

MetsPlus for 9/19/14

Another day without Mets Baseball. Im actually excited for the offseason to start after the World Series. Don’t get me wrong, I love the World Series, I’d watch it before anything else anytime, it’s just this 2015 season for the Mets is looking so good, I just can’t wait to get the ball rolling. I’m itching to call 2015 “this year” and not “next year”, something I’ll be able to do come December. Anyway, let’s get down to some relaxed not-so-important business.

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Fall Fest is one week from today! While I’m excited to participate in all the fun events, I really want to see how the dimension changes are going. I’ll definitely post a recap with pictures the following week. For those of you that want tickets, you can head on over to Mets.com/fallfest .
Also, here’s a rundown of the events: -Mets Fan Fest Games
-Mr. & Mrs. Met Appearance
-Fall Themed Arts & Crafts brought to you by Oriental Trading
-Trick or Treating
-Kid’s Costume Contest
-Halloween Decoration Display
-Trick or Treat box-making station to help raise money for City Harvest
– Pumpkin Carving & Decorating and more!!!
Also, if you can’t make it, you can always go to “Citi Field Winter Fest”, which even though they haven’t officially released, it wasn’t hard to find as the URL is mets.com/winterfest (Great Hiding Mets!)
Anyway, the best news is that the Citi Field tours are coming back at Mets.com/tours I’ll be at the one on November 8th, but be warned, these tickets sell out fast, so get on over there now!

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5 (GOOD) reasons to be optimistic for Mets Baseball on 2015

Optimistic lists have never looked more favorable than this. Usually, I’d have to dig deep into stats that you’ve never even heard of to say something positive about the New York Mets. But this year, it’s really not like that. I can give you 5 reasons why the Mets will win the pennant let alone a NL East title. Anyway, here are 5 reasons to look forward to what should be a great year.

1. The Pitching Staff

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While this photo probably doesn’t strike fear into their opponents, I assure you their fastball will. deGrom, Wheeler, Harvey, Niese and Colon aside, the Mets have a lot of pitching promise coming up. I didn’t even mention Dillon Gee on the list above, who was the Mets Opening Day Starter in 2014. Rafael Montero, Noah Synndergaard and Steven Matz are all front-end pitchers that are Major League ready, that can’t even join the Major League rotation because it’s full! Now, I think you should keep some because injuries are inevitable, but gee whizz we got a packed rotation!

2. EXPERTS are picking the Mets
This is much bigger than you think. The Mets might be able to ditch the “underdog” slogan this year, and meet expectations. Expectations that include making it to October.

3. We are one big bat away

Let me ask you this, are you happy with Travis d’Arnaud at catcher? I am. Lucas Duda at first? I am. Daniel Murphy at Second? I am. David Wright at Third? I am. An outfield consisting of Eric Young Jr., Matt den Dekker, Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson? I am.
Shortstop is the Mets only flaw. Get a Starlin Castro or Troy Tulowitski and we’ll be set.

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4. Bullpen is best in the league

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The demise of the 2007-2008 clubs were their weak bullpens. The Mets have always had a problem with their ‘pen, but no more. Torres, Familia, Parnell, Mejia and Edgin are no joke. Plus, an addition to the Mets bullpen wouldn’t hurt. Also, you could convert one of those stars waiting in the wings for the rotation to a major-league long man.

5. Better seasons from multiple players

Obviously, a lot of these Mets won’t meet expectations, like David Wright and Curtis Granderson last year. In 2015 however, I can see Wright and Grandy both hitting 20+ HR’s with 85+ RBI. Also, a great Fanbase doesn’t hurt anyone!

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This Date in Mets History: The Grand Slam Single

The date was October 17th 1999, the Mets were in the middle of the NLCS of 1999 versus the Atlanta Braves. The Braves were up 3 games to 1 on the Mets, and everything looked bleak at Shea Stadium. Octavio Dotel had just given up the go-ahead run in the 15th inning. The Mets had loaded the bases in the bottom of the 15th, and Robin Ventura stepped up to the play, and hit a “Grand Slam” Single.

So, basically it’s called the “Grand Slam” Single because he never actually circled all the bases. The Mets got eliminated in Atlanta the next day, but Bobby Valentine’s squad had a lot to be proud of in 1999.

Mets Random Thoughts

The offseason is almost one month deep and several headlines have surfaced:

- The Outfield Walls are currently undergoing a renovation. Changes of up to 10 feet in right-center will happen.

- Only four Mets ( Wright, Niese, Granderson, Colon) have guaranteed contracts for 2015.

- The Mets will be making a minor change to their uniforms as previously reported.

- Left hander Jon Niese is the Mets best trade chip per Joel Sherman.

- The Mets will be hosting a Fall and Winter fest this year. The first FanFest since Mets Caravan.

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Pepper Prime 2014 lists re-visited

For those Pepper readers that have been with me since the Blogger days, you probably remember the Pepper Prime lists. One of two offseason things I want to bring back to the blog this offseason. Along with the “Pepper Show” , the Prime lists were one of the staples of the blog listing some of the greatest players at each position. Now we revisit each and every list to see what we got right and wrong.

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-left-fielders.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-shortstops.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-relief-pitchers.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-first-basemenprime-first-basemen.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-second-baseman.html

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http://peppermlb.mlblogs.com/2014/03/19/prime-managers/

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-catchers.html

<http://peppermlb.mlblogs.com/2014/03/14/prime-starting-pitchers/

http://peppermlb.mlblogs.com/2014/03/20/prime-wild-cards/

As stated in Prime Wild Cards, this year, we will be removing the Managers category, and adding 3 new categories! 1.Designated Hitter, 2.Teams and 3.Mascots (for fun!)

Candids from Game 2 ALCS

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