Personal Catchers: Noah Syndergaard Isn’t Wrong, BUT…

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – Look, the idea of a pitcher having a ‘personal catcher’ is not a new one.  It is not a revolutionary concept. It is also not going away because, quite frankly, for some pitchers, it works. Andy Pettitte, whose #46 was retired in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park in…

NEW YORK YANKEES: Aaron Boone, Deserving of ‘AL Manager of the Year’?

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – People consider New York Yankees’ second-year skipper Aaron Boone out of the running for 2019 Major League Baseball’s American League winner of Manager of the Year. Why? Simply because of the fact that the Yankees have the league’s third highest payroll, at $217,957,521. Ken Rosenthal, sportswriter and reporter, in…

Players’ Weekend: Atlanta Braves Put Arctic-White-Wearing New York Mets on Ice

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) QUEENS, NEW YORK- Should a movie of the 2019 Mets be created, All-Star infielder Jeff McNeil has a ‘highly original’ title for it. “Great Comeback… or something like that” he suggested to me with a shrug and a smile. But on this particular weekend, a better title might be “Sweep Dreams”….

Players Embrace MLB Players’ Weekend, Despite Monochromatic Uniform Failure

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) QUEENS, NEW YORK- It is Major League Baseball’s Players’ Weekend and not everyone is thrilled about this year’s digs.  MLB opted for a brand-new design for this year’s uniforms reminiscent of the National Football League’s Color Rush uniforms. Every away team across the MLB donned a head-to-toe black uniform while every home…

NEW YORK YANKEES: With Houston…We Have a Problem

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY-  The New York Yankees, with well-documented (through recent years) starting pitching needs, did not get themselves a starting pitcher at the 2019 trade deadline.  The Houston Astros, already having a better team pitching staff than the Yankees, did.  In fact, the Astros traded for: SP Aaron Sanchez…

NEW YORK METS: Trade Deadline Evaluation

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- Of all teams, the New York Mets kicked off the 2019 Trade Season on July 28th (three days before the deadline) when the Toronto Blue Jays traded RHP Marcus Stroman and cash to New York Mets for LHP Anthony Kay and RHP Simeon Woods Richardson.  In doing…

NEW YORK YANKEES: Trade Deadline Evaluation

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- The Yankees have the 27th ranked team pitching statistics since the All Star Break. Sure, the injury bug has bitten four of their starting pitchers- the earliest is expected to return on August 7- seven days away: Jonathan Loaisiga: Expected to be out until at least August…

2019 NEW YORK METS: Same ‘Ol or Newly Improved?

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- Mets fans have two words to live by in 2019. They are: “cautious optimism”. Brodie Van Wagenen has revitalized the team with many off-season moves. So, I wanted to look at each position and figure out whether or not the Mets, as a team, would be better…

NEW YORK METS: Brodie Van Wagenen’s First Off-Season as GM Earns A+ If…

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- Brodie Van Wagenen, hired as the general manager in late October by the New York Mets, has seemingly made more productive deals this off-season for the team than any other GM in recent history. The Wilpons (notoriously perceived as ‘meddlers’ by Mets fans) have apparently loosened the leash…

NEW YORK METS Identity check: Noah “See-ya”gaard?

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.- The Mets need to decide which kind of organization they are and which kind of organization they strive to be. Once they have figured out that identity, they should act accordingly … and the fate of one of the Mets’ most beloved and most productive starting pitchers, Noah Syndergaard,…

MLB: New York a Landing Spot for Baseball’s Most Eligible Free-Agents?

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan) BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.- New York baseball fans- buckle up. Two of Major League Baseball’s most eligible free agents have hit the market and may land in either the Bronx or Queens. Like an episode of The Bachelor- suitors are lining up with their best offers to woo them. Teams are trying…