Johan Santana

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    March 29, 2013

    Oh Dear God -- It's Time for Another Mets Season

    It's a drab, uninspiring team from the starting lineup to the rotation to the bullpen, but at least they'll look good. The 2013 Mets have eliminated all traces of black from their uniforms and replaced it with the traditional blue and orange. For home games they'll wear the occasional blue jerseys w ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Live: Daughtry Brings American Idol To The National Pastime At Citi Field

    Daughtry Citi Field Friday, July 20 Better than: Johan Santana's ankle. In this hyperdistracted age, it would only seem logical that heading out to the ballpark has become an experience where any action happening on the field has competition from other forms of entertainment—fancier foods f ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012
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    June 13, 2012

    In Mets-Rays Match, Will R.A. Dickey Reach MVP Status?

    I'm trying to remember -- was last night the first time ever that Yankees fans rooted for the Mets and vice versa? The two teams helped each other out by whipping the others' division rivals, and in doing so, I think, helped give good definition of their teams' respective character. The Mets, beati ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Get Your Mets No-Hitter Tickets! (Actual No-Hitter Not Included)

    Bummed that you missed out on history when Johan Santana (with assists from Mike Baxter and Adrian Johnson) hurled the first no-hitter in Mets history? Now you can remedy that retroactively, by buying "reprinted" tickets to Johan's no-no from the Mets website: As a loyal Mets Fan, we are pleased to ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Johan No-Shows Letterman

    Mets fans are still basking in the afterglow of Johan Santana's no-hitter, among them Jon Stewart, who began Monday night's Daily Show with camera phone videos of him and his family celebrating in the stands at Citifield (see video embedded below). About 45 minutes later David Letterman celeb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    No Need To Asterisk Santana's No-Hitter -- Despite Lousy Call

    Pause for a moment and watch some (or all) of Johan Santana's gem and savor it before moving on. Okay -- the ball Beltran hit in the 6th inning was fair. No doubt about it. Third base umpire Adrian Johnson blew the call, and his terse "No comment" after he viewed the replay says it all. That said, ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Good News for Mets Fans: We're Just $83 Mil More in the Hole!

    And you thought losing Jose Reyes was bad. A short time ago, U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that Mets principal owners Fred Wilpon, the Wilpon family, and their businesses and charities must pay at least $83.3 million to the trustee -- that's Irving Picard, in case you haven't been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Blaming Mets Stars: Just a Prelude to a Fire Sale?

    ​Now it's Jason Bay who we're told symbolizes what's wrong with the Mets. You might have thought it was Bernie Madoff, but a couple of weeks ago it was Luis Castillo, and this week it's Bay. According to ESPNNewYork's Rob Parker, "It may sound a bit harsh, but in reality, Bay represents all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Forget Wilpon/Madoff Mess. If Johan Santana's Not Back Soon, Forget the Mets.

    Santana: A wing and a prayer​Forget Bernie Madoff, Fred Wilpon, and all the other off-field disasters the New York Mets organization has been through over the past few months and focus on one thing: If Johan Santana is not back by the end of June or at least early July, and back the way the way he ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Who Wants to Be the Next Mets Owners?

    ​This morning's New York Post made it a lot easier to set up your office "Who's going to end up owning the Mets once the Wilpons have to repay their Madoff money?" pool, by running a helpful list of rich guys who, it claims, are in the running to buy at least a share of the Amazin's. Less help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Meet The Mets, Sue The Mets

    ​The trustees for Bernie Madoff's victims have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Mets claiming they ignored pointed and repeated warnings that Madoff was operating a Ponzi scheme. The New York Times reports that Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are accused of looking the other way as Madoff's swe ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Jerry Manuel Has Great Year, Gets Fired By the Mets Anyway

    ​Bye-bye, Jerry. Lost so far in the blizzard of post-Omar Minaya commentary is real discussion about whether or not Jerry Manuel should also have been fired. For those of us who like and respect Manuel and think he did a good job of keeping a potential circus atmosphere under control, the ques ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Johan Santana Now Being Sued by Woman in Florida

    ​The latest development in Johan Santana's alleged sex-and-golf nightmare: his accuser has now filed a civil suit in Lee County, Florida. This, after state prosecutors declined to prosecute criminally based on a lack of evidence: a police report stated that after the incident, the woman under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Mets Suspend Francisco Rodriguez for Two Days as Punishment for Assault Arrest

    ​The New York Mets closer known to fans as K-Rod was arrested yesterday for punching his father-in-law, Carlos Pena, at the lounge for players' families at Citi Field, and today the Mets announced his slap on the wrist: a two-day suspension without pay, which means a loss of $125,683 of Francisco ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 20, 2010


    The Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals

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    July 15, 2010

    Johan Santana and Jerry Manuel Get Beaned by Daily News

    Give the guy a break!There are some curious grades in today's Daily News midseason report on the Mets and Yankees. Andy Martino, evaluating the Mets, gives Johan Santana just a B . And Jerry Manuel gets just a B-?

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    LeBron James and A-Rod: When Analogies Attack

    ​There are some fascinating new issues surfacing in the aftershock of LeBron James's decision to join the Miami Heat, most notably Tyler Kepner in yesterday's New York Times. Kepner makes several valid parallels between A-Rod and James, such as "like Rodriguez, James grew up without a father ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 13, 2010


    New York Mets host the Chicago Cubs

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    December 15, 2009

    Jockbeat: Mets Shut Out in Halladay Contest For Distance in Florida?

    ​Curiouser and curiouser. The story of how NYC's two teams -- with the most potential revenue in baseball -- could have been shut out of deals involving the three best free agent pitchers in baseball seems as baffling today as it did yesterday. For now, let's focus on the Mets. According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Billy Wagner Traded to Red Sox

    ​The Mets have traded closer Billy Wagner to the Red Sox for two players to be named later. Wagner was injured last season and his arm found to be in very bad shape; he had Tommy John surgery and only returned recently to active duty. He has pitched well, as if that makes any difference with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Jockbeat: The Mets at Midseason

    The Mets aren't going to win anything this year. That's what you really want to know, so we'll give it to you right off.  They're only four games under .500, but the problem now isn't just that the Phillies appear much stronger, but that Florida and Atlanta are in front of them in the NL East. ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Jockbeat: Is Johan Santana Pitched Out?

    Mets fans, the smart ones anyway, are alarmed about the swift turnaround in Johan Santana's performance. As recently as May 27 he was 7-2 with an ERA of 1.77. Since then, he's 2-5. His ERA over his last 10 starts is over 5 runs per 9 innings, just about the worst 10-game stretch of his career -- ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Mets Swept in Philly

    Perhaps it's appropriate you hear it from the Lansdowne, PA Reporter: "The Phillies were a dead team walking. They were in a tailspin... But the perfect remedy for the Phillies, as has been the case in each of the last two Septembers, is a stumbling, fumbling New York Mets team in worse shape." The ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Oh No, Another Mets-Yankees Series

    This three-game Citi Field series actually could be interesting rather than depressing. Despite the collapse of Johan Santana and the glove-hole of Luis Castillo in the last subway series, the Mets have gained three and a half games on the Phillies since then (though the faltering Phils have helped) ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    God Hates the Mets, Puts Beltran on DL, Tries to Kill Jose Reyes

    Now that Carlos Betran has gone on the disabled list to mend a long-bruised knee-bone -- joining previously injured Mets stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado -- manager Jerry Manuel is taking, as is his wont, a philosophical attitude. "We have to be optimistic that we can stay competitive," he told ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Yanks Take Weekend Series from Mets, 2-1

    The Empire State Building will glow Yankee blue and white tonight as the Bombers beat the Mets 15-0 yesterday to take the three-game weekend series, 2 games to 1. The Yankees now have a 39-30 edge on the Mets since the start of interleague play in 1997 (not counting the regrettable 2000 World Serie ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Jockbeat: What We Did, and Didn't Predict about the Mets/Yankees Matchup

    From our Friday Jockbeat on the Yankees-Mets:  "The odds seem pretty good that the Yankees can take at least two of three, most likely the first two. Joba Chamberlain ... has been pitching very well of late, only 3-1 for the season but solid in two no-decision starts ... "Saturday the odds ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Our Subway Series Prediction: Yankees, Yankees, Mets

    It isn't just the economy and the ticket prices that will produce all those empty seats at Yankee Stadium tonight. The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have taken much of the wind out of this season's first Subway Series. As we go to press, you can still go to the Yankees web site and g ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Yeah, we finally made it to Citi Field Wednesday. What do we think? We think Johan Santana is awesome. Swine Flu fucked up Cinco de Mayo, continued to be funny until we got it. Wait, actually it's still pretty funny, especially since we really didn't get swine flu. But even if! Anyway Raccoon ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Mets Open "Tomb," Play Badly for Rich People

    The Mets opened their new stadium last night, with much the same enthusastic response as before from the sort of people who can afford to go there (including the guy who bought Bernie Madoff's tickets for $7,500). The verdict was not unanimous -- spoilsport Wallace Matthews of Newsday said, "when Me ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Mets' Opening Day Live on the Internet!

    Infield hit for Reyes! He steals second! Daniel Murphy grounds out, Reyes to third! David Wright strikes out, Carlos Delgado walks! Carlos Beltran flies out to center! Thus the New York Mets begin their season in Cincinnati. We can only afford to watch the avatars at the plate, but it's sti ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Jockbeat: A Look at Yankees Pitching for 2009

    For all the funk the Yankees engendered by not making the playoffs last year after 13 straight seasons, it's important to note that Chien-Ming Wang missed 15-19 starts because of that June 15 foot injury against Houston, and that if that hadn't happened, the Yankees likely would have been in the pos ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Jockbeat: A Look at Mets Pitching for 2009

    Here's an incredible thought. If the 2009 Mets play like they did through 145 games in each of the last two seasons, they could win the National League's Eastern Division title -- or at least make the playoffs -- by simply going 9-8 over their last 17 games. That would be a two-game improvement over ... More >>

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    February 28, 2009

    Saturday's Headlines: 'So I killed someone. That makes me a bad guy?'

    HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart AssetYour Saturday New York headlines...Second suspect in December hate-murder of Ecuadoran immigrant arrested: "So I killed somone. That make me a bad guy?"Jimmy Fallon admits being nervous before starting his run at "Late Night." See Rob Harvilla's Voice story ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    August 17, 2008

    Mild Relief: Mets Deal for Ayala (1-8, 5.77 ERA)

    The New York Mets famously have trouble with their bullpen. When closer Billy Wagner is out, the problem approaches crisis. This was made painfully clear on July 22, when Mets ace Johan Santana saw a quality start thrown away by the remaining Mets relievers. (Maybe that's why Santana has pitched tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Mets, Yankees Win, Still Suck, Say Experts

    The Mets and the Yankees won last night, but as is increasingly their custom, blog ball fans take little pleasure in it. "A win, a save, and a 'W' for Johan Santana," says Amazin' Avenue. "It could've gone a lot worse, but Santana was great outside of the first inning and the bullpen pitched two sc ... More >>

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    April 1, 2008

    High Times at the Sean Bell Trial (Plus Other April Fool's Madness)

    Missing from the front pages, but given heavy coverage in both papers is the testimony of Sean Bell's pal Trent Benefield. Benefield was shot three times the night Bell was killed and testified that he had no idea that the people shooting at him were cops. Benefield gets the "unreliable witness" t ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2008

    The Mets and Yankees Seek an Armed Revolution

    How Joba Chamberlain and Johan Santana will make us forget last year's miserable baseball legacy

  • People

    March 25, 2008
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    March 25, 2008
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    February 26, 2008

    Softballs for Pettitte; Beanballs for Clemens

    When are journalists (and baseball) going to ask Andy tougher questions?

  • News

    November 20, 2007

    The Winter of Baseball Discontent

    We knew A-Rod would be back. Not that it solves anything.