The U Files # 59: The Bull in the Pen

The Mets had made it a focus under the management of Steve Phillips to maintain a corps of (expensive) veteran relief pitchers that would provide above average support to the Mets starting pitchers. The Mets continued the practice of having high paid relievers form the core of the bullpen in 2003 with the signing of Mike Stanton and the carryover of David Weathers. This edition of the Met relief corps, however, did not generate the expected performance associated with some of those dollars.
January 30, 2004

Farm Report II – Rookie Pitchers

In 2003, 8 rookie pitchers graced the Mets roster during the season. Several had notable impacts and others were disappointing. Disappointing or not, these rookies bode well for the future of the Mets. Despite the fact that the 2003 season hasn't ended, the performance and future of the rookie pitchers will be assessed in the second farm report. In the previous farm report, I listed the top 60 prospects that retain their prospect status after 2003 and are not potential minor league FA.
September 13, 2003

Sloppy: Mets Fall 11-4 to Expos

After two straight nights of unbridled enthusiasm, the impressive play of the Mets' youth movement became ugly, much as the play of now former second basemen Roberto Alomar, who was traded to Chicago Tuesday. However, it wasnt only the fault of the young guns, as Tony Clark and Jay Bell each contributed with an error in the fourth inning, which proved disastrous for Met starter Jae Weong Seo as his team fell to the Expos 11-4 on Wednesday night inside Shea Stadium.
July 2, 2003

Q & A With Bob Klapisch from

Bob Klapisch, baseball writer from the Bergen Record and, sits down for "Twenty Questions" with the NYF staff about the Mets and the upcoming 2003 season. We would like to thank Bob for his time and sharing his expertise as a beat writer covering the Mets.
March 12, 2003

AAA Prospect Review

The Norfolk Tides have had to field teams of non-prospect minor league free agents the last few years, but in 2002, they finally started to get an infusion of prospects. This article will cover each prospect that played in AAA this year for 50+ AB or 10+ IP.
November 7, 2002

Final 2002 Scouting Report: LHP, Jaime Cerda

Jaime Cerda was a draft and follow signee of the Mets in May 1999. The The Mets selected Cerda in the 23rd round of the 1998 draft. Cerda attended Fresno City College. Cerda's career was delayed when he needed "Tommy John" surgery.
November 1, 2002