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By Steven InmanSpring 2013 014

With less than 24 hours left of 2013, lets go back and look over the most important moments of the 2013 Mets year, on and off the field. We did this last year too which you can check out here. In case you were living in a cave over the last year here is everything you need to know about the Mets in 2013. There were a lot of positives for the Mets but the team also had a lot of negatives. Here’s the list.

6. The Mets name David Wright Captain

“This is one of the proudest days of my career so far.” David Wright said during Spring Training when he got the news. Wright became the fourth team captain in the clubs 51-year history. Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez were co-captains while Wright’s former teammate John Franco was the last captain before Wright. The Mets handled the situation well and Wright’s teammates all felt that being named captain was well deserved for the Mets all-time hits leader.

5. The Demise of Ike Davis

The biggest surprise of 2013 was the unraveling of the Mets first basemen

The biggest surprise of 2013 was the unraveling of the Mets first basemen

A majority of New York baseball writers, executives, coaches, including myself all felt as if Ike Davis was ready to take off and have a monster year. That obviously didn’t happen as Davis badly struggled in 2013 including a trip to the minors. His future in New York is cloudy at best. 57% of BrokeMets viewers felt that Ike Davis should be moved. You can vote on that poll here.

The Mets are actively shopping Davis and he may not make it to Spring Training in New York. Once a first round pick and top prospect, most feel as if Davis will never live up to his potential in New York.

4. Mets start spending money again

Although the Mets 2014 payroll will likely finish below where the 2013 payroll was, it is encouraging to see the Mets signing free agents again. Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Chris Young all should contribute to the Mets next season. They are all guys who are “Sandy Alderson type” players which means they all come with a ton of upside but also with considerable risk.

Granderson is 33 and coming off a lost year. Colon is the oldest pitcher in baseball and has a steroid suspension on his resume and Chris Young hit .200 last year in Oakland but the three also have a ton of upside and could revert to All-Star form. They must perform next year or the Mets will be staring at a third consecutive 74 win finish.

3. Super Tuesday

This was perhaps the best day of the Mets season.  A June double header in Atlanta vs. the first place Braves. The first game was Matt Harvey who had a no hitter going late into the game. He didn’t get his no no but he got the win. It looked like he was trying to remind New Yorkers that this was still his team despite the Mets top prospect making his debut later that day.

The night cap was the MLB debut of Zack Wheeler. Wheeler was a little wild but was very impressive getting the win as well. The day was significant because it showed that the future is now. The Mets no longer had to wait until the top pitching prospects came, they were here and looked as good as advertised.

2. All-Star Festivities at Citi-Field

Both Harvey and Wright gave Mets fans a lot of smiles in another tough season

Both Harvey and Wright gave Mets fans a lot of smiles in another tough season

When the All-Star game came around in mid-July the Mets were already falling out of the race so it was nice to have the spotlight back on the Mets when the game came to Queens for the first time since 1964.

Matt Harvey started the game and got out of a jam in the first and David Wright had a hit late in the game off Royals closer Greg Holland. Harvey and Wright represented the Mets well. The two were the Mets lone all-star representatives. Wright also performed well in the home run derby as we finally learned it is possible to hit home runs out of spacious Citi-Field.

1.  Matt Harvey undergoes Tommy John Surgery. To miss all of 2014

It’s unfortunate that the list has to end with the most depressing thing to happen to the Mets in some time, but yes the Mets will be without their new ace for the entire 2014 season. 95% of the time pitchers come back the next year even better than they were the year before but it’s sad that the Mets lose their best pitcher right when they thought they were ready to start competing.

Mets owner Jeff Wilpon even admitted that the Harvey injury changed their plans this winter. Ideally Zack Wheeler can step up in Harvey’s absence. The rotation is still above average but it could have been elite with a healthy Harvey.

Well that’s our list, if you think of a moment that deserved to be on here for the 2013 season post it in the comments section. Hopefully 2014 will be a breakout season for many Mets.

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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

David Wright was named captain once again on Tuesday, this time as the leader of the National League for the Home run Derby during all star weekend at Citi Field. Wright will now pick the rest of his National League teammates to participate. Remember that Wright doesn’t necessarily have to pick an all-star.

Robinson Cano of the Yankees will be the captain of the American League team. The Dodgers Matt Kemp as well as Cano were the two captains last season in Kansas City.

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In a Terry Collins press conference, on SNY Thursday afternoon, David Wright was officially named captain of the New York Mets. Wright consulted with his teammates and the majority felt that it was best at this time for Wright to be named captain. “This is one of the proudest days of my career so far.” Wright said to reporters moments ago about being named captain.

Wright becomes the fourth team captain in the clubs 51 year history. Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez were co-captains while Wright’s former teammate John Franco was the last captain before Wright. “I was lucky I played with the Mets last captain Johnny Franco. I learned a lot from my teammates.” Wright said.

Wright will not wear the “C” on his chest however feeling it wasn’t necessary. “I take this seriously. We’ll all in agreement there won’t be a C on the jersey.”Wright said. This is a very historic day in the history of the Mets best player and for the franchise as a whole. I think the Mets handled this situation well.

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Today in Terry Collins’ first press conference of the season, Collins gave a state of the Mets.

  • Johan Santana will be his Opening Day starter.
  • Bobby Parnell will be his closer on Opening Day now that Frank Francisco is hurt again.
  • Lucas Duda will be the team’s everyday leftfielder.
  • Collins isn’t upset the Mets didn’t sign Michael Bourn because he is only concerned about the guys he has.
  • Collins is very happy that 55 of the 58 players arrived to camp early or on time.
  • He cannot envision a scenario where Zack Wheeler makes the team unless he is by far the best player on the field for the Mets.
  • Travis d’Arnaud will be playing every day either in the majors or at Triple A Las Vegas.
  • Zack Lutz and Justin Turner will get extended looks in spring training.
  • Collins doesn’t see David Wright getting a “C” on his uniform chest anytime soon but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the captain.

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David Wright has been a Mets for his entire nine year career. He is the all time hit leader and is now under team control for the next eight seasons. The next question with Wright is, will he be named team captain? For the first time in Wright’s career he has a legit chance to be named captain according to Mets manager Terry Collins.

Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins will ask Wright’s teammates in Spring Training if they think Wright should wear the C on his uniform. The Mets have employed only three captains in their history, bestowing the title on Keith Hernandez in 1987 and making Gary Carter his co-captain 1988-89. The Mets then awarded John Franco the captainship from 2001-04.

Why only three captains? Well the Mets have never had a star player stay with the Mets for his entire career. David Wright has a chance to do that. Paul Konerko with the Chicago White Sox and Derek Jeter of the Yankees are the only two players in the game today to be captains of their teams.

Closer John Franco, was the last captain the Mets had

Closer John Franco, was the last captain the Mets had

It is a big honor because it means you are an iconic figure in the history of the franchise, and when that franchise is in New York, it is even more special.

Wright, 30, was asked about the idea that he could be the Mets new captain. “It’s humbling,” Wright said. “It means a lot. It’s something I take a lot of pride in. But ultimately I think that’s up to my teammates. That’s up to the staff and the front office. If they view me in that way, then that’s a responsibility that I’ll take very seriously and that obviously I’ll welcome. I’d like to hear it from them or have it be their decision.”

Spring Training is only a month away now so this situation should be resolved relatively soon, one way or another.