Mickey Hodges Callaway: who at the Mets knew?

I apologize for the Alonsic language in the excerpt here – but


Callaway’s behavior with the Indians and Mets was so well known that there were reportedly several nicknames associated with it. The leering looks, uncomfortable stares, and unsolicited emails from him on LinkedIn were called “the Mickey treatment” by Indians staffers. On the Mets, several employees called him “Dick Pic Mick.” (via Yahoo)

And my ongoing question is….

Did the people who cover the team know?  Including people like Gary, Keith, Ron and Gelbs.

From there I would like to know

Did GKR know and tell someone?  Were they ignored?  Who did they tell?

Did GKR not know?  If not, how is it possible they cover the team and didn’t know about the Open Secret

Did GKR know and not tell someone?  Why not?


Also Howie man….”Hodges Moment”…..oof.  You should publicly disavow that one.  You gave him Hodges level on the first day of Spring Training games.  That’s like the people who called Matt Harvey the Next Seaver.

Sterling or Scully: random dude in the stands

Hey this is fun.  It’s a random dude in the stands.  Let’s hear how he does calling a home run.

WARNING:  this clip has Alonsic language.  Please make sure there are no children in the room.

Now that’s a great call!

Much like Mets Police this guy doesn’t second guess, he first guesses and much like Mets Police he was right!

There is pure joy in the fan’s voice as the ball goes out and he has some flair on his call and even a potential, yet vulgar, catch-phrase.

Also you can’t even see the netting.

Pure joy here. Gary Cohen should take notes.

Verdict: Scully

Sterling or Scully Returns…plus Gary Cohen thoughts

Welcome to a new season and another year of Sterling Or Scully.

Sterling or Scully is a system by which Home Run Calls are judged.  There are only two grades – a Scully is a good honest home run call.  A Sterling is a home run call filled with catch phrases such as “It is high, it is far, it is gone” or the very very similar “To the track, to the wall, it’s outta here.”  In either case, those are bad HR calls as they do nothing except smush in a catchphrase.

There is no partial scoring.  It’s Sterling or it’s Scully.  Usually, but not always, the focus will be on Gary Cohen as he is the TV voice of the New York Mets, and my buddy Sporty pulls the clips for me.  Thanks Sporty!

Let’s begin…

Gary gets off to a great start.

Very nice Gare. No catch phrases. Good description about way up on the berm. The ball is obviously gone off the bat. A lesser announcer would have worked in a catch phrase. Sometimes fewer words are better, as the great Vin Scully teaches us.

Verdict: Scully

This one is almost bad. You can hear that Gary wants to work the catchphrase in, and even works in a partial. But the ball was moving too quickly and he wasn’t able to. Therefore under the rules of scoring…

Verdict: Scully

A good start for Gary Cohen.  So far he is a Net Positive on the broadcasts even if he was the specific reason I didn’t tune in today.  As “negative” as I am, I feel like Gary brings a negative energy to the broadcast the last few years.  He doesn’t sound like he’s having a good time.  Around 12:55 today I thought about putting the game on and then I imagined Gary in my head-voice and I didn’t feel encouraged.

It’s hard to put a finger on it, but let’s compare to Howie.  Howie sounds like he’s having a good time.  Howie is happy to be at a baseball game.  Gary – and Keith – sound like they are at work.  This is what we do, can we go home yet? I don’t think I have heard much joy in Gary’s voice in years except for the occasional Big Time Call on a Vulgar Pete moment – like last year’s Yankee home run (the only good moment Pete had in 2020.)

As the season moves forward I want you to pay attention to some things.

The Gary/Ron booth.   When Keith isn’t there watch the booth’s energy fall off a cliff.   It’s like when George hangs out with Elaine.  It just doesn’t work.  Of the various combinations it’s clearly the least best.

Anyone/Keith/Ron.   Well maybe not Gary Apple, but honestly most nights you could stick me in the booth with Keith and Ron, especially if Keith is loose, and it would be fine.  “Ground ball Alonso, he steps on first, one away.”  Stop talking, let Keith tell a story. The trick is to stay out of the way.  Drop Wayne in there and the both is fine and arguably better.

The Ignoring Of Gelbs.   More often than not, GKR completely ignore whatever it was Gelbs just talked about for five minutes.

Gary mis-reading balls.  This started creeping in like two seasons ago.  Now that I pointed it out you will hear Gary go into Home Run Mode for a fly ball.  This has nothing to do with calling games off the monitor last summer, I am talking about in-game in-person.

Trackwalling.  This is the dis-engaged Gary.  Someone hits a fly ball and he goes into John Sterling mode – to the track, to the wall, it’s outta here.   I know you guys love Gary and all but to the track, to the wall, it’s outta here is in essence “it is high, it is far, it is gone.”   Were the ball actually to the track it’s an OK but not great call – but Gary will use these on balls hit five miles.

Pay attention to all these things as you watch.   Right now you’re like – wow that Mets Police guy is so negative he hates everything – but come back in six months and – as usual – you will be like wow Mets Police was right.  I know we’re supposed to worship at the altar of GKR, but it’s been 15 years now and even Tim McCarver’s run got old after a while.  Free your mind.  Think about things.  Just because something worked in 2006 doesn’t mean it works in 2021.

Listen and be a free thinker.  To the track, to the wall, it’s outta here.  It is high, it is far, it is gone.

You won’t be able to unhear it now.


Mets hire new Chief Revenue Officer because baseball is about revenue

The Mets tried to keep the 41 Patch secret from me (no press release) but THIS they want you to know.

The bold in the second full paragraph is mine.  I will be home watching on TV.



FLUSHING, N.Y., March 1, 2021 – The New York Mets today announced that Jeff Deline will join the Mets as Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer. He will report to Mets President Sandy Alderson and join the club after the start of the season from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), where he oversaw the largest sports portfolio in North America.


As a member of the executive leadership team, Deline will oversee the strategic development, execution and maximization of the Mets’ revenue generating activities, including: partnerships and activation; ticketing, premium and suite sales; concessions and merchandising; and booking and non-game day event programming.


Deline brings to the Mets nearly 25 years of innovative sales leadership experience with the Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He led MLSE’s efforts to secure the largest global naming rights agreement (ScotiaBank); landmark North American beer partnership (MolsonCoors); the most extensive kit and naming rights deal in Major League Soccer (BMO); league-leading partnership and ticket sales revenues in the National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and MLS; and the launch of Leafs TV and NBA TV Canada.


“We’re thrilled to have attracted an industry leader in Jeff to join us,” said Alderson. “His breadth and depth of experiences and successes in positions of increased responsibility with MLSE will be at the foundation of a new approach to driving revenues at the Mets rooted in analytics and innovation.”


“The Mets are poised for incredible success and I look forward to translating that excitement – on game days and beyond – in our offerings to current and new ticket purchasers and partners,” said Deline. “There’s no bigger stage in the world than New York, so I’m really excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Sandy and everyone at the Mets to make an impact.”


A native of Toronto, Deline graduated from Bowling Green State University. Jeff, his wife Kim and their three children will relocate to the tri-state area in the months ahead.

The Mets will wear a 41 Patch in 2021

41 was Tom Seaver in case you are new.  Good job Mets.

FLUSHING, N.Y., March 1, 2021 — The New York Mets today announced that they will wear a “41” Tom Seaver tribute patch on the right sleeve of their home and road uniforms during the 2021 season.

Seaver passed away on August 31, 2020 at age 75. Seaver won 311 games, had a 2.86 ERA and struck out 3,640 batters over a 20-year major league career that spanned from 1967–1986, earning 12 All-Star selections in the process. He led the National League in wins three times, ERA three times and strikeouts five times. …