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What the Mets Should Do With Daniel Murphy, Part 2

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.14.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The Mets' farm system is relatively weak in terms of natural second basemen (i.e. Daniel Muno and Branden Kaupe), but the front office has prudently pushed offense-first Wilmer Flores to learn the position at Triple-A this season.

The Resurgence of Nate McLouth

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.13.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

It wasn't too long ago that Nate McLouth was one of the more exciting, young outfielders in baseball. In 2008, McLouth-in his fourth major league season-posted a 125 OPS+, 26 HR, and 23 SB campaign for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What the Mets Should Do With Daniel Murphy, Part 1

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.07.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Among Mets fans, Daniel Murphy is a contentious player. They are generally split on how to view the 28-year-old infielder.

Justin Upton Trade Already Haunting the Diamondbacks

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.30.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Upton was the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. After dominating at all levels in the minors, the Arizona Diamondbacks promoted the 19 year-old to the show -- where he became a fixture in the Diamondbacks outfield for the next five seasons.

What a Matt Harvey Extension Could Look Like

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.26.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Through the first month of the season, the main attraction in Flushing has been Matt Harvey. Harvey has dazzled both Mets and baseball fans alike with...

Closers Are Unbearably Fickle

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.18.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The most contentious decision for a fantasy baseball owner is always which closers to draft. Closers, unlike arguably any other position, come with the greatest degree of risk.

Professional Wrestling Is Real

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

While haters might equate wrestling to Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, or the Tooth Fairy, non-fans simply fail to understand that the entertainment that transpires from wrestling is undeniably real.

Will the Washington Nationals Be the Next Baseball Dynasty?

Ben Berkon | Posted 06.05.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The team's 98 win season last year was no fluke. While the Nats made a big off-season acquisition by trading for Gio Gonzalez, one can really attribute their success to the big contributions by former first round picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

The Yankees Are a Terrible Team... for Now

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.29.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Yet, as dominant as the Yankees have been since 1995, this coming season looks pretty grim. In fact, it would be fair to say that the Yankees will be a bad team in 2013.

Trade Deadline Can't Come Soon Enough for New York Mets Fans

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.18.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

s etched in stone as the Mets' poor fate seems to be, there are some key future dates that will help shed light on the team's actual chances this coming season.

Kyle Lohse Could Become This Generation's Curt Flood

Ben Berkon | Posted 04.27.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Lohse, who is coming off a terrific 2012 campaign, where he hurled a career-best 134 ERA+ and 3.76 K/BB over 211 IP, still remains a free-agent.

Examining the Non-Closer Reliever Free Agent Market

Ben Berkon | Posted 01.13.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

With few closing options available via free agency, teams have little choice but to buy seventh and eighth inning depth instead.

It Unfortunately Makes Sense for the Mets to Sign Juan Pierre

Ben Berkon | Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports
Ben Berkon

In the school of sabermetrics, you are taught a few basic, ideological ground-rules: batting average doesn't matter for much, being overly aggressive ...

My September 11, 2001

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.12.2012 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

Over the course of days, we tuned in -- glued to the television -- trying to cope with and understand the how, why, and who's of this tragic attack.

Re-Signing David Wright Will Take More Than Just Re-Signing David Wright

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.20.2012 | Sports
Ben Berkon

For the first time in arguably three seasons, David Wright is playing like a franchise player again.

How Much Is a 'Million Dollar Arm, But a 10 Cent Head' Worth Now?

Ben Berkon | Posted 07.11.2012 | Sports
Ben Berkon

For those who didn't know, it's the 22 year anniversary of the film Bull Durham. The movie is a fan favorite for a variety of reasons.

The Top Five Control Artists in 2011

Ben Berkon | Posted 12.24.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

While being a "control artist" isn't as sexy as being a "strikeout artist," sometimes the former is more important.

The Past, Present, and Future of Cameron Maybin

Ben Berkon | Posted 12.06.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Not too long ago, the name "Cameron Maybin" meant big things. In his first season in the Minor Leagues for the Tigers, Maybin exhibited why scouts gushed about him.

Craig Kimbrel Could Be Even Better in 2012

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.23.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

In just his second Major League season, the 23 year-old has become the best closer in the National League.

This Brett Lawrie Guy is Pretty Darn Good

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.20.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Most people were aware of how special of a player Lawrie would be. The only question was when he'd be able to illustrate his special talents at the Major League level.

A Jhonny Peralta Trend

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.15.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Jhonny Peralta is arguably enjoying the finest season of his entire career. Offensively, Peralta ranks third among shortstops, and defensively, he's fourth.

The Marlins Closer Outlook for 2012

Ben Berkon | Posted 11.07.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

Even though being a relatively consistent closer isn't exactly the easiest asset to come by, Leo Nunez, who could make as much as $6.5 million through arbitration in the off-season, will still most likely get cut loose.

Casey Janssen, the Blue Jays Closer in 2012?

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.30.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The Toronto Blue Jays bullpen has been a mess lately. Part-time closer Jon Rauch is on the disabled list, and current closer Frank Francisco might joi...

Vinnie Pestano Should Be Turning More Heads

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.29.2011 | Sports
Ben Berkon

In 2010, the Cleveland Indians were in a hurry to get rid of veteran closer Kerry Wood to pave way for youngster Chris Perez. Their urgency was justified.

Gaddafi Found Playing Dominoes in Washington Heights

Ben Berkon | Posted 10.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

In international news, rebels revealed today that the tyrannical Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been located on the corner of 170th and St. Nicholas Avenue in New York City.