MetsBlog Talk Radio debuted tonight, live at 6 pm EDT.
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Tonight’s guest included Gary Cohen from SportsNet NY, Buster Olney from ESPN.com, MetsBlog’s Mike Nichols, and Brian Moritz from the Press & Sun Bulletin, as well as as several listeners who were kind enough to call in.
Afterwards, be sure to check out The Baseball Musings radio show tonight at 8 PM EDT at TPSRadio.
In a surprising move, SportsNet NY will name Gary Cohen to be the TV voice of the Mets, reports Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. A news teleconference is set for 11:30 a.m. to make it official.
…wow…just wow…of course other names have been thrown around for a while including Dave O’Brien and Keith Hernandez among others considered….Cohen was in that mix too, but I never figured that WFAN’s great radio team would be split up….
…cant help but say I’m a little disapointed, he was so great on the radio…but look on the bright side: maybe this means no room for Fran Healy…we can only hope…
…i guess this is what a writer gets for burning the midnight oil…(yawn)…much more on this later I’m sure….
To spotlight the Chevy Youth Baseball program, which is entering its fourth year, SNY visited participating youth baseball teams and asked kids what they want to know about Gary Cohen:
Alex, Age: 11
: What is the most interesting thing that you have seen in your travels?
Gary: I once saw Keith Hernandez each three ice cream bars in one two-hour plane flight.
Laura, Age: 7: How did you improve?
Gary: Practice, practice, practice.
Nico, Age: 9: Who is the biggest hitter on the team?
Gary: Lucas Duda.
Stephen, Age: 11: If you could commentate for any team besides the Mets, who would it be?
Gary: Probably the Jets. I’ve been a huge fan since I was younger than you.
Tyler, Age: 12: Did you think it was worth it to fire the Mets hitting coach, and why?
Gary: Sometimes it’s helpful for players to hear from a different voice, even if the message is the same.
Sebastian, Age: 12: How do the baseball players stay calm when they have 2 outs?
Gary: The hardest part about baseball is to understand you are going to fail most of the time. So all you can do is try your best.
Jack, Age: 12: Was it smart to release Jose Valverde?
Gary: Valverde really helped the young guys, but it was time to let those younger guys shine.
Maurice, Age: 10: Why is the Major League called the Major League?
Gary: Because it’s the best. Major, not minor.
Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between the New York Area Chevrolet Dealers and the communities they serve. The program provides assistance to 65 leagues by contributing over $100,000 in monetary and equipment donations.
Tonight’s Mets Plus presented by Citi special broadcast with limited commercial interruptions, expanded in-game coverage and in-depth analysis, as well as specially designed segments.
Following the Mets Post Game, stay tuned for the premiere of the Battle of the Broadcasters presented by Citi, a half-hour special broadcast that matches the critically acclaimed SNY broadcast booth of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling against the WOR radio team of Howie Rose, Josh Lewin and Seth Everett in a head-to-head battle of the minds to determine which team knows the most about the Mets.
Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04) will start for the Mets and bat eighth, while Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67) will pitch for Atlanta.
|1. Curtis Granderson – RF
||1. B.J. Upton – CF
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. Andrelton Simmons – SS
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Justin Upton – LF
|5.Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Jason Heyward – RF
|6. Juan Lagares – CF
||6. Christian Bethancourt – C
|7. Ruben Tejada – SS
||7. Tommy La Stella – 2B
|8. Bartolo Colon – RHP
||8. Ramiro Pena – 3B
|9. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||9. Aaron Harang – RHP
Result: The Mets lost to the Giants, 4-2, in San Francisco late Friday night.
Need to Know: Buster Posey hit a tie-breaking, two-run home run off off Carlos Torres in the eight inning. … The Mets bullpen has a major league-worst 15 losses. … Matt Cain allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He had a no hitter through five innings until Ruben Tejada led off the sixth inning with a single … Daniel Murphy hit a two-run home run for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight game. … Jon Niese allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, extending his streak of consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer to 16. … Travis d’Arnaud was 0-for-3 and is now hitting .180. … The Giants became the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins.
Game Ball: Kevin Burkhardt, who did a terrific job on air filling in for Gary Cohen.
Links: AP Recap | Boxscore | Video Hightlights
What’s Next: The Mets and Giants continue their three-game series in San Francisco on Saturday at 10:05 pm ET. The Mets will start Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52 ERA) against Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75 ERA).
2014 SNY Kidcaster Contest: Enter your child for a chance to announce half an inning of a Mets game on SNY
Now through May 9, you can enter your child (ages 7-12 years old) in the 2014 SNY Kidcaster Contest presented by NY’s 529 College Savings Program.
Ten finalists will be selected to read their essays in front of a panel of judges in the SNY studio. The winner will be invited to join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling to announce a half inning of a Mets game on-air from the SNY booth.
To enter this year’s contest, go to SNY.tv/Kidcaster.
The Nationals came back to beat the Mets 9-7, in 10 innings, on Opening Day at Citi Field.
The Mets took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning before Bobby Parnell
surrendered an RBI double to Denard Span to tie the game.
In the 10th inning, Jeurys Familia allowed two hits and a RBI sacrifice fly. John Lannan relieved him, walked one batter, then surrendered a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon.
The Mets added two in the 10th, with David Wright hitting a two-run home run, before Curtis Granderson struck out, for the third time, to end the game. Wright finished the day 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Juan Lagares hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning and went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Andrew Brown hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Stephen Strasburg.
Dillon Gee started, and allowed four earned runs (one charged to him after he left the game) on four hits and two walks. He struck out five.
The Mets struck out 18 times.
For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.
The Mets and Nationals play again on Wednesday, a 7:05 p.m. game.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen recap Opening Day from Citi Field, where 3 home runs by the home team wasn’t enough for the Mets as the Nationals prevailed, 9-7, in extra innings.
4:15 pm: Seth Everett will be WOR’s pre- and post-game host before radio broadcasts of Mets games, the team announced Friday.
9:45 am: Everett, who currently hosts a FOX Sports Radio Saturday morning show, will join Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, who will return as the on-air broadcast team during games.
Eddie Coleman will continue in his role as WFAN’s Mets beat reporter, filing on air reports and updates and doing fill-in hosting throughout the year.
SNY recently announced that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as host of their pre- and post-game show. Bob Ojeda will return as the show’s studio analyst. Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will again be in the booth. Carlin will continue hosting SNY’s Loud Mouths and will host GEICO SportsNite.
This is the final year of Kevin Burkhardt’s current contract with SNY. FOX recently announced he will host a new pre- and post-game studio show, based in Los Angeles, for their National baseball programming. Steve Gelbs will start the season as Burkhardt’s fill-in.
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