Author Archives: Dan

Mixing and matching Opening Day/Week/Series logos

  Some years ago, I searched and tracked each team’s selection for the season-opening logos they decided to paint onto the field for the first games of the season. MLB provides three choices, and it seems the teams decide which one to go with: Opening Day, Opening Series or Opening Week. There doesn’t seem to

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By the numbers: Mets home openers

    We all know the success the Mets have had on Opening Day since losing eight of their first nine. But having attended the last 18 home openers, and 19 overall (the Mets are 14-5 when I’ve been there), I wondered how they’ve done in their first home game over the years. So I crunched

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Mets’ Opening Day opponents — and sites — through the years

Some various facts about the Mets’ Opening Day opponents through the years… In 2015 and ’16, the Mets opened in Washington and Kansas City, the first time they’ve opened a season in either city. Those two straight seasons opening on the road came after hosting Opening Day for three years in a row. The Mets

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All-time Sports Illustrated baseball preview issue cover apperances

NOTE: Originally posted on April 1, 2010, this analysis is now updated yearly to show the latest accurate numbers. I haven’t come across a study like this, but it doesn’t mean it’s not out there. Though it would be a bit of a downer if I found out I did all this research for nothing.

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Bringing the hammer on Opening Day

To no one’s surprise, Noah Syndergaard will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter this year. What I find more significant is that he’s the seventh different pitcher to start the first game in the last seven seasons, a record for the franchise. The previous record of six was set from 1980-85 and the pitchers, starting in

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