Home Run Analysis

The 2016 Major League Baseball season was one for the books. Between two endearing teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, facing off to end their century- and half-century-long World Series title droughts, tensions ran high and die-hard fanatics came hyped!

Both clubs wouldn’t have made it to this pivotal game without help from their supercharged rosters. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Addison Russell led the Windy City with the most home runs and RBIs completed during the season. Over at the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World,” Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, and Jason Kipnis reigned as Cleveland’s batting leaders.

All in all, home runs in the MLB are on the rise, and the baseball analysts at Fanatics compiled all batting stats from the 2016 season to provide you with enough home run data to hold you over until we start seeing some bombs this season.

Continue reading to see which teams and players stepped up to the plate this season with a home run state of mind!

Teams With the Swing

Major League Baseball players are some of the hardest hitters in the world. Let’s take a look at which teams have been crushin’ balls out of the park and dropping the jaws of teammates and fans alike.

The Baltimore Orioles topped the charts this season by scoring a total of 253 homers – the most nailed by any team in the MLB. Mark Trumbo – first baseman and outfielder for The O’s – led the Maryland-based squad with 47 at-bats converted into critical home run hits. Fielders Chris Davis and Manny Machado backed up the home run batting leader by nailing 38 and 37 home runs, respectively. The Orioles enjoyed a strong home run lead advantage over the rest of the clubs in the league for the majority of the season. The only team to step up to the plate to rival the Orioles was their inter-league competitor – the St. Louis Cardinals – trailing the Birds by 28 homers.

Rounding out the top five in season home runs were the Seattle Mariners (223), Toronto Blue Jays (221), and New York Mets (218).

Home Run State of Mind

Being the batting leader in your respective league is quite an impressive feat to boast on a major league resume.

Slugger Mark Trumbo hit a total of 47 home runs during his time at the plate this past season. Although the first baseman has been described as “one-dimensional,” his home run abilities are unrivaled. Trumbo’s excellence against inside pitches is what sets him apart from the rest, designating him an elite power hitter. No. 45’s exceptional performance could be accredited to his newfound happiness after signing a multiyear contract with the Orioles.

Trailing behind the seasoned slugger was Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz, with a notable 43 homers under his belt in 2016. Cruz’s talent at the plate is prodigious and is showing no decline in this department as he is the only player to have surpassed the 40-homer threshold throughout the past three Major League seasons.  

Brian Dozier, Edwin Encarnación, and Khris Davis finished up as the top five hardest hitters in the league – all reaching the 42 home run mark by season end.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

Just as the weather fluctuates by season with reason to Earth’s axial tilt, the MLB tends to witness a spike in home runs depending on the month of the year.

Data suggest that sluggers at the plate are less likely to hit a dinger in April, with only 740 pitches hit out of town during the rainy month. It appears that the weather wasn’t the only thing on fire this summer. MLB batters were on a hot streak between the months of June and August, slamming a total of 2,928 homers. August takes the cake by far, recording an astronomical 1,053 home run hits alone within the 31 calendar days.

Major League history was made this season when the Baltimore Orioles set the all-time home run mark for the month of June with 56 dingers. Hyun Soo Kim is responsible for the record-setting rocket after his solo blast during the seventh inning against the Mariners.

Hey Batta, Batta!

The world of baseball is riddled with an array of written and unwritten rules. One of those “unwritten” rules entails not swinging at a risky 3-0 pitch as the batter is just one ball away from being handed first base. The majority of sluggers who step up to the plate attempt to hit a long ball on the first pitch thrown, and it seems to be working. Batters launched the most rockets to flight off 0-0 pitches with a total of 983 homers – dominating all other situational pitches with a 300-plus home run lead.

Curtain Call

With spring training in full force, there’s no telling how many home runs one should expect from the 2017 season. Be ready to support your home team the best way you know how. Head over to Fanatics, because we’ve got you covered with the latest MLB jerseys and fan gear.


The Most Attractive MLB Teams


Heating Up The Diamond

Baseball and basketball are unique in that the individual players’ faces are always visible, helping to make them some of the most recognizable athletes on the planet! Since we’re in the heat of the Major League Baseball season, we decided to take a closer look at the players running out onto the diamond every night. More specifically, we had thousands of people weigh in to determine which teams were the most attractive. Check out where your team ranks and if they’re making an impact both on and off the field.

Hottest Pennant Race Ever


Major League Baseball’s World Series of Attractiveness winners are the San Diego Padres.. They have a couple players to thank for their overall ranking, but most notably pitcher Third Baseman Ryan Schimpf who earned the highest rating on the team at a 7.2 out of 10.

They also could thank the bullpen for their contribution to their top rating. Three of the five most attractive players on the Padres are pitchers: Clayton Richard, Craig Stammen, and Wil Myers.

Good to see Dickie V today at the South Carolina Kentucky game

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The only teams in the top ten from the American League were the  Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.

Every Team’s Hottest Stars, American League


Here are the top five hottest players for every one of MLB’s 30 franchises. Red Sox Right Fielder Mookie Betts, who finished second to Mike Trout in the AL MVP voting last season, had the team’s highest appearance rating of 6.6 out of 10.

All for Mama

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Only one team had more than two players rated at a 7.0 or above.The Kansas City Royals were that team, with Catcher Drew Butera and First Baseman Eric Hosmer at a 7.3 and 7.0 average attractiveness rating respectively.

Every Team’s Hottest Stars, National  League


In America’s Heartland, the St. Louis Cardinals command attention from baseball loving fanatics. While their scouts have signed exceptional players such as Matt Carpenter, their most attractive players are Tyler Lyons, Matthew Bowman, and Dexter Fowler. When they’re not taking the mound, as starters or in relief, these three gentlemen are finding ways to look their best outside of the bullpen.

Hey guys! Check me out on the cover of Cardinals Mag. Click the link on my bio to read 😃

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Throwing The Hot Stuff

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This Day in Sports History: Labor Day Edition

This Day in Sports History: Labor Day Edition

Labor Day was established in the late 1800s to honor the American labor movement, and is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of workers in the U.S. Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September – in 2017, it’ll be on Sept. 4 – which is the day we’ll be using as a reference for this post. This year, you can enjoy the holiday while reflecting back on these three noteworthy sporting events.

The Cleveland Browns Score the First Two-Point Conversion Ever

This Day In Sports History: Cleveland Browns First Successful Two-Point Conversion in NFL History

NFL rules are always under scrutiny, and every season brings changes to them. The two-point conversion attempt that we know today wasn’t instituted until 1994 when owners agreed to allow teams to “go for two” instead of kicking an extra point.

The first team to do so? The Cleveland Browns. That same year, their season opener pitted them against their division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, at Riverfront Stadium. While the Browns may suffer from lack of success in recent years, that specific game drew a large crowd of over 50,000 attendees – who got to see NFL history in the making as punter and holder Tom Tupa took the snap and crashed into the end zone. The Browns left the Bengals stadium that day with a win of 28-20.

The Cardinals Land in Arizona

On this day in sports history: Phoenix Cardinals First Game

The Arizona Cardinals didn’t always bear that name, and in fact, they were originally founded halfway across the country – in Illinois. Dating back to 1898, the Cardinals are the longest continuously running professional football franchise in the U.S. They started out in the Chicago area, then operated in St. Louis for 28 years, and finally relocated to the Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State University campus in 1988.

The Phoenix Cardinals (their former name) took to the field for their first game on Sept. 4, 1988. Interestingly, they also faced the Cincinnati Bengals at the Bengals’ home field. This first Cardinals game after their relocation to the southwest didn’t go well, as they ultimately lost to the Bengals with a score of 14-21.


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Two-Day Home Run Record

This Day in Sports History: Gary Carter Hits 5 Homeruns in Consecutive Days

Gary Carter played catcher for the New York Mets for five seasons and helped them toward their 1986 World Series win. On Sept. 4, 1985, he tied the record for the most home runs in two consecutive games, slamming five homers against the Padres in San Diego.

Happily, for Mets fans, they won both contests: 8-2 on Sept. 3, 1985 and 9-2 on Sept. 4, 1985.

Over his 19-year Hall-of-Fame career, Carter launched 324 homers and batted in 1,225 runs.   

Now that Sept. 4 is here, what sports history will be made this year? Will our favorite teams labor on Labor Day?

Whether you’re a Browns fan, a Cardinals fan, or a Mets fan, Fanatics.com has got you covered for any season of sports. So what are you waiting for? Visit us online, and show some love for your favorite teams.



New York Mets Home Run Hot Spots: Citi Field

Home-Run-Citi-Field-HeaderNew York Mets fans are eager to see Thor take the mound this spring, but those looking for the long ball may be more interested to know what he and the rest of the batters can do to knock one out of the park.

From Shea to Shining Citi

The Mets have been around since 1962, and while the team doesn’t have as many World Series pennants as the Yankees, they still enjoy a strong fan base. With a slew of red-hot hands at the plate and on the hill, Citi Field is ready to welcome back fan favorites like Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Curtis Granderson.

As one of the newer ballparks in the major league – opening in 2009 – Citi Field is the brainchild of the Mets and Citigroup, who worked together for several years to develop and build the Mets’ current home.

The stadium is located in Queens, New York, just a stone’s throw from the team’s former home, Shea Stadium, where they took the field for dozens of years. It features a deep outfield, but the lack of home runs prior to 2012 led to recent renovations, which lowered the fences and brought the fence lines in. In 2016’s regular season, Citi Field saw 193 home runs, compared to 108 in 2011. Bartolo Colon’s legendary homer, however, took place away from Citi Field.

MC Hammmered!!! @mconforto8 blasts a 3-run HR. #belikemike #youcanttouchthis #lgm #mets

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Citi Field has a few features that harken back to the team’s former home at Shea, such as the Big Apple, which comes out when a Mets player hits a homer. Also present is the beloved scoreboard skyline, which was re-situated at Citi Field on the combined roof of two restaurants.

Long Ball Locales


If you’re hoping to snag a souvenir home run ball, there are a few places in Citi Field where your chances are pretty high. According to our heat map, situating yourself along the fence line is pretty tops no matter where you sit.

Your best bet, though, may be in sections 134, 138, 102, and 103. Of course, those in the bullpen can probably catch a few balls as well – but alas, if you’re not a Mets pitcher or another member of the staff, you’re out luck.

Last year’s longest long ball at Citi traveled 470 feet off a Jacob deGrom pitch, while the longest homer of a Mets player came off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes, clocking in at 466 feet.

Citi Field has been renovated into a hitters’ ballpark, much to the delight of ball-hawking fans – and has the home run stats to match. Are you heading out to cheer on your boys in blue and orange? If so, grab your glove and some sweet gear from Fanatics.com, and make a beeline for one of these crucial hot spots.


Projecting the 2017 MLB Season


After witnessing the Chicago Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought after downing the Cleveland Indians in an epic game 7 in 2016, fanatics have begun to speculate about what chaos will ensue during the next season.

With the first pitch of the 2017 MLB season flamed down the dirt strip and across home plate, it’s with great pleasure to announce that baseball is officially back in action! It’s hard to tell if 2017 can top the excitement that came in 2016, but between breakout players and rising statistical leaders, anything is possible.

The baseball hotheads at Fanatics decided to dive into Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections for the 2017 season. Read on to see what promises and pitfalls lie ahead in the regular and postseason showdowns!

Divisional Domination


The Boston Red Sox are favored to win the AL East, a not-so-bold prediction, but the Sox have their expectations set high for their newly acquired left-hand flamethrower – Chris Sale. Sale, a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, put on quite the performance during his debut after striking out Starling Marte in the first inning. The projections go on to predict that the Tampa Bay Rays will trail the Boston-based squad and arrive in the postseason as a Wild Card team.

After experiencing the epic showdown of last season’s World Series grab, it’s safe to assume that both the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will perform accordingly to reach postseason gameplay once more. Although the rematch would attract less hype, it would be historic to witness the Indians break their 69-year championship drought as well.

Champs are here.

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The Houston Astros are anticipated to win the AL West with 93 wins, placing hope in the hands of their newest pitcher, Charlie Morton, as well as one of baseball’s superstars, Jose Altuve. Additionally, the rivalry between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals will grow as both clubs are expected to finish with the same record (87-75). Not to mention, Nats seasoned slugger (Bryce Harper) and Mets super-pitcher (Noah Syndergaard) aren’t exactly on the best terms after their latest social media feud.

Postseason Powerhouse


Three out of the four Wild Card teams all ranked with the lowest percentage of moving forward, with the exception of the Nationals inching out their division rival by 0.1 percent.

The Astros will shock hardcore fanatics with how far they’ve come this season but will fall to the defending American League champs – the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, a rematch of last year’s World Series contest is not predicted to happen again as the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to knock the Cubbies out of the ballpark. The SoCal-based group is expected to continue their National League dominance by claiming their fifth consecutive division title. Deep pockets and young talent are the fuel to fire behind the success of these Hollywood hotshots.

Drum roll please … and the projected winner of the 2017 World Series Championship is none other than the Los Angeles Dodgers (16.3 percent). Although the Indians will not go down easily, the numbers simply are not in their favor with a 14.4 percent chance of breaking their drought.

Here’s to the Future

While predictions are fun to cast, there’s no telling what will happen during the 2017 MLB season. One thing is for certain though: fans will show up to cheer on their favorite team no matter what. Head over to Fanatics.com now to stock up on the latest fan gear and apparel your team has to offer!


New York Mets Walk-Up Songs

If you are a fan of the New York Mets, you have a lot to be happy about. The New York Mets play in the 2016 off-season again. 

The Soundtrack of a Sweep

While sometimes overlooked, a team’s walk-up music helps to frame a player’s performance. For the 15 seconds a player has to advance from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box or from the bullpen to the pitching mound, the walk-up music is the only chance that player has to psych himself up, to get the crowd behind him, or to intimidate his opponent. For most players, the walk-up song is a serious part of the superstition of play, requiring debate and deliberation about its choice and blind adherence should it yield positive results.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen that one U.F.C. movie with Kevin James in it,” d’Arnaud told The New York Times, referencing the comedy “Here Comes the Boom.” “The teacher talks about how in war they used to play their battle songs to get you ready for the war. And for me, that moment, that’s my war with the pitcher, so I need something to get me hyped up and get me ready to go out there and see a baseball coming at me at 95 miles an hour.”

While the idea of personalized entrance music for baseball players is a relatively new one – popularized in the movie “Major League” – it has become as quintessential a part of the way fans relate to and identify their favorite players as the players’ jersey numbers themselves.

As the Mets await the winner of the ALCS, we have prepared a New York Mets playlist, including the favorite walk-up songs of the batting and relief pitching squads.

sounds of the New York Mets

The New York Beat

Reflecting the multiculturalism of the Mets and New York City in general, Latin music dominates the Mets’ walk-up music list. Alex Torres (El Vega’s “Te Encontre”), Dilson Herrera (El Barbero’s “Si La Vieran Bailar”), Juan Lagares (Jay the Prince’s “Mas Flow Que Dinero”) and Juan Uribe (Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida”) have all indicated – according to MLB.com – that their favorite walk-up songs are Latino in flavor.

This differs from the league, where hip-hop/rap rules the walk-up charts, with rock closely following. As for the the Mets, nine of the favorite walk-up songs are Latino, seven are hip-hop/rap, and five are rock.

While there is no scientific correlation between type of music and performance, it is safe to say that players who feel good in the batter’s box will perform better.

Explaining to The New York Times his choice of “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” by Drake as his walk-up music, Travis d’Arnaud says, “Because when I walk up to the plate, it makes me feel really good.”

As the Mets move one step closer to claiming their first World Series title since 1986, one thing is assured: The team’s victories will be staged by its players’ entrance themes. When fans reflect on this season, it will be the walk-up music that helps to frame the memories of this amazing run.

Mets fans can watch the game at McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon @ Citi Field, Flushing, New York

Update: find other MLB teams’ player walk up songs at the MLB Walk Up Songs application at Fanatics


Happiest MLB Teams


The familiar smell of hot dogs, the energy and excitement of the ballpark, the summer day full of sunshine – who wouldn’t be happy to spend their afternoon at a baseball game? You see plenty of smiles on the faces of players watching a Major League Baseball (MLB) game, but just like only one team wins the World Series each year, there has to be just one happiest team and position.

We wanted to uncover which teams and positions those were. We took photos of players from ESPN, ran them through Microsoft’s Cognitive Services Emotion API, and ranked the teams and positions based on their appearance to find the happiest of the bunch. These are the ones that give off that vibe that they’re playing for the love of the game.

New York State of Mind


The Bronx Bombers, also known as the New York Yankees, are the happiest team in MLB. Fans love them (they’re America’s favorite team), opposing fans hate them, and networks can’t get enough of them. Those pinstripe-wearing, beardless men radiate positivity. They’ve won 27 World Series Championships, so it makes sense that they’re coming to work with a league-leading level of positivity.

The New York Mets, the Yankees’ crosstown rivals, earn a second place. They’re also the only team from the National League in the top five. Maybe the rest of the National League wishes they had the designated hitter position?

The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers, take the bat at third and fourth place; both come from the same division, the American League Central. Whatever is in the Midwest’s water supply needs to be shared with the rest of the league!

Pitching Ain’t Easy


Infield players make up the first few places – shortstop, second baseman, first baseman, and catcher – all were in the top five. You have to go to the tail end of the list to find the pitchers.

Starting pitchers ended up just ahead of relief pitchers (these are individuals who, unlike starters, are brought in more regularly and for short periods of play). It’s a lonely place on the mound, throwing a five-ounce ball close to 100 miles an hour while challenging a stream of opposing batters.

The fans love you if you head out of the game winning, but then the fate of your performance and possible worship rests in the hands of an understudy, the relief pitcher. Perhaps how quickly the love and support can fade from fans, players, and coaches makes it difficult for the pitcher population to be happy.

Extra Innings

New York is large enough for two MLB teams, and apparently also large enough to accommodate the two happiest squads in the pros. It doesn’t matter what subway line the Yankees or Mets are being forced to take or exactly what borough they’re located in; they’re just happy.

Perhaps if these two teams could concentrate on sending some love to starting and relief pitchers around the league, it could be a happier organization overall. Who wouldn’t want to see that, even if it required the umpires to use Instant Replay?

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The Evolution of the New York Mets Jersey


The New York Mets were created to fill a void.

The New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers had both recently fulfilled their manifest destiny by packing up and continuing their strong play in California. The relocations left local fans with only a few options – and rooting for the hated Yankees wasn’t one of them.

In the summer of 1962, the Mets of Flushing became New Yorkers’ chosen option.

Taking the orange from the Giants and the blue from the Dodgers, the Mets embraced an anti-Yankee fan-building platform.

And the Mets logo adopted the city and its people. Each building depicted on the logo’s skyline holds a significant meaning (the Empire State Building and United Nations Buildings are both featured). The bridge in the center of the logo symbolizes the unification of New York’s five boroughs.

The Mets have an always-exciting franchise, from the wildly successful teams of the late ’60s and ’80s; to the characters such as Armando Benitez, Benny Agbayani, Mo Vaughn, John Olerud, and Rey Ordonez of the ’90s; to the promise of José Reyes, David Wright, and Mike Piazza in the 2000s. There has always been an interesting clubhouse dynamic to the Mets.

Despite their two championships, the Mets have always played second fiddle in New York. But with a World Series run last year, an insanely promising young crop of pitchers, and the ageless wonder that is Bartolo Colón, the Mets are poised to be top dog.

Let’s take a look back through Mets uniform history to appreciate how far they’ve come.

Logo History

1962–1992: The original logo for the New York Mets features “Mets” in orange letters over a blue New York skyline. The graphic is enclosed in a baseball with orange lining.

1993–1998: The logo remains largely the same, but the shade of orange is darkened just a bit.

1999–present: The small “NY” logo to the left of “Mets” is removed.

1999–2013: An alternate logo is designed that changes coloring and adds an orange trim to the “Mets” lettering.


New York Mets Primary Logo Patch

Notable Uniform Changes


1962: The home jersey displays “Mets” in blue font with an orange border. The jersey encompasses a traditional blue pinstripe design with the team’s logo on the left sleeve. The design combines aspects of the jerseys of the Giants and Dodgers – both of which had roots in New York. It features the player’s number on the back, but no number on the front. The design also includes a solid royal blue cap.

1966: Numbers are added to the left midsection of the jersey.

1974: The team replaces “New York” with “Mets” in cursive on the road uniform – an uncommon choice. Often, one uniform depicts the city name and another depicts the team name.

1978: On the road, the button-down style switches to a pullover with two buttons below the collar. A thin blue-orange-blue stripe is added to outline the uniforms.

1982: A second road uniform is added, utilizing a solid blue jersey along with the word “Mets” in cursive. The two-button collar is replaced by a V-neck.

1983: A blue-on-orange trim collar is added to outline the uniform.

1988: The elaborate cursive font on the road uniform is changed to a simplistic block font reading “New York.”

1991: The pullover reverts back to a button-down.

1993: Both the home and away uniforms receive touch-ups with slightly darker shading. The thick stripes are removed, and the word “Mets” on the home uniform receives a bold blue swoosh underneath. The cursive display of “New York” on the road uniform returns.

1997: An all-white alternate home uniform is added. It’s referred to as the “snow-white” design and features a matching cap and the skyline logo on the left sleeve.

1999: A black alternate jersey for the road is introduced with a new black cap. The cap features the “NY” crest outlined in blue.

2001: After the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11, baseball resumes and the Mets take their field sporting hats to every bureau of first responders, including FDNY and NYPD.

2002: The home uniform’s pinstripes are removed. A patch is added to the right sleeve that commemorates the team’s 40th anniversary. The cap is changed from its historic royal blue to a combination of black and blue trim.

2003: The team debuts an orange alternate jersey that is briefly used.

2007: Under the tenure of former General Manager Omar Minaya, the Mets introduce a decidedly Latin flavor into the clubhouse. Embracing its players’ culture and the culture of many New York fans, the franchise unveils their “Los Mets” jersey to commemorate Hispanic heritage.

2009: The Mets wear white jerseys that serve as a tribute to the New York Giants of old. On the left sleeve, a patch of the mascot, Mr. Met, is included.

2011: The “Los Mets” uniform is reintroduced in royal blue.

2013: The team flip-flops the colors of the “Los Mets” uniform used in 2011, switching to an orange jersey with blue font and hints of white.

2013: The Mets unveil blue jerseys to serve as both home and road alternate uniforms.

2014: The Mets unveil yet another throwback jersey. This one is solid blue, with “Royal Giants” featured across the uniform – a tribute to a Negro League team, the Brooklyn Royal Giants.

2016: The home uniform features traditional blue pinstripes again. The road uniform uses solid gray color with blue stripes down the center. It also features “New York” in cursive, in blue with an orange outline.


Noah Syndergaard New York Mets Majestic Youth Official Cool Base Player Jersey – White

2016: The team also uses commemorative jerseys that pay tribute to the 1986 season with the orange-blue-orange pattern lining the perimeter of the fabric.

Looking Back to Look Forward

One thing has been true of the Mets since the ’90s – change is constant.

The managers have changed as quickly as the players – but both have changed more slowly than the uniforms. Who knows if this recent success (and embrace of the ’86 champion Mets) will lead to an embrace of the old-school uniforms and Mr. Met logo for more than a few seasons.

If their success continues, one thing that is sure to change is the quantity of numbers the Mets have retired – currently sitting at four.

No. 14: Gil Hodges (manager)

No. 31: Mike Piazza (to be retired July 30)

No. 37: Casey Stengel (manager)

No. 41: Tom Seaver


Mike Piazza New York Mets Player Pennant

An easy case can be made for David Wright to one day join that list, but he’s still worried about trying to get Championship No. 3 for the Mets, a quest that will undoubtedly, in itself, have an impact on the Mets’ uniform history.

#LetsGoMets! Head over to Fanatics.com to stay up to date on the latest Mets fashion and stock up on Mets memorabilia.


Best Places to Watch the World Series 2015

Best places to watch the World Series

The 2015 World Series is turning out to be different than most analysts would guess. After a cliffhanger 5-4 victory in 14 innings during Game 1, the Kansas City Royals took a dominating 2-0 lead in the series when the team – fueled by an inability by New York MetsJacob deGrom to get the Royals to “take the bait” and swing and miss at his fastballs – gave the Mets an uncharacteristic 1-7 Game 2 loss at Kauffman Stadium. As the series moves to New York City and Citi Field for a three-game run, two cities hold their breath.

For one thing, sweet redemption for a heartbreaking 2014 World Series loss and the 30-year wait for a second MLB championship is two wins away (both on the road). For the other, the long road back to victory – in which, historically, the Mets only have a 17.1 percent chance of success – begins in front of a home crowd. And that home crowd has been waiting 29 years for their “other team” to claim the Commissioner’s Trophy.

For Mets and Royals fans, this series is an act of destiny and the fulfillment of a long and difficult wait for validation. For one of these teams, a more than 28-year wait will come to an end – raising the stakes for their respective fan bases to epic levels. For most fans, the absolute best place to be to see this chapter of history unfold is at the stadium, surrounded by thousands of like-minded devotees eager to share in on history.

However, there are only so many seats available for each World Series game. For those who cannot score a seat to the Big Show, watching the game at a sports bar is the next best thing. Sports bars can range from corner dives that regularly show the current game to multi-level entertainment destinations. Even the smallest of towns typically has more than one choice of where to watch the game, and choosing the right spot can ultimately make the difference in enjoying the game.

Several bars come up repeatedly in discussions about the best bars to see the World Series this year in New York City and Kansas City. These include Foley’s in Manhattan, New York – which renamed itself “Daniel Murphy’s Pub & Restaurant” in honor of the Mets; the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall in Astoria, New York; McFadden’s Saloon and Restaurant, which has franchises in Flushing, New York, and in Kansas City; and Kansas City’s 810 Zone. While many of these bars are known as unofficial second homes for the teams – hosting interview sessions and ex-players, for example – these bars have won their reputations at the places to watch the game because of the atmosphere of their game-day service.

“Like any Mets fan, I would rather watch the game at Citi Field,” Daniel Gargiulo, a manager at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon’s Midtown Manhattan location, said to Fanatics. “You will never know when the next time this will happen, so you would always want to actually be in a seat at the stadium. But – and this is not just because I work here – when the Mets are playing, I still like to come to McFadden’s because I know the atmosphere here. The World Series is not the time when you want to go to a bar and sit next to someone not into the game. This place is the next best thing to being at Citi Field; with the energy and cheering and signs, you can almost imagine you are watching the game in person.”

This article will look at four of the most recognized baseball bars – McFadden’s of Flushing, McFadden’s of Kansas City, Rival’s Sports Bar of Kansas City, and Foley’s of New York City – to see how these institutions became the must-go place to see the game.

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon @ Citi Field, Flushing, New York

Within the array of New York City drinking holes, McFadden’s holds a special place. Located behind the bullpen gate at Citi Field, the Irish bar has been New York’s place to cheer on the Mets since TBS featured it on the “fan cam” during its coverage of the National League Championship Series. The coverage made McFadden’s the place to be part of Mets history. “I guess the best word to describe it would be magical,” Amani Mousa, the manager of McFadden’s at Citi Field, told the Village Voice. “I mean, people were lining up. They would arrive early just so they could make sure that they were sitting on the side of the bar that was being taped. Everyone got so into it.”

Not so much a separate location as an annex for the franchise’s flagship location in Midtown Manhattan when the Mets have a home game, the Citi Field bar has become the fount for Mets excitement. During the NLCS, when the Mets had big moments – such as second baseman Daniel Murphy’s record-breaking home runs scored in six consecutive postseason games – TBS found an excuse to cut to McFadden’s, where pandemonium over the Mets reigns.

McFadden’s has a special relationship with the Mets. Due to the Citi Field location’s proximity, the bar has served as a second clubhouse for the franchise, with ex-players regularly showing up to sign autographs and to conduct meet-and-greets. A patron sitting at the bar at McFadden’s can easily hear the sounds and commotion of the field. It was the Mets that recommended McFadden’s to TBS, and it’s likely safe to assume that TBS’s coverage persuaded FOX to continue using McFadden’s for fan reactions.

“Pretty much every bar in New York City tried to capitalize on this conference series and the division series and put on their happy hour specials to draw in a crowd,” Mousa said. “But people already associate McFadden’s Citi Field with the Mets, and they know that we’re the place to be before, after, and during the game.”

“We’re the true home to Mets fans – any other bar would be like a duplicate. No disrespect to them, but you really can’t compete with us.”

Somewhere between a dive bar and a destination, McFadden’s is known for its raucous, hard-partying staff, easygoing nature, and comfortable atmosphere. This has been known to get out of control, as was the case in 2008 when – at the Midtown location – a man wearing a FDNY T-shirt got in a fight with a group of firefighters that spread to include approximately 20 people and led to the arrest of two firefighters. The bar closed following the incident and reopened under new management.

Depending on when you attend, the bar can be called a college bar, an after-college bar, a yuppie bar, a sports bar, or a reporter’s bar. But, despite all this, the bar is one of New York’s most popular, which has led to many imitators. It is not unlikely to have business magnates, actors, and politicians drinking at the bar at the same time as ordinary New Yorkers and tourists.

Above all else, McFadden’s is a Mets bar, which is extended to all bars under the franchise – franchisees typically give specials and discounts when the Mets play. For a New Yorker who can’t get a ticket to Citi Field – and for many who can, but just want a place to get a drink – there is no place better than McFadden’s.

“I haven’t had the chance to talk to many of our patrons about the World Series, but from those I have, there is real excitement,” said Garguilo. “Many have brought in signs and you can feel the energy with this crowd. It’s an amazing thing to be part of.”

McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Kansas City, Missouri

It’s a strange thing to be at a Mets bar in Royals Country. However, for the McFadden’s franchise in Kansas City, this doesn’t seem to be a problem. Following the Royals’ 2014 sweep of the American League division series, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer held a one-hour Happy Hour at McFadden’s during which he picked up the tab for everyone to show appreciation of their support over the year. The bar tab totaled about $15,000, of which Hosmer paid $3,000. His teammates covered the rest.

Despite the fact that it is a franchise of the Manhattan flagship bar, Kansas City’s McFadden’s Saloon has become a standout in the city’s mixed-use Power & Light District. In the free-spirited district – which is the only place in the city that permits drinking on the streets – the high-tech venue, which includes multiple high-definition plasma TVs, large projection screens, digital surround sound, and drink specials when the game is on, has become the popular spot to watch the game.

It also helps that the bar’s older sister is regularly featured in the World Series telecast.

Foley’s New York Pub and Restaurant, New York, New York

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For many Irish, the somber ballad “Danny Boy” has become an unfortunate stereotype for all things Irish; almost an anthem to wrap up and quantify the American interpretation of what it means to be Irish in North America – good, bad, correct, and incorrect. While the song itself – an ode to great sacrifice and lost – is within itself not offensive, its overuse has taken on a special meaning within itself.

One bar in New York City decided to do something about it. In a moment that the bar still proudly promotes, the bar banned the playing of “Danny Boy” for the month of March 2008. The argument made? It is overplayed at the expense of other Irish songs, it is one of the most depressing songs of all times, and it was written by a man who has never set foot in Ireland. The ban brought Foley’s international coverage, including a skit on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and simultaneous front page coverage on AOL, MSN, Comcast, and Yahoo!

For Foley’s – temporarily renamed Daniel Murphy’s Pub & Restaurant in recognition of the Mets’ record-making slugger – it is these types of stunts that made it one of New York City’s best-known and most beloved Irish and baseball bars. The home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, the bar takes seriously its love of the game and of its owner’s heritage, which has led to the bar having regular patrons such as Mets third baseman David Wright. Only a decade old, the bar feels older due to a manufactured authenticity, such as the presentation of antique scorecards and bricks from Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“There’s really no baseball bar like this in New York,” said a patron to The New York Times. “It’s kind of like they deconstructed baseball down to its essence.”

Among the memorabilia in the bar are stadium seats, World Series rings, over 3,000 autographed baseballs, and an assortment of bobbleheads. Currently, Foley’s is regularly at capacity as the Mets continue their hunt for their long-awaited World Series title. Owner Shaun Clancy has indicated that the name change may be permanent should Murphy have an extraordinary performance in the World Series and the Mets win.

Rivals Sports Bar, Kansas City, Missouri

As Citi Field has McFadden’s, Kauffman Stadium has Rivals Sports Bar, which is located just beyond the stadium’s right-field fountains. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glass, the bar offers one of the best views of the game available in the stadium. With a 360-degree bar, a 103-inch flat-screen TV, and retractable warehouse doors that allow an open-air setting, this ticket holder–only bar offers a sense of class for fans who want to seek a more comfortable way to enjoy the game.

Rivals is owned by the Royals organization and is ran by Aramark; as such, it is functionally a second clubhouse in the ballpark. While the chance of meeting an ex-player here is not as high as at McFadden’s, you can reserve a table against the glass, overlooking first base and offering an exceptional view of the game.


World Series Rivalry Mets vs Royals

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On a cursory glance at the 2015 World Series matchup of the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals, little separates the teams. Both have been in a long drought since their last Major League Baseball championships – the Mets won their last World Series in 1986, while the Royals last won in 1985.

Both are teams fueled by freshman-heavy squads, and both lost in their last chance to win the World Series in crushing style. The Mets’ 2006 run was stopped when the St. Louis Cardinals beat them in the National League Championship Series 4-3, while the Royals lost the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants with a Game 7 score of 3-2 – with the tying run on third base when Royals catcher Salvador Perez fouled out and ended the game. The Royals’ 2014 World Series run ended a 28-season streak of failure to make the postseason one of the longest in post wild card–game MLB history.

The sad, almost unbearable truth is that despite the teams’ similarities, no rivalry exists between the Mets and the Royals – either imagined or historical. While the Royals and New York’s other team – the Yankees – have a storied and heated rivalry that is likely to cause bar fights and intense arguments whenever the two play (in part due to the back and forth between the two perennial American League Championship Series participants between 1976 and 1980), Kansas City and New York – for the most part – genuinely like each other.

Besides the Yankees and the Royals, no New York or Kansas City team in any sport has a serious grudge against each other. A historical example of the cities’ “frenemies” status is that the A’s – while they were still in Kansas City – regularly and willingly farmed its players to the Yankees during the mid to late ’50s, including one notably lopsided trade for future home run record holder Roger Maris.

Despite the lack of gunpowder preloaded in this contest, this World Series is likely to be one for the history books. In the majority of predictions about the World Series, experts suspect the matchup to see Game 7 but are evenly divided on who will win. CBS Sports, for example, has the Royals winning the series three experts to two. Bovada has the series on even money, while Sportsbook.ag has the Mets as slight favorites.

While most analyst media outlets – including International Business Times and SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio – are currently predicting the Mets to squeak out a win, this fight will be one for the ages and likely the cause of a new sports rivalry. With the Royals’ fastball-hitting specialists going against the best fastball artists in the league with the Mets’ starters, the arguments about this series have already began; Bleacher Report has taken the controversial position of calling the series in six games for the Royals while Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has predicted that the Mets are the team of the future, with Rodriguez predicting the team to win three or four out of the next five World Series.

Charting the Start of a Rivalry

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In the modern information era, social media is the chronicle of what’s happening and what the populace thinks of what’s happening. In a cursory glance of hashtag #RoyalsMets on Twitter, you get tweets like these:


#FallClassic #RoyalsMets – KC I’ve been a loyal fan since 1985. Win or lose. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! #KansasCityRoyals


#RoyalsMets write it down


Baseball season is back. #royalsmets

Hashtag #worldseries added tweets such as:


Today’s the day! #WorldSeries world-series-cup #LGM mets-apple


Ok #Royals imma need you to come out hella strong tn!! #worldseries world-series-cup


#WorldSeries world-series-cupStarts Tonight Also…Damn I Love Sports

Overwhelmingly, there is a lack of animosity or venom in the conversations over social media. For the most part, everyone is excited for a remarkable matchup to begin.

This feeling is reflected in the sentiment analysis of Mets mentions in Missouri and Royals mentions in New York. In some of the highest scores reported during this Fall Classic, the two host cities have little to say bad about the opposition team. Missouri’s mentions about the Mets illustrate St. Louis’s generally good feelings about New York; at 0.45, Missouri reported the best sentiment score of any team at any point of this year’s World Series race.

New York, which generally is regarded as more cynical than other states, scored a 0.36 toward Missouri, which is in line with the sentiment scores New York registered for other series teams.

A Sentimental Game

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Scoring an almost perfect sentiment score is Kansas City’s left fielder Alex Gordon, a one-time Platinum Glove, four-time Gold Glove, and three-time Fielding Bible award winner who is among the most popular baseball players currently playing. It is rumored that this season will be Gordon’s last with the Royals. Gordon is one of the Royals’ heavy hitters, playing a significant role in the team’s ALCS victory this year.

“KC” as a term also came in high with a 0.73 sentiment score – “KC” refers to Kansas City – with Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, former Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman/right fielder Bobby Bonilla – who received the first of his annual deferment checks of about $1.2 million from the Mets this year – and the term “Escobar” also top the sentiment list. The term “escobar” is likely a reference to Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

An interesting term on the sentiment list is “Hugwatch”: a reference to players hugging each other in the dugout. This usually happens when a player plays his last game – either due to a trade or retirement; in a show of emotion, the player leaves the dugout by hugging each of his teammates. With several players on both teams likely to retire or be traded after the World Series, the “Hug Watch” alert level is currently high.

Likely, many players – following the end of this series – will have reasons to hug one another. Rarely is there a World Series with this immense amount of talent and noticeably low level of bad blood.

For fans of the Mets and the Royals and for baseball fans worldwide, this World Series will be one to remember – one of two very deserving teams will be rewarded for a postseason many already believe is among the best in recent memory.

Enjoy the teams player walk up songs, New York Mets & Kansas City Royals playlists.



 We pulled every tweet from the 2015 MLB Season with #Mets in the state of Missouri and #Royals in the state of New York, and using the Alchemy API, we looked at the targeted sentiment score of the most commonly used terms throughout. The targeted sentiment looks at the words around a particular term and determines on a scale of -1 to 1 how negative or positive these words are, with 0 being neutral.