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Mets hitting coach says Curtis Granderson may need some winter work to fix his swing

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20: Curtis Granderson #3

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MIAMI -- Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson prefers to leave his players’ swings alone. That’s especially true in the middle of the season, when large-scale adjustments can be difficult to make.

The offseason, however, is a different matter. And that's particularly relevant to struggling Mets slugger Curtis Granderson, who Johnson said may be due for some offseason changes that go beyond just...

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Mets engineer comebacks in minor league playoffs

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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Wednesday was the first day of the playoffs for the three Mets minor league affiliates who made the postseason. Here’s a look at how they fared in Game 1:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s vs. Reno Aces (Diamondbacks)

The skinny: L.J. Mazzilli singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth to score Cory Vaughn with the go-ahead run, and Gonzalez Germen pitched a perfect ninth to save the 5-4...

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Juan on Juan: Lagares weighs in on his top plays

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares comes down with

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MIAMI -- This week, I asked Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares about his favorite defensive plays of the season. At first, he sounded like a parent who was put on the spot, asked to choose between children.

“Every time I do something good, I like them all,” Lagares said.

This season, he’s done a lot of good. By one advanced metric, Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, the most of any centerfielder...

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Mets minor league playoff preview

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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Three Mets affiliates begin minor league playoff series on Wednesday. Here’s a breakdown of each series:

TRIPLE-A

THE MATCHUP: Las Vegas (81-63), Pacific Southern winner, vs. Reno (81-63), Pacific Northern winner

THE SERIES: Begins with two games at Cashman Field on Wednesday and Thursday before shifting to Reno on Friday. If needed, the final two games of the five-game series...

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Video: Noah Syndergaard feeds a lion

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward

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Perhaps Instagram commenter stevenmurray10 said it best: "Use your left hand next time!"

Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard recently took a trip to the Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, a 20 minute drive down I-15 south from Cashman Field, where Syndergaard plays with the Mets' Triple-A squad, the Las Vegas 51s

The Lion Habitat Ranch offers, for $100, the chance to hand...

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Terry Collins believes LI's Craig Biggio deserves shot to manage

Craig Biggio received the highest percentage of the

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MIAMI -- Terry Collins managed Craig Biggio for three seasons with the Astros from 1994 to 1996. In that time, Collins figured it would only be a matter of time until his All-Star second baseman would become a big league skipper.

“I always told him, ‘one of these days you’ll be managing in the big leagues,’” Collins told Newsday. “And I hope you’ll get one of these guys like you on your team.”

Perhaps,...

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Mets minor league leaders

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Matt Bowman throws against

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The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. Before several of the Mets’ affiliates begin postseason play, here’s a look at the organizational batting and pitching leaders (the levels each player played at in 2014 are in parenthesis):

BATTING

Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)

1. Jairo Perez - .364 (A+, Rk)

2. Eric Campbell - .355 (AAA)

3. T.J. Rivera...

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Yankees minor league leaders

Jaron Long, a top pitching prospect in the

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The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. Here’s a look at the organizational batting and pitching leaders for the Yankees’ affiliates (the levels each player played at in 2014 are in parenthesis):

BATTING

Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)

1. Connor Spencer - .364 (A-)

2. Carlos Vidal - .361 (FRk)

3. Bryan Cuevas - .356 (Rk)

4. Algeni Mateo...

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Nick Tropeano and Sean Nolin, Long Island pitchers, get MLB call

A collage of Astros prospect Nick Tropeano, left,

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A pair of pitchers from Long Island will become major leaguers on Tuesday as part of their teams' September call-ups.

Starting Sept. 1, teams are allowed to expand their big league rosters from 25 to 40 players.

Righthander Nick Tropeano, who attended West Islip High School and Stony Brook University, was called up by the Astros. Lefthander Sean Nolin, a Seaford High School alum, was...

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Mets' Brooklyn team eliminated from playoffs on final day

Cyclones designated hitter Michael Conforto cracks a single

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Monday marked the last day of the minor league regular season. The Mets’ uppermost five affiliates finished a combined 367-269 (.577 winning percentage). Every team’s final individual record was also over .500.

Here’s an overview of the affiliates final regular season contests:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s (81-63)

The skinny: Las Vegas pitching held Albuquerque to just four hits during...

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