On-Base Perception

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Will latest award create opportunity for Wally Backman?

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

After leading the Las Vegas 51s to the postseason, no other teams last winter sought permission from the Mets to speak with Triple-A manager Wally Backman. Though he had informal conversations about staff openings elsewhere, a source said that Backman was never involved in any formal interview process, a somewhat surprising assertion in light of his successful season.

Perhaps, Backman’s...

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Travis d'Arnaud isn't moving anywhere

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets reacts after arriving

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Mets have little to no interest in trading catcher Travis d’Arnaud, a source told Newsday Friday afternoon, nor do they envision moving him to leftfield to protect him from suffering more concussions.

Manager Terry Collins told the Daily News that the idea had been discussed informally though it was not a likely scenario.

According to a source, Collins and his staff had talked of...

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How the Mets got Dilson Herrera, and what scouts believe he can do

Erie SeaWolves catcher Craig Albernaz, left, awaits the

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It was around this time a year ago when the Pirates put in a waiver claim for outfielder Marlon Byrd. Prompted by that interest, general manager Sandy Alderson sent word through the organization, in search of standouts in the Pirates’ system.

The name that quickly landed on the Mets’ radar? Dilson Herrera.

From one scout, Shaun McNamara, came a positive report. From Low-A Savannah manager...

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Ex-Met Chris Young debuts with Yankees' Triple-A team

Chris Young with the homer to left in

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  Buffalo scored all of its runs during the first three innings against starter Chris Leroux in an 11-3 win over the RailRiders.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, SS: 2-for-5

Chris Young, RF: 1-for-4

Kyle...

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Akeel Morris' numbers are Mariano Rivera-like

Cyclones pitcher Akeel Morris pitches against the Staten

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Albuquerque scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good in a 10-5 win over Las Vegas.

The standouts:

Brandon Allen, 1B: 2-for-4 with a double and a home run

Andrew Brown, LF: 2-for-4 with a double

Josh...

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Get to know Mets call-up Dilson Herrera

Erie SeaWolves catcher Craig Albernaz, left, awaits the

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Dilson Herrera was Marlon Byrd’s parting gift to the Mets. Now, the package is about to be delivered.

Following a 3-for-4 performance with a home run at Double-A Binghamton on Thursday night, Herrera was called up to the majors to replace the injured Daniel Murphy, sidelined with a right calf issue.

Herrera arrived in the Mets organization, along with Vic Black, as the return in the...

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Robert Refsnyder still going strong for Yankees in minors

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  Buffalo scored five runs in the top of the seventh, rallying for a 6-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The RailRiders beat Buffalo, 8-3, in Game 2.

The standouts:

Robert Refsnyder,...

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Noah Syndergaard strikes out nine in stellar outing

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws live batting practice

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas batted around during a five-run second inning, and easily defeated Round Rock, 8-3.

The standouts:

Kevin Plawecki, C: 4-or-4 with two home runs

Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Allowed seven hits, one walk and one run...

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Travis d'Arnaud and Andrelton Simmons: A glove story

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

As Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons force-fed the Mets another bitter dose of his defensive magic, the worst view in the house belonged to Travis d’Arnaud. That’s because after hitting a grounder toward the hole in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, the Mets catcher lowered his head and busted down the first base line. It was as if he were reliving a recurring nightmare.

In many...

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Yankees sign ex-Met Chris Young to minor-league deal

Mets' Chris Young dives back to first base

(Credit: AP / Jeffrey Phelps)

The Yankees have signed former Mets outfielder Chris Young to a minor-league deal.

Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP, eight home runs, 31 runs, 28 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 88 games with the Mets before being released on Aug. 15.

Young, a natural centerfielder, played 55 games in leftfield for the Mets....

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