It’s become increasingly clear that the New York Mets are placing all of their hopes for improving the team on developing players through their farm system. Unfortunately, that’s not a quick process. ESPN’s minor league guru Keith Law ranked the Mets’ farm system 22nd, though at least they came in ahead of two of their division opponents. (The Phillies came in 25th and the Marlins ranked 28th.)
More depressing news: Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing noted how many other New York area major league sports teams have made the playoffs more recently than the Mets. (Spoilers: the list includes the Giants and Yankees as well as now defunct teams from the Arena Football League and the Major Indoor Soccer League).
Changing the subject a bit, former New York Mets pitcher Bill Pulsipher has been named the pitching coach for the Winnipeg Goldeneyes in the independent American Association. Now 38, Pulsipher spent the last two seasons pitching for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League. While several American Association teams will visit New Jersey this season for interleague games with the Newark Bears or the New Jersey Jackals, Winnipeg is not among them. (Hat tip to Corey Mansfield’s Atlantic League blog for spotting the story.)
And in baseball card news, Panini America signed a multi-year licensing deal with the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Beckett Media reports:
Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed but it starts immediately, allowing the Texas-based company the right to show all Hall inductees, use Hall of Fame trademarks and showcase artifact images in six baseball card sets per year. The first of those will be Prime Cuts, which arrives in March.
When Panini America signs an agreement with Major League Baseball that will allow them to show team logos on their cards, I’ll be more interested. Still, this is good news for the card collectors who have been clamoring for more competition in the marketplace.