Eyewitness to Forum: Latimer, Hunt-Robinson Showcase well.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2014. From a White Plains CitizeNetReporter Observer. October 23, 2014:

The following are the impressions of a person familiar with White Plains issues who observed the Candidate’s Forum at the White Plains Library sponsored by the League of Women Voters and gave WPCNR their impressions, first his take on the statements of Joe Dillon and George Latimer running for the 37th District State Senate seat:

Joe Dillon was good, but George Latimer was even better.
Latimer accused Dillon of lying about/ distorting his (Latimer’s) record. He challenged the audience to read up on his record.
Latimer made one mistake, he said that Mamaroneck Ave, was thriving with the help of state iniatives, which, as we know, is not true. Many businesses are closing along the Mamroneck Ave/ Post Road Corrider.  Nevertheless, I felt Latimer won hands down.
In the Hunt-Robinson-Guerriere contest, the moderator could not pronounce Terrence’s name correctly much of the time. Although both candidates did a good job, I felt that Nadine showed better than Terrence. She showed a lot of passion,  had the insider’s edge, and was obviously well coached by the Democratic Party.
Both candidates were in favor of following the City’s Master Plan, up-dating the Plan with a new one and following all zoning laws.
Terrence felt parking in WP was a big issue and proposed free parking for residents, as one way to improve retail business in downtown.
Nadine wanted more residential apartment building downtown, thus generating more people to shop along Mamaroneck Ave. She touted the new Lyons Place garage, as a place to park. She favored  walking over cars. Both candidates were good, but I have to give the edge to Hunt-Robinson.
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Deadline is Monday for Applying for Somers Affordable Housing Availabilities

WPCNR HOUSING NEWS. From the Housing Action Council. October 23, 2014:Housing Action Council is accepting applications for the Mews II at Baldwin Place, a fair andaffordable senior housing development at 32-34 Clayton Boulevard in the Town of Somers through Monday, October 27.

To apply, contact the Housing Action Council, 914-332-4144, or visit the Housing Action Council website at www.affordablehomes.org

When completed, the Mews II will provide affordable apartments for seniors who cannot afford rental housing in the private marketplace. Rents range from $858 to $1244 depending on household income and income. The development is designed to reach households whose incomes areno greater than 60% of the median income of Westchester County.

The median income for a single person is $72,600. Eligible applicants are singles whose income is no greater than $43,560; 2 persons, $48,800 and 3 persons, $56,040.The one bedroom apartments range in size from 710 sq.ft to 734 sq.ft. and 910 sq.ft to 1050 sq. ft for the two bedrooms apartments. All apartments have a patio or deck. Heat and air conditioning arconditioning are individually controlled. It is within walking distance to Somers Commons ShoppingCenter, with a supermarket, restaurant and other retails stores. It is also located on a bus line.

The developers are Kearney Realty & Development Group, a major builder of affordable andaffordable housing These 75 apartments contribute to the 750 homes that the County must facilitate under its 2009 Housing Settlement with HUD.

Applications will be accepted through October 27, 2014. A lottery will be held on October 29,to determine the order in which applicants will be qualified. Occupancy is planned for January and February, 2015.

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Food Bank Asks for Donations to Furnish Thanksgiving Turkeys for 5,000 Families


The Food Bank for Westchester announced that this year’s goal is to raise the funds necessary to provide 5,000  Thanksgiving turkeys for families in need. Pictured from left, Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett; Arlene Putterman, Manager, Public & Community Relations at Stop & Shop; Greg W; Ellen Lynch, Executive Director at Food Bank for Westchester; Jeanne Blum, Executive Director at Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless; Food Bank board chairman Rick Rakow ; and Westchester County Legislator Michael Smith.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Food Bank for Westchester. October 23, 2014:

The Food Bank for Westchester, which operates the county’s largest food collection and emergency distribution network, kicked-off its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive yesterday.  At the kick-off held at the Food Bank’s Elmsford distribution warehouse it was announced that this year’s goal is to raise the funds necessary to provide 5,000 turkeys for families in need.

In 2013 the Food Bank served 6,204,101 meals to Westchester County residents. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 37,000sf warehouse and is home to Westchester’s largest refrigerator and freezer.

To donate to the Food Bank for Westchester’s Turkey Drive, please visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org or text FB4W to 88500.

A donation of just $25 provides turkeys for two families. With approximately 200,000 Westchester residents hungry or at risk of being hungry, there is a significant need for meals this holiday season. Last year the Food Bank exceeded its fund raising goal and was able to provide more than 4,000 turkeys.

“As a community, it is important that we collect as many donations as possible to help out local families and to ensure a memorable Thanksgiving for those who would otherwise go without,” said Ellen Lynch, Food Bank Executive Director. “Thanks to everyone who supports our holiday turkey drive, a huge burden is lifted off these families’ shoulders.”

She said the Food Bank is experiencing an unprecedented demand for its services. “The need is real. However, even though the campaign just started, it’s off to a good start. We have already brought in three truckloads of turkeys this year which is approximately 120,000 lbs.”

The need for more turkeys in part is a result of an increase in the number of Food Bank member agencies over the last year, and that more community and faith-based organizations are responding to the increased needs of their local communities. At the same time, the Food bank is servicing non-member agencies with its Kraft Mobile Food Pantry.  The Mobile Pantry is a specialized 36-foot beverage-style truck that functions as a “market on wheels” for communities where residents do not have easy access to fresh vegetables, meat and dairy products.

“On Thanksgiving, most families sit down for a family feast.  But there are thousands of people in our county who face a daily struggle to put just a little food on the table,” said Food Bank board chairman Rick Rakow. “The contributions we receive enable us to provide turkeys and all other ingredients for a nutritious holiday meal to help make it a happy Thanksgiving for all.”

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Anne Frank’s Stepsister to Speak October 28


On Tuesday, October 28, Mrs. Eva Schloss will share her experiences as the childhood friend and step sister of Anne Frank, including accounts of the publishing of Anne’s famed diary. The presentation will take place at the Double Tree in Tarrytown at 7:30pm and will be suitable for teenagers. Families of all faiths are invited to attend.

This is a special opportunity  to hear a first-hand account from someone whose life intersected with one of the most compelling figures in our history and comes at a time when religious extremism has re-emerged as a major threat to world peace.  Holocaust survivors from all over Westchester have been invited and will be recognized in what is expected to be one of the largest events of its kind and most significant, as the passage of time claims the remaining witnesses to one of the worst crimes of the 20th century.

The Westchester Jewish Council has joined with Chabad Houses of Westchester as sponsors of the event. Tickets are available at www.annefrankevent.com.

In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee Austria to avoid persecution. Among the emigrants was 8-year old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, brother, and father moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age.

The two girls became friends and playmates (though, as Eva would say many years later, the girl was “much more grown-up and mature than me”). They passed the time by skipping, playing  hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lemonade that the girl’s mother prepared.

Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later they would become step sisters.

Eva survived her concentration camp experience and made her way to England, where sheMarried  Zvi Schloss  and raised three daughters. She worked as a studio photographer and ran an antique shop.

Her step sister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank. It became one of the most recognizable accounts of the holocaust, taught in schools all over the world.

Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. In 1999 Eva signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raul Wallenberg, a legendary figure who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.

Eva joins many courageous individuals who work tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry that continue to plague our world. Eva’s story is sensational and difficult to imagine, yet her insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, that the creative spirit is stronger than fear, that the power of good is immeasurable, and that love makes a difference.

Ticket prices are $36 at the door, $30 in advance and $15 for students. A VIP package featuring a private reception with Eva Schloss prior to the event is also available.

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Reasons Why White Plains Sales Tax Receipts Continue Soft

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. October 22, 2014: 

Alex Philippidis, former Co-Host of White Plains Week and national internet reporter, expert on Westchester County business trends,  reacts to First Quarter Sales Tax Receipts Results in White Plains

“Howdy from White Plains, NY, where all those summer street festivals didn’t raise sales tax collections; indeed they were down 1.14% from a year ago, while NY’s Westchester County as a whole rose 2.49% year-over-year, FB follower (& former TV co-host) John Bailey reports. See if your guesses/reasons why match up with mine:

* Continuing reputation of WP parking fee$ and fine$, esp. among my out-of-town friends & colleagues.

* More downtown store & restaurant closings since the winter.

* “The new normal” — too many people making le$$, spending le$$ in stores, eating out le$$

* “Westchester’s Ridge Hill” in Yonkers — That retail project is comparable to The Westchester mall, down to the pricey parking, but shoppers like to visit what’s new, & it does lots of advertising on regional radio to boot.




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Guerriere and Hunt-Robinson State Positions at Woman’s Club Forum


The Common Council Forum Participants October 8:
Pictured left to right, Digna Reus, Nadine Hunt-Robinson, Terence Guerriere and Eileen McGarvey

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2014. From Colleen Fay of The Woman’s Club of White Plains. October 22, 2014:

On October 8, 2014 over one hundred White Plains residents attended a Candidate’s Forum at the Woman’s Club of White Plains. Julie Marbach, co-president of the Woman’s Club, welcomed the audience and introduced candidates Nadine Hunt-Robinson, a Woman’s Club member, and Terence Guerriere. Ms. Hunt-Robinson and Mr. Guerriere are competing for the White Plains Common Council seat vacated by Ben Boykin. The event was hosted and moderated by Digna Reus and Eileen McGarvey.

A number of questions affecting White Plains were presented to the candidates including the development of the downtown area, staffing levels for police and fire, affordable housing, expansion of green spaces particularly the Greenway, improvements to the train station, community relations and, of course, FASNY.

Both candidates felt continued development is essential to the financial well-being of White Plains. To this end, both would work with property owners to promote development of vacant properties. Consumer utilization of the downtown area is also essential. To encourage this, Mr. Guerriere spoke of his plan to make parking after 6PM on weekdays and on weekends free to White Plains residents.

  Ms. Hunt-Robinson mentioned the program where residents can purchase a permit which allows them unlimited parking on weekdays from 6pm till midnight and on weekends from 10 am till midnight at select garages. Both also emphasized that while development is essential, the impact on the residential areas and the preservation and expansion of green spaces need to be carefully considered as well.

Staff levels of police and fire were decreased several years ago to reduce expenditures. With the growth of White Plains, particularly the downtown area in the evenings, many are concerned that the surrounding neighborhoods are not being as well protected with the increased utilization of officers in the downtown area.

Mr. Guerriere would like to see staffing levels restored and Ms. Hunt-Robinson felt that the police commissioner has done an admirable job of reallocating officers such as taking them off desk jobs and placing them on the street. She stated the police have taken a pro-active approach, placing officers on the streets early in the evening not just later when the bars are closing.

FASNY was naturally a hot topic.  Mr. Guerriere stated that he is opposed to FASNY moving to the property on Ridgeway. Ms. Hunt-Robinson stated that she still needed to consider the impact on the community with regard to safety, environment and public health issues.

The evening concluded with each candidate summarizing their positions and what they hoped to contribute to White Plains if elected.


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Real Estate Sales Continue Sluggish in third Quarter of 2014

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors. October 20, 2014:

Westchester, the largest county in the MLS region, posted a sales decrease of 2.7%, to 2,863 units. Rockland followed closely with a 2.4% decrease.  In Orange County there was barely any change at all, a decrease of only 0.3%. Putnam’s sales actually increased by 3.1%, although that was measured against a small base of a few hundred units

Generally, this slightly diminished but still very strong level of closed real estate transactions followed upon listing and marketing activity that took place during the spring and early summer months.  The external conditions for real estate were good then.  For example, mortgage interest rates remained consistently low and affordable;  the average rate for a 30-year conventional loan ranged mostly between 4.4% and 4.2% throughout the period.

Unemployment – a low rate of which is a confidence builder, especially for first-time buyers – continued its downward path in the lower Hudson region, with all four counties lower by nearly a percentage point or more from 2013.

Rockland and Putnam, with August unemployment rates of 5.1% and 4.8% respectively, are at a level that many economists deem to be full employment.  The performance of the stock market is another contributor to buyer confidence, even if the buyers are not invested in same.  During the spring and summer months the Dow Jones Industrial Average steadliy increased from 16,000 to 17,000.

Year to date (Jan.-Sep.) sales in all categories amounted to 10,180 units, a decrease of 3.5% from the same period in 2013.  If fourth quarter activity mirrors the prior three quarters, 2014 sales will amount to about 13,300 units and rank 2014 as the second best year since 2008.

Prices are pulling out of recession, too, with three of the four counties posting increases in most categories.  For the third quarter, the median1 sale price of a single family house in Westchester was $682,500, up by 4.7% over 2013. The median for condominiums, $375,000, was 5.5% higher.  In Rockland, the median house was $415,000, up by 2.0%, whereas condominium prices decreased by11.8% to a $222,500 median; the decrease was against a small base of 127 sales, however.


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City Sales Tax Receipts Stagnant after First Quarter. County up 2.49% After 9 Months

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. From the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. October 19, 2014:

Despite a series of promotional events in September, a jazz week, back to school sales, early halloween sales, and even Christmas displays already up (in Sears)  and the usual business back to normal routine, White Plains sales tax receipts are down 1.14% from the last year fiscal pace.

The city received $143,741.47 less in sales tax receipts in September, for a total of $12,505,970.91 the first three months of the city fiscal year compared to $12,649,712.38 the first quarter of last year. White Plains has a fiscal year that beings in July of each year.

Westchester County, by contrast has increased its sales tax receipts by 2.49% in the first 9 months of its fiscal year that began in January.

Geoffrey Gloak of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance notes,

The distributions for the  first two months of every calendar-year-quarter are equivalent to estimates.   The reconciliation takes place in the 3rd month  of each quarter.   As a result, quarterly numbers are likely more appropriate for reporting purposes.

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Theatre Etiquette

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. By Addison Dewitt. October 16, 2014:

The state of the theatre today is better than it has ever been.

Daring plays are being created by insightful new playwrights with daring directing, staging with awe. The aging theatre audience continues to support the avantgarde. The acting is ever more intense. The scripts dangerously human. Even the musicals, though outrageously new in some respects have become tourist-oriented, star vehicles and special effects driven, but this was the greatest year Broadway has ever had.

However the state of the  theatre audience is worse than it has ever been.

I have to tap my Between-The-Acts cigarillo in my cigarette holder with disdain for the behavior I have seen in an  assortment of venues this season.

The dress for the theatre when I was guiding Eve to the top in All About Eve, was always impeccable. Tuxedos on opening night, suits, ties for the men and gowns for the women.

But now, at evening performances you rarely see even sport jackets and ties on the men. And the milleniums of today, blue jeans, T-shirts under sport jackets. Ties in fact are just not to be seen.Even persons in the older theatre crowd no longer dress up for the theatre. I lament this overwhelming trend.

Style is dead in the theatre-goer today. They may like informal, and more convenient to dress casual, and that is kind to call it casual. The young women dress much better than their male dates, they are at least neat and well-made up, even if they do wear pants. But please bare midriffs in the audience, this just says, “I’m showing my midriff.” No style to it, young ladies.

Even the cougars(women of the interesting age) in the audience adopt a more casual style, but some do wear dresses, especially the elderly ladies,  and preserve vestiges of formality for the performance. I miss the dignity of audiences of the past.

As a young copywriter once wrote years ago about the theatre, “You’re going to the theatre. Tonight is the night you paint the town red. ”   Nobody dresses “red” for the theatre today.

The theatre goers of today have too many i-phones: the device that they insist on looking at and checking for messages right up until the performance begins and do not shut it off until the houselights go down. Are you that important, really? Are you that insecure that you have to check e-mails and texts on matinee days? Please.

If you have a phone that accepts Severe Weather Alerts, be aware it will go off with a BEEEEEP BEEEP  BEEEP even if you’ve turned it off, as one did at a performance I was at the other day. It used to be, you read Playbill leading up to the performance, not e-mails.  Theatres should make you check your cellphones at the door, like they do at golf tournaments. Now, Heaven knows, anything goes if your phone glows.

You also should not talk during a performance. People do.

You also should not make a public display of how much you love each other when you are in the front row of a theatre-in-the-round performance, as a couple did at the performance I was at recently, rubbing each other’s knees and coming very close to border-necking. This was absurd, and a total insult to the actors who were delivering magnificent work five feet away. In fact, anywhere in the theatre you should not be so absorbed in each other that you make others around you uncomfortable.

It is worth repeating that sentence: you should not be so absorbed in each other that you make others around you uncomfortable anywhere in the theatre.

Then there is the water bottle syndrome. The theatre is not the movies, where snacking is a tradition. Somehow this has now found its way into the theatre. It is becoming like a baseball game. In another performance I recently saw, in the front row a gentleman was drinking out of a water bottle five feet from the stage while the performance was going on. Was he really that thirsty? Please, a little respect for the actors. This goes for candy-unwrapping, gum chewing, whatever.

Now, one tradition Broadway theatres have continued to this day is total disdain for the theatre-going public. Houses do not open sometimes until 7:45. They queue you up and make you wait to get in. You are literally herded into the theatre.  And herded quickly out, except when the theater professionals are taking up a collection. This theatre management shows just a lack of consideration, especially in the big houses. Could we change this tradition of  lines to get in when it is totally avoidable? At $170 a ticket? Absurd.

Now as for seating, why is it that the swells with the most expensive seats always arrive last? This is another dissing of the actors and rudeness to audience. Could you get there on time, Mr. and Mrs. Important? You look like jerks to the rest of the theatre patrons and the actors when you are disturbing the front rows, any rows for that matter after the performance has started. And we know you don’t want to look like that, do you?

Just a few quality of theatre observations from one who has seen a lot.

Yes yes, (with a wave of a hand) I am a traditionalist.

Addison DeWitt

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Choosing Failure.


WPCNR VIEW FROM THE UPPER DECK By “Bull” Allen in the Ballantine Press Box Section 30. October 5, 2014:

I hear the “pops” of fans lingering in the ramps to the old upper deck, stomping paper beer cups  the only sounds.

I stare at the melancholy empty diamond. No post season drama in Da Bronx or in Flushing by the Bay, this year, and for some seasons to come.

Sipping the white foam of a  Ballantine Ale and puffing retrospectively on a White Owl Wallop, let’s go over the reasons for this sad season for both baseball teams.

It is a season that has seen two restructurings of New York’s baseball teams and not for the better, it is a selling to fans of   a new commitment to being just in it, and that’s enough and we should be happy with that.

As I write this, with about with the  games dwindled to a meaningless few, the cheerleaders in the press box continued to brandish the cry of there is still time to get the pathetic Wild Card slot in the Major League playoffs–for that 1 game and out privilege. (Really they have to make the Wild Cards best of 5, or 2 of 3.)

Mathematically, yes.

Mindset, no.

And it has been that way all during the long season.

Take the Bronx Hitless Seniors Experiment.

The Yankees knew going into this season they were minus the big bat. Choosing not to sign Robinson Cano, for whatever mysterious reason unbeknownst to us that the sportswriting fraternity has not been able to figure out, they chose early on not to bring in some big lumber even when the anemic  Yankee lineup lost game after game because of not scoring runs just as they lost game after low-scoring game in that pathetic stretch in Baltimore and Tampa Bay..

In the days of George Steinbrenner, you always had to respect George’s push to win. He pulled triggers when the Yankees needed help for a stretch run. He tried. The Yankee management this year  did not try. Until they brought in Chris Young.

Sadly the penurious Hal Steinbrenner chose not to  make more moves. Instead he elected to sign Derek Jeter after a most uncharacteristic walk year performance. What does Jeter do the first year of the new contract? He breaks an ankle. Season over for him. What does he do this year?

Nothing. Jeter has done nothing since having signed that contract. But the mystery is why he has fallen off so suddenly in his batting. He has hurt the team performance. But he has not hurt the gate.  Had Jeter opted to sign for less money the Yankees might have signed Cano. But No, neither did Jeter move off shortstop early in this decade when it would have been helpful to the team had he done so. (Lou Gehrig took himself out of the lineup when he could not handle his position.).

But mysteriously, Cano is not hitting for the power he hit with the Yankees in his walk year that induced Seattle to sign him. Cano is hitting for average and has lost considerable weight and bulk, just like Jeter did after his “walk” year.  So, even had the Yankees resigned Cano, he might not have delivered the power  he did last year. But he’d be hitting. McCann, the big free market signing,  is finally getting it together, but has been a disappointment No Posada, he.

Be that as it may, the apparent silent Steinbrenner fils’ decision to not trade prospects for a genuine  big bopper has killed the Yankee season. They are 76-74. Twelve games to go.

Had they had a legitimate, consistent, healthy big bopper, they’d be at least 10 games better in wins…and probably right up there with the Orioles. Next year there will be no Derek Jeter wake to keep people coming to the ballpark and Hal Steinbrenner is going to wonder why.  Really a bad business decision not replacing Cano. But if Cano was that good they should have signed him. (Editor’s note, the Bronx Lites, finished 84-78. 12 games back of the Orioles, and no 1-Game Wildcard berth.)

If Rodriguez comes back strong in 2015…he may be that bat. But when A-Rod comes back, he may not hit with the power he had. Another thing about A-Rod: he never got any bit of credit for nearly getting the Yankees into the playoffs last September when he came back hitting after he had his hand injury. No one ever said or wrote except me,  what “a gamer” he was in that September stretch drive.

Jeter is gone now, having played his last game. But maybe he will be back in the broadcast booth, on YES. He now interits the Joe DiMaggio role if he wants it. He did represent the franchise well and I wish him well. We perhaps expected too much out of him his final year. Good luck, Number 2. We’ll remember you when the infield ups the middle sieves up next year.

Whether or not the Yankees make those playoffs, the owner of this team has  to make some money-spending moves to bring in major punch to the lineup next year. If he does not, to paraphrase the season ticket sale tagline on  the Yankees broadcast, “The legacy ends now.”

Take the Youth Movement at the Metsoleum in Queens. 

Over across the Triboro Bridge, in the last two weeks the Metropolitans will be portraying all the young players they are now using, touting them as their springboard to a great season in 2015. However, the Mets  after getting blasted by the Nationals the day I wrote this, have to win 8 of their last 10 to finish at .500 and have just been eliminated from the Wild Card.

(Editor’s Note: The Mets did not finish .500, finishing at 79-83, 17 games out, and they are talking contending next year. Really?)

The Mets when they entered June were feeling very good then went into the tank.  June is a cruel month. The  Met broadcaster noted last Thursday on WOR  the Mets were 31-47 against winning teams, but had  a 40-28 record against losing teams. This tells you the Metropolitans are not yet in the class of a winner or have a mind attitude to be..

I think the Mets could have been much better had they made several moves to bring in a major league hitter or two in June. They got a poor year out of Granderson (does any team have as much bad luck as the Mets in their free agent signings? Jason Bay, comes to mind )

Why didn’t the Mets sign Cano? How cheap was that of the Wilponage?

Lower power numbers and all, Cano would have been worth 10 more wins, maybe more,  to the Mets at least.  But no. The Mets did not make moves, and what happened? The team lost heart and fell apart in June, July and August. Meanwhile Cano hit the Seattle Mariners into contention and a .500 season.

The Metropolitans  have also been listless as about exciting as watching blacktop being laid or as sad as watching a grave being dug — and they dig it every year

That’s why Terry Collins, the manager,  the new Don Zimmer of baseball who keeps his job because he keeps the lid on, well, Collins has to go.  (Editor’s note: They are renewing his contract. How predictable. How incredibly predictable.)

Collins does not get upset enough when the Mets lose concentration on the basepaths (it has happened all season). He does not manage the team well defensively. Met fielding has cost them terrible losses, and they always seem to make crucial errors when the game is on the line. They are fundamentally unsound and look bored most of the time.

Not paying attention.

The Met pitching philosophy from top to bottom has to be examined. They burned out Harvey last year, and he may come back . But he is not going to have the velocity. The Mets have come up with more sore arms this year. The Met pitchers when they are good are being overworked.  Somehow the Mets need to bring in a professional pitcher who has won big time in the major leagues for a substantial period of time as a pitching coach who will build arm strength. Fix the mechanics. And stop the sacrifice of arms.

Over the years writing this column, I marvel at what Warren Spahn said. He threw every third day and pitched complete games every 4th day. He never had a sore arm. Spahnie said pitchers have to build leg strength and throw. And Spahn had a repertoire as  hard to throw as any of the pitchers today. But he threw effectively into the 10th inning many a time.

Perhaps there is no greater irony that when players come to Mets clubhouse, they just wilt under the pressure of the not caring, ennui,  that permeates this  franchise.

Willie Randolph could not tolerate the lack of hustle of the Mets when he ran them (the last time the Mets were in contention was when Randolph managed).

Chris Young destroys the league with Arizona and this year he does not hit  for the Mets. The Yankees pick him up when the Mets let him go. Young suddenly looks like Hurricane Hazel. He wins a game for the Yankees in his first game. He wins another with a 3-run dinger. Is the clubhouse in Flushing so depressing that it sucks the competitiveness and pride out of the people who walk into it? This tells you about the “Metsoleum” atmosphere in Flushing. That has to be changed.

Now, it is very well and good that the Mets have young players. Hopefully they will continue to develop. Maybe Harvey and the sorearm squad will come back strong as ever next year. The Mets will probably start out strong, but once the young players go around the league they will be scouted and the league will learn their weaknesses. That’s why the farm system will need to be supplemented by at least one professional hitters (not in their mid-thirties, but late 20s with more good years to go)

My prediction: next year the Mets will revive some of the slogans of the past “Now, the winning starts,” or “The Young Guns” or “The Flushing Gang”

Well let’s not have slogans, let’s not jump up and down like you’ve won the pennant everytime you break a 5 game losing streak. That is so sad,pathetic and shows lack of pride and self respect. Win a game when something is on the line.

Sadly, the mantra to sell season tickets to the Metsoleum in Queens was already spoken by Manager Terry Collins. Here is what he said after his team lost 3 of 4 to the Nationals when it mattered:

“I do not think we are that far away. Our bullpen is coming along with the young guys back there — tbe bullpen will be deep and our young players will have another year under their belt(s). ..we’ve made a lot of changes here and I agree with what Sandy Alderson said three months ago, that we’re very, very close.”


This is what the Mets say after every season.

Derek Jeter? He’s starting a website to tell you how players really feel.




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