Author: Josh Chapdelaine

Josh Chapdelaine started Around Citi in Oct. 2010 as a high school senior looking to venture into new media. The original inception of the site ran through March 2011 before Chapdelaine looked to outside endeavors. He returned to his Around Citi roots in Jan. 2013.
Around Citi turns four, and what’s next

Around Citi turns four, and what’s next

Two years ago I had the pleasure to address Around Citi’s audience in advance of our two year anniversary as an independent website. Today, I am ecstatic to announce the site’s rebirth. What followed in 2015 was simply remarkable for the site, and a year I will never forget. I had the privilege to receive my first …

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Listen: Tebow to Mets, WIld Card preview, more

Listen: Tebow to Mets, WIld Card preview, more

Metstradamus Blog’s John Coppinger and Around Citi’s Josh Chapdelaine look beyond this weekend’s series victory in Atlanta to discuss Tim Tebow’s arrival (and whether or not it was inevitable), Daniel Murphy’s true value, the mainstream perception of defense, and Mystery Diners. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/282142499″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

What did luck have to do with Eric Campbell’s roster spot?

What did luck have to do with Eric Campbell’s roster spot?

Eric Campbell unceremoniously made the Mets’ Opening Day roster for the first time in his career amid fan backlash that a poor 2015 season will serve as a harbinger of future performance. The 28-year-old was 12-for-48 (.292), drew 11 walks and produced  a .433 on-base percentage this spring, earning the versatile utilityman his first Opening …

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New York Mets’ supplemental free agent options

New York Mets’ supplemental free agent options

The Mets will look to add “depth and versatility” in lieu of pursuing high-profile free agent outfielders like Justin Upton and Yoénis Cespedes. After the team signed Alejandro De Aza to complement Juan Lagares in center field, it will now look to add a right-handed hitting outfielder to spell left-handed outfielders Michael Conforto and Curtis …

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Projected 2016 New York Mets starting rotation and statistics

Projected 2016 New York Mets starting rotation and statistics

Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom return as Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz prepare to begin their first full major-league seasons. Veteran Bartolo Colon returns for his third season in Queens, where he is expected to start the season as a starting pitcher before giving way to the returning Zack Wheeler. Projections courtesy of Steamer. RHP …

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In Michael Conforto, the Mets have replaced Yoénis Cespdes

In Michael Conforto, the Mets have replaced Yoénis Cespdes

The New York Mets will look to 23-year-old outfielder Michael Conforto to replace Yoénis Cespedes’ production in 2016. Conforto batted .270/.335/.506 in 56 major-league games during his rookie season. After Conforto hit .200 over his first 48 plate appearances, he produced a .291 batting average in his final 146 regular season plate appearances. Despite a …

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Projected 2016 New York Mets lineup and statistics

Projected 2016 New York Mets lineup and statistics

The New York Mets have added second baseman Neil Walker, middle-infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Alejandro De Aza. In the absence of Yoenis Cespedes, the team will look to 2014 first-round draft selection Michael Conforto to fill the team’s power void. Projections courtesy of Steamer. 1. RF Curtis GrandersonGames: 146 Batting average: .232 On-base percentage: …

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Alejandro De Aza’s signing leaves Nieuwenhuis vulnerable

Alejandro De Aza’s signing leaves Nieuwenhuis vulnerable

The New York Mets and outfielder Alejandro De Aza have agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract agreement, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. De Aza, 31, hit .262/.333/.422 in 2015 in 114 games with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. The left-handed batter was primarily successful against right-handed pitching, against …

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Mets face familiar foes in Dodgers’ Rollins, Turner and Utley

Mets face familiar foes in Dodgers’ Rollins, Turner and Utley

The National League division series will feature remnant foes from the Mets’ less formidable years, including former Philadelphia Phillies infielders Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley and former Mets infielder Justin Turner. Both Rollins (247) and Utley (179) have played in more than one full season’s worth of games against the Mets. Rollins has hit 33 …

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Listen: Metstradamus talks Mets-Dodgers NLDS, wild-card format and sandwiches

Listen: Metstradamus talks Mets-Dodgers NLDS, wild-card format and sandwiches

Metstradamus Blog’s John Coppinger joins Around Citi’s “Baseball Chronicles” podcast to forecast the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS, MLB wild-card results, the most necessary playoff snacks and why a hot dog is not a sandwich. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227542649″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]