Here are photos of game one of the doubleheader between the Amsterdam Mohawk and Albany Dutchmen on June 26, 2016 at Bellizzi Field in Albany, NY.

The Mohawks outlasted the Dutchmen in pitchers duel winning the game 4-2.

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Nick Davey lays out  the ground rules (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

New York Mets prospect and 2011 first round pick (13th overall), Brandon Nimmo will make his major league debut batting 7th and playing right field for the Mets today.
Nimmo with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2012 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Nimmo has been a project for the Mets since they took him in the first round back in 2011. He didn't get a chance to play as much baseball growing up in Wyoming. Since then he's grown into his body and developed some power over the last few seasons.  He's a solid hitter who can get on base. 

During this past off-season Nimmo had surgery to repair a tendon in his left food. He returned with vengeance hitting .328 with Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League so far this season.

Nimmo in 2014, with Binghamton (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I got a chance to meet Brandon while he was playing for Binghamton in 2014. He's very quiet, humble, and just goes about his business.  He's only going to get better as he continues to play. He doesn't have huge power numbers but can get on base, something the Mets desperately need. He's a great kid, and should well into the Mets clubhouse.

Best of luck to Brandon!
Here are photos of the game between the Saugerties Stallions and Glens Falls Dragons from June 25, 2016 at East Field in Glens Falls, NY.

Glens Falls defeated Saugerties 6-3. Nate Cardy went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Dragons.

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Anthony Rocco (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

by Corey Mansfield

I always loved Jose Reyes. However, I wasn't overly upset when the Mets decided not to re-sign him after the 2011 season. Reyes had just won the National League batting crown and was due for a huge pay day. Like most Mets' fans we knew that one player wasn't going to win a championship and with a limited payroll the Mets needed money.

At that point the luster of Reyes had already start to wear off. Reyes was still an above average player but at times looked lazy in the field. While I have no inside knowledge I also felt he was a bad influence on younger players. David Wright emerged as a leader of the Mets while Reyes emerged as cocky and arrogant. Most people may have confused this with energetic and fun.

The Marlins Miami signed Reyes as part of their rebuilding and re-branding in the winter of 2012. However, their rebuilding didn't last long and they tore it down trading Reyes the following November.

It seemed that Reyes had found a home in Toronto. However, in the middle of the 2015 pennant chase the Blue Jays decided to jump at the chance to acquire premier shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and sent Reyes to Colorado. Reyes was traded from a contender to a team in the basement.

Here we are in 2016. Reyes has had stints in Miami, Toronto, Colorado, and jail cell after a he was arrested for assaulting his wife in October 2015. The charges were dropped but MLB suspended him 51 games for violating their domestic violence policy. Eventually the Rockies designated him for assignment making him a free agent.

The Mets are in desperate need of a spark for their struggling offense and all reports are pointing to Reyes/Mets reunion.

Could Reyes be redeemed? Could he live up to the promise he once had as 19 year old and lead the Mets to championship?  I think he can and here's the reason why.

He's a beaten (no pun intended) man. He's hit rock bottom. Suspended 51 games for violating the leagues' domestic violence policy. Released by the Rockies, one of the worst teams in baseball. And oh yeah, watched  two of his former teams celebrate in the playoffs last season.

Reyes just turned 33 years old and still has the talent. The Mets are last in the National League with 13 stolen bases. Only the Baltimore Orioles have less stolen bases in MLB then the Mets with 12. Reyes gives the Mets a much needed speed and stolen base threat. In his career he's averaged 50 stolen bases a season. Even if he's lost a step or two he's still a major improvement for the Mets.

Reyes is also a table setter. He gets on base. Currently, the Mets are 24th in baseball with a .308 on-base percentage. Reyes has averaged .339 in his career. However, he did see that drop to .291 in 2015.

However, the biggest contribution Reyes could give the Mets is leadership. Yes, leadership. Reyes has seen a lot in his 14 years and he's been through a lot. He understands the game and the business. He can teach the younger players from his mistakes and help them gel as a team...something the Mets need.

This may be the last chance for Reyes. He has a lot to prove not only to himself but to the rest of baseball.

I want to believe the arrogant, cocky kid is gone and the experienced veteran remains. I want to believe Reyes can help the Mets win a championship. I want to believe Reyes can rectify any problems in his personal life. I want to believe...

But it all depends on him.

In the famous words of Mets legend Tug McGraw, "Ya Gotta Believe!"
Here are photos of the game between the Vermont Lake Monsters and Tri-City ValleyCats from June 23, 2016 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY.

The Lake Monsters defeated the ValleyCats 4-3 on Thursday night. 

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Luis Barrera (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The New York-Penn League game between the Tri-City ValleyCats and Brooklyn Cyclones will air at 7:00pm on SNY.  SNY is the TV home for the New York Mets and is channel 66 on Time Warner Cable in Albany, NY.

Southpaw, one of the Tri-City ValleyCats' mascots (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are photos of the game between the Connecticut Tigers and the Tri-City ValleyCats on June 17, 2016 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY.

The Tri-City ValleyCats routed the Connecticut Tigers 13-1 on the opening night of the New York-Penn League season. Stephen Wrenn hit a home run in his first professional at-bat and Taylor Jones drove in 5 RBI. Akeem Bostick was sensational for the 'Cats on the mound only allowing 2 hits over six innings.

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Minor league all-time home run king, Mike Hessman signing some autographs (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are photos of the game between the Albany Dutchmen and Tri-City ValleyCats from June 15, 2016 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY.

The Dutchmen jumped out to an early 4-3 lead but couldn't hold on as the ValleyCats rallied scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to win the game 5-4.

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Education day (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

by Corey Mansfield

The Tri-City ValleyCats and Albany Dutchmen will face-off in an exhibition at Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY tomorrow at 10:00am. This will be the second year that the ValleyCats and Dutchmen will face each other for the ValleyCats' "Education Day."

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Last season the Dutchmen jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Hunter Boose home run but the ValleyCats rallied and clawed out a 6-3 win.
Here are photos of the game between the Glens Falls Dragons and Albany Dutchmen at Bellizzi Field in Albany, NY on June 12, 2016.

The Dutchmen won the game 7-4 behind 5 strong innings from starting pitcher Jack Grabek.

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Kyle Skeels chatting with the umpire (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
by Corey Mansfield

Capital region players made their impact on the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. From high school standouts and college stars to former PGCBL summer league alumni it was a big weekend for baseball in the capital region.

Here are some notable draftees:

1st Round (3rd Overall) Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves -  The Shenendehowa standout was selected 3rd overall by the Braves landing in an organization in need to young pitching. Anderson was committed to Vanderbilt University but I can't imagine him turning down a massive signing bonus to go to college. Looks like he'll start his career in rookie ball with Danville in the Appalachian League.

5th Round (142nd Overall) JaVon Shelby, Oakland Athletics - Shelby put up some solid power numbers for the Kentucky Wildcats hitting 12 home runs and 35 RBI. However, he only hit .212 on the season. He needs to work on his plate discipline and pitch selection. If he signs with the Athletics he'll probably end up with the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League. Shelby was a member of the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2014.

JaVon Shelby hitting for the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2014 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
On Friday, Zach Remillard was selected by Chicago White Sox in the 10th round (296th overall) of the MLB Draft.

Zach Remillard playing for the Albany Dutchmen during the summer of 2015 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here are photos of the game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on June 5, 2016 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD.

CC Sabathia pitched a great game for the Yankees but after a rain delay the Yankees bullpen couldn't hold the lead and the Orioles won 3-1.

The Bird before the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here are photos of the game between the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA on June 4, 2016.

The Pirates hit five home runs and beat the Angels 8-7.

Pittsburgh Baby! (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here are photos of the game between the Oneonta Outlaws and Albany Dutchmen at Bellizzi Field in Albany, NY on June 3, 2016.

The Outlaws defeated the Dutchmen 5-4 behind a strong game from Quin Cotton who had a 2-run homer.

Jared Gold (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here are photos of the game between the Glens Falls Dragons and Albany Dutchmen at Bellizzi Field in Albany, NY on June 2, 2016.

The Dutchmen got off to a fast start and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Glens Falls Dragons.

New flags at Bellizzi Field (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
by Corey Mansfield

David Wright has been great player for the New York Mets for over a decade but recent injuries including spinal stenosis has had him watching more than playing. Is Wright's career over?

The only player more loved in Mets history than Wright is Tom Seaver. No one is ever going to debate what Wright has done for the Mets as player or what he continues to do for the organization as an ambassador. However, he's become liability to the organization on the field.

Wright hasn't been the same player since he missed almost all of last season recovering from injuries. In 38 games in 2015 he batted .289 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI. This season he's already played in 37 games with 15 less at-bats and he's only hitting .226 with 7 home runs and 14 RBI. His power numbers are up but so are his strikeouts with 55. At times he just can't catch up to the fastball which could be caused by his spinal stenosis.

During the last three years Wright has had the worst three oWAR (offensive wins above replacement) seasons in his career including 0.7 this season.  
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