Amazin’ Conversations with Jay Horwitz

Mets PR Legend of 40 years and current V.P. of alumni relations and team historian, Jay Horwitz, talks to some of the most interesting people he can find.

Amazin’ Conversations is a weekly opportunity for listeners to not only hear stories from Mets alumni you would never get anywhere else, but interviews with some incredible people outside the world of baseball.

Sarah Langs Talks About Her Incredible Career a...
Sarah Langs joins Jay Horwitz to talk about the incredible career she’s built for herself, her relationship with Buster Olney and Karl Ravech, and more.
22 min
Al Leiter on Being Inducted into The Mets Hall ...
Al Leiter joins Jay Horwitz to talk about his 2023 induction into the Mets Hall of Fame. Al is a lifelong Mets fan who talks about his excitement and appreciation for being given the honor. Al and Jay also discuss Al’s son Jack and his young pitching career, how it was to watch games as a dad, and the work the Mets team did after 9/11.
23 min
Nelson George & Colin Hanks Talk About Their Do...
Nelson George and Colin Hanks have a conversation with Jay about their documentary, “Say Hey, Willie Mays” that is streaming now on HBO Max.
17 min
Cliff Floyd on Damar Hamlin, Injuries, the ’06 ...
Cliff Floyd talks with Jay about what still bothers him the most about the Mets ’06 playoff run, how he felt watching the Damar Hamlin injury in the moment, his own injuries, and his relationship with a young David Wright.
22 min
Duffy Dyer, Mackey Sasser, and Barry Lyons
What do Duffy Dyer, Mackey Sasser and Barry Lyons all have in common? They’ve all caught pitchers who won a Cy Young.
17 min
Doug Flynn Talks Mets Fantasy Camp Alongside Ca...
Jay Horwitz speaks with Fantasy Camp commissioner Doug Flynn alongside two campers
14 min
Santa Claus Talks About Brandon Nimmo and The M...
Santa Claus stops by to talk to Jay about his favorite baseball team, the New York Mets! Does that voice sound familiar? Tweet @Jay_HorwitzPR to guess who it could be!
12 min
Kim Harrelson Talks About Bud Harrelson’s Fight...
23 min
R.A. Dickey on Being Nominated To The Hall of F...
R.A. Dickey talks to Jay Horwitz about his recent nomination to the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
24 min
Mookie Wilson on Legacy Catering and His Friend...
Recorded outside in Port St. Lucie during Mets Fantasy Camp, Jay Horwitz sits down with Mookie Wilson but this time the conversation isn’t just baseball, it’s focused on Mookie’s new career, Legacy Catering
21 min
Billy Wagner and Mike Pelfrey on Coaching Baseball
Jay Horwitz checks in with Billy Wagner and Mike Pelfrey, former teammates, and current baseball coaches at different levels. Mike is currently the pitching coach at Wichita State (his alma mater) and Billy is the head baseball coach at The Miller School in Albemarle, Virginia. Billy and Mike give their take on coaching and how facing adversity as a player is the only way to really get through to the kids playing today. They also reflect on their time playing for the Mets and Jay mentions some tough losses for Mike, including the fact that he gave up a home run to the first batter to every get up at Citi Field. The latest round of Hall of Fame candidates has been revealed and Billy Wagner remains on the ballot after a few years of getting closer and closer, Billy tells Jay what the hardest part of that process has been. So much more in this one, check it out for yourself!
29 min
Ed Hearn Talks About Fighting For His Life, His...
Ed Hearn talks to Jay about how he stays so positive while he’s currently fighting for his life and in need of a kidney transplant. Ed talks about how he’s been able to remain positive during this battle and has even used it to inspire others.
22 min
Jerry Blevins on Transitioning to Broadcasting
Jerry Blevins joins Jay Horwitz to discuss life after baseball and how he’s been adjusting to his new career in broadcasting.
24 min
Lorraine Hamilton Talks Tom Seaver, Historic Ce...
Lorraine Hamilton has spent close to 30 seasons working for the New York Mets and on Sunday, November 13th, she will be inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. In her role as Executive Director, Broadcasting & Special Events for the New York Mets, Lorraine has worked hard to put together incredible ceremonies including the Shea Goodbye, the 9/11 anniversary tributes, and number retirements. Lorraine was involved in the inception, build and execution of the newly unveiled Tom Seaver statue. Her dedication to the project was motivated by her close and longstanding professional relationship with Seaver. Before Lorraine retires later this year, she sits down with Jay Horwitz to talk about memories of working at Shea Stadium in the 80s, helping to organize Mike Piazza's number retirement, Cooperstown induction and the importance of honoring the Mets long history.
22 min
Marc Luino & James Schiano from Metsd Up
17 min
Bobby Valentine and Bob Masten Remember John St...
Ahead of the celebration of life being held for John Stearns at the University of Colorado campus on November 7th, Jay speaks to Bobby Valentine, who coached the Mets alongside John for years and Bob Masten, who grew up with John and played football with him at the University of Colorado.
17 min
Bobby Ojeda Talks About the Biggest Games of Hi...
Jay talks with longtime friend and 1986 World Champion Bobby Ojeda! Jay starts the episode by bringing up how Bobby almost got him fired in the mid 80’s and the stories don’t stop there! Bobby also details what he considered the two biggest games of his life and what the mentality you need to have is like in those moments. Listen for more!
27 min
Phil Simms Talks About Being an Athlete in New ...
Jay sits down with 2x Super Bowl champion and New York Giants legend Phil Simms. They discuss the struggles young athletes face in New York with media scrutiny, the 86’ Giants listening to Mets games on the radio and everything from Phil’s playing days to his current role as a broadcaster on CBS. Giants’ fans won’t want to miss this, and Jets fans will be happy to hear Phil Simms wants you to be happy too!
17 min
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. Discusses His Father’s Legacy
Marlins pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., son of former Mets pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, joins the podcast to talk about his dad’s impact on the 1986 Mets pitching staff, how he uses the principles his dad taught him in his current role and much more.
13 min
Strawberry Talks Postseason and 2022 Mets
Strawberry Talks Postseason and 2022 Mets
9 min
Granderson, Delgado Discuss Clemente Day
Roberto Clemente Award winners Curtis Granderson and Carlos Delgado join Jay to discuss Clemente’s legacy, the honor of winning the award and their service to the community.
18 min
Chris Mullin Talks Mets Fandom, St. John’s Bas...
In this episode of the Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast, former St. John’s basketball star Chris Mullin joins Jay to discuss his lifelong Mets fandom, his basketball career and his current role as a broadcaster for the Golden State Warriors
25 min
Mets Remember 9/11
Al Leiter, John Franco and Todd Zeile join Jay Horwitz at Engine 55 in Lower Manhattan for a very special episode of the Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast. These members of the 2001 Mets discuss the team’s tradition of visiting a firehouse in New York for the past 21 years, an annual visit they vowed to maintain following the tragedy of September 11.
18 min
Willie Mays’ Son Discusses No. 24 Retirement
Willie Mays’ son Michael joins Jay to share his Mets memories and discuss his reaction to his father’s No. 24 being retired by the Mets at Old Timers’ Day.
15 min
Mets Old Timers’ Day Draft
Willie Randolph and Terry Collins select the players for each of their teams.
23 min
Mike Hampton and Glendon Rusch Discuss Mets Old...
Members of the 2000 National League champion Mets, Glendon Rusch and Mike Hampton reminisce about their playing days and discuss their excitement for taking part in this year’s Mets Old Timers’ Day.
24 min
Lee Mazzilli Talks Mets History, Old Times’ Day
Lee Mazzilli reminisces with Jay about the Mets history and discusses some of the elements of this year’s Mets Old Timers’ Day.
14 min
Kim Ng’s Trailblazing Career
Kim Ng joins Jay to discuss her trailblazing career path leading up to her historic hire as general manager of the Miami Marlins.
16 min
Cleon Jones and Ron Swoboda Talk Gil Hodges HOF...
On site in Cooperstown, Cleon Jones and Ron Swoboda discuss what it means to see their former manager Gil Hodges inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
29 min
Pat Mahomes Talks Mets Career, with Special App...
Former Mets pitcher Pat Mahomes joins Jay to chat about his own baseball career and the football career of his son, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who also makes a special appearance
12 min
Strawberry Recounts MLB Draft Memories
The Mets acquired a future franchise legend in 1980, when they drafted Darryl Strawberry No. 1 overall. Straw joins Jay Horwitz to chat about his MLB Draft experience, share advice for young draft prospects and more in this week’s Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast
24 min
Second Spitter - Roger McDowell Talks Seinfeld ...
Roger McDowell joins Jay Horwitz to talk about his friend Keith Hernandez, their Seinfeld appearance and much more in this week’s Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast.
28 min
The Art of Keith Hernandez’s Scorecards
Keith Hernandez was one of the best players in the game. Now that he’s in the booth, he keeps an immaculate scorecard. Keith shows how he keeps score and discusses his preparation for his number retirement.
18 min
The 7 Line Creator Darren Meenan Talks
Darren Meenan, the owner and creator of The 7 Line, joins Jay Horwitz to talk about how his Mets-related clothing company went from selling underground to having an MLB licensing agreement. He also discusses the time he got kicked out of Citi Field. A few years later, he had a kiosk in the home of his favorite team.
24 min
José Reyes Discusses Time with Mets, Post-Caree...
José Reyes joins Jay’s podcast to discuss his time with the Mets and his post-retirement music career.
16 min
Gary Green Talks Returning Strawberry’s ROY Trophy
Mets fan Gary Green, who owns three minor league baseball teams and Baseball America, talks about his love for the Mets and how he helped reunite Darryl Strawberry with his stolen Rookie of the Year Award. Darryl makes a special appearance.
20 min
Johan Santana Returns to Citi Field
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his no-hitter Johan Santana comes back to Citi Field for the first time after his playing career. Johan shares great memories of his time in New York and so much more
15 min
Howie Rose Discusses Santana No-Hitter
The long-time voice of the New York Mets Howie Rose joins the podcast to discuss the anniversary of Johan Santana’s no-hitter and share great memories from Mets history.
27 min
Ed Kranepool Shares Stories From Mets History
Original Met Ed Kranepool discuss the team history from inside the locker room. He talks about the great Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver and many more.
18 min
Mike Francesa Talks Career, New York Sports
Radio personality Mike Francesa joins Jay Horwitz to talk about his hall of fame career, discuss New York sports over the years and much more.
30 min
’86 Mets – Tim Teufel and Mookie Wilson Discuss...
Jay Horwitz catches up with 1986 World Series champions Mookie Wilson and Tim Teufel as they gear up for Old Timers’ Day. They reminisce about the 1986 team and discuss the 2022 squad and so much more
26 min
Art Shamsky Talks Seaver
Jay Horwitz talks with Mets 1969 World Series champion, Art Shamsky. The 1969 NLCS hero talks about Tom Seaver, that magical season of ‘69 and much more
17 min
Bill Parcells Talks His Career, Baseball and NF...
In this special NFL Draft edition of the Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast, Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells joins Jay to talk about his coaching career, how he almost had played professional baseball and discusses the 2022 NFL Draft.
12 min
Leiter Shares 25 Years of Memories
Al Leiter joins Jay Horwitz as the two long time friends share funny stories from Spring Training in the 80’s to their relationship to this day.
27 min
Seaver Statue
Jay Horwitz is joined by Sarah Seaver, Tom Seaver’s daughter to discuss his career and the Seaver Statue that will be unveiled at Citi Field tomorrow at the Mets home opener.
18 min
David Wright Joins the Podcast
The Captain, David Wright joins Jay Horwitz to talk about his career, his life after baseball and so much more as the two old friends catch up in this latest podcast.
20 min
Johan Santana and Josh Thole Talk No-Hitter Ann...
Johan Santana and Josh Thole join Jay Horwitz to discuss the 10th Anniversary celebration that will take place at Citi Field on May 31 and their participation in Old Timers’ Day.
18 min
HoJo, Billy Wagner & Ken MacKenzie Talk Old Tim...
Former Mets Howard Johnson, Billy Wagner and Ken MacKenzie join the Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast with Jay Horwitz to discuss Old Timers’ Day.
27 min
Mets Old Timers’ Day Returns
Jay Horwitz is joined by Cliff Floyd, Daniel Murphy and Robin Ventura as they discuss the return of Mets Old Timers’ Day on Saturday, August 27.
26 min
Original Mets Celebrate 60th Anniversary
Jay Horwitz is joined by original Mets, Joe Christopher, Jay Hook, Frank Howard and Craig Anderson. Hear from this collection of Mets legends, as they discuss the first days of the franchise.
27 min
Keith Hernandez Talks Jersey Retirement
After the announcement that his jersey number 17 would be retired by the Mets, Keith Hernandez joined Jay Horwitz to discuss what that means to him and share some funny stories from his career.
21 min
Gil Hodges Jr. on His Father’s Hall of Fame Cha...
Gil Hodges Jr. the son of legendary Mets manager, Gil Hodges, joins Jay to discuss his father’s legacy in the game of baseball and his chance at being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 5, 2021 by the Golden Era Committee.
17 min
Mookie Wilson Talk 35th Anniversary of ‘86 Mets
Jay Horwitz is joined in this episode by Mookie Wilson. Mookie talks about his 1986 World Series Game 6, game winning play that to this day is one of the most iconic moments in baseball.
24 min
Catchin’ Up With Endy Chávez
Endy Chávez chats with Jay Horwitz on the latest episode of his Amazin’ Mets Alumni Podcast to talk about his time with the Mets, including his iconic catch in the postseason.
22 min
Carlos Delgado Talks Heritage
Carlos Delgado joins Jay Horwitz to discuss his heritage, what it meant to him to wear Roberto Clemente’s number 21 and his great baseball career.
25 min
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
24 min
Mets Remember September 11
As we approach the 20th anniversary of September 11 former Mets John Franco and Todd Zeile join Mets VP of operations Sue Lucchi and Mets fan Carol Gies for an emotional conversation
33 min
Jerry Koosman Talks Jersey Retirement
Jerry Koosman will have his number 36 retired by the Mets on Saturday, August 28, 2021. He joins Jay Horwitz with his longtime teammate Ed Kranepool to discuss his career and this honor.
28 min
2020 Mets Hall of Fame Class
Jay Horwitz is joined by the 2020 Mets Hall of Fame Class including Jon Matlack, Ron Darling and Edgardo Alfonzo. They talk about their Mets careers and their induction into the Mets Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 31.
27 min
Roger McDowell, Jesse Orosco talk about Ejectio...
Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell give a firsthand account of their fight and ejection-filled game with the Reds on July 22, 1986. Late in the game Jesse and Roger alternate pitching and outfield positions. It was a wild one.
23 min
Subway Series – Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine
Jay Horwitz discusses the rivalry between the Mets and Yankees with the former managers, Bobby Valentine and Joe Torre who squared off in the 2000 Subway Series World Series.
30 min
Hall of Famer Mike Piazza Joins the Show from ...
Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza joins Jay on the latest edition of his podcast. Mike talks about his father, his baseball career and much more.
24 min
No-Hitter Reunion Show
Johan Santana, Terry Collins, Josh Thole and Mike Baxter join Jay Horwitz to discuss the first no-hitter in Mets history.
35 min
Robin Ventura Reflects on His Time with the Mets
Former Met Robin Ventura joins the podcast to discuss his return to college, shares some insight on locker room pranks and of course his Grand Slam Single.
26 min
The Legacy of the Say Hey Kid
Jay Horwitz celebrates Willie Mays’ 90th birthday by reflecting on legend in the game of baseball. He is joined by co-author of “24 - Life Stories and Lessons of the Say Hey Kid” John Shea, Mets legend Ed Kranepool and Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda to talk about the great Willie Mays. 
29 min
Michael Cuddyer Reflects on his Baseball Career
Former Met Michael Cuddyer had a 15 year career in the Major Leagues, filled with two All-Star appearances, a Silver Slugger Award and a batting title. He capped off his career with helping lead the Mets to the 2015 National League pennant. He joins Jay for this personal look at his career.
30 min
The Curious Case of Sidd Finch
36 years later, it still may be the greatest April Fools’ prank ever pulled. Joe Berton (Sidd Finch) and Layne Stewart (Sports Illustrated photographer) talk about how they helped trick the sports world with the Mets signing of the mysterious prospect, Sidd Finch. Former Met, Ed Lynch, even joins the podcast to share his point of view as a player.
28 min
Frank Viola Talks New York Roots
Former Met player and coach Frank Viola chats with Jay Horwitz about his early days in baseball, his conversation with Jacob deGrom early in his career and much more his this latest podcast.
20 min
Willie Randolph Shares Baseball Memories
Jay Horwitz is joined by Willie Randolph to discuss Willie’s many decades in the game of baseball, how he and Jay first met and so much more.
22 min
2015 NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy Joins the Podcast
The postseason hero from the 2015 National League champion Mets, Daniel Murphy, talks about his Mets career and much more as he joins Jay Horwitz in this latest podcast. 
16 min
Jerry Manuel Talks Managing the Mets and Growi...
Former Mets manager Jerry Manuel discusses his time with the Mets and shares more about his charity work growing the game of baseball to underserved areas in the country.
19 min
Mazzilli Talks Baseball Career
Lee Mazzilli chats with Jay about his career and so much more in his latest podcast.
19 min
HoJo Shares Stories from his Amazin’ Career
Howard Johnson reflects on his trade to the Mets, those great late-80s teams he was a part of and shares some funny stories with Jay Horwitz in this latest podcast.
18 min
John Maine Talks Mets Career
Mets hurler John Maine discusses his Mets career. He talks about working alongside Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana and Tom Glavine, the big games he pitched, and so much more.
20 min
Mike Pelfrey Talks Opening of Citi Field
Former Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey talks about the opening of Citi Field, his Mets career and so much more.
15 min
Darryl Strawberry Talks Life After Baseball
Mets great Darryl Strawberry joins the podcast to discuss his new book, his faith and his dedication to helping others.
16 min
Todd Hundley Talks Mets Career and Pete Alonso
The former Mets slugger talks about setting the Mets' single-season home run record and the MLB single-season record for catchers. He also shares about his meeting Pete Alonso in 2019 and his relationship with his dad, former Major Leaguer Randy Hundley.
18 min
Orosco Shares Stories from the Mound
World Series champion Jesse Orosco joins the podcast to discuss the 1986 season and share some moments from that championship season.
16 min
Terry Collins Talks Mets Career
Former Mets manager Terry Collins talks about his time with the Mets. He shares stories from the bench including his perspective of being a part of Johan Santana’s no-hitter, the Mets 2015' playoff run, his infamous mic’d up moment and so much more.
19 min
Bobby Jones Shares Amazin’ Comeback
Right-handed pitcher Bobby Jones talks about his Mets career. He provides a first-hand account of striking out Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGwire back-to-back in the 1997 All-Star Game, his Subway Series appearance and so much more. 
13 min
John Franco Reflects on September 11
On the 19th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, John Franco joins Jay Horwitz to reflect on that day in 2001. John provides a detailed account of that day and the days and weeks following and how he and the team contributed to the healing process.
16 min
Todd Zeile Talks Transition from the Field to t...
Former Met Todd Zeile talks about the being a part of the 2000 NL champion Mets, his transition to the SNY studio and much more.
17 min
Doc Gooden Relives his 1985 Cy Young Season
Doc Gooden joins Jay Horwitz to talk about his dominant 1985 season. In 1985 Doc didn’t experience a sophomore jinx, going 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA on the way to the NL Cy Young. He remembers his teammate Gary Carter, and so much more.
15 min
Basketball Legend Willis Reed Talks Mets
Basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed talks about the 1969 Mets, the Knicks' 1970 championship and his friendship with Tommie Agee in this edition of the Amazin’ Mets Alumni podcast. 
15 min
Kevin Mitchell Talks Game 6 of the ‘86 World Se...
Kevin Mitchell scored in the bottom of the 10th to tie Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets went on to win that game and the Series. Kevin catches up with Jay to talk about what he was thinking at that moment, the 1986 Mets, his health and so much more.  
16 min
Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Breen Talks Being...
Long time Mets fan and Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Breen talks about his career in basketball announcing and broadcasting as well as his love for the Amazin' Mets. 
19 min
1986 World Series Champion Ed Hearn Joins the P...
World Series champion Ed Hearn joins Jay Horwitz to talk about his career, his health issues off the field and how he uses his platform to better the lives of others.
17 min
Manager Clint Hurdle Talks His Time With the Mets
The 2013 NL Manager of the Year, Clint Hurdle ended his playing career with the Mets, then launched his managerial career in the Mets Minor League system working with the players like Todd Hundley and many other future Major Leaguers including a DL stint from the great Keith Hernandez. He shares that story and much more.
16 min
Gary Cohen Talks Mets Moments
Long time Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen talks about his best moments with the team. From his first day on the job, where a brawl broke out at the team photo, to his call of Bartolo’s impossible home run in San Diego, plus so much more.
27 min
Two Time Super Bowl Champion Joins the Podcast
Mets fan and former New York Giants punter Sean Landeta joins Jay Horwitz to talk about playing on Monday Night Football when the Mets won the 1986 World Series, his career in the NFL and his love of baseball.
18 min
Catching Up With Kranepool
 Jay talks to Ed Kranepool about his recent kidney transplant, reuniting with his 1969 teammates at their 50th anniversary celebration at Citi Field last season and more.
15 min
Leiter Shares Incredible Stories
Al Leiter joins Jay Horwitz to talk about where he was on 9-11, why he was warming up in the bullpen during Robin Ventura’s grand slam single and so much more.
24 min
The Captain - David Wright Joins the Podcast
David Wright talks about his playing career, playing practical jokes on Jay and his t-ball coaching experience.
19 min
Howie Rose Talks Mets History
There might not be two people who know more about the Mets than long-time play-by-play voice Howie Rose and team historian, Jay Horwitz. Listen as they chat about the team’s most historic moments. 
16 min
Recently Retired Granderson Chats Career, Post ...
Curtis Granderson reflects on his 16 seasons in baseball and shares his plans after retirement from the game. Hear about his charity work, possible broadcasting career, what it was like to be on deck when Bartolo Colón homered and so much more.
14 min
Billy Wagner Talks Mets, Chance at Hall
Listen as Billy Wagner talks about his time in New York, the possibility of being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and much more.
13 min
Bruce Beck Discusses Time Covering Mets
NBC Sports anchor Bruce Beck chats about his time covering the Mets over the years, his career as a reporter, relationship with players and the impact of David Wright’s legacy.
15 min
John Olerud Talks Henderson Encounter
Former Mets first baseman John Olerud talks about the infamous Ricky Henderson story and opens up about being a part of the great Mets infield during the late 90's.
13 min
Jay Catches Up with Kevin Burkhardt
National TV sportscaster Kevin Burkhardt got his start with SNY, as a life-long Mets fan it was a dream come true. Now Burkhardt is a national voice doing play-by-play for the NFL on FOX. But he hasn’t forgotten his roots, he catches up with Jay Horwitz in his latest podcast. 
12 min
Carlos Delgado Chats Mets, Giving Back & Beltrán
Carlos Delgado sits down with Jay Horwitz to discuss his playing days with the Mets, his charitable efforts and how he thinks Carlos Beltrán will be a great fit as the new manager of the club.
15 min