Sunday, November 30, 2008
Today in a story that didnt make the where are they now story Jon talks about what he remembers of the hit he took off the face which you can read here
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Matlack, now 58, was a large part of the Mets pitching dominance of the 1970's. Matlack, along with Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, helped form one of the strongest pitching staffs of the National League.
Former Mets scout, John Robert "Red" Murff has died at the age of 87. Murff was the Met scout that discovered Hall Of Famer Nolan Ryan.
Ryan spoke of Murff in his Hall Of Fame induction speech: “He thought when he saw me at 6-foot-2 and 140 pounds, he wasn't discouraged by my build and by the way I threw the baseball as many other scouts were, and I appreciate the fact that Red spent so much time with me and worked to help me become a better pitcher. Thank you, Red."
As quoted from International Herald Tribune “Murff was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Texas Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 1999. He helped start the baseball program at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, and in 1994 the school's ballpark was named Red Murff Field.”
Murff spent some time in the majors, playing for the Milwaukee Braves in 1956-1957. He 2-2 with three saves and a 4.65 ERA.
“To pitch in that league you had to have really great stuff. And you had to make them get off the plate. They had to be half afraid of you [laughs]. I never let 'em get set in the box, you know. And they'd go: ''Man, you betta not be hittin' me!'' And I'd go: ''I'm not goin' to hit you; get back in there!'' And then I'd throw 'em a good slow changeup curveball to cross 'em up [laughs].”
Asked who the toughest hitter he ever faced was, Scott didn't even pause: “That really was no problem: Buck Leonard [the hall of fame first baseman]. If he'd had went to the major leagues, he would have broke all kinds of records. He could hit anything. He was around age 45 when I pitched against him. He hit a home run off me in South Carolina, and the ball left the diamond just like an airplane taking off. Man, I don't see nobody hit like that anymore.”
About the honorary draft held for Negro League players:
“I was there for the draft -- in Florida ... Orlando ... June 5. The Mets drafted me; they didn't want the Yankees to get me [laughs]. It was real nice, and it gave us a good goal. We want to get those 30 ballplayers they drafted to go to different cities and talk to these young kids and tell them about the great opportunity of being a baseball player. It's going to be a wonderful thing and give us a little something to do.
You know, a lot of people don't realize that the Negro Leagues were well organized from 1920 to 1950. We were outdrawing the major leagues. We played at Yankee Stadium in the '40s and we'd have 50,000 people. The Yankees played there and they'd have 20. We were playing a different brand of baseball, and we had black and white fans.
And the major leagues were looking at the competition and they didn't like it. They didn't just get Jackie because they wanted him; it was a money thing, too. And they could get these guys for nothin'. Hank Aaron: 700 home runs; they got him for $500. Can you imagine paying $500 for Hank Aaron?
They broke our league up, but anyone who played in the Negro Leagues from 1920 til 1950, you get a pension from Major League Baseball. So they tried to do what's right I guess. So I don't feel too bad.
I think about it often: I would have played for just a sandwich. Because we loved the game. And that's what it's all about. Baseball is America's greatest game. When you're talking about baseball, you're talking about America, guys with a lot of character. We didn't have much money, but, man, we did have a lot of character.”
Check out the article here
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Harlem turkey give away was hosted by Catholic Charities.
Source: NY1 News
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In Mike Scarrs - mlb.com article, he reveals that Francisco Rodriguez' agent, Paul Kinzer said K-Rod probably won't sign a contract until after the Winter Meetings, which commence on December 8th in Las Vegas.
According to Kinzer, "I think it will be after the Winter Meetings. I don't know how long after, it doesn't take long after you get this started and everybody starts talking."
Do we prefer the New stadium to be called Citi/Tax payer field or Bailout ballpark? With Citibank laying off over 50,000 and the government coming in to rescue the ailing bank it seems there is an outcry on the name that adorns our stadium that will open next April. Every one thinks the Mets need to remove the name Citi Field . Of course I am sure many Fans would like it just be called the ballpark at Shea.
Well over the coming months we will see if anything changes with the name which I am sure it wont unless the bailout flops and Chase comes to the rescue like they did with Wamu.
40 Million reasons are why the Mets sold out. I hope the Mets don't wind up playing at HBSC park or Chase field.
Check out some interesting articles on this topic from ESPN here and some guy over at Newsday that usually is not very opinionated about his feelings with the Mets here
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
In a small blurb by Michael Silverman - Boston Herald, he states with the unresolved catching issues the Red Sox have, the Mets have offered Brian Schneider. Jason Varitek, Boston's long time catcher and captain, is a free agent, and no deal appears to be imminent.
As for Schneider, some small rumors have been floating around that the Mets were unhappy with his game calling abilities. If they are in the market for a catcher, I would put a line out there and see what it would take to land Gerald Laird from Texas. Texas has a log jam of catcher's, and Laird is a real good defensive catcher. It would cost more than Schneider straight up, but maybe by packaging Heilman in the deal, that might get it done. Despite his leadership and abilities, Varitek is too old, and I hope the Mets don't waste their cell phone minutes on him.
Jose is at his home in NY awaiting the US mail for his green card. Jose is taking steps to become a US citizen. He has spent his time this Fall quite productively.
Reyes spent time Tuesday at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park. He spent time visiting with young patients there.
In other Met News, Ken Oberfell is expected to be named manager of the Mets AAA farm system, the Buffalo Bisons. Oberkfell spent the end of last year as the Mets 1B coach.
Information obtained from Adam Rubin - NY Daily News
The Mets offered the Colorado Rockies Aaron Heilman for Hudson Street. Oh man if only the Rockies went for that deal. We could got rid of a guy who has no confidence and pick up a great 8th inning guy with closer experience. The Rockies also wanted lefty Pedro Feliciano but the Mets refused.
Read his latest hot stove tidbits here
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Fans, collectors, and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to offer a bid on a unique, one of a kind automobile on January 16, 2009.The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona
will be auctioning off a Chevy Tahoe, with the proceeds going towards non-profit youth baseball programs across the United States.
According to the article in Market Watch “The Chevy Tahoe (Lot #961) will be sold at No Reserve and has been dubbed the Ultimate Baseball Ride because of some special upgrades. In addition to 'standard' luxury features like top-of-the-line stereo, DVD player with several screens and custom paint, the SUV features Rawlings baseball glove leather seats and steering wheel and baseball-bat ash wood dashboard, door panel and steering wheel accents.”
Along with this car, there will be a second hood that is signed by MLB stars such as: Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero, Carlos Zambrano, Chipper Jones, Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum. Approximately 220 players from eight different teams signed the hood. The teams involved are: the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, the San Francisco Giants, the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres. During the Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony, Hall of Fame members Yogi Berra, Bob Gibson, Ozzie Smith, Tom Seaver, Whitey Ford and others also signed. The center of the hood is signed by newly inducted Hall Of Famer Goose Gossage.
“Drive to a New Start was one of AutoTrader.com's 2008 marketing and community outreach programs. In each city Gossage visited with AutoTrader.com, he hosted a youth baseball clinic for inner city children, met fans and signed autographs at pre-game events and conducted on-field or in-box media interviews. At each city, Gossage helped collect players' and coaches' signatures on the hood, with each signature garnering an AutoTrader.com donation to youth baseball programs in those cities. The program raised a total of $100,000, and the proceeds from the auction of the signed hood and the tricked-out Chevy Tahoe itself in January will also be donated to youth baseball programs. “
Gossage said, "It was a real thrill to be involved with this program during my Hall of Fame induction year. Touring the country, collecting these signatures and helping kids learn about baseball was all very rewarding. I'm excited to see what this unique collectible fetches at auction in January. It's definitely going to make the lucky winner very happy."
Or will Omar be busy on thanksgiving like he was when he went after Pedro Martinez?
To read the latest , which is not much check out Jon Heyman here
In an earlier article Heyman does mention the Mets are looking to go after Raul Ibanez. He is a lefty but hit over .300 against lefties last year.
He mentioned that it was hard to watch the Phillies win the World Series.
I hope he remembers that when the Mets play the Phillies first week of May next year.
Nice way of spending the day Jose.
Read the article here
The guy says 7,000 bucks is ashtray money. Hey Lenny you mind if I clean out your ashtray?
Lenny was in court to settle his bill for being a deadbeat.
Read about it here
Monday, November 24, 2008
In these slow days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, it is tough for baseball fans, especially Mets fans to get their fill of baseball.
MLB Network goes a long way to satiate our hunger. On Tuesday morning, 10 AM EST, MLB Network will be replaying the 1986 NLCS game #3 between the Mets and Astros.
You might remember that game. The Mets were trailing 5-4 in the ninth inning when Wall Backman laid down a bunt and beat it out for a hit. There was controversy though: was Backman out of the baseline? 1B Umpire, Dutch Rennert, ruled Backman safe. This brought on arguments from the Houston club, especially manager Hal Lanier.
Two batters later, Lenny Dykstra came to the plate, and hit a game winning two run HR. You must remember, this was the pre-roid Dykstra, and the HR was an unexpected occurrence.
The two bad things about MLB Network’s showing of this great game:
- It makes us realize how far the Mets have to go to get back to greatness
- Do any of us have access to MLB Network?
Source: Mets walk off in Game 3 of '86 NLCS - mlb.com
This morning there was some story that Rafael Furcal had received an offer to play 2nd base for the Mets. He said the offer was tempting. You can read the story here
Now it is been reported that the story is false. Good. I would prefer Orlando Hudson anyway.
Easley’s agent Paul Cohen is quoted as saying, "I've talked to [Arizona GM] Josh Byrnes, we talked about a number of different issues and Damion was one of them. It's something that we might revisit."
Arizona might be interested in Easley due to his versatility; he played LF, 2B, 3B, 1B and SS for the Mets last year, and hits lefthanded pitching well.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Jon Garland isn't bad, and I would rather have him than Vazquez, but neither one makes me all warm and fuzzy.
Stone suffered a Grand Mal seizure, which he later found out was brain cancer. He has exhausted his finances, and is in need of help.
McNulty wonders if Carter has been blackballed. Carter tends to have the same question, "I'm all about winning.I've proven I can manage and win."
Well I say to the Mets brass what did you expect? Is this another showcase of how the Mets are not able to size up teams interest in players. There is talk about the Mets maybe showing interest again in the Rays Edwin Jackson or maybe Jon Garland of the Angels. I think the Mets need to step up to the plate and go after Derick Lowe!
Of course I am not saying the Mets should give him 5 years that is insane. I really don't think he will get that from any team. How though can you compare him to Jackson or Garland? Lowe is a Consistent pitcher that never gets hurt and can pitch in the post season. The Mets need a starter who will be placed in that rotation right behind Santana . The Mets need a proven starter especially with Maine coming off a shoulder ailment. It is not time for the Mets to fall into the pack it is time for the Mets after they sign a closer to go hard after Lowe. The guy produces results and that is what you need and expect in a top pitcher. Pay the man the money. You over paid for Pedro to come to NY before 2005.
Read what other options that John Harper mentions for the Mets here
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The Mets have had their share of Doug Sisk, Armando Benitez, etc. If this team is to compete, Omar has to look at better options. Plus, bringing in a 41 year old cast-off is not the answer. Just say NO Omar!
I don't think the Mets should waste the years or money on Manny. He is, without doubt, the greatest right handed hitter of his generation, and the only one other than Albert Pujols who, in my opinion, could enter into this discussion was Juan Gonzalez, who wasn't able to put up the numbers Manny does for as long.
The Mets are still making news on there interest for reliever J J Putz due to his salary being very reasonable.
Read the latest on the Rangers duo here
Check out the little blurb on J J Putz here and see what Jason Stark had to say about him here
******Mets trade for J J Putz see posts of 12-10***********
Citibank is now the latest bank to see its stock go from over 30.00 a share a year ago to just under 4.00 a share. Glad I don't own stock in it. Well with this mess now there is some talk of takeover at Citibank. So even though the boys at Citibank say they are not planning to change anything with there naming rights with the Mets home, if the bank is bought out there will be a new name on top of that stadium by April 2009. Will it be HSBC field?
To read the latest on what the Mets say and what other names might be up on our park in 2009 check out the article here
To read what else Howie Rose had to say including his thoughts about Radio vs TV broadcasting check out this article over at the Daily News here
Friday, November 21, 2008
In today’s NY Post, Joel Sherman writes how Luis Castillo does not want to leave the Mets, and has proclaimed that he will show up to Spring Training in shape, unlike last year.
Castillo will play this Winter in the Dominican League.
Castillo was so concerned that he was on the trading block, he had a meeting with Omar Minaya and Tony Bernazard in October. He ‘implored’ the Mets not to trade him, and took full responsibility for the poor shape he reported to camp in, as well as the poor season he endured. He has vowed to re-dedicate himself to the sport he loves, and re-dedicate himself to the Mets. He wants to succeed in NY.
According to Sherman’s article, "He wanted to let the front office know that he was disappointed in how the year went, and promise to do everything he could to get in shape and be the kind of player he had been for 10 years," Minaya said.
Aside from the poor shape Castillo reported to camp with, Omar and Bernazard informed Castillo they want him to have a better attitude this coming year.
According to Ray Ramirez, the Mets head trainer, Castillo has dropped weight and body fat, leading to Minaya to say, "[So far] his weight, body fat and in all things you would want to see, Mr. Castillo is doing well."
To continue to drink from this tainted Kool-Aid, read Joel Sherman - NY Post
Wright, interviewed at Foleys restaurant in Manhattan said, "I don't think it's any issue of who's in our clubhouse. We just didn't get the job done. There are no excuses you can create."
Wright also went on to say, “I also think that the core players, myself included, have to step up and do a better job. The core guys have to prepare thoroughly and continue to try to get better."
I agree with Wright, and I also agree about the team’s chemistry. I believe that the crux of the teams’ problem comes from Wright and Reyes playing between 160 and 162 games annually. By the time September comes around, they are sapped of strength and energy. If they, Wright and Reyes – Beltran too, were afforded more days off during the year, maybe the day off on the road on ‘getaway day’, they would be more refreshed come crunch time in September.
Information obtained from Ken Davidoff - Newsday
Mike Carp hit 299 with 17 home runs and 72 rbi's last season for the Binghamton Mets. He will start off with the Mets triple AAA Buffalo squad in 2009,
To read what he is doing in the off season check out the latest on him over at the Daily News here
Daniel Murphy has a grade 2 strain. He will be sent home to rest up. After the Holidays since he lives in Florida he might get some work in before spring training in the outfield. Omar still sees him as an outfielder and maybe an occasional first base? Doubt that one.
Omar still has priority # 1 as pitching. He would like to see Oliver Perez back with the Mets at the right price. He also would prefer to see the Mets get a closer via free agency so they don't have to give up talent.
The bullpen might need some work but he did not trash his bullpen guys.
AAron Heilman as long as he is a Met will remain a reliever. Jon Heyman was also on the show and he mentioned that the Mets believe that AAron Heilman that his mechanics which have him with a high elbow will make him more likely to injure himself if he was a starter. Heyman compared him to Mark Prior. Of course Heilman and his agent would like to see him start so maybe there will still be a chance he gets traded. Good.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
He has not played since in the Arizona Fall league since November 11. Wow the Mets waited 8 days to do something about it. Guess the Mets werent worried. Nothing ever changes.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Of you look at 06 the Mets had Mr Stached off the bench and he hit over 15 dingers for the team. The Mets needs to find some players that can hit rockets in new Citi Field. Spend a couple of million on some very good support players .
To read Mr Graziano's ideas check them out here
According to the article, “Many Japanese baseball officials are outraged that U.S. teams are courting Tazawa, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, because they insist it is long-established practice for amateurs like him to be strictly off-limits to major league clubs.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman agrees, saying, “I'm old school - there has been an understanding; there's been a reason that Japanese amateurs haven't been signed in the past, so we consider him hands-off."
Conversely, the following GM’s had this to say:
Omar Minaya: considering Tazawa available but, "It's a sensitive area. It's fair to say that if we were to go out and get their college players, what would prevent them from coming after our college players?"
Ned Colletti – LA Dodgers: "There's a fine line between falling behind the competition because you're quote being respectful, and competing like others will compete. We have to be wise in our decision-making at the moment of truth."
In a news release from Nippon Professional Baseball, they state, "This was more than just a gentleman's agreement, but rather an implicit understanding that the major leagues would do no such thing. That a handful of clubs from the majors is trying to break this gentlemen's agreement is truly regrettable."
Tazawa stats from this summer: 10-1 record and a 1.02 earned-run average for Japan Oil and striking out 95 batters in 88 innings.
Might the Mets be interested? According to this article, some of the teams interested are: Red Sox, Braves and Seattle Mariners.
Read the Latest here
****Mets sign K Rod 3 years 37 M send him to NY for a physical*********** See posts on Dec 9th
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now we get word that Omar Minaya is having knee surgery today. That K Rod agent is slow on getting medical records from the Angels. That the Mets might want both K Rod and Fuentes to visit NY so they can see which one might be better suited for New York. Every day its the same story with a different angle. Enough already. It is this big build up and nothing happens . It isn't a slow process but as Mets fans we are dying for any news that is actually factual . Like an actual signing. As of today 1 free agent has signed. OK maybe 2 with Ryan Dempster, but even that isn't completed.
Give us Met fans a break and just report something we have not heard 10 times. Just wake us up while we are watching the Lions on thanksgiving day losing another game. Maybe then we might get word that K ROD and Fuentes are both coming to NY or is it Kerry Wood? Or is it.......
Just a few moments ago, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.com and WFAN was with Boomer & Carton on WFAN.
Some Mets news we found out is:
- Francisco Rodriguez is a likely option for the Mets. He loves the spotlight, and would love to pitch in NY
- The Mets most likely won’t go after Bobby Jenks of the White Sox because the Mets don’t want to part with young talent
- The second option after K-Rod would probably be Brian Fuentes
- The third option if K-Rod and Fuentes doesn’t work out would be Kerry Wood
- For the setup role, possibly Juan Cruz from Arizona (Updated 12:44 - 11:18-08)
Carton asked Heyman if the Mets would be interested Pat Burrell. Heyman doesn’t believe the Mets ‘will bite’ on Burrell.
Heyman also believes that the Mets aren’t interested in Manny Ramirez. He believes the Yankees are more interested in Ramirez, and Manny might wind up in the Bronx.
The audio should be available later today, and I will look to post the link.
***** Updated 12:30 - 11-18-08 *****
On Wfan that afternoon guy mentions that he spoke to Omar Minaya and Omar said to him that he plans on offering some type of contract to Pedro. Look Pedro did bring credibility back to this franchise back in 2005 but what does he have left? Do the Mets really think at this point in his career that he can help the club? Will the offer be just an invite to Spring training? Do the Mets brass think he can be a fifth starter? Or is it just a token of gratitude?
His agent claims the injury and his father's death is what made last year horrible for Pedro. Honestly I think Pedro is done.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The 29yr old had 39 saves and struck out 83 in 72 innings last year. His Whip was under 1.20 for the year. He is big man that looks might intimidating on the mound. The only problem with him is the fact he has only 1 year left on his contract and will be in his walk year so if the Mets show interest they should not have to give up much to trade for Valverde.