Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Vargas, a right hander, was 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 appearances with the Mets in 2008.
Vargas will be 31 in June.
Source: Adam McCalvey - MLB.com
Former Met Ron Darling will also receive an award for Radio and Television Broadcasting Excellence.
The event will take place on January 25, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are available for $55 apiece.
For more on this event, please read the article by Bill Kennedy - The Times
I know the Mets don't want to go to 4 years but they might have to if they want to sign him. There were very medicore pitchers that signed for 4 years and 50 million just 2 seasons ago so I cant see Boras excepting much less then that even in this economy. I would prefer the Mets go to like 15-16per on a 3 year deal.
To read the story about the offer check it out here
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have never been a fan of the black uniforms. I have always thought they were ugly. The Mets uniform not only had history, but had an acknowledgement of NY NL baseball of decades past. As you most likely know, the blue of the Mets is inherited from the Brooklyn Dodgers, the orange inherited from the NY Giants, and the white and gray uniforms, which both teams wore.
The black uniforms were nothing but a marketing ploy; nothing more, nothing less. This team needs to stop selling out, and go back to their history - blue and orange.
Aside from historical, they are a much sharper uniform.
How was Christmas? Hope you and the Minaya’s had a Merry.
Now that the obligatory salutations are through, onto business;
First, thank you very much for acquiring JJ Putz. Aside from having a great name for a NY team, he seems like a character with a golden arm. Yes I was sorry to see Endy and Joe Smith go, and as I have written before, I think Heilman will go on to have a real good career, but the deal had to be done.
In closing Omar, I wish you and the Minaya’s a Happy New Year. One way to make this New Year real happy is to sign Lowe and Perez, put a return to sender stamp on Castillo, and sign Orlando Hudson. I know you can do it Omar. You know it makes sense, and it will make the Mets better.
(8:00pm ET) – Baseball Seasons, 1986 - The Year of the Debut: Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Bo Jackson, Barry Larkin, Jamie Moyer and Fred McGriff started their careers. Red Sox and Mets wage historic World Series battle.
January 19 –
(10:00pm ET) – World Baseball Classic rosters are announced and analyzed. Not a big fan of the WBC but at least it will be a chance to watch some games in March.
January 23 –
(8:00pm ET) - World Series Highlights, featuring the 2001 World Series matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. NY Yankees How can you not watch the Yankees lose this heartbreaker
January 24 –
(3:00pm ET) – 2006 NLCS Game 7, National League Pennant Clinching Game: St. Louis Cardinals @ NY Mets Tough to watch but love to here the call of Endy's catch.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Whats your opinion Vote what you think the Mets should do . Check out our poll.
I of course disagree. I know why the Wilpons don't want Manny and I am ok with the reasoning. The Mets remember the disruption oft eh clubhouse in the early 90's and even the discord of what went on with the Mets before Willie was fired. It is pretty simple Manny is a great hitter but also is a cancer. Bringing Manny to New York might even trump what the Yankees did this off season . The Media would have a field day. That of course is not what the Wilpons wants. I am pretty sure when they sign either Lowe or Ollie they will be better then last year. They could still use an impact player in case Beltran or Delgado starts off slow. If you see the free Agent market the Mets could make a run for a player that could be someone that can make an impact on the team just by showing patience.
I mean Dunn,Abreu are still out there . They need to bring someone to the team that is not bigger then the team. Manny being Manny can make the Wilpons curse the day they signed with only 1 nutty antic that the Media will have a field day. By the time Manny was traded by the Redsox the entire team was glad to see him go.
The Mets can make it to the playoffs with out Manny. Let him go back to the Dodgers.
Read the latest on it here
When it comes to collusion take a moment and read Murray Cass take on the last time there was collusion rumblings . He quotes a agent who said “There are a lot of rumblings that all the teams know exactly what everyone is doing with free agents .
Read his interesting article about the salary cap and collusion here
Sunday, December 28, 2008
So let's raise a glass to this years' Detroit Lions, who will hopefully replace our beloved 1962 Mets as the most futile team in sports history.
Joining the cast of SNY are WFAN's Chris Carlin, who currently hosts Beer Money and Loud Mouths. Carlin will be the pre and post game shows on SNY. To join SNY full time, Carlin will be leaving WFAN, but will continue with his role on Loud Mouths and Beer Money.
It is expected Bob Ojeda will replace Mazzilli on the pre and post game show with Carlin.
Omar please don't drink the Pedro Kool-Aid. His signing in 2005 gave the Mets instant credibility, yes, did it help land Carlos Beltran, believed so, did it lead to the drafting of Fernando Martinez, yes. That all aside, Pedro didn't give the Mets much, if anything, on the field. He had a respectable, not great 2005, but when most needed, during the play-offs in 2006, all of 2007 (especially down the stretch), and in crunch time this year, Pedro was either injured, or let the Mets down by poor (and short) performancses.
Has Pedro had a tremendous career? Yes. Will he be a first ballot Hall-Of-Famer? Undoubtedly. Are his best days long behind him, and should he ride off into the sunset? Yes. Pedro could barely complete five full innings this year. What makes anyone think he will be able to pitch six to seven every outing? There is no evidence that those days still remain.
It's time for the Mets to thank Pedro, shake his hand, wish him well, and send him on his way.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Olney is also saying that the Mets continue to gauge the market for interest in Luis Castillo. If they are able to dump him, they would be interested in free agent Orlando Hudson.
During the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Stout was presented with the award. 'The award is in recognition of the total commitment to establishing an outstanding Minor League operation and for the tireless effort and dedication to providing a superior enviroment in which to develop players for the New York Mets organization.'
On receiving the award, Stout said, "This came as a complete surprise to me. To win this award knowing what a great job all of the other Mets minor league affiliates do is very humbling. But this really isn't about me, it's about our organization. Rick Spivey and Steve Harville have always been great to work for and are very supportive,'' Continued Stout, "I'm very fortunate to have such a committed support staff which includes Bob Dingus (accountant), Josh Warner (groundskeeper), Teresa Haywood (Director of Concessions), Travis Baker (clubhouse attendant), and Adam Hall (stadium operations). Those people are what make this organization operate. Also, we had an excellent on field staff and group of players sent to us this year. That always makes things easier and more enjoyable."
Under Stout the K-Mets had a 13% increase in attendance this past year, the organization saw its 5-year trend of increased pre-season corporate sales, season ticket sales, and group sales continue. The K-Mets also had their third straight winning season, helped in large part to the drafting (2007) of SS Wilmer Flores. Flores, 16, ranks as the organizations #2 prospect.
Friday, December 26, 2008
The MLB Network will be available on channel 149 if you subscribe to the iO® Package or above, or the MLB Extra Innings package. The MLB Network will be on channel 400 if you subscribe to the iO Sports Pak.
The MLB Network HD is also available in HD on channel 790.
The MLB Network will be showing limited preview programing until Jan 1st. I did read that the first night they will be showing Don Larsen's perfect game including the original commericals.
MLB Network will have the following studio Hosts Matt Vasgersian and Victor Rojas; studio analysts Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac and Harold Reynolds;
They also just announced that plan to have Jon Heyman as there "Hot Stove insider" and Mitch Williams as another studio analyst who was working for the Phillies doing a Post game Show.
Well now the Mets have interest in 2 pitchers for 1 spot in there rotation and Scott Boras controls both clients, Derek Lowe and Ollie Perez. Oh happy day. So we will see the Mets bidding against possibly phantom teams since there dealing with the sneaky Boras. If you have not read the ins and outs of Boras dealing with the Yankees regarding Texieria it is typical Scott Boras. This is an excerpt from Kate O'brien over at Newsday
" Boras said Teixeira would agree to an eight-year contract, but only if the average annual value was $24 million per year, making the total contract value $192 million. The Yankees conferred, then told Boras no, that they had made a fair yet firm offer and would stand pat, the source said. Boras responded by saying that Teixeira likely would be a Red Sox.The Yankees refused to budge from their offer, and 20 minutes later, Boras called back and said Teixeira would take their eight-year, $180-million offer."
So can we hope the Mets realize that they can be bidding against a phantom team when Boras calls and says that some team guaranteed a 4th year for Lowe. Omar the correct response is the Mets stay pat on 3 years.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
2008 was a difficult year for not only OUR METS, but for people in general. Unemployment, rising petroleum prices, business' closing their doors, homes being foreclosed, etc.
Personally, I have found this blog site a needed relief to state my views and opinions, as well as trying to keep our loyal following up-to-date on Mets news.
During this holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, etc. it is important to realize what is most important: your family, your health, and the Mets.
Here's wishing everyone out there a Merry Christmas, and big thank you to all those who have logged onto and will continue to log onto our site.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Read the latest here
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Minaya and the Mets have concerns about Santana over-doing it on his recently surgically repaired knee. This, on top of a career high 234.1 innings pitched, and with the Mets on the hook for another five years and $118 M committed to Santana is enough for the Mets to be concerned.
In the first 'Classic', Luis Ayala blew out an elbow, Ricardo Rincón, Francisco Liriano and Bartolo Colón all battled elbow or shoulder problems, and Jake Peavy and Dontrelle Willis were among the pitchers who had subpar seasons.
He laments that the Mets signing of Francisco ‘K-Rod’ Rodriguez will make the Mets more hated by such teams as the Phillies and Marlins. He cites Jose Reye’s handshakes on the top step of the dugout and now K-Rod with his index fingers of both hands pointing to the sky after a save – will make the Mets more hated. One word: GOOD!
I am not a proponent of show-boating, in fact I hate it. But I don’t consider Reyes a show-boat. He is a young kid who loves to play, and loves to do well. Met fans don’t want an android devoid of personality like Jeter. We want to cheer and we want to scream for our team.
Klapisch compares the antics of this team to 1986, where the team of Hernandez, Backman, Strawberry, Dykstra, Carter, et al was loathed. But, as Klapisch points out, they won. This team chokes. Very true. But the question must be asked: does Jose’s handshakes make the Mets a worse team? No. In fact, remember how ordinary Reyes was until Beltran spoke to him, and told Jose to be himself? It was then that Reyes put together a real good season.
Now enter K-Rod. According to Klap, the Mets will be more hated, and teams will gun for them more.
Klapisch tells of a story in the All Star game where Mariano Rivera asked the clubhouse manager to keep Rodriguez’ locker far away from him.
Now, I can remember this summer Jimmy Rollins being all excited, clapping his hands, and pointing heaven-bound after hitting a key double against the Mets. Now according to these sports ‘experts’ and players, is this showing up the other team? I was pissed, but I understood. It was a key hit in an important situation.
Now why is what K-Rod does so bad? Dennis Eckersley, the Hall of Famer, used to be a real S.O.B. when he saved a game. He used point both index fingers in a pistol fashion and fire at the batter he just struck out. No one said anything then. He even showed up a good friend and former teammate (and class act) Dwight Evans – in the play-offs.
I hope the NL continues to hate the Mets. I also hope this team can take this hatred and use it in a positive fashion to win games. The Mets today are better than they were in September. All we now need are one, preferably two, starting pitchers, and we are set for ’09.
Which of course means that if anyone falters there will be some story that Bobby Valentine will be coming to New York. Jerry Manuel signed a 2 year contract with a club option for a 3rd year. More then likely though Jerry wold have a free ride this year but 2010 watch out!
Read the story on Bobby V here
Monday, December 22, 2008
The World Baseball Classic, the most brilliant invention since the Designated Hitter, Astro Turf, and Inter-League play, will commence again this Spring. *
I can't wait to see how the US does. Imagine if they win? It would be as exciting as seeing a competitive curling match in the Olympics.
* metsfan73 believes the worst things concocted for our game are: artificial turf, the DH, and inter-league play.
He also takes questions on Jake Peavy and Ty Wiggington . He never seems to answer my questions on the lack of any pop on the Mets bench.
Check it out here
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ellis had been on a liver transplant waiting list since May, but was unable to find a liver to keep him alive.
Ellis is best remembered for hurling a no-hitter in 1970 while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, while high on LSD.
Read what Maine actually said here
Also Omar Minaya mentioned in the story that the Mets have some interest in the the pitcher the Orioles non tendered Daniel Cabrera.
Friday, December 19, 2008
If the Mets sign Lowe will that affect how much Tim Redding or Jason Marquis cost them? Or is it more over the cost. If they sign Lowe will they go real low budget on a back end starter?
Read the latest from Jon Heyman here
Although Putz would prefer closing, he said, “It wasn't the ideal situation. I really loved closing. But I'm just going to take it an inning earlier, so it's not going to be that big of an adjustment. I'm fine with the role. Like I said, bottom line, I just want to win. I hadn't had a chance to really do that in Seattle. To come to a team that's built to win right now, I'll pitch in the sixth, seventh — whatever it takes to get us a championship."
Putz, who will wear # 40 for the Mets, when asked how he would handle the NY media and the way his last name will be an open-ended joke, said, "I've been dealing with this for years, I can handle it."
When asked if he got bothered by his last name in high school, the 6’ 5” 250 pound Putz said, "Dude, I was bigger than everybody in high school.”
Welcome to NY JJ!
Source: Howard Ulman - Seattle Times
Thursday, December 18, 2008
2004 - Kris Benson Santa – Anna Benson – Mrs.Claus goes Ho-Ho-Ho’in – Benson traded after the inappropriate attire of Mrs. Benson
2005 - Mike Cameron – Played Santa and had that horrific collision with Carlos Beltran
2007 - David Wright – couldn’t buy a hit last year in the clutch
2008 - Mike Pelfrey…
The Mets obtained the reliever on June 10, 1967 from the California Angels in exchange for Jack Hamilton. This was the only season he pitched for the Mets.
Willhite started his baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963. He was out of baseball at age 26 after the 1967 season.
After his baseball career, Willhite held a multitude of jobs, including being a pitching coach for Brigham Young University, Milwaukee Brewers, and NY Yankees.
Willhite’s life spun out of control; he was divorced three times, and was a drug and alcohol addict that was living on the streets of Salt Lake City. He reached out to former teammate Stan Williams, who teamed Willhite up with BAT (Baseball Assistance Team), which assists former players in need. In 1989 Willhite entered an alcohol and drug treatment center, and went on to become an addiction counselor himself.
Willhite was 67 years old, and was living with his son in Alpine, Utah when he passed.
I think the Yankees dropped out after there absurd signing of A J Burnett of over 80 Million. If either the Angels or the Red Sox sign Texieria, that team might drop out. If the Red Sox do sign him the Mets chances might improve base on the fact that Lowe as mentioned he rather be on the East coast might be a free agent that does not sign until sometime in Jan.
Read the latest courtesy of Jon Heyman here
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Feb. 25: Orioles, Ft. Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.Feb. 26: Marlins, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Feb. 27: Cardinals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.Feb. 28: Tigers, Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 1: Astros, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m. Mar. 3: Cardinals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 4: Nationals, Viera, 1:05 p.m.Mar. 5: Italy (World Baseball Classic), Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 6: Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.Mar. 7: Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 8: University of Michigan, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m. and against Nationals, Viera, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 9: Orioles, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.Mar. 10: Nationals, Viera, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 12: Marlins, Port St. Lucie, 7:10 p.m.Mar. 13: Tigers, Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 14: Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.Mar. 15: Marlins, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 17: Braves, Disney, 1:05 p.m.Mar. 18: Braves, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 19: Astros, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.Mar. 20: Orioles, Ft. Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 21: Braves, Disney, 1:05 p.m.Mar. 22: Braves, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 24: Astros, Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.Mar. 25: Tigers, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 26: Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.Mar. 27: Nationals, Port St. Lucie, 7:10 p.m.
Mar. 28: Marlins, Port St. Lucie,1:10 p.m.Mar. 29: Orioles, Ft. Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.
Mar. 30: Orioles, Port St. Lucie, 7:10 p.m.Mar. 31: Marlins, Jupiter, 7:05 p.m.
Apr. 1: Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.Apr. 2: Orioles, Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
Apr. 3: Red Sox, Citi Field, 6:10 p.m.Apr. 4: Red Sox, Citi Field, 1:10 p.m.
The Mets plan to offer the tickets for the Red Sox's game at a discount. No time table yet when they will be available.
Ohman, 31, posted a 4-1 record with a 3.68 ERA in 83 appearances with Atlanta this season. He struck out 53 batters in 58 2/3 innings, and held lefties to a .200 average and a .314 slugging percentage. Would be nice to have a second lefty reliever especially if Pedro goes down with an injury.
He is also said, ‘This is the right place to be, I’m happy to be here,’ he said in response to whether he believes he could have signed for more money last off-season, given the current state of the economy.
K Rod was also on WFAN after the press conference with Chris Carlin. The impression you get is that he has alot of confidence in his ability.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
He has a lifetime record of 112-72 with a 3.30 ERA over 11 seasons.
The Mets spoke with Dan Evans, Kawakami’s agent, at the Winter Meetings. Evans says he “has touched base with about half the teams in baseball.”