Monday, January 31, 2011
Some of the alleged potential partners willing to ante up approximately $215M, include: Martin Luther King III, son of the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Mike Repole, a Queens native who owns the race horse Uncle Mo, expected to win the Kentucky Derby and who sold Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola for a small fortune; Long Island's Martin Silver, owner of Georgi Vodka; Ed Kranepool and Donn Clendenon's son, and TV executive Larry Meil.
No matter whom the lucky candidate to purchase 20%-25% or the Mets is, I can't see the Wilpon's allowing someone into their "family business" whom they see as a threat. The last thing the Wilpon's want is another Walter O'Malley acquisition, where a small stake owner is able to continually buy up stocks, thus over-taking the "family business."
The Wilpon's, who are scheduled to meet with "Commissioner" Selig on Tuesday, are in dire straits. The big question is are they honest enough to CLEARLY see what is happening to them? They are having problems, but to start (or continue) to financially hemorrhage at the cost of their fortune, or more accurately, at the cost of New York's National League team, is selfish. The die-hard fans of the Mets deserve better. That does not necessarily mean that another owner will be better, no, but some fresh blood in the system might be just what the doctor ordered.
Is it sad that the Wilpon's were possibly swindled out of what appears to be a ton of money? I guess so. Is it unfortunate that they will be the one's having to pay off Bernie Maddof's debt? Yes, but that is the law. But, the shame in all this is not the money won or lost by this family, no, the shame is how they lied to everyone who asked the question about how hard hit they were by this scheme. Because a question is asked, it does not require you to answer. That being said, if you do decide to answer, lying is never the correct option. It's amazing, but peoples lies, or mis-truth's, always catch up to them. Tag Fred and Jeff, you're it.
Source: NY Daily News , Crain's NY Business
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Back in May 2010, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen called John Maine a habitual liar, when it came to fessing up about the health of his arm. Although I always liked Maine, his non-tendering this off-season was a must.
While on the subject of less than credible people associated with the Mets, no two people come to mind more than Fred and Jeff Wilpon. I am not saying we as fans have any right to know their financial portfolio, no, but when they open up the debate when appearing incredulous when a reporter asks of their apparent financial woes, is not acceptable.
Anyone who has read anything I've written over the years is more than aware I have never, ever cared for the Wilpon's as owners. I think Fred Wilpon is a nice man, but he has shown a lack of acumen in dealing with the Mets and their baseball operations. As for Jeff...he is merely the recipient of his father's hard work, and doesn't have a clue. He gets such a rush of being "boss", that he doesn't realize that being a boss means you hire people well versed to run your operation. Jeff sees himself as the next great owner, when he is nothing more than the beneficiary of Fred's success as a real estate magnate.
Back in 2009, we blogged about Erin Arvedlund, who wrote a book titled, Too Good To Be True, which she believed the Mets would have to sell the team due to the Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Dave Howard, Mets VP of Business Operations confronted Ms. Arvedlund on Fox Business. Although Howard seemed to win the debate, it appears, as I have always felt, that Arvedlund was in fact the only honest one in this debate.
Also in 2009 we blogged about former Mets GM Jim Duquette saying that he believed the Mets were in financial trouble because they moved their instructional league from Port St. Luce Florida to the Dominican Republic due to the need to cut costs. Duquette felt the Mets wouldn't sell because they have the opportunity to make money with the new ballpark, SNY, and the team.
Then there was an article in Reuters and the New York Times that we wrote about, where the article stated:
"Some bankers have speculated the Wilpons would be forced to sell all or part of the Mets, while others said a sale of part of the Mets cable TV channel SportsNet New York was more likely."
Throughout all of our posts and the documentation by newspapers and the internet, the Mets, mainly Fred, Jeff, and Dave Howard have argued that the Wilpon's and the Mets were in sound shape, when in fact, we have always believed that to be untrue.
When looking back at the spin-doctoring the Mets have done over the last few years, is John Maine the true habitual liar, or is it really the Wilpon's and the Mets hierarchy?
Friday, January 28, 2011
"The Mets and R.A. Dickey have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, with a club option for third year, major league sources tells Daily News."
This deal is a no brainer, and the positive end of it is not just that Dickey is signed, but shows that Elvis isn't opposed to multi-year deals. This, hopefully, will turn out well for the Mets SS, Jose Reyes.
On a day when the Mets ownership finally came clean about financial issues, to the point where they are considering selling off 25% of the Mets, this signing comes as no surprise. This might deflect some of the press the Wilpon's will get for being less than honest about the state of the Mets.
Maybe us fans can pool our resources and get a share. Anyone have 20M handy?
Fred Wilpon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Mets, and Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer of the New York Mets, issued the following statement:
As Sterling Equities announced in December, we are engaged in discussions to settle a lawsuit brought against us and other Sterling partners and members of our families by the Trustee in the Madoff bankruptcy. We are not permitted to comment on these confidential negotiations while they are ongoing.
However, to address the air of uncertainty created by this lawsuit, and to provide additional assurance that the New York Mets will continue to have the necessary resources to fully compete and win, we are looking at a number of potential options including the addition of one or more strategic partners. To explore this, we have retained Steve Greenberg, a Managing Director at Allen & Company, as our advisor.
Regardless of the outcome of this exploration, Sterling will remain the principal ownership group of the Mets and continue to control and manage the team’s operations. The Mets have been a major part of our families for more than 30 years and that is not going to change.
As we have said before, we are totally committed to having the Mets again become a World Series winner. Our fans and all New Yorkers deserve nothing less.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The telling moment that Jose Reyes hasn't been himself the last two seasons were acknowledged tonight on Hot Stove. The last two years Reyes battled injuries, and wasn't quite right. When pressed, he admitted that his famous handshakes were down the last two years, and he anticipates handshakes will be in abundance this year. In fact he is planning on a special handshake for new manager Terry Collins.
There was yet another Hot Stove interview with Nuke LaLoosh, but the best part is when his youngest brother, Daniel, impersonated David being interviewed. If was brilliant, and Nuke, who was there, called his brother an "idiot." Burkhardt lost it.
If you haven't yet seen this episode, be sure to check it out. It will be airing again on SNY:
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Wow talk abut impressive . Sandy and the crew I am sure placed that on there window or there office door. Mets are near the bottom and there top prospect is Wilmer Flores and he comes in at 58th. See what happens when you adhere to slotting rules?
The Mets were usually the middle of the pack organization wise and now are near the bottom after the boot of Omar and Tony B last year. Alderson and crew need to wake up . Teams like the Phillies rank 5th and even the Yankees are near the top after year after year of signing free agents and giving up picks.
The Mets need to build from the ground up and Alderson has taken on a huge undertaking and hopefully the Wilpons wont impede. Yeah I know I laughed when I wrote that too.
Source: CBS News
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The New York Mets have hired former ace Frank Viola to be pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Sweet Music was obtained by the Mets on July 31, 1989 for David West, Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummand, Jack Savage and Kevin Tapani. He was 38-32 for the Mets from 1989 - 1991 with a 3.31 ERA.
Viola, who graduated from East Meadow, was a teammate of John Franco at St. Johns University, and again with the Mets from 1990 until 1991.
After retirement, Viola had coached for Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. He also was a Spring Training coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2009.
Sources: Adam Rubin, Baseball Reference, Wikipedia
According to ESPN NY the Mets have not placed there former hitting coach in a role yet but he is still cashing checks. He has players like David Wright and blue collar boy Daniel Murphy calling him but thats it.
I say have the Mets have him come to Citi Field and open up a little booth and sign things and chat with the fans ala Greg the Bull Luzinski and his rib joint down in Philly. Ho Jo was a fan favorite and it would be great to see him at the ballpark so he and fans can talk about the good ole days.
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Mets though open there camp in Pt St Lucie today for volunteers who want to get a head start on spring. Look for Met Manager Terry Collins to be there with I am sure David Wright and some of the players who might be fringe players on trying to make the roster.
Collins sleeps and breathes baseball so I am sure he will be on site to meet his team who shows up early. Do we think that Mets whipping boys Luis Castillo and Ollie Perez will be in Florida early?. Look for some of the young players like being the back flip Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans to maybe show up early. Nothing like having a catch with the baseball as we in the east deal with dead car Batteries and frozen doors.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Mets are going to need someone who shuts down that Phillies offense from the left side. Byrdak in a little over 4 innings against the Phillies didnt allow a run in 2010. Of course if he makes the team the Phillies will see him a bit more then they saw him last year.
Howard and Ibanez faced him 2 times with no hits and Utley faced him 4 times without a hit. He struck out Howard once and had no problem challenging the Phillies since he didnt walk them once.
Back in 2009 he gave a hit a piece to Howard and Ibanez in 3 at bats but nothing to Utley.
The Mets are going to need someone to step up against these guys and hopefully Byrdak still has something left.
Source Yahoo Sports
Friday, January 21, 2011
Check the video at ESPN NY here.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The unlucky recipients of this transaction were Tobi Stoner and Jason Pridie. Stoner, who has fallen off the Mets depth chart the last couple of years, is starting to remind me of one former prospect, Philip Humber, who has frequent flyer miles between the minors and majors since being part of the Johan Santana trade in 2008. Since then, Minnesota didn't sign him, he was granted free agency, signed with the Royals, was waived, signed by Oakland, waived again, and recently signed by the ChiSox.
In other news, The Onion's Sports Dome had a touching story on a David Wright fan in Philadelphia.
CAUTION: STRONG LANGUAGE AND MATERIAL
Source: Adam Rubin
Caple writes about the Mets logo:
“I'm no Mets fan, but I have always loved this logo: the distinctive dark skyline, the white bridge symbolizing the five boroughs, the classic Mets script, the terrific color scheme of orange and blue. My only suggestion: Mr. Met should have it tattooed around his whole head. “
The team on the other side of the Triboro (nor will it ever be the RFK bridge no matter how much the city tries to ram it down our throats) finished a distant 5th with Caple explaining:
“The logo most identified with the Yankees is the world famous, classic, Tiffany-designed NY. Their official primary logo, however, is the baseball bat with the Uncle Sam hat. It's not as good as the NY design -- what could be? -- but it isn't bad. I just wish A-Rod had to wear this same hat when he plays.”
Our two biggest arch rivals, the Braves and Phillies finished 18th and 23rd respectively.
Of the Braves he notes:
“Well, it certainly beats the old logo of a Native American warrior screaming so demonstrably it was as if he just received his season-ticket renewal bill.”
…and the Phillies
“I like the individual elements, but it's just a little too crowded inside that ball field outline, don't you think? Kind of like Greg Luzinski squeezing into one of those polyester uniforms after it had been left in the dryer too long.”
The team that is considered to have the worst logo in the Major Leagues is Cleveland Indians:
“And sometimes, even cartoons are just wildly inappropriate. People defend Chief Wahoo on the basis of tradition, but what kind of a defense is that? Yes, it's incredibly offensive, but we've been offending people with it for soooooo long we can't stop now. Do you think any responsible team or business would produce this logo today? Of course not. The only way a team could be more tone deaf to society values is if a franchise based in, say, the nation's capital used a racial slur for its team name.”
With this earth shattering Cinderella victory, imagine if the Mets would revert back to the old days and play the Curly Shuffle during the 7th inning stretch? They could be #1 in seventh inning stretch songs. Makes one wonder if maybe winning on the field is far behind.
Reyes is ready to get to spring training already knowing that the first time in 2 years he is really healthy and ready to play. Of course he will spend the year playing for his next contract. Of course the excitable Reyes doesnt seem to mind. He is still a kid in the candy store and the fact that the new manager Collins but have almost as much energey as Jose suits him just fine.
According to the NY Post Reyes said about Collins yesterday "Terry's got a lot of fire, a lot of energy. I like that. He wants me to be more involved in the field." Of course Reyes loves the fact that Collins wants him to have more responsiblity . That of course has to do with the gun of Reyes arm. We just need to have Reyes focus on relays even on the routine plays where he seems to wander a bit.
Reyes excitement can of course rub off on you. Now we have less then a month to go before pitchers and catchers and like Collins Reyes is ready to go now. Even though there is not much expectation on this team the excitement was there yesterday in Queens.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"Carlos is the kind of guy who, in that position, I think he’ll produce runs from both sides. I think he’ll protect you on both sides of the plate. "
"I talked to
The Mets signed Chris Young pending a physical which should be done this week or is in the process of being done. They signed 1 of their arbitration guys with Pelfrey getting just under 4M. The Mets didnt seem to want to sign him longer than 1 year which could come down to bite them if he has a great year.
Also the Mets are working on a deal for right handed hitter Scott Hairston He hit 10 homers last year for the Padres and hit about .220. He will more then likely be the 4th or 5th outfielder for the Mets if he makes the team. Of course this doesnt spell well for Nick Evans who is out of options and either has to make the team out of spring training or pass through waivers.
Mets still dont have a 3rd baseman backup but that could fall on someone like Daniel Murphy or whoever else is a backup at 2nd base.
Mets still have to work on deals for Dickey and Pagan who are about 1.5M in offers between what they want and what the Mets want to give them. Dickey asked for a huge payday of 4.7M while the Mets countered with 3.3M. A bit over his 600K he made last year. Speedy Pagan wanted 4.2M and the Mets offered a little over 3M.
Source Adam Rubin
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The list has quickly dwindled. Adam Rubin is reporting that Mike Pelfrey has signed a one year deal with the Mets, avoiding arbitration. According to Rubin, the Mets will pay "Big Pelf" $3.925M for the 2011 season. There is a potential for another $50,000 in performance bonuses. Last year Pelfrey wasn't arbitration eligible, so he only earned $500,000 when the Mets exercised the team option.
Last season for the Mets Pelfrey was a respectable 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA and registered a career best 204 IP.
The Mets are set to exchange offers with the other two candidates, and will hopefully avoid arbitration. A hearing is set for sometime in February if an agreement can't be reached before then.
Pagan earned $1.45M and Dickey was paid $600,000 in 2010, with $150,000 in performance bonuses.
Both men are expected to earn considerably more money this season.
Source: Cot's Baseball Contracts
Alderson had seem to target Young since he took over the team late last year. Of course he was under Alderson when he worked for the Padres along with other Mets executive Podesta.
Young has alot of potential for the Mets if he is healthy. Back in 2007 he had a ERA of just over 3.00 with a 8.7K per 9 innings and really low hit total of 6.1/9.
I think the Mets might be done adding to there staff which will have Pelfrey, Dickey, Niese, Capuano and Young if there able to perform . Of course Santana will be rehabing for close to half the 2011 campaign and the Mets have Dillion Gee and Boof Bonser as backups if needed.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
For those too young to remember or to have lived through the Mets hey-day of the mid and late 1980's, there was "The Low Two."
Bill Robinson, the late hitting coach and first base coach of the great Mets teams of the 1980's had a congratulation like no other. After a hitter singled or walked, instead of the congratulatory slap on the butt or back, Bill Robinson would hold his index finger and middle finger out together and the Met player would do the same; instead of "slapping five", they would "Low Two" - Robinson would hold his two fingers facing upward, and the Met player would hold his fingers facing down, and once the fingers slapped, the player and coach would reverse, and Robinson would slap a "Low Two" on the player.
This exchange would take place on the first base bag, and wasn't meant to draw attention, which was rare for those cocky Mets teams of the 80's.
In the era we are now in, there is more time spent on the "art" of celebrating than on the craft of the trade of the athlete. Granted, I am not bothered by Jose Reyes' antics, in fact I find them humorous, but too much is being said on sports shows about excessive celebrating - many fans who enjoy it.
It was great to watch Backman get a "Low Two" from Robinson after a key hit. No pulling the bag off the mooring, no jumping up and down, just the quiet "Low Two."
Baseball traditionalists, like myself, constantly bemoan the lost are of fundamental baseball. Whether it be a sacrifice bunt, taking the extra base, proper fielding techniques, etc. Another lost craft is the art of the "Low Two", a unique congratulation for a unique ball club.
Bill Robinson was the Mets hitting and first base coach from 1984-1989, and his personality was well matched for this dynamic club. Robinson passed away in July 2007 at the young age of 64. Cause of death is still unknown. He was a hitting instructor with the Dodgers minor league system at the time of his death. If in the future we see some young Dodger players looking for a "Low Two" after a key hit, we will then know that the art of the "Low Two" hasn't died;we will know that the proper congratulatory expression lives on.
So when watching play-off football with family and friends, try a "Low Two" after a key play instead of the wave or chest bump. You never know, it might be just the celebration you are looking for.
Friday, January 14, 2011
This guy will make the team and give the Mets another outfielder will speed. The 32 year old has spent the last 3 years with the Nationals before playing with the Braves.
He is a career 239 hitter with 101 stolen bases. Last year his average dropped under .200 but he did hit 10 homers in 200 plus at bats.
I think this was someone the Mets should have signed all off season . Obviously the guy know how to play at Citi Field and will make a decent 4th or 5th outfielder.
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The Mets will have pitchers and catchers report on the 15th while the first full workout for Teryy Collins's crew is Feb 21st. Mets play the Braves on Feb 26th for the first of 4 games against there rivals at DDP.
Collins better get some rest before the spring gets going because its going to be a tough spring to see if Castillo can play and when he cant who will play 2nd. Then of course the pitching.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Buster Olney has tweeted that the Mets are looking to make a Chris Young a deal in the range of 1M plus 3M in incetives. Young is close to a decision at this point. The Former Padre pitcher who has held out so far this off season. This is I am sure to see what is the most he can get guaranteed.
Mets are trying to stockpile arms this off season especially since Santana will be on the shelf for close 50% of the season as per some report.
Also former Met John Maine is drawing interest from the Phillies. He of course will sign a deal and then shut us out.
Well its not the 3 of them but at least we get Gary Cohen tonight for 30 min when he joins Chris Carlin on SNY hot stove tonight at 730PM. Time is 30 minutes later due to the Jets show running an hour tonight.
Cohen spends his off season with his family and broadcasting for alma matter Columbia in basketball. Hopefully Cohen will gives us his take on what the NY A's have done so far and maybe give some insight on Elvis Alderson. Looking forward to a familiar face chatting up the Mets on cold night.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
On this date in Mets History
1972: Mets signed back-up catcher and pinch hitter Ron Hodges - drafted in second round.
- Hodges was primarily a back-up catcher and pinch hitter who swung from the left side.
- Played his most games in a season, 110, at age 34 in 1983.
- Had his contract bought out by the Mets on October 31, 1984
- Drafted by the Mets in the second round of 1984 Amateur Draft.
- After shoulder injuries, he was granted Free Agency on December 19, 1992
- Released by LA May 17, 1993
- Signed with Florida Marlins May 22, 1993 and was released on June 4th
- Spent time with teams after Florida: San Diego, NY Yankess, KC Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers (2X), Pirates, and returned to LA Dodgers before retiring in 2000.
- Clark was a stand-up likable character during his short time in Flushing.
- Hit 16 HR's in 280 AB's in his sole season (2003) with the Mets.
- Valent played 130 games with the Mets in 2004, and put up some decent #'s: Hit 13 HR's in 270 AB's, hit .267, and knocked in 34 Runs
- Was released by the Padres on May 14, 2006. Never played in pros again.
- Redding had one miserable season with the Mets (2009) where he went 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA. He split his time (30 games) between starting (17) and games relieved (13). Redding didn't play after the 2009 season with the Mets.
- Spent the 2000 season in the minors with both the Yankees and Rockies.
He will try to make the team as a lefty specialist . Tankersley who is 28, missed all of the 2009 major league season with an elbow injury. He played briefly in 2010 but refused a minor league assignment . Over the course of 4 years with the fish he amassed a ERA of about 4.50 and had 8.8 K/9 and a very high walk total of 5.3 BB/9.
I feel bad for Dan Warthen. I know most of the time players kind of thin themselves out but with the Mets amassing lame arms to see who will stick, Warthen has his job cut out for him.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Mets looking for bargains this winter I am sure at least tapped the tires on this one. Benson made just three starts for
It is really a sad state of Met affairs when this team seems to enjoy dumpster diving. Looking forward to who might be next in the dumpster dive portion of the off season.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Rubin asked many questions that fans have been asking since the fall, but as with the majority of questions being asked this off-season, the concrete answers are few.
Some of the highlights are:
Rubin: As far as needs for the remainder of this offseason, the Chris Capuano signing does not preclude you from adding another starting pitcher? And how likely is it that you add a starting pitcher of that caliber/contract or greater?
Alderson: “First of all, signing Capuano does not preclude us from signing another starting pitcher. I’d like to sign another starting pitcher -- probably the same type of deal that Capuano has ($1.5 million base, with roughly $3 million in performance incentives). I am hopeful of signing another starting pitcher.”
Metsfan73: In this market you couldn't get Todd Zeile to pitch for you (knuckle ball and all) for such a deal. If you truly believe this team needs more help and depth in the starting rotation, then the Mets are going to have to reach down a little deeper into their pockets.
Rubin: So you don’t believe the remainder of the deals for the offseason will be just minor league contracts? You believe you can get a pitcher of that caliber?
Alderson: “Well, a pitcher that we think can compete for a spot in the rotation, to whom we’re prepared to give a spot in the rotation, subject to that pitcher performing in spring training and early in the season. I think we’re looking to do something that would be more than just a minor league contract with a spring training invite.”
Metsfan73: Is it me, or does Alderson sound real unsure of his chances of acquiring anyone?
Rubin: There have been conflicting reports about whether there has been an offer made to Chris Young. With Young and Jeff Francis, is that semantics, in a way, because each side has an understanding of where the other wants to go, even if it’s not officially an offer? Or has there been anything formal?
Alderson: “Over the last several weeks, before and after the Capuano signing, we’ve had conversations with agents for other pitchers. I wouldn’t characterize where we are in most of those cases as beyond the discussion stage. Through this point, we’ve been having discussions with a variety of possibilities.”
Metsfan73: Pitchers and Catchers report in a month. When are you planning on having a little more than just "discussions?"
Regarding Jose Reyes in his walk year:
Rubin: With Jose Reyes, you had said you did not want to have any extension talks this offseason. Will there be a moratorium during the season? Is spring training the right window for that discussion? Or will there be no talks at all?
Alderson: “I don’t have a hard, firm policy about that. We’ll see what happens as we get into spring training and go from there and make a decision as to when and for how long to discuss that possibility, and whether or not to have some moratorium during the regular season. But at this point I personally don’t have a hard and fast policy about that.”
Rubin: Would you agree that the decision with Jose Reyes will be the first major decision of your tenure? I mean, Jose is the longest-tenured Met. He has meant a lot to the organization.
Alderson: “I don’t know. I consider every player acquisition to be a significant decision. Right now, we’re focused on the 2011 season. Each of these player acquisitions that we make is important. That’s where my attention is placed at the moment. Certainly what happens with Jose in the future will be the subject of conversation and important to the future of the franchise one way or the other.”
Metsfan73: How can't your attention be on the most important player on your team? Reyes, love him or hate him, is the catalyst for this team. I understand if you want to wait to make sure he is healthy, but to have no dialogue with him, and a possible moratorium during the season, will surely mark the beginning of the end of the Jose Reyes era in Flushing, and that would be a huge mistake. Not saying they should back up the Brinks truck, just that if they start off with discussions, Sandy has admitted in this interview he has discussions, that at least Reyes can get the vibe if the Mets are interested in him or not. If Elvis waits too long, Jose will bolt. Why wouldn't he? He would probably feel unwanted.
As for all decisions are important, get real. Capuano will not change the franchise the way Reyes has and will.
As for everyone's whipping boy, Oliver Perez:
Rubin: Has anyone gone to see Oliver Perez in person pitch in Mexico, whether you or Terry Collins or Dan Warthen?
Alderson: “Nobody has gone yet. That hasn’t materialized, and it may not at this point. Just with the shortage of time and other priorities. But it’s still possible.”
Metsfan73: Why hasn't anyone yet gone? This is the major contract that has hamstrung this organization for two years, and if you are looking to rehabilitate him into a viable option, or trade him, don't you think scouts and coaches should be watching his every move?
Rubin: Johan Santana’s timetable for picking up a baseball and tossing following shoulder surgery had been moved up to early January. Has that occurred yet? Is it imminent?
Alderson: “I think he’s supposed to be seen by doctors this week or next -- maybe this week -- to get a clearance to do that. So I would expect once he obtains that clearance he will go ahead and start throwing. I don’t think that has occurred yet.”
Rubin: You would imagine that would be near his home in Fort Myers, Fla.? And you’re not dispatching someone there to monitor it, correct?
Alderson: “Not in these early stages I wouldn’t expect that. No.”
Metsfan73: See my above answer to OP: How can you not have better information on the Ace of you staff? Not that they will watch Johan grip a ball for the first time, no, but to at least have someone from the organization more closely monitor his progress. As GM, he should also know exactly when Johan's appointment is with the doctors.
I can't say I have been in awe of what has been done this off-season, but I will give Elvis a chance. He has a huge mess to clean up, but thus far I am not confident in the way he is going about it. I love that he will have a company philosophy from minors to pros that will be followed. I love that he wants to build up the minor league system, but he had no problem spending a fortune on Ricciardi and DiPodesta, but shy's away from spending money on players.
It will take time, and we do have to be patient. Hopefully Elvis knows something we don't. Until then, we will have to be patient.
The 35 year old Choate signed a 2.5M deal to sign with the Marlins in 2011. The southpaw averaged 8.1 strike outs per 9 innings last year with the Rays.
The Mets also watch the White Sox sign lefty relief specialist Wil Ohman to a 2 year deal worth 4M. He cant get righties out but held lefites to a batting average under .230 last year . The Mets need a lefty to fill the role against the Phillies lefty lineup.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Delgado is 38 now and has just gone through his 3rd hip surgery. He has not been in the Major leagues since 2009 when he was playing for the Mets. In May of that year he had a problem with his hip and it led too him having a doctor working on a tear to right hip labrum.
Delgado is 27 homers away from the 500 milestone which he has amassed during a 17 year playing career. He played with the Red Sox Pawtucket affiliate late last year but still felt sore with that hip so he went for a 3rd surgery. He still has the desire to play but has not picked up a bat yet since his last surgery this past September.
I still remember Delgado's 400 home run moon shot at Shea.
To follow up on Delgado and his personal life check out the story over at the Toronto Sun
Friday, January 7, 2011
Former Met Brian Bannister, who refused an assignment to AAA Omaha (KC Royals), has decided to take his "talents" to Japan.
It is being reported that Bannister has signed a one year deal with the Tokyo Giants.
Bannister, who as a rookie beat out Aaron Heilman for the final slot in the Mets starting rotation in 2006, was traded to Kansas City that December for Fire-Balling Sociopath relief pitcher Ambiorix Burgos. I wish Burgos' stat sheet was as successful as his criminal record.
At the time many fans thought Bannister was going to be a solid pro. I never subscribed to that. His professional career with the Mets was a very small sampling: 8 Games, 2-1 record, 4.26 ERA, 19K, 38 IP, 22 BB. He was lucky. Then, he pulled his hamstring while running the bases on April 28, 2006.
With KC Bannister didn't pitch particularly well, and at one point was demoted to the minors. His stats as a Royal was an unimpressive 35-49, 5.13 ERA, 365 K, 629.1 IP, 202 BB.
With accepting a contract in Japan with the Giants, will this mark the end of Bannisters professional career. Odds are it will.
Sources: KC Star, Ultimate Mets Database, Baseball Reference,
Remember when he was hired he said that if there was a deal to be made he would bring up to the Wilpons and fight for it. Of course little did he know that the 2 Wilpons are deaf and there is no way the Mets are spending any decent cash. Well that means we have to get excited with castoffs and who might rise from the garbage pile. Anyway this was Alderson's letter to fans today.
With spring training just six weeks away, I wanted to update you on our preparation for the 2011 season.
Yesterday, we wrapped up two days of meetings in Port St. Lucie where we went over organizational philosophy and how to implement it throughout the major and minor leagues. It was also the first opportunity for Terry Collins and his staff to sit down and discuss the mechanics of Spring Training and determine how they will emphasize fundamentals, mental and physical preparation and hard work. As Terry has said, the driving force will be playing the game the right way, which will lead to more wins.
Over the past two months, we have followed our plan of filling out our roster with reasonably priced players who have significant upside potential. As I have said before, our payroll - which will be among the highest in baseball - gives us limited flexibility, but we do have money to spend. We have acquired players who we think can thrive at Citi Field and complement our existing group of players.
As you likely know, earlier this week we signed pitchers Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz. Chris is a former All-Star and 18-game winner who last year came back from his second Tommy John surgery. We are confident he has the ability to re-establish himself as a dependable starter who can excel in our ballpark. Taylor has fully recovered from elbow surgery and has the potential to be a solid arm out of the bullpen.
Every year players come out of nowhere to become success stories. Look no further than R.A. Dickey. He signed a minor-league deal last January, became a fixture in the starting rotation in May, and finished the season with 11 victories and a 2.84 ERA. I believe some of our offseason acquisitions can be this year's version of R.A.
We are excited about 2011. We have a solid core group of players who we expect will make significant contributions to making the Mets a success. As we have said all along, we will put ourselves in the best position possible to succeed both in the short and long term.
There will be an exciting brand of baseball played at Citi Field this year that matches the passion and intensity that you have for the team.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the ballpark.
As per Alderson all we need is another R A Dickey clone. Of course what he signed is more like this years version of Kelvin Escobar.