Friday, March 30, 2012
This spring Bay is trying to simplify his approach, and get back to his hitting basics - the basics that made him a three time All Star before signing with the Mets.
Over the 40 years I have lived and died with this team, there have been many players that have fizzled out as Mets. But there is one other former All Star that Bay's meteoric plummet resembles...Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.
Before joining the Mets in 2002, Alomar had a solid year for the Cleveland Indians: 20 HR; 100 RBI; .336 AVG; All Star and Gold Glove winner. When the Mets acquired him for Alex Escobar, Matt Lawton, Jerrod Riggan, Earl Snyder, and Billy Traber - it seemed like it might be one of the best trades the Mets ever made. What happened? Alomar couldn't get out of NY fast enough. Did Cleveland know something the Mets didn't? It certainly appears they did.
With Bay, the Mets signed the All Star LF as a free agent for 4 years $66M. In 2009 with Boston, Bay hit: 36 HR; 113 RBI; .267 AVG; All Star selection and Silver Slugger winner.
Alomar's career with the Mets lasted almost two seasons (2002-2003). His stats:
222 Games 226 Hits 13 HR 123 K's .265 AVG .333 OBP
Jason Bay has completed two years with the Mets (2010-2011). His stats:
218 Games 199 Hits 18 HR 200 K's .251 AVG .337 OBP
Scary, isn't it?
I have not killed Bay too much. In 2010 it was his first year in NY, and I gave him a mulligan - much the same way I gave Carlos Beltran a mulligan in 2005. Bay's concussion certainly didn't help, and the adjustment from Fenway to Citi was probably difficult. But last year was a nightmare also. He did finish the season up strong, and hopefully that will carry over into this season.
The problem is, this spring Bay has been awful. He is 7-33 (.212) with no HR's and no RBI.
Bay has said:
“I honestly don’t know what my average is, but I know I don’t have a home run, I know I don’t have an R.B.I., I know all that. I’m not standing here telling you results don’t matter. But we’ve got a timetable to try to figure things out. That’s what this time is for, and I feel like now I have a pretty good grasp going forward.”
I won't kill Bay because I was all for the Mets getting him in the 2009 off-season. I wanted him more than Matt Holliday, and I thought he would do well in Flushing. Half way through his contract, and I have been totally wrong. Hopefully Bay will prove naysayers wrong and have a great season. The Mets even moved in the outfield walls to help him and David Wright.
The edge I give Bay over Alomar is that Bay is a good guy. Teammates look at him as a leader, and he has never shied away from the press after a bad game (or season).
I truly hope Bay turns his Mets career around. His stats thus far are eerily familiar to another Mets player that was abhorred by fans. Hopefully Bay won't be remembered in the same breath as Roberto Alomar.
Sources: New York Times, Baseball Reference, Cots Baseball Contracts
Thursday, March 29, 2012
It has been announce that the Mets have signed middle infielder Josh Rodriguez to a minor league deal.
Rodriguez was a Rule V pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year, then was returned to Cleveland. As with all Rule V players, once picked up, they must spend the entire season on the Major League roster. If they don't, they must be returned to their original team.
Rodriguez is listed as 6 feet and 180 lbs. He has spent all but 7 games in the minors. He is mainly a 2B/SS, who has had some experience at 3B.
The 27 year old out of Rice University was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Indians in 2006.
This signing appears to be an insurance policy for the Mets. Rodriguez is considered to be a quality defensive player, and might see some time with the big club if the Tejada/Murphy experiment doesn't pan out.
Sources: Adam Rubin, Baseball Reference
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
In today's NY Daily News, Andy Martino reveals information in the forthcoming memoir of Mets knuckle-baller RA Dickey.
In his memoir co-authored by Daily News writer Wayne Coffey, Dickey explains the incomprehensible childhood he suffered through. Those who have seen Dickey and his rebirth with the Mets have always seen him as an intelligent man with deep religious convictions. He is the consummate professional who has proven to be a stand-up guy and teammate.
In his memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” , Dickey details how he was abused as a child. He speaks of how he lived in abandoned houses as a teenager, and swam with alligators. Dickey realized sports was his way out.
“I have spent so much of my life running and hiding, and I wasn't going to continue doing that in the book. What would be the point in doing that — perpetuating untruth? It was important to me to tell the truth, to be completely authentic. Sharing the pain I went through is part of the healing for me, a catharsis in many ways."
The knuckler also states that he contemplated suicide before joining the Mets.
According to Martino, Dickey didn't even disclose the sexual abuse he suffered as an 8 year old by his 17 year old female babysitter to his wife until they were married 8 years.
“I felt dirty, I felt ashamed and alone, and I felt there was something terribly wrong with me."
Dickey has been able to heal from his difficult childhood, where at five years old he would close bars with his mother, from the devoted love of his wife Anne.
Dickey chronicles his 14 year journey to the Major Leagues, and his memoir should not only be looked at as an amazing trip, but as an inspiration to many.
For more insight, please check out Andy Martino's article in the NY Daily News.
Monday, March 26, 2012
This morning the NY Mets released former prospect Tobi Stoner from minor league camp. Stoner, who was a 16th round pick for the Mets in 2006 was believed to have a nice upside, as we reported back in February 2009.
In 2008 he appeared to be on the fast track to Flushing. In only his second year, he played at: St. Lucie, Florida; Binghamton, New York; Peoria; Arizona; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. His control was very good at each stop, and his ERA was respectable.
In 2009 and 2010 Stoner appeared briefly for the Mets. In those two stints with the Mets, he compiled a 3.97 ERA while striking out 5, walking 4 in a mere 11.1 innings. Stoner, like another former Mets prospect Eddie Kunz, just never fulfilled his expected potential.
As many have tweeted, it's a shame the kid didn't make it. A name like his in NY was bound to make the fans crazy.
In other news, according to Adam Rubin the Mets are in the process of finalizing a minor league contract with Chris Young. Young appeared in 4 games with the Mets last year until having to undergo surgery for a torn capsule in his right pitching shoulder. He pitched quite well before having to be shelved. Young was a battler, and with his attitude and hard work, we might just very well see him in Flushing at some point this season.
Monday, March 19, 2012
This morning the Mets principal owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have agreed to pay Madoff fraud victims $162M.
According to Fox Sports, the Mets owners will not owe any money for three years. Hopefully by that time they will have paid their $25M loan to MLB, but it is still doubtful.
Adam Rubin also tweets that the Mets will be on the hook for very little of the $162M because they will "be able to recover money from loser fund, their out-of-pocket expenses should be fraction of actual settlement."
Am I the only one wondering why Fred and his cronies settled if they were also duped by Madoff? Although with this settlement it is doubtful the Wilpon's will have to admit any guilt, why would they agree to a settlement if they were indeed innocent of the allegations being brought forth?
With this agreement in place, Irving Picard, the trustee for the Madoff victims will not pursue any further litigation.
It's just another Madoff Monday...hopefully now this ugly mess will be put behind us, and the victims of this scandal will be able to get their lives back in order, and we can start talking baseball instead of legal issues. Although the Mets owners might have dodged a bullet today, I have a sneaky feeling their troubles aren't yet over.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Anyway TC has this to say later in the day and you have to scratch your head and of course laugh .
"I talk about patience. Right now, I'm out of them. So I've got to regain it. I've got to go back tonight and have my wife beat me up so I can find my patience again. I had a buddy that used to have a bear -- a pet bear. He used to, when he got mad, the bear would go kick him around the cage. And he finally said, 'OK, I'm back down to earth now.'
I think Fred has a new promotion for Citi Field to bring in the masses. Cage matches with TC's friends bear.
Wright is back in camp claiming that he will be ready for opening day. The Nationals Ryan Zimmerman had same freaking issue that Wright has . Of course not sure if severity of strain is same but Zim missed 60 games last year .
Big bad Pelfrey gave up 2 homers yesterday in the Mets loss. Can someone please find a injury for him!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Former Mets player, CF Jason Pridie has been suspended by MLB for 50 games for testing positive for PED's (Performance Enhancing Drugs).
Pridie played with the Mets for 101 games in 2011, hitting 4 HR's, driving in 20 and hitting .231. The 28 year old signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's this off-season.
Source: Adam Rubin, Baseball Reference, John Shea Twitter
Well Lucas Duda was held out from traveling to Orlando with the Mets for there game against the Braves. He is dealing with a sore back . He is the new day to day. Andres Torres has been held out as well and he is suppose to be back in action on Saturday. Guess legging out a triple the other day was too much for the new Met.
David Wright will be held out thought the weekend mostly due to being overly cautious. Mets are concerned that with rib oblique tightness that it could morph into something serious and be stuck taking cortisone shots ale Scott Hairston. He is still waiting for his cortisone shots , all 3 of them , to take held.
Guess Terry Collins getting a taste for what is to come once the season opens. They come up with a ailment for Jason Bay yet?