Matt Harvey Newsbeat
Friday, January 02, 2015
Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:
1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and MLB’s efforts to reach out to a younger fan base. Manfred also needs to connect with Tony Clark and the players’ association while navigating the usual array of ownership labor hawks and doves in negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement in 2016.
2. Alex Rodriguez
Where do we start? A-Rod, who missed the entire 2014 season with a drug suspension, turns 40 in July. He’s six homers shy of tying Willie Mays’ total of 660 and collecting a $6 million bonus on top of the $61 million the Yankees already owe him. But the Yankees just signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal—yet another sign that they want Rodriguez to go away. Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter were universally revered at the end of their runs in the Bronx. The reception won’t be quite as fawning when the most polarizing figure in baseball reports to Steinbrenner Field for duty in February.
They don’t always drink beer. But when they do, its Dos Equis. Wait, is that a centaur joke?
Posted: January 02, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Mets are hoping to contend in 2015, and do not want Matt Harvey to become this year’s Stephen Strasburg, shut down for a playoff run. And while internal discussions about a plan for Harvey next year are in the very early stages, several creative approaches are possible.
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
Friday, September 05, 2014
Also, Matt Harvey will throw a few more bullpen sessions and then be shut down, and some Grim LeRogue wannabe can’t talk to Justin Turner.
Unsure about the Mets leadership situation? Join the club. As someone whose job is to report on these things, I’d like to relay that the signs emanating from the organization are foggier than in recent years, and that in itself is interesting.
It’s not just reporters who are unsure. There seems to be genuine internal debate and uncertainty over what the team will do; as one well-connected Mets official put it, “I just can’t get a feel for what’s going to happen this time.”
Added another Mets person, on Collins’ chances to return: “I think we have a ways to go before that’s decided.”...
The manager has his backers in the organization, and he has his detractors; both sides seem still to be discussing the future. I still believe that there is a slight lean toward the status quo, but also that the atypical lack of clarity is telling. In other words: It should be an interesting month.
“You wonder if this comes down to a five-game losing streak, or five-game winning streak,” said one major league official in touch with Mets people.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Like a thunderbolt in your Cheerios, son… wake up and smell the toxic waste.
It would naturally seem strange to observers unused to the thin air and heavy gravity of Planet Wilpon that the [Mets] would go so egregiously and strangely out of its way to alienate [Matt] Harvey, who was most recently criticized by team officials and manager Terry Collins for expressing the apparently scandalous sentiment that he’d like to return to the mound this season… It’s not that all this is any less strange to those of us who make our summer homes on Planet Wilpon, but it is so deeply, wearyingly familiar. And it’s familiar not just because this type of weird reflexive scolding has followed Harvey through his rise to stardom, but because it is something like the Wilpon way. This cartoonish meta-leadership is the only thing the Wilpons do reliably. They say “no” and “stop” and “don’t” because they can, and to remind themselves and everyone else who gets to say no and stop and don’t.
It’s a dumb and high-handed way to deal with Matt Harvey—it’s a dumb and high-handed way to deal with anyone—but the willful hypocrisy and silly-salty umbrage of it is, in a backhanded way, clarifying. The Wilpon Way is to demand accountability from others, but not from themselves; it is to demand steely discipline from everyone but those making that demand.
It’s a bummer, of course, and not just where it relates to Matt Harvey. The self-satirizing elements of it—these petty and childish men decrying a lack of maturity in others, these mediocre men demanding what they cannot earn and can’t afford—are maybe too successful as satire to be especially funny. There is no need for the Wilpons to keep reminding everyone who is in charge in Queens, although that will not stop them from doing it. It’s impossible to forget, and difficult to ignore. That’s the problem.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
This is becoming uncomfortably like a parent trying to get their teenager to do something without telling them to do it…
As word leaked out of the Mets organization about Jeremy Hefner having re-injured his elbow, one official made a point of noting, off the record, that injured ace Matt Harvey had a front-row seat to see a pitcher have a major setback after Tommy John surgery.
Tuesday, Sandy Alderson was not so subtle.
The Mets general manager said Hefner’s injury, which will likely require a second Tommy John surgery, has the team reassessing Harvey’s rehab process. It could prevent him from throwing a pitch in a minor-league or fall league game this year.
“We’re going to have a discussion with the doctors about whether the protocol should change for Matt. I have talked to Matt himself,” Alderson said…
While admitting that doctors have told the Mets that a re-injury such as Hefner’s is extremely rare, Alderson said he will talk to Harvey about the process the rest of the way. He described the 25-year-old as “reassessing” his situation.
“My sense is that Matt will at least take this into account,” Alderson said.
Harvey has been very vocal about his desire to pitch “even one inning,” this season.
Monday, August 11, 2014
####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?
the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.
The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… When the team decided to move Mejia to the bullpen in mid-May, deGrom got deCall (sorry), and since then, he’s been their best starter.
Through 16 starts and 100 1/3 innings, deGrom’s delivered a 2.87 ERA (124 ERA+), 3.06 FIP, a 22.9-percent strikeout rate and a 75-percent quality start rate, all tops among the team’s starters…
To replace deGrom for Tuesday’s start (and perhaps beyond), Rafael Montero has been recalled from Las Vegas. Considered the organization’s second-best pitching prospect behind Noah Syndergaard, Montero cracked some but not all of the major prospect lists prior to the season, topping out at No. 60 on that of ESPN’s Keith Law but making none of the more recent midseason lists… At Las Vegas — a pitchers’ hell if there ever was one — he’s put up an impressive 3.28 ERA while striking out 9.1 per nine…
Mejia is taking medication to manage the stiffness and discomfort caused by the injury, and hoping to make it through the season under such a regimen before having surgery…
A consensus top-20 prospect at the outset of the season, Syndergaard has scuffled this season at Las Vegas, an aggressive assignment for a 21-year-old righty whose 11 starts at Double-A late last year represented his first stint above A-ball. Syndergaard has been touched for a 4.79 ERA at Vegas, though a .388 batting average on balls in play has a whole lot to do with that; his peripherals — 0.8 homers, 2.9 walks and 9.3 strikeouts per nine — are all strong… he’s been in a groove lately, allowing just six runs (three earned) in 22 1/3 innings over his past four starts to lower his ERA from an unsightly 5.70.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
So less than a year has passed in what’s normally a 12-18-month rehab process. Harvey had been concerned before Tuesday’s session that he wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone or that he’d forget his mechanics, which he won’t alter—but all the concern was for naught. He threw hard, like “nothing had happened.”
“I didn’t think things would feel this good and this easy, but I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Excited about moving forward. The mechanics, I feel like they didn’t leave in the amount of time that I wasn’t able to use them. I was happy that things were smooth and I’m glad I had no setbacks.”
Harvey will continue his throwing program in Florida. He’ll throw about three more 20-pitch bullpen sessions before he starts mixing in his secondary pitches and increasing the amount of throws. He will work his way up to live batting practice and, from there, keep throwing through September. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the media on Friday that the team planned to shut Harvey down at the beginning of October.
I feel like the Mets have been whacked in the forehead by Ernest Angley
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
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