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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Mets ask Billy Bean to suit up, but how do players feel about gay player in baseball?

Cuddyer says he has never had a gay teammate that he has known of. Daniel Murphy says he has not either.

He too is ready for a gay teammate, he says. The Mets consulted players this winter before bringing Bean in and Murphy called the idea “forward thinking.” More than just listening to a seminor or speech, it was an opportunity to get to known an individual. He regretted that he had not had the chance to meet Bean yet.

Murphy, a devout Christian, said he would embrace Bean despite a divergence in their beliefs.

“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”

But Murphy also saw the moment as an opening for a conversation and an avenue to get past stereotypes. The issue, he says, was “uncharted territory.”

While there may be a perception that Christian athletes may not be accepting of gay players, Murphy says that it is not the case.

“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality,” he said. “We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”

 


Reports: Wright confronts Syndergaard - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

This isn’t a good way for Noah Syndergaard to get in the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 05:38 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Jeff McKnight dies of leukemia at 52

Jeff McKnight, a versatile player who spent six seasons with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 52.

McKnight’s family told the Mets that McKnight died Sunday after battling leukemia for 10 years. His father, Jim, who played for the Chicago Cubs briefly in the early 1960s, was born in Bee Branch, Arkansas.

Jeff McKnight made his big league debut with the Mets in 1989 and hit .233 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 218 games. He singled in his final at-bat for the Mets in August 1994, on the final day before a players’ strike wiped out the rest of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mcknight, mets, obituary, orioles


Monday, March 02, 2015

The Mets’ intangible that has Terry Collins predicting playoffs | New York Post

Hope is a wonderful thing. Spring training is a wonderful time.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, spring training

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The career paths of Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto |

Some info about the Mets top outfield prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets, michael conforto, prospects

Phillies newcomer Francoeur becoming Howard’s biggest fan

“It seems like every time I look at him, he’s got a few guys around him,” manager Ryne Sandberg said of Francoeur. “I think there’s a good reason behind that. Players tend to go to him.”

Francoeur and Howard have been nearly inseparable during the first week of camp.

Their lockers are next to each other. They were in the same, three-man group, with infielder Andres Blanco, when hitters faced live pitching Friday. They are in the same, six-man team under Charlie Manuel’s guidance in the team’s carefully crafted hitting groups this spring.

The Phillies signed Francoeur to a minor league contract this winter because they think he has the chance to make their major league club as a much-needed righthanded bench bat. But like Manuel, he’s also someone with a history with Howard - they played against each other as NL East foes for years - and someone with an unwavering positive outlook, too.

He’s baaa-aaack!

 

eddieot Posted: March 01, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jeff francoeur, mets, phillies, ryan howard

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Deep dive from Ike Davis on Mets’ downfall, hope for future - NY Daily News

I still kinda like Ike.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ike davis, mets

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MLBTR: Mets Not Expected To Talk Extension With Daniel Murphy

Though second baseman Daniel Murphy has been one of the Mets’ most consistent offensive performers over the past few seasons, the team has no plans to negotiate an extension with the 29-year-old during the season, reports ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. While that wording would seem to leave open some possibility of a Spring Training extension, Rubin writes that the expectation is for New York to let Murphy walk as a free agent next offseason. ...

If an extension isn’t in the cards, Murphy will be one of the most attractive second base options on the open market, assuming a typically strong season. Entering his age-30 season, he’ll be younger than competitors Howie Kendrick (32) and Ben Zobrist (35), and he has a better track record than comparably aged players such as Asdrubal Cabrera. Over the past four seasons, Murphy has batted .294/.333/.414 and averaged 10 homers and 15 steals per 162 games.

JE (Jason) Posted: February 26, 2015 at 03:31 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, free agency, mets

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Young arms give Mets fans hope after six years of woe

With a team based around young pitching it is surprising to me that the Mets didn’t target a good-fielding shortstop as a stopgap for this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is rust inevitable for Matt Harvey in 2015? - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

More Matt Harvey info.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Matt Harvey to face batters in week - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

Harvey seems on schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, February 13, 2015

Megdal: Capital Sports-Biz Report: The state of the Wilpons; Red Bulls as anti-Galacticos

Does the new column mean Howard’s no longer in the running for the NBC Nightly News gig?

Welcome to Capital’s new Sports Business Report, a weekly digest of news on the top players and institutions in one of New York’s highest-profile industries. ...

Here are the numbers you have to actually remember, and what keeps Fred Wilpon and his partners up nights (and Wilmer Flores entrenched as a low-cost shortstop). The Mets’ parent company, Sterling Equities, continues to finance the $250 million in debt against the team. Sterling also continues to finance more than $600 million in debt against SNY. Below is a partial schedule of what comes out of team revenues directly in twice-annual debt balloon payments for the next eight years.

June 2016 - December 2018: $21,950,000

June 2019 - December 2022: $22,000,000

The schedule continues like that through 2045.

It all means that the Mets are spending more on financing debt than they are on payroll.

So sure, it’s nice every time the Madoff trustee announces another victory, primarily because it helps people actually victimized by Bernie Madoff. But Mets ownership has far bigger numbers to worry about.

Which is also why you can safely dismiss the qualified comments by new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Wilpon finances. Notice that he insulates himself by claiming no knowledge of their ability to spend just before endorsing it.

Also via Adam Rubin: http://es.pn/1vHGiwn

“Asked point blank if the Mets have the capacity to boost their payroll now, given their seeming lack of appetite to pursue trades for big-ticket items such as Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Desmond to man shortstop, Manfred added: “I don’t know what their internal considerations are with respect to individual trades, and it’s not appropriate for me to talk about that. But I have never had a question about the Mets’ capacity to spend if they decided it was in their baseball interest to spend money. I really don’t believe that’s an issue.”

Tell that to the fans about to watch a potential contending team fail to address basic roster holes or depth this winter.

JE (Jason) Posted: February 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: citi field, madoff, mets, troy tulowitzki, wilpons

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The 2015 Mets: 40-WAR scenario - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

What do the Mets need to do to win next year?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 02:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Matt Harvey’s arrival this week spurs Mets’ optimism - NY Daily News

It will be interesting to see where his command is at the start of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Why Lucas Duda is so confident he can have another big season | New York Post

“By no means was that a career year. I know it’s not a career year,” he said. “That was last year, it already happened. This year is all about winning and getting better.’’
Asked if he can do it again, there was no hesitation in his voice.
“Absolutely,’’ Duda said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets

Martino: Ex-SNY analyst Bobby Ojeda takes jab at Mets GM - NY Daily News

Bobby Ojeda doesn’t sound like a fan of Sandy Alderson.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby ojeda, mets, sandy alderson

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where does the Mets’ future lay? A look at the farm system and prospects | NJ.com

Paul DePodesta answers a few questions on the Mets farm system.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Omar Minaya to leave San Diego Padres, join MLBPA as special adviser

The former New York Mets general manager left his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark.

Minaya will focus on international affairs and game development in the U.S., including amateur ball. The number of Dominican and Cuban players in the major leagues has increased, and management hopes to get agreement on an international draft in the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season. Currently, only players residing in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are subject to a draft.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 29, 2015 at 09:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, padres

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mets Merized Online: Fred Wilpon Named Chairman of MLB Finance Committee

...

Bill Madden of the Daily News reports there was a lot more happening at last week’s owners meeting in Arizona than just a farewell party for Bud Selig.

New head honcho Rob Manfred announced a complete overhaul of major league baseball’s hierarchy and among the new restructuring he named Mets owner Fred Wilpon the new chairman and head of the MLB Finance Committee… Wilpon, who allegedly lost about $700 million in the largest Ponzi scheme in American History – the second time he was embroiled in a massive Ponzi scheme – was nearly forced to sell the team three years ago and is still on uncertain financial footing.

What makes Manfred’s decision so bizarre is that Fred Wilpon admits to not being the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to financing, and in fact, Wilpon’s entire defense case in the trial brought on by trustee Irving Picard was based on his ignorance of how the convicted Bernie Madoff oversaw his investments as well as his role in team finances…

In addition to the millions lost in the Madoff affair, the Wilpons are currently buried waist deep in nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in debt between the team and the SNY Network which broadcasts the team’s games. A huge portion of that debt – a reported $600 million – is actually due in June of this year.

The MLB Players Association has recently opened an investigation looking into financial inconsistencies regarding offseason workouts being held at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie…

It just goes to show that the old adage is true — It’s not what you know, but who you know. Sadly, in his first official act as commissioner, Manfred looks to continue years of Selig cronyism under the guise of the best interest of the game.

The District Attorney Posted: January 18, 2015 at 07:10 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fred wilpon, mets, wtf

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wait — the Mets are charging players to attend offseason workouts? Really?

If this is true — and given that Barwis himself is telling people that minor leaguers are paying him, there’s a good chance it is — it’s simply awful. As we’ve discussed an awful lot around here, minor leaguers make peanuts for the most part. And yet the Mets are, allegedly, requiring them to shell out for their own training and, subtly or otherwise, communicating that there is a penalty for not attending the sessions.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wright vows to make up for last season during intense training program | New York Post

He’s in the best shape of his life!™

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ian Desmond, Ben Zobrist were part of Nationals-Mets-Rays trade discussion | FOX Sports

The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets.

The roadblock was the Rays’ request for two top Mets prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep for Desmond, who is entering his free-agent year.

The Rays’ wish list included right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. The other two targets are not known.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, rays, trade rumors

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Pedro Martinez on Mets fans: They settle for what they have

But don’t we have to settle for settling? Oh, I’m doing it, aren’t I.

Yankee Stadium felt like a modern-day Roman Colosseum when [Pedro] Martinez took the mound. Love him or hate him, you always were entertained.

Across the RFK Bridge, wearing a Mets uniform, Martinez acknowledged that life was different. He spent four years in Flushing, a tenure that began with great promise and ended in ashes—both for the crumbling Mets and the fading embers of his Hall of Fame career.

Asked Wednesday about those two sides of New York, during a news conference at the Waldorf-Astoria, Martinez described the contrast as only he could, with a response that triggered loud laughter.

“I would say Queens is a little bit different than the Yankees fans,” Martinez said. “In Queens, they’re wild. They’re happy. They settle for what they have. Yankees fans cannot. It’s win or nothing.”

Ouch.

The District Attorney Posted: January 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mets, pedro martinez, yankees

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