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Sunday, May 03, 2015

nj.com: Recovery from Tommy John surgery in 6 months? How Mets and Yankees are helping MLB solve elbow injury epidemic

The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]

Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, he is performing a new surgical approach to torn ulnar collateral ligaments that could potentially cut down the recovery period for pitchers by at least six months. [...]

Dugas’ solution is a surgery that uses collagen-dipped super-tape. “Strong enough to tow a car with, basically,” he says. The tape is then attached to each end of the ligament and to the bone with an anchor, repairing the UCL back to where it tore off.

 

bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, yankees

Madden: Glove affair for Sandy with Reynolds, Herrera - NY Daily News

I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.

The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants to give him every opportunity to prove he can be at least adequate at the position and not a liability. But that rope is running short.

Mind you, Reynolds, who is hitting .317 at Las Vegas, doesn’t have a whole lot more range than Flores, but he’s steady, makes all the routine plays and has good baseball instincts. All along, the Mets have viewed him to be, if nothing else, a more than adquate space holder for crown jewel shortstop prospect, 19-year-old Amed Rosario, who’s considered to be at least two years away.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Dealing Matt Harvey is somehow nearing the sky-high hype | New York Post

And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.

“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, May 01, 2015

Yankees 101: Study Confirms New York Yankees Fans are Better Looking than Mets Fans

Surely, knocking off Jim Breuer would even things out?

A study done by the dating app The Grade shows men and women who support the Yankees are liked more than Mets fans, per Chris Perez and Natalie O’Neil of the New York Post:

  Photos posted by Yankees fans were “liked” 46 percent of the time while Mets fans only have a 38 percent “like rate,” according to the study.

  The study is based on 400,000 “swipe interactions” from 6,000 app users who listed sports teams as an interest.

Well, that settles it. We are better looking and have a team that has won a ton of championships; does it get any better than that?

JE (Jason) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets, yankees

Mets call up Dilson Herrera | Metsblog

Sandy Alderson said on Thursday that if the Mets called up Herrera or Matt Reynolds, it wouldn’t be to sit on the bench.

Once Herrera joins the club, Daniel Murphy will shift to third base until David Wright returns from the DL, according to Mike Puma (April 30).

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dilson herrera, mets

Monday, April 27, 2015

Source: Matt Harvey to get at least 30 starts but no more than 32 - Newsday

One good way to limit Harvey’s innings is to not pitch him when he’s ill or when he has ankle issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Carlos Beltran making case for NY’s most hated player | New York Post

Do Mets and Yankees fans really hate Beltran?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, mets, yankees

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The emergence of Matt Harvey 3.0—and a matchup vs A-Rod - NY Daily News

His absence had a very different cause than Harvey’s, and his best years are long past. But when A-Rod steps into the box against the new king of New York baseball, we will see two men, born elite and gifted at creating buzz, competing for the first time. It will be riveting.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, yankees

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chris Rock delivers seven-minute monologue on MLB’s diversity problem

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The decline of African-American players in Major League Baseball has been a hot-button topic for a few years.

In 2014, just 8.3 percent of big league players were African-American.

Comedian Chris Rock took on this matter in a hilarious, yet poignant seven-minute monologue for the latest edition of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Rock managed to explain his concerns while also dropping gems like this:

“Baseball isn’t 20 percent black anymore. It’s eight percent and falling fast. That’s an average of two guys per team and those two probably listen to Blake Shelton to keep from getting their ass kicked by their teammates.”


NY Times: On the Night Willie Mays Hit No. 660, It Was Just Another Number

The number held no significance at the time. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron had reached that total, but both men then zoomed passed it. Aaron reached 660 in 1972 — also against the Reds — but by the time Mays reached it, Aaron had passed 700. Ruth reached 660 in 1933 at age 38. In 2004, Barry Bonds became the fourth player to reach and pass 660.

Now Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees is poised to join them. Rodriguez hit his 658th career home run on Friday night and is two short of that gleaming 660 signpost that Mays planted beyond the Shea Stadium wall almost 42 years ago.

bobm Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, willie mays

Mets Win 9th in Row, Newcomer Plawecki and Niese Beat Braves - NYTimes.com

Anthony Recker better not get too comfortable.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plaweck, mets

Monday, April 20, 2015

WSJ: He’s a Perplexing Question to Bat Around.

The debate has been raging for years in the sandlot baseball league of New York attorney Brian Mangan. Seeking to settle it, Mangan tweeted a question on March 13: “Batting around—is that when all 9 hitters bat, or does the first guy need to bat twice?”

As a contributor to MetsBlog, a popular website, Mangan boasts a baseball-loving Twitter following. Dozens responded, their views divided about equally on whether it takes nine or 10 batters to bat around. Some of the answers included elaborate graphics—diagrams, circles, lines and arrows—in support of either argument. “Call me when ‘around the clock’ means 25 hours,” wrote a proud Niner.

Sorry random quoted guy in a WSJ sports article, after you’ve gone around the clock you enter the 25th hour.

Anyone here who militates for nine should have their children taken away.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:52 PM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rdp bait, vin scully

New York Mets lose Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud to fractures - MLB - SI.com

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry blevins, mets, travis d'arnaud

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The myopic ignorance in hailing Alderson for Mets ‘revival’ | New York Post

It’s on my reading list but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Has anyone read the book? If you have, I’m interested in your thoughts on Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: books, mets, omar minaya, sandy alderson

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Can Mets make playoffs with 4s up the middle? |

Although I play Dynasty League Baseball now, I still think the same way when I watch a good (or bad) defensive play.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, strat-o-matic

Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits | MLB.com

He’s poetry at the plate.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Studious Metsimus: Bartolo Colon’s Hitting Prowess Is A Recipe For Success

Will Colon move to the AL to DH when his pitching days are over? He’s clearly a winner at the plate.

Bartolo Colon’s teams are 11-1 whenever he collects a hit.  They’re an unblemished 6-0 when he drives in a run.  Nobody’s perfect.  But Colon’s teams are close to perfect whenever he puts on a batting clinic, even if that clinic has been closed most of the time.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Matt Harvey Delivers in Home Debut, but Mets’ Victory Is Painful - NYTimes.com

A lot of stuff happened in yesterday’s Mets game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, matt harvey, mets

Newsday: The Matt Harvey ticket effect for second Mets home game?

Apparenty, the Wilpons don’t want to be late on the next round of bank payments.

“Secondary considerations” was how Mets GM Sandy Alderson last month characterized the team’s decision to have Matt Harvey start the third game of this season at Washington, and subsequently, the second home game at Citi Field, instead of Opening Day at either stadium.

Well, that second home game was Tuesday night. And Harvey didn’t disappoint, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings while striking out eight.

Did the much discussed and speculated reasoning—selling more tickets for the second game when a home-opening sellout already was expected—pan out?

The Mets drew 39,849 fans on Tuesday night for a 6-5 win against the Phillies. That 9.3 percent drop from Game 1 to Game 2 is much less compared with recent years.

JE (Jason) Posted: April 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, matt harvey, mets, tickets

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nothing guaranteed for Jenrry Mejia after suspension

What a 180-degree Valdespin!

The Mets are ready to move on without Jenrry Mejia, and nothing is guaranteed for him when he comes back.

When the closer’s 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is over, he won’t be walking back into his role closing games in the ninth inning — and even his spot in the bullpen could be up in the air.

“That definitely is a consideration,” Sandy Alderson told the Daily News. “It will be factored in when he comes back.”

While the ninth inning is being pieced together right now, the Mets are looking for Jeurys Familia to step up into the role or for Bobby Parnell to take it back when he comes off the disabled list. Either way Alderson does not think Mejia — who will also be suspended for the postseason, if the Mets qualify — factors into that decision.

“I hope our bullpen is pitching so well there is not a spot for him,” Alderson said. “I hope he is not a factor.”...

the Mets are not considering releasing [Mejia], but are unsure where he factors into their future.

The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: jenrry mejia, mets, ped

Mets fans set to flock to see Matt Harvey’s return to Citi - NY Daily News

The Harvey Effect has definitely impacted the Citi Field ticket sales, as the attendance for Tuesday’s game is expected to be near 40,000. Monday’s home opener was the second largest crowd at Citi Field (43,947) behind the 2013 All-Star Game. Once fans figured out how the rotation would unfold on the team’s 10-game homestand, tickets for Harvey’s starts have spiked. The attendance for his scheduled Sunday start is expected to be near 40,000 as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue Rocks eye move to Double-A next season

Wilmington could be the home of a Double-A Eastern League franchise as early as 2016, a possibility revealed earlier this month because of a legal matter involving the potential sale of the Binghamton Mets.

The late Matt Minker, who founded the Blue Rocks and built Frawley Stadium for their 1993 rebirth, long envisioned Wilmington’s location and metropolitan population as ideal for an Eastern League franchise. He nearly secured one for a move several years before his death in 2007.

Now his son Clark, who is Blue Rocks managing partner and minority owner, along with majority owner Main Street Baseball, seems poised to make that move.

According to an injunction filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in New York citing breach of contract, Minker and Main Street Baseball’s David Heller had an agreement with Binghamton Mets president Michael Urda to buy that franchise for $8.5 million. They then planned to move the team to Wilmington while selling their Carolina League franchise for $12.5 million to the Texas Rangers, who would relocate it.

The sale of the Carolina League franchise to Texas is conditional upon the purchase of the Binghamton club, so Wilmington will not be left without a team.


ESPN: Billboards near Citifield urge Wilpons to sell team.

Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old Mets fan who lives in New London, New Hampshire, raised $6,700 on Kickstarter to pay for the placards. He was frustrated when the owners cut spending as they dealt with the fallout from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Now he’s angry the Mets maintain a payroll similar to those of middle-market teams, even though they say they hope to contend with a club buoyed by the return of star pitcher Matt Harvey from elbow surgery.

“They asked us to be patient through the Madoff issue and to let them go through their rebuilding process, and then they said when the time was ready, they were going to reinvest back into the team and get it ready for competitiveness,” Palumbo said. “That was supposed to be last year, but with the Harvey injury, that kind of set everything back. And so once we went into this offseason and they signed (Michael) Cuddyer and then did nothing else, that was really the tipping point for me. That demonstrated that the Wilpons are still not financially capable of doing what needs to be done for the long-term best of the team.”

Also, Terry Collins comes off as a company stooge and a twerp.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets, wilpons

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mets Insider: Terry Collins keeps faith in Wilmer Flores - NY Daily News

“He is going to play,” Collins said of Flores after the Mets’ 5-3 defeat Saturday night. “I am going to play Ruben (Tejada) tomorrow, but I knew going in Ruben was going to play on Sunday. I don’t think there is any set date (to judge how Flores is doing). I told him today, ‘Hey relax. Go play a game like you did in Florida. The thing I want you to understand is you are going to have good nights and bad, get over it and get ready to play the next day.’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

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