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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gleeman: Mets minor league team is hosting “Seinfeld night”

Commenter: “I hear the Mets are going to have a related promotion at Citi Field where they score about nothing.”

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Seinfeld” starting on NBC the Mets’ Single-A affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, are hosting a “Seinfeld Night” at the ballpark on July 5.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports that the first 2,500 fans will get a Keith Hernandez bobblehead depicting him from the “Magic Loogie” episode of the show. Some other details of the festivities, via Rovell:

During the game, the team will become Vandelay Industries Park, named for the latex company George Costanza tells the unemployment office he might work for. The Cyclones say that anyone who can present a legitimate business card that shows they are a latex salesman will get in for free.

Thanks to Newman, mailmen in uniform will throw out the first pitch. Fans will have a chance to take part in an eating contest featuring cereal, Jerry’s favorite food, and there will be a dancing contest where fans will try to dance just like Elaine. To commemorate one of Jerry’s most awkward moments, the Cyclones will wear puffy shirts during batting practice.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leagues, television

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bill Madden: Ooh, my arm! Yankees and Mets caught up in thick of injury epidemic in baseball

Woo-eee! Bill Madden hasn’t been this worked up since Richard Crooks’ Hollywood Walk of Fame Star went missing!

Aaaarrrghhhh!

Such is the resounding cry again being heard throughout baseball as pitcher after pitcher comes walking off the mound grabbing his elbow and position player after position player suddenly comes up lame with a hamstring, groin, calf, wrist, oblique, lat or quad injury. It’s an epidemic, like all the strikeouts, that’s getting worse and worse in baseball.

After the first 12 days of the baseball season there had already been 124 players put on the disabled list for a total of 1,411 days lost to injury. This was right on pace with a year ago when 127 players had gone on the DL, with a loss of 1,349 games. And, with Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore and Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon joining the blown-out elbow brigade last week, that makes 14 pitchers alone so far this season who may be going under the knife for Tommy John surgery. It is getting to a point where maybe every ballpark in baseball should be equipped with both an MRI room and a surgeon on call. Thus, when a pitcher comes off the mound grabbing his elbow in pain, he can simply report directly to the MRI room and if the exam shows a tear in the ligament — as they almost always do now — he can then go right next door, where the surgeon is waiting to perform the Tommy John procedure. This way, pitchers can eliminate the obligatory trip to Dr. Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and get the clock started immediately for their recovery. And since so many pitchers are now having Tommy John surgery in college and even high school, it would stand to reason those who do should have extra value in the draft, no?

... Or as every Yankee fan from the Bronx to Bogota could be heard screaming last week: “How in the hell does David Robertson — a pitcher for goodness’ sake! — strain his groin?”

“I can’t ever remember any pitchers when I played going on the disabled list with leg injuries, and that was before the designated hitter, when all the pitchers had to bat and run the bases every game,” said Ralph Branca, who won 88 games in the big leagues, mostly with the Dodgers, from 1944-54. “I can only surmise that was because we all ran. . . and ran. (Don) Newcombe and I were both big guys and before games on days we weren’t pitching we’d play pepper for a while and then run 8-10 laps from first base to center field and walk back. That’s what all the pitchers did, the reason being you needed to strengthen your legs for pitching off the mound. In spring training, we ran every day.”

Repoz Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Newsday: Ike Davis could be answer for Yankees

Commenter: “they should have drafted a lot more mat harvey’s”

The Yankees and Mets haven’t made a trade since 2004 (Mike Stanton to the Yankees, Felix Heredia to the Mets).

But this is one that would make sense for both teams: Ike Davis to the Yankees. Dellin Betances to the Mets.

That’s just an idea for starters. It doesn’t have to be Betances. But he’s the hard-throwing young bullpen arm the Mets desperately need. The Yankees need a first baseman after the increasingly brittle Mark Teixeira hit the disabled list again Saturday with a hamstring injury…

This whole Davis/[Lucas] Duda thing has not been the Mets’ finest hour. It’s been clear for some time that the front office favors Duda, but the team has never committed to him… If the organization truly believes Duda is the better option, it needs to maximize Davis’ value by trading him for something more necessary than a lefty bat off the bench…

Make the call, Sandy [Alderson]. If not to the Yankees, then to another team that will give you something you truly need. That’s more important than giving Davis a chance for occasional glory.

The District Attorney Posted: April 06, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, ike davis, mets, yankees

Saturday, April 05, 2014

NY Post: Davidoff: High cost of Citi visits helping to keep Mets fans away

the Mets — whose attendance has dropped each of the past five years — own the 19th-largest payroll in the game ($91,849,508) and they charge the seventh-highest price for a family experience at the ballpark. [...] At No. 19 on payroll and No. 7 on FCI, let’s call that a minus-12 rating, right? That ranks as the fourth-worst in baseball. Lower than the Mets are the Marlins (29 and 9, for minus-20), the Cubs (22 and 3, minus-19) and the Astros (13 and 30, for a minus-17). It’s no surprise the customer bases of those three teams don’t appear especially happy, either.

bobm Posted: April 05, 2014 at 06:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, mets, payroll

Friday, April 04, 2014

Duda’s power surge lifts Mets to first victory

Officially named the Mets’ starting first baseman Friday despite his .000 average and skittish plate approach through three games, Duda launched two-run homers off Mike Leake in the fourth and sixth innings, giving the Mets an early lead and later extending it. The result was the fifth multi-homer game of Duda’s career.

Still, the scattered thousands who stayed until the end on a cold, rainy night at Citi Field could not be assured of victory until the final out. New York’s bullpen absorbed significant damage for the fourth straight game, this time when John Lannan served up Jay Bruce’s two-run homer with two outs in the seventh. That brought on Kyle Farnsworth, who combined with new closer Jose Valverde for the final seven outs.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, March 28, 2014

The old ball game comes back to Montreal

46,000+ tonight, 50,000+ expected tomorrow.

crict Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gary carter, jays, mets, montreal expos

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mejia hanging around in Amazin’ battle for 5th spot

For most of spring training, the race for the fifth spot in the team’s rotation has been Daisuke Matsuzaka’s to lose, but with six exhibition games remaining, the 24-year-old Mejia is still under consideration for the job.

Mejia did nothing to harm his chances Sunday, when he allowed one run on two hits over five innings in the Mets’ 3-1 exhibition victory over the Nationals.

The Mets have to inform Matsuzaka by Tuesday whether they intend to carry him on the 25-man roster. Otherwise, the veteran right-hander can be released from his contract or offered $100,000 to accept a minor-league assignment.

Matsuzaka, who is scheduled to face the Cardinals on Monday at Tradition Field, is 0-1 this spring with a 4.97 ERA in four appearances.

“At this particular time if (Mejia)’s the fifth guy, how many innings can he go?” manager Terry Collins said. “That’s one of the things that is going to come into the decision. We’re sitting there talking about all of our prospects, him being one of them and to watch the innings load. I don’t know what the number would be, we have to be careful with him this year.”

The Mets have eliminated Mejia from the bullpen mix, preferring to keep him a starter at Triple-A Las Vegas should he not crack the major league rotation.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 24, 2014 at 01:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, March 17, 2014

Megdal: An ex-Met on his old team’s propensity to smear

On Friday morning, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner, late of the New York Mets, offered up a defense of current Mets shortstop (and frequent media target, thanks to leaks by his own team) Ruben Tejada.

“I think the issue is that nobody takes responsibility for what they say,” Turner told me as we chatted in front of his spring training locker. “You’ve seen that with Tejada over the last few weeks. It’s all ‘a source said that they’re not happy with him.’ It’s like, you know what? If you’re gonna come out and gonna attack a guy’s character, and his work ethic, be man enough to put your name on it. Don’t say, ‘This is off the record’, and then off the record means they’re gonna write it anyway.”

Turner had an interesting perspective on this, given the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Mets. He played three seasons in New York, and was widely expected to return for a fourth in 2014. He played all four infield positions, and the Mets are not swimming in infield options beyond David Wright and Daniel Murphy. Moreover, his hustle and enthusiasm for the game had earned him the support of manager Terry Collins and others in the front office.

So it was puzzling when the Mets not only non-tendered Turner in December, but a “Mets official” leaked to Adam Rubin that the reason the Mets had gotten tired of Turner not running hard. It was the kind of story easily dismissed by anyone who’d watched the Mets play, and SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, for one, took to Twitter to do just that.

“Obviously, I got a lot of support from a lot of our writers over there,” Turner said. “Kevin just chose to do it a little more publicly, which, it was nice to read. I appreciate that from Kevin, and he pays attention, he does a really good job at what he does. And that’s obviously why he’s moving up the ladder at a crazy rate right now.”

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Calcaterra: The Mets St. Patrick’s Day caps are … horrifying

Can’t sleep, Irish Mr. Met will eat me . . .  can’t sleep, Irish Mr. Met will eat me . . .

I’m too afraid to ask what Mrs. Met is wearing….

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: greenies, mets, uniforms

Friday, March 14, 2014

Terry Collins to Ruben Tejada: Shortstop job is all yours

Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3 Thursday and is 1-for-15 in spring training. He made an error on a routine play, his third such miscue in his last five games.

Still, after his day was over, Tejada was told by Mets manager Terry Collins that he will be the team’s shortstop this season.

“I talked to him today about trying to relax a little bit,” Collins said after the Mets’ 7-5 win over the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. “Quit worrying about things.

“I said, ‘Listen, you’re the shortstop here. Your name and your number are going to be in the lineup. You’ve just got to go be the player we know you can be and you quit worrying about trying to impress everybody. We’ve seen it in the past and two years ago, you were the talk of the town. You had a bad year. Big deal. Forget it. It’s over. Everybody has a [bad] year. Guys that are in the Hall of Fame have had [bad] years. So move on.’ ” ...

General manager Sandy Alderson said only one day earlier that the Mets will “continue to look at what our options may be” at shortstop while evaluating Tejada.

The District Attorney Posted: March 14, 2014 at 02:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, ruben tejada

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In the Mets Locker Room, an Old Slur Resurfaces

In the New York Mets locker room Monday morning, I was talking with Jeff Cutler, a 30-year old Japanese American from suburban Boston who serves as the interpreter for Japanese-born pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

We were talking casually about Asian communities in America when we heard a voice behind us.

“Jeff!”

Cutler and I turned around. It was Dan Warthen, the Mets pitching coach.

“I’m sorry I called you a ‘Chinaman’ yesterday,” Warthen told Cutler.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Royals mascot welcomes Mr. Met to Twitter by hitting on his wife

Statements about “the greatest mascot in sports” do not necessarily represent the opinion of this author.

Mascots playfully taunting one another — on the Internet and in real life — is hardly new. But in an effort to “welcome” the greatest mascot in sports to Twitter, Royals mascot Sluggerrr stepped way, way over the line.

Hey @MrMet welcome to Twitter! BTW, can you ask Mrs. Met why she won’t call me back? http://t.co/MnKEbagKLQ

  (@Sluggerrr) March 10, 2014

The District Attorney Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, royals

NYDN: Fan at Mets game lets kid in stroller roll downhill so he can catch ball

“Mom’s not happy.”

In Monday’s spring training game between the Mets and Marlins, Chris Young laced a ground-rule double into the right-center field gap, and as the ball rolled into a picnic area, one fan let go of a wagon holding his kid and tried to retrieve the ball.

The wagon went rolling down the hill and crashed into the fence. The fan didn’t even come away with the ball, either.

 

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, marlins, mets, souvenirs

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

AA: An interview with former Mets stat guru Ben Baumer, Part 1

Professor Benjamin Baumer. Dig it!

You were brought into the Mets organization in 2004 and left in 2012. What was the adjustment like for your first season? How did your role evolve over the years?

The Mets, like most teams at the time, never really had anyone working full-time on statistical analysis, so there wasn’t any statistical infrastructure in place when I arrived. Moneyball had just been published (in 2003), and so they were probably ahead of the curve in hiring someone to do statistical analysis. However, I don’t think they had many fixed notions of what they hoped to get out of that person. This was great for me, because it meant that I had near-total freedom to do what I wanted. On the other hand, there was nothing in place, so I had to start from scratch. This was both a blessing and a curse…

Like you’ve indicated in the past, there are a bunch of moving parts, and it requires a lot of forward thinking and improvising. I’d imagine that environment would sort of make them converge. I think there is a temptation to paint Minaya as sort of the old guard and perhaps reckless, but there were distinct advantages that he brought to the table. Can you comment at all on how they viewed players on the scouting side? Obviously, Minaya was a phenomenal scout in the Dominican Republic, and Alderson was never a scout.

I’m glad you asked about that! That is probably the biggest difference between the two. Omar is a former player turned scout, and he cut his teeth scouting. Ultimately, his personal evaluation is going to color any decision that he makes about a player. Most people working in baseball are like that—including analysts like me. [I can’t scout, but I do trust my own evaluations of players.] On the other hand, Sandy is neither a scout nor an analyst, so I get the sense that his decisions are really not based on his own personal evaluations. So both Sandy and Omar have a similar process that leads to a decision: They try to collect as much useful information from their advisors as they can; but the way that they weight that information in order to make a decision is different. Omar, like just about everybody else, is going to—subconsciously or otherwise—also include input from his own evaluation of that player. But it always seemed to me that Sandy was able to remain very impartial when weighing the evidence. That may be Sandy’s greatest strength as a GM.

Omar’s greatest strength is his ability to read people and the market. Early in the Johan Santana sweepstakes, when all anyone was talking about was the Red Sox and the Yankees, Omar told us that he was going to fall in our lap, without having to give up our top prospect (Fernando Martinez at that time). Nobody believed him, but over the next few months it played out pretty much exactly as he said.

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

MLBPA watching Mets’ payroll

New players’ union chief Tony Clark did not use the harsh language his predecessors sometimes did when discussing the New York Mets’ paltry payroll, but he indicated there is an awareness of the lack of spending.

The Mets enter the season with roughly an $87 million payroll, which is estimated to be seventh-lowest in MLB, despite playing in the game’s largest market.

“Let me offer you this: If there are concerns, what often ends up happening is we have an opportunity, along with Major League Baseball, to sit down and discuss perhaps what the game plan might be or could be going forward,” said Clark, who played for the Mets in 2003.

“Is New York one of the marquee franchises? Yes. Will they always be? Yes. Are we paying attention in general? Yes.”

attaboy Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york mets, union

Monday, March 03, 2014

Indians should trade (Asdrubal) Cabrera to Mets

Finally, remember, the Mets wouldn’t be trading for Cabrera to have and to hold forever after—they’re just renting him for a year. But once you have him, you also have a season to make a sales pitch on why he should stick around. If you’re the Mets, wouldn’t you want to be able to exploit that window, before free agency? Because the other thing to consider is that if the Mets don’t trade for Cabrera now, they may well be in the exact same situation in nine months: Making him a multiyear pitch paying eight figures per year, but while competing against every other team on the market. Why not take your chance now, gain that brief, exclusive negotiating window in the offseason?

There are also side benefits come draft day. Let’s say getting Cabrera is already something the Mets are thinking about for next winter. By getting Cabrera now they don’t just protect their own future first-round pick that they might lose by signing him in December (if they wind up outside the 10 protected picks), they potentially gain one if they instead lose him to free agency. As one former governor of Illinois put it, that’s a frickin’ valuable thing.

Christina Kahrl suggests the Mets should trade Flores, Michael Fulmer (Sickels rated him as a C+) , and Lucas Duda for Cabrera. Cabrera wasn’t very good last year, is making 10 million dollars this year, and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Instead of investing that much in a guy who probably won’t be sticking as a SS very long, why not just give Drew 15 million for one year? He’d surely take that at this point.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 03, 2014 at 11:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mets

Mike Piazza back in Mets uniform

as Murray Chass is waiting for him to be out of uniform.

Mike Piazza is back home this week.

The 45-year-old Piazza, the all-time leader in homers by a catcher, is serving as a guest instructor this week at New York Mets camp. It marks his first time back in uniform with the organization since his playing days.

Piazza said chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon invited him to spring training last September, when he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame at Citi Field. Piazza also serves as a part-time coach with the Italian baseball federation, including training that country’s players in Vero Beach, Fla., last week.

“For me it’s very rewarding to coach and to try to help a little bit,” Piazza said. “So I’m excited to be here.”

Still, Piazza is not currently looking for full-time work in coaching.

“I’ve got a 7-month-old kid. I just left him last night,” Piazza said. “He’s a lot of fun. But this is fun for me. And I’m blessed to have these opportunities to do it on a part-time basis. I don’t know what the future holds. I’m just enjoying the day.

“It’s fun to get back in the uniform and be around the clubhouse. And I feel like I have a lot to teach. Obviously I feel like I got a lot out of my ability when I played. If I could just talk to some young guys and maybe help them advance their careers, it’s very rewarding.”

Repoz Posted: March 03, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, March 01, 2014

NY Post: Mets’ camp has that ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling

This week Bovada.lv revealed its over/under win total for the Mets at 73.5 and — lo and behold — not long after that it was leaked publicly that general manager Sandy Alderson had gathered the team’s movers and shakers and insisted the Mets possessed 90-win potential. The team’s patriarch, Fred Wilpon, weighed in with (a threat? an inspiration? a prod?) — “we better win 90.”

Now is a good time for a recent history lesson: In 2010, Bovada pegged the Mets at 81.5, the Mets said they were better and finished with 79 wins. In 2011, Bovada weighed in at 77, the Mets said they were better and the Mets won 77. In 2012, Bovada’s number was 73.5, the Mets said they were better and the Mets won 74. Last year, Bovada set the line at 74.5, the Mets said they were better and won 74.

Short of having Needle Nose Ned in center — if you don’t get the reference, really, do yourself a favor, watch the movie — how was this not Groundhog Day?

bobm Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

‘Sharknado 2’ with Tara Reid does shoot at Citi Field

“Nopliw”... it’s “Wilpon” spelled backwards!!!

The sequel to “Sharknado”—the cult TV movie you definitely watched but pretended you didn’t until everyone admitted they saw it—is filming at the Mets’ home. The production starring Tara Reid (“American Pie”) and Ian Ziering (of “Beverley Hills, 90210” fame) headed to Citi Field on Wednesday…because what’s more fitting than a disaster flick at the home of a team that went 74-88 last season?

 

The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:46 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television

Mets’ ‘Dominican Mafia’ has a new leader…Jose Valverde

Leave the JUGS gun. Take the deditos de novia.

In less than two weeks with the Mets in spring training, Jose Valverde has emerged as the leader of, what the reliever calls, the team’s “Dominican Mafia.”

The members include young pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Rafael Montero and Gonzalez Germen, and meetings are held in a corner of the clubhouse near Valverde’s locker. Another veteran Dominican pitcher, Bartolo Colon, also presides.

“It feels like we are brothers here,” Mejia said Tuesday.

Valverde views his leadership of the “Dominican Mafia” as part of the job description, as he attempts to land a spot in the Mets bullpen, after signing a minor league deal with the club this month.

...“I’ve never played with a team like this — the manager talks to us like a father,” Valverde said. “All the players know it, and to play with Bartolo and Mejia and [for] a guy like [Collins], it’s great.”

Collins received a positive review on Valverde from his friend Jim Leyland, who managed the pitcher with the Tigers for four seasons. Last year, Valverde made 20 relief appearances for the Tigers, going 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA before he was designated for assignment in June. The right-hander spent the remainder of the season at Triple-A Toledo.

“You can’t get bigger accolades than what [Leyland] said,” Collins said. “He said, ‘You’re going to love this guy, he comes with a smile every day. He works and he’ll take the baseball any time, any place.’ I think those are the things we’re looking for in that clubhouse.

“And those young, especially those young, Latin pitchers, he calls them the ‘Dominican Mafia.’ It’s a great title. That’s what they are, and they follow a good leader.”

...The formation of the “Dominican Mafia” tells Collins Valverde brings the same kind of presence to the clubhouse.

“It just tells you the quality of person he is,” Collins said. “You can be the biggest star, but if you don’t have the heart that is needed to be around younger guys, you’ve got your own agendas and everything else, they don’t gravitate to you. This guy wants to help.”

Repoz Posted: February 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kernan: Hey, Mets: Don’t hold back Amazin’ talent

Freedom for the stallion Matt Harvey…toussain’t smart.

Free Matt Harvey.

The worst thing the Mets can do is to pull back the reins on their young star pitcher, who underwent Tommy John surgery four months ago.

Sure, they must follow Dr. James Andrews’ rehab plan to the letter — don’t be stupid — but if Harvey is Harvey and makes Amazin’ progress, run with it.

That’s what being Matt Harvey is all about.

Harvey is not your average pitcher — never has been, never will be. Harvey must continue to be the same pitching presence mentally and physically, and the Mets need to stay out of his way and let him be himself. If he is ready physically to return by September — or maybe even late August — let him return to the major league mound.

And throw a party.

...Harvey made 20 throws from 60 feet on flat ground Saturday, but this is what you really need to know. Just before Harvey went to throw on a backfield at the Mets sprawling spring training complex, he gave himself an emotional lift with a big WWE-like grunt — as if to say, “I’m back!’’

Let’s get this train rolling down the tracks.

The Mets need to get out of the way, and if Harvey continues to progress at a good rate, let him arrive as quickly as possible to the station.

...Expect Matt Harvey to once again pick up the pace. Stay out of the way, Mets, and let this comeback happen.

Repoz Posted: February 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Juan Lagares may be the odd man out in the Mets’ outfield | HardballTalk

A little old, but I’m posting it because, much like the Blue Blazer, it made my blue blood boil.

The Mets made a splash this off-season, signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract. They also picked up Chris Young on the cheap, and manager Terry Collins views him as a starter. That leaves one spot in the outfield between Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr.

According to Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger, it sounds like Young is in the lead and Lagares may be relegated to a bench role or sent to Triple-A Las Vegas.

“As we sit here today Eric Young is the guy you’d like to see at the top of the order,” Collins said.

Collins also said: “Juan had a nice winter but when he gets in here we’ve got to see what our best options are. We’ve got three guys that can play centerfield that we know of and by gosh the best one is going to be out there because it’s a big position. Especially in our park…So we’ve got some jobs out there and if we need one of those guys to get nights off we know we’ll have a quality player to put in there. So we’ll make decisions farther in spring training.”

The District Attorney Posted: February 20, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: eric young jr., juan lagares, mets

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sandy Alderson plans on 2 or 3 more years as Mets GM

Sandy Alderson is entering the final year of his contract as Mets general manager, but barring a colossal team collapse is expected to have his 2015 option picked up.

The larger question might be how much longer the 66-year-old Alderson wants to continue in the job.

According to a person close to Alderson, the GM would like to stay in his present role another two or three years, but “definitely not five.”

Alderson also has been mentioned as a potential candidate for commissioner, with Bud Selig set to retire next January, but MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, is widely regarded as the front-runner for that position.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, in a recent interview with MLB.com, indicated he’s happy with the job Alderson has done since taking over in October 2010.

“We’re in a better state than we’ve been, and we’re ready to move forward with the plan that Sandy put in place three years ago,” Wilpon told the website. “This is going into the fourth season of his plan, and we’re primed to take advantage of that.”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: February 19, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Megdal: Sirius/XM, with late bid, throws Mets broadcast into flux

Stopped listening to Howeird long before he went to Siri…oh, fafa flunky.

A late, improved bid from Sirius/XM managed to keep announcer Casey Stern in the fold, foiling efforts by the Mets and WOR-AM to hire Stern as the team’s pre- and post-game host for Mets baseball broadcasts, multiple sources have confirmed to Capital.

The protracted negotiations, and the station’s failure to put together a backup plan, has thrown the broadcast into chaos with just 11 days remaining until the first WOR radio broadcast of the Mets on February 28.

Sirius/XM, meanwhile, gets to announce on Tuesday that they are keeping Stern, who hosts both their midday show on MLB Network Radio and a weekend show on NFL Radio. The satellite radio giant, known throughout the industry for waiting as long as possible to properly pay its talent, managed to bid just in time to ensure their five-year relationship with Stern would continue.

WOR and the Mets had seen Stern as the guy for quite some time. An initial attempt to get him prior to the Super Bowl failed, but it was believed that an improved bid in recent weeks could be enough to get Stern on board.

Repoz Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Yahoo: Mets’ Harvey hopes to throw in two weeks

“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery and that’s Feb. 22, and I haven’t had any setbacks,” Harvey said Thursday. “I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As if right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

Harvey also said on WFAN on Friday that his rehab is going “really smoothly” since his Oct. 22 surgery and that he recently resumed weight training. He plans to report to spring training on Feb. 15 with the Mets’ other pitchers and catchers.

The world might not be so bad.  I mean, it probably is; but right now, I’ll believe it’s not.

Lassus Posted: February 08, 2014 at 11:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, unicorns

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