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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 10:57 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4661025)
"If he's my starter, he owes me 100 pitches"
- legendary manager, Kirk Gibson
   2. Brian Posted: February 23, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4661073)
My college coach said that competitive athletes are like horses; "If I don't hold you back I'll wind up having to put you down." I agree (more now than then), don't let a young athlete make that call. Be cautious.
   3. bobm Posted: February 23, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4661090)
Rather than start another Mets thread:

Yet, a Mets official agreed that, with the pitching staff seemingly an asset, the team’s fortunes will ride most of all on the offensive production (or lack thereof) provided by Travis d’Arnaud, the first-base position, Ruben Tejada and Chris Young.

Why those spots? Because d’Arnaud possesses high upside, according to countless baseball folks who have watched him, as well as the catcher’s minor league numbers. And because first-base candidates Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have posted respectable offensive big league seasons relative to their positions, as have Tejada and Young.

With the Mets set for its first full-squad workout Saturday, hitting coach Dave Hudgens will formally begin his effort to develop and/or rebuild these key assets. Here are his takes on this critical quintet:
   4. attaboy Posted: February 24, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4661633)
There is no worse idea than letting a young kid throw to his desire! What a moronic initial paragraph only followed up by continued moronic thought after moronic thought. Imagine, if you will, a young 20 something year old, who doesn't know what is best for him! I know it is hard to believe but perhaps a 20 something doesn't know as much about his body's inner working than people who have studied the surgery for decades knows! And given how close the mets will be to the pennant, there is so much to be gained by taking off the wraps in September...or even August, 'If he is ready physically to return by September — or maybe even late August — let him return to the major league mound.' Sure, there are always pitchers tooling around the minors who can do what Harvey did last year, no biggie if you are wrong!

My only small bit of solace is in knowing two things: 1: this moron has no voice in Met land and 2. I didn't see this over the weekend.
   5. madvillain Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4661666)
That such idiocy is printed in the Post does not surprise me.
   6. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4661676)
I am comfortable saying this is stupidest thing I will read in 2014.
   7. Jeltzandini Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4661693)
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4661703)

"I am comfortable saying this is stupidest thing I will read in 2014."

I take it you are about to be moved to solitary confinement shortly for a term of not less than one year?

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