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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NY Mets Jason Bay volunteers to play centerfield as Andres Torres injured in spring training

Just a helpless hurt…

The Mets’ injury list grew by one Tuesday night when Andres Torres strained his left calf. While Torres thinks the injury will cost him only a few days in camp, Terry Collins was already making sure he had center-field contingencies in place.

Mike Baxter is slated to play center Wednesday against the Cardinals and, after Torres was hurt, Jason Bay went to the manager and volunteered to play center as well. Collins said he would look at infielder Jordany Valdespin in center, too.

“I’ve got to figure out options,” Collins said. “I asked Jordany if he could play center and he said yes. This kid is athletic as heck.”

Collins needs choices because backup Scott Hairston is also idle with an oblique injury. Hairston jogged and threw Tuesday, and Collins was hoping Hairston could take batting practice by the weekend. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, perhaps the Mets’ best outfield prospect, also has an oblique injury and was sent to the minor-league camp earlier this spring…

Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy, the new keystone combination that had played just six innings together this spring, turned two double plays in Tejada’s return from a groin injury. Collins called Murphy’s footwork “the best I’ve seen him have this spring.”

Collins believes David Wright’s abdominal tear will be healed enough that the third baseman could return to the lineup by this weekend or early next week.

The District Attorney Posted: March 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: andres torres, daniel murphy, david wright, jason bay, mets

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   1. depletion Posted: March 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4086218)
Put me in, coach.

Regards,
Tim
   2. thetailor (Brian) Posted: March 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4086227)
When you don't have any hope for the upcoming season anyway, this kind of news is just funny.
   3. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: March 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4086239)
Bay in center for any length of time would be AWESOME!


   4. Adam Starblind Posted: March 21, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4086263)
Damon for the league minimum. Giterdun, Sandy!!!
   5. Srul Itza Posted: March 21, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4086349)
Should that be "volunteers" or "threatens"?
   6. Lassus Posted: March 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4086382)
I'd rather watch Bay or a random kid in CF than Damon.
   7. Adam Starblind Posted: March 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4086402)
The options are all bad, and I want Damon to get to 3000. Though the fact that nobody seems to want him to play for their team is not promising.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: March 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM (#4086408)
This is a sorry ####### team.
   9. Lassus Posted: March 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4086415)
If Johann is effective, we aren't much worse than the Philadelphia Zombies.
   10. Something Other Posted: March 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4086433)
It's not going to happen, but I have to say, Bay's had a rough go of it. I'd love to see him come back and put up a .300/.370/.500 season in CF.

I think Damon/Boras overplayed his hand. Damon didn't know where he was and Boras such as hell didn't tell him.
   11. Downtown Bookie Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM (#4086529)
Centerfield for the New York Mets. Quite the legacy. Willie Mays played centerfield for the Mets. So did Duke Snider. Richie Ashburn, Carlos Beltran, Amos Otis, Jim Piersall, are among the stars who, at some point in their careers, played centerfield for the New York Mets.

Of course, as you would expect, there were those who played centerfield for the Mets who were just truly awful MLB players. I mean, truly awful. For example, there was Don Bosch, who was obtained from the Pirates prior to the 1967 season. Bosch was expected to replace Jim Hickman as the Mets regular CF after Hickman was traded to the Dodgers. Bosch started twenty-five games for the Mets in 1967. In 101 Plate Appearances in 1967, Bosch posted an OPS+ of 1. That's 1 as in one. In a career that would see him play 146 games in the majors, Bosch posted an OPS+ of 29.

Billy Beane is also listed among those who at one time played centerfield for the New York Mets. While not nearly as terrible an MLB player as Bosch, Beene was fortunate in that, once his playing days were over, he was able to fall back on his second career, as author of that infamous book.

And then there were the experiments. This is the category that Jason Bay would fall into, should the Mets choose to play him in centerfield. Here I'm thinking about those who were bona-fide MLB players, but at a position other than centerfield; yet the Mets just had to see what they could do out there. Howard Johnson is probably the first that comes to mind in this category, an All-Star thirdbaseman who had no business trying to play centerfield. Kevin Mitchell fits here as well, as do the trio of players (Mike Jorgensen, Tim Foli and Ken Singleton) who the Mets would trade to the Montreal Expos for Rusty Staub.

But for my money, the ultimate in out-of-position centerfielders for the Mets came in this game. On May 6, 1964, in the first night game ever played at Shea Stadium, the starting centerfielder for the New York Mets was Eddie Kranepool. In his entire eighteen year MLB career, those would be the only nine innings that Kranepool would ever play in centerfield.

DB
   12. Adam Starblind Posted: March 22, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4086553)
Centerfield for the New York Mets. Quite the legacy. Willie Mays played centerfield for the Mets. So did Duke Snider. Richie Ashburn, Carlos Beltran, Amos Otis, Jim Piersall, are among the stars who, at some point in their careers, played centerfield for the New York Mets.


Brett Butler, Mookie, Lenny, Vince Coleman, Lance Johnson, Mike Cameron.

Glad you mentioned HoJo. Just an awful idea.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:02 AM (#4086564)
Quite the legacy.


Jason Pridie, Danny Heep, Bruce Boisclair, Al Luplow, Don Hahn, Jeremy Reed, Rod Kanehl, Tommy Reynolds, T.I.M.O...
   14. AROM Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4086575)
No love for Roger Cedeno?
   15. AROM Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4086579)
So many of those greats only played CF for the Mets at the very end or very beginnings of their careers. Playing only for the Mets, 50% or more of games in CF, Beltran is the best by WAR. But I don't expect all Mets fans will feel that way, as the postseason heroics of Mookie, Lenny, and Agee might trump regular season dominance and a called strike 3.

WAR Player
31.7 Beltran
19.4 Mookie
16.4 Lenny
12.9 Mazzilli
12.4 Agee
9.1 Pagan
8.9 Lance Johnson

Nobody else more than 3.9.

   16. zonk Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4086580)
I think Mets fans would rather Bay volunteer to start hitting...
   17. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4086828)
Keith Miller
   18. Ravecc Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4086882)
TC isn’t getting any help from the medical staff or the front office. Half the team has oblique injuries and the other half got sent down to minor league camp. His lineups have been riddled with a few too many Mays and Rottinos.

If Den Dekker gets injured, Brandon Nimmo is going to have to come up with the team.

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