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Monday, February 28, 2011

Poll Results: Who will win the Mets 2b job?

Out of the amount of votes from our readers:

55% of you Want Daniel Murphy to play 2B
20% of you Would not mind Emaus/Murphy Platoon
10% of you Want Luis Castillo to play 2B
10% of you Want Brad Emaus to play 2B
5% of you Want Justin Turner to play 2B

Photo: MLB 11 The Show - Carl Crawford in Red Sox Uniform

Carl Crawford steps to the plate - Click here for more images - Source:ESPN

Recap: Spring Training Game 4 - Wash vs. Mets

Final Score: Washington 9, NY Mets 3 

Michael Morse hit a pair of two-run homers to lift the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets, 9-3.

Roger Bernadina, Jeff Frazier, Matt Stairs, Kevin Barker and Jerry Hairston Jr. each drove in a run for the Nationals.

Chad Gaudin went three innings in the start, allowing two runs on five hits. Craig Stammen got the win after giving up one run on three hits over two frames.

Angel Pagan hit a solo homer for the Mets. Ruben Tejada had two RBI.

Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over a three- inning start. D.J. Carrasco got the loss after giving up two runs on four hits over two frames. 

Whats not in the boxscore:

Daniel Murphy played 3B and played it nicely. Murphy is competing for the 2B Job and his value is increasing to the Mets. Murphy shows how versatile he can be on this team as a utility if he does not start at 2B .

On the other hand, Luis Castillo muffed a high chopper, wonder how Murphy or Emaus would have played it.
Hopefully we will see.

Go Mets!

Box score : Click Here

Chipper Jones: "Don't Discount Mets"

Chipper Jones has the NL East pegged as baseball's toughest division. Along those lines, he says the Mets can't be discounted.

"Is Jose Reyes still one of the most dynamic players in the game? If he has a monster year, they are going to score a lot of runs," Jones said yesterday. "Is David Wright an MVP candidate year in and year out? Without a doubt. Is Ike Davis one of the best young players in the game?

"I mean, there are some pieces. There are players over there you can't take a deep breath against. Obviously, not having Johan [Santana] at the beginning is going to hurt. But if they can hang around until he gets back, you never know."
Jones also knows the Phillies are the team to beat.

Jones puts Philadelphia's Big Four of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt on the same footing as the Braves rotations of the 1990s that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery/Denny Neagle.

"I've heard the comparison kind of thrown about loosely over the years, but this is really the first [rotation] I feel kind of warrants that comparison," Jones said. "Any one of those four guys for the Phillies can win 20."

Potential Mets Buyer No Longer Interested

According to the Wall Street Journal,  Michael Repole—the co-founder of Vitaminwater, the chairman of Pirate’s Booty Snacks and Energy Kitchen, and a Queens native—is no longer interested in purchasing a minority share of the Mets, he said in an e-mail interview Sunday.

“Under the right circumstance I would have an interest,” Repole said. “The circumstances now are not right for me.”

Earlier this year, Repole had expressed a desire to buy part of the team to Steve Greenberg, the managing director of Allen & Company, the firm that Mets ownership retained to search for a buyer. Both the Mets and Greenberg are aware, Repole said, that he has changed his mind.

The Benefits of Carlos Beltran's Move to Right Field

Today, the New York Mets announced that three-time Gold Glove center fielder, Carlos Beltran, will be shifting to right field this season.

Beltran missed the entire first half of last season, which allowed current Mets’ center fielder Angel Pagan to show his skills at the position.

Beltran is 33 years old and entering the final year of his contract. Though it’s unlikely he will be a New York Met beyond this season (if he even makes it through this season), he will have a chance to help the Mets organization with this move.

This decision should positively benefit the Mets, and here's how:

Since the decision was made early in spring training, Beltran will have plenty of time to adjust to playing right field. For his career, he has only played three games in right, but he will see extra reps each day so he can get comfortable.

When healthy, he is still a great defensive outfielder who can cover a lot of ground. Citi Field’s right field is quite an adventure, so having someone out there that can cover ground will take away would-be extra-base hits.

At this stage of his career, Beltran realized that it would be a matter of time before he shifted to one of the corner spots. Pagan obviously has more range than Beltran and certainly showed it last year.

During the first half of last season, Pagan filled in beautifully for Beltran. He was arguably one of the top outfield defenders in the league for the entire first half of last season. When Beltran returned, Pagan willingly shifted to right to accommodate the Gold Glover. Beltran’s shift to right opens up center for Pagan, who rightfully won this competition early last season.

The benefit of having two center fielders playing next to each other is simple: not many balls should find the gap. Both can cover a ton of ground, so they have a chance to limit the number of extra-base hits. Pagan idolizes Beltran, so the two have formed a solid connection.

The move to right should ensure that Beltran's knee heals healthy and he can return to the five-tool player that he is. His offense should see an increase. Beltran may not put up 30 HR or 100 RBI, but he should put up good numbers if healthy. He will need to be productive since he is the Mets’ projected clean-up hitter.

As the center fielder, Pagan instantly becomes one of the leaders of this team, which has lacked a bona fide leader for some time. I may be biased for having played the position, but center field is the most important position on the field. Any ball the center fielder can get to is his.

In his first real test as Mets’ manager, Terry Collins succeeded with flying colors. Collins brought Beltran and Pagan together and put the decision in Beltran’s hands. Though Beltran said he would eventually regain the strength to play center, he decided that Mets would be best suited with Pagan at the position moving forward. Rather than telling Beltran what he had to do, Collins handled the situation perfectly and actually let Beltran make the announcement himself.

Despite injuries recently, Beltran has had an impressive Major League career. However, with Beltran’s move, the Mets established early on that the no one is above the team. Beltran’s move to right could be the first of several surprises in store for the 2011 New York Mets.

Orginally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Beltran Switching to Right Field?

Terry Collins met with Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan early today in a five minute meeting in the Mets Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie. The speculation is that Beltran has accepted switching positions from Center to Right Field this year according to ESPN's Adam Rubin. When asked if the position change was true, Beltran said that he would not be able to comment until later today. Collins has implied at the beginning of spring training camp that he preferred Beltran to play right field this season, but the manager said he respected the veteran enough to let him have an opportunity to demonstrate he can play center field in Grapefruit League games if that was his wish. Beltran is still performing a running program and has yet to appear in an exhibition game. If moved to right field Beltran may add a few more years to his baseball career.

Bobby Valentine Interested in Buying into Mets

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Bobby Valentine has an interest in buying the New York Mets. A baseball official stated Sunday that Valentine has "spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets." Valentine says that he has "talked to a number of people interested in purchasing part of the New York Mets, but I'm not formally with any group that is actively pursuing this venture." Valentine has been a fan favorite in New York, leading the Mets to their last World Series appearance in 2000.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 3 - NY Mets vs Braves

Spring Training Game 3 - Mets at  Braves  Recap

The Mets comeback with 3 in the 8th top beat the Braves..

Russ Adams hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves in exhibition action.

Daniel Murphy added a two-run double for the Mets, while Pat Misch tossed three innings of scoreless relief, allowing only one hit and striking out a pair to pick up the win.

Shawn Bowman had two runs batted in and Martin Prado went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Atlanta. Scott Proctor was tagged with the loss for giving up Adams' three-run homer. 

Box Score: Click here

Recap: Spring Training Game 2 - NY Mets vs Michigan

Spring Training Game 2  NY Mets vs Michigan  Recap

Jason Bay drove in a pair of runs and Cody Holliday smacked a two-run homer, as the Mets beat Michigan, 7-1, in exhibition play.

Chris Capuano earned the win after allowing one run on three hits in a three- inning start for New York. David Wright and Zach Lutz each knocked in a run for the victors.

Alex Lakatos allowed three unearned runs in the third inning to take the loss. John Lorenz knocked in the only run for the Wolverines.

Box score: Click Here

Saturday, February 26, 2011

WFAN Audio: Sandy Alderson Talks to Joe and Evan

WFAN Audio: Chris Capuano talks with Joe and Evan

Spring Training Game 1 - Atlanta at Mets Boxscore

Box Score

ATLANTA          AB  R  H BI  NY METS          AB  R  H BI  
J Schafer dh      4  0  1  0  J Reyes ss        2  0  1  0
W Castillo ph-dh  1  0  0  0  C Hu ss           3  0  1  0
N McLouth cf      1  0  0  0  L Castillo 2b     2  0  1  0
J Constanza pr-cf 2  1  1  0  J Valdespin 2b    3  0  1  1
J Heyward rf      3  0  1  0  D Wright 3b       2  0  0  0
W Ramirez rf      2  1  2  0  Z Lutz 3b         2  0  0  0
B McCann c        3  0  0  0  A Pagan cf        2  0  0  0
J Boscan c        1  0  0  0  J Pridie cf       1  0  0  0
E Hinske lf       3  1  1  1  J Bay lf          2  0  1  0
M Young lf        1  1  0  1  L Duda lf         3  0  0  0
F Freeman 1b      3  1  3  0  I Davis 1b        1  0  0  0
J Mather pr-1b    2  0  0  0  N Evans 1b        3  1  1  0
B Conrad 2b       3  0  0  0  J Thole c         2  0  1  0
E Lucas 2b        2  0  2  2  M Nickeas c       3  0  0  0
B Hicks 3b        2  0  0  0  S Hairston dh     2  1  1  0
S Bowman 3b       2  0  0  0  D Murphy ph-dh    1  0  0  0
D Hernandez ss    4  0  1  0  W Harris pr-dh    1  2  1  2
                              F Martinez rf     2  1  1  2
                              K Nieuwenhuis rf  3  0  0  0
TOTALS           39  5 12  4  TOTALS           40  5 10  5

ATLANTA                    010 100 001 2  --   5
NY METS                    000 020 001 2  --   5

E--B Conrad, E Lucas, F Martinez. DP--ATLANTA 2, NY METS 2.
LOB--ATLANTA 9, NY METS 11. 2B--J Schafer, F Freeman 3, S
Hairston, J Valdespin. HR--E Hinske 1 (1), F Martinez 1 (1),
W Harris 1 (1).

                                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
J Jurrjens                         2   2   0   0   0   1   0
J Venters                          1   1   0   0   0   1   0
E O'Flaherty                       1   1   0   0   1   0   0
C Kimbrel                        1-3   2   2   2   2   1   1
C Martinez                     1 2-3   0   0   0   0   1   0
A Varvaro                          1   0   0   0   0   1   0
S Marek                            1   0   0   0   1   2   0
J Abreu                            1   2   1   1   2   2   0
M Broadway                         1   2   2   2   0   0   1

NY METS                       
J Mejia                            2   1   1   0   1   3   0
P Beato                            2   3   1   1   0   0   1
T Buchholz                         2   2   0   0   0   3   0
J Lujan                            1   0   0   0   0   1   0
M Acosta                           2   3   1   1   2   0   0
A Rodriguez                        1   3   2   2   0   2   0

HBP--N McLouth. SO--ATL: B Conrad 2, S Bowman 2, J Schafer,
J Heyward, B Hicks, J Mather, D Hernandez. NYM: Z Lutz 2, J
Pridie, N Evans, J Valdespin, F Martinez, K Nieuwenhuis, J
Bay, M Nickeas. BB--ATL: N McLouth, M Young, S Bowman. NYM:
J Pridie 2, I Davis, Z Lutz, C Hu, D Murphy.
T--3:23 A--6,567

Pic of the Day: New Enemies of the Yankees

Two Familiar faces form two new Yankees Enemies - Courtesy - ESPN

Oy Vey: Mets in a Kosher Food Dispute

Just when you thought the Mets had a lot on their plate (no pun intended), now their is a legal dispute over the Mets Kosher food which is served at the Mets ballpark, Citi-Field.

According to UPI,  A federal judge in New York is dealing with a case of rabbinical law -- whether a vendor can sell kosher food during Mets games on the Jewish Sabbath.

Kosher Sports Inc. says its contract allows it to offer its food at every game, the New York Daily News reported. The New Jersey-based company blames Mets' management for the ban on sales between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.

The team says Aramark Food Service Corp., which holds the concession at Citi Field, makes the rules.

A hearing Friday resolved nothing.

Leo Klein, a lawyer for Kosher Foods, was nervous about possible prejudice from Magistrate Judge Andrew Carter. He said he saw the judge wearing a Mets cap during the lunch break -- and then he came into the courtroom with a blue and orange tie, the team colors.

"There's no need for concern about that," Carter said.

Avery Mehlman, representing the Mets, said the owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, have bigger worries at the moment, possibly referring to a $300 million lawsuit filed by the trustee trying to deal with the aftermath of Bernard Madoff's billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

"The Mets can litigate many things right now and this is not the most important thing," Mehlman said. "The season is coming up.... Let's settle the matter."

Spring Training Game 1 - Recap: NY Mets vs. Atlanta

Game Recap of Spring Training Game 1 :

Willie Harris hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning,helping the New York Mets to a 5-5 deadlock with the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit League play.

Harris also scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth, on a Jordany Valdespin double. The Mets and Braves both scored one run in the ninth and two in the 10th.

Fernando Martinez smacked a two-run shot for the Mets, while starter Jenrry Mejia gave up an unearned run in two innings. Mejia surrendered one hit, walked one and struck out three.

Eric Hinske homered for Atlanta, while Freddie Freeman hit three doubles and Ed Lucas drove in two. Starter Jair Jurrjens allowed two hits in two innings.

Could Jordany Valdespin Be the Answer at 2B?

Despite their extra-innings tie, it was great to see some New York Mets baseball today.

The Mets came from behind to tie the Atlanta Braves, 5-5, in their opening spring training game at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

While the scores really mean nothing in spring training, it's the performance of players on the cusp that really makes a difference.

Some of today's positives include Fernando Martinez's two-run homer in the fifth, Chin-Lung Hu's perfectly executed hit-and-run in the ninth and Willie Harris' opposite field two-run homer in the tenth.

However, one of the things that might get overlooked in this game was the performance of 23-year old second baseman Jordany Valdespin.

Valdespin ripped an RBI double in the ninth inning to tie the game. He also showed great range on a few plays at second base.

With all the hype over who will play second base this season, Valdespin's name has taken a back seat. He likely isn't in the competition for this season, but he could be one of the possible long-term solutions.

Then again, so could Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Reese Havens or a player currently outside the organization.

Valdespin hit .289 with six home runs and 13 stolen bases in 65 games for the High Single-A St. Lucie Mets.

He is said to have a fiery personality and has clashed with his managers on several occasions.

He will need to put together a full season of productive baseball and controlling his attitude to get any consideration for a full-time gig at some point in the future.

Just based on the limited sample from today, Valdespin has all the tools to be an all-around second baseman: good speed, good range, good arm, good swing and even a little pop.

It's too early to deem him the future at second base, but a good year in the minors, coupled with inconsistent play from whoever plays second base this year, may propel Valdespin into the conversation.

At the very least, a good year from Valdespin may open another team's eyes to his talent. The Mets could then use him as a trade chip, assuming they are content with who is playing second base.

Valdespin will be someone the organization will keep a close eye in the minors this season. He should start at Double-A, with Justin Turner likely to get the majority of the playing time at Buffalo.

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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Scott Hairston gives the Mets some power off the bench

The New York Mets signed outfielder Scott Hairston during the off-season hoping he could provide some pop off the bench.

He's already providing the pop.

Hairston, who signed a one-year deal in January, homered twice in an intrasquad game Friday, giving manager Terry Collins some early confidence in his offense and the depth he could have in the outfield.

"Obviously Scott Hairston showed us exactly why we brought him here," Collins said. "He hit the ball out of the ballpark, and he plays center. Now he is a Met and he's still beating the Mets. He beat the Mets on the other side of the field."

The 30-year-old Hairston batted .210 last year with San Diego but had 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and 34 runs scored in 104 games. Over the last three years, he has 44 home runs.

Mets borrowed $25 Million from MLB

Major League Baseball loaned the New York Mets $25 million in November as the team faced a liquidity crisis, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The loan is expected to be repaid relatively quickly, the person said. But it underscores the extent of the Mets’ financial problems. The team’s owners are carrying about $400 million in debt and are being sued for up to $1 billion by the trustee representing Bernie Madoff’s victims.

In a statement released Friday evening, a Mets spokesman said: “We said in October that we expected to have a short-term liquidity issue. To address this, we did receive a loan from Major League Baseball in November. Beyond that, we will not discuss the matter any further.”

Pic of the day: Big Ike Davis taking some practice hacks

Ike Davis Courtesy of Mets/Twitter

Lennon: Pedro Beato is "pretty much a lock" to make the Mets

David Lennon of Newsday believes that Rule 5 draft pick Pedro Beato is "pretty much a lock" to make the Mets.

Beato was the No. 32 pick in the 2006 draft, but his stock dropped since then and he was converted to relief. He was plucked from the Orioles in the second round of the Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.11 ERA and 50/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings with Double-A Bowie last season. He could mop up innings as the last man in the Mets bullpen this season.

Beato, who threw a live batting practice session Wednesday, was throwing hard enough and well enough to impress manager Terry Collins, the Bergen Record reports.

As a Rule 5 pick, the Mets have to keep Beato on the roster the entire season or put him through waivers and offer him back to the O's.

Beato will be given every chance to stick as a power arm out of the pen.

Video:Matt Harvey getting started with the Mets

Matt Harvey from Fitch-Groton, the Mets' first-round draft pick, has yet to throw a pitch for one of their teams. He signed just before the August deadline, and the minor league seasons were over.

But after a winter of conditioning and throwing at his alma mater, North Carolina, Harvey, 22, has reported to spring training and is ready to start throwing as a professional. If all goes well, he could start the season at Class A Port St. Lucie. Here he talks about his hopes for the future. ...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brad Emaus is looking to make his mark at 2B

Emaus is one of four second basemen being looked at by Mets first-year manager Terry Collins for this year's starting job after being taken in the Major League Rule 5 Draft last December.

"It's exciting," Emaus told ESPN.com after being selected by the Mets. "I was happy the Mets are giving me an opportunity to come over here and possibly showcase what I can do in spring training."

By plucking him from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, following two years in Toronto's minor-league system, Emaus was brought to New York with the intention of making the club.

He is currently among a mix of Mets second base candidates with Luis Castillo, coming off an injury-plagued season, as well as Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.

With the position changes from more of a defensive sparkplug in the past to a current reputation for power-producers like Atlanta's Dan Uggla and Philadelphia's Chase Utley, the Mets are hoping to keep pace with the rest of the National League East this year.

"Second base has become to me an enormous offensive position," Collins told the Associated Press Wednesday. "Why? I'm not really sure except some of the guys that have been playing there recently have put up huge numbers at second. ... It's become an offensive position, so to me that's a big piece of the puzzle."

Poll: Who will win the Mets 2b job?

Please vote in our Fan Poll  this week on our left sidebar.

The Question is : Who will win the Mets 2b Job?

Poll Answers include:

Luis Castillo
Brad Emaus
Dan Murphy
Justin Turner
Would not mind seeing platoon of  Emaus /Murphy

Mets Chronicle wants to know who you want to be your next second basemen.. Please Vote

Poll Ends Sunday and results will be posted Monday..

Cool Photo: Terry Collins Embracing Wally Backman

Collins probably saying, " no hard feelings?"

NY Post: Ruben Tejada could play his way into 2b Competition

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post:

Though the 21-year-old infielder technically isn’t part of the Mets’ second base competition, manager Terry Collins hasn’t closed the door completely on the possibility of Tejada claiming the position by the end of camp.

“I have not seen Ruben Tejada very much, but I’m watching his batting practice, and he’s not hitting the ball out of the ballpark, but he is putting as good a swing on the baseball as anybody in this camp,” Collins said Thursday. “We’ve got a guy [in Tejada] we know can play second base. If his bat comes around, he may be that guy, who knows?”

Tejada batted .213 with a homer and 15 RBIs in 78 games for the Mets last season, mostly at second base. Collins would like to have Tejada begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo at shortstop, an insurance policy behind Jose Reyes.

But if Tejada has a sizzling spring training and no candidate emerges from the second-base pack, Collins said he could envision Tejada playing second on Opening Day.

“It all depends on what those other guys look like when we start playing,” Collins said, referring to Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.

Pic of the day: David Wright signs autographs for the fans

David Wright Signing for the Fans - Courtesy of Mets/Twitter

NYFS Video: Brad Emaus in the cage taking some cuts

This Video Courtesy of  NY Future Stars,  Enjoy!

Watch: Hank Aaron on David Letterman

WFAN Audio: Steve Somers talks to Chris Young

Normalcy is the keyword for Chris Young

For some guys, the word "normal" sounds boring. For New York Mets pitcher Chris Young, it's anything but.

"Everything feels great," said the 31-year-old Young, who missed almost all of last season with a shoulder injury. "It's been a normal spring training for me, normal preparation leading into spring training and, once I've been here, on a normal throwing routine.

"It's been great to go through a normal program without any setbacks or juggling any days. It's been great so far."
The 6-foot-10 Young, who was a two-sport star at Princeton, signed with Mets in the offseason. He's struggled with shoulder injuries the past two seasons. He had surgery in August 2009 to repair partial tears in his labrum. He worked hard in spring training with the Padres last season to get himself ready for the start of the season.

CBS Video: Ike Davis looking to become a complete player

Bryce Harper Debut Against Mets

The Washington Nationals number 1 draft pick of 2010, Bryce Harper, will debut against the Mets in spring training next week (Monday) reports the The Washington Post. After signing for $9.9 million dollars, Harper will join the Nationals for Spring Training this year. Harper is set to get at bats against major league pitching before he is sent to minor league camp this spring and eventually (most likely) to Class-A Hagerstown to start the season. The Spring Training game will be broadcasted at 1:10 PM on SNY.

Wainwright Out for the Season

Cardinal Ace and the man who cost the Mets a trip to the World Series in 2006, will need Tommy John Surgery in his throwing elbow. Adam Wainwright will miss the 2011 season and some of next season recovering from the surgery. St. Louis can void their $9 million option for 2012 and $12 million for 2013 if he ends the season on the disabled list according to Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports. Wainwright finished second in the Cy Young voting after Roy Halladay last year. In 2010 he finished with 20 wins. In 2011 he didn't make it out of Spring Training.

Beltran Signing Autographs

Here' a look at #15 aka Carlos Beltran signing autographs in Port St. Lucie Courtesy of Twitter/Mets

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Video: MLB 11 The Show - Stadium Realism/Ambiance

Beato and Isringhausen are impressing Collins early

Of all the relievers fighting for jobs in camp, perhaps none has impressed Mets brass as quickly as Rule 5 Draft pick Pedro Beato, who continues to showcase an impressive fastball in the mid- to high-90s.

"I see an outstanding arm with a better breaking ball than I heard he had," said manager Terry Collins. "It comes out of his hand pretty easy. I can see why the reports were pretty glowing."

In terms of a roster spot, Beato's advantage comes from the fact that if he does not make the team, the Mets must offer him back to the Orioles for a $25,000 fee.

Also impressing Collins early in camp is Jason Isringhausen, who may win not only a roster spot, but also a job at the back end of the bullpen.

"Never rule out Isringhausen with what he's been doing," Collins said. "His experience alone, you've got to put that in the mix."

Collins wants a offensive second baseman

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY asked Terry Collins  if there was a number one factor that existed in determining who wins the second base job between Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Luis Castillo and Justin Turner, Terry Collins again stated offense is priority. That would boost the chances of  Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy and diminish the chances of  Luis Castillo (wishful thinking).

“Second base, to me, has become an enormous offensive position,” Collins said. “Why? I’m not really sure, except some of the guys that have been playing there recently [Chase Utley, Dan Uggla] have put up huge numbers at second."

"But it’s become an offensive position, so to me that’s a big piece to the puzzle, especially when you’ve got that guy [Ike Davis] playing first base that can eat up so much ground over there. It helps out."

Again, I am going to stick to my belief  that Murphy and Emaus will platoon at 2B - DD

Pic of the day: Reyes and Mejia chatting, with Evans on deck

Mejia Talks to Reyes with Evans on deck - Photo Courtesy of Twitter/Mets

Mets may sell more than 25 percent of team

According to Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson of the New York Times, the Wilpons and Mets team president Saul Katz are willing to sell more than 20 to 25 percent of the team as long as they hold the majority.

"Let's just say that a noncontrolling stake could be north of 25 percent," said Steve Greenberg, who is advising the Mets on the sale.

Time for a process of sale like this (according to the NY Times) can take awhile.  Bidders have to get a background check from Major League Baseball, which includes their Financial records so they can prove they can back their financial investment.

The Times is claiming that the portion (25%) which the Mets are looking for can run about $100 Million.

Then once the bidder is approved by all owners and MLB the bidder can examine all the Mets Financial Books. Bidders can adjust their expectations on what to offer for a piece of the club, or walk away.

Will Terry Collins Get On Board with the Moneyball Theory?

On this date in 1934, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Casey Stengel to a two-year deal to be their manager.

Today, 77 years later, Terry Collins will look to the example set by Stengel in running a baseball team.

Though they Mets were downright terrible during Stengel's tenure, the fire and energy he brought as the first Mets manager rang true with the players.

Early reports have described Collins as "loud," which is a great sign for the Mets. The last three managers, Art Howe, Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel, were more soft spoken in trying to get their points across. Half the time, did we even know what Manuel was saying?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Video: MLB 11 The Show - The Features

Pic of the Day: Bay, Davis and Beltran head for Batting Practice

Photo Courtesy of Mets/Twitter

Audio: Mike Francesa talks to lawyer George Newhouse about the Madoff / Wilpon case

Audio: R.A. Dickey on Boomer and Carton Yesterday

Mets Madoff T-Shirts

I found a website that is producing  Mets Madoff  T-Shirts. They are $20.00 a pop.

Get yours just in time for opening day!   LOL

David Wright Supports Knicks Trade

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN , David Wright sported his NY Knicks apparel to spring training this morning in Port St. Lucie in support of the recent trade which sent All Star Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. Wright stated that the Knicks are "getting one of the best players in the game..I'm no basketball expert, but it just seems like there's a good buzz. The exciting thing, especially about New York, is that you get players who truly want to come play there. And those are the types of guys that the fans want."

My Mets Roster/Lineup Predictions

The Mets have many roster spots to fill out this Spring.

They have to find out who their 2B is going to be. The Mets have 4 potential 2B (Castillo, Emaus, Murphy, Turner) starters with Scott Hairston and Willie Harris also available at that position. Can Willie Harris play everyday over there or is it Murphy/Emaus platoon the solution. Of course, we can be ridden with another season of  Luis Castillo at the bag.

The Mets have to figure out who will be their backup infielders. You have to figure that Chin-lung Hu has to be on the bench because he is versatile and can play multiple positions. They also have Ruben Tejada, Luis Hernandez who have weak bats, but have good defensive skills.

The Mets first and foremost have to find who is in the rotation besides Pelfrey, Niese, and Dickey. Now that Johan Santana will be back around July 4th,  they have to find out if Chris Young can bounce back close to his Ace-like old form. They also have have to see if Capuano can blow his high cheese by people. The Mets can go also get help from some youngsters like Jenrry Mejia and Dillon Gee, who proved last year he might be ready for Major League Baseball.  Mejia on the other hand,  can get optioned back to AAA to work on his control. Waiting in the wings is Oliver Perez, who was reported to have a good session yesterday. Don't worry Mets Fans, he has not faced any live hitters of another team yet. The Mets also have outsiders like Boof Bonser ready to show he belongs.

Union will monitor Mets use of K-Rod

Weiner with Big Poppi
According to the Associated Press, Union head Michael Weiner says the players' association is not worried about the lawsuit filed against New York Mets owners and its impact on the club's financial stability.

Trustee Irving H. Picard, trying to recover money for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, sued the Wilpon family that owns the Mets and related entities in December seeking at least $300 million in fictitious profits. The Mets owners say they are victims and they also have said they will be vindicated..

During a visit to Mets camp Tuesday, Weiner said the only concern for the union is to "make sure contractual obligations to the players are honored."

"We have been assured through the commissioner's office that's the case, so there's no concern there,"
Weiner said. "As far as the broader questions, it's in the interests of everybody associated with baseball that the National League franchise in New York be a strong franchise, and the Wilpons have always attempted to field a competitive team. They've had success doing that during their tenure, and we certainly hope they are in a position to continue to do that.

"But the real key is less what the payroll of the Mets is, (it) is that a team like the New York Mets, the National League entrant from New York, should be in a position to be a strong franchise."

Monday, February 21, 2011

ESPN Video: Mets First Full Squad Workout

Video: MLB 11 The Show - Camera Editor

Video: MLB 11 The Show - Pitching Control Changes

Action Pic: Wright and Davis fielding drills

Courtesy of ESPN

Mets Announce Minor League and Player Development Staff

Dave Jauss
The New York Mets today announced the appointments of six instructors to the minor league and player development staff:

Dave Jauss to the newly created role of Coordinator of Staff Development, Brian Chicklo as Medical Coordinator, Rick Tomlin as Roving Pitching Instructor, Mark Brewer as Short Season Roving Pitching Instructor, Jack Voigt as Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator and Randy Niemann as Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator.

Jauss, 54, will oversee the development of staff and player preparation in his new position. Last season, Jauss served as the bench coach on the Mets’ major league staff.

Chicklo, 39, served as the Triple-A trainer for the past nine seasons. This year will his 12th in the Mets’ organization.

Tomlin begins his third season with the Mets. He spent his previous two seasons as the pitching coach for Brooklyn (A) of the New-York Penn League.

Brewer also will act as the pitching coach for the GCL Mets (R) of the Gulf Coast League. Last season, Brewer served as the pitching coach for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League.

Voigt, 44, moves to his new role from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League where he was the Bisons hitting coach.

Niemann, 55, enters his 24th season with the Mets’ organization. Last season, the Scotia, CA native was the big league club’s bullpen coach.

The Mets previously announced the appointment of Dick Scott as the Minor League Field Coordinator. Scott spent last season in the same role with the Houston Astros.

Kevin Morgan (Coordinator of Instruction/Infield Coordinator), Lamar Johnson (hitting coordinator), Bob Natal (catching coordinator), David Pearson (Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Coordinator), Jason Craig (Strength & Conditioning Coordinator), Ken Coward (Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coordinator) and Rafael Landestoy (International Field Coordinator) all return to their positions from last season.

Terry plans to sit Beltran Week 1

According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com,  Terry Collins does not plan to use Carlos Beltran during the first week of Grapefruit League play, which starts Saturday. Still, Collins said he was impressed with how Beltran looked hitting from the right side of the plate Monday.

Of course, the last time Collins saw Beltran, it was at the Mets' complex during the summer, before he was activated from the disabled list following knee surgery.

"I thought Carlos Beltran could sit on his back leg and hit for the first time," Collins said, with that caveat about not seeing him during major league games in the second half.

Said Beltran: "I felt good at the end of the year from the right side. It's kind of like the same. I feel good. I feel strong. My quad feels strong. I don't feel anything."

Beltran also did agility drills and outfield drills Monday with teammates.

ESPN Video: Mets Go Bowling

Oliver Perez impresses in camp

Today in the Mets’ first full squad workout Monday  Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran were following each other into the batters’ box which was not seen too much in 2010.  But also two new arms and a familiar one were displaying promise, which encouraged pitching coach Dan Warthen..

Chris Young, Chris Capuano and Oliver Perez all had solid workouts for the Mets, giving pitching coach Dan Warthen reason to smile.

Young and Capuano, particularly, figure into the Mets’ plans this season. Both pitchers, coming off arm injuries, are competing for spots in the starting rotation.

“These guys have thrown more pitches probably than anybody since they’ve been down here,” Warthen said referring to Young and Capuano. “They have shown no ill-effects whatsoever. They both seem to be throwing free and easy and voicing no complaints whatsoever, so it’s very encouraging.”

Perez was around the strike zone and impressed the Mets with the command of his breaking ball. Perez, in his last chance with the Mets, is trying to win a spot in the starting rotation but could be considered for a lefty specialist role.

“He looked good; he was throwing strikes,” Beltran said. “He threw me a couple of cutters, something he’s trying to throw this year, and he looked good to me.”

Source: Mike Puma/ NYPost

Collins wants the team to be prepared

Terry Collins is trying to make his stamp on the New York  Mets. Terry expects his team to be prepared and  has altered the Mets approach towards the 2011 Season.

"I'm the same person," Collins told the WSJ  Monday after the Mets' first full-squad workout. 

"I told them, 'Look, I care. I care about how we prepare. And if things don't go good, if things aren't going the way I want them to be done, I'm going to address them.' Will I get mad? You better believe I'm going to get mad. I give a [darn] how this team plays, I really do."

"But there is the other side," he continued. "I do love the game. I do enjoy being out there. Today was the most fun I've had in 12 years."

The themes of his remarks were familiar: optimism, determination, accountability. But third baseman David Wright said no one delivers a message quite like Collins.

"He wins for probably being the most red in the face," Wright said. "It's like a snowball. He starts out kind of at a normal voice. It picks up a few decibels, and then a few more. By the end of it, he's yelling and screaming and sweating and red in the face."

Collins said clubhouse rules were not discussed Monday, but there will be at least one new rule. Players will not be allowed to play cards within a certain amount of time before games.

Pregame card games became an issue last year when former hitting coach Howard Johnson criticized players for spending more time dealing at the table than swinging in the cage.

"There's going to be a time we're going to shut it off and get ready to play," Collins said.

On the back fields here, Collins is perpetually in motion, jogging from one to another. He was annoyed when he saw players standing around Thursday, so he had one of his coaches buy a boat horn to remind players when it was time to move on to the next drill.

Go Terry get them in shape!   Go Mets!!

Pic of the day: Wright and Pelfrey Make their way to the field

Courtesy of NY Daily News

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pic of the Day: Jose Reyes Posing For Citi-Field Scoreboard Shot


Chris Young's pitches sneak up on you...

Quotes by Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger:

"The magic trick begins when Mets pitcher Chris Young raises his left leg and tucks his hands behind his knee. It ends when he lunges his 6-10 frame toward home plate and releases a fastball from his right hand."

"The radar gun provides one reaction: Middling velocity, something around 87 mph. Opposing hitters have another: They call it the “Invisiball.”

Jose Reyes Quote:

“He doesn’t throw that hard,” shortstop Jose Reyes said. “But the ball gets to you quickly.”

Chris Young by the Numbers:
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
2004 Tex 7 7 0 0 36.1 36 21 19 7 10 27 3 2 0 0 -- 1.274.71
2005 Tex 31 31 0 0 164.2 162 84 78 19 45 137 12 7 0 0 -- 1.264.26
2006 SD 31 31 0 0 179.1 134 72 69 28 69 164 11 5 0 0 -- 1.133.46
2007 SD 30 30 0 0 173.0 118 66 60 10 72 167 9 8 0 0 -- 1.103.12
2008 SD 18 18 1 0 102.1 84 46 45 13 48 93 7 6 0 0 -- 1.293.96
2009 SD 14 14 0 0 76.0 70 47 44 12 40 50 4 6 0 0 -- 1.455.21
2010 SD 4 4 0 0 20.0 10 2 2 1 11 15 2 0 0 0 -- 1.050.90
Total -- 135 135 1 0 751.2 614 338 317 90 295 653 48 34 0 0 -- 1.213.80

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