The Mets have decided to wear first-responder caps pregame but not in-game on Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A team spokesman said the decision was made by the team and not Major League Baseball. MLB would not allow the in-game usage last year.
Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger notes Niese could be a valuable trade piece for the Mets this winter since the club is most deep in starting pitching and a stagnant payroll means the Mets may need to deal an established player such as the southpaw for multiple prospects in order to improve. Writes McCullough:
Baseball officials outside the organization believe Niese could elicit a quality return on the trade market. “People would be interested in [Niese] because he’s a starter who some people see as a No. 3,” one executive said. “Some people see him a little bit like where they saw Gio Gonzalez last year.” ... [Sandy] Alderson can look to his protégé, Oakland general manager Billy Beane, for a blueprint. A survey of competing executives indicated Niese’s value is comparable to Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, the two starting pitchers the Athletics traded last winter. The executives requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation. “You’re looking at about two or three prospects [for Niese],” one executive said. “At least.”
Tim Byrdak pronounced Wednesday's surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder as well as torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee a success. Byrdak hopes to return to the majors, but the shoulder surgery requires roughly a 12-month recovery time.
R.A. Dickey will author three children's books according to ESPN NY.
Tickets remain available for Ike Davis' charity event on Sunday night at City Winery in Manhattan. Country music performer Lee Brice is scheduled to perform. For more information, click here.
St. Lucie was eliminated in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs, 11-7 by Jupiter in a winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday night. Starter Chase Huchingson, who is scheduled to participate in the Arizona Fall League, surrendered six runs in 3 1/3 innings. St. Lucie rallied from a 6-1 deficit, evening the score with a five-run fifth, capped by a two-run double from Richard Lucas.
The Mets surrendered the lead the following half-inning. "It was a great inning," St. Lucie manager Ryan Ellis told Bill Whitehead at TCPalm.com about the five-run fifth."We put some key hits together, just were unfortunate not to go ahead or have a shutdown inning in the next inning. My guys battled like they did all year. It's good to see. I thought we had the team to win a championship, but we fell short of our goal."
The lone remaining Mets affiliate participating in the postseason is Brooklyn, which opens a best-of-three first-round series tonight at Coney Island against Hudson Valley.
Dillon Gee, who has resumed throwing after surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder, indicates he is feeling good. "I feel fine," Gee told Mike Kerwick in the Record.
"I played catch [Tuesday]. My arm felt great. Obviously, my release point is a little off and stuff. I had 2½ months without throwing a baseball, so that’s to be expected. Arm-wise, I feel great. Body-wise, I feel great. I’m really just looking forward to continue throwing this month and then going into the offseason with a clean slate and prepare like it’s any other year."