Monday, October 01, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Uncertainty, Thole, Alderson, Mejia, Familia and Ramirez, Murphy, Chipper Jones vs Mets


Mets News and Notes:

In an exclusive interview with ESPNNewYork.com, David Wright expressed uncertainty about his future with the ballclub. He indicated he wants his next contract to take him to retirement. He also noted he would not be inclined to discuss an extension during next season -- so it's an agreement this offseason or he's headed to free agency.
“The optimism is I’m hopeful,” he said. “It’s well-documented: I’ve really enjoyed my time here. We’ve obviously gone through some tough seasons. I’m not lying. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a lot of really close friends -- not just players or coaches or anything. Front office. Ownership. Stadium security. Clubhouse attendants. I have really a lot, a lot of close friends that I made in this organization. I enjoy it here. I enjoy New York. I feel like the fans and followers of the team really welcomed me with open arms. They’ve seen the ups and downs, obviously. And they’ve stuck right by me. And I’m appreciative.”  

Then again,  Wright said he never has been assured by Fred or Jeff Wilpon that he will remain a Met for life.

Wright recorded his 175th hit of the season on Saturday, the fifth time in his career that he’s reached that total. He’s tied for the most such seasons in Mets history with Jose Reyes, who had five from 2005 to 2011.

Josh Thole was struck in the head with a fourth-inning foul ball off Medlen's bat. Despite initial concerns, Thole appears relatively unscathed. He may have escaped with no more than a cut on the back of his right ear.

Sandy Alderson joined the Mets on Sunday for the final four games of the season. He planned to meet with Terry Collins today or tomorrow in part to discuss the fate of the coaching staff. A team source told Post beat writer Mike Puma it would be surprising for pitching coach Dan Warthen to be dismissed.

Jenrry Mejia allowed a three-run homer to David Ross and was charged with four runs in five innings. Still, the performance was reviewed positively by Collins. Mejia began the year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He is due to pitch in winter ball as a starter in his native Dominican Republic for Licey, but will be capped at 20 to 25 innings, Collins indicated.

Familia and Elvin Ramirez are expected to pitch in relief in winter ball for Gigantes in the Dominican Republic.

Daniel Murphy hit his 40th double of the season. He’s the third Met whose primary position was second base to hit 40 doubles in a season, joining Gregg Jefferies (1990) and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 and 2000).

Chipper Jones finished the weekend 1-for-10 with two walks. His final plate appearance against the Mets -- and, for that matter, his final regular-season plate appearance at Turner Field, since the Braves close the season on the road -- ended with Justin Hampson walking him.

Chipper Jones Career Stats vs Mets
Rank
Hits 265 3rd
HR 49 T-2nd
RBI 159 3rd
Games 245 7th




 

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