Showing posts with label ESPN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ESPN. Show all posts

Friday, July 08, 2011

Audio: Sandy Alderson talks to Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio

Click Here To Listen to the Podcast  - Mike Lupica talks to  Sandy Alderson about Jose Reyes and the New York Mets

Saturday, June 25, 2011

ESPN: Source, "Mets need to trade Francisco Rodriguez soon, to keep his vesting option from becoming a problem"

According to Buster Olney of  ESPN:
A rival team official believes the Mets need to trade Francisco Rodriguez soon to keep his vesting option from becoming a problem.
He's at 28 games finished now (needs 55 to vest a $17.5MM salary for next year), and the longer they keep him the less flexibility a team will have after acquiring him.
I think the Mets should rid themselves of K-Rod. At this point the way things are going , Parnell can't do any worse.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Audio: Sandy Alderson talks about Mets Injuries (ESPN) - Santana, Wright, Davis

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson Talks to ESPN about key injuries (Santana, Wright, Davis)  and their rehab.

To listen to ESPN Podcast Click here

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Video: ESPN's Jim Caple catches R.A. Dickey's Knuckleball

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Audio: Assistant GM John Ricco explains the Davis/Young injury situation

F-Mart Waiting for Call Up

According to ESPN and Mets organizational sources, Fernando Martinez is expected to travel to Denver, Colorado today for the Mets 3:10 PM game against the Rockies.

ESPN's Adam Rubin states:

"There has been no official word whether Ike Davis is being placed on the DL, and sometimes minor leaguers are summoned as a precaution but not activated. Martinez was at Wednesday's Triple-A Buffalo game but was held out. He homered in each of his previous two games with the Bisons.

The arrival of Martinez, an outfielder, presumably would free Willie Harris to play second base with Justin Turner in any Davis absence, with Daniel Murphy then available to play first base."

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 28 - Mets at Phillies ( ESPN Sunday Night Game)

Cliff Lee - Philadelphia - 2011 RoadImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
New York Mets (11-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-8), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Young (1-0, 2.65) Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18)

Coming off a record-setting April, the Philadelphia Phillies try to start May by completing a three-game sweep against the New York Mets tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

Cliff Lee hopes to follow in the footsteps of Roy Halladay, as he takes the mound this evening. Lee has given up just four walks and has fanned 39 batters this season, but the lefty hasn't won in his last two outings. Lee has allowed a total of three homers over those two starts - a 4-0 loss at Arizona on Monday and a 4-3 Phillies win over Milwaukee on April 20. Lee, who didn't get a decision in that game against the Brewers, has given up six earned runs over his last 13 innings pitched, going 0-1 in the two-start span.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ronny Paulino Activated, Nickeas Optioned

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, The New York Mets activated catcher Ronny Paulino from the disabled list and demoted Mike Nickeas to Triple-A Buffalo.

Paulino signed a $1.3 million free-agent contract in early December to serve as a right-hitting complement to Josh Thole behind the plate.

He had difficulty securing a visa because of a 50-game MLB suspension for a performance-enhancing substance and arrived late to spring training.

Team doctors discovered Paulino had issues with anemia, so Paulino was placed on the disabled list after the remaining eight games of his suspension were completed while his blood levels returned to more normal levels.

He was eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, but tweaked a side muscle last weekend with Triple-A Buffalo, further stalling his return.

Paulino hit .190 (8-for-42) with four RBIs and a walk in 12 rehab games between Class A St. Lucie and Buffalo.

Manager Terry Collins indicated he plans to platoon the left-hitting Thole and Paulino, with the exception of Thole catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey regardless of the opposing pitcher.

Nickeas hit .250 with 20 at-bats and belted his first major league homer on April 21, off Houston's J.A. Happ.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wright Leaves Lasting Impression in ATL

The Mets broke a 7 game losing streak on Sunday night in Atlanta despite Wright going 0-4. The highpoint of the game for a few lucky fans occurred a few hours before the game even started- when David Wright started playing catch with children in the first rows of the visitors dugout.

A lucky five-year-old named Mason, one of the participants, caught Wrights arm band as well after the game. Masons father wrote ESPN this letter about his son's experience:
What a great experience for Mason yesterday!!! As a 5-year-old, who just adores the Braves, he had no clue the All-Star that he was playing catch with at the time. My wife and I were just amazed at what was happening! We didn't think the day could get any better than that until David threw his arm band into the stands after the game, and Mason got it! He hasn't wanted to take it off since. He even tried to sleep in it last night, but we wouldn't let him! He did wear it to his T-ball game tonight, though! If you get a chance, please let David know how much that 15 minutes meant to the kids. His fan base grew a little larger in the South over the weekend. All Mason normally talks about is Chipper Jones, and now if you ask him who his favorite player is, he says David Wright. ... Maybe we'll be lucky enough to have him as a Brave one day :)

Sorry Mason's father, that's not happening, but thanks for trying ;-)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bay Returning Thursday

According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Jason Bay met with Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and Mets training coach Ray Ramirez on Monday. It was decided that Bay needs to play 2 more rehab games in Florida before being activated off of the DL. Bay would be in the lineup Thursday against the Houston Astros when they play the series finale at Citifield. Thursday will mark Bay's 2011 season debut and will hopefully help jump start a tired and slumpy Mets offense.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Scouts say yeah to Reyes, Neah to Beltran

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From Jason Stark of ESPN :
There's nothing the Mets would love more this spring than to have Carlos Beltran play well enough to make himself tradeable in July. So scouts are already bearing down on him just in case. But when we asked one of those scouts if he could see himself recommending that his team trade for Beltran, his answer said it all:

"Noooooo. I'm rooting for him, because I feel bad for him, seeing a guy who was once a great player limping around with a brace on his knee. … But would I recommend him? No -- because I don't want to get fired."

Another NL scout on whether he'd recommend his team trade for Jose Reyes: "I'd take him as a rental. I wouldn't want to commit to him long-term. But I'd trade for him for two months."
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Thursday, April 07, 2011

..Because You Have to Believe

ESPN believes in the Mets! Wow. Here's a sensible article by David Schoenfield entitled "Ten reasons the Mets aren't that bad."
A rundown of the top five reasons are:
1. Davis Wright
2. Jose Reyes
3. Angel Pagan
4. Depth in the lineup
5. Brad Emaus
1. David Wright is still a really good player. He fell out of the "SportsCenter" highlights during that 10-homer season in 2009, but hit 29 last season. If he gets his OBP back in the .390 range, he’s one of baseball’s best third baseman, a step below the Ryan Zimmerman/Evan Longoria duo.
In case you're wondering, Mike Pelfrey didn't make the list.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Oliver Perez Released

Early Monday morning Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson met with Oliver Perez and told him his services were no longer needed by the NY Mets.
The Mets still owe Perez $12 million, who was in the final year of his 3 year $36 million dollar contract negotiated in the Omar Minaya era.
Unlike former 2nd baseman, Luis Castillo who was released on Friday, Perez believed that he got a fair chance of making the team. Upon his release Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Perez' response to the news.
"I think they gave me an opportunity," he said. "They were fair with me when I came here. 'We're going to give you an opportunity to be a starter.' I didn't do anything great. They moved me to the bullpen trying to be a lefty specialist. And the last game, that was a real horrible job."
In his last spring training appearance on Saturday, Perez allowed 2 homers, boosting his spring training era to 8.38.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Santana Update

Johan Santana tossed a baseball with rehab coordinator Randy Niemann late Wednesday morning inside the main stadium in Port St. Lucie. It marked the second of back-to-back days for that activity.

Santana, cognizant of media watching him, said aloud: "I feel like a million bucks right now."

Santana actually kept backing up to increase the distance, and Niemann would counter by stepping closer to the ace to shorten the distance slightly.

Santana purposely threw the last toss into the ground "for media purposes."
Source: ESPN

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Audio: ESPN Brian Kenny: State of the NY Mets

ESPN Radio's Brian Kenny continues his list of the top 10 story lines heading into the 2011 MLB season with a look at the state of the Mets.

Listen to the pod cast : Click Here

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ollie is Ok with Bullpen

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Oliver Perez has accepted Terry Collins' decision to reassign him from the starting rotation competition to the bullpen.
Perez has stated this morning that Collins was "clear with me." After Ollie was told of the move he said "Thats OK, he's the manager. I think that's the guy who has to make the decision. Sometimes we get mad. Sometimes we understand. I understand. It's all about the team. I think this is the best opportunity to help the team--to be in the bullpen."
Apparently adjusting to the bullpen would not be an issue for him. Perez states that he doesn't have a problem warming up quickly because he only throws about 10 pitches and feels ready.
"I know it's going to be a different job, but I have to get ready and learn and be ready for those situations...I feel more comfortable throwing against lefties."
Perez hopes to be a starter somewhere down the line in his career and is now working on a sidearm changeup to offset the lack of velocity he is currently experiencing. Perez has been throwing under 90 mph so far in Mets spring training camp.
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