Showing posts with label ESPNNY.com. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ESPNNY.com. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Video: Mark Cuban on Buying the New York Mets


Monday, March 21, 2011

Video: Oliver Perez talks after his release


Update: Castillo signs with the Phillies


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On the day he officially was eligible to sign, Castillo quickly narrowed his focus and appears poised to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN NY.

The Phillies’ second base situation is unsettled because of All-Star Chase Utley’s knee woes.

Castillo, 35, hit .235 with no homers and 17 RBIs last season in 247 at-bats. The Mets began the process of releasing Castillo on Friday, despite owing him $6 million in the final season of a four-year, $25 million deal. Castillo’s new employer will only be responsible for the major league minimum.

Update: The Philadelphia Phillies, obviously concerned about Chase Utley’s knee problem, have signed former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo to a minor league contract, according to ESPN.com.

Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and told reporters on Sunday he is “moving in the right direction.” But the Phillies, hedging their bets on a quick return by their star, decided to add Castillo. Utley has not played in a spring training game.

According to ESPN, Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson was not shocked by the signing, telling reporters, “It wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t unanticipated.”

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Alderson: Oliver Perez is a "Legitimate Left handed Relief" Candidate


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Sandy Alderson was asked about Oliver Perez and what his role can be on the team.
"In Perez' case, he is no longer competing for a starting job, but I think left-handed relief is a very legitimate possibility for him," Alderson said. "We'll see how it goes." 

Alderson said the public perception -- and distraction -- that the two players bring will be a factor, but it won't be a determining one.

"I think it is human nature," Alderson said. "There is interest in those two players among our fan base. It has received quite a bit of coverage. They are among our most debated players. We were committed in the offseason to bring them in and give them an opportunity to earn a spot on the roster."
"The perception of those two players linger. I would be foolish if I said that weren't a factor."
Perez is scheduled to pitch Friday and Saturday. It is widely expected he ultimately will be released.

Source: Adam Rubin/ ESPN NY
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Terry Collins wants to see the Yanks and Phillies more next Spring


Terry Collins reiterated his hope to take the Mets on a barnstorming tour of the west coast of Florida next spring training. The Mets are about to embark on an overnight to Fort Myers to play the Twins and Red Sox this week to vary the competition.

"I hope it's done next year," Collins said. "I hope it's done to where teams on this side of the state can go over to the other side. I mean, there's no reason why we don't take this trip and go over and play the Yankees and the Phillies. That would be something a lot of people would be excited about. And if we're going to go over to that side, that's what I'd like to try to do.

"It's tough for us every day when we get on that bus to drive two hours to play a game when we can go over there and spend two or three days and drive 20 minutes. Hopefully that's in the future."

Source: ESPN NY

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Video: Ronny Paulino Shows up to camp




Ronny Paulino discusses his delayed arrival at Mets camp upon reporting Saturday as well as how ready he is to begin catching in games. The catcher has eight games remaining on his performance-enhancing drug suspension. His MLB suspension delayed his visa.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lucas Duda improving his game, impressing scouts


From Adam Rubin ESPN NY,
"Lucas Duda has been generating considerable buzz among scouts, who say he is doing a much better job handling and turning on inside fastballs compared with a year or two ago.

When Duda was an A-ball player, he would put on power exhibitions in batting practice, but it did not translate into games, because his "long" swing made it difficult to catch up to pitches without committing early.

One scout who watched Duda as a youngster in the instructional league said he remembers seeing a similar "inside-out" swing from Adrian Gonzalez as a younger player and never imagined he would become a major league slugger. But the scout watched Gonzalez and begin to turn on those inside pitches rather than flick them the other way, like Duda is now starting to do.

Self-confidence is an issue with Duda, but he may have a serious future with the Mets. Before Carlos Beltran's left knee flared up, Duda was scheduled to split duty between first base and left field at Triple-A Buffalo. Now, he's being exposed to right field as well. And it wouldn't be shocking for him to be the Opening Day right fielder in 2012, if not sooner taking over that position if Beltran's knee woes persist."

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Pic of the day: Jason Bay and Former Manager Terry Francona


Photo Courtesy of ESPN NY:

Looks like someone made a comment and Francona is holding Bay back

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

ESPN Video: Adam Rubin talks to Niese about his performance


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Looking at the pitching assignments (Fri-Sun)


Here's a look at the early pitching assignments for the Mets Source(ESPN):

Friday intrasquad: Team A: Tim Byrdak, Mike O'Connor, D.J. Carrasco, Josh Stinson. Team B: Ryota Igarashi, Blaine Boyer, Manny Alvarez, Taylor Tankersley.

Saturday vs. Braves:
Jenrry Mejia, Manny Acosta, Pedro Beato, Taylor Buchholz, John Lujan, Armando Rodriguez.

Sunday vs. University of Michigan:
Chris Capuano, Dillon Gee, Taylor Tankersley, Bobby Parnell, Blaine Boyer, Tim Byrdak.

Sunday at Braves:
Chris Young, Oliver Perez, Pat Misch, Boof Bonser, Ryota Igarashi, Mike O'Connor.

Monday vs. Nationals:
Mike Pelfrey, Josh Stinson, D.J. Carrasco, Manny Alvarez, Jason Isringhausen.

Friday, February 18, 2011

David Wright on building arm strength


New York Mets 3B David Wright worked on long toss exercises over the winter in order to build up his arm strength for the 2011 season, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

"We just wanted him to throw long," hitting coach Chip Hale said. "He did that all winter and he's been continuing it right now. To be honest, I haven't seen him throw too much at the position (yet) - just warming up and just throwing really long, which is important early in spring training. I've more been on the field with the 'middle' guys. We just wanted to get his arm stronger and more fit for the season. A lot of times what we do as baseball players is only throw as long as our position makes us. So what I really wanted him to do was just lengthen it out."

ESPN Video: Watch Dickey's Knuckleball Dance


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Terry Collins Addresses Media


Terry Collins said during a state-of-the-team address Wednesday at noon with New York media that he plans to have a small speech before pitchers and catcher stage their first official workout Thursday.

He then will give the actual version that he's been prepping since being hired in November before the first full-squad workout.

One theme will be about being an underdog as motivation.

"We're going to try to rebuild some confidence," Collins said.

Here are tidbits Collins mentioned during the press conference from Adam Rubin ESPN:

  • Asked to identify the areas of competition on the team, Collins identified second base, the final two spots in the rotation behind Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese and the bullpen, which he said the organization needs to "recreate."
  • Collins acknowledged projected rotation members Chris Young and Chris Capuano are "up there" in the competition, but he also identified Dillon Gee, D.J. Carrasco, Oliver Perez and Jenrry Mejia as candidates. The manager added that Mejia is likely ticketed for Triple-A to work on his secondary pitches.
  •  Asked for "slam dunks" for the bullpen, Collins mentioned K-Rod, Bobby Parnell, Carrasco (if he's not a starter), Tim Byrdak and Taylor Buchholz.
  • He also said he planned to have a long man, with Pat Misch a logical candidate and Ollie perhaps in that mix.
  • Collins did not dismiss Luis Castillo as a second-base candidate, but this comment was telling: "I do believe today second base has become an offensive position." That bodes well for Daniel Murphy, who should be on the team in some capacity, as well as Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus
  • Collins expressed full confidence in Murphy as a second baseman, noting how Wally Backman and Tim Teufel were among the coaches working with him Wednesday. "Somebody is going to teach him to turn a double play," Collins said.  
  • Catcher Ronny Paulino will be late to camp because of visa issues, according to Collins. He's expected "shortly."

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

ESPN: "Johan has not thrown yet"


According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY:

"A source familiar with Johan Santana's recovery from surgery said people are under a misimpression if they believe the ace has not done anything throwing-wise since undergoing Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. It just hasn't been with a baseball."



Mets doctor David Altchek cleared Santana to begin tossing a baseball on Jan. 14, but Santana's physical therapist in Fort Myers, Fla., preferred the ace first replicate throwing motions doing other exercises. So Santana has been using a "pitch-back"-type netting and throwing a weighted ball against it. He's also doing a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-type sky-hook motion and bouncing a ball off a wall.

Santana is not expected back before June or July

ESPN Video: Brad Emaus (2B) wants to stay with Mets


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