- TARP Field (No, Doug, I don't get it.)
- Freddie Mac Field
- Pedro's Burial Grounds
- Metropolitan Field
- Gil Hodges' Field/Park/Grounds
- Meaningful September Field
The Worcester Tornadoes Professional Baseball Team has offered a contract to free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez for two years worth $24,000. The deal would pay the 12-time Major League Baseball All-Star approximately $3,000 during each month of the Can-Am Baseball Season. Unlike Major League Baseball, the Can-Am League operates with a salary cap, and the deal for Ramirez would be on par with other veterans in the league.I love minor league baseball.
“I feel Manny would really enjoy playing in Worcester and hitting in our ballpark. Although I would be concerned about the cars traveling on I-290 during his at bats, it’s a risk worth taking,” said General Manager, Jorg Bassiacos. Director of Player Personnel Brad Michals added, "Manny certaintly has the stats to be amongst the leaders of the league next season. Although issues regarding health have surrounded him in the past, I think he will find that the shorter schedule will boost his performance to a new level and serve as the ultimate showcase for his natural skill."
He bought about $20 worth of bacon and Italian sausage from a local meat market. As it lay on the counter, he thought of weaving strips of raw bacon into a mat. The two spackled the bacon mat with a layer of sausage, covered that with a crunchy layer of cooked bacon, and rolled it up tight.I want one...very badly.
The New York Mets completed financing for Citi Field on Wednesday by selling $82.28 million in tax-free 37-year bonds at what Citigroup said was an average interest rate of 6.45 percent....Right...
The bonds from Queens Ballpark Co. were rated Baa3 by Moody’s and BBB by Standard and Poors. Three years ago, the Mets sold $613 million in 40-year notes at a last yield of 4.57 percent.
On Page 39 among a few ads for David Wright winning the Joan Payson Award for charity work, Aaron took out an ad that read:Almost makes you feel bad for booing him every single day.
Playing at Shea
before you folks
was an experience
I always will savor
Thank you for support
-- Aaron Heilman
Congratulations to all award winners this evening
You also have to be able to lift up to 25 lbs. The Mets don't hire weaklings.Loading Dock Supervisor - New York Mets (Flushing, NY)
The Loading Dock Supervisor is the primary individual responsible for all incoming and outgoing deliveries. This person will be the liaison to all departments with regards to incoming deliveries. They will oversee the mail operation as well. They will be responsible for all operations at the loading dock including, dispersing of material once it is offloaded, contacting the recipient, ensuring proper storing and/or breakdown of such items.
- Oversee incoming and outgoing packages.
- Operation of mail operated X-ray machine.
- Track deliveries and maintain log of both incoming and outgoing deliveries.
- Compliance with MLB guidelines in regards to logging of all Clubhouse packages.
- Mailroom coverage when needed.
If I read one more post by a Mets blogger about Manny Ramirez I'm going to scream.Bingo. Enough speculation, enough projection. If they sign him, great. If not, well...too bad.
It’s a $5.5 million deal that could balloon to as much as $12 million based on innings pitched and roster time.Andy Pettitte looks like he will remain a Yankee, according to Ken Davidoff and Arthur Staple over at Newsday.
I don't think there are any other teams! If there were, Boras would be parading them around like circus elephants trying to drive up Perez's price. But if that's not happening, I'm pretty sure no other team if willing to offer this much money to him -- and rightly so.
Rosenthal also notes that the Mets and Yanks don't see Garcia as a definite addition to their rotations, making them less likely to offer him a major league contract.
Garcia would prefer a major-league contract, which would guarantee him termination pay if he were released in March, but might need to accept a minor-league deal.
The Mets are trying to sign a free-agent starter from a group consisting of left-hander Oliver Perez, right-hander Ben Sheet [sic] and lefty Randy Wolf.
Dinesh and I going Wedding festival Roberto.
Roberto our catcher training. He sign contract Mets.
He very good catcher. We going his wedding in the boat. we never going boat before, but we liking this thing. Boat very big and having window to see all outside. we seeing sunset and many boats.
We wearing the formal dress. All peoples saying we looking good, but we feeling different. JB Sir giving us Jacket, button shirt, neck rope. He showing us how make knot on neck rope. Dinesh getting it good, but I not getting.
The Wedding festival in America like India little. Man and wife not ride horse or elephant in America. they walking to priest.
After marriage, big party on boat. many foods we liking. Lady bring food to people and I taking all the time. They having shrimp very good. Then many dancing.
We liking the wedding festival and we liking Roberto. We glad we going to this.
Who is this mysterious "Roberto"?
Signed: LHP Casey Fossum, LHP Tom Martin, C Salvador Paniagua, 2B Argenis Reyes, OF Jason CooperFossum and Cooper we already heard about.
Wogan also announced the Mets have signed veteran pitcher Casey Fossum to a minor-league deal. He was 3-1 with a 5.66 ERA last year in 31 games for the Detroit Tigers and has big-league time with Boston, Arizona and Tampa Bay.Stockpiling has begun.
The Mets have been in contact with his representatives, a baseball official confirmed. The righthander, who will be 32 on Opening Day, is a candidate to be signed by the Mets even if they sign one of the players ahead of him on the list. He could compete with recently signed Tim Redding for the No.5 spot.He's another one of those low-risk, high-reward guys the Mets rarely sign. Stockpiling pitching should be the No. 2 priority right now, behind getting a front-line starter.
If they're going to try and win a championship with a pitching-dominant formula, then they need to think hard about signing Ben Sheets.I agree with Harper. When healthy, he's one of the best. The Mets need to take a chance here and sign Sheets if they want to compete in 2009.
The righthander, who turns 31 in July, was 13-8 with a 3.08 ERA last season, and was mostly injury-free until injuring a flexor tendon in his elbow in September that rendered him ineffective late in the season and sidelined him for the Brewers' playoff series with the Phillies.
Still, Sheets did throw 198 innings last season, four more than Perez, and consistently flashed the combination of mid-90s fastball and killer curve that make him one of the best pitchers in baseball when healthy.
Two of the most intriguing names still available are Ben Sheets and Andy Pettitte, with the Mets only recently showing interest in the former Brewers ace. A person familiar with the situation said yesterday that Sheets is now being discussed, but it's unclear what the parameters of such a deal would be.At least Minaya remembers there are other pitchers besides Oliver Perez. I think I would actually prefer these two pitchers over Perez.
The oft-injured Sheets is a calculated risk, and in this market, so late in the offseason, he could wind up being a relative bargain. As for Pettitte, a person familiar with the club's thinking said the Mets are not involved with the former Yankee.
2. Ben Sheets, RHP, free agent: While Texas appears to be considering Sheets, don't be shocked if Philadelphia has interest as well. The Phillies have been arbitration-strapped, with a huge outlay likely headed Ryan Howard's way. The Phillies are trying to find a way to get someone of Sheets's caliber on their staff.Minaya, please sign Sheets, just so the Mets don't have to face him five times a year.
The Mets have maintained regular contact with the representatives for free agents Randy Wolf and Jon Garland as fallback options if they don't retain Perez.Get one of them and either Oliver Perez or Ben Sheets, and I will be a very happy Mets fan.
Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo, who last played in the majors in 2006, is intriguing clubs with his performance in the Venezuelan Winter League. Alfonzo, 35, has a batting average/on-base/slugging line of .322/.383/.483, with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 60 games. He also lost weight, and could make a worthwhile investment on a minor-league deal, starting at Class AAA and working back to the majors.I'm just saying...
Today, I was wondering, from 2002 through 2008, how many big league pitchers younger than age 29 have posted four or more seasons where they made at least 32 starts, threw at least 190 innings, and won at least 10 games?Here is the list.
According to Jon Heyman, an unnamed team supposedly has a three-year, $36 million offer on the table for Pettitte.Today, Wallace Matthews writes:
Hopefully, that team is not the Mets.
I would take Pettitte on a one year contract worth $8 million, though he likely won't sign for that. How about a two year deal worth $14 million? It's a bit off from this suggested $12 million a year he's supposedly getting from Team Anonymous (which I suspect doesn't exist). Pettitte also supposedly turned down a one-year, $10 million offer from the Yankees.
The Mets need at least one more starter, and it could be Pettitte.
But for whatever reason, the Yankees - either scared off by his poor second half, emboldened by their relatively painless jettisoning of Bernie Williams a couple of years ago or warming up for their inevitable discarding of Jeter and Mariano Rivera a couple of years hence - have decided that unless Pettitte wants to work for the Yankee equivalent of clubhouse-boy wages, he no longer fits into their plans.I'd prefer others, but Pettitte could work for the Mets.
It doesn't appear to me that any of those guys is a better fit for the Mets' rotation than Pettitte. Unlike Perez, you absolutely know what you're getting: 30 to 35 starts a year, 200-plus innings, a minimum 14 wins. If you make it to October, you have a starter guaranteed not to rattle under pressure, and almost always guaranteed to put you in a position to win.
Former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the New York Mets. The 33-year-old Cora played with Boston from July 7, 2005 — when he was traded from Cleveland for infielder Ramon Vazquez — through last season.I like it.
The Braves are trying hard to finalize a deal that would solidify their rotation. The deal for Lowe is believed to be for close to $60 million over four years.For that much, you can have him Atlanta.
* Alternate red, white, and blue jerseys adorned with the team’s new nameYou have got to love the minor leagues and their wacky promotions. And to top it all off, tickets will go on sale Jan. 20, at 10 am. So fitting and very, very clever.
* FREE Barack Obama bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans in attendance, featuring the President in a Baracklyn Cyclones Jersey
* The Economic Stimulus Package: From 10am on January 20th – Inauguration Day – to midnight on January 23rd, ticket prices for the June 23rd game will be “rolled back” to the Cyclones’ inaugural 2001 season rates: $10 Field Box Seats, $8 Box Seats, $5 Bleacher Seats. Beginning January 24th, tickets will be priced at the regular 2009 rates ($15, $12, $8)
* Universal Health Care: Free Band-Aids to the first 1,000 fans
* Naming Rights: Anyone named Barack gets in for free (Bring your ID on the night of the game)
* Joe the Plumber special: any plumber named Joe gets two free tickets – one for himself, and one to “spread the wealth” with a friend (Bring your ID and a business card or proof of employment on the night of the game)
* Bi-Partisan Consolation Prize: anyone named McCain or Palin will get a free Bleacher Seat (Bring your ID on the night of the game)
* A clear-cut Exit Strategy: fans will receive American Flags and discount coupons as they leave the ballpark
Free agent Dennys Reyes is attracting interest from the A's and Mets as well as the Dodgers and other clubs.They have Jose, and he's not going anywhere. They had Argenis and Al last season, though Al never made it to the big club. Dennys is next. Also out there, Anthony and Jo-Jo.
I think that Omar Minaya should back off his pursuit of Derek Lowe. With rumors swirling that the Braves are going all in on Lowe, now would be a good time for the Mets to step aside and focus their efforts on Oliver Perez, who is only 27 and great against lefties. Lowe would be a wonderful addition to the Mets rotation, but at this point I'm skeptical about giving him a fourth year or another $10-$15 million more than the Mets original offer (3 years/$36 million).Levitt absolutely hits the nail on the head here.
Obviously, this would only warrant it's own story, or a mention at all, in the New York Post. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I'm just saying...
Spanking-new, $850 million Citi Field is already beginning to rust.A Post reporter spotted brown water from a rusty beam creeping down the wall of the front entrance of Citi Field's main gate in Flushing, Queens, on 126th Street.
The Mets remain confident that they'll eventually land one of their top two choices to upgrade the starting rotation - either Derek Lowe or Oliver Perez.He then goes on to look around baseball for teams that were searching for starters this year, and brings up quotes and signings that show the market for these two isn't very good.
In an exclusive interview with The Post, Martinez said he's open to pitching just about anywhere in 2009, but the Mets are far and away his first choice.He's such a likable guy, but his illustrious career is definitely in the fading stages. Enjoy Florida, or wherever you end up.
"I went over to the Mets with something in mind, to win a World Series in the National League, and I haven't achieved that," said Martinez, who just completed a four-year, $53 million contract.
"I just pray that [Fred Wilpon] bounces back and we can give him the World Series that he deserves."
"Multiple sources tell us nothing is afoot on that front, that either the Marlins aren't interested in the 37-year-old pitcher or they don't feel they can afford him."
Yes, the Mets also want some $80 million in additional funding for their new Citi Field, but there are some big differences.(Emphasis is mine.)
The City Council authorized the Mets to use that money, but the team never borrowed the full amount. The cost of Citi Field, including parking facilities, has increased by only about 15% above original projections - to a total of $700 million.
Yankee Stadium, on the other hand, has zoomed from an original price tag of $800 million in 2005 to $1.3 billion today.
And that's not counting the Yankee parking garages, which are being built by a separate nonprofit. They also have jumped in price to more than $340million.
The Mets are in the same town and are using the same unionized labor force. Yet Yankee Stadium will end up costing about twice as much as Citi Field.
“We had a nice talk, went pretty good,” [Bobby] Cox said. “Derek’s in great shape, ready to go. Who knows? Hopefully we can get close with him.”Great, so now if the Mets lose out on Lowe, they'll likely be forced to face him at least five times a year. Figures that would happen...
Cox has known Lowe since managing an all-star team that toured Japan eight years ago. Lowe was on it, and Cox left quite an impression with him. Boras said Sunday that the pitcher had great respect for the manager and was sincere in his interest in the Braves.
On Wednesday [Frank] Wren arranged the meeting with Lowe, a Florida resident, and Cox. Hours later, Wren was notified that Smoltz would sign with the Red Sox. Chipper Jones called Lowe on Wednesday to make a recruiting pitch, shortly before Smoltz called Jones to tell him he was leaving the Braves.
Oh, very clever.
A stray dog led animal control officers on a rainy romp through the stadium Wednesday after construction workers said she spent several days sniffing around the Mets' new digs.
The nimble pooch was finally snagged near the Jackie Robinson Rotunda after running the bases and racing up and down the aisles. Her rescuers have dubbed her Jackie.