What is the triceps muscle?This has nothing to do with Tommy John Surgery, as that effects the ligament in your upper arm, not the tendon.
The triceps muscle is the one at the back of the upper arm - as shown opposite. It inserts into the back of the elbow. If you fall onto your hands you can rupture this tendon. If you over-do the weights or try to push something too heavy you can also rupture the tendon or it could become inflammed through over use.
* Pain at the tip of the elbow.
* Pain at this point when you try to straighten the arm against resistance e.g. pushing something heavy.
What can the athlete do?
* Rest. Ice the injury in the first two days.
* See a sports injury professional for advice on treatment and rehabilitation.
What can a sports injury specialist or doctor do?
* Use ultrasound or laser treatment.
* X-ray the elbow.
* Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication.
* Prescribe a full rehabilitation program.
I think this makes me breath a little easier.
First, it was just a sore elbow, likely from throwing for the first time in months. Expected to miss only one start. Then it was two starts. Now, Santana is sidelined indefinitely.
Via Amazin' Stories:
“We have 162 games for what we want to accomplish,” Santana said, the day after his expected spring training debut was cancelled. “Everything starts April 6. Whether it’s going to be me or anyone else, it’s tough to say right now.”The article goes on to explain that Santana is still slated for a bullpen session on Sunday and would like to get two or three under his belt before facing live batters.
Santana met with manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya early Saturday morning and said the decision to be supremely cautious with his pitching arm is unanimous.
“I’d rather take my time,” he said. “I haven’t even faced any live hitters.”
Take your time.
Via David Lennon:
As for the worst-case scenario, Santana throws on Sunday, still feels the elbow and the Mets finally decide to send him back to New York for tests. Santana said minutes ago that the elbow still is tight -- he's been told it's the triceps tendon behind the elbow -- and he is considering the possibility that Opening Day might now be questionable for him.I had that gut feeling when Santana missed his first "start" but I thought nothing of it. Things aren't exactly grim, but any time the ace of the staff is "out indefinitely" you start to worry.
I believe now is the time to worry.
No news is good news, and this is definitely bad news. This is starting to feel as if the Mets know more than they are letting on.
Topics covered: spring training, Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes and Johan Santana's elbow.
"We really think Jose [Reyes] is ready to really take it to another level," [Jerry] Manuel said. "We really feel good about where he is in his career, the maturation process. We feel very, very confident that there are a lot of things that he still could do as a player. He could be a third hitter, like I told you all he was. I really believe that he's ready to take off."I can't even imagine "another level" for Reyes.
He's already one of the most exciting players in the league. He's supremely talented at the plate, in the field and on the base paths. But Manuel is right -- he probably hasn't even hit his prime yet -- and that makes me extremely happy.
That means I'm preparing to read someone's crazy idea that the Mets can still sign him -- that the team should offer $50 million to him, or something absurd like that.
I just don't want to hear it. I don't think Manny will ever be happy.
Jeremy made a prediction last night, before we learned about the deal being turned down, that Manny will not be on a team by opening day. I scoffed at him, but now he might be right.
"Our goal was and is to use our electronic network assets and subscriber relationships to transform the way news is distributed," he [Tom Rutledge] said on a conference call with analysts.Though it may be good for a print journalism major like me in the long run, but I can see this backfiring to a major degree.
"We plan to end the distribution of free Web content and make our news gathering capabilities a service for our customers," he added.
Newsday's publisher Timothy Knight said in a statement: "We are in the process of transforming Newsday's Web site into an enhanced, locally focused cable service that we believe will become an important benefit for Newsday and Cablevision customers. More particulars will be forthcoming over the next few months."
On The Mound
Six pitchers combined to allow only three hits, one of which never made it out of the infield.
Oliver Perez struck out three in two innings of work, walking one. He allowed no hits. Dillon Gee followed that up with two shut out innings of his own. He allowed an infield hit to Cameron Maybin, but picked him off at first base.
Jon Switzer and Nelson Figueroa combined for three shut out innings, each tallying one strike out.
Heriberto Ruelas and Kyle Snyder finished out the game for the Mets.
At The Plate
Working with a peculiar line up which had Perez batting second and Jose Reyes batting third, the Mets got more than they bargained for.
Reyes went 2-4 on the day, both home runs. He hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and followed that up with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Six RBIs for Reyes on the day.
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run, picking up three RBIs total.
Beltran, Luis Castillo and Daniel Murphy each picked up a stolen base.
In The Field
As noted before, Gee picked off Maybin at first base in the third inning.
The Mets will take on the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be available on the MLB Network and SNY. I will be live blogging until 2:45 p.m.
My ears perked up. I just heard Quinnipiac (my school) on SNY!
Putting two and two together, they're chit-chatting about schools and Howie Rose's daughter just happens to attend this university. They had some great things to say about the school, and I would only echo what they said.
Anyway, thought that was cool.
According to Marty Noble, Santana was scratched with elbow discomfort, something now new to the pitcher.
Manager Jerry Manuel characterized the reason as "discomfort" and said the same sensations would not have prevented Santana from pitching.Just. Stay. Healthy.
Manuel said he heard from pitching coach Dan Warthen. "I don't have a problem with it," the manager said. "We're not in a hurry."
No injury news is good news, especially if it forces a player out of a start. Hopefully all is well, as it seems to be.
Via David Lennon...
Luis Castillo -- 2BDo not adjust your computer screens. Reyes is batting third. Beltran is batting sixth. Perez is batting second.
Oliver Perez -- LHP
Jose Reyes -- SS
Carlos Delgado -- 1B
David Wright -- 3B
Carlos Beltran -- CF
Ryan Church -- RF
Daniel Murphy -- LF
Brian Schneider -- C
Perez will likely only pitch two innings at the most, then be removed for a pinch hitter, which is why he's batting second -- I think. I can't wait to see him come up in the first inning.
Anyone else got a reasoning for Perez hitting second?
Sanchez has something at stake, as well, namely a job with the Mets. He has to make a positive impression or else the Mets will seriously consider releasing him by 2 p.m. on April 1 and owing the righty just one-quarter of his $1,687,500 contract ($421,875).Interesting thought. It's obvious he's not the same pitcher he was before the taxi accident.
The Mets seem to be very high on the players they selected in the rule V draft in Rocky Cherry and Darren O'Day, so one of them might be able to step into the role vacated if they move Sanchez.
I think it's something that is entirely plausible. I give it a 30 percent chance of happening.
On The Mound
Sean Green, who made the start for the Mets, only pitched 2-3 of an inning, as he has to leave the game with what turned out to be a cut on his middle finger nail. He expects to miss no time. Pedro Feliciano and Duaner Sanchez followed Green, with Sanchez allowing two runs on one hit and two walks.
Valerio De Los Santos and Matt DeSalvo combined for three innings. De Los Santos let in one run in his inning of duty.
Brian Stokes and Darren O'Day, a rule V pick, each threw one shut out inning. Elmer Dessens finished out the game with a rough inning, loading the bases, before inducing a double play ball to end the game.
At The Plate
As noted above, Church and Castillo stole the show.
Castillo went 2-4 with a double, driving in two RBIs per hit. Church has two doubles, driving in three RBIs.
Angel Pagan began his spring with a bang, going 3-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Young guns Nick Evans and Daniel Murphy each has very good games as well. Evans went 3-4 and scored three runs. Murphy went 2-3 with a walk, scoring twice and also making a nice play in the field, according to reports.
In The Field
Muprhy and Pagan each had an outfield assist. Ramon Castro also picked off Luke Scott at first base.
The Mets will take on the Florida Marlins in Port St. Lucie tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be available on SNY.
Sean Green, who started the game, left during the first inning, picking up only two outs. Seems like it's a blister or hang nail thing. Hopefully it's nothing bad.
Update from Steve Popper:
We just got the word from the clubhouse - it's a small cut on his fingernail of his middle finger - throwing hand - and he didn't get hit by the ball.
I was sour on Tatis all last season, bemoaning the signing, complaining when he was having visa troubles and downright mad when they were testing him at first base last year. When he finally got called up to the Mets on May 13, he spent the rest of the season proving me wrong.
Last night, I was lying in bed thinking about Tatis (weird, I know) and how he slumped in the second half. Boy, was I wrong.
In the second half of last year, Tatis actually hit nine points higher (.292 to .301), his OBP was 79 points higher (.323 to .402), and his slugging percentage was 90 points higher (.433 to .523).
I don't know what Tatis I was thinking about last night, but I was apparently way off.
Still, whatever Tatis did last season, I don't trust him for it again.
I think there's too much put into the stock of Fernando Tatis, exemplified in this tidbit from Ben Shpigel:
Manager Jerry Manuel plans to use Tatis in an expanded role this season, spreading him among the corner infield and outfield positions, as he ponders various and sometimes bold ways to slot Tatis’s potent right-handed bat into the order.Is it just me? Probably. Am I hoping that doubting him through spring training will somehow make him play like 2008? A little.
Prove me wrong, Tatis.
Adam Rubin relays the starting line up:
Luis Castillo -- 2BThe Castillo lead off experiment continues. I like Murphy in the two-hole. Let's see what he can do.
Daniel Murphy -- LF
Angel Pagan -- CF
Ryan Church -- rf
Ramon Castro -- C
Alex Cora -- SS
Nick Evans -- 1B
Jose Valentin -- 3B
Fernando Martinez -- DH
Sean Green -- RHP
Yes, Green is a reliever. He's just "starting" the game, and won't be pitching much more than two innings, if that.
The game begins at 1 p.m., but will not be available on radio or television. (Tomorrow's home game against the Marlins will be the first televised game -- I'll be live blogging, but I have class at 2 p.m.)
Real, meaningful baseball is tantalizingly close.
Delgado, who leads the majors in home runs by a player from Puerto Rico, was in danger of getting run out of New York only 9 months ago. Due to his historic second half, he was embraced by the team and fans, also getting his option picked up by the Mets.
Delgado has maintained a very reasoned position on what happened in the best years of his career. He doesn't want a do-over on the MVP award he didn't win. He is a happy man, content with his family, his decisions and his career. If he retired today, he would rank among the top 30 hitters all time in home runs, slugging, at-bats per home run and intentional walks. But he has plenty of baseball left in him. Last year, while turning 36, he played in 159 games, smashed 38 homers and racked up 310 total bases, his most since 2003. How much longer will he play?That's just on the field. In 2000, he was award the Major League Player of the Year award and the Hank Aaron Award. He also won the Roberto Clemente Award, in 2006, given to the player who best exemplifies humanitarianism and sportsmanship.
"For sure, this year and another year," he said. "Then after that, I'll see where I am at. Then figure out what you want to do and take it from there."
He would like 1,700 RBIs, which would move him into the top 25. Already, he stands 50th on the RBI list. Already, he has Hall of Fame numbers.
He's a two-time All Star, and now famously came in second place in the MVP voting to Alex Rodriguez in 2003.
According to Baseball-Reference, Delgado is similar to a few big bats, two of which are already in the Hall. Here's the list...
1. Willie Stargell *As it stands now, Delgado might not be Cooperstown bound, but with a few more strong years of baseball, I have no doubt he's heading that way.
2. Jose Canseco
3. Jim Thome
4. Jeff Bagwell
5. Jason Giambi
6. Fred McGriff
7. Andres Galarraga
8. Willie McCovey *
9. Juan Gonzalez
10. Jim Edmonds
* denotes HoF
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told me that over the final two months of last season into this spring training camp that Santana has taken on Oliver Perez Oliver Perez as a "special project." According to Warthen, Santana is a tremendous asset in the continuing efforts to get Perez to a) concentrate consistently and b) deliver each pitch with conviction, purpose and accuracy.Santana becomes more and more valuable as time wears on. If Perez, a certified head case, is willing to listen to Santana (and hopefully Warthen), then the Mets may have made a great signing.
"Maybe for the first time in Ollie's life he's ready to listen and Johan is there to help," Warthen said. The Met pitching coach said that Santana's stature and ability to speak to Perez in Spanish help deliver messages that Warthen might have difficulty getting Perez to fully comprehend. "We are mainly talking pitching theory and philosophy, and I think it means something coming from Johan Santana," Warthen said.
If he reverts back to fooling around and changing his delivery at will, then they're due for what they've come to know from Perez.
If Santana can impart just small traces of what he knows and how he handles pitching on Perez, then the Mets are in good shape.
Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell and Dillon Gee each threw two innings of shut out baseball yesterday.
At this point in spring training, the pitchers are usually light years ahead of the batters, so don't read into it too much. Still, it's nice to see these guys out there and pitching well. They're likely the future of the franchise.
Ryan Church will start in right.
Via Adam Rubin:
“I figured I’d talk to him,” Church said. “I knew all I had to do was talk to him. He’s very approachable. He’ll tell you how it is. He came up to me and said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ You’re getting prepared to be the everyday right fielder for the Mets.’ That’s what my whole goal is.”Good.
This keeps Fernando Tatis, a right hander, on the bench, giving the Mets one player in that category. I'm very happy with Jerry Manuel, so far.
Not only did Murphy get the starting nod, but it seems Ryan Church's job might not be a lock.
Via Adam Rubin:
"I kind of see Murphy being a little better hitter right now, so Tatis could go that way," Manuel said, referring to Tatis being used in right field against southpaws. "It all depends on how well they're doing. If they're not getting hits, they're not going to play."Bottom line: Murphy will be a starter, Church might have to split time with Tatis.
Putting the left handed Murphy in the field every day will keep the right handed Tatis on the bench. Tatis would be the only righty on the bench, save for anyone making a strong push during spring training.
It's a testament to Murphy's work ethic that before even an intrasquad game (first one today), Murphy has shown that he's a pure hitter and capable enough in the field to be an everyday LF. This nod must give Murphy a ton of confidence.
On the flip side, this might set off a red light for Church, who will stick around camp with Murphy, even when everyone else has already left.
Everything is not set in stone, so if someone is not hitting, they won't be playing. Simple as that.
Joel Sherman brings up a good point in his Hardball blog.
But what this also says to me is that Fernando Martinez is on the clock from the outset of the season and if the touted prospect ever stays healthy long enough to prove he is the real deal then Church's day as a Met are going to move toward extinction.So, for now, the Mets have Murphy in left, Church in right and Tatis back on the bench. This makes sense to me.
I work for The Chronicle, the student-run newspaper at Quinnipiac University. I have a weekly opinion column called The Weekly Peeve, which I thoroughly enjoy writing.
Here they are, for your enjoyment...
Redding said the surgery was to repair a stress fracture in the second toe on his right foot, a problem that bothered him throughout the season in Washington.And the Mets signed him for $2.5 million.
Redding has been able to throw off flat ground from 100 feet and said he is hopeful of being able to throw off the mound by the end of next week. Manuel, on the other hand, said he did not know when Redding would be allowed to throw again. "We're taking it slow with him," the manager said.
The team knew about the surgery. Still seems like a lot for a guy with a bum foot. We all know how that can end up.
Via Adam Rubin:
Pitching coach Dan Warthen said the Mets are taking it slowly because of the length of spring training, and Redding is on target to make his first Grapefruit League appearance March 8.
The David Wright stats are just funny, but Daniel Murphy listed at second base?
Obviously, Johan Santana isn't going to make the start in the exhibition game, as he'll be the opening day starter. So why fill in someone that won't be there?
In all seriousness, this is not a laughing matter. Hopefully everything works out for everyone involved, not just the players.
Pelfrey told the New York Daily News that he is also having problems with cash flow.
"My stuff got frozen, too," he said.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents all three players, told FOXSports.com that his clients have no reason to worry about losing money. Damon is due $13 million this year from the Yankees, while Nady is set to earn $6.55 million.
Today's topics: Luis Castillo, the outfield and a final goodbye to Shea Stadium.
(Ed. note: Sorry about the brightness. I filmed with my window open and the clouds were obstructing the sun at points, which apparently doesn't fare well for my camera.)
1 -- Luis Castillo
3 -- Cory Sullivan
4 -- Robinson Cancel
5 -- David Wright
6 -- Nick Evans
7 -- Jose Reyes
9 -- Marlon Anderson
10 -- Andy Green
11 -- Ramon Castro
12 -- Alex Cora
13 -- Billy Wagner
15 -- Carlos Beltran
16 -- Angel Pagan
17 -- Fernando Tatis
18 -- Jeremy Reed
19 -- Ryan Church
21 -- Carlos Delgado
22 -- J.J. Putz
23 -- Brian Schneider
25 -- Pedro Feliciano
26 -- Rob Mackowiak
27 -- Nelson Figueroa
28 -- Daniel Murphy
29 -- Connor Robertson
30 -- Rocky Cherry
32 -- Carlos Muniz
33 -- John Maine
34 -- Mike Pelfrey
35 -- Brandon Knight
36 -- Darren O'Day
38 -- Tom Martin
39 -- Bobby Parnell
40 -- Eddie Kunz
43 -- Brian Stokes
44 -- Tim Redding
46 -- Oliver Perez
47 -- Casey Fossum
48 -- Sean Green
49 -- Jonathon Niese
50 -- Duaner Sanchez
56 -- Freddy Garcia
57 -- Johan Santana
63 -- Michel Abreu
65 -- Kyle Snyder
66 -- Matt DeSalvo
67 -- Fernando Martinez
68 -- Heriberto Ruelas
70 -- Jon Switzer
71 -- Tobi Stoner
72 -- Adam Bostick
73 -- Dillon Gee
75 -- Francisco Rodriguez
76 -- Omir Santos
77 -- Rene Rivera
78 -- Josh Thole
79 -- Jose Coronado
99 -- Jose Valentin
This list is from Mets.com, so if you have any others to fill in that you might have seen in a photo or video, please let me know.
Here's a picture...It seems the Mets will wear this patch on all hats this season.
Unfortunately, they will also continue to wear the ugly Inaugural Season "Domino's" patch.
Glavine can earn up to $4.5 million if he hits all incentives.
I think the Braves have put together a very good team this off season. It's going to be a very tough race in the NL East this year. Every team has improved, outside of the Nationals, of course.
Here's the Reyes breakdown:
SS/Jose Reyes- .297/.358/.475, 113 r, 19 trpl, 16 hr, 56 sb. Much like Larry Jones, I hate this bastard, but there's no denying he's a fantastic player. He's cocky, and I detest that, but he's backs it up with terrific all-around play. His prime years are still ahead of him...watch out!!!Good for them to stand up and say even though I hate him, he's good. I feel the same way about Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Chase Utley. I despise them, but I know they are great players and are extremely talented.
The place where my boyhood dreams were played out -- the place where my heroes lived forever -- where the Mets always won and where the hope for another World Series championship lived forever, has passed away.
Shea Stadium, the old mare of a ballpark that had seen its better days, the great jewel of Flushing, is no longer.
In a pile of rubble beyond the parking lot. Snuffed out and erased from existence.
As I sat here by the computer and heard the news of Shea's demise, I just thought...
I thought about the Home Run Apple. I thought about the pennants on the outfield wall. I thought about the retired numbers...37, 14, 41, and 42. I thought about the smell of beer and hot dogs. I thought about the green grass that seemed to go on forever. I thought about my experiences there and what the place meant to me and my baseball dreams.
In April 2007, my family and I took our last trip to Shea. It was only my second time there (I went once before in 1983 when I was 7), but it was the first for my wife and my daughter. It's only fitting that the two people more important to me saw the place where all of my greatest baseball dreams were housed. We watched the Mets dominate the Rockies, and had a great time. But it was hard to leave, because of what I was leaving behind. I took many pictures that day, and I will cherish those as the years go on.
So many stories of my family going down for games -- just too many to name. My aunt and uncle that live on Long Island attended the 1969 World Series. My dad talking about his visits in the early days. My brother lived in Long Island for a while and he went to a number of games, we always talked about what Shea was like, and it was always electric. And my own experience chanting "Jose, Jose, Jose" with the rest of the Mets faithful, and of course, "Let's Go Mets, Let's Go Mets." Those images are stamped on my brain.
Maybe today would be easier had the last two seasons not ended in a 7 Train wreck on the way to the World Series. Mets fans deserved better. Shea deserved better. Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS was one of the last shining moments for Shea, a great performance, an amazing catch, but just not enough. And there really wasn't a memorable game played after that. The last game was not the way it should have been, but it was.
But there is hope. A new day is dawning just across the way, in our new Citi Field. We can only believe that this team will find a way to honor Shea and its memory by playing an amazin' inaugural season.
The old has passed away. And our hopes and dreams of a world championship starts April 13. The new hope. Our mecca and our home. May Citi Field someday hold the same memories that Shea will forever have in my mind.
You Gotta Believe.
Thanks, Howie. That was great.
Luis Castillo still has three years left on his contract. $18 million is owed to him through 2011. Today, the day he walks into spring training to start his second "full" year with the Mets, he's already the most hated player on the team.
Not by his fellow teammates, mind you, but by the fans.
Every little thing he does is scrutinized, labored over and likely criticized. I can only imagine the outcry when (not if) he gets injured this year.
Even Aaron Heilman wasn't hated like this.
I'm not claiming to be on the outside looking in. I think the Castillo signing was absurd, and as his talent and physical ability continue to decline, the albatross that is his contract just grows larger and larger.
There is no chance, either due to a trade or simply cutting him, that Castillo finishes the contract out with the Mets. The way this team is built right now, they cannot wait around for one of their starting players to magically find talent and start playing at the top of his game again.
With that said, I wish all the luck in the world to Castillo this year, but the way I see it, he's going to need a lot more than luck. Prove us all wrong.
Via Adam Rubin:
Brian Stokes became the first notable casualty of the spring, when the 29-year-old righthander injured his right hamstring, leaving him unable to work off a mound. "It didn't pop or anything," Stokes said, downplaying the severity.Stokes is pretty much penciled in to the bullpen for 2009, so hopefully this isn't anything severe.
I was looking forward to seeing Stokes pitch again, hopefully solidifying the sneaking suspicions I have that he's not all the Mets expect him to be. Sure, he was OK last year, but is he ready for a full load of work for an entire season?
I still maintain the notion that the bullpen middle relief has been overvalued by the Mets, and they're expecting some players to do more than they can. I realize they tied up the eight and ninth innings, hopefully leaving only one or two innings to six guys in middle relief.
Still, a lot of game could be lost by a weak bridge to J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez. And handing them a game where the Mets are down two runs doesn't really do much for the team.
Hopefully Stokes can bounce back quickly and get into the groove of things soon. Hamstring injuries are always frightening.
With over 115 votes cast, here are the results:
- Yes! -- 64 percent (75 votes)
- Not Really -- 19 percent (23 votes)
- Citi Field, Here I Come! -- 14 percent (17 votes)
- Shea? Shea Who? -- 1 percent (2 votes)
Next Poll: Who will hit the first home run in Citi Field?
I hadn't checked StadiumPage.com in a while, so I shot the Mets an e-mail yesterday. Just a few minutes ago, I got off the phone with a representative from the team. He told me, and now I see for myself, that the foul poles in Citi Field are also orange.
"The ownership was very adamant about having the orange foul poles," Chris, the representative said.
Here's an image from StadiumPage.com, taken this past weekend...
I love this sort of stuff. Fun little facts and trivia like this are pretty much all I remember.
The other thing I e-mailed about will have to remain a secret, for now. Hopefully the team comes through with my little proposition.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kielty has the largest differential — 69 points — between his career right-handed (.296) and left-handed (.227) batting averages among switch-hitters who have made their debuts since 1969 and have had more than 500 at-bats from each side of the plate.
No other active player comes close, with Houston’s Lance Berkman, who has a 42-point difference (.312 from the left side, .270 from the right), ranking second. Kielty has also pummeled some of baseball’s top left-handers, batting better than .290 against his new teammate Johan Santana, CC Sabathia, Jamie Moyer, Scott Kazmir and Buehrle.
Unfortunately for Keilty, the Mets have an absolute logjam in the outfield. With four guys (platooning Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis in left field) pretty much penciled in already, there's really only one or two spots for players that can fit in the outfield.
As it stands now, I think Jeremy Reed is the first guy that will be riding the pine in Citi. After that, in order, I have Angel Pagan, Kielty, Nick Evans and Cory Sullivan. That puts two people in front of Kielty, as I see it.
Does this set the Mets up for a spectacular triple-A team or a spring training trade? It's too early to tell. Injuries and spring play will show how the roster will fill out.
I've always loved Griffey, for no particular reason. Now, I need to learn how to despise him.
Update, via Braves Blast:
Griffey’s agent is apparently communicating via text that the deal is not yet done. Hopefully this is just a “nobody signed anything yet” concept and not a “I’m shopping the term sheet to the Dodgers” event.
Mike has started a blog in an attempt to post people's bricks they have purchased for the new fanwalk at Citi Field.
So far, only a few bricks have been posted, but this is easily my favorite.How many people are going to find that brick and stomp all over it?
Did anyone else purchase a brick? I know I wanted to, but they were just too costly.
Head over to the Mets Fanwalk blog for a look at the rest, and to submit yours, if you have one. Great idea, Mike.
According to Bart Hubbuch, the Mets have no interest in Pudge Rodriguez.
A high-ranking team source said there has been no discussion about Rodriguez in recent weeks, and the Mets suspect he is simply using their name to try to drum up interest. "We've got our three catchers, and we like them," the source said, referring to Brian Schneider, Ramon Castro and Robinson Cancel.Smart team.
As of today, with everyone healthy, this is the Mets' rotation to start the season:I have a feeling, if healthy, that Freddy Garcia will be the fifth starter, and Redding will shift to long relief.
1. Johan Santana
2. Mike Pelfrey
3. Oliver Perez
4. John Maine
5. Tim Redding
Just a hunch.
I like this order, though. Two very strong starters at the front of the rotation, and Redding/Garcia/the fifth starter won't be needed for the first two weeks or so of the season.
This works for me.
The New York Mets today announced the launch of an online registration for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the inaugural Opening Day at Citi Field, starting tomorrow, February 17 at 10 a.m. at Mets.com and LosMets.com. The registration for the online random drawing will run through Tuesday, February 24. The Mets open their 2009 home season Monday, April 13 against the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.I've heard it's an absolute zoo on opening day, and I can only imagine the insanity of opening a new ballpark as well.
I'll be steering clear of opening day, but hopefully I'll get to one of the games soon after.
David Lennon quoted Wright:
I think that I can be more of a leader by what I bring to the field, not necessarily yelling and screaming. I think that if you lead by example and play the game hard and play the game the right way, guys will follow you. Those are the guys that I follow. I've said all along that leadership is earned. There's not a title or letter you can put on your chest that makes you a leader.Just awesome.
He's 26, he's the face of the franchise, he's arguably their best player and hopefully will retire as a New York Met.
What's not to like?
They're trying to shed payroll, it seems, and they're confident enough in Robinson Cancel that he can serve as a competent backup. Still, though, Ivan Rodriguez continues to lobby, and find ears, with the Mets.
According to Pudge, he will sign with one of three teams: Mets, Marlins or Astros.
Pudge said, via Mets.com:
"I'm in great shape," Rodriguez said. "Whoever gets me, it's going to be a lot like hitting the lotto. I'm back in the shape I was in 2004. I'm at 195 to 200 [pounds], and I'm ready to go."Being in great shape doesn't mean you can hit, though.
First of all, I don't quite understand the trading of Castro. He's not terrible as a backup and as long as he's healthy that's all the Mets really need him to do. We all saw last year, when the Mets were struggling to keep any catcher on the field.
Secondly, if they do trade Castro, why would they sign Pudge? He's likely going to cost more than Castro's earning ($2.5 million) and would want to start over Brian Schneider.
There are no positives to bringing Pudge in. Please pass, Omar.
In 2009, the player to step up and say the Mets are the team to beat is the new guy, Francisco Rodriguez.
Via David Lennon:
"This is a different year, a different ballclub now. We've just got to go out and compete. Like I said before, I don't want to make no controversy. But with this ballclub, the way I see it, with those guys, me and J.J. Putz and the other acquisitions in the bullpen, I think now I feel like we're the team to beat."Good for him.
A player on every team with a fighting chance is going to come out and say those words. Everyone thinks they're the team to beat, and why shouldn't they?
If a player came out and said, "Yeah, we'll probably finish in third this year. We're just mediocre." He'd be in the managers office quicker than you can say "team chemistry."
I like that K-Rod has stepped up, being the fresh face, and taking a stand for his team already. He's been around his fellow players for 72 hours and he's already up to defending them. I hope he's a true thorn in the side for the rest of the NL East for more than just words.
I can't wait to see him pump his arm in victory on Opening Day. And then again for the first game in Citi Field.
Come on, Mets. This year, show everyone that you actually are the team to beat.
Changes to the lineup could also be in store for the Mets, as manager Jerry Manuel is considering batting Luis Castillo in the leadoff spot and bumping Jose Reyes down to third in the lineup.More, from Adam Rubin:
Luis Castillo may bat leadoff for the Mets. Potentially, Carlos Beltran could bat second and Jose Reyes third. It may make more sense to bat Carlos Delgado fourth and David Wright fifth in that scenario, since otherwise the Mets would be stacking a ton of lefties at the bottom of the order.Interesting. Both Reyes and Castillo have similar OBP numbers, with Reyes putting up a .358 last year and Castillo notching a .355. Reyes' power may suit him better later in the lineup, where runner may be on ahead of him.
If Reyes moves to third, I'm assuming that bumps Carlos Beltran up to the second spot of the order, where he seems to enjoy hitting. That, or bump him lower in the order so the bottom of the lineup won't be as weak.
I think it's an interesting scenario to toy with in spring training.
Since then, the report has been confirmed.
Great. I'm all for stockpiling pitchers, but there is a line at which a team doesn't need to cross before it looks desperate. The Hernandez brothers, either of them, are beyond that line.
Prove me wrong, Livan. This move just rubs me the wrong way.
I guess it's time to congratulate Omar Minaya for finally getting Livan in a Mets uniform.
Hmmm...I wonder what El Duque is up to...
Here's some info, relayed by Adam Rubin:
"Inventory" is the word Minaya used. Reports are that Hernandez's velocity was just 78-83 mph in Colorado late last season. Minaya revealed that he was very close to trading for Hernandez at the '06 deadline once Duaner Sanchez had the taxi cab accident, but instead pulled the trigger and acquired Oliver Perez from the Pirates. Minaya also mentioned he wanted Triple-A Buffalo to be strong this year.
Ramon Martinez, the star of the last seven games of 2008, has been signed to a minor league deal and will be in spring training with the team.
With Jose Valentin also back in the fold, it seems the Mets brass is very worried about Castillo's health. Or they just like to stockpile aging, middle infielders.
This week, I talk about the World Baseball Classic, some bonehead signings this off season and pitchers and catchers reporting for duty.
Next round: Jerry Manuel, Tim Redding and Freddy Garcia.
Pitchers and catchers officially report today, so look for that list to grow. I will continually update it as I find out who is in camp.
Well, it's time to clean it out. I'll post the link and my two cents.
For ESPN.com, Bob Klapisch notes that Francisco Rodriguez will be the lightning rod for the Mets in 2009 and it will hurt their image.
K-Rod's celebrating profile will be layered atop Jose Reyes' customized high-fiving after scoring an important run in a big game -- outside the dugout. Such gloating, which has been part of the Mets' legacy since the '80s, has been steadily irritating opponents for the past four years.Well...good! I still think the team needs some swagger, and I believe K-Rod will help bring that to Flushing. I like the abrasiveness he brings, and hopefully the players attitudes can shine through and fuel the team this time around.
The Daily News caught up with Anthony Young a while back, and I thought it was a pretty good read. I bring this up for only one reason. In researching Young's career, in the seasons he went 2-14 and 1-16, his ERA was 4.17 and 3.77 respectively.
Steve Trachsel won 15 games for the Mets in 2006. He had a 4.97 ERA.
Jose Reyes: The leader?
I noted before that I love Reyes' high-fiving, dancing, exciting ways. But is he the leader of the Mets? Jerry Manuel believes so. Here's a quote via The New York Times.
“Oh, I consider him becoming one — no question,” Manuel said Tuesday morning ... “I think that’s the next level for him, to add responsibility to him. That, to me, is maturation. You can be 50 years old and have no responsibility so you never mature. But if you have some responsibilities, then the maturation process takes over.”Unfortunately, I think the language barrier will hinder Reyes from becoming a "true leader" of the team.
And yes, I believe the team needs a "leader."
Keith Hernandez feels baseball nowadays is "tainted." How can you not agree?
Carlos Delgado in the Hall of Fame? Joel Sherman brings it up, and interestingly, I actually did a project on this.
We had to compare a current HoF'er to a current player and see if the current player belongs in the hall. Eddie Murray, the most recent first baseman in the Hall was pitted up against Delgado. Through a whole series of comparisons and break downs, we came to the conclusion that if he keeps playing a few more years, Delgado will make the hall.
We also came to the conclusion that Murray shouldn't really be in the Hall. He was a compiler, and that's the only reason.
Daniel Murphy is obsessed about hitting.
“The guy is obsessed,” said [J.J.] Putz, who lives across from Murphy in a hotel here. “All he talks about is hitting, hitting, hitting. It’s not a stretch to say that it consumes about 90 percent of his day.”Hopefully that other 10 percent is dedicated to learning to play left field.
Jon Niese and Tim Redding are battling (along with Freddy Garcia) for the 5th spot in the rotation. They're also sharing a condo.
Hey SNY, I smell a sitcom!!
Because it's pitchers and catchers day, I present to you, Crazy Johan. This is from last season's spring training, but it's just too good to pass up.You crazy, man. Crazy!
It's officially spring training. I'm a happy man.
Roberto Alomar and his new girlfriend, Maripily Rivera (whose photos I cannot publish on this website), are claiming that he is a picture of health, and does not have "full blown AIDS" as his ex-girlfriend is claiming in a $15 million lawsuit.
Alomar has his own Web site, RobertoAlomar.com, complete with a store and a blog. He released a statement yesterday. It read:
This is a very private, personal matter and I greatly appreciate all the support I have received in the past few days from my family, friends and colleagues in baseball. I am in very good health and I ask that you respect my privacy during this time.As for the lawsuit, it is filled with lies and I am deeply saddened that someone I cared for would make such terrible accusations and try to hurt me in this way.
And the Mets couldn't match that?
- Tim Redding -- $2.25 million
- Alex Cora -- $2 million
- Fernando Tatis -- $1.7 million
- Marlon Anderson -- $1.15 million
- Jeremy Reed -- $925,000
- Cory Sullivan -- $600,000
- Angel Pagan -- $575,000
The Mets obviously had money to spend this off-season, and to be content with a fingers-crossed, hope he can do what he did last year pick off the scrap heap, and a young singles hitter playing out of position manning left field is just silly.
$5 million for a competent outfielder (possibly a little afraid of the wall) who hit .296/.371/.471 last season. In 156 games, he also hit 20 home runs and drove in 100 RBIs. He's knocked in over 100 RBI in seven of his 11 full seasons, including the last five years in a row.
And yet he slipped through the Mets fingers because they weren't willing to pay him a little more than double what Tim Redding will earn pitching mop-up duty this season. (Redding's career ERA is a few points shy of five.)
Omar Minaya, caught looking.
I had it up to here reading about the naming rights for the Mets new stadium. And I'm already sick of all this Alex Rodriguez talk, but that's another story entirely.
Everyone seems to be making it out that the Mets have done something wrong or are going to be hurt by the deal with Citigroup. In no way, shape or form should the name on the outside of the stadium affect the play on the field. So don't try to skew it that way.
The Mets are built to be a pretty decent team as of now. Still, there are some question marks but one of them should not be the name brandished around the new park.
A-Rod, however bittersweetly, has shifted the glaring hot spotlight back to the Bronx. Enjoy that circus, Fletcher and JSchil.
Baseball great Roberto Alomar has full-blown AIDS but insisted on having unprotected sex, his ex-girlfriend charged Tuesday in a bombshell lawsuit.When I woke up this morning, I think this ranked dead last on the list of things I would read about.
Nine days later, the couple went to see a disease specialist who discovered a mass in the retired second baseman's chest, the court papers say.
Alomar's skin had turned purple, he was foaming at the mouth and a spinal tap "showed he had full-blown AIDS," the suit says.
Let me try and summarize it in as few words as possible: Joe Smith should have come in, wasn't warmed up, hit his head, walked the first guy he faced on five pitches, given cover story, traded in off-season.
Please, go to Surfing the Mets and read the whole account.
How bizarre. And sad.
This better not happen again.
Valentin, who started his Mets tenure in the doghouse, eventually took over the second base starting job in 2006. He went on to have a renaissance season, and some considered him a good leader in the clubhouse, especially around Jose Reyes.
In '06, Valentin hit .271 and slugged 18 home runs.
In '07, Valentin appeared in only 51 games before breaking a bone in his leg. He hit .241 in 166 at-bats.
It will be great to have him back around Reyes and the rest of the team, if only for spring training. If he ends up at triple-A he'll be a competent call-up
A quote, via David Lennon:
"I hope that anybody who cheats get caught," Wright said. "Maybe its me being naïve, but I think baseball is clean. You would have to be either very desperate or flat-out stupid to try and beat the system now."Wright went on to say that A*Rod is a better player that he is.
Seriously, this guy is the face of the franchise, and for exactly that reason he will not (cannot?) be the leader. He is the guy to always come out and say the right things when asked, but he won't be the guy to say the right things when needed.
He's too naïve, if you will, to jump into that roll. As great of a player that Wright is, I just don't think he has that leadership capability, something the Mets have lacked.
[Page] Odle said Ohman, despite getting two- or three-year offers from other teams, was open to a one-year contract with a competitive team like the Phillies.If the Phillies can land him on a one-year deal, why can't the Mets? I'll tell you why: He doesn't respect them.
"We've had real good positive conversation with the Phillies over the past week, and I know Will would love to pitch in Philadelphia," Ohman's agent, Page Odle, said Sunday. "He's faced them a lot being in Atlanta, and has a lot of respect for the team and the organization."I tell ya, I get no respect. No respect at all!
Anyway, I'd like the see the Mets up the ante a little bit on Ohman. They need someone else, and I think Omar is ranking the guys he currently has on the team a little too high.
Just one more piece to the puzzle, and I'll be content.
Johan Santana plans to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic at the request of Mets officials and remain in camp during spring training, the Daily News has learned.This makes me breathe a lot easier. Maybe the Mets listened to my letter.
1. I own over 10 Mets hats. (Probably not a lot compared to some, but my mom likes to make note of it.)
2. My friend Jamie Palatini will never let me forget that I fell asleep during the 2000 World Series.
3. I have a large poster of Keith Hernandez on my wall that I'm pretty sure no one else has.
4. I can trace my fandom all the way back to when I received "Metty Bear," a stuffed bear dressed in a Mets uniform. I still have him.
5. My first game at Shea was Marlins @ Mets. (The date escapes me right now.)
6. I have a lucky (unlucky?) helmet.
7. My entire mother's side are fans of the Yankees. Only my father is a Mets fan.
8. I have at least one of Mets branded article of clothing for everything you could possibly wear, save for shoes and underwear.
9. I'm an avid New York Mets fan that has a picture of the five-year-in-a-row World Series winning New York Yankees hanging in my bedroom.
10. I have received exactly one baseball from my time at Shea Stadium. It was given to me by a girl who begged a member of the Braves coaching staff for one. She already had two others.
11. I want to be Mr. Met, just for one day.
12. I wish I knew more about the history of the team.
13. During the season, most things play second fiddle to the games.
14. I actually think I prefer watching games on TV. I'm not sure if it's because it's so expensive to go to the stadium or if Gary, Keith and Ron are just that good.
15. I only owned a package of games once. Otherwise, I just haphazardly buy tickets to games.
16. I have two David Wright plaques next to my bed.
17. I have a man crush on Wright, as well. (As if you couldn't tell, considering #16.)
18. I wish my name was Razor Shines.
19. Favorite meal at Shea: Hot dog, fries, drink in 3rd inning. Pretzel in the 7th.
20. I don't know the exact number, but I'm pretty sure I've seen more losses than wins at a game.
21. I once had a Mets belt buckle, but it has since gone missing.
22. The only autograph I have (in my house), from any Mets player, is the Keith Hernandez signed ball I bought for my dad.
23. I scream "Git! Git! Git!" whenever a ball has a chance to sail over the fence. My roommates hate it.
24. I also scream "Git down! Git down!" when the other team smacks one.
25. I know I will cry like a baby if I ever get to see a World Series championship.
Let's hear yours (you don't need to do 25)!
Fonzi is heading to Japan to play for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League. The one-year deal is supposedly worth $380,000.
From the Long Island Ducks to the Yomiuri Giants. Good for you, Fonzi. This now gives hope to every aging veteran hoping to still play. Except for you, Julio Franco. You already have a job.
It deals with the Mets, I promise.
George Steinbrenner would shovel debris out of six inches of gunky, green water while dressed in loafers and slacks if it meant winning a World Series, which is exactly what he was doing in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the 2000 World Series at Shea Stadium. A fire had started in a third-deck trash container at Shea. When firefights opened one standpipe to extinguish the fire, pressure built in another standpipe located over the Yankees' clubhouse. The pipe burst, spewing torrents of dirty water and eventually causing the clubhouse ceiling to collapse. Great waves of fetid water cascaded over the clubhouse, and headed in the direction of the Yankees' principal owner.What a peculiar story. Oh, and people said Shea wasn't a dump?
As firefighters arrived to shut off the standpipe and clean up the mess, Steinbrenner jumped in to help them. After they did the best they could to move the water out and shovel away the pieces of the demolished ceiling, Steinbrenner, soaked himself, took a wad of bills from his pocked and peeled off fifties and hundreds to give to the firefighters in appreciation of their effort.
Does anyone remember this story from when it happened? I sure don't.
Because I so shamelessly stole his entire post, please go visit Scott Proctor's Arm.
It is recognized that the Luis Castillo contract is not working out. Could the Mets possibly buy out Castillo's contract, the way the Dodgers bought out Andruw Jones', and then sign Orlando Hudson to play second base. Or how about having Hudson switch positions?
-- Andrew T., North Babylon, N.Y.
The Mets have considered the alternatives you cite. Buying out a player isn't easily done. Why would a player forfeit guaranteed money? And deferring payment doesn't necessarily reduce a club's obligation to a player. The club discussed signing Hudson and having him play a different position -- it would have to be left field. But it's thought he eventually would gravitate to second -- or be "gravitated" -- and that scenario, the Mets sensed, would undermine Castillo and create the circumstance where Hudson would play second, and Castillo would become an expensive wallflower.
Does anyone else not see a problem with this?
I understand that Castillo would be very expensive to have him be a reserve player or have his playing time diminished, but isn't winning the most important thing?
If Omar Minaya really wants this problem solved, he'll find out where Jeff Gillooly is and slip him a few bucks.
Did that $1 million offered to Tom Glavine put them over the top?
Ohman posted a 3.68 ERA last season with the Atlanta Braves. He appeared in 83 games, 58.7 innings, with a 1.244 WHIP. He struck out 53 and walked 22.
He made $1.6 million last season after signing a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs before the 2007 season (he was traded to Atlanta after the '07 season).
I think Omar Minaya needs to go for him.
I don't even know where to begin explaining this e-mail, but I think the word "racist" is the best fit. Here's what I read, at 8 a.m.:
While there is talk a certain Congressman wants the name Citigroup out of Citi Field, I have something to say about that. With the way the METROPOLITANS NOT METINOS have allowed Omar "I PREFER LATINO CRONIES ON MY METINOS" or "MY EMPLOYEES TAKE SIESTAS" or "MY EMPLOYEES TIRE in SEPTEMBER" or "MY ENTIRE TEAM SUCKS" to ruin this team with all his Latino bums who are on the team because they are Latino first but can't play (unlike when the Dodgers broke the color barrier; Jackie Robinson could PLAY FIRST) do not let OMORON name the stadium, or he'll call it METINO FIELD! For putting these Latino bums instead of good Latino ballplayers who won't complete another September MET DOWN, Fred COUPON EXTENDED OMORON'S CONTRACT!Alrighty then.
In addition, Kudos to Adam Rubin for his web site and screen name to contact the website. It's called THEROPOLITANS@GMAIL.COM Note that's Ropolitans as in METROPOLITANS!
Go to www.petitiononline.com or GOOGLE "FIRE OMAR MINAYA!" for instant access, and sign the petition to FIRE OMAR MINAYA!
The answers are clear! DO NOT EXTEND OMORON'S CONTRACT! FIRE OMAR MINAYA! HIRE TONY BERNAZARD, OR BRING BACK STEVE PHILLIPS! BRING BACK DAVEY JOHNSON! LET MARTINEZ THE BUM GO (MINAYA WANTS HIM BACK)! TRADE FELICIANO THE BUM (MINAYA GOT HIM BACK)! TRADE SANCHEZ THE BUM (MINAYA WANTS HIM BACK)! TRADE PEREZ THE BUM (MINAYA GOT EL TWISTADOR BACK)! TRADE ARMAS THE BUM! TRADE GARCIA THE BUM (MINAYA DECIDED HE'S READY)! TRADE CASTILLO THE $18 MILLION BUM! TRADE CASTRO THE BIGGEST BUM OF THEM ALL! TRADE EL DUQUE THE BUM! LET AYALA THE BUM GO!
FIRE OMAR MINAYA! FIRE OMAR MINAYA! FIRE OMAR MINAYA! FIRE OMAR MINAYA! FIRE OMAR MINAYA! FIRE OMAR MINAYA!
I'm not quite sure why he gives kudos to Adam Rubin for having...my e-mail?
I love how in that last "The Bum" tirade, half of those players are no longer on the Mets.
- Fernando Martinez, who might be the next Bobby Abreu, has been shut down for three weeks after straining his elbow in the Carribean Series. This kid just cannot stay healthy. I'm worried.
- The Mets have signed Heriberto Ruelas to a minor league contract. Ruelas is fresh off 44 appearances with Mexico City from the Mexican league.
- And last night, I passed the 100,000 visitor mark. I know that seems like a low number for over two years of this, but I was very, very slow to get off the ground. The last few months have been spectacular, and I hope this trend continues. Thank you to everyone who visited.
Fernandomania: One scout says the best-looking young player he saw in the Dominican Republic this winter was much-ballyhooed Mets prospect Fernando Martinez.Too bad he just can't stay healthy.
"He looks to me like he can be a young Bobby Abreu," the scout said. "His discipline at the plate is good. He worked counts. He hung in against left-handers. He did a lot of good things. He may be 20 years old, but he doesn't look like it, the way he handles himself. He really plays under control."
Se soltó el loco; Manny Ramírez podría botar a Scott Boras
Came off the loco, Manny Ramírez could throw to Scott Boras
Here's the translation of Impacto Deportivo, from Google Translator:
Scott Boras, who once was separated from his duties by Alex Rodriguez, it could suffer the same fate with Manny Ramírez.The gist of that is Manny Ramirez is considering firing Scott Boras and would begin negotiating for himself.
It is hoped this Wednesday at Impactodeportivo.com.do, Ramirez is quillao with Boras.
Boras has been estimated that a very hard time to ask and that is moving away to the teams.
Ramirez could take control of a future negotiations as soon as this weekend.
As if the story wasn't crazy enough...