Found February 17, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Professional athletes expect to suffer injuries at some point in their career regardless of whether they play baseball, football, or lawn darts. In previous installments of the DL Kings, we discussed how hitting prospects Chris Snelling and Alex Escobar did not live up to expectations, in large part because of injuries. We also looked at how Justin Duchscherer, who had some success in the majors,dealt with multiple surgeries on each hip (among other injuries). Kelvim Escobar, the next pitcher on our list, also had major-league success like Duchscherer, but he took a different road to the DL Kings’ throne. The right-handed Escobar signed as a free agent with Toronto in 1992; he joined a system that also included Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay. Toronto had a reputation for being aggressive with the handling of their younger pitchers, which was noted in the 1997 edition of Baseball Prospectus: Escobar is a young Venezuelan pitcher who exemplifies the Blue Jays’ approach to pu...

From Left Field: The 5th Bench Spot

Though the Mets did not make any huge splashes this offseason, the final 25-man roster has pretty much taken shape already based on the team’s acquisitions. Barring any injuries in spring training, the starting lineup looks set: Davis, Murphy, Tejada, Wright, Thole, Bay, Torres and Duda. Even the starting pitching staff won’t look too different than Santana, Dickey, Pelfrey,...

Reactions From The 1986 Mets

FRANK CASHEN: “The genesis of the trade was that we wanted to add a big bat to the lineup. He did that right away, but perhaps more importantly was the way he handled our young pitchers. He was the perfect guy for so many reasons.” DAVEY JOHNSON: “Gary was a one-man scouting system. What people didn’t know was that he kept an individual book on every batter in the National...

Baxter loyal to Mets...

Photo by Michael BaronIn a time when it's believed that Rick Ankiel chose a minor league deal with the Nats over the Mets and others players the Mets were reportedly interested in seemed to land with other teams on a daily basis, it's nice to see some loyalty.Mike Baxter, a native of Whitestone says the Mets were always his first option once he became a free agent when...

ESPN Ranks Mets No. 26 in Future Rankings

ESPN did it’s first future power rankings and established where each team stands going forward for the next five years (subscription required). They used five categories for ranking the teams: majors, minors, finances, management, and mobility (of contracts) and gave a number grade to each category. They then averaged the five numbers together based on a weighted system: full weight...

Outpouring of love for the kid.

Even with the Mets waiting on Johan to get on the mound later today its a sad day in Mets land with the passing of Gary Carter yesterday who lost his battle with brain cancer at the way too young age of 57. Here are some of the quotes from former Mets as well as other baseball greats. “The one thing I remember about Gary was his smile. He loved life and loved to play the...

New Court Filing Says Picard Lawsuit Built On Shaky Evidence

Irving Picard: Can he prove Wilpon was a willing participant in Ponzi scheme? Michael O’Keefe of the Daily News reported about some new documents filed by the Mets in Manhattan federal court on Thursday as they continue to push for a summary judgement to dismiss the suit by trustee Irving Picard, before it goes to trial on March 19. Mets lawyers are arguing that Picard has failed...

Johan Santana Takes A Big Step Towards Opening Day

Johan enjoys a laugh on the pitchers mound at Spring Training Johan Santana toed the rubber on a pitching mound today and unleashed a flurry of pitches towards the batters box today.  No I am just kidding about he unleashing part, but he did throw off of a mound today for the first time since late last season during his minor league stint. He threw a total of 25 pitches during his...

1986 Mets Remember "The Kid"

The following video is brought to you courtesy of Newsday. It shows some of Carter's former teammates reminiscing about the one they called "Kid." What is so nice about the outpouring of love Carter's former teammates have shared is that Carter was often mocked for his "mugging" for the camera, and although some players got on Carter for his exuberance...

Mets hope outfielder Lucas Duda can be "monster" in 2012

Duda had a powerful second half in his rookie 2011 season

Johan hits mound, throws 25 pitches

PORT ST. LUCIE — One mound session into spring training, Johan Santana’s left shoulder still appears intact. The Mets ace had plenty of interested observers yesterday as he threw 25 pitches — his first mound work this spring after missing all of last year recovering from 2010 surgery to repair a...

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. He was 57.

We’ll Miss You, Kid!

Over my 19 years of existence, I have watched thousands of archived baseball games.  Whether they are on TV or the Internet, it was always interesting to watch old games from back in the 60′s, 70′s, 80, and 90′s. However, it was always the regular and post season games of the 1986 Mets that I enjoyed watching the most and found the most exciting. It wasn’t just because...
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