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Ever since Mike Piazza’s departure, the catcher position for the Mets has been in a state of flux.
Paul LoDuca, Brian Schneider, Rod Barajas, Henry Blanco and Ronny Paulino are just some of the catchers to suit up behind the dish.
Last season, the Mets handed the mask to young Josh Thole, and he seems to be the No. 1 guy again for this season, though Terry Collins has made it a point to Thole that he has to earn his spot.
The Mets are seeking a right-handed hitting complement to Thole for the backup catcher’s spot. Mike Nickeas has been with the organization for a while and could be the favorite for this spot. He’s solid defensively but needs to improve his hitting to see extended time.
One catcher that has impressed so far in spring training is Lucas May. Though spring stats don’t really mean too much, they are important for players on the bubble. May is hitting .313 in 16 at-bats, including two doubles and three RBI.
But even the outs he’s made, he consistently hits the ball hard...
BEST OF MAXIM
Last month I posted my thoughts on Josh Thole and how the heat was on for him this spring, and that he wasn’t going to be handed the starting catching job on a silver platter. Thole knows exactly what’s at stake:
“I’m getting to a point where we’re not in a trial-and-error period anymore,” Thole said. “It is what it is. If I don’t catch well over the course of this...
Collins gets angry
Before the Mets took on the Cardinals yesterday afternoon, Terry Collins spoke to reporters about the recent string of Mets injuries. It’s not news that Collins was unhappy about his guys getting hurt, but it was surprising to hear just how frustrated and even angry he was when asked about Ruben Tejada’s groin strain.
According to Newsday:
“This spring so...
The Mets announced they have suspended bullpen catcher Eric Langill for seven days without pay after being charged with a DUI last weekend.
“We met with Eric Langill this morning. He was contrite and very apologetic about Sunday night’s incident,” the team said in a statement. “We informed Eric that he will be suspended without pay for seven days and will be required to...
The MLB season is a mere three weeks away, and the injuries are piling up for Terry Collins and the Mets. As if Collins wasn’t already facing enough challenges in his second season as Mets manager, he now has to deal with injuries to David Wright, Scott Hairston, Ronny Cedeno and most recently Ruben Tejada, who went down with a groin injury on Tuesday that Collins described as...
New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who missed 60 games last year with a stress fracture in his back, has been diagnosed with a torn rectus abdominis muscle. Despite the injury, he claims he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Wright initially was hurt before games started this spring. He thought the injury was a muscle strain, but an MRI told him otherwise. Wright got a cortisone...
Yesterday, New York Mets top pitching prospect Matt Harvey did not make the trip out to Lakeland to face Prince Fielder and the Detriot Tigers, but, instead stayed behind and tossed five scoreless frames in a Mets minor league intra-squad game. Harvey threw 58 of his 75 pitches for strikes and according to David Lennon of Newsday, the youngster “looked sharp with all of his pitches...
Photo by Michael BaronThe Mets made their first round of cuts today, in all 12 players were sent to minor league camp. Of those 12 players, 9 players were on the 40 man roster which means they can not be used in major league spring training games. Only Val Pascucci, Matt Den Dekker and Matt Harvey are eligible to be used in spring training games because they're not on the roster...
Photo by Michael BaronAs expected Dan Murphy has put u solid numbers in spring training, in 9 games, 22 at-bats he's hitting .273 with a .333 OBP, .273 Slugging pct. and a .605 OPS.For those defending using Murphy as the starting 2B they general draw their comparison to Jeff Kent. Like Murphy, Kent was in the line-up for his bat and his glove was often described as robotic...
While reading Tyler’s post this morning on what if anything the Mets should do with Mike Pelfrey moving forward, I couldn’t resist the temptation of comparing him to the National’s John Lannan who is apparently available according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, yet too rich for the Mets taste which is rather unfortunate.
Red Sox, Tigers, Astros among teams watching Lannan...
PORT ST. LUCIE - Carlos Beltran's trade to the Giants last year signaled the beginning of the Mets' rebuilding effort that was only accelerated when Jose Reyes left for the Marlins without a contract offer from his old team.
Despite the dire outlook for his former team, Beltran, who ultimately signed with the Cardinals, understands the strategy.
"Every team has a different...
The Mets doctors said Johan Santana would miss a start or two. That was a year ago. He’s still working his way back. The Mets doctors said Jose Reyes would miss a weekend series in 2009, he missed three months. The Mets doctors said Carlos Beltran would miss a game in 2009; it took him two years to come back. The other day someone asked me for money for Doctors Without...
The New York Mets selected outfielder Cory Vaughn in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of the San Diego State University. Athletically gifted and possessing a lot of tools, his numbers last year belie his overall talent.