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The readership of this site seems to skew toward a younger demographic. Every now and then, a history lesson is in order. Now is one of those times. There was a time when highly-touted rookies could make a team right out of Spring Training. Heck, there were a couple of notable players from the 1960s & ‘70s – Dave Winfield and Catfish Hunter — who became Hall-of-Famers despite never having played even a single minor league game! This was a time before free agency – that didn’t arrive until after the 1975 season. It was also a time before salary arbitration – not minted until 1973. From the late 1800s until 1973, the legendary “Reserve Clause” ruled. Veteran and rookie alike were subject to the whim of the owner, who could extend a contract yearly and unilaterally until the player proved no longer useful. There was no CBA – there was barely a players’ union in anything but name until the mid-‘50s. So when we hear about things like “arbitration clocks” and “service tim
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Jordany Valdespin was far from guaranteed a spot on the New York Mets opening day roster, but with his strong Spring campaign continuing through this past weekend, the 25-year-old may very well be on his way to earning just that. Yesterday the Mets and St. Louis Cardinals were scoreless until the eighth inning, when Valdespin’s single off Edward Mujica plated Travis d’Arnaud...
It’s not often that a Yankee will have much praise for a Met and vice versa. Then again, it’s pretty rare to see a Yankee managing legend coaching a current Mets superstar.
That’s exactly what we are getting with this year’s World Baseball Classic with Joe Torre managing Mets third baseman David Wright for team USA. Wright’s presence in the American clubhouse has been...
The Mets had an absolute field-day this afternoon with an 11-0 romp over against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.
Jonathon Niese got the start against Detroit and continues to roll, tossing four and two thirds innings of scoreless ball and allowing just one hit while walking four. Niese has yet to allow a run this Spring. It won’t be long until he ‘s officially tapped as...
Mets pitching prospect Michael Fulmer tore the meniscus in his right knee and is on his way to New York where they will perform surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage.
Hat tip to Mack’s Mets.
No word yet as to the cause of the injury, but we’re now tracking down the information and will update this post once we learn more.
Fulmer was participating in STEP camp in Port St...
The team does not have an elite (or even a good) base stealer (David Wright? Maybe…) without him. Jordany Valdespin is a threat to swipe a bag and actually seems to have improved his instincts a little so he’s not 100% ability when running.
Fielding is a thing you might want. Let us pretend that Lucas Duda was hitting (Is this late 2011?) now… are the runs he’d bat...
Last year the Mets had a nice big celebration for the 50th anniversary of the franchise. This included not one, but two All-Time Team “lists” being generated. The first being the 50 Greatest Mets in Team History, and the second was an All-Time Team, selected from various candidates by a panel of Met experts (writers, broadcasters, etc).
The last time, and the first time really...
NEW YORK METS INDIVIDUAL PITCHING
PLAYER W L S ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER
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A Laffey 0 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0 5.2 7 0 0
B Parnell 0 0 1 0.00 6 0 0 0 6.0 4 1 0
L Hawkins 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0
J Niese 1...
VALDESPIN: Decked by Verlander (AP)
Jordany Valdespin is not an easy person to like, and especially hard to cheer for. Ask a question and he’ll often mumble an indifferent and inaudible answer.
He exudes confidence on the field, but crosses the line with a brash attitude, tendency to showboat and not always hustle. Off the field he wears a bright red baseball cap reading “JV...
Happy Birthday Johan Santana!!!
Any chance you’ll be coming back any time soon to pitch for the Mets? They have you penciled in for Opening Day, but Manager Terry Collins appears to be closer and closer every day to using his eraser.
So, what did you do on your birthday, Johan? Pitch in a spring training game? Maybe get some side work in? Run in the outfield with some of...
Jonathon Niese knows he may get the ball on opening day if Johan Santana begins the season on the disabled list.
The young left-hander is not taking anything for granted, though.
Niese pitched one-hit ball for 4 2-3 innings, and the New York Mets roughed up Justin Verlander in an 11-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
Starting the opener at home on April 1 against the...
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W: J. Niese (1-0) L: J. Verlander (1-1)
HR: NYM - J. Valdespin (3),B. Hicks (2),B. Bixler (2) DET - None
Jon Niese pitched a one-hit shutout over 4 2/3 innings, as the New York Mets shut down the Detroit Tigers, 11-0, in spring training action.
Ike Davis and Matthew den Dekker each had two RBI...
Apparently, Jordany Valdespin was not wearing a cup when Justin Verlander hit him. The Detroit Tigers' pitcher lost control of one of his pitches and it sailed inside to Valdespin. Verlander says he instantly knew where it was going to get Valdespin. Valdespin had not chance and was hit in the groin.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Valdespin's injury...
Wright has been absolutely smashing the ball over at the World Baseball Classic, and he really has been “the guy” for USA Baseball. Wright has simply shown that he cares more than anyone else on his team about winning for his country, and I think that is great. Although Wright’s teams haven’t really won anything, outside of the 2006 team, Wright is a “winner” and truly...
2013 TOPPS HERITAGE NL PITCHING LEADERS
I wasn’t planning to write about the 2013 Topps Heritage set quite yet.
I only bought one pack of the stuff on a trip to Target to pick up a roll of packing tape, so I didn’t feel qualified to expound in detail on how it does/doesn’t modernize the spirit of the 1964 issue. There’s a full box in my near future, which will give me the...
It was a little over a week ago when the Mets pointed to March 14 as the target date for getting Johan Santana in an exhibition game. Doing so would have given him three, maybe four starts to be ready for Opening Day.
It won’t happen.
Outside of that ill-advised mound session, we haven’t seen, or heard, much from the testy lefty this spring. Today, he sniped at reporters who...