Where Is Jeff Conine?
Photo by Larry Hodges
With Moises Alou out, Carlos Delgado ailing, Ryan Church struggling against lefties, and Olmedo Saenz resembling Horatio Sanz, the Mets are in obvious need of a veteran righthanded hitter with some pop who can a) play first base and the outfield; b) be effective as a pinch-hitter; c) perform decently as a platoon guy in LF / RF; and d) be OK with things if he’s not playing every day.
Sounds like a perfect role for Jeff Conine, who quietly retired at the end of the 2007 season.
Too bad, huh? He may not have been a world-beater, but he’d certainly be a welcome stopgap right now.
BTW, I have no idea if he’s officially moved on to the professional ping-pong circuit, but if anyone has the scoop, please comment below.