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Oh, did I misspell “Mets” in the headline? Sorry, I get the words confused when discussing the baseball club in Flushing.

As if the last ten games of the season aren’t dragging enough …

According to Mack’s Mets, Tobi Stoner has ticked off his teammates, who are offended by his “cocky attitude” and inability to adhere to unwritten rules that apply to MLB rookies — to the point where Francisco Rodriguez (who is not cocky?) instructed Stoner to perform an impossible act on himself. Hmm … is Stoner really “cocky”, or simply “German“?.

Mack suggests that Stoner’s failure to make nice with his teammates is the reason he hasn’t seen much time on the mound lately. Maybe, though his mediocre stuff and two homers allowed in nine innings aren’t helping, either.

In other news involving Mets rookies, Fernando Martinez was mugged in an amusement park in the Dominican Republic. According to the Latino newspaper Diario Libre via Adam Rubin:

His wallet reportedly was stolen “with US$2,000, four credit cards from American banks and some important documents like his Dominican ID. It was stolen while he was in a party with some relatives in an amusement center near his native town, Rio San Juan, in the north of the Dominican Republic. The name of the place where the incident took place is Drink Together, on the road Rio San Juan-Cabrera. He called to the program La Opcion de la Manana 93.3 FM (The Option of the Morning) to confirm the fact and he promised a reward to whomever gets him the documents.”

The credit cards can be canceled, and the Dominican ID shouldn’t be too difficult to replace (and he can probably get one that makes him 16 again), but let’s hope he didn’t lose his passport or work visa — otherwise he may not get them back in time for spring training.

(Hat tip to loyal MetsToday reader “Walnutz” for these links)

How low have the Mets sunk? Someone is trying to make his feet more popular than the Mets. He may be succeeding.

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  1. gary s. September 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    they would have stolen his talent too, if he had any.please move this guy in the offseason.he is an accident waiting to happen..when the so called “#1 prospect” in the entire organization is always injured it’s time for a trade.i find martinez just like the parent team..DEPRESSING!!!!
  2. isuzudude September 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    look out gary, the sky is falling!
  3. gary s. September 25, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    dude, it fell this season a long time ago..i’ll win megabucks before this guy plays a full season in any baseball league..u really think he has a future!!i’ll buy u a nice steak dinner in 5 years if he’s still in baseball.does alex escobar ring a bell???
  4. isuzudude September 26, 2009 at 10:06 am
    does jose reyes ring a bell? remember, reyes was also extremely injury prone in his younger days, but i’d say, with the exception of this year, reyes has blossomed into meeting the Mets expectations while staying healthy as well. just because the Mets had an Alex Escobar in their past doesn’t mean every OF prospect from then on will turn into a injury prone bust.
  5. joejanish September 26, 2009 at 10:17 am
    I’m willing to give F-Mart a few years to establish himself — in the minors. In other words, not ready to write him off.

    Reyes is a good comparison re: injury history but that’s about it. When Jose was 19 he was already showing plus-plus MLB skills — anyone could see he would be a star.

    F-Mart, in comparison, has yet to show one plus tool. He’s still young, but just sayin’ that Reyes was much further along at the same age (less projection / guesswork).

  6. 2009 Analysis: Tobi Stoner : Mets Today October 25, 2009 at 7:19 am
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