Kelvim Escobar Already Injured
I tried … I tried so gosh darn hard to be positive, to remain upbeat, being that today was the day that “pitchers and catchers report” to Port St. Lucie.
Yet, hours before the doors to Tradition Field were opened, it was reported that free-agent Kelvim Escobar was joining Carlos Beltran among the walking wounded.
Escobar — who was shut down after throwing 5 innings in June last year — “cannot grip a baseball“.
Hmm … that’s generally a prerequisite to throwing a baseball. Unless he can maybe flick it somehow? Is it within the rules to kick it, perhaps off a tee?
As mentioned in the comment string by “hotspur” on AmazinAvenue:
if he couldn’t grip a baseball today, how could he hold a pen to sign the contract last month?
A mystery indeed … only The Shadow knows …
On a positive note, David Wright whispered that he expects the Mets to go deep in the playoffs in 2010, and win a World Series. No response yet from Jimmy Rollins’ corner.
Personally, I’m setting my expectations for the Mets
a little much lower, with the hopes that they’ll happily surprise me. In fact, I’m simply hoping they can uniform 25 healthy players on Opening Day — everything else from there is gravy.
You would think that a guy that only threw 5 big league innings (and only 20 minor league innings) over the past TWO years would have to prove he can throw before signing a contract.
Or did he take the same physical that JJ Putz took.
The bottom line is that the Mets were well aware of Escobar’s pronounced injury history and fragility when they signed him, and are already looking incredibly inept for penciling him in as their #1 setup option, while bringing in next to nothing as far as depth is concerned. Sorry, but two Japanese pitchers and a one-dimensional Bobby Parnell don’t cut the mustard for me. With as many injury problems (putting it lightly) as the Mets have had over the last 2 years, you’d think they wouldn’t have put so much stock in a guy like Escobar who’s been one of the most fragile pitchers in all of baseball over the past handful of seasons.
At this point, what other derogatory label can you give the Mets that hasn’t already been said? The Wilpon-Omar-Jerry administration have no clue what it takes to run a successful baseball team, and until all 3 are removed the Mets are going to continue to flounder, making bad decisions and fielding subpar teams while using every excuse in the book to save their own hides. Hopefully an overhaul is coming sooner rather than later.
Mike – interesting thought re: Mejia — has that been stated publicly or are you making a guess? I hope that is not the case, because you make a great point with the rushing and Parnell.
So Jerry is publicly saying that he thinks Mejia is a good candidate for the 8th inning. Add that to the list of evidence that this was a plan all along. Another blog (I forget which) had comments that Mejia looked completely lost in the basic pitcher covering first drill, fielding bunts, and the act of bunting himself. That emphasis on defense and good fundamentals applies to most, except the golden armed hot shot prospect that could possibly save Jerry and Omar’s jobs. That’s how it is in Met-land
That’s a scary enough possibility to create a post … coming soon …
BTW I’m happy to link to MetsBlog — Matt Cerrone has always been very good to me and MetsToday and the very least I can do is provide link love (even if the traffic from here would hardly make a dent on MetsBlog’s numbers … but it’s the thought that counts!).