Archive for February, 2008

Notes On Eddie Kunz

I’m not sure that Eddie Kunz is as ready for MLB as everyone would like, but he already has some “color”. See that photo to the left? That’s Eddie Kunz after finishing his warmup pitchers, right before taking the mound. He stood for about five or ten seconds, apparently in some kind of a zen […]

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Pictures of Johan

See 50 megs of photos of Johan Santana in his 2008 spring training debut with the Mets. Most were shot in “burst mode” (a very cool feature, btw), so you can see his motion in sequence.

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Johan’s Debut

You may have seen the game on SNY — or will watch the replay this evening, but I’ll give you my notes from the game as I saw from Tradition Field. Johan Santana Johan got knocked around, but there’s no reason to panic. His velocity was good, around 93-94 and maybe a few popping a […]

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Spring Training Photos

FYI, you can see Mets spring training photos here. Am heading out to Tradition Field now to get more photos and will be posting more pictures and captions later this afternoon … as well as notes regarding the game.

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Mets Fall to Cards

It just wasn’t fair … the clean, unadulterated Mets had no chance against the juiced-up Cardinals, who appeared to be sponsored by Deca-Durobolin. OK, OK … it’s not right to suspect the Cardinals of using PEDs. Albert Pujols, after all, wasn’t named in the Mitchell Report as had been erroneously reported before the masterpiece was […]

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Trouble Brewing in Jupiter

Word down here in Jupiter is that the Cardinals have released Scott Spiezio, based on his the outstanding warrant for his arrest in California. “We had heard some things about this,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “Ultimately nothing was ever confirmed to the level it was today. To have this warrant put out there, […]

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First News from Spring Training

There is one big surprise here on the southeast coast of Florida … It’s friggin’ cold! OK, I realize most of you are much colder than me … I hear it’s in the teens with snow in some places. Sorry ’bout that. But it isn’t exactly balmy down here … 46 degrees and windy as […]

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Port St. Lucie Bound

I’m on my way down to Port St. Lucie this afternoon to get an eyewitness report on the status of the New York Mets. While I’d love to say this is an “official” trip specifically for MetsToday, it’s really an early birthday gift from my wife. But, assuming Florida’s power grid turns back on and […]

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Much Ado About El Duque

With the arrival of Johan Santana, who would have believed there’d be so much concern and discussion surrounding Orlando Hernandez at the beginning of spring training? Only two weeks of workouts, and already pundits are clamoring for El Duque to move to the bullpen, citing his various physical woes. For example, from Marty Noble in […]

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The Next Mets Manager

One thing is for certain: Willie Randolph will not be manager of the Mets forever. Personally, I hope he sticks around long enough to win a ring. Despite the frequent lambasting of his mysterious managerial moves and the funny Photoshopping of his face that you see here from time to time, Willie is one of […]

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Out of Options

As mentioned earlier, Ruben Gotay is “out of options”. If we are to trust the list on MLBTradeRumors, there are a number of players who could be available at the end of spring training, and might fit into the Mets’ plans. Although the Mets’ roster — other than the 25th man — appears to be […]

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Gotay Could Be Gone

As has been pointed out by several MetsToday readers, Ruben Gotay is “out of options“, meaning that if he does not make the 25-man roster coming out of spring training, the Mets would have to place him on waivers — thus making him available to all other MLB teams — before sending him to the […]

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Bret Boone is Back

After muddling through the transactions over the past week, I couldn’t help but take note of Bret Boone’s return to the ballfield. Boone signed a minor league contract with the Nationals but only recently was promoted to the big league camp (he was participating in the minor league camp). According to the Washington Post, he’s […]

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Shannon Stewart Off the Market

The Blue Jays have signed veteran outfielder Shannon Stewart to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Remarkably, the Athletics will receive a supplemental pick at the end of the first round in the 2008 draft as compensation. Isn’t it time that MLB takes another look at the compensation structure? I realize […]

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Beltran Guilty of Plagiarism

According to Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Beltran has committed plagiarism. The evidence was published in an interview on MLB.com; following are the most important quotes. First, the lawbreaker’s comment… “To Jimmy Rollins: We are the team to beat,” Carlos Beltran said. Next, the response … “Two things come to mind,” Jimmy Rollins said. “One, there are […]

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