Archive: August 14th, 2009

The REAL Bobby Parnell

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No, there is no such Twitter account as bobbyparnell_thereal (yet).

It turns out that MLB Networks used a photo of someone else to promote Bobby Parnell’s start tonight … and the person who caught the error was none other than Bobby’s grandma, Patricia Schwan.

Further, Mrs. Schwan sent this photo of her and Bobby to the network — perhaps so they’d know what he looks like for the next time. And, at 6:35 PM tonight, she will join MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Dave Valle & Clint Hurdle live on MLB Tonight to apologize, show her the new photo of Parnell and to talk about her grandson.

One can only hope that Jerry Manuel knows what Bobby Parnell looks like. It would be quite a disaster if, say, he told bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello to take the mound.

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Update On Mets Prospects

For everyone looking forward to 2010 and beyond (and I do assume, that’s “everyone”), John Sickels has posted an update to his New York Mets prospect list.

I encourage you to take a gander and then come back to suggest the lineups we may see in the near future. Sure, it may be unrealistic to conjure the future based on the stat lines next to various 18-year-old phenoms, but it’s a heckuva lot more fun than watching the current “product on the field”.

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Ricco On the Rise – and Recommended Francoeur Deal

According to Adam Rubin, Mets insiders believe that John Ricco will eventually replace Omar Minaya as the Mets GM. Certainly, Ricco’s sudden plunge into the role of public speaker for the team is a supporting clue.

Also in Rubin’s report: Omar Minaya credits John Ricco for the Jeff Francoeur trade. (And here we thought it was Rubin who lobbied Minaya to acquire Francoeur … wait, I may be confusing something.)

This is an intriguing claim, considering that

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The Dan Murphy Myth

dan-murphyLast year, a determined and serious young man leapfrogged over AAA into the big leagues and became a fan favorite for his hustle, energy, and line-drive bat. Perhaps most importantly, Danny Murphy was “home-grown” — a ballplayer drafted by the Mets and developed in their farm system. There is something particularly endearing about a player who starts at the bottom, works his way up, and earns himself a spot with the hometown team.

And it doesn’t hurt to arrive in the midst of a hitting streak.

Think back to this time last summer, when Danny was giving it his all to learn left field “on the job”. He had his troubles, for sure — who wouldn’t? — but his tenacity was up to the task. He came to the park early to learn the nuances of fly ball catching, hitting cutoff men, and reacting to balls bouncing off the wall. We all watched young Danny transform himself from a minor league third baseman into a Major League outfielder over the course of 7 weeks. Some of his improvements were subtle, but they were expertly observed by

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