Archive for February, 2010

Mets Like Beimel, Calero, But Not the Price Tag

According to various reports, the Mets are interested in LOOGY Joe Beimel, but not for the $2M he wants. Further, the team is also looking into Kiko Calero, but he prefers an MLB contract rather than the minor league deal the Mets want to offer. Without question, Beimel is the best lefthanded specialist available on […]

2010 Spring Training
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Slow Start for Kelvim Escobar

In a shocking turn of events, Mets reliever Kelvim Escobar has suffered a setback in his recovery from shoulder problems — to the point where he is expected to begin the season on the disabled list. It is stunning news, considering that Escobar proved he was completely capable of picking up, gripping, and softly tossing […]

2010 Spring Training

Video from PSL Training Room

MetsBlog isn’t the only website with video coverage of Mets spring training … we have some of our own available below, which is purportedly recorded from the trainer’s room at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. I say “purportedly” because the person with the camera isn’t exactly an expert on baseball, nor even a Mets […]

2010 Spring Training

Is That a Balk?

Check out the video of Japanese hurler Ryota Igarashi posted by Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog: OK, watch it again. One more time, please. Is it me, or is “Gimme Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd running through Igarashi’s head when he comes to the set from the stretch position? All that footwork ain’t gonna fly come […]

2010 Spring Training

What, Me Worry?

For most of the winter, I’ve been whining, opining, and complaining about the Mets’ inability to address the concerns of their ballclub. However, now that pitchers and catchers have reported, hope springs eternal, and all of my worries have subsided. After all, we keep hearing wonderful, reassuring quotes from everyone in Port St. Lucie. For […]

2010 Spring Training

Committing Blasphemy

This is a groundbreaking moment in the history of MetsToday.com — we are committing outright blasphemy. Because today, we take the words of the great Sandy Koufax to task. In a quote from the NY Post, Koufax had this to say in regard to Oliver Perez: “People pay too much attention to delivery,” Koufax said. […]

2010 Spring Training

David Wright Batting Leadoff

According to zen master Jerry Manuel, Jose Reyes will be the Mets’ #3 hitter — as long as Carlos Beltran is on the DL. I don’t even want to go into the stupidity of Reyes in the 3-hole, nor the illogical thinking that went into the cause-and-effect relationship of Beltran’s unavailability compared to Reyes’ spot […]

2010 Spring Training

Torture Times Thirteen

A few days ago, Fred Wilpon described this past offseason as: “Torture,” Wilpon said. “Very, very difficult.” I’m so glad that a Dodgers fan had similar feelings to mine during these past few months, even if were for different reasons. The Dodgers, of course, suffered a heartbreaking exit from the postseason last October. To get […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Sign Rod Barajas

Yes, the Mets have signed another catcher. And this one is the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. Rod Barajas is an average to slightly above-average defender and a terrible offensive player with one tool: the ability to hit the ball over fences. Don’t get too excited, though, as it’s not as […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Add Another Catcher

According to PlanetHardball, the Mets have added yet another catcher to the spring training mix — and it’s NOT Rod Barajas (not yet anyway). Rather, they’ve brought in German-born backstop Kai Gronauer. The 23-year-old receiver was invited to spring training, but will most likely end up back in the minors before long. He spent last […]

09-10 Offseason

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. […]

2010 Spring Training

Jose Reyes is Happy and Healthy

For the past few weeks, it seems that every Mets media outlet is covering something “new” about Jose Reyes every single day — so I didn’t want to be left out. The conspiracy theorist inside me thinks that the Mets’ internal spin doctors have launched some kind of Jose Reyes campaign in an effort to […]

09-10 Offseason

Yuniesky Maya in Camp

My apologies for being negative recently … er, for most of the winter. But the New York Mets have made it very difficult to extract silver linings from the black clouds surrounding the club. It’s simply impossible to get excited about a club that is counting on four starting pitchers returning from major surgeries, has […]

09-10 Offseason

Henry Blanco is a Backup

According to Mets GM Omar Minaya, Henry Blanco is a backup catcher. And you thought Minaya didn’t know things. Unfortunately, Minaya also announced that the Mets’ starting catching position would be a competition between Omir Santos and Josh Thole, both of whom are also backup catchers. So maybe Omar only knows some things. If this […]

09-10 Offseason
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Endy, Wang Sign Elsewhere

Sorry Mets fans — Endy Chavez will not be returning to the Mets anytime soon. Chavez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. It’s just as well, since the Mets already have enough slap-hitting defensive specialists in the outfield. It would have been really awkward if Endy didn’t show enough in the […]

09-10 Offseason