Archive: June 9th, 2010

Is SNY Taking Over NY Sports?

An interesting item from Michael Starr of The NY Post (via TheRoPolitans):

SNY, the Mets’ cable channel, is in talks with local stations about providing sports reports for their newscasts, The Post has learned.

The sports channel is talking to both Ch. 11 and Ch. 4 about eventually doing away with their own sportscasters and replacing them with SNY reporters, according to sources. [NY Post]

I find it interesting that in a time when traditional sports media outlets are being challenged by more outlets and more voices, they would react by outsourcing their sports reports to one entity. If fewer voices results in lower ratings, this won’t help.

But the economy is in the tank and that puts even more pressure on traditional media outlets to adapt. Right or wrong, this is an interesting way to approach the problem.

SNY President Steve Raab explains how the arrangement might work:

“We’d be creating their sports content,” Raab says of SNY’s role. “It’s not really why we went into this business, but we’ve invested in an area where others are pulling back — and we’re focused on nothing but the sports news and information that New York sports fans are focused on.” [NY Post]

UPDATE: Tonight’s game against the Padres is in doubt, due to the weather forecast. The Mets’ starting lineup (via NYMetsReport) is:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

David Wright, 3B

Rod Barajas, C

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Johan Santana, LP

I won’t be posting again tonight, so consider this post the Gameday Open Thread. If you find any sweet links or killer stories, post them in the comments section. You will get a virtual fistbump in tomorrow’s link post.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Tonight’s game has been canceled. It will be made up tomorrow, as part of a day/night doubleheader. Via MetsBlog:

The game will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader tomorrow, with Game 1 at 1:10 pm and Game 2 at 7:10 pm and tickets for tonight’s game can be used tomorrow night.

If you parked your car at Citi Field this afternoon, be sure to keep your ticket or receipt, as it will be honored tomorrow night and you will not have to pay twice.

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Johan Santana’s All-Star Bowling Classic

The Johan Santana Foundation will host the first Johan Santana All-Star Bowling Classic on June 21, 2010 at Lucky Strike in Manhattan. Proceeds will go to the foundation to help raise awareness and research of skin cancer.

Here’s the backstory, from the official press release:

In June 2007, Johan held the first Johan Santana Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a tribute to Lynne Greenberg, the wife of one of his agents, Ed Greenberg, who had passed away from melanoma at age 42. Lynne Greenberg was considered a part of Santana’s extended family and together with her husband had attended family events and celebrated Santana’s successes as a close friend.

“I want people to know how to protect themselves and their families,” stresses Santana. “Make sure to put on sunscreen before you go out and reapply it after you swim, after you sweat, or even if you’re just hanging out. More than 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by too much sun.”

In addition to his foundation, in 2007, Santana became a spokesman for the Play Sun Smart™ program, a public service partnership that teams the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) with Major League Baseball (MLB), and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to educate players, teams, staff, and fans about the importance of skin cancer prevention and detection.

Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than 21,572 players, trainers, coaches, and staff members have been screened for skin cancer, and more than 600 suspicious lesions have been detected including 70 suspected melanomas.

For more information on how to be a part of the event, click here.

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Mid-Week Morning Mets Links

The Mets Police – Orel Hershiser claims Doc Gooden was tipping his pitches in the 1988 NLCS. And the Dodgers couldn’t do much about it, apparently.

Mack’s Mets – Mack gives the Mets an “F” for their fourth round draft pick – San Diego State OF Cory (son of Greg) Vaughn.

Mankato Free Press – A short profile on Mets 12th-round pick – Minnesota State RHP Bret Mitchell. Mitchell set the school’s strikeout record this season (108 in 94 innings), while compiling a 10-4 record with a 4.31 ERA. According to MSU coach Matt Magers, Mitchell’s curve is his strikeout pitch and he will have to develop a changeup and slider.

Baseball Digest – Robert M. Pimpsner points out that the Mets were focused on drafting college players this year. Out of their first 30 selections, the Mets drafted 27 college players, including 17 college pitchers.

And here is video of the aforementioned Cory Vaughn, via YouTube user farmsystem:

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Mets Game 58: Win Over Padres

Mets 2 Padres 1

Nine is fine.

For the second time this season, the Mets won their ninth game in a row at home. Clearly, they are more comfortable playing at The Field at Shea Bridge than anywhere else.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey stepped up and pitched nine full innings — that’s a complete game if there aren’t extra innings — and allowed one measly run on five hits and no walks, striking out six. Granted, it’s the Padres — one of the weakest offensive teams in baseball. But it’s still an MLB club, and Big Pelf was magnificent. He is finally becoming the ace-like stud we envisioned ever since he was drafted in the first round of 2005.

As if from a storybook written for Mets fans who love homegrown talent, Pelfrey’s outstanding moundwork was suppored by the firepower of fellow farmhands Ike Davis and Jose Reyes — each of whom hit a solo homer to provide all the Mets’ runs in the contest. Reyes’ shot tied the game one-all in the seventh, and Ike’s blast in the eleventh frame was his first career walkoff homer.

By facing — and striking out — one batter in the top of the 11th, Elmer Dessens earned his first MLB win since August 26, 2007.

Seems like every day we mention Angel Pagan. He had another two hits in this game and another stolen base (his 11th).

David Wright also had two hits, including a double. Did you know that Wright is 15-for-29 (.517) over his last eight games? That’s not just hot, that’s Francoeur-hot.

Speaking of, Jeff Francoeur had only one hit, but it extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Mets (0-8) and Padres (0-9) combined to go 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Padres do it again at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Johan Santana faces Mat Latos.

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