Archive for February, 2011

Another Lawsuit for Mets

As if the Mets needed another lawsuit, it appears that the lawyer for a kosher hot dog vendor is suing the Mets for banning the sale of franks on Friday nights. Oy vey! I’m not sure why the Mets would prevent a concessionaire from selling, particularly in this case, where a glatt kosher company — […]

2011 Spring Training

Ian Desmond’s Errors No Big Deal

Since the Mets are playing the Nats today, I thought this article was appropriate: Dan Daly of the Washington Post did a boxscore-by-boxscore study of shortstop Ian Desmond’s errors, and found that they weren’t really that big of a deal. Desmond has received a lot of flak for making 34 errors, but Daly discovered they […]

2011 Spring Training

Ollie: A Year Ago

Oliver Perez’s spring training debut was far from inspiring. According to reports, he never broke 84 MPH, his command was terrible, and he allowed four earned runs in two innings of work. I had the game on the radio while in the car with my wife and when Ollie’s name was mentioned, Amy said, “why […]

2011 Spring Training

Bryce To Bat For Nats

According to Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, phenom Bryce Harper will bat in this afternoon’s exhibition game against the Mets. This is exciting, considering that Harper is the most-hyped teenage hitter since maybe Alex Rodriguez. All reports suggest that the kid has no chance of making the Nats’ opening day roster, but hey, you never know. […]

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Mets ST Game 1 vs. Braves: Quick Notes

Many of you may have seen the Mets first televised spring training game of 2011, played against the Braves on Saturday afternoon. These games don’t count for much, so I won’t go into detail about what happened, but there are things we can take away from them; here are notes regarding selected players. Jenrry Mejia […]

2011 Spring Training

Mets Borrowed 25 Million from MLB

Honestly, I thought we could go a week without another off-field bombshell … but unfortunately, the latest news that the New York Mets borrowed money from the MLB coffers as recently as December cannot be ignored. Major League Baseball provided $25 million to the owners of the Mets as they struggled to deal with a […]

2011 Spring Training

Offseason Changes: Phillies

In: Cliff Lee Out: Jayson Werth, Jamie Moyer, Greg Dobbs, Mike Sweeney, Chad Durbin The biggest news of the offseason in Philly, of course, was the acquisition of Cliff Lee and the departure of Jayson Werth. Not much else changed about the Philadelphia roster, and that could be considered a good thing or a bad […]

2011 Spring Training

11 People Who Won’t Own the Mets

With the Wilpons in hot water over this Ponzi scheme litigation, and looking to sell off a “portion” of the team, several suitors have either come forward or been suggested as possible future owners of the Mets. Let’s take a quick look at some people who won’t be buying in. 1. Mike Bloomberg Being owner […]

2011 Spring Training

Offseason Changes: Nationals

Following with our brief series on offseason changes around the NL East, today we look at the Nationals. In: Jayson Werth, Tom Gorzelanny, Adam LaRoche, Henry Rodriguez, Rick Ankiel, Chad Gaudin, Chien-Ming Wang, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Todd Coffey, Matt Stairs, Alex Cora, Cla Meredith, Corey Brown Out: Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Justin Maxwell, Wil Nieves, […]

2011 Spring Training

Durbin, Bonderman, Millwood Still Available

While researching something else, I noticed that veteran righthanders Chad Durbin, Jeremy Bonderman, and Kevin Millwood are still on the free agent market. The 33-year-old Durbin has been

2011 Spring Training

Might Emaus

No, I didn’t forget to finish the headline … though, it could’ve gone “Might Emaus Win the 2B Job?”. Instead, I’m going to tab rookie Brad Emaus with a nickname, right here, and right now: “Might Emaus” … as in, “Mighty Mouse”. Baseball needs more nicknames these days, and the moniker fits. After all, Emaus […]

2011 Spring Training

Sterling Filtered Madoff Funding

NOTE: pass on this article if you are tired of all the Madoff talk; we’ll return to baseball stories soon. Yes, I’d really like to focus on the baseball stuff right now, being that the players are out on the field and running around in the sunshine of Florida. Unfortunately, I for one cannot stick […]

2011 Spring Training

Offseason Changes: Marlins

In: Omar Infante, John Buck, Javier Vazquez, Edward Mujica, Ryan Webb, Michael Dunn, Dustin Richardson, Shawn Hill, Greg Dobbs, Joe Thurston, Ruben Gotay Out: Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin, Ronny Paulino, Andrew Miller, Will Ohman, Chad Tracy, Jorge Sosa The Fish made two big trades in the offseason, sending slugger Dan Uggla to Atlanta and enigma […]

2011 Spring Training

Is Terry Collins Detached from Reality, or Playing Head Games?

I realize that Terry Collins hasn’t been in a big-league dugout as an MLB skipper in over a decade, and many things have changed in the game over that time. For example, the scorecards look different now, and people track a few more statistics since the 20th century. The players don’t wear stirrups anymore, and […]

2011 Spring Training

New Meaning for Teufel Shuffle

With all the boys in camp, it would be nice if we could talk about baseball. But all they’re doing right now is taking physicals, stretching, practicing pickoff plays, and doing long-tossing … not much excitement yet. So the biggest news out of Port St. Lucie leans toward non-baseball activities. For example, the Bernie Madoff […]

2011 Spring Training