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February 28, 2009

Team USA WBC Breaking News

by @ 1:25 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The United States entry into the 2009 World Baseball Classic has lost and added an outfielder in the past 24 hours. A day after the club added Philadelphia Phillies CF Shane Victorino to replace injured Cleveland Indians star Grady Sizemore, Colorado Rockies OF Brad Hawpe withdrew due to a fluke injury. The power hitting OF was suffered an arm injury when he caught a cleat spike . This news leaves Davey Johnson’s Team USA with an OF of LF Ryan Braun, CF Victorino and Curtis Granderson in RF.No word yet on a potential roster replacement but I hear Barry Bonds is available. MAKE THE CALL!!!!

February 27, 2009

WBC Breaking News

by @ 9:56 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Team USA suffered a major loss today when Cleveland Indians star Centerfielder Grady Sizemore withdrew from the 2009 World Baseball Classic with a groin injury. This a major blow to the title hopes of the Red, White and Blue as Sizemore is considered by many as the top leadoff man in the game. The current roster features on 4 OFs but can easily insert Detroit Tigers CF Curtis Granderson, who is also an outstanding player. That would leave Milwaukee Brewers LF Ryan Braun and RF Brad Hawpe from the Colorado Rockies as the other 2 OFs on the Davey Johnson’s roster. However, Cleveland Indians super sub Mark DeRosa can play any position and had numerous innings in the OF during his stay with the Chicago Cubs. Still, this is a HUGE blow to Team USA.

February 25, 2009

Team USA WBC Roster

by @ 10:18 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The roster for the United States entry into the 2009 World Baseball Classic was announced Tuesday and features 27 major leaguers.(Out of a maximum allowable number 28) The roster features 2 catchers, 7 listed infielders and 4 outfielders. Manager Davey Johnson’s pitching staff features only 4 starters but 10 relievers, including 4 lefties. This could be vital in short tournament with pitchers on short leashes and pitch counts.

Starting Pitchers-

LH Ted LillyToronto Blue Jays

RH Jeremy Guthrie Baltimore Orioles

RH Roy OswaltHouston Astros

RH Jake PeavySan Diego Padres

 

Relief Pitchers-

RH Jonathan BroxtonLos Angeles Dodgers

LH Brian FuentesLos Angeles Angels

LH J.P. HowellTampa Bay Rays

RH Matt LindstromFlorida Marlins

RH Joe NathanMinnesota Twins

RH J.J. PutzNew York Mets

LH B.J. RyanToronto Blue Jays

RH Scott ShieldsLos Angeles Angels

LH Matt ThorntonChicago White Sox

RH Brad ZieglerOakland As

 

Catchers-

Chris IannettaColorado Rockies

Brian McCannAtlanta Braves

 

Infielders-

2b/3b Mark DeRosaCleveland Indians

SS Derek JeterNew York Yankees

3b Chipper JonesAtlanta Braves

2b Dustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox

SS Jimmy RollinsPhiladelphia Phillies

3b David WrightNew York Mets

1b/3b Kevin YoukilisBoston Red Sox

 

Outfielders-

Ryan BraunMilwaukee Brewers

Curtis GrandersonDetroit Tigers

Brad HawpeColorado Rockies

Grady SizemoreCleveland Indians

February 24, 2009

World Baseball Classic rosters announced tonight

by @ 1:05 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Team USA and the 15 other clubs most announce their final rosters of 28 tonight at 6 pm. Each team must have 13 pitchers and at least 2 catchers. Stand by for the players on Manager Davey Johnson’s roster later this evening.

February 23, 2009

Spring Training update

by @ 9:13 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The big news of the first 10 days of camp was announced Sunday by Mets Manager Jerry Manuel. Rookie Daniel Murphy, thought to be in the mix at 2b(with veteran Luis Castillo) or a possible platoon OF candidate, has won the starting leftfield job. Murphy has hit .313 over 13 major league at bats and Manuel wants his bat in the lineup full time. 

More News-

5th starter Tim Redding is about 2 weeks behind the other starting pitchers after experiencing pain in the back of his right (throwing)shoulder. Redding had minor surgery on his left foot this offseason and tried to rush back, causing the shoulder problem. He should be throwing off the mound by March. Veteran free agent signee Freddy Garcia and rookie Jon Niese are the other options at the 5 spot.

Manuel will platoon right handed bat Fernando Tatis and lefty Ryan Church in rightfield. 

Starting pitcher John Maine has started to throw his curveball again! After Dan Warthen took over as pitching coach when manager Willie Randolph was fired(with staff guru Rick Peterson), he worked with fellow starter Mike Pelfrey on throwing the curve. Maine’s work with Warthen was limited due to injury problems. Peterson did not allow either the thow the deuce but in a recent live batting practice session, Maine threw as many as 40 curves.

Pelfrey is one of several major league players to be involved in the Stanford Financial “Ponzi” scheme. Pelfrey is represented by super agent Scott Boras and many of his players made investments thru the company. Pelfrey stated “99%” of his money was tied up in the account(which have been frozen by the federal government) and he has set up a small outside bank account to pay his bills. Yankees outfielders Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady  have also been involved with Stanford.

February 15, 2009

Mets add another veteran pitcher

by @ 4:04 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets signed veteran righthanded starter Livian Hernandez to a minor league deal over the weekend and is not someone new to GM Omar Minaya. Minaya had Hernandez in Montreal/Washington from 2003 to August 2006 and sited the need for veteran insurance in a release. The younger brother of ex Met Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, boasts a 147-139 career won loss record with a 4.37 era. He is best known as an innings eater(200 + 8 seasons in a row), he posted a 13-11 record with a 6.05 era over 180 innings split between the Minnesota Twins and The Colorado Rockies. The Cuban born Hernandez also can contribute with the bat, with a career .233 average with 9 home runs and 75 rbi.

Mets Manager Jerry Manuel is considering moving superstar SS Jose Reyes down in the batting order and maybe moving 2b Luis Castillo to the leadoff slot.

February 11, 2009

Steroid stories

by @ 3:43 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Lots of noise and news this week and as a writer who covers MLB, I feel the need to share some thoughts….

1- When you look at how this whole issue has been mismanaged, overlooked,covered up,etc, you have to ask how the CEOs, Presidents,  Leaders ,etc of this sport,(Yes, you Bud Selig(Commishioner/MLB) and Donald Fehr(MLB Players Association)  still have jobs!

2- When you vote for the Hall of Fame over this time period, how do you decide who to vote for? How can u be sure so and so is clean….

3- You wonder why the players don’t trust the owners, take a look at the release of A Rod’s name after he took random survey sample test. How does this happen? Who allowed it to happen?

4- Hats off to the likes of Lance Berkman and Curt Schilling for speaking out and being honest and open

5- Shame on Union COO Gene Orza for his role in this A Rod mess. He appears to have attempted to cover for 1 star and it has blown up in his face. He should be on the unemployment line… NOW

6- Those other 103 names should be published IMMEDIATELY

7- However, any player named in that report should sue both MLB and the Players Association for millions

8- Does Jose Canseco still look the like boob he was made out to be by the paid off MLB media? Name me a player he has been wrong about…(Clue- U might be here a while!)

9- Knock, Knock, Hank Aaron and Roger Maris are knocking and want those records back!

10- About the only every day player I can be positively sure is roids free is one Ken Griffey Jr

11- Do you think A Rod misses Seattle?

12- Does anyone get great joy in the fact that 4 of the major roids names(Clemens,Pettitte,Giambi and A Rod) to surface are  stars on the …YANKEES!!!!?????

13- Steriods make great players greater but will not make you hit the ball if you cannot hit PRE roids. It helps you hit farther, longer. If this was not true, I would be the Left Fielder on the Mets!

14- Not enough pitchers being named in all this. Trust me, Clemens is not alone.((Although he makes a GREAT whiping boy!)

15- Can you trust what u see under the leadership of this sport?

16- The Whole ARod interview—Give him credit for admitting guilt but …. does he think fans are stupid? He signs a 250 million dollar plus deal and takes drugs without knowing what they are?! He then does not know if he failed a drug test? Mark my words, this season will be BRUTAL for him. He cares deeply about his image, this is not Barry Bonds, who enjoys being the bad guy. He wants to be liked and he looked awful on the ESPN interview. How will he hold up to ARoid, A Roid chants all season?

17- How sad is it that some of the biggest stars in this game have tainted both the record books and their own names?(Bonds, Rose, Clemens, A Rod,McGwire,etc)

18- Another name I believe is clean— Greg Maddux

19- I have been asked about 50k times who I thought leaked ARod’s name, I have a simple answer who in MLB would profit from his demise? More importantly, who would make money or enjoy watching him squirm?

20- I have a nominee for the new leader of MLB and it is someone the sport turned to in 1995 when the owners and players tried hard to ruin things… CAL RIPKEN JR

February 10, 2009

Santana likely out of the World Baseball Classic

by @ 1:11 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets Ace Lefty Johan Santana is more than likely out of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, according to various media outlets. Santana,who would pitch for his native Venezuela, is recovering from offseason knee surgery and is well behind his normal schedule to start the season.

February 4, 2009

Mets News- Perez signed!!!

by @ 3:16 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Site was down for about 5 days…. I AM BACK!!!

Big News of the week is the club has resigned free agent LH Oliver Perez(10-7,4.22 era). The deal is for 3 years and 36 million and now solidifies the Mets pitching staff. With the bullpen upgrades(JJ Putz trade, K Rod signing) as well as the strengthening of the overall rotation(added a top 5th starter in Tim Redding to the 4 returnees), this club appears to be set to start the season and have an excellent staff.

Very strong off-season for GM Omar Minaya!

News on other fronts…

Minaya claimed their will be no other big moves at the Perez’ press conference, So no Manny Ramirez or Adam Dunn. The 2 positions that could be upgraded are LF(current platoon of RH veteran Fernando Tatis and LH rookie Daniel Murphy) or 2b where fan whipping boy Luis Castillo(.245, 17 steals for 9 million a year!) resides. Any more signings would require someone take on Castillo’s 2 year/18 million dollar contract.

Lots of noise about a potential issue with the Mets new stadium, CitiField. As many are aware, Citigroup has a 20 year/$400 million dollar contract for the naming rights on the state of the art of facility. However, the company has faced severe financial problems and was part of the recent government bailout, receiving $45 billion dollars. Several reports had the company looking to back out of the stadium deal, however, Citi and the Mets denied the story and will honor the contract.

One small move that is hitting the rumor boards(NY Post as well) is a possible trade of back up catcher Ramon Castro to clear salary dollars(2.5 million dollar contract). The club is high on fellow C Robinson Cancel to relieve starter Brian Schneider.

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