From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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Mark down March 19,2012 on your calendar if you are a fan of the New York Mets. The franchise and its leadership scored their first major victory since 2006 today. Owner Fred Wilpon and his family reached a financial settlement with the trustee in the Bernard Madoff ponzi sheme case and all indicators mark this as positive for the franchise heading forward. I am not a financial reporter but let me explain the base facts here. Mr. Wilpon and his partners were being sued by a group of investors Madoff defrauded and these victims claimed the Wilpon group knew about the scheme. They were looking to collect $386 million in court case that was due to start this week, the original lawsuit asked for $1 billion. After todays settlement, the most the Mets ownership will have to pay is $162 Million and they do not have to start payments until 2016 or 2017. Later this evening, the Mets announced they completed the sale of 12 minority ownership shares for $20 million apiece with the cash going to offset debts occurred during this trying financial situation. All reports have the Wilpon’s being in strong position moving forward due to the fact that they signed off on the settlement and would not do so if they believed it would jeopardize their ownership of the Mets. Lets hope this is the last time I am talking about this!!!! Or anything not on field related!!!!
Johan Progressing- The Mets ace lefty continues to build arm strength and build towards being on the mound in April after missing all of 2011 after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder late in 2010. He was hit hard in his 3rd start(4 hits, 5 runs(4 earned) in 2 and 2/3 innings vs. the Detroit Tigers) but has otherwise looked solid and is a good bet to be on the mound on Opening day. Santana threw 65 pitches(44 for strikes) and touched 92 on the gun.
Mash Unit- The Mets have two important players who are currently battling injury- Franchise face and 3B David Wright(Left Abdominal tear) and Lefty relief specialist Tim Byrdak(Torn meniscus in left knee) are questionable for opening day. Byrdak underwent surgery on March 13 but is now walking normally and is pushing to make the season opening roster. That type of injury usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Wright hit off a tee and swung at soft toss March 18th. #5 also believes he will be ready for the Opening Day April 5th but is being careful with an injury that can reoccur if you are not careful with it.
Rotation Roundup: RHSP Mike Pelfrey has been hit hard in the spring(0-2,14.90 ERA in 9 and 2/3 innings), allowing 20 hits and 16 runs in less than 10 innings. The ground ball machine has allowed an amazing 4 homer runs. His 3rd start vs the Houston Astros was particularily painful to watch as he gave up 8 hits and runs in 2 and 2/3 innings. LHSP Jon Niese ,however,has been impressive and seems poised for a big year. He is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 3 starts(10 and a third innings) and has K-ed 9 while walking 1.
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