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Updated: 2015-09-17T01:25:17.596-04:00







The Mets play the Florida Marlins tonight at 7:30pm.

Cameron and Benson Injured, Written by Asher Smith


(note: this is a RTK story, not a RTKB post, for more information check out our main site had been a relatively problem-free Spring Training got a cruel jolt on Friday, two days before the Mets break camp and head over to Washington and then Cincinnati.The status of Kris Benson and Mike Cameron, two keys to the "New Mets," has been thrown into question after

Mets finalize Roster


After an 11-9 loss to the Marlins, the Mets made their final cuts of the spring. Among these cuts were Matt Ginter, who had very impressive springs. After being cut, Ginter was traded to the Detroit Tigers for LHP Steve Colyer. Colyer, 26 is a hard throwing relief pitcher who has been quoted by manager Alan Trammel as "inconsistant". In 2004, Colyer appeared in 41 games and had a 6.47 ERA, and

Matthews Makes the Cut


The Mets announced via Omar Minaya on the FAN and a press release on their website that Mike Matthews and Chris Woodward will make the trip north with the rest of the team.In addition, the Mets today released outfielder Kerry Robinson, optioned outfielder Victor Diaz and righthanded pitcher Aaron Heilman to Norfolk (AAA) of the International League, re-assigned outfielder Gerald Williams and

Bell To Norfolk? Insane!


Newday reports in "tomorrow's" (well, today for you, tomorrow for me - it's not Thursday yet!) edition of their paper that relief pitcher Heath Bell could very well start the season in AAA Norfolk.Bell is one of a handful of relief pitchers who are still fighting to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, turning these last few games into a baseball reality series, like The Apprentice With Willie (

Pedro: Release Me From My Cage!


The cage of Spring Training, that is. Martinez tells the Daily News that he's ready for Opening Day."After the third inning, I felt more normal than I did in the first two innings. I was trying to be cautious the first two innings. In the third inning, after that, I started letting go," Martinez said to the paper after pitching in a Minor League game yesterday. "I'm right where I want to be. I

Tom Singer, You're My Hero!


As pointed out by Matt over at MetsBlog, Tom Singer (from had a great line in his article promoting Mr. Met's tour of Manhattan via parade later today...This is not the only parade the Mets plan to hold in 2005. But six months' work remains before they can retrace Mr. Met's route under a blizzard of confetti. Like I said... he's my hero. Let's see it happen, team!More links to come in a

When Will Stinnett Report?


The question that has been asked by a lot of Mets fans: When is Stinnett reporting to the Mets? Well, an answer is here. According to ESPN's boxscore, Stinnett went 0-2 with a strikeout. Good thing we're not relying on him too much, eh? (Kidding! I know, I know, it's just Spring. I'm just giving the guy a hard time...)

Andres Galaragga Retires


The Big Cat announced his retirement early in the day... here's an incredibly awesome story from one of's readers:When I was growing up in the 80's, my grandfather, a huge baseball (and Mets) fan, used to go down to Florida every winter. When he was in Florida, he and my grandmother would drive from spring training camp to spring training campand would meet lots of players and send

Batting Eighth For Your 2005 New York Mets... DAVID WRIGHT?!


Newsday's David Lennon writes that Willie Randolph has pretty much decided to bat Wright in the 8th slot to start the season. Wright batted 8th in yesterday's game, and Randolph pretty much said that the lineup he used for that game is his Opening Day lineup.Randolph suggested that Wright could bat anywhere from second to eighth in the lineup, but the manager was noncommittal when asked about his

Update On Game - Rain Delay


"The story here is we've had two massive rain showers, a lot of water, it's still pouring. The dugout is flooded up to the bench (literally... they showed a picture of it). It's been raining since 1:00 and it really hasn't stopped." - reporter on FOX Sports South.UPDATE (3:28PM, March 26, 2005): Atlanta Braves radio reports that the game will be called in about 10 minutes. "The field is

Pedro: My Back Is Not An Issue


Even though Pedro wasn't able to pitch last night due to a stiff lower back, he told the Times that it's not an issue. X-rays were negative, and both the team and Martinez contend that he will pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday for a final time this Spring, and then be ready for Opening Day.I'm just doing what anybody would do in spring training, play it safe," Martínez said. "I'll work on it and will

Cameron Makes ST Debut


(Matt Grossman/RTK Photo) In his first game of the Spring, Mike Cameron also debuted in his new position - right field - on Thursday. Cammy went 1-3 and dropped a ball.A two-time Gold Glove winner, the 32-year-old Cameron didn't get his first chance in right until the fifth inning when he casually caught on the run a flyball slicing down the foul line.On Tony Giarratano's fly in the sixth,

Spring Training news, notes


An interesting note from the St. Petersburg Times:Devil Rays left-handed reliever Trever Miller could be trade bait.Miller would be a terrific addition and would immediately take over as the primary left-handed set up man.On to the games:Today the Mets defeated the Braves in 10 innings. Tom Glavine pitched poorly, but Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd, and Ramon Castro were all impressive. Floyd

Ishii trade finalized


The big news of the day is that the Kaz Ishii deal has finally been finalized.I like this deal. While Ishii is definitely a work in progress, he's definitely an upgrade over Matt Ginter. Ramon Castro is a downgrade from Phillips offensively, but he's a bigupgrade defensively.The Mets won both games yesterday. In the first game, Pedro dominated the Dodgers split squad. Reyes made two errors, but

McEwing released, other news


As you definitely know by now, the Mets have released Joe McEwing. While McEwing is a great guy and has been with the team since 2000, it was time for him to go. He was good until 2002, but after that he just seemed to fall off a cliff.Trivia question: How many friends does Mike Piazza have on the team?Answer: zeroThe McEwing release is being reported here, here, here, and here.According to

Trachsel out three to six months


The big news of the day is, of course, that Steve Trachsel will miss 3-6 months with a herniated disc.Sources indicated that surgery is likely, and if Trachsel undergoes the procedure, he could miss at least six months. If surgery is not deemed necessary, Trachsel could miss as little as three months. General manager Omar Minaya did identify the pool of possible replacements for Trachsel as Matt

Mets notes


First, the not so good news:Trachsel's maladay is the first significant ailment of the Mets' camp and the first of Willie Randoph's brief managerial tenure, but it is not a first for the 34-year-old pitcher.According to general manager Omar Minaya, Trachsel has experienced comparable pain in the same general area in the past, but it was never considered serious. Minaya said the MRI was being

Good news, bad news


The bad news is that the Mets lost 8-2 yesterday, and Carlos Beltran lost two balls in the sun.Though the game wasn't a total washout, Jason Phillips had a couple of RBIs. No matter what Randolph keeps preaching about defense from the backup catcher, if Phillips keeps hitting like he is now there's no way that he loses his job to Ramon Castro.The good news, which was reported yesterday, is that

Darryl Day


I figured I would start off with the non-Darryl news.An interesting article from about Mike Cameron's recovery.In the notes section, there was also this interesting note:The Cubs, Diamondbacks and Pirates have expressed an interest in Aaron Heilman, whom the Mets are actively trying to moveGood riddance.Also a couple more cuts today:Catchers Jesus Flores and John Pachot were assigned to

Beltran goes deep, Mets win


The mets won today, 6-4, with homeruns from Carlos Beltran, Kerry Robinson, and Luis has two articles on the game:Notes:Game RecapHeath Bell was also very impressive, pitching two scoreless innings and picking up the save.

Just shut up!


More news being created by everyone's favorite agent, David Sloane.Why won't this guy let it go? He's had his 15 minutes of fame. Before all this, Delgado was one of my favorite non-Mets. Right now, he's just being annoying.In the article, he specifically says that he was annoyed by Minaya assuming that he would have an advantage because of the Mets new Latin "flavor." I think that says a lot

Rain out, injury updates


The Mets/Cardinals game was rained out. No word yet abouth ow Randolph will rearrange his spring pitching rotation.Mike Cameron faced live pitching for the first time. So far, so good.On a more scary note, Felix Heredia was sent to NY to get his hand checked out after one of his hands went numb. Hopefully it isn't serious, Scott Stewart will probably get a longer look now.

5-3 loss a positive


While the Mets lost, most of the mistakes were made in the later innings by players that have almost no chance of making the team (Danny Garcia).Two major positives I took from the game:-Carlos Beltran was 1-for-3 with an RBI double for one of the three Mets runs-Kaz Matsui played excellent defense at second baseThat was really all we could hope for.