Preview: Whine and Opine, baseball fans
Whine and Opine, baseball fans
If you're looking for a place to whine and opine about baseball, this is it.
(If there's something else you feel compelled to tell us about, I guess we'll listen to that too. For I will do the same.)
And they're off!
How happy are you to see spring training underway? At one point I used to live in Ft. Myers, and I can remember the influx of folks that came to see the Red Sox and Twins. Oh, how I wished I lived in Port St. Lucie.
Lets get it started with a few observations, and articles from the NY dailies--
Jose Reyes is back. We hope. The kid tore it up when he came through with the Norfolk Tides. Then, he went to NY and it's been nothing but empty promises. Starts to do well, and then the hammy acts up. This report
makes it sound like he's doing much betters this year. My only comment is this-- if he injures it again, we need to consider a trade. He is FAR too young to be experiencing these types of nagging injuries.Mark Hale (NY Post) writes
that the Mets can swipe the NL East this year. Of course, there are some things that need to fall in our favor, but the fact reamins, when was the last time we were able to say the Mets have a legitimate shot.Adam Rubin (NY Daily News)
offers up a good round-up from Port St. Lou.
And finally, Jon Heyman (NY Newsday)
offers up a closer look to Omar Minaya's full autonomy ovre baseball ops. Thank you Mr. Wilpon.
, confirmation to my fantasy buddies that there are some studs to be had on the Mets team. So, HA!
Pedro lights it up!
In case you missed it, everyone in Port St. Lucie is abuzz about Pedro's brief workout yestereday. He tossed a few pitches, and all indications are, he's what the Mets have long been waiting for.
In the Post, Kernan explains
what his workout was like. Pedro worked out with bullpen coach Guy Conti for about a half hour.
Meanwhile, pitching coach Rick Peterson is in Alabama working on mechanics with a select few. This is a practice Peterson has long been involved in, and another round of pitchers will be making the trip within the next few weeks. Each pitcher is taped, and then studied for mechanics. Does it work? Ask Zito, Mulder, and Hudson-- Oakland's former Big 3.
Meanwhile, we get our first real look
at how the bullpen is stacking up. Could be better, could be worst. This is perhaps the weakest link heading into spring training, but, in Omar we trust. You heard it here first-- there will be a major aquisition by the All Star break, making a final push down the stretch. It will be the bullpen that gets a lift.
On a totally unrelated note, a plea to Jason Giambi-- come clean at today's newser. Admit it, and get on with your career. Otherwise, every reporter in the Big Apple will be on your back about it all year. It WILL have an effect on your team if you decide to do otherwise.
Problem. What problem? We have no issues whatsoever with Pedro. How must the suits in Boston feel this morning? Pedro Martinez reports to spring training NINE days EARLY. Complete coverage in all of the dailies, right hand side of the page.
This has been a problem in the past, but it doesn't seem to be this year. One of two things-- a great deal of respect for Omar, OR, he's doing this to impress his new employer. Whatever the case, it's great to see.
Some chatter on other fan sites have Mike Cameron possibly heading to the Yanks. Metsblog.com is where I picked that tidbit from. Don't know that I believe that, but there's always a possibility. Especially since the Yanks are hurting for a legit centerfielder. Personally, I don't think you cave. Keep Cameron, and lets see what happens for the first two months of the season.
Elsewhere, David Wright is the only every day player in Port St. Lucie right now. He should do fine this season, though I disagree with his current line-up spot of 5th, behind Piazza and Beltran.
What a week! No, make that 3 weeks.
My apologies to those that may check back here periodically. I've had a death in the family, what was supposed to be a vacation, and now, reporting back for duty.
Still have to check on what the goings-on are, but a few observations-- 1) Carlos Delgado, somewhat glad he went to Florida. It will be quite a challenge to face these guys during the season, but I think in the long haul, this will help the team. 2) Mags Ordonez, again, does not hurt the team. I am confident Minaya will get something decent in return for Cameron, and a trade dealing Cammy is inevitable. (Bullpen help, and an outfielder is what the Mets will get in return.) My bet is this-- a trade with the Astros for a reliever, and average outfielder to plug the hole.
More as I get back on my feet, but congrats to New England fans. At least it was a good game. Now, can BeanTown get a tri-fecta-- Do I hear the Celtics for NBA champs?
A better option may be the undefeated Boston College college basketball team, or the Boston University Terriers college hockey team.
Nonetheless, a good time to be living in Boston and hanging out on the sports scene there....
Carlos, say hello!
Beltran to the Puerto Rican press. Carlos
Delgado to Omar Minaya.
Much to my surprise, Mets brass pulled a quick one-- literally. Carlos Delgado meeting in Puerto Rico
on Thursday, thought it only lasted for about a half hour. Minaya's trying to work his magic again.
Speaking of which, I saw this on a fellow blogger's site
, the talk about Piazza is reportedly back on in LA. The Mets wouldn't get much in return, but it would free up some $$$, which may be the ultimate goal of Omar, considering the Delgado Derby.
All of this as the Mike Cameron story picks up more legs than the Energizer Bunny. Get him out already.
He's left me with a sour taste. You don't say one thing, and then turn around on something. I firmly believe he never thought in a million years the Mets would land him when he said what he did.
On the minor league front-- from Norfolk, the Tides announce that former Atlanta Brave Kent Oberkfell
will manage the team. Howard Johnson will serve as hitting coach.
And finally from the Mets front, great poll at ESPN.com-- who had a better off-season
in New York? The Yanks or the Mets?
Finally, the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets are in action. I only mention this because on this board yesterday, I posted with the utmost confidence that I thought the Jets would win this weekend. Furthermore, the Steelers will NOT
cover the 9 point spread. The spread has since dropped, and now this from CBS analyst Boomer Esiason.
J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets
Not much going on the Mets front other than what we already know. Omar continues his aggressive pursuit of Carlos Delgado
to plug 1B, and Mike Cameron (though he won't say it on the record,)
MEMO TO OMAR-- Trade him to the Devil Rays, and get some more speed and pop in Carl Crawford.
Now, on to the FOOTBALL team of Shea, the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. Fireman Ed is FIRED up, and we all should be. To love the Mets, is to love the Jets.
You heard it here first-- find every sucker you can, take the 9 point dog, and watch the Jets make you some $$$ this weekend.
Thanks for my back...
Unlike others, I don't have the good fortunes of people posting comments on this blog just yet. However, I do have a number of friends that e- me and tell me I'm nuts with some of the things I've posted over the last week. In particular that the Mets can challenge for the NL East this season.
Just I've said in the previous posts, there is a disclaimer: HEALTH! Having said that, compare what has been posted here with what was published by the following--
"The Mets, if everybody stays healthy, are the deepest starting rotation in the National League."
"After all, if you presume that Pedro will pitch like the ace of the staff in 2005, and Tom Glavine now becomes a dependable No. 2 starter, there's a chance the Mets can field one of the best, deepest starting rotations in the National League if Benson, Zambrano and Steve Trachsel live up to expectations."
Thanks for having my back, and to those that e- me, post a comment so we can have a better dialogue.
Somewhat of an about face reported on Mike Cameron.
Don't know how I feel about it, but considering his current health, he won't be back until at least May anyway. Can we find a team that'll take him by then?
It's up to you, New York
Official countdown to introduction, less than 2 hours.
Everywhere, everyone is talking about Carlos. Read into this 2 ways-- Beltran AND Delgado. You can't be serious?
Reports have Mets brass making another trip to Puerto Rico this week to meet with Carlos, part deux. BRING IT ON! The message is this, we are building to win now.
Having said that, all of NY is abuzz with two news conferences, none of which include the Blitzburgh bound Jets. Carlos Beltran will be introduced at 11A, followed by the Big (Temper) Unit at 2P. (Boras has assured Fred Wilpon that he will not touch any camera equipment!)
Check out the following for a pretty good break down on Beltran and another prized free agent
of this off-season.
And check out this link as well, it's pretty 'Amazin.'
Just read on ESPN.com
-- According to the fans, the Braves take another Division Title. I don't know that I agree with that. As posted here earlier, I think the Braves have just as many questions as the Mets. Who are the big run producers in the Braves line-up? They DO NOT have the pitching to shut down opposing line-ups and keep it close, especially after the All-Star break.
Smoltz is sure to break down, Hudson has proved that he does it year in and year out, and Mike Hampton, well, Mets fans know that story.
I can say this-- going into the season as it stands now, with no MAJOR injuries to either line-up, the Mets can be there in September.
By the way, just what in the hell was the Big (TEMPER) Unit thinking? What a grand entrance.
So, This is Christmas... and what have the Mets done?
To borrow a line from the late, great John Lennon at the holidays...
As a Mets fan, this is Christmas in January. Don't get me wrong, the signing of Pedro
was a coup in itself, but to pull of Beltran on top of that is nothing short of impossible. With the exception of Billy Beane, and John Schureholz, Omar Minaya has proved to be one of the best baseball GM's this offseason.
1) He's proved all naysayers, wrong.
2) Signed Pedro, Beltran to follow.
3) Stole the backpages of NY tabs.
4) Got Fred Wilpon to loosen the purse strings.
5) Rejuvenated the fan base of all Mets fans.
The list could go on and on with what he's done since being hired as Mets GM. Granted, Frank Cashen was great, Steve Phillips could've been, but Minaya has made all of NY forget about them.
In other baseball related news- spoke to my brother-in-law about the Devil Rays recently. He's ticked because they are making absolutely no moves at all. (Can you say good-bye after next year?) It is my belief the Devil Rays
are heading to greener pastures. It's sad too, because they have a great nucleus of young talent-- Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli, and Scott Kazmir just to name a few.
Braves fans don't seem to be downtrodden on their luck for 2005. This despite the exit JD Drew, Jaret Wright, and Russ Ortiz. Don't know that I would worry either, John Schureholz is a genius as he proved last year. Their fans quickly point out the trade bringing Tim Hudson to town, John Smoltz returning to the starting rotation, and Danny Kolb coming in from Milwaukee. My only question is the hitting. Besides Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, who else is there? I can't believe the Braves are going to Orlando in March without another stick.
This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.
This is only a test.
Now that I see it is functioning correctly, allow me an opportunity to better explain this new found hobby.
I stumbled on to blogging when I heard that bloggers were responsible for the downfall of CBS Newsman Dan Rather, and my Congressman, Ed Schrock. Since then, it's been an objective of mine to launch one of these, maintaining it with what little spare time I have.
So, here goes:
It's January 9th, and in sports- the NFL playoffs are well underway
, the Mets just landed Carlos Beltran
, and the Jets make it to the next round of the aforementioned playoffs. (In case you haven't noticed, I'm a NY fan, baseball my fave sport.) Hockey's in a lock-out, and in the NBA, the Heat are strong with the addition of Shaq daddy, while Kobe's left wondering 'who's my daddy?' in LA LA Land.
Today's news- A disaster of biblical proportions
just hit South Asia two weeks ago. It claimed the lives of 10's of 1000's of people. Japan has donated $500 million, the US $350 million, and citizens of our great country, millions more. Locally, a memorial service is held for a 16 year-old girl
found dead in James City County.
In entertainment news- Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston just split
. Shocker for most, but for me, I never put much value on these Hollywood marriages.