Cutnpaste: – Carlos Delgado, The Kid, Lee, Sandy, and Death of the Mets

Carlos Delgado:
Carlos Delgado is still recovering from surgery on his left hip but believes it’s only a matter of time before he returns to the big leagues. Exactly how much time is still to be determined. “If I am healthy, I will find a way,” said Delgado on Sunday while visiting the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. “I know how to play. I don’t want to retire. The reason why I put myself through three surgeries in 18 months is because I want to play. Otherwise, I would have just hung it up.”  

The Kid:

Before the PEDs era of Todd Hundley and Mike Piazza arrived, Carter was the best offensive catcher ever to wear a Mets uniform — and some might argue he remains the best all-around catcher in the team’s history. He hit for a decent average, he got on base, he hit for power, he hit in the clutch, he ran the bases intelligently, he called a great game, he threw out runners, he played strong defense, and he took charge on defense. In short, he did everything a catcher was asked to do, and then some; that’s why he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  

Mazzilli’s speed allows him to cover centerfield effectively, but runners are not afraid to try for an extra base on him; he does not throw well. Until he turned pro in 1974, he played ambidextrously. . . M. Donald Grant, who ran the Mets when Mazzilli was drafted, claims that the club first heard of him from a cashier at Grant’s brokerage firm. “She told me her brother-in-law ran a team in Brooklyn that had a great prospect who could throw just as well with his left or right arm,” Grant says. “Which was true. But he didn’t throw well enough with either to be a major-leaguer.”  

First of all, Alderson seems to have realized that throwing more money at free agents this offseason was not the answer to either the standings problem or the balance sheet problem. The entire basis of labor economics is that a firm will hire an employee as long as the employee’s marginal revenue product, the value he produces, is at least as great as his marginal factor cost, or his wage/salary. This concept translates seamlessly into baseball; players get paid millions of dollars because they contribute wins, which generate millions of dollars in revenue for the owner  

Death of the Mets:
 The Mets franchise has we have known it since Nelson Doubleday and Wilpon bought the team in 1986, is dead. There are two causes of this fatality: One, Wilpon forgot his primary duty as a team owner was to produce a quality product that, in baseball’s biggest market, was self-sustaining. He had that obligation. Instead, he used the team foremost as an ATM to earn high returns from a dubious fund. Second, MLB commissioner Bud Selig neglected his responsibility to baseball to act in the best interests of the game. Selig closed his eyes to the huge debts that Wilpon piled up on the team, stadium and cable channel. I do not believe this was because of Selig’s friendship with Wilpon. After all, Selig fell for a similar con game with the Tom Hicks and the Texas Rangers. But it is neglect nevertheless.  


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