Cutnpaste: – Clemens and Piazza, Bobby V, Jenrry Mejia, 1st Spring Training, and Trading Jose

Clemens and Piazza:

Even with a potential prison sentence looming for allegedly lying to Congress about his purported use of performance-enhancing drugs during his baseball career, Roger Clemens still can joke about throwing a shattered bat at Mike Piazza during the 2000 Subway Series. “I just remember my form being really good when I threw the bat,” Clemens said at a charity event for the Connecticut Sports Foundation on Friday night. “My form was impeccable. I fielded it perfectly. My arm angle when I whistled it on-deck was a little low.”  

Bobby V:
“It was a wonderful time in my life personally,” said former Mets manager Bobby Valentine. “I thought it was a wonderful time in New York. I can’t even envision the excitement that was on the streets, in the stands, over the airwaves because of guys like you see here in front of me. “Both teams had true grit players — guys who loves to play the game, who were laying it all out on the line. And the New York fan got that dream coming true of having a [Subway] Series. And the Mets fans’ dreams were crushed, but it sure was a good series and they sure were good games as I remember them.”  

Jenrry Mejia:
The Mets plan to have Jenrry Mejia work as a starting pitcher at Triple-A Buffalo this season to develop. But pitching coach Dan Warthen ultimately sees Mejia working in a major league bullpen, the role he had last season when he was rushed to the big leagues as a rookie. “A lot of people, because of his young age, still feel that he’s going to be a fairly good starter,” Warthen said. “That’s why baseball is so interesting. You can have differences of opinion and go on from there.”  

1st Spring Training:
It was the spring of 1870, when the first professional baseball team headed to “the Big Easy” to take early spring groundballs and fungos. The Cincinnati Red Stockings weren‘t just the first professional team to head south for spring baseball, but they are credited with being the first professional baseball team period. Employing ten salaried players, the Red Stockings headed south to get ready for the upcoming season. The Red Stockings were coming off of baseball’s first and only perfect season when they went 57-0 in 1869, but by 1871 were deemed too expensive to continue on with their professional economic model. Although some teams were running through the paces off and on in various locations, it would be nearly a quarter century until training camp as we recognize it would sprout up. In the spring of 1894 in Macon, Georgia, Ned Halon the manager of the Baltimore Orioles ran drills seven days a week for eight hours a day for eight weeks to get his players geared up for the long grind of summer. The O’s responded by winning the next three pennants. Then in 1906, John McGraw and the World Champion New York Giants took their banners that read World Champions draped across them and across horse drawn carriages and paraded through the street of Memphis for the spring. Spring training up until this point was still seen as an attempt at publicity, and had not yet become the stable yearly phenomenon that we have embraced as a southern tradition.  

Trading Jose:
Less than a Met fan wants to hear about. GM Sandy Alderson appears to be de-emphasizing one of Reyes’ greatest assets – the ability to steal bases – and has further stated the shortstop has to prove he can stay healthy before the Mets will consider a multi-year pact. Given how tight money is these days in Flushing, it sounds as if Reyes will be elsewhere in 2012; it’s possible the Mets will even trade him in July.  


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