Cutnpaste:- Off-Season, Ron Swoboda, Jenrry Mejia, Luis Castillo, and Oliver Perez

Off-Season:
The grade this team really deserves is BET (Barely Even Trying). The Mets had no money to spend, no interest in any free agents except occupants of the bargain bin and no takers for the dead weight they’d most like to unload (Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo). So it isn’t easy to grade a team that’s mostly just treading water until it can dump nearly $60 million worth of contracts after the season and get its ownership mess straightened out.
http://metsfever.blogspot.com/2011/02/reaction-mets-offseason-receives-poor.html  

Ron Swoboda:
Of course, another image ingrained in my memory is of “The Catch” — the diving, backhanded stab of a line drive by Ron Swoboda in the 1969 World Series (not to be confused with “The Catch” by Endy Chavez or “The Catch” by Willie Mays). Even though I wasn’t yet around to see it live, I must have seen “The Catch” several dozen times by the age of 10, since ’69 Series highlights were shown every time there was a rain delay during a WOR broadcast (usually shown right after the ’62 highlights featuring Casey Stengel yammering about “the children with their placards saying ‘Metsie, Metsie’”).
http://www.metstoday.com/6153/spring-training-countdown/4-dupacr-ron-swoboda  

Jenrry Mejia:
48. Jenrry Mejia, RHP, New York Mets — He was rushed to the big leagues last year as a reliever and in retrospect should have been starting in the minor leagues all season instead. Jenrry has a 95-97 mph four-seam fastball and above-average change and is working to improve his 12-6 curve ball. He has an inconsitent release point and just needs to pitch to try to improve the command of all of his pitches in and out of the zone.
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Jim-Bowden-picks-top-50-prospects-in-MLB-for-2011-020911  

Luis Castillo:
Luis Castillo will not make it to St. Patrick’s Day. While Manuel and Minaya didn’t want to admit how bad this guy was for the team and fans, Alderson and Collins will, and old Luis will be goner before March Madness even begins. I really believe this Emaus will emerge as our second baseman this year, with Murphy grabbing a spot as a lefthanded bat off the bench and backup – hold your breath on every ball hit to him – infielder. It makes sense to bring Castillo to camp because he’s being paid anyway, but I think once Collins and Alderson get a good luck at him, he’ll be gone. Sandy may use all of his minutes on the phone trying to trade him, but when no takers arise, he’ll cut him.
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/bitterbill/2011/02/mets-spring-predictions-castillo-goes-but-ollie-stays  

Oliver Perez:

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said the team is still discussing whether to use Oliver Perez as a starter or reliever during spring training. Manager Terry Collins said last month that Perez would enter camp as a starter, but perhaps that decision wasn’t set in stone. Ollie has virtually no chance of winning a starting job, so he’d probably be better off just focusing on winning a spot in the bullpen. Either way, there’s a good chance he’ll be cut before Opening Day.
http://www.rotoworld.com/sports/mlb/baseball?r=1  

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2 Responses to Cutnpaste:- Off-Season, Ron Swoboda, Jenrry Mejia, Luis Castillo, and Oliver Perez

  1. CCY says:

    >>…with Murphy grabbing a spot as a lefthanded bat off the bench and backup – hold your breath on every ball hit to him – infielder. >>

    This stuff just pisses me off. If you want to critique his DP footwork, or range to his right, fine. His 1B play to anyone with even one eye open would seem to negate that “hold your breath” comment.

    Is this a reporter’s way of saying “I’m not dumber that I look–I’m EXACTLY as dumb as I look.”

    • Mack Ade says:

      I’ll tell you something about Daniel Murphy… no one… no one works harder at succeeding.

      Name me one player in the last 20 years ANY team gave him three positions to win?

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