Cutnpaste: – Jose, A-Rod, More-Rod, Justin Hampson, Madoff
February 17, 2011 Leave a comment
Inside the clubhouse at Digital Domain Park, the Mets’ star free-agent-to-be, shortstop Jose Reyes, laughed at the suggestion of creating his own version of “Albertaggedon.” “C’mon, man,” Reyes said. “I’m not Albert Pujols.” But Reyes, due to make $11 million in 2011, did reiterate Wednesday his disinterest in negotiating a contract extension during the season. On Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson maintained his own disinterest in negotiating with Reyes during spring training.
“I’m truly sorry for the way I put my teammates, the Mets organization and of course the fans in that situation,” he said. “I’m just looking forward once again to the Mets fans to give me one more opportunity to go out there and prove to them and show them the different Frankie Rodriguez.” As part of his plea bargain with prosecutors in New York, Mr. Rodriguez attended anger-management classes at home in Venezuela this winter. He will continue to do so throughout spring training and during the regular season. In the meantime, he will attempt to put the stigma of last year behind him.
Over in one corner stood Francisco Rodriguez, the temperamental closer whose 2010 season ended with a punch to a Citi Field wall and a night in the stadium’s lock-up, whose confrontation with the father of his girlfriend added a figurative black eye to the team’s mid-summer collapse. In another corner stood Johan Santana, around whom the Mets were sure they’d built a perennial champion not long ago, looking fit and healthy everywhere but in his surgically rebuilt shoulder, which will keep him inactive until July at the earliest.
According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Mets have signed lefthanded reliever Justin Hampson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Hampson, 30, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2008 when he went 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 35 relief appearances with the Padres. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 28th round of the 1999 MLB Draft, and is 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 79 appearances in his career.
It says here that, generally speaking, despite taking a pounding in the media, most intelligent, right-minded people do not think that Wilpon/Katz and their partners actually knew about the massive Madoff scheme. When Bernard Madoff was asked specifically, during this two-hour prison interview in Butner, North Carolina, about whether Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz knew about the Madoff fraud, Bernard Madoff stated, “They knew nothing. They knew nothing.”