Cutnpaste: – Jesus Flores, Meet The Debts, Jason Isringhausen, Duke Snider, Carlos Beltran

Jesus Flores:

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores entered Monday’s 9-3 victory over the Mets as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning and went 0-for-2. He was also steady behind the plate. It was Flores’ first game since September 2009. Flores missed all of ’10 because of a right shoulder injury he suffered in a game against the D-backs in May 2009.



Meet The Debts:
They should change their name to the New York Debts. The cash-starved Mets are desperately seeking a new loan — totaling tens of millions of dollars — to cover their basic operating expenses, The Post has learned JPMorgan Chase — which led the banks that loaned the team about $430 million last year — is trying to recruit other institutions to join a syndicate to put together a new loan that would tide the Mets over until they sell a minority stake in the ballclub. The Mets’ financial health has been imperiled by investments by its owner, Fred Wilpon, in Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme.  

Adrenaline, Jason Isringhausen figures, prevented him from unleashing his most famous weapon, the downward-diving curveball, during his first Grapefruit League appearance for the Mets today. A raft of injuries kept him from pitching in recent years. So Isrinhausen, here on a minor-league deal to compete for a spot in the bullpen, tried to remain calm.


The Duke’s WAR:
Snider is one of the guys whose greatness can’t be summed up by looking at his career numbers. To some degree, he is the classic example of why guys with a lot of value at their peak are often remembered more fondly than their career WAR would have you suggest. And rightfully so. Snider’s career WAR of +71.7 is good, and certainly Hall-Of-Fame worthy, but it’s not the kind of mark you see from other inner-circle type guys. However, he did almost all of his damage in a very short period of time. From 1949 to 1957, he accumulated +62.1 of his +71.7 WAR. That nine year stretch accounts for only half of his career, but 87% of his WAR total was accumulated during that time frame. We can actually drill down even further and pinpoint Snider’s real peak, which was from 1953 to 1956 – in those four years, he accumulated a ridiculous +35.8 WAR, or almost exactly half his career total. In four years.


Carlos Beltran:

He will announce the decision officially later today, but he admitted when I approached him that he has already made his mind up. Beltran explained that he needs time still and that he brought this to manager Terry Collins and to his teammate and friend, Angel Pagan, to make the transition easier for Pagan. “I still believe I can play centerfield,” Beltran said. “But I need time, I need more time. This will make it easier for Angel. It will take it off of his mind and let him make the transition.”



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