Cutnpaste: – Carlos Beltran, Duke Snider, Pete Rose, Josh Thole, Oliver Perez

Carlos Beltran:

As Carlos Beltran’s time with the Mets nears its end, lots of folks are starting to discuss his place in history. His career is far from over, but given his injuries over the past few seasons and his age (33), it’s fair to say the inevitable decline is upon us. If you look at players who posted a rWAR >=25 and played greater than 70% of their games in center field in their career and then plot their career WAR Runs Batting and WAR Runs Fielding you get some perspective on where Beltran currently sits among the all time greats.


Duke Snider:
While I’m not a fan of leaders by the decade*, I found it interesting that Snider led MLB in home runs (326) and RBI (1,031) during the 1950s. You know, the decade that featured Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Eddie Mathews. Williams missed virtually all of the 1952 and 1953 seasons to the Korean War. Mays and Mantle were rookies in 1951, and Mays missed a large portion of ’52 and all of ’53 to the military as well. Mathews slugged 299 HR despite debuting in 1952. Many other superstars like Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, AL Kaline, and Frank Robinson didn’t make it to the majors until the mid-1950s. By the way, Snider’s teammate Gil Hodges was No. 2 in HR that decade with 310. Mathews was third, followed by Mantle (280), Musial (266), Yogi Berra (256), Mays (250), Ted Kluszewski (239), Gus Zernial (232), and Banks (228).


Pete Rose:

Court records show banned baseball star Pete Rose has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 27 years. The 69-year-old Rose cited irreconcilable differences for the split, but his petition did not offer any additional details. A phone message left for his attorney, Joseph Mannis, was not immediately returned.


Josh Thole had already progressed beyond the estimations of many around baseball when, in the fall of 2009, he made a significant mistake. After introducing himself to the big leagues with 11 hits in his first eight games, Thole had begun to scuffle ever so slightly. And he was making his frustration plainly apparent with his body language on defense. Taking notice was Brian Schneider, a veteran catcher who, at the time, was losing at-bats to the rookie.

But Perez is only listed in that rotation competition because he asked to be considered, and Collins has been treating veterans with respect, allowing them to audition for their preferred roles. Because Perez is sitting at only 83-84 mph with his fastball and has a propensity for walks, a team insider indicated it is highly likely Perez will be released, because it is doubtful the southpaw can even serve as a lefty-on-lefty relief specialist.



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