Cutnpaste: – Jose Reyes, Jason Isringhausen, Rusty Staub, Jeff Keppinger, 1969 Mets

Photo by Mack Ade



With a healthy, productive season, Jose Reyes will become a very wealthy man next winter. The switch-hitter, eligible for free agency following 2011, could hit the market as a 28-year-old at a premium position with at least three 5.5+ WAR seasons to his name. That’s not to say that Reyes’ game is without question marks, however. Hamstring issues that haunted him early in his big league career crept back up in 2009, costing him most of the season, and he missed time last year getting treatment for an overactive thyroid as well as nursing an oblique injury. Reyes didn’t play poorly in 2010, but a 2.8 WAR campaign was disappointing nonetheless. One of the biggest reasons that Reyes fell short of being the championship-caliber player we’ve come to expect was a downturn in his plate discipline.


The career of Jason Isringhausen could have gone significantly smoother to this point. He’s stubbed his toe a few times — and his tongue once or twice. Too often, he has needed all the king’s horses and all the king’s men to put him back together again. Enough has gone wrong with him that he has been prompted on more than one occasion to resort to some blue one-syllable words to vent his frustration.


Rusty Staub:

Rusty Staub made his Spring Training debut Friday morning. He still works for the Mets, with his job description “being Rusty Staub.” No one else handles that assignment quite so well. Staub was in the clubhouse when new clubhouse manager Kevin Kierst passed by and slid the nameplates of the 10 cut players partially out of their brackets.


Jeff Keppinger:
Jeff Keppinger was able to walk without a protective boot Friday for the first time. Keppinger underwent surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot in January and is expected to miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. His recovery process to this point has been smooth, but that could change once he actually begins performing physical activities.


1969 Mets:
From games 114 to 144, the Mets would compile a record of 25-6, erasing the Cubs’ 10 game lead in less than a month. Over that same time span, the Cubs would only muster a record of 14-17. They would fall into second place for good on September 10th, managing to only win 8 of their last 19 games. The Mets, on the other hand, would rattle of 17 wins over their final 22 games in route to capturing their first NL East crown, National League Pennant, and eventually their first World Series crown.



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