Cutnpaste: – Paul DePodesta, Madoff Trustee, Jason Isringhausen, Mike O’Connor, Mets Chances

Paul DePodesta:

Paul DePodesta’s greatest professional regret is that he’s never stayed in one place long enough to watch his work blossom. Spending no more than five years in four different cities, DePodesta was at least partially responsible for such accomplishments as the 2008 Dodgers winning the National League West and the 2010 Padres contending until the season’s final day. But in each instance — voluntarily, in all but Los Angeles — he was gone before the accolades arrived.  


Madoff Trustee:
The trustee seeking to recover money to distribute to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme plans to go after more funds associated with the owners of the New York Mets in an amended lawsuit, a source within baseball told Trustee Irving Picard already is seeking $1 billion from Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family to redistribute to Madoff victims. The original suit was filed Dec. 7 and was unsealed last month.


Jason Isringhausen:
The passage of time has produced some remarkable transformations in sports, from the steady maturation of Andre Agassi to the shocking devolution of Dennis Rodman. But few could surpass the metamorphosis of Jason Isringhausen. An immature, accident-prone prospect, who once fell drunkenly off a balcony here, returns to the Mets 18 years after that catastrophe as a sage, even-tempered veteran, who spends as much time dispensing wisdom to young teammates as he once did making crude jokes and inadvertently sabotaging his promising career.


Mike O’Connor:
Mike O’Connor is among a handful of non-roster invitees trying to make the Mets as a reliever. The 30-year-old left-hander last pitched in the majors in 2008 with the Nationals. Since then, he had brief stints in the Padres and Royals organizations before joining the Mets in 2010. One of only five George Washington University products to reach the majors, O’Connor spoke to The Star-Ledger last week.


Mets Chances:
Can the Mets surprise? Sure. But it feels as if it would take so many dominoes to fall just so. For example, say you believe that to be a contender, the Mets need 500 plate appearances from Carlos Beltran and 25 starts from Chris Young. Would you put the chance of each happening at, say, 20 percent? If so, it means they have a four-percent chance of occurring concurrently. I recognize this is no perfect science. You can’t just say this has a 30-percent chance of occurring, something else 70-percent, something else 50-percent and put it into one of those long equation strings you might have seen up on the board in “Good Will Hunting” and emerge with a definitive result describing the Mets’ chances at contention — kind of the sum of all fears in the Mets’ case.



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