Cutnpaste: – Willie Harris, Jenrry Mejia, Stephen Strasburg, Oliver Perez, Lineup

Willie Harris:

Willie Harris is still trying to make a team. It’s at the very core of his ethos, starting with the way he arrives in the clubhouse each morning, the way he watches the game on the bench each day, the way he plays when he’s summoned to enter a game. Harris, a 32-year-old Mets outfielder/second baseman, has been a regular on a major-league roster for five of the past nine seasons. But he has not been a regular in a starting lineup, leading to the mind-swirling reality of trying to make the roster in the spring.


Jenrry Mejia:
Jenry Meija RHP (Mets) 4.28 – The Mets rushed him, then didn’t know whether to put him in relief or the rotation. Met’s fans can only hope that didn’t mess with his confindence. He appears to be on a more conventional path to achieve some success with his mid-90s fastball before exposing it to major leaguers.


Stephen Strasburg:
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg continues to make progress following Tommy John surgery last September. He is now throwing 90 feet on flat ground and his arm strength is slowly coming back. The next time he throws on flat ground, Strasburg hopes to throw 15 feet further than before. There is no timetable as to when Strasburg will throw off the mound. Once he is healthy and ready to pitch in the Major Leagues, Strasburg wants to be the ace of Washington’s staff. Before he hurt his elbow in August, Strasburg was clearly Washington’s best starter. In 12 games, Strasburg was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings. There is a possibility he could return to action sometime in September.¬ebook_id=16949042&vkey=notebook_was&c_id=was&partnerId=rss_was


Oliver Perez:
Wondering why the Mets have not already released Perez? Several prominent voices in the organization have been itching for weeks to cut the pitcher, sources say, and would likely have had their way had Perez not managed two scoreless innings in his first start on March 3. In a meeting last Wednesday, Warthen argued that Perez was worth looking at in the bullpen. He won the debate, and the tryout will last for as long as the pitcher throws strikes and collects outs.

By name recognition only, this lineup on paper would appear to be very strong. Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Jose Reyes and David Wright. Wow. But then you dig in. Outside of David Wright, I don’t believe any of them can be counted on for a full season. When healthy, Reyes is an absolute spark plug at the top of the lineup. Jason Bay couldn’t stay healthy last year, and even when he has been in a Mets uniform he hasn’t been all that good. And what can they expect out of Beltran is anyone’s guess, although I do expect him to have a bounce back year. Ike Davis looked pretty good as a rookie at 1B, but Luis Castillo is well below average at 2nd base. The defense Angel Pagan brings cannot be overlooked, but he isn’t much of a hitter. I do think this lineup has some pieces that could score some runs, but the lack of depth will mean staying healthy is an absolute must.


Nuclear Meltdown, Japan, Libya, the Economy… and Second Base

What’s wrong with the title?

I mean, the first four items mentioned are some serious shit, but the more I’m on line, the more I realize that the real story out there is who in God’s name is going to play friggin second base for the New York Mets.

First, it’s definitely Daniel Murphy, then, all of a sudden, everyone falls in love with Luis Castillo again.

Next we here that the manager hates Castillo and is going to name Luis Hernandez. But wait, Brad Emaus gets reported he’s the man, if Brad can’t do it, no one can.

Jordany Valdespin and Ruben Tejada fans keep tweeting they shouldn’t have been sent down and I’m waiting for Edgardo Alfonzo to ask for his yearly, ‘come on coach, give me another shot” plea.

Is this the best we can do, guys?

Most people think jobs are won in spring training. What they don’t realize is all ST is, is a place to be eliminated.

No baseball suit gives a rat’s ass what your batting average or fielding percentage is in March. If they did, David Wright would be sent down and Felipe Alou would have never played in the majors.


Here’s my opinion how this Mets second base thing works:

1. The job belongs to the last person that had it.

2. The brass does everything they can to find something they don’t like about the guy who was the last person to have the job.

3. If he shows up on time, he’s late.

4. If he’s quiet in the locker room, he’s not a team player.

5. If he laughs at a joke, he’s not taking the job serious enough.

6. If he laughs at a joke, that was in Spanish, he’s hiding something.

7. The manager’s job is to mention to one of the press guys a different name every day that impresses him at second base.

8. The reporter writes a story on it, but first tweets a tweet (God, I hate that expression…)

9. Next, 2397 other Mets writers and bloggers also tweet what the manager said.

10. The deflection has been accomplished and the team can get back to playing baseball.

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.


Luis Castillo, Adam Rubin, Terry Collins, and Source Material


There was a report yesterday that went across the internet that ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that New York Mets manager Terry Collins wanted 2B Luis Castillo released from the team.

First, let me tell you about Rubin. Adam would never break a story like this unless he was more than confident that the information was correct. He also would have multiple sources.

Source material is tricky. There’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t umbrella that hangs over information like this.

I haven’t had a bunch of juicy info over the years I’ve been doing this, but three cases can easily show you the different outcomes you can have. However, all source information does one thing when it is printed. It divides Mets ownership and management both from the players as well as the reporters that cover the team. The initial reaction of any manager would be to not trust anyone around them that they shared confidential information with.

I had the scoop on the re-signing of Oliver Perez three days before it was announced. This information did not come from anyone employed by the team, but it still caused some internal concern (as I was told later), but, in this case, the concern was how did I know something no one in the Mets organization knew.

I next had exclusive information on seven ball players that had received a mid-season promotion from one of the Mets minor league teams to another. My sources were confirmed, so I printed the names (which were correct), which created a devide from the management of that team, to me, and to the players involved. As it turned out, none of the players had told me, nor did any of them confirm it…  I was smart enough not to involve them… but they still were considered the source of this material by management.

And lastly, I reported about the triple-VP system the Mets were going to have this year, but I had one of the names wrong. I should have spent another day triple checking my sources and I was castrated by the Mets internet community for being incorrect with the names (though I was given no credit for having the 3-VP thing correct).

The point I’m trying to make is a reporter, or a sports writer, or a columnist, or whatever the hell some of us are… is pulled in multiple directions when it comes to exclusive information received… and confirmed.  You break the story, the team gets pissed at you and loses trust in everyone around them. You hold the story and you’re not doing the job you’re suppose to.

I’m currently holding an exclusive on a medical clusterfuk that happened during the past ten years, that I’m not going to write about until the player (who is still playing organized baseball) retires from this game.

Someone wrote, when I had the 3-VP thing blow up in my face, something like “heck, why would a guy living in Savannah be privy to information like this?”. That’s understandable narrow thinking, when, in fact, it really doesn’t matter where you live anymore (btw… I’ve never lived in Savannah).

You have a story if two people talk, write, tweet, or facebook each other with information.

You write that information gained from that conversation on a sticky and it place it on the top of your computer.

Then, you need to find someone else to back up what you were told by the first person.

Then, you have exclusive information from “multiple sources”.

The next move is yours…

Press Release: – WPIX-TV Mets Coverage

Play ball! The 12th consecutive New York Mets baseball season on PIX11 swings into action on Sunday, April 17 when the Mets face the Atlanta Braves for the first of 25 regular season Mets games airing in HD on PIX11.

Key games airing on PIX11 include the May 22 and July 1 Subway Series games when the Mets face their cross-town rivals, and four games against NL East rivals Philadelphia Phillies (May 29, July 17, September 24 and 25.)

All games will be produced by SNY, with both home and away games available in HD. In addition, all New York Mets games broadcast on PIX will include SAP and will be Closed-Captioned.

Calling the action all-season long is SNY’s broadcast team featuring Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen – widely considered the best broadcast team in all of baseball.

Hall-of-Famer Ralph Kiner will also return to the broadcast booth for his 50th season covering the Mets as a contributing analyst. Rounding out the broadcast team is SNY’s Mets field reporter Kevin Burkhardt, who will continue to provide his critically acclaimed in-game interviews – including interviews with starting pitchers immediately after they exit the game – as well as features with players, coaches and other personalities as part of the unique perspective Burkhardt brings to the broadcast.

SNY’s Emmy Award-winning producer and director – Gregg Picker and Bill Webb – will return in their roles for all SNY-produced Mets telecasts.

PIX11 has won three Emmy Awards for its live sports coverage of the Mets. For additional coverage, photos and highlights, visit

Press Release: – B-Mets Ticket Sales

For Immediate Release
Date: March 14, 2011 Contact: Casey Both,

2011 B-Mets Individual Tickets Go on Sale Monday, March 21

Fans will have their first opportunity to purchase single-game tickets for 2011 Binghamton Mets home games Monday, March 21st at 9 AM. Tickets are available at the NYSEG Stadium ticket office, via the team’s website (, by calling (607) 723-METS and at the On Deck Circle team store in the Oakdale Mall.

The ballpark ticket office will be open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, and on home game dates beginning at 9 AM for the duration of the season. The team’s official website will allow fans to purchase and print their tickets online 24 hours a day.

New for the B-Mets’ 20th season will be the Lockheed Martin Team Seats, which fans can purchase for only $2 per ticket at the stadium box office or team store in the mall. In addition, the B-Mets have increased the number of reserved grandstand seats available by nearly 1,000 seats. All seating above the walkway is now available at reserved grandstand pricing. Seniors 60 and over and youngsters 14 and under will continue to receive a $2 discount per full-priced ticket.

“We are proud to showcase exciting B-Mets baseball and family-oriented entertainment at affordable rates that our fans have become accustomed to,” B-Mets Director of Ticket Operations Casey Both said.

The B-Mets begin their 20th season on the road versus the Akron Aeros Thursday, April 7th and the “Big League Show at a Small Town Price” presented by Time Warner Cable returns to NYSEG Stadium Thursday, April 14th. Markdown Monday and Wednesday Triple Play join the Toyota Fireworks Series, Cost Cutters Kids Eat Free Family Fun Sunday, Mirabito Baseball Bingo, Two-for-Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday as season-long promotions. In 2011, the team will once again be home for the popular Independence Day fireworks celebrations on Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th while also playing in the Southern Tier during the Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Labor Day holiday weekends.

Season tickets, mini-packs, ticket packages, group outings and skybox rentals may still be purchased in person at the NYSEG Stadium front office or by calling (607) 723-METS. The first home game of the 2011 season will be on Thursday, April 14th at 6:35 PM versus the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A Blue Jays). Gates will open at 5 PM.

I May Be Wrong, But … Binghamton, Mitch Houck, Damien Magnifico

1. The talent level is much deeper in Buffalo, but Binghamton shouldn’t be a bad team either.

Starting pitcher wise, there is a logjam with Jeurys Familia, Brad Holt, Brandon Moore, Chris Schwinden, Mark Cohoon, and Eric Beaulac all fighting it out for one of the five slots (my guessis Schwinden will go to the pen after piggybacking with either Cohoon or Moore).This will Holt’s last shot at a starter.

Lots of talent in the pen, led by Brant Rustich, Nick Carr, and Scott Moviel. I wold also look for John Lugan, Ryan Coultas, Erik Turgeon, and Rhiner Cruz.

The infield could reuinite the combination of Wilmer Flores at SS and Jenry Marte at 3B (though both are projected to eventually change positions). Stefan Welsh and Michael Fisher will battle it out in ST to win the 1B slot, while Matt Bouchard, Jose Coronado, and Jon Malo are trying to hang on as a sub.

On paper, Kai Gronauer was slotted to be the catcher here, but he sure is getting an awful lot of action in ST with the Mets. He could wind up in Buffalo. In addition, there’s still Francisco Pena.

The outfield will be weak, with Pedro Zapata, Sean Ratliff, Carlos Guzman, Rafael Fernandez, Quniton Berry, and Lorenzo Scott battling it out this month for the four slots available.

Overall, there isn’t enough here to win their division, but potentially, this could be a very effective rotation.

2. Mets pitching prospect Mitch Houck is done for the season. He had shoulder surgery on Monday… has a tear in the capsule… we’ll hook up with him when the drugs wear off and talk to him here on the site about it…

3. So, I live in South Carolina, and my local cable company sends me a brochure last month, telling me that I can now receive the SNY channel for $9 more a month. I was so excited and ordered it post haste. Now, I have the service, and find out that all Mets games are blocked out and all I get is Big East and nightly sports roundups. Is there something wrong here? Why would I pay $9 a month for a channel owned by the New York Mets that blocks out their games? In South Carolina? What’s so special about South Carolina? I did some checking and it seems the blackout in national. Great.

4. The have a complicated problem fielding the middle infield of both Buffalo and Binghamton. Right now, only Ruben Tejada looks fixed to be the starting shortstop for the Bisons. Second base could be this week’s prospect of the day, Jordany Valdespin, Josh Satin, or Reese Havens. Satin has had a lot of time in recent years DHing, which is doing him nothing in the long run. Havens should be in AAA, but he was injured most of 2010 and might be cautiously sent to AA to start the season. This would still leave prospect Wilmer Flores to play short in Binghamton until the Mets decide where to move him. ( didn’t even bring up Russ Adams, Jonathan Malo, or Jose Coronado.

5. Remember last year draft pick, Howard College Damien Magnifico, who turned down a decent bonus offer by the Mets? His stats so far this season, through last Thursday, are:4-G, 8.0-IP, 5-ER, 8-H, 10-K, 7-BB

6. Sent back to the minor league complex were: 2B Ruben Tejada, OF Fernando Martinez, RHP Tobi Stoner, RHP Josh Stinson, RHP Manny Alvarez, RHP John Lujan, RHP Armando Rodriguez, 3B Zach Lutz, IF Jordany Valdespin, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and C Kai Gronauer.

There are no surprises here. F-Mart really stood no chance of making the 25-man, once the Mets became comfortable with a platoon of Scott Harrison and Willie Harris. A few thought Alvarez might stick but he had a horrible spring.

The only non-roster players still in the parent camp are: OF Jason Pridie, IF Russ Adams, catchers Raul Chavez and Dusty Ryan, and pitchers Boof Bonzer, Blaine Boyer, Tim Bydak, Ryota Igarashi, Jason Isgringhausen, Michael O’Connor,and Taylor Tankersley.

Only Bydak seems a lock at this point.