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March 16, 2009

Once again I haven’t been able to post as often as I would like. My softball season starts soon and I’m at practice everyday of the week. By the time I get home and do everything I have to do including homework… I’m exhausted and go to sleep.

Once the season starts I’ll be able to get back to doing this like I did before..a few posts everyday.

Duaner’s A Goner

March 10, 2009

The Mets have released relief pitcher Duaner Sanchez.

Sanchez, who had come in a trade with Dodgers in 2006 posted a 2.60 ERA and 5-1 record in 49 appearances. Unfortunately he was in a taxi accident that July in Miami and injured his arm. Two operations and 20 months later Sanchez was finally off the DL list and was back in action. However, it wasn’t the same Duaner. His velocity was way down and he posted a 4.32 ERA in 66 games.

Now doubt the bullpen was overworked last season, but judging from his stuff when he returned and from Spring Training so far alone, it was clear Duaner had to either step up his game or he would be cut.

This is some of what Omar had to say, “To his credit, he really was trying hard,” Minaya said. “But I think you guys have seen – you can get outs, but at the same time the command is not where you want to be. The velocity was getting better. There was some upticks, some positive signs there. At the end of the day, you’ve got to make a call. The call was made today. … I think he came into camp knowing he had to fight for a spot just based upon how the year ended. Most guys are surprised by these things. That’s how it is.”

It’s sad, it really is. Incredible how an accident of which he had no fault in could ruin his career. Duaner was an integral part of the ’06 bullpen – and if he would have never been in that taxi cab accident who knows how many less blown games we could have had or how much better our horrendous bullpen would have been. I wish much luck to Duaner Sanchez, I hope he can somehow get his velocity and his command back in shape so that he can once again be that great bullpen guy we saw pitch for us in 2006.

A-Rod Who? Tatis To Replace A-Fraud In Dominican WBC Team

March 5, 2009

Fernando Tatis is officially on the WBC roster and will be playing for his homeland, the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez had to leave the team because of a torn labrum in his hip. Now Tatis, the Mets’ biggest surprise of the 2008 season and winner of the come-back player of the year award .. will be replacing Alex in the WBC. “For me, A-Rod is one of the best baseball players I’ve ever seen,” Tatis said. “It’s going to hurt us that he’s not playing. He’s one of the greatest players ever.”

Moises Alou, now an assistant GM/player for the Dominican team, actually tried to get Tatis on the team a few weeks ago. But Tatis waited until talking with Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya “because my first responsibility is here with the Mets.” -Newsday

Hopefully Tatis won’t get hurt because at the moment, he’s the best right-handed bat off the bench since Murphy now has left field all to himself. It’s great to see how many Met players are in the WBC – 16 to be exact..the most in the majors. For Tatis, representing his country after being out of the game for years must be a great feeling of pride and humility. Good luck Fernando! ( Don’t break anything!)

To Pedro Or Not To Pedro? That Is The Question!

March 2, 2009

Mets beat write David Lennon sat down with future Hall-Of-Famer Pedro Martinez to discuss his future. Here’s a few questions I found interesting. *To read the entire interview click on this link.

Q: Do you have a chip on your shoulder because no one has signed you yet?

PM: No, not really. No chip on my shoulder. No chip on my shoulder. I understand business and understand the ugly face of baseball, which is the business part of baseball. Whether you like it or not, the last few years I’d be the first one to tell you I haven’t been the Pedro Martinez that I’m used to being. And if nobody takes a chance, I’ll go fishing. If I’m healthy and I’m able to do the things I used to do, I think a lot of people are going to regret not taking a chance

Q: Is the door closed with the Mets?

PM: I don’t know really. The season hasn’t’ started. I’m not really worried about what they do. I’m just getting ready. For sure I’ll be ready. If I’m healthy, anybody would have a bargain – if I’m healthy. If I’m not, well, I’ll go home fishing. My boat is waiting for me.

Q: Is there one team you’d love to play for?

PM: Love to play for? All of them. All of them. I’m open to play for anybody that would give me respect, treat me the right way, and actually going to make me feel comfortable.

Q: Would you do what Tom Glavine did — sign a low base contract with incentives?

PM: If I wanted to pitch that bad, I probably would. But I don’t think I’m in that stage. I believe I’m very comfortable. I’m not going to let anybody disrespect my abilities the way I am. I’d say no, that’s it. I wouldn’t say I want to pitch that bad.

Basically, what I got from reading this was that Pedro is definitely confident that he can come back and be a good pitcher once again. His velocity has gone down and he wont throw as hard but if he can get his pitches down and stay healthy – that’s good enough.

However, he’s also obviously not desperate to pitch. If there were any chance at a reunion with the Mets it would be on an incentive-laden deal and he’s clearly not open to that. In his own words, it would be disrespectful.

I wish Pedro much luck in finding a new team. He didn’t turn out the way we thought he would but in the end his arrival to Flushing changed the Met culture. We needed some one like him to come in and symbolize a new Met era – a new beginning. His personality and his leadership won us over from day 1. The WBC will be his proving grounds and hopefully he does good enough and lands himself one last contract before he goes fishing.

Johan Won’t Be Going To N.Y

March 1, 2009

This is great news. During the game today, which by the way was awesome because we crushed the Astros 13-1, we got the great news that Johan won’t be going to get that MRI done from the Mets camp. There’s two reasons:

1. Johan said he was feeling great after throwing this morning

2. Weather. Forecast is showing a pretty bad snow storm for later tonight into Monday morning.

The important one there is number 1. The fact that he felt good was the best news and you know Omar and Co. let out a huge sigh of relief.

Santana’s Off To N.Y For Further Testing – Say’s He’s O.K

March 1, 2009

Following news of Johan’s “injury” *don’t want to use that word – hence, the quotes – I think it’s pretty safe to say we saw this coming. Santana’s off to N.Y today and will reportedly have an MRI to see what the heck is truly going on in that arm of his.

This morning he threw 35 pitches off the mound this morning at 80 to 85% effort and say’s he felt “fine”. “I felt fine,” Santana said. “It’s the first time in the last four days that I threw, but I feel good. … As you throw more pitches, you feel better. That tells me we’re making progress and getting loose.” Pitching Coach Dan Warthen expressed similar aprroval.

Apparently he was trying to get ready for the WBC too fast too soon. This was before the team had made the decision of not letting him go in order to rest his knee a bit more and be 100% safe with it. “Coming to spring training, my mindset was to participate in the WBC,” Santana said. “Somehow you have to find a way to get ready. I think that’s what it is – throwing too much too soon.”

Once Santana gets back from N.Y he’ll throw a bit more and possibly have to throw one or two batting pactrice sessions in order to keep up, however, they won’t push the envelope and will take it slow.

Uh-Oh, Johan Has Irritated Triceps Tendon

February 28, 2009

I have no idea what that means but here’s what’s going down:

Johan Santana says doctors told him it’s the triceps tendon that is causing stiffness in his pitching elbow. With pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Jerry Manuel already on the bus for Lakeland, Fla., Santana said he’ll wait until Sunday to map out a plan for pitching. But it’s clear he won’t be in a Grapefruit League game for a while. Santana said he hopes to throw a light bullpen session on Sunday. He then wants to face hitters in a batting-practice-style setting two or three times before entering a game. With potentially two days rest in between each BP, we’re possibly talking two weeks before a game appearance. -Daily News

Now, there’s mixed feelings about this everywhere. While the Mets camp is saying don’t worry the fans are feeling something else. HELLO! IT’S JOHAN SANATANA! If we lose him you can forget about our season. The worst part of all this is that even Johan himself wouldn’t assure the media that he would be o.k and ready to pitch on opening day which is 36 days away. “I’m not going to rush anything,” he said. “I have 162 games. With what we want to accomplish, we have 162 games. We’ve got to go one game at a time and everything starts April 6. Whether it’s going to be me or somebody else, that’s tough to say right now. Right now, on paper, I’m supposed to be the one, but we have to wait five more weeks to know that.”

According to him this isn’t the first time he’s been pushed back from starting a spring training game. Back in Minnesota Johan says it happened a few times but that he was always ready by opening day. About the tightness Johan said, “They told me it was my triceps tendon or something. I always go through a lot of tightness in my whole body; it was just that day I felt like ‘Wow.’ ”

Yesterday I was watching the MLB Channel and one of the guys said that it’s probably nothing to go crazy worrying about. It’s normal for players and pitchers alike to get muscle tightness or spasms because during the offseason the muscles tighten back again after being loose all season. It makes sense, but you can’t help but worry either way because we don’t necessarily know exactly what’s going on even though they said he has an irritated tendon.

Let’s just pray this is nothing serious and that our ace is ready for opening day and for the rest of his regular season starts. We can’t afford to lose him.