April 2012

Yee haw! Mets go Western after win

The Mets had a little fun after Sunday’s 6-5 victory over the Rockies, dressing up in Western and Mexican garb for their plane ride to Houston. Here are the pictures, all courtesy of the Mets:

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Read: Mixed reaction as Reyes arrives at Citi Field

“It was kind of emotional,” Jose Reyes said. “Everybody knows all my career I played for this organization, the New York Mets. The funny thing is, when I got here, I didn’t even know where the visitor’s clubhouse was. I was kind of lost.”

Read more from MLB.com’s Paul Hagen.

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Sunday is Seaver bobblehead day

Passing along this note from the Mets:

Hall of Famer Tom Seaver earned his first Major League victory during his illustrious career 45 years ago tomorrow (April 20, 1967), when he went 7 1/3 innings to turn back the Chicago Cubs, 6-1, at Shea Stadium. Seaver had five strikeouts, including one of Ernie Banks. The first 25,000 fans attending Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Giants can reminisce about Seaver’s accomplishments when they receive a Tom Seaver bobblehead presented by Citi. The Seaver bobblehead is the first of a series of five which also features: Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza as the Mets honor their 50th Anniversary.

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Bo knows DiComo

Here’s me photo-bombing Kevin Burkhardt during his interview with Bo Jackson on today’s SNY broadcast:

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A story worth reading: Dave Cameron

MLB.com’s Doug Miller profiles Dave Cameron, leukemia survivor and managing editor of Fangraphs.com.

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David Wright back in the lineup

Five days after fracturing his right pinkie, Wright is playing third base, batting third:

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Mets enjoying early draft returns

The Mets’ first selection in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, Brandon Nimmo, is currently in extended Spring Training preparing for his next challenge in Class A ball.

As for the team’s next five selections, all pitchers, the combined line looks like this: 36.2 IP, 41 K, 8 BB, 1.72 ERA.

Here are the individual lines:

RHP Michael Fulmer
Selected: Comp round, 44th overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

RHP Cory Mazzoni
Selected: 2nd round, 71st overall
Level: Class A St. Lucie
Stats: 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

RHP Logan Verrett
Selected: 3rd round, 101st overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 14 K

RHP Tyler Pill
Selected: 4th round, 132nd overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

LHP Jack Leathersich
Selected: 5th round, 162nd overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 2 G, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

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Lining up to watch the Mets

The scene outside Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda, 5 p.m. Tuesday:

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NL East standings as of April 8

For the first time since May 1, 2010, the Mets stand alone in first place:

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Niese’s contract extension details

Here is how Jon Niese’s five-year contract breaks down:

2012: $1.02 million
2013: $3 million
2014: $5 million
2015: $7 million
2016: $9 million
2017: $10 million (team option with $500k buyout)
2018: $10.5 million (team option with $500k buyout)

Niese would have been eligible for arbitration from 2013-15 and for free agency in 2016.

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