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David Wright leading teammates in charitable fantasy football

David Wright is among a handful of Major League Baseball players turning fantasy football into charity.

Wright will lead a charity fantasy football draft Aug. 27 at Citi Field, allowing fans to compete against Mets players in a live draft and play against them throughout the NFL season. He, Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy and Jon Niese will each compete in a separate division, with space for 11 fans in each division.

“I try to do as much charity work as I can, and obviously I really enjoy fantasy football, so it seems like the best of both worlds,” Wright said. “I appreciate Adam thinking of me to represent the New York market. It should be a good time.”

Fans can purchase the right to manage a team for a $3,000 donation, and can bring along a co-manager for an additional $1,000. Yet another optional $1,000 allows fans to select the division in which they will compete.

Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Long Island and New York, the Mets Foundation and Big League Impact.

The latter is the personal charity of Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who is organizing the event throughout baseball. After launching the inaugural event last year in St. Louis, Wainwright called star players around the league this year to expand it. That’s where Wright comes in.

League managers in New York will be invited to participate in a live draft at Citi Field, with complimentary food and beverage available. Managers will also receive autographed memorabilia signed by all participating players, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Met, VIP access to batting practice, a behind-the-scenes tour of Citi Field and tickets to that night’s game against the Braves.

More information is available at bigleagueimpact.org/events/wright.

“It’s an easy sell, because you’re talking about hopefully a lot of money going to four really, really cool causes,” Wright said. “They were really excited to be a part of it.”

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Cardinals 5, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

Oh, Murph.

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Three Up: David Wright, Lucas Duda, Daisuke Matsuzaka
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, Bobby Abreu, Ruben Tejada

Season Standings
Jon Niese +9
Juan Lagares +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Jacob deGrom +4
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Eric Campbell +2
Ike Davis +2
Lucas Duda +2
Dana Eveland +2
Jeurys Familia +2

Bobby Abreu +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Wilmer Flores -2
Ruben Tejada -3
Travis d’Arnaud -4
Jose Valverde -4
David Wright -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -7

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Cardinals 6, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

Carlos Martinez, I know. But who’s this Greenwood kid?

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Three Up: Chris Young, Dana Eveland, Josh Edgin
Three Down: Jacob deGrom, Taylor Teagarden, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jon Niese +9
Juan Lagares +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Jacob deGrom +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Dillon Gee +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Eric Campbell +2
Ike Davis +2
Dana Eveland +2
Jeurys Familia +2

Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Lucas Duda +1
Anthony Recker +1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Wilmer Flores -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Travis d’Arnaud -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
David Wright -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -7

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/26

One more game in Florida, then it’s on to Canada for the Mets.

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What we learned: Jose Valverde made the Opening Day roster. Vic Black did not.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“I didn’t see it coming, but I also couldn’t expect anything different, really. What I did was struggle all spring.” –Black on his demotion

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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/16

Back to Florida, with two weeks to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Jon Niese could miss Opening Day with an elbow injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game in Jupiter, Fla.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s the Spring Training from hell.”–Niese

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/12

What we learned: Despite the opposite strategy unfolding in Atlanta, the Mets are not about to fill a major hole by making a free agent splash late in spring.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I’m not interpreting it in terms of our situation. I don’t know that we have a situation here.” –GM Sandy Alderson on the Braves’ deal with Santana

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/2

The Mets are now 0-3 in Grapefruit League play, outscored 21-6 in their three games.

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What we learned: Sorry, Jenrry Mejia, but Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan are the frontrunners to win the Mets’ fifth starter’s job.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s obvious that when you’re Daisuke Matsuzaka, you come with a track record. Certainly with what he’s done in the past, you might have to say he’s probably the guy.” –Manager Terry Collins on Matsuzaka’s chances to win the fifth starter’s job

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/25

One more day of workouts before Thursday’s intrasquad game and Friday’s Grapefruit League opener.

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What we learned: David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud will all participate in next month’s Las Vegas exhibitions against the Cubs, but Daniel Murphy will not. … Terry Collins still expects to be ejected next year, probably more than once.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“That would be like the ultimate jinx.” –Fifth-starter candidate John Lannan on apartment hunting in New York City before making the team

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In defense of Carlos Beltran, an October stud

For Mets fans, the enduring image of Carlos Beltran in October is this:

But judging him on that at-bat alone is far from fair. With his National League Championship Series Game 1 heroics in the books, Beltran has further cemented his legacy not just as a good postseason player, but one of the best of all time.

Consider: Beltran entered NLCS Game 2 with a .750 career slugging percentage in 178 postseason plate appearances, the highest of anyone with even half that many PAs. (Second on the list? Some guy named Babe Ruth, whose lifetime playoff statistics look eerily similar to those of Beltran.)

Coming into the day, Beltran’s October OPS sat at 1.199, fifth on the all-time list by mere hundredths of a point. And while his 16 home runs only rank eighth all-time, they are the most by anyone with fewer than 200 postseason plate appearances.

The common misconception is that Beltran did not enjoy much of that success with the Mets, which is entirely untrue. He hit .278 with three home runs and nine walks in his 10 postseason games as a Met, including .296 with all three of his homers in the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals. Had Beltran not scored the Mets’ only run in the first inning of Game 7, he would not have batted with the tying run in scoring position in the ninth. Had his two-run homer not provided the only runs off Jeff Weaver in Game 1, the Mets might never have even reached Game 6 of that series, let alone Game 7. (Endy Chavez sends his regards.)

So begrudge Beltran for one called strike three on a fantastic Wainwright curveball if you must. But do not let that color your perception of what he is: one of the most talented clutch performers in postseason history.

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Mets to play two nationally televised Spring Training games

ESPN just released its Spring Training broadcast schedule. You can view the Mets:

  • Tues., March 26 vs. Cardinals, 1 p.m.
  • Thurs., March 28 @ Nationals, 1 p.m.

Only 12 days left until pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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