Results tagged ‘ David Wright ’

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/5

The Mets split up on Wednesday but lost both games, anyway. Here’s a picture of palm trees to distract you:

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What we learned: David Wright will play in a Minor League game Thursday, in advance of what will likely be his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. … Terry Collins is strongly considering batting his pitchers eighth this season, according to the New York Post, in an effort to generate more RBI opportunities for Wright.

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“I dedicate the rest of my career to him. Everything I do, I do it for all my family. But I do it for him, mostly. I hope he’s watching from somewhere.” –Mets roster hopeful Anthony Seratelli on his late father, Russell

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/4

Not to be outdone by Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler gave the Mets three brilliantly efficient innings Tuesday. But the story was Curtis Granderson, who hit two home runs in the win over Houston.

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What we learned: The Major League Baseball Players’ Association is “keeping an eye on” the Mets’ financial spending, according to union chief Tony Clark.

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“Mom and dad are here today. They might not approve.” –Granderson on why he has not joined the crew of Mets modeling their hair after Wright

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/3

Behind do-everything pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, the Mets on Monday finally showed up in the win column. They’re 1-3 this spring.

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What we learned: Minor injuries continue to plague Mets camp, with Ike Davis joining Eric Young, Jr., Ruben Tejada, Wilfredo Tovar, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese on the list of early casualties. None of them, however, are expected to miss any significant time. … Johan Santana is close to signing a Minor League deal with the Orioles. … SNY sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt will host FOX’s baseball pregame show this summer in addition to his Mets duties. Steve Gelbs will fill in on SNY when conflicts arise.

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“Harvey is Harvey, but [Syndergaard] and Wheeler are definitely a very close second.” –Braves outfielder Justin Upton on the Mets’ top three young pitchers

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Mets Spring Training: Week two in review

Here’s a recap of what went down in week two of Spring Training at Port St. Lucie, Fla.:

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“It shouldn’t have been a story, anyway. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and then they get hurt. So it was pointless to write an article. I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries. And now it just looks bad.”

  • Davis and Lucas Duda later began their first-base competition with a bang, each homering early in Grapefruit League play.
  • The Mets received another injury scare when Jon Niese began complaining of a sore shoulder, prompting the team to send him to New York for an MRI. That came back clean, and Niese climbed back on a mound for a bullpen session Monday.
  • We profiled Noah Syndergaard, Daniel Murphy and Jeurys Familia. On Syndergaard, whose size and strength have earned him the nickname “Thor,” high school coach David Walden told the story of a pitcher who went from unrecruited to famous in the span of four months:

“We don’t even have kids that can play catch with him anymore,” Walden said. “We’re not taking credit for it because we have no idea what happened.”

  • And, finally, columnist Anthony Castrovince made his way to Mets camp, talking to David Wright, Zack Wheeler and others about the direction of the franchise.

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The best Instagrams of Mets photo day

Some of the best of Instagrams of Wednesday’s Mets’ photo day, from the accounts of those who were there:

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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.

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“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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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/24

It was only a matter of time before something contentious happened at Mets camp. The spring’s first squabble came in the form of a New York Post report revealing that Ike Davis played through injury for much of last summer. Davis responded with venom.

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What we learned: Davis played through injury from mid-May until one if his right oblique muscles “popped,” in his words, in late August. What we don’t know is how much the pain played into his season-long struggles; Davis says not at all. … Unlike fellow veterans David Wright and Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson will not shy away from early Grapefruit League action, preferring to see as much live pitching as possible after injuries severely shortened his 2013 season. … The new rule thought to ban home plate collisions will actually only prohibit the most egregious ones, in which runners or catchers are clearly and actively seeking contact.

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“I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries and now it just looks bad. I didn’t want the article to come out and it did, so whatever.” –Davis on the New York Post report

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/23

The games start soon, beginning with an intrasquad matchup on Thursday. Buckle in.

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What we learned: The Mets will hold back some of their regular starting pitchers early in the Grapefruit League season, in an attempt to see as many arms as possible. Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee in particular will not pitch the first time through the rotation.

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“What is comfort? Is it money? I’ve made an ungodly amount of money. That’s the only way to describe it. We’re in a really cool spot with a child coming on the way, that’s exciting. That would be the way I would describe where we’re at — a very exciting time. But comfort comes and it doesn’t really last.” –Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy

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Jon Stewart, Ty Burrell riff on Mets

Modern Family actor Ty Burrell appeared on The Daily Show last night, where he and host Jon Stewart — two of the Mets’ most famous fans — got a little off topic. Check out the clip here.

You may recall that several Mets players, including Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee, visited the set of Modern Family last year in Los Angeles. David Wright is also a huge fan of the show.

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Wright: “I am so glad that we didn’t sell low on Ike”

Mets third baseman David Wright appeared Wednesday on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. Here’s a partial transcript of his interview, which you can listen to in full here.

Host Adam Schein: What does Curtis Granderson bring to the table in your opinion for the Mets?”

David Wright: “New York is a difficult place to kind of prioritize and put away distractions and go out there and focus on the game and I think Curtis has done that, along with having a couple 40 home run seasons. Not too shabby. And just being around him on a personal level, he is going to make us better for what he brings into the clubhouse, especially with a lot of the Derek Jeter types from the Yankees, that he has gotten a chance to watch and the way they carry themselves and bringing that kind of quiet confidence over to Queens, I think, is going to help us out big time. The numbers speak for themselves what he does on the field but I think what he brings to the clubhouse is equally important.”

Schein: “What are the expectations for Ike Davis this year and maybe as a team leader, how do you help Ike Davis for this upcoming season?”

Wright: “You know what, I am so glad that we didn’t sell low on Ike. I think that this is a year away from him having one of the best halfs of baseball that I have ever seen. A guy that has hit 30 home runs, is a run producer. The biggest thing with Ike in my opinion is the confidence. He has had a couple of years where he has gotten off to horrific starts, he starts beating himself up, he starts spending hours in the cage trying to tamper with things that he probably shouldn’t mess with.

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