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Mets Spring Training: Week 1 in review

The first calendar week of camp is complete, with Mets pitchers, catchers and position players all on the premises. Here’s a recap of what went down in Week 1:

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“It’s hard seeing all the guys, seeing them put their uniforms on and realizing that Spring Training is going to go a little differently this year,” Harvey said during his first day in camp. “Today has definitely been a little bit of a struggle.”

  • Mets doctors later cleared Harvey to throw a baseball for the first time since surgery, which he did Saturday.

“There’s always a conversation on [the payroll]. It’s not something that [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] can just go out and do whatever he wants, but yes we’ve had multiple conversations, and we’ve had the ability to go after some guys that I don’t think anybody knew we were going after. They didn’t all hit, but we did try, and those all would have expanded the payroll above where we are now.”

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/17

Today was the first official workout for Mets pitchers and catchers. Lots happened today, including Jeff Wilpon’s Q&A with MLB.com.

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What we learned: Not long after the Mets seemed to tab Jenrry Mejia a starting pitcher for good, manager Terry Collins said that Mejia could make the team out of the bullpen. … Noah Syndergaard is a large, large human.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“We had to use our money to sign a few guys. We don’t have any bats, we don’t have any balls, we don’t have any lights. But we do have players.” –Collins, after a light in the Mets’ press conference room proved non-operational.

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Mets COO Wilpon: Piazza “is a true Hall of Famer”

After Mike Piazza fell short in his Hall of Fame bid for the second straight year, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released the following statement:

“On behalf of the organization and our fans, Mike is a true Hall of Famer. We proudly display his plaque in the Mets Hall of Fame, and we’re hopeful that he’ll soon have one hanging in Cooperstown.”

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Here is the full tally of voting totals, with former Mets players highlighted:

Player (Years on ballot) Total Votes Percentage
Greg Maddux (1) 555 97.2
Tom Glavine (1) 525 91.9
Frank Thomas (1) 478 83.7
Craig Biggio (2) 427 74.8
Mike Piazza (2) 355 62.2
Jack Morris (15) 351 61.5
Jeff Bagwell (4) 310 54.3
Tim Raines (7) 263 46.1
Roger Clemens (2) 202 35.4
Barry Bonds (2) 198 34.7
Lee Smith (12) 171 29.9
Curt Schilling (2) 167 29.2
Edgar Martinez (5) 144 25.2
Alan Trammell (13) 119 20.8
Mike Mussina (1) 116 20.3
Jeff Kent (1) 87 15.2
Fred McGriff (8) 67 11.7
Mark McGwire (8) 63 11.0
Larry Walker (4) 58 10.2
Don Mattingly (14) 47 8.2
Sammy Sosa (2) 41 7.2
Rafael Palmeiro (4) 25 4.4
Moises Alou (1) 6 1.1
Hideo Nomo (1) 6 1.1
Luis Gonzalez (1) 5 0.9
Eric Gagne (1) 2 0.4
J.T. Snow (1) 2 0.4
Armando Benitez (1) 1 0.2
Jacque Jones (1) 1 0.2
Kenny Rogers (1) 1 0.2
Sean Casey (1) 0 0.0
Ray Durham (1) 0 0.0
Todd Jones (1) 0 0.0
Paul Lo Duca (1) 0 0.0
Richie Sexson (1) 0 0.0
Mike Timlin (1) 0 0.0

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Mets visit Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Twelve years minus one day after terrorist attacks struck the World Trade Center, the Mets again paid tribute.

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To learn more about Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, check out this Eyewitness News piece from two years ago.

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Mets honor Mariano Rivera with gifts, self-deprecating humor

The Mets presented retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with three gifts prior to his final game in Queens: a mounted hose nozzle from an FDNY truck, an authentic FDNY call box, and an opportunity to throw out the night’s ceremonial first pitch.

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COO Jeff Wilpon also offered this quip to Rivera, who responded with a laugh: “I wish we could see you in the World Series,” Wilpon said, “but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

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Mets owners reportedly pined for Willets Point casino

Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz reportedly lobbied to bring a Las Vegas-style casino to the Willets Point area around Citi Field. From today’s New York Post:

While team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are still having trouble opening their tight pockets for high-priced free agents, that didn’t stop their development arm, Sterling Equities, from betting on a proposal that called for bringing a massive casino with gaming tables and slots, a 500-room, full-service hotel, 1.8 million square feet of retail and other amenities to the Willets Point development site in Queens.

The Southampton-based Shinnecock Indian Nation signed on to operate the casino, and the Wilpons and partners even offered the city $100 million for the 62-acre site, according to the development team’s proposal, which was first obtained by project opponents Willets Point United and NYC Park Advocates.

With live-dealer casino gambling currently illegal in New York, except on tribal lands, the Wilpons and partner Related Companies were awarded a consolation prize.

In June, the Bloomberg administration handed them 23 of the 62 acres of city-owned land they sought in the September 2011 casino proposal — most of which is now used for parking — to build a $3 billion retail and entertainment complex without a casino.

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In pictures: Wright signs eight-year deal

Some pictures from today’s David Wright press conference, courtesy MLB.com’s photo department:

David Wright is happy to stay in New York  Ben Platt/MLB.com

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Report: Mets only “50-50″ to re-sign Wright

Despite public optimism from COO Jeff Wilpon, the New York Post quoted an anonymous source Tuesday in saying that the Mets are only a “50-50″ bet to ink third baseman David Wright to a long-term contract extension this winter.

The source told the Post that Wright “is less than thrilled with the length of contract and amount of guaranteed money the Mets have offered,” which “could set up a game of chicken between Mets brass and Wright’s agents.”

“Part of it is [COO] Jeff Wilpon tries to win every negotiation, he doesn’t go for the middle ground,” an anonymous source told the paper.

Later Tuesday, Wilpon appeared publicly in Far Rockaway, Queens, and said he is more optimistic than he was two months ago that the Mets will be able to re-sign Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey.

“Certainly it’s gotten better because there’s conversations going back and forth,” Wilpon said. “So when you look at it from the end of the season when you didn’t really know how they were going to accept, or look at how we were positioning things and they were positioning things, there’s more optimism.”

Both Wright and Dickey are under team control for one more season.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 2/23

An eventful day here in Port St. Lucie, highlighted by bullpen sessions from Jenrry Mejia, R.A. Dickey (below) and Johan Santana, who said he “felt good” after his third session of the spring.

Jason Bay also showed up to camp a couple days early and spoke about his winter, in which he stripped his swing down to what it was with the Pirates and Red Sox. Bay has said similar things in the past, but he appeared relaxed and refreshed during a 15-minute chat.

After workouts ended, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and other members of the front office boarded a private helicopter bound for Miami and the Knicks-Heat game. Earlier in the day, Collins had called Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin an inspiration for his team, though an immediate Twitter backlash indicated that the helicopter — given the Mets’ money woes — may have been in bad taste.

About an hour before that crew departed, a hearing began in New York that could have major implications on the Wilpon’s litigation with Irving Picard, the trustee seeking to recover funds from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Picard wants $83 million from Mets ownership before the March 19 trial even begins; the Wilpons want the trial thrown out altogether.

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Mets officially face $1 billion lawsuit

A full story detailing Irving Picard’s amended lawsuit is coming later today on MLB.com. For now, here’s a copy of the Picard’s press release detailing the suit, via the trustee’s web site:

NEW YORK, NY – March 18, 2011 – Irving H. Picard, the Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (“BLMIS”) today announced the filing of an amended complaint, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, against Sterling Equities (“Sterling”), its partners, their family members, and certain related trusts and entities (collectively, the “Sterling Defendants”).

The amended complaint provides additional specific detail and quantification of the alleged fraudulent transfers from BLMIS received by the Sterling Defendants.

In addition to the approximately $300 million in fictitious profits received by the Sterling Defendants cited in the original complaint, the amended complaint states that the Trustee seeks more than $700 million in alleged fraudulent transfers of principal received by the Sterling Defendants, bringing the total recoveries sought by the Trustee from the Sterling Defendants to more than $1 billion. The additional alleged fraudulent transfers of principal occurred during the six years prior to the December 2008 commencement of the BLMIS liquidation proceeding and include preferential transfers received by the Sterling Defendants within the 90-day period prior to the filing date.

“The amended complaint sheds more light on the deep dependency of the Sterling business
organization on the continuation of the Madoff fraud and certain knowledge of indicia of fraud by the Sterling partners,” said David J. Sheehan, counsel to the Trustee and a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP, the court-appointed counsel for the Trustee.

“Perhaps the most telling evidence of Sterling’s dependency on Madoff is the fact that postrevelation of Madoff’s fraud, the Sterling partners were forced to negotiate with at least seven lender banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC, M&T, Wachovia, and Bank of New York (the “Lender Banks”), to restructure more than a half-billion dollars in collective debt – not just the millions of dollars of debt secured by the Leveraged KW BLMIS Accounts,” said Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr., counsel to the Trustee and a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP.

As described in the amended complaint, in the aftermath of the discovery of the Madoff fraud, with full notice of the potential liability to the Trustee faced by the Sterling Defendants, Sterling and the Lender Banks entered into various restructuring credit facilities containing certain provisions that attempted to circumvent any potential recovery action initiated by the Trustee.

“The restructuring demonstrates both Sterling’s and the Lender Banks’ serious concerns regarding potential recoveries by the Trustee, and supports the Trustee’s contention that the Sterling Defendants were inextricably bound to the Madoff fraud,” said Mr. Bohorquez.

The amended complaint also provides additional substantiation of the inter-dependent relationship between Sterling and BLMIS as well as certain Sterling partners’ knowledge of Madoff’s dishonesty in his investment advisory business. For instance, the amended complaint details a multi-milliondollar interest- and cost-free bridge loan from Madoff to Sterling in connection with its purchase of the broadcast rights for the New York Mets from Cablevision. This transaction was documented by a single letter agreement that falsely described the loan as an “investment” by Ruth Madoff in the company that would later become the SNY network.

The Sterling complaint was initially filed under seal on December 7, 2010 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The original complaint was unsealed on February 4, 2011.

In addition to Mr. Sheehan and Mr. Bohorquez, the Trustee acknowledges the contributions of the Baker & Hostetler attorneys who worked on this filing: Lauren Resnick, Kathryn Zunno, Steven Goldberg, Amanda Fein, Keith Murphy, Marc Skapof, George Klidonas, and Henry Bodenheimer.

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