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Is David Wright the Mets’ best option at leadoff?

Let me preface this by saying I don’t believe it will ever happen — at least not under current manager Terry Collins, who is typically conservative with his lineup construction. Today’s lead story on Mets.com breaks down the actual candidates for the job.

But sabermetricians have argued for years that a team’s best on-base threat should bat leadoff, and David Wright is clearly that for the Mets. Hitting Wright first in the lineup would guarantee him a few dozen extra at-bats over the course of the season.

“I see it,” Wright said of that argument. “But there’s also probably more likelihood that if you’re hitting three or four, you get more at-bats over the course of the season with runners in scoring position. If you tinker with something, you’ve got to give up something.”

Wright, who actually led the Mets with 15 stolen bases last season, also argued that batting directly after the pitcher’s spot would hurt his run production during the middle innings. But he concluded that “if [Collins] wants to hit me leadoff, I’ll hit leadoff.”

Don’t worry, David. It ain’t likely to happen anytime soon.

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Scenes from the Mets’ first full-squad workout

The Mets held their first full-squad workout today in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The day in pictures:

Daniel Murphy, Jordany Valdespin and Ike Davis participate in fielding drills while manager Terry Collins looks on.

Daniel Murphy, Jordany Valdespin and Ike Davis participate in fielding drills while Terry Collins looks on.

Mets infielders line up for fielding drills.

Mets infielders line up for fielding drills.

Travis d’Arnaud warms up his arm:

 

Sandy Alderson, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz watch the day's proceedings.

Sandy Alderson, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz watch the day’s proceedings.

Josh Edgin throws a bullpen session:

 

Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey throwing in tandem.

Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey throwing in tandem.

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Roster battles begin to take shape at Mets camp

Some new minutiae from manager Terry Collins’ State of the Mets press conference this afternoon:

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  • Lucas Duda is the starting left fielder. He won’t have to compete for the job.
  • Collins would like to carry multiple left-handers in his bullpen. Josh Edgin is close to a lock, with Pedro Feliciano, Robert Carson and Aaron Laffey all possibilities behind him.
  • Mike Baxter could lead off against right-handed pitchers. Collin Cowgill could lead off against lefties. Or Ruben Tejada could lead off against everyone. It’s all still up in the air, though it doesn’t appear that Daniel Murphy is a leadoff consideration at this point.
  • Matt Harvey will not be on any sort of innings limit. Collins expects him to approach or exceed 200 innings this season.

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Ruben hoping to be more like Jose

Ruben Tejada stopped by Flushing today in good shape and good spirits, eager to get going for the season. He took batting practice at Citi Field and plans to report to Spring Training on Saturday, eight days early, which should please Terry Collins just fine.

tejadajoggingSpending the past week and a half working out on Long Island with a group of local big leaguers and prospects, Tejada spent time with Jose Reyes, who helped his former teammate tweak his baserunning technique. Though Tejada said he is willing to bat anywhere in the lineup this season, he hopes to lead off — and believes stealing more bases may be the ticket to doing so.

“We talked about everything,” Tejada said. “In practice, I tried to learn a lot about running the bases, stealing more bases.”

Leadoff or not, Tejada has no competition this spring for the starting shortstop job. The Mets hope only that he proves strong and well-conditioned enough to give them upwards of 150 games at the position.

Tejada hit .289 with a .333 on-base percentage in 114 games last season, missing significant time early in the year with a right quad strain. Still just 23, he has two career homers and 11 stolen bases in 1,132 plate appearances.

Unlike Reyes, Tejada does not possess elite foot speed. But scouts do laud his baseball instincts, which can be every bit as important as speed when it comes to stealing bases.

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Auction to benefit Shannon Forde ends Wednesday

Some pretty cool auction items still remain at CharityBuzz, with proceeds benefiting Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer. Check out the full list here, but remember: these auctions all end Wednesday afternoon.

Available items are:

  • Two tickets to “Saturday Night Live” plus a backstage tour of the set
  • Private hitting lesson with Ike Davis, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Private pitching lesson with Dwight Gooden, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Four tickets to “Wicked,” plus a backstage tour and VIP passes
  • Two tickets to “The Book of Mormon” and dinner at NoBu
  • Meet Howie Rose and the WFAN radio crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Meet Keith Hernandez and the SNY television crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Two tickets to “Phantom of the Opera” plus brunch at Tribeca Grill
  • Meet Terry Collins, sit in on his press conferences, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Be the Mets team photographer for a day
  • Super Bowl XLVI Flip Card autographed by Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning
  • Four tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters plus a team-signed ball

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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Modern Family star on…Jason Bay?

Apparently, Modern Family star Ty Burrell is a big Mets fan. The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up to him and coaxed out gems such as:

On Jason Bay: “Bay is just having a hard time. I relate to that as a performer. When you perform in front of people, you can get into long slumps. Like, I’ve had that happen on stage, where I’ve just given one bad performance after another, because you can’t get out of your head. And he’s having a particularly bad run, and I really feel for the guy, and it’s been really hard to watch.”

On the Mets: “Last year was so painful because there was nothing hopeful about it. We still had all the payroll. It was oh god, this still has to get worse before it gets better. This year to me, even though we’re 25 games back or whatever we are, I feel very hopeful. I feel like [general manager] Sandy Alderson really has this team going in the right direction. They play so hard for [manager] Terry Collins, and they’re still playing hard for him. Their lineup is so depleted.”

It’s worth noting, by the way, that TV buff David Wright ranks Modern Family among his favorite shows of all time.

You can read the full Q&A here: Ty Burrell, Mets Fanatic, Goes Deep on New York Sports

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Mets to witness Greenberg’s dream

The Mets will play a role in an inspirational story next week when New Haven, Conn. native Adam Greenberg, a former professional baseball player whose career ended after he was hit in the head by a pitch in his only Major League plate appearance, joins the Marlins on a one-day contract.

Greenberg will make a second career plate appearance Tuesday for the Marlins, potentially with R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets in Miami. And the Mets will be supporting him in their own way.

“Certainly, it’s a sad story, but I’m anxious to have a chance to wish him luck and tell him we all support his charge back to try to become a Major League player again,” manager Terry Collins said. “It’s a sad case, but he obviously had some great skills because there’s a lot of guys who didn’t get one at-bat for lots of reasons. They might have gotten hit in the head in the Minor Leagues. Again, it’s a sad case but I know our guys will be on the top step clapping for him when he gets in the batter’s box.”

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Mets on Matt Harvey’s debut

Terry Collins, Rob Johnson and Matt Harvey discuss the rookie’s electric debut:

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La Russa: Collins did “the right thing” during Johan’s no-hitter

Not long after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa called Terry Collins to share his thoughts on the game — including the decision to leave Santana and his surgically-repaired left shoulder in for a career-high 134 pitches. La Russa discussed the genesis of that phone call Wednesday:

“I happened to be in New York and I watched every pitch even though I wasn’t at the ballpark,” La Russa said. “The thing starts developing and since I’m not in it, I watch these games and try to put myself in each manager’s shoes. I was managing for Mike [Matheny] and I was managing for Terry. All of the sudden you have what was really, clearly a terrific dilemma.

“I could just tell by looking at his face. He was really grinding on it, and I know the pitching coach was. They wanted to do the right thing. What’s the right thing? It was a really tough call, and they’re worried about his health first and foremost. I just knew what he was going through and it was really quick. When he got the last out, if you look at his face, he was the only guy in the ballpark that was not cheering and celebrating. I knew it was because he had doubts about pushing it.

“I just called for whatever my opinion was worth. I think we were raised the same way about protecting pitchers and caring for them. But I just think the sense of history and the drama. I saw him talk to [Santana] a couple of times. I’m sure he said he’s good to go. So as long as he did that, in my opinion, he had done the right thing. And then I read his comments and I knew that he was still beating himself up, and he was going to want and see how he came out of that. I just wanted him to know before he ever found out if Johan’s got some extra stiffness and soreness, in my opinion, he did the right thing.”

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