Results tagged ‘ Yankees ’

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/25

What we learned: Jenrry Mejia could make the Mets on a technicality, with the team concerned about Jon Niese’s health … both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the Opening Day roster.

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“Performances matter. I think last year was a small sample. This year is an almost equal sample, so I think we have to take everything into account. We’re not ignoring Spring Training performance.” –General manager Sandy Alderson on Vic Black

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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/15

One more game in the desert before the Mets head back east.

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What we learned: Believe the hype: Cashman Field in Las Vegas is as hitter-friendly as they come. … Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss significant time with a stress reaction in his shins, perhaps creating another suitor for Stephen Drew.

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“If you get hit when it’s 117 degrees right here, you get to go into the air conditioning.” –Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman on Cashman Field’s unprotected dugouts

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/28

Grapefruit League Game 1 is in the books. The Mets lost, 5-4, after leading most of the afternoon.

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What we learned: Rookie fifth-starter candidates Rafael Montero (above, on mound) and Jacob deGrom may be legit. Those two combined for four scoreless innings against the Nationals with six strikeouts in their spring debuts. … Jon Niese may have set himself up for his recent bout with shoulder soreness due to focusing too fully on strengthening his rotator cuff — and not the surrounding muscles — this winter.

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“What you saw were guys throwing strikes with good stuff. That plays anytime.” –Manager Terry Collins on Montero and deGrom

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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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Beltran on Mets years: “They’ve got to blame the guy who makes the most money”

Carlos Beltran was officially introduced as a Yankee on Friday, and had some harsh words for the Mets. For the first time publicly, Beltran admitted the friction that surfaced between him and the Mets after he skipped a team visit to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington in 2010, and when the two sides clashed over Beltran’s medical procedures.

“All the controversy about the Walter Reed, the knee — the organization was trying to put me as a player that was a bad apple,” Beltran said. “‘I was this, I was that.’ I can deal with 0-for-4 and three strikeouts and talk to you guys. But when someone is trying to hurt you in a very personal way, trying to put things out there … then we got trouble. Now, it’s personal.

“When they say all that about myself, I was hurt. You cannot believe the organization that signed you for seven years is trying to put you down. In that aspect, I felt hurt.”

Despite all that, Beltran’s legacy in New York still seems to be the called strike three he took against Adam Wainwright in the 2006 National League Championship Series — not the three homers and 1.054 OPS he posted that series, nor the .280/.369/.500 slash line he put up over seven seasons in Flushing, averaging 120 games played per season.

As Marty Noble writes, Beltran finally has a chance to rewrite that legacy — only with a different team. Give it a read.

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Wilpon: Torre’s accomplishments “speak for themselves”

Though Joe Torre will always be best-known for his work as the four-time World Series-winning Yankees manager, he will also be inextricably linked with the Mets. Torre ended his playing career with three seasons in Flushing from 1975-77, then began his managing career with five seasons from 1977-81.

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Upon Torre’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled that Joe Torre has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame,” the statement read. “Joe has distinguished himself throughout his career both on and off the field.  His records and accomplishments as a player and manager speak for themselves.  All of us at the Mets salute and congratulate Joe.”

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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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The scene: Subway Series Game 1

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Ike to co-host charity golf tournament for Sandy relief

From the MLBPA:

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis and New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson are representing their peers and going to bat for Superstorm Sandy victims, when they co-host a Players Trust all-star golf tournament on Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, Long Island on Wednesday, July 17.

Golfers and baseball fans alike will be able to combine two of America’s greatest passions during an unforgettable day on one of the country’s most famous golf courses – Bethpage Black – while helping Major Leaguers and the Players Trust raise funds to support Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.  Already scheduled to join Ike and David in their efforts to help Sandy victims are former big leaguers Bobby Bonilla, Aaron Boone, Ron Darling, Ken Griffey Jr., Al Leiter and Jeff Nelson.  Additional players joining the cause will be announced on an ongoing basis.  

“I’m looking forward to teaming up with David Robertson, the Players Trust, and members of the fraternity of Major League baseball players, to help raise funds and awareness for Superstorm Sandy victims,” stated Ike.  “This July, New York will become the center of the baseball universe, and it’s only fitting that the baseball-playing community use this as an opportunity to assist the thousands of people in the area impacted by the storm who support our great game on a daily basis.”

“As Major League baseball players we’re given a stage to help raise awareness for victims of natural disasters long after the immediate attention subsides,” said David, who, along with his wife, Erin, created the High Socks for Hope foundation to lend support to those suffering in the wake of natural disasters, including Sandy. “I’m looking forward to joining forces with Ike Davis and a who’s-who list of former big leaguers to do our part to help communities still suffering from the effects of such a devastating storm.”

The Players Trust all-star golf tournament on Bethpage Black is part of the non-profit’s Disaster Relief programming efforts. In addition to what many players have done individually, Major Leaguers have committed up to $500,000 in aid from the Players Trust to non-profit organizations helping victims of Sandy recover from the destruction.  To date, the Players Trust has directly contributed more than $175,000 to various organizations providing needed assistance to storm victims.  Among those receiving funds are Red Hook Initiative (Brooklyn); Project Hospitality (Staten Island); Rockaway Reach (Rockaway, NY); NJ 2-1-1 (New Jersey); Pitch In for Baseball and Points of Light’s Long Island Recovery Volunteer Center.  A separate $100,000 contribution from the Players Trust to New York State’s Natural Heritage Trust will go toward the removal of hundreds of downed trees and improvements to damaged turf on public golf courses.

On November 2, 2012, Major Leaguers joined forces with the Commissioner’s Office in contributing a combined $1 million to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Feeding America to assist emergency relief efforts in the most devastated areas along the East Coast affected by Sandy. On May 9, the MLBPA and MLB-operated Baseball Tomorrow Fund joined with the New York Mets Foundation to contribute up to $1 million through a relief grant program for youth baseball and softball organizations that were directly affected by the storm.

Golf tournament participation levels begin with the $8,000 Single, which includes one foursome with a celebrity pairing, a unique, gift-filled SWAG bag and photo for each golfer, and four tickets to the post-event dinner, to be held at luxurious Carlyle on the Green. Double, Triple and Home Run sponsorship levels are also available, and each includes tickets to the Trust’s exclusive 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game viewing party to be held the night before the golf tournament at the St. Giles Hotel and attended by many of the celebrity golfers. Portions of the costs are tax deductible.

Since hurricanes struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, the Players Trust has contributed more than $3 million in the wake of natural disasters in the U.S., Haiti and Japan, long after the spotlight faded.  These funds have been used by non-profit organizations to provide and/or sustain services and aid such as senior housing, mobile medical units and after school programs in the Gulf Coast; improved drinking water, medical supplies, prosthetics and training in Haiti; mobile community cafes, organic agriculture, mental health clinics and volunteer centers in Japan and new homes for families in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin, MO.

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