Posts Tagged ‘Spring Training’

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How to get fired, by Jerry Manuel….Part 2

April 12, 2010

The Mets failed to score a run against Cy-Young favorite Livan Hernandez

A bulls-eye was eventually going to be marked on Jerry Manuel and his job security.  On Sunday, the skipper jump started the process. 

Last week Jerry Manuel began to dig his own grave by erroneously fiddling with the lineup and not using his time wisely in Spring Training.  On Sunday, he practically put the nail in the coffin.  After Johan Santana let up a Grand Slam in the first inning yesterday, and the Mets were not able to muster any runs against Livan “The Great” Hernandez, Manuel said the following: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Beware of batted balls!

March 31, 2010

I guess Eminem isn’t the only one who hates his mother….

Minnesota Twins leadoff man Denard Span hit his mother in the chest with a line-drive foul ball during Wednesday’s spring game in Tampa against the New York Yankees. Span rushed over to the stands to check on her, then stayed in the game. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Everyone’s seen a “Switch-Hitter”, but have you ever seen a “Switch-Pitcher?”

March 30, 2010

Can he make an impact on the Major League level?

Pat Venditte is a pitcher who can deal with both his left and right arms.  Although his talent has only gotten him a job pitching for the Advanced Class-A Tampa Yankees, his technique has given him the opportunity to pitch for a very curious Joe Girardi and the Bomber’s tonight versus the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fl. It should be very interesting to watch an ambidextrous pitcher face off against a switch-hitter like Chipper Jones. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Mets Spring Training Report: Volume 4

March 23, 2010

Pelfrey gave up 4 homers to the Nationals on Monday

All the discussions this spring about the young minor-leaguers, Reyes’ overactive thyroid, K-Rod’s pink eye, and Jason Bay’s arrival have overshadowed the fact that the 2010 Mets will live and die by the depth of their starting rotation.  Despite a glaring need for a number 2 starter behind Santana, Omar Minaya and the Coupons passed on Lackey, Pineiro, and Marquis and failed to make a trade for a Bronson Arroyo esq starter.  They believe that Big Pelf, Ollie, and Maine will all have bounce-back years and surprise the baseball world.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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The artist formerly known as Joba?

March 18, 2010

When you’re coming off a 27th World Championship, and add a Cy-young candidate to an already stacked starting rotation, there’s not much to complain about with the Yankees.   However, yesterday it was reported in some papers that Joba Chamberlain was “pitching for his life” against the Phillies in Spring Training. 

Has it really come to this for what once was the game’s best set-up man? Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Mets Spring Training Report: Volume 1

March 3, 2010

The Metropolitans opened spring training this week, engulfed in cloud of pessimism created by their bruised and battered fan base.  Despite a riveting 4-2 victory over the Braves  in the Grapefruit League opener yesterday, “The Amazings” enter 2010 with their lowest public expectations since the 2004 season.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Microcosm of the Mets failure

January 28, 2010

Coming off a season in which the team lost 92 games and had to endure injury after injury, you would think  Omar Minaya and the Mets would do everything they could to ensure “The Amazing’s” would put an elite squad on the field for 2010.  Rewind to the collapses of ’08 and ’07, and it becomes even more vital that the ownership rejuvenate a disgruntled fan base.

Plenty have knocked Omar and the Wilpons over the past few months for their lack of aggressiveness and downright ineptitude, so I won’t put them on full blast anymore. 

Instead, I’d like to take a look at two players who exemplify everything that is wrong with the Mets — Daniel Murphy and Luis Castillo.  Read the rest of this entry ?