HEY I LIKE 20 YEAR OLD LATIN GUYS….UH WAIT…..THAT DIDN’T COME OUT RIGHT……….BASEBALL PLAYERS THAT IS……….

  13 days until pitchers and catchers

Last night’s hour long PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL show, went by in a flash thanks our own Yankee-Doodle, Michael calling in and Matt Silverman coming on to talk about the ’69 Mets. Some of the topics I wanted to get to in the opening of the show got pushed back as I went on a bit of a Fernando Martinez rant, so I guess I’ll touch on those here.

By the way I got to see F-Mart’s AB last night with the bases loaded and two out in the Dominican Republic v. Venezuela Caribbean World Series game. Martinez did not get a hit in the AB but it was an impressive turn at the plate that lasted 10 pitches until he hit a foul pop that was caught by the Venezuelan right fielder.

I’m not anti-Fernando in any way; I just want the kid to stop acing like he’s a 27 year old journeyman who has never gotten a chance and be the 20 year old who plays so well this spring that he beats out Angel Pagan to be Carlos Beltran’s understudy.

Looks like me and Orlando Hudson have something in common; we both will never play second base for the Mets. So after all the debate about second base for the Mets what’s done is done, Luis Castillo is the Mets second baseman for better or worse till death due us part (or until Reese Havens can prove he can play at the big league level) for 2010.

What is the under/over on how many times Gary Cohen or Howie Rose say “Just out of the reach of Castillo, for a base hit” this season? Let’s set the number at 75.

The last place in the world I thought I’d ever see the name Municipal Credit Union would be on a ball park marquee.  I wonder if those of us with accounts at MCU will get a discount on Cyclones tickets.

I’m very happy for Nelly Figs and his great performance the other day for DR in the Caribbean Series but it wasn’t like he was pitching against the Phillies or Highlanders, it was against Mexico and 45 year old  270 lb Vinny Castila, The Big Fajita!

Maybe things are not as bleak for the Mets as we think. FOX has the Amazin’s scheduled for broadcast 8 times this coming season and one of the games is a prime timer versus the Bronx Bastards.

Maple Street Press is coming out with it’s Mets Annual in a few weeks and there will be a section on the Mets Blogosphere, that will include yours truly.

Matt Silverman is putting out a revised paperback version of his book “100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die” 

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  1. Krane- never give up hope. You may not have the range to play 2B for the Mets, but you have the AGE to be on this team. Unless you think you’re too young?

  2. Nice to speaking to you last night, Steve.

    I think “my” Mets would be well served by telling young F-Mart at the outset that he’s headed for Buffalo. Then he should be told of the expectations the team has for him both on and off the field, his attitude, and conditioning. If he responds well to this challenge then you know you’ve got something.

  3. Scroll down a bit and see who’s coming to spring traing for “my” Pepsi Porchers.

    “Damon update, a pricey souvenir, a reminder about tomorrow and some end-of-the-week tidbits”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/

  4. The issue that I have with F-Mart (and I’m sure many others feel this way) is the time he did not hustle out the dropped pop and was out at first. Inexcuseable on every level. If this is your “shot” in the show, you better hustle your ass off taking your position in the field, let alone when you put the ball in play. He has a lot of credibility to earn after that. It speaks to attitude and preparation. And of course, the GM said the next day on WFAN “most of our players hustle most of the time”. Oy…

  5. The issue that I have with F-Mart (and I’m sure many others feel this way) is the time he did not hustle out the dropped pop and was out at first. Inexcuseable on every level. If this is your “shot” in the show, you better hustle your ass off taking your position in the field, let alone when you put the ball in play. He has a lot of credibility to earn after that. It speaks to attitude and preparation. And of course, the GM said the next day on WFAN “most of our players hustle most of the time”. Hmm….wonder why the Mets have issues with hustling players….

  6. Sorry, I got “duplicate comment” the first time and changed the last line, did not know it would post both.

  7. Wow, Peter, I am very jealous, that I did not come up the the “too young” comment.

  8. @pfh64 – phf64-Dude, that age comment is pretty obvious, Just like the Mets having to substitute Geritol for Gatorade in the Dugout.

  9. Peter,

    The next thing you are going to tell me is that they are not eating sunflower seeds, they are chowing down on Centrum Silver’s.

  10. @pfh64 – They can’t afford Vitamins, too expensive. Probably they give the Ol’ Coots some exlax to keep them regular.

  11. Pete, is Ex-lax cheaper than prunes?

  12. @pfh64 – Dude- you got me on the run. Let’s just see what manifests with all the creaky knees, and bad backs, and self centered attitudes. Hey, you never know, maybe they’ll let the young’uns play. I think there’s a redux of the ’70s coming.

  13. I would have no problems, Peter, if they let Thole, Murphy, and Martinez play 5 days a week. It is better than seeing them play Tatis, Matthews & the other guys from the Senior league…hell, as far as I am concerned if he has a decent enough camp, let Havens play second as well.

  14. @pfh64 – You got my vote for GM.

  15. Peter, I can’t take credit for this, it was my five year old that has that opinion, only he can’t really type yet. I am just the front man…(can you judge the sarcasm from that statement?) I am thinking that it was pretty obvious…but in case someone from the Mets is reading this, and we know they read everything, maybe, just maybe, they will get the hint.

  16. I’d love to think so, gents. But have they ever gotten the hint?

  17. No, Pete, they never do.

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