Main Goes to Florida

Maine is now in Florida

The former Mets pitcher that is. John Maine signed a minor league deal with the Marlins and will be invited to Spring Training, the Marlins said in an email.

He last pitched in the Majors on May 20, 2010 for the Mets before having season ending surgery on his right throwing shoulder.

In five seasons with in New York, Maine went 39-32 with a 4.17 ERA and 467 strikeouts over 542 innings. He battled a number of injuries with the Mets including a strained right rotator cuff, a bone spur in the shoulder and arm fatigue. He didn’t have many sports gambling options.

In 2011 he pitched with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rockies and last year he was with the Yankees organization going 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 16 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, also a Triple-A club.

Maine pitched for two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles prior to joining the Mets. He was part of the Jorge Julio/Kris Benson trade that brought him to New York.

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Check Out The Kult of Mets Personalities Podcast with Special Guest Rick Peterson

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Nik Kolidas and Gene Anthony sat down with former Mets pitching coach and current Baltimore Orioles Director of Pitching Development Rick Peterson who gave his views on pitching today, his work with the Orioles and his days with the Mets. As usual when it comes to the Kult of Mets Personalities there is always a bombshell or two from our guests and Rick Peterson is no exception. Enjoy!

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HOW IS EDGARDO ALFONZO NOT IN THE NY METS HALL OF FAME?

Have you been watching MLB Networks Baseball IQ quiz show? I watched the first couple of shows and for the most part it’s a pretty good show. It would be even better if Matt Vasgersian, who just oozes douchebagness were not a part of it (I hope to see you one day at Citi Field Vasgersian as I have a gift for your ass, a size 11 Nike) and if the participants had just a smidge of personality. Mets representative, Ben Baumer ,who has been the clubs Statistical Analyst for years has finally been seen in public but before he was free to be seen the Mets PR staff should have given him a primer in how to smile and not act like he’s being held by Al-Qaeda for questioning, Ben, sweetheart, lighten up!

I will give the contestants this, it is very tough to answer question on TV than when your ass in in a chair at home stuffing Cheez Doodles in your mouth. Some of the questions do take a bit of thinking like name the top 15 players Colorado Rockies history in games played, but if you work for the Baltimore Orioles, like their rep Jay Moskowitz does and not know Brooks Robinson (tied with Carl Yastrzemski) played   the most seasons for one team, that’s disgraceful.

Most of the questions on the show are about listing the top 10 or 15 in a bunch of categories. One question that intrigued me was when the contestants had to name the teams with the most World Series championships. We all know the New York Highlanders and St. Louis Cardinals rank 1st and 2nd  but if I asked you off the top of your head who was 3rd and 4th would the Athletics and Red Sox come to mind right away? For all the Curse of the Bambino bullshit, the Red Sox have the 4th most World Series titles in history at seven the A’s are third with nine, again not easy answers to come with under hot studio lights.

The questions on the show got me to thinking, if I were asked to name the top ten Mets in different categories, how well would you do? So I took out my NY Mets 2011 Media Guide and opened it to the All Time Mets Record holders list to see and I found more than a few surprises.

I’m sure if I asked you who played the most games in Mets history, you’d come up with (bow your head) Ed Kranepool. If I asked you was second, would you know it was Bud Harrelson? Yes, Bud played in 1,322 games to Krane’s 1,853. The only current Met on the list is David Wright who comes in 8th place at 1,004. With the way baseball is today, I wonder if Kranepool’s record for game played as a Met will ever be topped.

As I looked over the twenty categories listed in the Mets media guide in the all-time leaders section, the name Edgardo Alfonzo popped up on fifteen of the twenty categories, that put Alfonzo second just behind Darryl Strawberry for most top ten categories. (Straw is top ten in seventeen of the twenty failing to crack the top ten in  batting average, pinch hits and pinch hit home runs. I think we should be clamoring for number 18 to be retire don’t you think?)

Here is a list of the fifteen categories and his rank all time as a Met for Fonzi:

8th in HR w/ 172

10th in RBI w/456

6th in Total Bases w/1736

7th in batting avg. w/.292

7th in games played w/1086

8th in at bats w/3887

5th in runs scored w/614

4th in hits w/1136

4th in 2B hits w/212

6th in OBA w/.367

7th in HBP w/29

5th in Sac Fly w/40

7th in BB w/458

5th in Multi-hit games w/314

The only offensive categories Fozi failed to make the top ten in were stolen bases, triples, SLG (just missing w/.445 avg) and two he’d never qualify for pinch hits and pinch hit home runs.

Which brings me to this conclusion, Edgardo Alfonzo is a much more worthy inductee to the Mets Hall of Fame than John Franco.  Talk about underrated versus overrated. After looking over this all-time list it’s somewhat embarrassing that Fonzi is not in the Mets hall, sure Franco is an ownership favorite but if you polled Mets fans I bet they vote for Fonz over Franco for Hall of Fame honors, oh I forgot who cares what the fans think.

 

 

 

 

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HIGHLANDER STADIUM, A NICE PLACE TO VISIT BUT I WOULDN’T WANT TO CALL IT HOME

As I mentioned yesterday, I took a trip to the South Bronx to watch the Highlanders-Indians game which was my first visit to the new Highlander Stadium, so I’d figure I’d give you  some of my observations of the ball park.

It’s big, very big much bigger than Citi Field and because of that you are much further away from the field than at Citi.

As soon as you head down the stairs of the 4 train you know you’re at HIGHLANDER STADIUM because the Highlander brand just suffocates you. Maybe suffocates is too strong or maybe as a Mets fan I wish Citi Field was as Mets-centric as Highlander Stadium. Hell, even the hot dog stand is named Highlander hot dogs. Every single inch of the place is decorated in Highlander colors and there is no mention of the old Baltimore Orioles , who became the Highlanders and then the Yankees. No its’ Yankees, Yankees and more Yankees.

They sell t-shirts for just about every member of the team and of course all the retired stars. I was very, very tempted to buy a MARTIN 1 t-shirt as I always admired Bill Martin and his style of managing. His off the field way left a lot to be desired for sure but as a manager Martin was as good if not better than anyone who ever ran a baseball team.

For me to get to Highlander Stadium is a breeze. I took the 10:30 AM ferry out of Staten Island, then walked up to Bowling Green to get the 4 train and I was in front of the ball park by 11:45. It takes me that long to get from my house to the Gowanus /BQE merge going to Citi Field.

There are no ushers at Highlander Stadium. There are security people and the Highlanders post a number you can text to report a problem in your section. I sat in Section 420B yesterday and while everything was fine there was this one young lady who kept getting up looking for friends of hers and blocked the view of some fans. One of the blocked fans must have texted the number given as a security guard with ear piece came to the section and went right to the row where this gal was and asked if everything was ok here. Pretty impressive.

The Stadium itself (it’s not a ballpark it’s a STADIUM) has no charm. As you walk in the concourse level is just like entering a high end shopping mall. There are many, many workers who hold up signs “How May I Help You” and whatever you’re looking for at the Stadium they can tell you where it is. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen at Citi Field.     

The food choices were ok I guess, there wasn’t a concession that I said I have to have that. The garlic fires looked enticing but the smell of the garlic was so overpowering I passed. There was a Boar’s Head deli which I guess is very good but I can have a Boar’s Head deli sandwich any time I want. Johnny Rocket’s? There’s one in the SI Mall. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ? I have that before NY Rangers games. Hard Rock Café? If there was ever an organization that was the antithesis of Rock n Roll it’s the Highlanders   So I settled for my favorite sausage and peppers hero.

As for the fans, I guess because it was a Sunday there were a lot of families mostly from NJ, Rockland and Orange County and beyond. Listening to some of the conversations, many were of the casual fan variety but the fan of the day had to be the woman in back of me decked out in here Rivera jersey, cap who cheered and cheered for Jeter and A-Rod who upon seeing a man walking down from the upper rows of the section with a Highlander jersey with the number 5 on it asked her the guy who was with her, “Who’s number 5” to make it worse the guy who was with her didn’t know. My son who was with me just stared ahead watching the action, shaking his head back and forth. That was the best part of the day.

Citi Field has a lot of warts, most of them brought on by ownership but the atmosphere at Citi is much better and more of a festive block party, hanging out in the back yard BALLPARK whereas Highlander STADIUM is a massive high rise apartment building  where no one knows your name and they like it that way.

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DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I’M EXCITED ABOUT THE RULE V DRAFT

I had the pleasure of appearing on Mike Silva’s NY Baseball Talk show last night on Blog Talk Radio where we discussed the disconnect that some Mets have with reality.

The fact that I know who Boof Bonser is has impressed my friends.  Hey, we can’t neglect our Bisons now, can we?

The Mets selected 2B Brad Emaus from the Toronto Blue Jays (JP must know something here) and RHP Pedro Beato (FINALLY A MET!!!!) from the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule V draft. Emaus has some power and is built like Dan Uggla, so I guess throw Emaus name in the 2B competition this spring. Beato was drafted by the Mets in 2007 as a draft and follow and tried to sign him for $1mil in 2008 but the Commissioner’s office advised against spending that money on a 15th round pick. Beato went back into the draft was taken by the O’s and given the same $1mil the Mets were willing to give out. Oh well, Beato born in the DR was is a Brooklyn boy as he excelled at Xaverian H.S. in beautiful Bay Ridge Brooklyn.

Looks like Ken Oberkfell will be rewarded with the position as Terry Collins consigliere, good to have Obie on board.

Word on the street is Johan Santana won’t be ready to pitch for the Mets until June. No problem. What I’m curious about is how the manager and GM handle the everyday questions about Santana. I’m hoping they address it in spring and inform the MSM that the next time you hear about Johan is when he’s ready to join the big league. Let’s concentrate on the living.

So the Highlanders look ready to shit their pants and offer Cliff Lee a 7 year deal. The kicker will be if the Rangers make a play of 6yrs and sweeten the dough, what will Lee do? Now that Carl Crawford will be grazing in the left field of Fenway Park , the Red Sox have to be favored to win the AL East with that potent lineup and terrific pitching, Lee has the Boss’s Boys by the balls. Yes, I fuckin’ love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

We will now have a moment of silence to mourn the death of #Frenchtober

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HOWARD MEGDAL FOR GM CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN TIMES SQUARE

Yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square, Howard Megdal launched his run to become the General Manager of the NY Mets. Do not be fooled by the recent love letter written in the daily fish wraps, it’s time for old ideas and ways of doing business in Flushing to come to a halt and time for a young man with vision and vigor to take over the regins of the Mets baseball operation, as far as I’m concerned, Howard Megdal is the man to lead us to that goal.

Sure things are all sunshine and seashells but don’t fool yourself Mets fans, the Baltimore Orioles don’t come up on the Mets schedule again for a few years. But isn’t winning grand? Wouldn’t you like to have the feeling of being a Victor every year? Well, then there is only one man who can do that for this organization and that’s Howard Megdal.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2009 @1PM, SALUTE TO NEW YORKS 1969 WORLD CHAMPIONS

Mark your calender on Wednesday February 4th @1PM  when the New York’s World Champions will be honored at Gallaghers Steak House (228 W 52 St Manhattan) Here is the press release for the event:

Gallagher’s Steak House will host a benefit luncheon for the American Heart Association on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 featuring members of the 1969 World Champion New York Mets and Super Bowl Champion New York Jets, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their championship seasons. Right fielders Ron Swoboda and Art Shamsky, first baseman Eddie Kranepool and short stop Buddy Harrelson will be joined by Joan Hodges, the widow of manager Gil Hodges, and Maxene Agee, the widow of centerfielder Tommie Agee. Jets Super Bowl players, running back Emerson Boozer and guard Dave Herman, as well as Knicks World Champion Dr. Dick Barnett will also be on hand. The $75 package will include a three course Power Lunch, an autographed copy of Shamsky’s book “The Magnificent Seasons,” an autographed color photograph of Swoboda, and a donation to the American Heart Association. For tickets and information call Gallagher’s Steak House at 212 245 5336. Reservations are recommended. Gallagher’s Steak House is located at 228 West 52nd Street in New York City. He luncheon will feature the unveiling of a permanent photo gallery featuring the Mets, Jets and Knicks from the 1969 world championship seasons for the three teams.

Also on February 4th:

 

In 1969, yes, it was 40 years ago, man landed and walked on the moon, and the Amazin’ Mets shocked the baseball world when they went from basement to penthouse and defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in the World Series to become baseball’s World Champions. Two members of the “Miracle Mets,” Ron Swoboda, who made one of the greatest catches in World Series lore when he robbed Brooks Robinson in Game 4, and Art Shamsky, who had seven hits in the National League Championship Series to pace the Mets in their victory over the Atlanta Braves, will share their memories when Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway presents “Amazin’ Outfielders” on Wednesday night, February 4, from 7:00-9:00 PM.  The two right fielders will reminisce on the amazing season, meet and greet fans and sign autographs in Empire City’s Gotham Palace at the Entertainment Lounge. Admission is free.

 

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