AN OUT THE DOOR POST

A quick post for today as I’m heading out to Citi Field for another Mets bloggers event.

Former Mets cleanup hitter (still can’t believe this guy was the opening day cleanup hitter last season) Mike Jacobs has become the first professional baseball player to be suspended for HGH usage. Jacobs took the banned substance to help with rejuvenating his body from series of knee and back injuries he suffered as a member of the Colorado Sky Sox . I feel bad for Jacobs as here was a guy who played in the big leagues, drawing a big league paycheck but flopped to the point he headed back to the bushes.

Jacobs was worried that he’d become just another guy and be forgotten by MLB GM’s even with his 23 HR and 97 RBI so desperate times call for desperate actions it seems.

To his credit, Jacobs has taken full responsibility for his actions:

“A few weeks ago, in an attempt to overcome knee and back problems, I made the terrible decision to take H.G.H.,” Jacobs said in the statement, a rare confession of doping in a sport where many players who have tested positive denied ever knowingly using a drug. “I immediately stopped a couple of days later after being tested. Taking it was one of the worst decisions I could have ever made, one for which I take full responsibility.”

50 games is a serious sentence and most likely Jacobs’  done as a big leaguer. Sad

The Mets have suffered from a Humpty Dumpty defense this season (All the mangers horses and all the mangers coaches, couldn’t put the Mets defense back together again, or something like that) Manager Terry Collins to his credit has gotten the team to participate in taking infield before games, which no other teams do, but as Andy MuCullough lays out nicely in this piece in the Star-Ledger, it hasn’t help much as the Mets are statistically one of the defensive bottom feeders in baseball. Add the lousy bullpen and shaky starting pitching it’s quite shocking the club is near the breakeven point in wins and losses.

Welcome back K-Rod, the trade the worked out well for both sides. Again, well played Mr. Alderson

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JUST AN AWFUL DAY

After coming home from a long weekend I found out that one of the people killed in that crash in New Jersey played baseball for me for two seasons and competed against me in  Staten Island Little League for eight years.

Eric Colligan 15, was killed in the early morning of July 4th as he and his friends and his friends family were returning home from Atlantic City. Eric played baseball and football for McKee/SI Tech. He was also the ace pitcher/3rd baseman and cleanup hitter for my Babe Ruth League team up until this season. The only reason he didn’t play for us this season is due to his football career was really taking off and he couldn’t commit to baseball due to football camp.

I’m at a loss for words here, this was one terrific young man and to be taken at the age of 15 is just staggering to me. As much as I wanted to write about some Mets stuff today especially about Jason Bay, it all means nothing to me right now.

My heartfelt condolences to Eric’s family for their tragic loss

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SUNDAY FUNDAY

Don’t ask me why but I’ve been thinking of Anthony Young lately

As per Kevin Burkhardt here is the Mets line up for this after noon in SOFL:

Reyes

Cora

Bay

Animal

Wright

Davis

Pagan

Blanco

Niese

Finally J-Man decides to sit Frenchy and replace him with The Animal who not only goes from a Bison, to a pinch hitter but is now the cleanup hitter.

Reyes can not stop showing off his excitement of not having to hit 3rd anymore. Way to know your personnel Jerry

12 pitches, 12 balls last time I saw something like that the players were eating orange slices in the dugout and talking about the latest Sponge Bob Square Pants episode.

Why is it the Tampa Rays who are an MLB welfare recipient can release Pat “He Got No Bat” Burrell and eat his $9mil but the Skill Sets still keep GMJ around ?

Forget Ollie P they will never release him out right. No they idea is put OP in the bullpen so if he just pitches an inning or two he can gut loose with pitches and regain arm strength and hit 90 MPH on the gun. Right, and I can rub Scotts Turf Builder on my head and look like this.

Jenry Mejia tossed 19 pitches yesterday for the Mets. They’ve almost ruined this young man, not quite there yet but give Jerry another week and the job will be complete.

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