Signs of Progress Within The New York Mets

Very interesting news coming from the Mets yesterday and today. First the team seems to be on the verge of locking up Jon Niese for the next 5 years, that will reward the lefty pitcher during his arbitration eligible years and buy back a year of his free agency eligibility.  This quite a progressive and proactive move by the Mets front office, something not seen in these parts in many ,many years.

Some reports have the deal at 5 years and $28mil, the 5 years is a big commitment to a pitcher who has suffered from fatigue and injury issues in his brief major league career but it speaks to the high esteem the front office holds Neise in.

During the winter there were rumbles that the Mets put Niese’ name out on the trade market (at the same time Billy Beane made it known that Gio Gonzalez was available in trade and of course the deal was made with the Nationals) that wasn’t an indication that the Mets were looking to rid themselves of the young lefty as some Mets fans jumped to that conclusion, it was more to see what was out there in trade for his valuable services as the Mets front office is trying very hard to add depth to the farm system.

Tying up Niese seems like a smart move by Sandy Alderson. As we see in this column by Mark Simon of ESPN, Niese put up some very impressive numbers involving K/9IP, BB/9IP and HR/9IP, add to that he is 25 years old and left-handed,  it’s hard for even the most jaded Mets fan to go against the front office in this move.   

Seems like the verbal kick in the ass that Mike Peflrey received last week when it was reported the club discussed however informally about giving Big Pelf his release,  has now made its way to Jason Bay as Mike Puma reports there has been some talk about Bay becoming a platoon player if he continues to struggle at the plate.  This should show Mets fans that last year’s getting to know segment of Sandy Alderson’ reign as Mets baseball boss is over and now we are entering the “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem” phase of rebuilding the Mets.

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THE LAST HONEST MAN IN FLUSHING, ROBERT ALLEN DICKEY

Finally, someone has stepped up and given the NY Mets the kick in the ass they need, not the pats on the back they have been getting from Father Flanagan Terry Collins, what R.A. Dickey said last night should have come from the manager or from Sandy Alderson but leave it to Dickey to put it eloquently that his teammates suck and need to realize the level of suck they have attained and until the team comes to the grips that the way they have played is an embarrassment and the reason they have been so bad so far this season is that they suck:

“It starts with me,” said R. A. Dickey, who generally pitched well but gave up three runs in the second inning and the decisive home run to Hunter Pence in the eighth. “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are. We can’t keep telling ourselves, ‘Oh, we’re a better team than this.’ We may not be.

 

“We’ve got to be honest about that and identify what we’re doing wrong and do it better.”

In other words, you are what your record says you are. When you have the worst record in baseball, then you are the worst team in baseball. The problem the last few years in Flushing , the delusion in the clubhouse has clashed with the stark reality that the talent on 25 man roster is just not very good.

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BE CAREFUL D-WRIGHT OR YOU’LL SLEEP WITH THE FISH

 

With a win under their belt in thrilling fashion no less, the talk this morning is not about Big Pelf’ outstanding performance pounding the strike zone down low like a blacksmith, but about a former Met who is still on the Skill Set dole as a roving instructor, SNY commentator and the now the spokesman for management John Franco.

 

Those statements that Franco made on Sirius/XM  MLB Home Plate channel with Jeff Joyce and Kevin Kennedy was part Franco’ observation and mostly it was John doing his duty for the Skill Sets. The only thing missing was at the end of the interview hearing Jeffey Skill Set saying “I’m Jeff Wilpon and I approve this message”

 

See Jeffey wants no part of taking on his team, instead of himself waiting for the team to come home and going into the clubhouse and letting them know that he does not hold Omar Minaya, Jerry Manuel or any of the front office people responsible for this slide and is putting the bulls eye right on the players back. And I (I hope you all are sitting down) applaud him for that. I just wish he would have the balls to do it himself and not send Clemenza Franco to do his dirty work. Franco in fact went out of his way to praise Jerry Manuel and his coaches for giving the players the proper instruction during spring training and working extremely hard in the ‘fundies” and making it out that it’s the players who are at fault. It’s about time that the players got a good swift kick in the ass. The message from management is loud and clear to the team “Don’t worry about what management is doing, just shut the fuck up and play”

 

Nothing that Franco said was out of line in fact in fact isn’t in a convenient  winky-dink that as Franco was telling Joyce and Kennedy that he feels the Mets play more like individuals than as a team and that some players are more “me” than “we” guys that J-Man had all his ladies take the bus”  Franco called out the team as looking at padding their stats than worrying about moving runners over and stealing a base when it’s to the teams advantage and not the individuals gain, and how many times have we wanted D-Wright to take the reins of the clubhouse ?

 

I know this for a fact Franco will have no problem walking into that clubhouse when the team arrives back in Queens on Tuesday. Ask any Met who played with Franco and they will tell you he was the most feared guy in that clubhouse, and I guarantee that if D-Wright wants a sit down with Franco, Johnny will be more than happy to accommodate him.  

 

 

What this message does as well is let the players, media and fans know that Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya are not getting fired today, tomorrow or next year but if I were a Mets player I’d be careful buying green bananas.

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MONDAY MORNING QB’S ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE OVER MANNY

So let me get this straight all of the fans that wanted Manny to the Mets are now a bunch of assholes as the revelation that Manny was juiced comes to light. First don’t give the Skill Sets too much credit here for not signing Manny as they had no inside info on what we learned yesterday and the main stream sports media shouldn’t be laughing at fans who were pro- Manny, if anything they should be embarrassed that with all the clamoring for Manny to the Mets not one reporter in this city ever took the initiative to look into any allegations of Manny’s drug use. Jose Canseco who is the equivalent to the cops junkie snitch, made noise that Manny was into PED’s. Maybe if the reporters who go “tisk tisk you stupid fans” used their resources they may have had this story that would give their dying industry a boost it sorely needs.

 

Seeing that Manny is a Scott Bora$ client and that many of the PED positives have come from Bora$ clients maybe Congress should call Bora$ on the Hill to see what he knew and when he knew it?

 

It wasn’t a stellar performance by Big Pelf last night (the second straight start with no K’s has me worried) but he seems to be able to make adjustments during his start and that is a big positive. Last night he was pounding a way with his fastball low and he seemed to go primarily with the fastball and got a lot of ground balls in return. Pelf also went deep into the game by going 7 innings and he is 4-0 so let’s all put a happy face on this start.

 

It’s safe to take your D-Wright jerseys out of the closet. Our boy is back.

 

It will be a shame if J-Man gets suspended for bumping that tub of shit Bill Welke last night as Welke deserved a swift kick in the ass for his atrocious call of interference on Shit Victorino by Jose Reyes. I hope someone on the Mets files that elbow that the Poi Boy threw into Reyes for the next time the teams meet and plants a Rawlings in Doosharinos ribs. Same with the ball that went behind Wright, it’s payback time fellas’

 

Watching Carlos Delgado run is makes my hip hurt. I think J-Man will have to spot Delgado the rest of the year like two games on, one game off to keep him off the DL. The Mets have Tatis, and Murphy to man first to give Delgado time off.

 

After being used just about every other day Brain Stokes has become a forgotten man in the Mets bullpen. With Jon Niese getting the start tonight I’d venture a guess that Stokes may be the first guy up in the pen tonight.

 

So much for J-Man losing Shrek after pinch hitting for him looks like it was the kick in the ass he needed.

 

Watching Keith Hernandez mixing with the great unwashed in the centerfield food court was laugh out loud funny last night. Gary and Ron acted like Keith lost a bet with them and the payoff was doing something Hernandez hates, mingling with the Mets fan masses. Hernandez finally ended up in the Acela Club with his feet up and a glass of Chardonnay just how he likes it.

 

If you’re a Highlander fan and you booed Mariano Rivera last night you should hang your head in shame.

 

R.I.P Dominic Di Maggio, The Little Professor

 

Also best wishes go out to Jerry Remy as he fights a reoccurrence of lung cancer. I met the Rem Dawg last summer in Hyannis and that was a real pleasure. He will be off the Red Sox telecast for awhile but hopefully not too long Get Well Soon Rem Dawg!

 

Sorry about last night’s Pro Baseball Central for some reason the show wasn’t streaming and after a couple of attempts to fix it it just wouldn’t stream and since I’m an idiot when it comes to this stuff I couldn’t get it fixed but we will try again next week (fingers-crossed)

 

 

 

 

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GGGGGGGGGRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I’m amazed how much some folks have their balls in an uproar over Gary Sheffield joining the team. Some are worried about team chemistry, how did that chemistry hold up the last two seasons? This team needs a bad ass even if it’s an over the hill one. The chemistry issued should be moot now that it’s known Sheff signed here because the “face of the franchise”, D-Wright called him and said that the Mets were the team for him.

What are you all afraid of? If Sheffield falls on his face he’ll be gone by the All Star break, if he produces, guess what? Your favorite team just might win the NL East

For all of you concerned with the psyche of Ryan Church think about this. Maybe Church needs a kick in the ass to get motivated. No, I’m not drunk, think about it. In spring training J-Man said the Dan Murphy was a better hitter and that Fernando Tatis would be Church’s partner in RF an now they bring in Sheffield as a way to put a carrot in front of Church to produce. I guess we won’t read about this from the scribes who have access to the team on a daily basis as they are too busy stuffing their faces at the Shake Shack concession at $iti.

Which brings me to Ollie Perez and it’s good thing it was cold and shity and $iti since most fans were busy trying eat their way from left field to right. You know what the season didn‘t start yet but I’m already fed up with how good he food is at $iti Field if it’s a choice of great food or a championship baseball team, I’ll eat a fucking bowl of Alpo okay!

Perez had no feel for the ball today he claimed as he not only lacked command but a clue as well but then again that’s Ollie Being Ollie.

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METS REMOVE URINALS FROM CLUBHOUSE

I watch J-Man in his post game pressers after his bullpen blows yet another game and I must say I admire him greatly. When asked about his bullpens latest choke job he said they pitched with “hesitation and trepidation from contact” which politely means that his relievers are scared shitless to throw strikes and until Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano, Joe Smith and Scott Schoeneweis to name the four main culprits, grow a pair of balls and start challenging hitters there will be more of these type of games. Warlord Jerry has used just about every option he has to his disposal (I‘d love to hear his conversations with Omar Minaya about the bullpen fiasco) and the fact that the Mets blew a 5-1 lead to a team that is not only out of contention, but played a three city road trip and came to town twelve hours before game time and put on a performance in the first three innings like they wished they could just forfeit the game and go home to the Steel City.  That’s what makes this latest meltdown and loss more painful not only was this a game that was handed to the Mets on a platter but the Cheesesteakers and the Tuna’s both lost last night so to sum up the NL East, it won’t be the best team won but the team that sucks the least that comes out on top.

 

The more I keep telling myself I shouldn’t get aggravated about this team, the more I become like a fucking wild man watching these games. Here’s how psychotic I am. I listened to the game at work and when Schoeneweis gave up the single to Steve Pearce, I shut the radio and walked out of the office and went home. So what do I do when I get home? I watch the replay of the game. I deserve a kick in the ass. I’ll say this, I’ve been an Aaron Heilman defender but when you fall behind 3-0 to Luis Rivas (LUIS “FUCKIN” RIVAS) and you just struck out Nate McLouth, and you allow Rivas to get a base hit against you, you deserve to get hit with an empty Rheingold bottle. This is why Heilman should not be a late inning reliever he is not a GANGSTA’ and J-Man knows he’s no GANGSTA’ and that the only GANGSTA’ he has is Wags who is out. Schoeneweis? PULLLEEEZZEEE! Joe Smith? Like the swallows going back to Capistrano, when August rolls around Joe Smith’s right arm turns into a wet noodle. Meanwhile a big  strapping young reliever is sitting in the bullpen spiting sunflower seeds as eunuch after eunuch is sent out to do a mans job. PLEASE J-MAN, FOR ALL OUR SANITY, USE EDDIE KUNZ TO CLOSE UNTIL BILLY WAGS GETS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. What’s the worst thing that could happen he blows a fucking game! At least we will see a new arm flushing our pennants hopes down the toilet.  The next 14 games for the Mets are against teams that are playing for next year (Nats-Bucs-Braves-Astros) the Mets MUST win a minimum of 10 games in that stretch , anything less than that well, then it’s time for Brett Farve, Eli Manning and NY Rangers training camp.

 

Warlord Jerry getting tossed out of the game in the 9th inning yesterday was more out of frustration of his inept relievers than Bill Hohn’s strike zone  but one thing it gave us was that Bill Hohn has not bought a calendar in thirty years. Did you see that John Holmes ‘stache on Hohn when he took his mask off to toss J-Man? Holy Shit! Last time I saw a guy with a ‘stache like that Vanessa Del Rio was on the receiving end of Holmes’ schlong.

 

Reading Peter King’s MMQB and I see where a new football league called the United Football League will start up next year looking like it will take the place of NFL Europe as a developmental league for the NFL. One of the teams will be here in NYC and owned by the Skill Sets and get this, will play at $iti Field. Are you kidding me? How can a football team and a baseball team share a facility at the same time this make no sense and hopefully like most of King’s reporting this one is filed under BULLSHIT. But I will make this prediction. The Skill Sets within 3 years will buy the NY Islanders and move them from Uniondale to Brooklyn NY and Bruce Ratner’s  Downtown arena.

 

I can’t wait to see tonights lineup as J-Man is about fed up with Ramon Castro and his “injured ankle” what is it with Castro that when it’s time to step up this guy always runs and hides? If J-Man goes to him tonight and he says he can’t play then the Mets need to put his fat ass on the DL. Problem is two many nice guys in that Mets clubhouse, someone needs to go Prince Fielder on Castro’s ass.     

 

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