I Hope I Wasn’t The Reason Daniel Murphy Hurt His Shoulder

Last night on the Sport Media Watchdog Podcast, we discussed Joe Posnanski’s book PATERNO, Roger Clemens comeback with the Sugar Land Skeeters and the blockbuster deal between the Boston Red Sox and the LA Dodgers

Saturday I was in New Jersey for most of the day in Colt’s Neck to be precise and at the Collingwood Flea Market. As I walked around the market I came across a booth that was selling baseball jersey’s. I found a beautiful Mets Daniel Murphy roadie that I just could not pass up. After I bought it, I said to my son, “I hope this isn’t the kiss of death for Murph as a Met by me buying this jersey” So what happens, yesterday Murph hurts his shoulder and will spend his off day in an MRI tube. Sorry 28!

Sandy Alderson wants to sign David Wright and R.A. Dickey to long term deals. David Wright and R.A. Dickey would love to sign long term deals with the Mets. David Wright and R.A. Dickey however, will not sign long term deals with the Mets until they hear what the Alderson Plan is going forward. I don’t blame them at all.  Both players know that the money is out there for their services and this stage of both players careers it seems from what they are saying winning or just a commitment to building a winner is paramount if they will both stay Mets or not.

In Wright’s case he sees that the lineup he’s in now offers no protection what so ever, put him on team like the Reds or Cardinals and his offensive game would flourish. Wright is also starting to look at his legacy in baseball and his chances of making it to Cooperstown. So far in his career Wright has 1393 hits, leaving him 1607 base knocks away from the holy grail of 3,000. That would average out to about 178.5 hits a season for the next eight seasons to hit that mark. Even if Wright was short of the 3K hits, joining a team that was a contender and committed to winning (don’t lie, it’s crossed your mind as you woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat  picturing Wright as a Highlander. If George Steinbrenner were still alive I’d just about guarantee he’d have made Wright an offer so good he couldn’t say no) as a World Series ring or two along with the offensive output Wright should be able to produce for the next eight years would make him just about a lock for the Hall of Fame. Can he achieve that as a Met? I’m not optimistic that he can.

Looks like Terry Collins will be back as manager of the Mets in 2013. I have no problem with that although I’d think there will be a major shakeup of the coaching staff. What interests me is the job status of Wally Backman. Would the Mets bring Backman on board as a coach with Collins starting the season in lame duck status? That would make for an uncomfortable coexistence for sure. What would Sandy Alderson do if Backman is offered a big league managers job or a coaching position. Couldn’t you see Davey Johnson convincing Nationals ownership to bring Backman on as his right hand man to groom as the next Nats field boss?

Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times writes about this date back in 1992 when the Mets traded David Cone to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent.

 

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IT’S BACK TO BASEBALL IN NYC TODAY

Before we look at some Mets-Minutia and the fact that there are 24 days until pitchers and catchers,   a few football thoughts:

I guess this is not a great revelation but Peyton Manning is not just a great QB but he is an immortal football player. His dissection of the Jets secondary was surgeon like.

Sorry Lito Shepard for the kiss of death yesterday.

There is a fine line between confidence and assholeness and the Jets were heading to asshole-ness. None other than Peyton Manning made that known in his post game interview when he said his team knew when to keep their mouth’s shut. You know the rallying cry all week in Indy’s locker room was shutting up Sexy Rexy and his team, which is what Manning did.

I’m not a fan of Brett Farve as I feel is a lot over exposed and a bit overrated but I have new found respect for after yesterday. Farve is one tough sumnabitch.

Get ready for two weeks of Archie Manning career retrospective with the Saints and stories of the son of New Orleans, Peyton going against his daddy’s team and the team he grew up with.

12 men in the huddle late in a Championship game is unacceptable. Brad Childress is lucky he doesn’t coach in NYC, Philly or Boston  if he did he’d have to enter the witness protection program.

Back to baseball

Mets mini-camp opens today and Jerry Manuel will grace the club with his prescience. Adam Rubin (of course!) is on the scene with the first dispatch.

Mike Silva thinks that Ben Sheets is there for the taking for the Mets if they are creative.

Last week there were two great columns about Mariners GM and former Mets Scouting Director Jack Zduriencik who has made his mark and his team a contender this off season.

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