If Not Matt Harvey, Then Who ?

Looks like the Sandy Alderson regime has come to face its first real crisis of its reign with what looks like the season ending shoulder surgery that Dillon Gee will undergo. I call this a crisis because Gee’s ailment came out of nowhere and starting pitcher was not on Alderson’s shopping list.
So what’s a GM to do? It seems the last thing the Mets want to do is promote Matt Harvey to the big leagues because they would love to see some more consistency out him and the fact that he has a tendency to leave his fastballs up in the strike zone and in the big leagues that’s a batting practice pitch. Emotionally Harvey is ready and quite frankly he’d fit right into this Mets team as he is young and confident and an ex-teammate of many of the young Mets and besides what are the other options?
Alderson is on record as saying he will not trade a top prospect at the deadline so to getting Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster is out as that would be cost prohibitive in terms of players. Do pitchers like Paul Malholm or Kevin Millwood excite you? Didn’t think so.
It’s great that the Mets want to try to solve this unexpected problem without disrupting the development of a top prospect but sometimes you have no choice. Miguel Batista is clearly not the answer and Jeremy Heftner is like a dounut spare tire, he’s good once in a while for an emergency start or two but more than that you run a great risk of serious damage.
I would love to hear the talk going on in meetings today the Mets brass will have in Atlanta before that start of the second half starts tomorrow night, just to hear who is pro-Harvey and who’s not.

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I’m Still Mad R.A. Dickey Is Not Starting The All Star Game And I’m Not To Affraid To Say It

I got myself in a bit of a Twitter pissing match today over the news that R.A. Dickey was not picked by Tony LaRussa to start the All Star Game tomorrow night. I, like the majority of Mets fans, are totally piss off that Dickey is not starting the game. I made it known on Twitter how pissed I am and how wrong it is that Dickley will not be on the bump for the bottom of the first inning tomorrow night.

I’m not a fan of Tony LaRussa who I’ve always felt is a self-important prick and his decision to start Matt Cain over Dickey just solidified that opinion of the so called genius. I have many reasons why I feel so strongly about Dickey starting the game tomorrow night, he’s earned it with a tremendous first half, his story is one of the most compelling in sports and is a lesson in perseverance and verifying that hard work pays off and he plays for the NY Mets.

Part of the nastiness of my Twit fit was being called out for getting too emotional about Dickey not getting the start and then I was hit with the always clever “who gives a shit who starts the game” I do. I care for the reasons I mention and the fact that he is a NY Met, the baseball team I live and die with. I don’t give a rats ass about any other player who was snubed by not being named to the team or the fact that Matt Cain has pitched well this season, all I care about is a guy writing one of the best rags to riches story is not in the spotlight because of a retired manager who had to have his final “look at me moment” didn’t do the right thing by giving the All Star Game,  a game most baseball fans have grown tired of, a reason to tune in to see the best that the American League has to offer try to hit that mysterious of pitches, the knuckleball and not just any knuckleball but an Angry Knuckleball.

The same folks who took me to task about my “emotional outburst” over Dickey not getting the start are folks I’ve had a bit of trouble understanding most recently.   I’ve tried to explain that the word fan comes from fanatic and when it comes to the teams I root for especially the NY Mets I am proud to say I’m a fanatic, and when I feel the Mets or a Mets player is unjustly treated I react and I’ll never apologize for that.

What’s makes the, I don’t want to say attack as that’s a bit strong but the nasty tone of the tweets is one of the tweeters who claims to be a big NY Rangers fan but felt it would be a shame if Martin Broduer left the NJ Devils. I tweeted back” fuck Marty Broduer, the Devils and Newark NJ”. I mean if you are a true Blue Rangers fan why would you give a rat’s ass if Broduer left Newark for say Toronto or Montreal? Fuck ‘em. Henrik Lundqvist is better any way.

This would be like saying it would be a shame if Jimmy Rollins went to an American League team, are you fucking kidding?

R.A. Dickey is too classy to rip the Genius for not starting him and he doesn’t have to , as R.A. has enough Mets fanatics to handle this injustice for him.

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SPECIAL METS BLOGGERS TICKET PRE-SALE TODAY ON METS.COM

Don’t forget today starting at 10AM and running until 11:59PM tomorrow night, you can buy your Mets tickets via a special Mets Bloggers pre-sale.

Just go to mets.com/blogs and use the special pre-sale code:HODGES and get a head start on the securing tickets for games this season at Citi Field.

 

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GARY COHEN & RON DARLING WILL BE TENDING BAR AT FOLEY’S NY TOMORROW NIGHT FOR CHARITY

Gary Cohen and Ron Darling will team up tomorrow night to bartend at the fabulous Foley’s NY all in the name of charity, specifically the Pitch In For Good Cause, that Gary’s wife Lynn is the head of :

WHAT:           Gary Cohen and Ron Darling guest bartend at Foley’s during the Mets-Yankees “Subway Series” game to raise money to help victims of domestic abuse.

WHO:              Gary Cohen, Mets Broadcaster

Ron Darling, 1986 WS Champion, Mets Broadcaster

 

WHEN:           Saturday, May 21, 2011

                        6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:         Foley’s NY Pub and Restaurant

18 W. 33rd Street (near 5th Ave, across from Empire State Bldg)

 

WHY:              All proceeds go toward building a safe house for victims of domestic abuse and their families.

For more info, visit www.pitchinforagoodcause.org/index.php/get-to-know.html

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ERIC SIMON OF AMAZIN’ AVENUE JOINS ME TOMORROW NIGHT ON THIS CALL TO THE BULPEN PODCAST

Tomorrow night at 11PM ET Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue will join me on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN PODCAST on Blog Talk Radio.

Eric and I will be discussing the Mets early spring results and we will look at the 2011 Amazin ‘Avenue Annual, (ACTA publishing) which you can purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble (online and at the brick and mortar) and from ACTA Publishing directly.

The Annual has great articles ranging from Sam Page’ Conversation with R.A. Dickey to Joe Posnanski (Yes THE Joe Posnanski) writing about Carlos Beltran. There are also sections on the new look Mets front office as well as stats and player projections for players on the big league roster as well as on the farm.

The 2011 Amazin’ Avenue Annual is a must read for all Mets fans.

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JOIN ME TONIGHT AT 9PM ET FOR NY FOOTBALL BLOGS LIVE ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Tonight at 9PM ET I will taking my Mets batting helmet off and secure my NY Football Giants helmet as I co-host the NY FOOTBALL BLOGS show on Blog Talk Radio with NY Football blogs contributor Kendrick Thomas. Kendrick and I will breakdown the Jets-Dolphins game and look at the mess the NFL is in with the blizzard that hit the Twin Cities forcing the Giants and Vikings to move their game to Ford Field in Detroit tomorrow night.

Thomas Kraunzner will also have a segement on Fantasy Football.

If you can’t join us live, then be sure to visit the show page on Blog Talk Radio to listen at your leisure.

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JOIN ME ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 AT 10PM ET FOR THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Join me Tuesday September 28th at 10PM ET for THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOGTALK RADIO. I will be discussing the state of the Mets organization going over GM and Managerial candidates. I will also look at the post season landscape and who are the the top candidates for MVP, Cy Young, ROY and Manager of the Year in both leagues.

I’m looking for listeners to call in tomorrow night so if you listen to the show live please call in at (646) 727-2465.

If you can’t listen live remember you can hear the program at our show page on BLOGTALK Radio, or right here at Kranepool Society (radio player on lower left side bar) or on iTunes.

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VOTE NOW SHOULD HOWARD MEGDAL BE THE NEXT METS GM?

If there was ever a time that the NY Mets organization needed someone like Howard Megdal, it’s now. A Megdal Administration would be the antithesis of the current stumble bums now running our favorite baseball team into the ground. Howard is running on a platform of LOGIC, TRANSPARENCY, PASSION and oh how the Mets need an infusion of all three.

Please vote now for Howard Megdal for GM and join Howard and myself on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOG TALK RADIO tomorrow night at 10PM ET, as we discuss the present day Mets and Howard’s blueprint of fixing the total Mets organization

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THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN THIS WEDNESDAY 10PM ET ON BLOGTALKRADIO

Join me tomorrow night, Wednesday March 31st for THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOGTALK RADIO. My guest will be Adam Bernacchio of the website The Ghost of Moonlight Graham. Adam and I will preview the 2010 MLB season, looking at the division and Wild Card races and our prediction of the NL/AL Pennant winners and our pick for the World Series.

Join us live at 10PM ET on BLOGTALK RADIO or later on the podcast which you can download on BLOGTALK RADIO or you can listen right here on Kranepool Society (click on the icon on the lower left hand side) or at my THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN site.

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I’LL BE JOINING FRANKIE THE SPORTS GUY ON HIS SHOW SUNDAY JAN 3 @ 10PM ET

Tomorrow night at 10:25PM I will be a guest on the Frankie The Sports Guy show heard on AM1240 WGBB and also streaming live on Blogtalk Radio.

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