Seth Everett will be named WOR’s pre- and post-game host (ESPN NY, Mar. 6).
Everett, who currently hosts a FOX Sports Radio Saturday morning show, will join Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, who will return as the on-air broadcast team during games.
Eddie Coleman will continue in his role as WFAN’s Mets beat reporter, filing on air reports and updates and doing fill-in hosting throughout the year.
SNY recently announced that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as host of their pre- and post-game show. Bob Ojeda will return as the show’s studio analyst. Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will again be in the booth. Carlin will continue hosting SNY’s Loud Mouths and will host GEICO SportsNite.
This is the final year of Kevin Burkhardt’s current contract with SNY. FOX recently announced he will host a new pre- and post-game studio show, based in Los Angeles, for their National baseball programming. Steve Gelbs will start the season as Burkhardt’s fill-in.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This is a good choice by WOR. I have known Seth for years. He’s underrated, very smart, he loves baseball and he’ll make a nice addition to the team. He’s been very critical of the team’s ownership during the last few years, so I’m interested to see how he injects his direct style in to these broadcasts. He speaks clearly and doesn’t mince words. It’s a trait I admire and something I look forward to being around again. I first met him years ago when I interned at MLB Radio, often working for him and Darryl Hamilton. I miss that show, actually. They were fun together.
For what it’s worth, WOR interviewed and strongly considered some very close friends of mine for this position, talking right down to the final decision. You’ve seen these people do good work here on MetsBlog and SNY.tv. They’re all equally qualified and passionate. I hope they continue hustling to find the job of their dreams. They’ve all earned it and will get there sooner than later, I’m sure… Don’t give up, guys!
Speaking of talent, we are so fortunate as Mets fans. In addition to an incredible cast of on air talent, all of whom make these games far more entertaining than they often are, the city is also home to an incredible corps of beat reporters and columnists. I often take issue with their abundance of meaningless information, but that actually speaks to their hustle and commitment to the job. These men and women produce almost as much material as the rest of the National League beats combined and, though they are easy targets when snippy with fans, they do great work that is often taken for granted.
In other words, the media surrounding the Mets is amazing, especially when you consider how weak the team has been over the last few years. The radio guys, TV crew, producers, directors, talent, engineers, writers, columnists, reporters, editors, the dozens and dozens of bloggers, “new media” people, podcasters, fans on Twitter, Facebook and comment sections, they combine to be an an incredible — and often unbelievable — number of talented and entertaining people focusing on a single team’s every move. This is not common. It’s special. And we probably should appreciate it more than we do…
David Wright and Daniel Murphy are expected to play today in their first Grapefruit League game as the Mets host the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. ET at Tradition Field.
Today’s game will air live on SNY, but not on radio.
John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Rafael Montero and Steven Matz are scheduled to pitch.
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Bartolo Colon pitched in Thursday’s intrasquad game and expects to start Monday in a Grapefruit League game (ESPN NY, Mar. 6).
Ruben Tejada (calf) hit today, did not run, and is expected to return to game action on Friday.
Lucas Duda (hamstring) and Ike Davis (calf) are feeling better, but will not play Friday (Record, Mar. 6).
Bobby Parnell pitched one inning of Thursday’s intrasquad game (Star-Ledger, Mar. 6). It was his first time in a game setting since undergoing neck surgery last September. He has said he expects to be ready for Opening Day.
Jon Niese (shoulder) faced live hitters for the first time since having an MRI of his shoulder. He tossed two innings in Thursday’s intrasquad game and later said he’s close to being 100 percent healthy (NY Post, Mar. 6).
David Wright is not going to say the Mets will win 90 games, but he does think it’s a good goal, he told ESPN Radio (ESPN.com, Mar. 6).
“I’ve never gone in to a season and said, ‘Ya know what, I just want to be average.’ That’s not in my personality and it should not be in any one’s personality that is here,” he said. “I think 90 wins is attainable. I think 90 is a good starting point, as far as saying, ‘Hey, this is what is expected of us.’”
Wright said this is the first year he’s made an effort to watch some of the more highly-touted prospects on backfields and B-games, to see if they’re worth the hype.
“They are,” he said. “These young power arms we have are special and it’s going to be fun to continue to watch them develop.”
Wright said he’s been getting good, productive work in this week during intrasquad games and practice, and he’s ready to get in to a Grapefruit League on Friday or Saturday.
Jose Valverde is competing to be in the Opening Day bullpen, which is something he is used to during his career.
“For me, every year I try to compete like a minor league guy, always,” Valverde said after pitching a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday (NY Post, Mar. 6). “All my life, what I’ve done in spring training is like I’ve never played in the big leagues. The first day in Arizona, Houston, Detroit and now with the Mets, that was my mind-set all the time.”
Valverde has allowed a run, a walk and one hit in two innings of Grapefruit League work this spring.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In the end, I think Valverde will make the team. It’s not a lock, though. And, experts watching him tell me he looks unlike the pitcher they expect him to be this time of year. The same is being said about Kyle Farnsworth, who also signed a minor-league deal with the Mets to compete for a job in the big-league bullpen. It’s sounds to me like Valverde has the leg up, with one talent evaluator telling me Farnsworth looks like he should retire.
Mu hunch is John Lannan or Daisuke Matsuzaka will make the rotation, pushing Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen along with Valverde. However, if the organization determines Mejia is better served starting for Triple-A Vegas, maybe Farnsworth squeaks on the roster in hopes that he builds up strength and performs better throughout the season.
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Thursday’s game between the Astros and Mets has been canceled due to rain.
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Terry Collins wondered out loud if Wilmer Flores, as opposed to Anthony Seratelli, could serve as a back-up infielder on the big-league roster this season (ESPN NY, Mar. 6).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
There is still plenty of time to go before Opening Day, but my bet is still on Seratelli. Flores has options and may benefit from regular playing time at shortstop and second in Triple-A.
To me, either Flores starts in Citi Field or Vegas. It’s a waste of time to let him play sporadically in any location. Omar Quintanilla has proven time and again that he has no business being anyone’s top choice for a 25-man roster.
I’d just as soon give a shot to Seratelli to see what he can do, while Wilmer gets reps in Vegas, Ruben Tejada starts at short, and Sandy Alderson continues to work to trade for M’s SS Nick Franklin or sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew.
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Stephen Drew‘s friend says there is a very slim chance the free-agent shortstop signs with the Mets (NY Post, Mar. 6).
Sandy Alderson recently told the MLB Network that Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, are using a strategy that may keep him on the open market until June, which would help eliminate any draft pick compensation.
As of late February, the Mets still had strong interest in signing Drew (NY Post, Feb. 25). They reportedly offered him a one-year, $9.5 million deal, but he’s still looking for more money and years (Heyman, Feb. 21).
The Mets will play three games in Florida on Thursday.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy will play in an intrasquad game at Tradition Field around 11 a.m., during which Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell are expected to pitch.
The rest of the team will be split up for two games in Kissimmee.
John Lannan, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Jeurys Familia, and Josh Edgin will face the Astros in a Grapefruit League game, while Logan Verrett, Jack Leathersich, Vic Black and Erik Goeddel will throw against a separate set of Astros in a “B-game.”
Bartolo Colon (calf), Jon Niese (shoulder) and Bobby Parnell (neck) will return to action in today’s intrasquad game at Tradition Field.
Lucas Duda will continue to rest his tight hamstring. His return date is still not clear.
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Terry Collins is considering batting his pitchers eighth (Sherman, March 5).
Collins, in an attempt to get more RBI opportunities to David Wright and Curtis Granderson, said it’s something he’s thinking about.
“My thought is: How do we get them more RBI chances and also give David, in particular, chances to drive in runs,” he said. “It is a possibility I might try [hitting the pitcher eighth.] I don’t know that I will, but I might.”
Tony La Russa, the manager most famous for hitting his pitchers in the eight hole, said that he liked the idea for a player like Wright.
Read more: Joel Sherman, New York Post