Daniel Murphy is driving the ball, using lower body, thanks to Kevin Long

March 1, 2015, 9:00 am

New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long already has Daniel Murphy using the lower-half of his body and driving the ball more, the All-Star second baseman told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Saturday night.

“It’s been awesome, to tell you the truth,” Murphy said about working with Long. “He’s got me getting back in to my legs. I have really good hands and eyes, which can sometimes be a detriment with how I attack the ball because I just use my hands and not my lower body. Now I’m really driving my back leg in to the ground, which has made me a little more efficient and given me more time to see the ball and it’s carrying more in batting practice.”

Murphy says he is not concerned with where he hits in the lineup, because, unlike past years, the lineup is so deep, their job is too simply keep the line moving and, “pass along the baton.”



Also on Saturday’s spring training Hot Stove Show, host Steve Gelbs was joined by Cliff Floyd to discuss how teams make the most of a rainy day during Spring Training >> Watch here

Lastly, Mets SS Wilmer Flores discussed his role with the team and his ability to produce at the plate >> Watch here.

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Collins doesn’t mind Jose Reyes criticizing Ruben Tejada

March 1, 2015, 8:10 am

Terry Collins said he has no problem with Jays SS Jose Reyes being critical of Ruben Tejada.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with one of your peers challenging you once in a while,” Collins said (Newsday, Mar. 1). “Reyes is a guy who gets ready to play. I think the world of Jose Reyes. Apparently, he may know something I don’t. … They were good buddies when they were here and I think Jose might know some things that I don’t know.”



Reyes critical of Tejada not earning everyday SS job

February 27, 2015, 4:39 pm

Reyes is disappointed to see Tejada miss his chance to take hold of the starting shortstop job for the Mets when he had the chance, he told reporter Anthony Reiber (Newsday, Feb. 27).

“Something’s wrong,” Reyes said, who played with Tejada on the Mets in 2010 and 2011, and he wasn’t referring to the team’s decision-making process. “Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice. What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don’t know if he gets it or not.”

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Jimmy Rollins changes tune, now says Mets were an option

March 1, 2015, 6:40 am

Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins said Saturday that the Mets were his No. 2 choice for where to be traded this winter by the Phillies, according to reporter Jerry Crasnick (ESPN, Mar. 1).

Rollins, who is eligible for free agency next winter, told Crasnick he believes New York’s future is ‘pretty bright.’



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This past winter, Rollins told the Phillies he would not approve a trade to the Mets, at least that’s what I heard from people close to the sitiation, as did ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin, which we talked about on stage at NYC Pitch Talks in January with ESPN’s Buster Olney, who heard the same thing. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported something similar as well. Yet, we get the above quote from Rollins six weeks later. So, what gives…

If I had to guess, I’d say either 1), for some sort of PR reason, Rollins is now changing his story, or 2) the Phillies sent signals that Rollins had no interest in the Mets, because THEY – and not the player – had no interest in seeing him traded to the Mets.

I don’t think we’ll ever know the truth. But, what I do believe is that Sandy Alderson had real interest in Rollins, and felt confident that – had he not been traded to the Dodgers by Spring Training – the Mets stood a legit chance of acquiring him early in the season. Obviously, this is no longer possible, since Rollins did get shipped to Los Angeles. But, it could be a small window in to how committed they are to Wilmer’s path through the season…



Rollins won’t waive no-trade clause to come to Mets

December 7, 2014

Rollins won’t waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Mets (Heyman, Dec. 7). Rollins considered waiving it if he was to be dealt to the Yankees, but the asking price was too high >> Read more


Jimmy Rollins is pricey, could again be available in May

November 26, 2014

The Yankees had interest in acquiring Rollins, but are moving on since the asking price is too high, according to ESPN’s Jason Stark (Twitter, Nov. 26). The Mets also contacted the Phillies about acquiring Rollins, but he doesn’t want to be traded (Rubin, Nov. 11) >> Read more

Mets prospect Matt Reynolds wants to win SS, but understands he’s not in control

Mets infield prospect Matt Reynolds says he’d like to get to the big leagues in 2015, but he knows that is beyond his control, he told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender.

Terry Collins has said Reynolds, Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada will equal time early in camp to earn a spot at shortstop on the Opening Day roster.

“I’m really not worried about it, I’m just trying to go out and play to the best of my ability, because whatever happens happens,” Reynolds said, later discussing the difference between his poor 2013 and successful 2014. “I enjoy being around Flores and Tejada, they work hard and whomever comes away with the job will deserve it.”

Photos from PSL: When it rains, it pours…

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Well, there isn’t a whole lot to say about Mets camp today, other that it rained a lot and the team did the best it could getting in a quick workout…

The guys crammed in to the under-cover bullpen to do their stretching…

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Hitters then broke out to take batting practice in the indoor cages, while Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and Rafeal Montero remained in the covered bullpen to throw…

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And, that was it… What else can you do but smile, and enjoy the short day, I guess…

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Granderson and Cuddyer are media savvy, which is putting it lightly

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This morning was photo day at Tradition Field. It was pouring rain, so it was a bit of a mess. The team did their best, having players shuffling in and around the ballpark, through tunnels, in conference rooms, under cover outside, it was sloppy. I was grateful to have a dedicated spot inside to do quick, off-beat, one-on-one questions with guys for a series of video for SNY.TV. It also gave me a chance to watch this team’s talented photographers at work, while putting our favorite players under the lights…

By the way, I love this photo I took of Matt Harvey, because it speaks to his Hollywood nature, with the lights, cameras and movie posters, while looking directly in to the lens.

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I’m also fascinated by how some guys, specifically Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer, are SO good talking to the camera. You would think they had major training, given the eye contact, hand movement, smiles and short answers. It’s impressive. If these two are not on air some place shortly after they retire, it’d be a huge disappointment…

In his talk with reporters Saturday, Kevin Long broke down most of the team’s hitters and said…

1. He will use Robinson Cano as a model for Juan Lagares, especially as it pertains to how he sees the ball. He believes has a lot of potential at the plate, “I’m excited about this player,”

2. Ideally, Curtis Granderson hits sixth in the order, but if he’s going to get on base more – as he did last season – he should probably bat higher to get more at bats, but of course that is up to Terry Collins.

3. He and Granderson are going back to the blueprint they used when on the Yankees together.

4. He’s had a difficult time getting a read on David Wright, because at bats from last year are all during a shoulder injury, which is something he lived through with Carlos Beltran during his time with the Yankees.

5. He has talked with Daniel Murphy about “doing a little more damage to the ball,” working to increase his power production.

6. His goal for the team is not necessarily to get them to take more pitches, it’s about hitting good pitches. Last year, this team got on base, but their batting average was way down, yet they scored runs because they got on base. They need to be more efficient, from a mechanical perspective.

7. He has each guy working on something specific to that player.

8. He’s told Travis d’Arnaud to simply stick with whatever he was doing at the end of last season.

9. Lucas Duda knows that he must improve against left-handed pitching, but for him it’s “all about the angles.”

10. Every run is going to matter, especially with their pitching staff, so driving guys in from third will be a big deal, so long as they can be league average (around 50%) they will score enough runs to win.

11. Jokingly, he challenged Bartolo Colon to go from two hits to four this season, to which Colon responded, “How about three.”



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Colon and other pitcher being debated for Opening Day

The Mets are strongly considering Bartolo Colon for the Opening Day start against the Nationals in D.C., multiple sources told beat reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Feb. 27).

According to Rubin, the choice is between Colon and another pitcher, but it’s too early in camp to decide.


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I have to think it’s between Colon and Jacob deGrom, because he won Rookie of the Year last season. I can see it being Zack Wheeler or Jon Niese, but given deGrom’s season and his award, I see him as more worthy at this point. In the end, though, because the initial rotation doesn’t matter, since it gets all thrown off track in short time anyway, I bet they go with Colon because of his seniority.

More important, though, this also would mean Colon, Matt Harvey and deGrom could be how the Mets first tackle the Nationals to start the year, and – given how important every game will be against Washington – this is hasn’t half bad. I’ll take it…

What’s on tap for Saturday, Feb. 28

February 28, 2015, 6:45 am

Mets players report to camp Saturday for 7 am’s Photo Day, after which they’re expected to hold a standard full-day workout, assuming the weather clears up. It was pouring rain earlier the morning, with rain remaining in the forecast throughout the day.

In the event the team does practice, batters will finally be swinging against teammates throwing BP, as opposed to tracking pitches as they’ve done the first two days of camp.

Later in the morning, hitting coach Kevin Long is expected to talk with reporters.

In case you missed it on Friday at Mets camp

February 27, 2015, 5:00 pm

Matt Harvey looked good throwing batting practice, he will likely throw a similar batting practice next week >> Read and hear more from Terry Collins

Harvey tossed 45 pitches to David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer >> Read, hear and see more from Harvey


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Jose Reyes is disappointed to see Ruben Tejada miss his chance to take hold of the starting shortstop job for the Mets >> Read more.

Wright, Murphy, Cuddyer and Granderson will not play in the first few exhibition games in an effort to ease them into game action >> Read more.

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has no problem with Sandy Alderson’s payroll and the team’s finances >> Read more.

The Mets have no plans to talk with Murphy this season about a contract extension, a team source told reporter Adam Rubin >> Read more.


Matthew Cerrone’s pictures from Friday’s workouts…

Daily News: Ike Davis is still mad at the Mets for saying that he partied too hard

In 2012, an unnamed Mets official told Adam Rubin that the team was concerned with Ike Davis being out too late after games and not taking instruction.

According to reporter Andy Martino, Davis – now with the A’s – says he’s still not happy about the comments, since he’s had to repeatedly confront them with each step of his career >> Read more at the Daily News