Video: Diary from Day 3, featuring Johan and BP

Here is today’s Video Diary for SNY.TV, featuring high-quality footage of Johan Santana’s bullpen session; the team’s first official workout; as well as David Wright, Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Fernando Martinez, among others, taking batting practice:



To watch my other videos from Tradition Field, check out MetsBlog’s video archive, here.

Programming Note: Mets Hot Stove Live From PSL

Tonight at 7:00 pm on SNY, Kevin Burkhardt will host Mets Hot Stove Live from Duffy’s Sports Grill in Port St. Lucie.

Burkhardt is scheduled to talk with Jerry Manuel, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur, Angel Pagan, and Ike Davis.

Updated at 4:45 pm
by Matthew Cerrone:

i’ll be heading over to Duffy’s around 6:00 or so… if you’re there, please say hello...

Recap: Mets Camp on Thursday at Tradition Field

The cool and windy weather didn’t stop today’s first full squad workout for the Mets at Tradition Field. Here is a quick rundown of the morning’s events:

  • Francisco Rodriguez has “Pink Eye”, and is currently not with the team.
  • The Mets had an early morning meeting prior to their first workout, and finally took the field as a team a little after 9:30 am.
  • Johan Santana threw a bullpen session today with pitching coach Dan Warthen in the batters box simulating situations for him. He threw about 45 pitches, said he felt good, and is set for his first start between March 9 and March 12.
  • Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Fernando Nieve and John Maine all threw live batting practice today.

Video: The Mets take the Field

The Mets take the field for their first official, full-team workout of 2010:

Photos: My Pictures from Day 3 at Mets Spring Training

Here are some photographs I took today, while walking around Mets camp in Tradition Field.

Here, Jason Bay leans on the batting cage, with No. 44 on his cleats:

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Here is the rest of the gallery from today’s workouts:

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Read: Jerry Manuel on Last Year, K-Rod, David Wright, Oliver Perez

According to SNY producer Matt Dunn, Jerry Manuel spoke about last season, and says while the team needs to learn and grow from that experience, it’s time to move on.

In addition, Manuel says the team is more embarrassed than angry about last season’s performance.

Regarding Francisco Rodriguez, Manuel says he is suffering from “Pink-Eye” and needs to stay away from the team right now.

Regarding David Wright, Manuel was very impressed with his batting practice session today, and said his hitting mechanics are allowing the power to come easy for him right now.

Manuel said Citi Field didn’t have negative impact on Wright,  it was just ‘one of those years.’

…i agree with manuelhe had virtually no power, dating all the way back to Spring Training and the WBC last year…he hit just as many home runs at Citi Field as he did on the road…i expect a big bounce back year from wright, as i think he is young enough and talented enough to make whatever adjustments he needs to make in order to be the player this team needs him to be…

Regarding Oliver Perez, Manuel says he didn’t get to see his bullpen session today but heard he was “outstanding” and it was his best showing yet.

Manuel believes Perez made a conscious effort to be mentally and physically be ready this year.

…i’ve been down on perez for most of his tenure with the Mets, especially last year when he supposedly showed up to camp out of shape, and his poor showing during the season, but i find myself rooting hard for him to get it together, and i think it’s because he has the potential to be that number two starter for this team…

Photo & Video: of Wright, Reyes, Bay Batting Practice

I just finished watching Jose Reyes, Jeff Francoeur, Jason Bay, David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Luis Castillo take batting practice on a back field, which I live streamed here on MetsBlog.com around noon… I hope you were able to tune in.

Jerry Manuel was doing A LOT of positive reinforcement with Wright and Reyes, talking about how both are going to have outstanding seasons if they keep working hard and stay focused.

Howard Johnson has been filming the hitters with a Flip camera, which you can see below.

Here are some photographs, following by some video:

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McFadden's Poll: Hit Jose Reyes, 1st or 3rd

Jose Reyes ran the bases today, once complete he smiled and let out a loud, ‘Woah.’

Original Post at 1:45 am:

I have talked with a lot of people here, from broadcasters to reporters to baseball execs, most it would smart to bat Reyes, so to keep him fresh throughout the season.

I still feel it makes more sense to just let him be, let him be Jose Reyes: Leadoff Hitter, especially coming off of his last season… but, it’s a topical debate, to say the least.

So, this week’s MetsBlog poll, presented by McFadden’s, announced today they will be opening a new bar in Citi Field, is:

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Live: Video of Batting Practice

In this post, at various times today, I posted live video of batting practice, including David Wright, Jose Reyes and Jason Bay, as well as a bullpen session from Johan Santana.

I hope you were able to tune in on time and check it out.