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Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Spring Training in 24 days…

In what has become an annual tradition during the BBWAA Awards dinner, Sandy Alderson made a joke about his team’s roster >> Read more.

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred explained why people should not be critical of his choice to name Mets owner Fred Wilpon head of the league’s finance committee >> Read more.

The Mariners plan to keep shortstops Brad Millerand Chris Taylor, the team’s GM Jack Zduriencik said >> Read more.

Michael Cuddyer entertained school kids with card tricks at Citi Field >> Watch here.

David Wright says the Mets currently have enough talent to contend for a playoff spot >> Read more.

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ICYMI: David Wright has lofty goals, says last year was unacceptable

This post originally published January 20, 2015

David Wright injured his shoulder on June 12, 2014, he told reporters at the end of last season.

In the 68 games that followed, he received a cortisone shot, missed sporadic time, he was hit by a pitch in the same sore shoulder, missed more time and finished 2014 batting .268 with a .324 OBP, 8 HR, 30 doubles, 63 RBI and just a 1.9 WAR.

It was the second least-productive season of his 11-year career.

This past week on the MetsBlog Q&A Cast, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone had the following discussion with Wright about the injury and how it impacted his 2014 season…

Matthew Cerrone: Now that you’re healthy, in hindsight, how much do you feel the injured shoulder was a factor last season? And, when did you first start to notice it and think, ‘Wow, this is an issue?’

David Wright: It’s tough to tell. I like to think that when I’m physically able to play at a certain level, I want to do it. Is that always the smartest thing? Probably not, but that’s the way I try to wire myself. And, last year, you start pointing fingers at the shoulder and I don’t know if it, or much of it, attributed to the struggles through the majority of last year. But, either way, I know, for me, that is unacceptable to have that type of production.

I expect more out of myself. I’ve proven that’s not the norm, so I want to make sure I don’t go through that again. I’m doing everything I can to make sure I don’t have a repeat of that. The goals that I set for myself are very lofty. And, I want to make sure, year in and year out, that I reach those goals. Last year, I did not. That, combined with the team’s failures, makes for a long offseason. But, you use it as motivation going in to next season, that’s for sure.

Matthew Cerrone: Is it better or worse for you to struggle, as you did, and have an injury to point to or not have an injury? I mean, if you look at a season and say, ‘This is unacceptable to me,’ is it easier to have an excuse, like a physical issue that can be healed and resolved? Or, is it worse to not have that? I don’t know…

David Wright: It doesn’t matter one way or the other. For me, if I hit the field, I expect to have a certain level of production. I took the field last year, for the majority of the year, and didn’t have that production. Shoulder injury or no shoulder injury, whatever, when I take the field with that uniform and I tell Terry Collins that I’m ready to play, then I expect to perform at a certain level and I didn’t do that.

I don’t look to make excuses. If I do well, I’ll be the first to privately pat myself on the back, and when I struggle I take it personally and I take it hard. It’s been a rough offseason thinking back to how I played last year, but it motivates me to work that much harder to make sure we don’t get a repeat of that.

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Sandy Alderson jokes about not acquiring a shortstop

Sandy Alderson introduced Cal Ripken Jr. at the N.Y. Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America Awards dinner in New York last night.

“It’s a big night for me and for Mets fans, who have been waiting all winter for me to introduce a shortstop,” Alderson joked, before handing the podium off to Ripken (NY Post, Jan. 25).

Alderson has repeatedly said all off season that he hoped to acquire an upgrade at shortstop.

The Mets been connected in rumor to several high-profile shortstops, including Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Desmond, but now appear likely to again enter Spring Training with Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada competing for the starting job.

Newsday: Wilmer Flores is working hard to prove he can play SS

“I’m not going to say I don’t hear things, but I try not to because I know what I can do, man. Honestly, I know what I can do,” Wilmer Flores told reporter Marc Carig.

Flores has been working all winter, ignoring criticism and focused on Opening Day >> Read more at Newsday

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Manfred defends Fred Wilpon’s role on finance committee

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred does not understand why people have been critical of his choice to name Mets owner Fred Wilpon head of the league’s finance committee (NY Times, Jan. 25).

According to Manfred, the committee mostly deals with executive compensation and budget reviews. Issues dealing with possible fraud or inconsistencies in financial statements are handled by a separate group.

“I understand the whole Madoff thing, but – before and since – Fred Wilpon was an extraordinarily successful businessman,” Manfred told reporter Tyler Kepner. “If you really understand which committees do what, I don’t see it as an issue. He understands how the budget process in baseball has worked, and he’s more than qualified to fill that role.”