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Bobby Abreu is healthy, hitting and playing every day

Bobby Abreu has started three straight games in right field, during which he is 6-for-11 with three RBI.

“I talked to Bobby today about being honest with me,” Collins said about Abreu, who is 40 years old. “If his legs start getting tired or a little run down, he’s got to say something, because I know that leg injuries – if they come to him – they’re going to be an issue. He told me he’d be honest if he started to get tired, or if his legs started getting a little run down he’d say something.”

Abreu hit second in the order Thursday, and clean-up Friday.

“I’m fine. I’m fine. I take care of myself,” he said in response to his age and stamina. “Any time they need me there, I’m always going to be ready.”




102 comments
mesmo
mesmo

While I am against playing Abreu so much (injury countdown commence) and I was against signing another veteran retread... at least he gets it.  Abreu understands that it is a privilege to put on a big league uniform and play a kid's game at the age of 40.  He knows he needs to produce if he wants to continue to play (despite all evidence of CY to the contrary) and get traded to an AL contender as the the DH he is meant to be.

Milton Walters
Milton Walters

I WONDER IF THE METS FRONT OFFICE EVEN CONSIDER THEIR ''FAITHFUL'' FANS @ ALL........THEY THOUGHT BRINGING IN GHRANDERSON (NO DISRESPECT TO HIM) WOULD BE THE ANSWER........CLOWNS......GRANDY IS A NICE PIECE.......BUT NOT THE MAIN PIECE......WRIGHT LOOKS EITHER SHOT, OR SHELL SHOCKED.......THE METS NEED A TOUGHER ATTITUDE, AND SOME KICK ASS GRITTY PLAYERS.........SMH........SIGNMAN608!!!!!

moeusmc
moeusmc

Face it our offense sucks  we don't have not one quality bat, Wright has no protection and any one who comes to the Mets never lives up to their past production example Bay, Fernandez, Barega, .  Lets not forget free agent pictiure who are older and eventually get injured Santana and Martinez.  Just terrible you can't win with no hitting.  Plus losing when the young kids pitch well by getting no offensive support makes it worse. Plus moving in the fences will probably get them crushed by opponents at home and should it really matter they play 81 games on the road they barely hit on the road. Swept by the Cubs and Giants come on.  Next up new manager and pitching coach AND THEIR GOING TO BE SELLERS IN JULY MEANS THEY ARE THROWING UP THE WHITE FLAG!

bigdirty
bigdirty

this offense is so bad that it a guy liek Bobby Abreu can come in and be its best bat!! This isnt a "quality find" for Alderson as much as it is an inditememnt. 


I am also done talking about city field. good hitters can hit anywhere. the problem is not the walls its that this team has awful hitter. David Wright has found a career saftey net in the dimensions of citi field. So you cant hit hrs- hit the gaps and drive in runs!!

Max Denby
Max Denby

Please someone tell me why we are playing CY?  He is a symbol of everything wrong with this organization:


Sandy signs him.  He's terrible.  But STILL PLAYS.  I could care less if he promised at bats.  The point is to win games. 

chasesimms
chasesimms

Not a great sign when your team is relying on a 40 year player who's barely hanging on to his big league career.

Then again, this is the Mets, so it makes perfect sense .

Frank Garza
Frank Garza

I give Abreu until the All Star break to break down.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Why is Chris Young playing ?...he is horrible it isn't like he 22 yrs old and learning anything.....Tejeda playing is a mistake also...Wilmer needs to play everyday whether Tejeda got 2 hits yesterday or not Flores will eventually be a better hitter.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Hmmmm.....

Abreu at 800K and CY at 7.25M.....


Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

Would like to Abreau batting #2 with his pitch slection/high OBP then Murph at #3 and Wright to #4 (Granderson to #5) when they all play but, at age 40, 3-4 starts a week is all that's realistic for Bobby. Next year he can maybe be #5 OF/pinch hitter deluxe again? Andrew Brown and Soup Man should get some time and see if they are candidates for a 2015 platoon perhaps?. Soup can rest Wright once a month and platoon/rest Duda too. EY should "sit" and be #4 OFer, double switch, pinchrunner type and spell Legares on occasion and be an emergency backup at 2B but, he's NOT a starter! Release Chris Young NOW, return d'D to AAA and let's see if we can stay outa last place. Same o' , it's almost summer and METS are almost last...sigh...Time for Ruben t to go to AAA and play 3b, ss, 2B all 2x  a week and see if he's a utility type as we cannot go into another year with him as #1 SS. Give Flores a shot NOW for 2 mos, ...Recker, Teagarten split catchin so they can vy for backup to d'Arnaud/Plawecki/whomever get next years cathing firmed. When Gee is back start shopping Colon and ? for trade bait...we gotta trade some mo pitching this winter for two starting bats..So where's Ochoa and Milledge in the OF of the future???  come 1 October, Wally or Tim T is the manager!

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

Yes-because we all know this is how you build a winner. Nothing against Booby A but iuf we are depending on him then this really is a lost cause

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

I wonder how the young guys feel, seeing that an old man is showing them up. Way to go BA.

Ricky
Ricky

Abreu is literally the only nice surprise of a lost 2014 season.


Question is- would you flip him for prospects at the deadline or keep him to help this team stay "respectable" & to mentor the young hitters?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Time to shake the hornets nest.  I've always considered Abreu a better pure hitter than Beltran. Just my opinion, I could be wrong. 

semperfi
semperfi

Correction, all things CY has not done!

semperfi
semperfi

Abreu should play over CY, he has always been a great hitter with some MVP type years mixed in, always could get on base and always could drive in runs both things that CY has done throughout his career, I understand the signing of Young, hoping to get lighting in a bottle on during a contract year but it's not happening and I would trade him now to an AL club that has some OF injuries for nothing and pay the rest of his contract or we pay the rest of his contract and a team gets him with no $ and gives us a minor leaguer with some upside

semperfi
semperfi

3 big weaknesses this year have been OF, C and SS and in St Lucie and Bingamton they have Nimmo, Plawceki and Reynolds who are 21,23 and 23 respectively, Reyes, Wright and Murphy were all in the same age ranges with no more minor league experience and none of the latter 3 were hitting as well in the minors but all 3 were given opportunities with the big league club and all 3 made it, some of the all time great Mets were given full time chances at these type of young ages but we seem to hold me back nowadays and if we do bring them up young they don't get the same full time chance, always seems to be in and out of the lineup like Flores has gotten, why is this?

theglider
theglider

If the team loses people on here complain. When their best hitter plays, and hits, people complain.

Do we want wins? Isn't what this is about? If we do want to compete then Abreu should play.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Not that I'm nostradamus, but i said as soon as we signed him that he was the best hitter on the team.....i really didnt go out on too much of a limb.

Abreau would be a great pinch-hitter and part time dh for a solid AL team....i doubt he brings back anything in a trade though.

surfers08
surfers08

How did the mets do last night? Did they win? I know they won the "Oldtimers" game. But I didn't get to watch yesterday's actual game.

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

Abreu has been a nice story. He's consistent, if nothing else...I swear, every time I get SportsCenter alerts on my phone, it's "Abreu singles to right" or "Abreu doubles to left." If there's a positive ring to this, maybe it's that he's modeling the organization's hitting approach to the other guys. 

What bothers me is that he is so clearly the best hitter on our team right now it's not even funny, and last year he wasn't even in the league. What does that say about how far away we are from having a decent offense?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I will reluctantly concede that Abreu has done well when called upon to start (he still cannot pinch-hit to save his life).But bear in mind his deficiencies in RF (remember his wall issues?). And how many times have we seen an older player start well and then quickly revert to form (look no further than messrs Farnsworth and Valverde). I would like to think that Met triple A guys might compete for this spot but have seen no such inclination on their part.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

When a guys like Abreu and Colon at 40+ yrs old are the sparkplugs for last night's win. The Mets front office is probably thinking we need more 40+ yr old players to be a contender. . . Lol.

1harris1
1harris1

I'll give it until next weekend. Especially if he remains hot.

theglider
theglider

Chris Young was promised a certain number of at bats so he plays. As bad as that agreement is we made it so we need to honor it.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Any young player that feels shown up by a vet doesn't belong in the major leagues.

theglider
theglider

That depends on what is expected.

I said before, if people want this team to win then we keep him. If people want to wait until next year then look to trade him. The complaints will come no matter what.

jenkins
jenkins

@Macacawitz I loved Beltran as a player and as a hitter. I don't think the Mets have ever had a better player. Piazza was a great hitter and a poor defensive catcher. Abreu has always been a good professional hitter and a tough out. Beltran would have torrid streaks, but he wasn't streaky in terms of extended slumps.

rico
rico

@Macacawitz Abreu has been a consistent hitter Beltran streaky but those streaks are/were amazing

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I get your frustration but Nimmo's in A ball. You really going to move him from A ball to the majors?

theglider
theglider

Wright, Reyes andMurphy all played in AAA before they were called up.

As for Flores, the team doesn't see him as a shortstop based on how he fielded on AAA. But his presence has made Tejada better, so he stays in the majors.

rico
rico

@yankeehater perfect DH. A lot of teams not named the Mets are offensively challenged. Wouldn't be surprised if there is a market for him, though I'm not for trading him just for laughs.


How about Abreu for Byrd?  Marlon is only 37

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@yankeehater He would be a great bench guy to get for a top team, knowing the Mets luck he'll get hurt right before they move him. But you're right I can't see them getting much for him though. 

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Kenneth Meltsner This guy was a borderline HOF calliber hitter...he isnt farnsworth or valverde. There isnt a met in the entire organization, including the ML tteam, who is as good a hitter as he is...and that includes wright and murphy.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@theglider Do we now?  I thought the point was to honor those who are performing and helping their team win.  Not honoring moronic closed door deals your GM makes with a player.  

jenkins
jenkins

@theglider I keep asking and getting no documentation, but has Alderson ever verified this guarantee of either 500 or 600 ABs?

1harris1
1harris1

Didn't he also "promise" that he was a competent major league baseball player? How's he holding up on that end of the deal?

What you're saying is absolutely right, but it's just so maddening with this guy. He's a lousy ballplayer, and has been for years. Not only does management overpay him; they have to make "promises" to get him to come here. Wow.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@theglider I wonder..if we win 75 games next year if Collins and Alderson will still have their jobs?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@rico @Macacawitz If I need a big hit in a big spot against a quality arm, a guy who can fight off unhittable pitches 'til he gets something he can handle,  I'll take Abreu.  

theglider
theglider

Collins is stuck with the roster we have. Alderson is saving the Wilpons a ton of money which is all he's supposed to do. As long as the owners continue to make money Alderson isn't going anywhere.

theglider
theglider

Why? It's not like Beltran would ever watch strike three with the game on the bases with two out in the ninth inning of a game seven.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@theglider Is he also forced to make stupid managerial decisions?  Have you forgotten what it's like having a good manager or did you start watching baseball a couple years ago? 

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

@theglider man-let that go already. we would have never even been in that position without Carlos-One of the best players to ever play for the Mets and 2006 was one of the best years any player on the mets ever had. There were alot of things going on in that game that could have changed their fate. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@theglider Beltran is a very pretty ballplayer, elegant as a matter of fact.  He would never dream of swinging at something that wasn't exactly to his liking.  He'd rather strike out than lower himself to swinging at something less than perfect.  I hate hitters like that. 

theglider
theglider

Of course. He was a great player for us. But, sadly, he'll be known as the guy who struck out. No one seems to remember Heilmann giving up the homer that beat us, though.