Mets spring training reporting dates

The Mets recently announced that pitchers and catchers must report to St. Lucie by Feb. 15. The staff’s first workout will be Feb. 17.

The full team is expected to report by February 20. Their first full workout will be February 22.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I started planning my trip to St. Lucie on Tuesday. It’s looking like I’ll be down for a good week and a half, covering most of pitchers and catchers and all of the workout week. It’s such a fun time of year. There’s no pressure, at least terms of wins and losses, it’s laid back, it’s all about baseball, the town is mostly decked out in Mets fans and there is a nice, honest concentration on the game that makes for a refreshing experience. I’m fortunate and thankful that SNY sends me down every year to photograph and blog about it, because it’s my favorite time of year to be writing this blog. I love the imagery and focus and it’s good to know I can help relay it to people unable to there.

Spring Training Schedule...

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42 comments
spypond
spypond

I am a New Yorker, a big Met fan and now live in Ireland. I will be in Port St. Lucie on The 15th of Feb. with my  2 boys (5 and 7 years old) and want to take them to see Tradition Field and the Mets. What is Pitchers & Catchers reporting like? Will we see them pitching and catching or is that only when practice starts on the 17th?

Desi Vazquez
Desi Vazquez

Here is an idea to think about(NY Swap Porductions):


Mark Teixeira for Ike Davis & Lucas Duda.


I guess both parties should be happy in this case if they think about this long and hard.

slainte2
slainte2

Another topic.Pretty widely understood that bullpen performance is something of a crapshoot year to year.I also remember a few years ago, Billy wagner going off on manager (maybe Willie Randolph??) for bullpen management, that he was getting guys up to warm up, and sitting them down, getting them up again, sometimes using them, sometimenot ... Billy's point was those pitches in the bullpen count too, and the guys were being worn out without even getting into games.

So .. next year we have Neise coming back from partially torn up shoulder, Colon being a big old guy, Wheeler on an innings count, and Mejia being fragile ... along with Gee.  Seems like the rotation could be good, but should be cared for carefully.

For first third of season, say 10 or 11 times thru rotation, i have all these fragile starters go hard for five innings, period.Absent a no-hitter they are coming out.I have a "Part 2" rotation of three guys (pick from Torres, Familia, DeGrom, German, etc.) each start the 6th inning clean, and have them understand they are going 3 innings.These guys will each pitch three innings every three games in rotation, and don't pick up a ball on their off games. Almost like a starter with game day and throw day.Hopefully they get thru the three innings in a little more than one time thru lineup... won't be exposed.Parnell/Black alternate 9th innings.Rice/somebody as "stopper" (finish out inning if either starter or Part 2 if somebody gets in trouble).

Second third, starters have a little arm strength built up, weak links can be identified and replaced, starters maybe bumped up to six innings, and adjustments to pen made all around.By final third, hopefully will be driving for a WC, and can push starters (all with lower than usual innings) during stretch.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

can't wait for a  Teagarden Party.    somebody is in the corner with Dyan Shoes,  and Yoko Brought a Walrus..

slainte2
slainte2

Different topic for hell of it ...

my suggestion for better way to operate:minimize Terry's tinkering.Avoid the "Cowgill is our CF going forward" moments, give everyone certainty on their roles and stick to it. I would cut the season in thirds, and for first third (April and May), say here is our team/lineup/rotation, period ... towards end of May, we will re-evaluate, and adjust for June/July as needed.

For me, for the first third, the winner of Davis v. Duda is in strict platoon with Satin at 1B, with Wilmer in AAA playing 1B every day.Davis/Duda winner should not see even a single start against a LHP.Legares in CF and Young in RF get shot as everyday players.Grizzled old catcher starts first G of every series, with Travis catching every other game (the experienced guy would spend the rest of every series reviewing scouting reports on next series' hitters, developing game plan to attack every hitter, for Travis to use for balance of series).That's a concrete plan for Travis to learn and implement, and it might help keep him a little healthier.

Second third of season, if 1B platoon is not working, bring up Flores as the everyday guy .. at least he will have 50 more minor league games or so at the position under his belt.Make a decision if Legares or Young needs a platoon partner, and whether TDA can bump up to more playing time.

Final third, August/September ... dictated by performances, trades, call-ups ...

Just stay away from TC's gut, and from game time decisions.Let the guys know when they will play.

metspolice.com
metspolice.com

Don't forget, with Colactus if you're not early you are late.

granger
granger

I am definitely looking forward to the season. I think 2014 will have a bunch of surprises for us. I have a gut feeling that the team will be better than most people predict. I've always wanted to go to spring training, but never could make it. But this time of year always gets me excited for baseball and a new start. Let's put the past behind us and hope for a great start to the season. ... Lets go Mets.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Nothing captures the original spirit of baseball more than SP.  Long before it became a business baseball was a game. If you are in the vicinity of St  Lucie, try to take a drive south to Jupiter, where the Cardinals and Marlins hang out.  Great park, lovely atmosphere despite the dopey Cardinal fans who cheer at anything that leaves the ground.

Hodges14
Hodges14

Alderson better speed up the offseason upgrades.  ST will be here before you know it.

Doug Payne
Doug Payne

tickets went on sale already..  had to buy mine from stub hub.... this is my 3rd year in a row going.. cant wait.

md92468
md92468

Tejada is expected there by January 22...

When do tickets go on sale for the Spring Training games?

AJF
AJF

My favorite time of the year! Means Winter is ending and my favorite sport and teams starts ! No matter how bad the team might be I still get pumped

Coq de Pierre
Coq de Pierre

Hopefully, you guys can take lots of helmet pictures. I like those.

Paul Swaney
Paul Swaney

I love spring training. Anything is possible. All 30 teams have a chance of making the playoffs. Plus, in this weather, just thinking about South Florida makes me happy

iwamofo
iwamofo

@slainte2 Lol this is funny.  A major league roster doesn't have enough room to keep 9 starters.  Also, there is no evidence that says innings limits help prevent injury, its honesty really dumb when you really think about it.  To think a pitcher won't get injured because he pitched fewer innings before is absurd.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@grangerAs long as terry is the Manager they cant win. Surprises sure but too many blown games no real winning streaks long losing streaks are his MO!

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

@Hodges14 Only thing left is filling some relief pitching holes, whether or not Ike will be here, and having either Drew or Tejada at short.

ollieblog
ollieblog

.@repub9989 Harvey not withstanding. I like these Mets so far. Fun to watch. Much more fun than the geriatric Bombers.

ollieblog
ollieblog

.@repub9989 so you should be happy. With A-Roid sucking up cash, a bunch of old position players, your 2nd baseman in Seattle, etc.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Sentimental Steve @Hodges14 Doesn't necessarily need to be Drew or Tejada.  Can still make trades.

ollieblog
ollieblog

@repub9989 so what. With $200 million you better have some decent bench players and subs. No excuse for injuries. We all get them.

repub9989
repub9989

@ollieblog did he have a $200 million dollar payroll on the field for 90% of the time last year?

repub9989
repub9989

@ollieblog have a shot. After what I saw Girardi do with basically minor league talent most of the year yea i do.

repub9989
repub9989

@ollieblog I think they are much like the Red Sox last year. People counted them out as well. and if they stay healthy yes I think they

ollieblog
ollieblog

@repub9989 1986. C'mon dude. You're better than that. You honestly think the a Yankees are in a good spot here?

ollieblog
ollieblog

@repub9989 we did spend money but the Madoff thing put a hole in that. We all can't have $200 million and win one WS in ten years.

repub9989
repub9989

@ollieblog you all spend like your a midmarket team. Your in NYC SPEND $. Other than Granderson, Wright and Murphy, who's hitting?

ollieblog
ollieblog

@repub9989 if you don't get Tanaka that's a major black eye for the yanks. Lol and have fun with Tex and a broken down Jeter.

repub9989
repub9989

@ollieblog well if we score Tanaka, have a new centerfielder, Derek and Tex coming back, and McCann yes I am