March 2, 2015, 10:34 pm
The “Take the Damn Thing” shirts, which the team handed out at the start of camp, have been taken back by the team, according to SNY.TV’s Robert Brender (Twitter, Mar. 3).
It’s not clear who took the shirts back, but the players no longer have them, Brender added.
The Mets have a confidence problem
February 23, 2015, 9:01 am
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
The Mets are getting hammered by hosts and callers this morning on MLB Network Radio.
It’s only going to get worse when outside media and other team’s fans get wind of the team-issued t-shirt that reads, “Take the damn thing,” alluding to the pennant (Brender, Feb. 23).
Similarly, Terry Collins is now MLB’s version of Rex Ryan, because he’s “making guarantees,” as one caller put it, talking tall about getting to the playoffs >> Read more
Sandy Alderson invited Billy Bean, MLB’s ambassador of inclusion, to Mets camp Tuesday, during which Bean told his story of how he hid his homosexuality during his eight-year, big-league career.
“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Daniel Murphy later told reporter Mike Vorkunov (NJ.com, Mar. 3). “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect.”
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Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv
Sandy Alderson and the Mets organization asked Billy Bean to attend their spring training to help share Major League Baseball’s message of acceptance of all in the sport.
Bean was recently named MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion, a year after the league issued a policy prohibiting players from harassing and discriminating against other players based on their sexual orientation. Bean said Alderson approached him after he spoke to all 30 general managers to ask him to attend camp to speak to the organization’s players.
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March 3, 2015, 3:54 pm
Sandy Alderson said Tuesday he’s had almost no recent dialogue with teams looking to acquire a starting pitcher.
“I think most clubs, including ours, are focused on what’s going on in camp and evaluating what they already have,” Alderson told reporters at Tradition Field. “If there’s going to be any significant trade talk, I think typically it’s going to happen later in spring training, unless there’s an injury of some sort.”
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
The above statement from Sandy, plus the below report from Chris Cotillo, leads me to believe the Rangers are eying Gee, which the Mets may or may not be aware of yet. It’s early. Cotillo says Texas is interested in Gee. He doesn’t say Alderson is close to a deal. It’s described as a one-way situation, as I’m sure Texas is looking around MLB and thinking about their next move. At the same time, the Mets continue to have a need on the infield and the Rangers have infielders to move. So, who knows, like Alderson says, maybe as March moves on, if things don’t change, these two teams can pick up talks where they left them during the Winter Meetings in December…
Rangers interested in trading for Gee, Profar involved again
March 2, 2015, 10:34 pm
The Rangers are reportedly interested in trading for Dillon Gee, who could get moved before the end of Spring Training, people in baseball told reporter Chris Cotillo (MLB Daily Dish, March 2).
According to Cotillo, one possible scenario involves the Mets trading Gee and other players to the Rangers for SS Jurickson Profar, who recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder >> Read more
1) Alderson said he does not expect to make a trade during spring training, despite the rumors, unless there is an injury.
2) The team has not set the rotation order for the season yet. When they set up the order for the first week of spring training, those decisions had no impact on the regular season.
3) Regarding Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada, Alderson said you can’t learn much from team drills.
4) The Mets have a more set 25-man roster at this point in spring training then they have in previous years.
1) Jon Niese is working on his arm angle and velocity this spring in hopes of avoiding injuries.
“His arm angle is much, much better,” Collins said.
2) Matt Reynolds lets the ball come to him, he stayed down on it while in the field and he has good feet.
“We’ll continue to play him, see how he handles the bat, see how he handles it how we get deeper into spring,” Collins added.
3) Rafael Montero could work multiple innings out of the bullpen, a role he might fill for the Mets in 2015.
4) Travis d’Arnaud has a lot of confidence at the plate and the team is working to raise his confidence on defense.
“We think he’s going to hit, but now – with our young pitching staff – you have to find someone who can control those guys,” Collins said.
5) David Wright is determined to bounce back from his poor season in 2014. The Mets participated in a simple base-running drill recently, one he never saw a major league team so focused on, with Wright leading the charge.
1. He is no longer concerned about his shoulder, “I’m fine, I’m fine.”
2. He would have liked to get more action at third base today, but that’s what the rest of March is for…
Jon Niese later talked to reporters and said…
1. His arm and shoulder are feeling great this spring, especially when compared to a year ago.
2. So far this spring, including today, he’s been doing a nice job locating his pitches and keeping the ball down.
Zack Wheeler also talked to reporters and said…
1. He felt out of align, and was throwing across his body for some reason, which he couldn’t seem to correct during the game.
2. He had good command of his slider and curve ball, but zero command of his fastball.
3. It would be an honor to start Opening Day, “I’d be happy to do it.”
Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese started today’s Mets vs. Mets intrasquad game at Tradition Field…
2:20 pm:: After the top of the eighth inning, and after he got out of the inning, the game ended in a 0-0 tie. The two teams combined for nine hits, with INF prospect Jonathan Leroux picking up two hits for Team Blue.
1:55 pm: Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia are warming up to soon enter the game…
1:50 pm: Mets C Xorge Carillo took a foul ball to the body and is being tended to be the training staff…
1:15 pm: Mets Rule 5 pick LHP Sean Gilmartin will enter the game, as David Wright and other starters exit…
12:59 pm: In the third inning, with Buddy Carlyle on the mound, Ruben Tejada turned a nice double play off a ground ball by Matt Reynolds, which was well received by David Wright at the end of the inning…
12:45 pm: In Wheeler’s second inning, Matt den Dekker hit a single and Brandon Nimmo walked…
12:34 pm: In the second inning, Niese struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr., and got Kevin Plawecki to ground out…
12:30 pm: Matt Reynolds at shortstop, Dilson Herrera at second base, with Rafael Montero warming up in the bullpen…
12:25 pm: Wheeler got Travis d’Arnaud to ground out, he then gave up a single to Herrera and walked Reynolds and Eric Campbell grounded out.
12:10 pm: In the first inning, Niese walked walked Curtis Granderson, David Wright hit in to a double play and Michael Cuddyer struck out looking…
11:00 am: Team Blue’s starting lineup will be 1) Granderson, 2) Wright, 3) Cuddyer, 4) Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 5) John Mayberry Jr., 6) Kevin Plawecki, 7) Brandon Allen, 8) Ruben Tejada and 9) Wilfredo Tovar.
Team Orange’s starting lineup will be 1) Travis d’Arnaud, 2) Dilson Herrera, 3) Matt Reynolds, 4) Eric Campbell, 5) Anthony Recker, 6) Cesar Puello, 7) Brandon Nimmo, 8) Matt den Dekker and 9) Danny Muno.
8:41 am: Niese will start for “Team Blue,” which will also feature Rafael Montero, Carlos Torres, Vic Black and Sean Gilmartin. Wheeler will start for “Team Orange,” which also includes Buddy Carlyle, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia.
8:40 am: Terry Collins said Monday that Wright, Granderson and Cuddyer will also play in the game.
“This is what they’re paid to do,” he explained. “I understand the whole process of getting their legs ready and getting their arms ready and all the extra work, but this is when all the work starts to pay off. They start to see what they’re getting out of it.”
1) Wright’s shoulder “feels great,” and he’s had no issues at all so far.
2) Cuddyer proved he was healthy when he played the final month of the 2014 season, after which he got the “rehab stuff out of the way.”
3) Matt Harvey looks ready to go, according to Wright, who faced Harvey in live batting practice on Monday.
4) Noah Syndergaard is an imposing figure on the mound, Cuddyer said.
5) The chemistry of the team and clubhouse is important because they all spend so much time together during the season.
“When I know the guy to my left and the guy to my right has my back, it obviously makes the game much more enjoyable,” Wright explained.
Also on Monday night’s Mets Hot Stove on SNY, Bobby Parnell talked about his rehab and outlook for 2015 >> Watch on SNY.tv
Travis d’Arnaud spoke about his 2015 season and his take on Harvey >> Watch on SNY.tv
Harvey, Curtis Granderson and Terry Collins will be on tonight’s Mets Hot Stove on SNY at 10 p.m. ET.
Zack Wheeler asked the Mets to not employ the shift during his starts last season. While the club did not totally eliminate shifting behind Wheeler, they did use it less often (Vorkunov, March 2).
Wheeler told reporter Mike Vorkunov he doesn’t”want to piss anybody off but, honestly, I don’t like it,” adding that “when the shortstop is playing second base and the ball goes straight through the hole, I’m like ‘Seriously, that’s out.’ If you’re playing baseball the way it started from Day One, that would have been out. And I’m just like an old school guy.'”
Wheeler said the reason he doesn’t like the shift is because he doesn’t feel it’s an advantage due to the pitches he features.
Terry Collins agreed with Wheeler, saying “He was right. We said ‘Listen, we’re not going to take the shift away. We’re just going to alter it a little bit because the numbers tell us they’re still going to hit the ball over here. We made a little adjustment. His argument was legitimate.”
Wheeler, 24, went 11-9 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 32 starts (185 1/3 innings pitched) for the Mets in 2014.