1/26/11

Cutnpaste: - HoJo, More HoJo, Jason Bay, Brandon Moore, and Dave Magadan

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HoJo:

Howard Johnson, who was not retained by the Mets as hitting coach, indicated Tuesday he has a commitment from the organization to remain employed but has yet to learn his role. "They want me back, so it's just a matter of figuring out where I fit," he said. "As of right now, nothing's been decided. We haven't had a lot of contact because they've been busy with other things." - espn.  



More HoJo:

Howard Johnson gets the nod primarily because he was the best power-hitting switch-hitter in Mets history, and one of the best all-time. OK, I don’t really have any specific numbers to back up the “all-time” proclamation; but I also can’t think of anyone other than Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray who was as serious a slugger — even if HoJo’s run was much shorter than those HOFers. HoJo was the Mets’ first 30-30 guy — and remains one of only four players in MLB history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season three times. His switch-hitting prowess was unprecedented in the NL — he was the first switcher to lead the NL in RBI (as well as the first Met to do so), the first to lead in RBI and HR in the same season, and hit more HR in the NL than any other switch-hitter in history — until a steroid-enhanced Ken Caminiti passed him. - metstoday  



Jason Bay:

It has been a long road back but Jason Bay, who is in Seattle until he reports to the Mets training facility in Port St. Lucie on Feb. 20, told the Trail Times, in an email interview, he’s eager to get started. “Once I was cleared in September, I decided to start working out and getting physically ready for this season,” said Bay. “I am anxious to get things started.” All signs point to Bay being clear of any post-concussion symptoms. “Now I am working out as I normally do this time of year. I have increased my workouts to include hitting and throwing and feel great. I will be good to go when spring training starts.”Bay realizes there will be a lot of focus on how the Mets come out of the gate, individually and collectively, but he’s been through enough spring trainings to know the first month of the regular schedule doesn’t necessarily dictate an entire season. “Getting off to a good start is always very helpful but not the end of the world. There are going to be good streaks and bad ones, it’s just that the early ones are always more magnified. “I always have to remember this game is a marathon not a sprint.” - benmaller  



Brandon Moore:

1-25-11 from: - http://www.baseballamerica.com/  : - Moore threw a seven-inning no-hitter at short-season Brooklyn in 2009 and advanced three levels to Double-A Binghamton last year. He works quickly and attacks batters primarily with two pitches: an 87-90 mph sinker with tailing action and a slurvy breaking ball in the mid- to high-70s. Scouts prefer Moore's harder curveball because it features above-average three-quarters tilt. He likes his slower one with more lateral break because it got more swings and misses in Class A. Moore shows a changeup only occasionally, but it has average potential and New York encouraged him to focus on it in instructional league. Plus control helps his average arsenal play up, but without an improved changeup he's probably destined for the bullpen. He may open 2011 by returning to Double-A.



Dave Magadan:

Toiled behind Keith Hernandez for three seasons until given his chance in 1990. Never developed the power that many thought his 6’3” frame would yield, but would have been a “Moneyball” favorite for his good eye at the plate if such a term existed then. Had a glass half empty Mets career because he wasn’t Keith Hernandez, which is patently unfair. Overall spent seven seasons playing first and third for the Mets, hit .292 and had an outstanding .391 OBP. Best season was 1990 when he hit .328, and contended for the NL batting title. No surprise the Mets took off that year when Magadan was inserted into the lineup every day. Lack of power regulated him to a backup role after leaving the Mets in 1992. - nybaseballdigest.

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