1/30/11

Cutnpaste: - Jim Dolan, Darryl Strawberry, John Sterns, and Matt Havey

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Jim Dolan:

With some experts predicting the Madoff lawsuit will lead to the sale of the Mets, who could possibly be an option to purchase the team? According to Forbes, the Mets are valued at $858 million dollars. Such a significant price shrinks the pool of likely candidates. The first name that comes to mind is Jim Dolan and Cablevision. There were rumors about a decade ago the Dolan’s were interested in buying the team. This was before SNY, so I am not sure how the owners of Cablevision and MSG could purchase a product the airs on SNY, which has Time Warner and Comcast as stakeholders. Another possibility is Mark Cuban, who bid on the Texas Rangers during their bankruptcy. - http://xscn6.th8.us/  



Darryl Strawberry:

On the other hand, at least he’s around to break stuff. Writing this, I find I’ve changed my mind somewhat. Yes, Darryl Strawberry is being a distraction. But hey, he’s still around, wearing an orange and blue cap, and periodically saying things that make you sigh or roll your eyes or want to shake him. That’s familiar. It’s aggravating and amusing and, in the end, gratifying.-

http://www.faithandfearinflushing.com/2011/01/27/stra 


John Stearns:
Stearns saw his first season as a Met ( 1975) as the backup catcher behind veteran Jerry Grote. There Stearns learned from veteran Grote, who had been the Mets’ regular catcher since 1966. As Grote’s backup, Stearns didn’t see much playing time and posted a batting average of just .189 . 1976 was not a good season for Stearns. In limited time he once again hit poorly and was sent down and replaced by Ron Hodges. Stearns fixed his flaws while at the Mets AAA affiliate in Tidewater, and was brought back to the majors as a September call up. He had 18 hits in his first 13 games from being recalled from the minors. He even had seven hits in two games, Stearns was made the everyday catcher for the rest of the season, usurping Grote. -

http://realdirtymets.com/2011/01/28/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-top-50-mets-of-all-time-countdown-40-edition-01-28-11



Matt Harvey
Though he's yet to throw a pitch as a professional, Harvey almost definitely deserves to top this list with his impressive array of potential plus offerings. Harvey's bread and butter is his four-seamer, a mid-90's fastball which he can dial up to 98 mph, generating lots of swings and misses. However, thanks to a lack of movement he complements it with another fastball, a two-seamer with heavy sink and late life that works in the 91-93 mph range and produces weak contact and lots of ground balls. Harvey also possesses two major league quality off-speed pitches: A tight, low 80's slider and a slower, hammer curve both of which flash plus potential right now. Despite limited use during college, the Mets are encouraging Harvey to focus mainly on the curve. His change-up lags behind thanks to lack of use as an amateur but he shows decent feel for the pitch. Harvey's impressive overall mix of pitches paired with a perfect pitcher's build (6'4", 225 lbs) gives him the ceiling as a top of the rotation, workhorse starter. -

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/1/28/1955488/mets-farm-system-top-5-electric-arms  

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