1/24/11

Cutnpaste: - Sandy, Knight, Terry, Doug Flynn, and Bobby Jones

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Sandy Alderson:

While I was at the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) Dinner last night, many players and personnel stood at the podium, one after the other, and gave fantastic touching speeches. One of those, was by the magnificent Mets GM, Sandy Alderson. Sandy spoke in depth about the leaders and good guys on his team, thus presenting R.A. Dickey with the Arthur and Milton Richman "You Gotta Have a Heart Award" Award. Sandy and his presence really did light up the whole room though. And as he spoke about the Mets past and present, it inspired me to write about the quick turn-around that the Mets have already endured. - beyondtheboxscore.  



Ray Knight:

Choosing Knight was fairly easy, since he is one of my favorite all-time Mets, for his grit, hustle, fire, and hard-nosed play. He got dirty, he was a gamer, he played with fierce passion, he hated to lose, he was unselfish, a team player, and he beat the crap out of Eric Davis. Oh, and he was a pretty decent player, too, able to play multiple positions more than adequately and providing some pop at the plate. His career numbers don’t look spectacular compared to the hitters of today, and he didn’t hit for enough power to justify being a corner infielder, but he had a few strong seasons where his average was around .300 and his OPS in the .750-.800 range. In short, he was “a ballplayer”, and enjoyable to watch — especially in 1986, when he came through with clutch hits time after time. - metstoday



Terry Collins:

Terry Collins has been a man on the go since the New York Mets named him their manager in November. He says he has "been on a whirlwind" and he's not stopping now. Starting Monday -- yes, tomorrow -- he's going to be in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at the Mets' complex greeting early arrivals for voluntary workouts nearly three weeks before spring training officially begins. - buffalonews  



Doug Flynn:

As a person, Doug Flynn was hard not to like — humble, easygoing, always complimentary on the rare occasions he was quoted. He played hard, always hustled, and had good fundies. He also was a semipro country singer in the offseasons, and contributed his time and money to many community / charitable services. An underwhelming hitter, but a good guy. Ironically, Flynn after his MLB career ended, he became a beast of a hitter in professional slo-pitch softball. That’s no joke — he played in slo-pitch softball exhibition games during the 1988 Summer Olympic Festival and was inducted into the Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. -

.metstoday.  



Bobby Jones:

Will always be remembered for his one hitter in Game 4 of the 2000 NLDS against San Francisco. Won 74 games in a Mets uniform posting a respectable 4.13 ERA. In his prime he was a league average pitcher that gave you 195 innings, and 15 victories. Sounds an awful lot like Jon Garland, who many Mets fans clamored for this offseason. It’s not easy to win double digit ballgames in this league with his stuff.
 - nybaseballdigest  

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