1/24/11

Cutnpaste: - Second Base, Dillon Gee, Frenchy, Armando Benitez, and Todd Hundley

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Second Base:

It appears that the competition will ultimately come down to Murphy and Emaus, with the loser ending up as one of the bench players. It would take a total meltdown by both for Castillo to win the job. Turner would have to extremely outplay everyone to win the job. Therefore, I see Emaus winning the starting job, with Murphy playing a utility role, filling in at second, first, and third, while also being a left handed bat off the bench. Turner, with options remaining, should start the season at AAA. Castillo will most likely be released, making room for one of the players who make the opening day roster who is not already on the 40-man roster. -

amazinmetamorphasis  



Dillon Gee:

“I try not to look ahead that far,” said Gee. “I look at what I can control today. When you want to get the best out of people, you make them compete, and that’s what going to happen. I’ll do anything I can to help the team. If they see me in Buffalo as helping the team, then that’s what I’ll do to the best of my ability.”-

metsmerizedonline  



Frenchy:

Maybe it takes a ticket out of town to fully express how frustrating it can be to hit at Citi Field. New Royal Jeff Francoeur played parts of 2009 and 2010 with the Mets and was never a fan of the ballpark, summing up his feelings like this: “Citi Field is a damn joke.” Francoeur delivered the diss in an interview that appeared Friday on the Kansas City Star’s baseball blog, noting that last season he crushed a drive to right-center that went 415 feet and hit the wall. “That’s pretty frustrating,” said Francoeur, who hit .249 at Citi over the last two seasons. Potential bad news for Francoeur: his new home, Kauffman Stadium, can be tough on hitters, too -

benmaller.  



Armando Benitez:

Probably the best regular season closer in team history, but will always be remembered for blowing Game 1 of the 2000 World Series. 160 Saves over five years with a 2.70 ERA, and over 11 strikeouts per nine innings, but his postseason failings knock him down on the list. Perfect example of how pitching is just as much mental as physical. - nybaseballdigest  



Todd Hundley:

Hundley made his major league debuted with the Mets during the early part of the ’90 season at the tender age of twenty . He was a highly touted prospect while in the minors but he had a tough time adjusting to major league pitching . After a few years his hitting increasingly improved , especially his power numbers. In 1996 Hundley broke the single-season home run record for catchers , bypassing the then leader ( and former Dodger great) Roy Campanella with 41 home runs. Todd was elected to the All Star game twice (’96 ,’97) . - realdirtymets.  

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