6/2/20

John From Albany – Mets Breakfast Links 6/2/2020

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Good Morning Happy Birthday Kelvin Chapman and Mike Stanton, Mike Puma thinks Tim Tebow could be a Rule 5 draft target and MLB Owners propose shorter schedule with pro-rated pay.




Mets Links:  



Faith and Fear in Flushing: “A Date with Destiny”. Greg Prince looks at A Met for All Seasons, Johan Santana.




LuHud.com: Analyzing the NY Mets' Top 10 prospects: No. 8 Thomas Szapucki. “He began last season at Class A. In 11 appearances — eight starts — he tallied a 2.08 ERA to earn a promotion. In his only game in Double A, Szapucki pitched four scoreless frames.”


Centerfield Maz: Remembering Mets History: (6/1/2015) Jacob deGrom Tosses A Two Hit Shut Out In San Diego.



NY Post: Lenny Dykstra’s libel suit vs. Ron Darling tossed because he’s already ‘so tarnished’. Lenny Dykstra’s defamation and libel lawsuit against his former Mets teammate Ron Darling was dismissed by a judge Friday.

NY Post: Johan Santana’s no-hitter comes with a haunting Mets legacy. “What may have cut Johan Santana’s career short enabled him to live on forever.”

Mike Puma NY Post: Mets mailbag: Why Tim Tebow’s time may be up.  Tim Tebow will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this year and if the Mets don’t add him to the 40 man roster, one of the the two Florida teams may grab him.   

Mike Puma NY Post: Mets might have worthy David Wright successor in Brett Baty. “’[Baty] has impressive strike-zone discipline and does an excellent job making pitchers come to him,’ Mets executive director of player development Jared Banner said in an email. ‘He has impressive raw power that allows him to drive the ball out of the ballpark to all fields.’”


Rising Apple: Mets Trade Retrospective: Jim Hickman, Ron Hunt deal with the Dodgers in 1966. November 29, 1966... In a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jim Hickman and Ron Hunt were sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith.  Tommy Davis was then traded after the 1967 season for Tommie Agee.

Rising Apple: Mets outfielder Michael Conforto and his bad relationship with June. “Lifetime, Conforto has slashed .195/.306/.355 in June. This, over 376 plate appearances, is a shocking total for a guy whose second-lowest average in any month is .249.”

Rising Apple: Three all-time worst Mets trades in the month of June. #3 – Dave Kingman to the Padres; #2 – Lenny Dykstra’s to the Phillies; #1 - Tom Seaver to the Reds.



MLB LINKS:

ESPN.com: Meet the 2020 MLB draft's man of mystery: A 17-year-old pitcher with enormous upside. Nick Bitsko has impressed in Zoom interviews and has been posting videos on social media that show big league-caliber stuff coming out of the hand of a 17-year-old. He hit 98.5 mph last week and delivers some of the advanced pitch data that clubs covet.







Bill James discusses Peak and Prime Seasons: My Greatest Living Player poll came down to two players whose best seasons are essentially impossible to find, because EVERY season was at the level of their best.  This is what most defines Hank Aaron and Willie Mays…

NJ.com: MLB rumors: Why 100-plus game season won’t work. Money; Logistics; Television Partners, Second Wave of COVID-19.

Minor League Links:



Asian Baseball:



The Korea Herald: The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) unveiled four candidates for the Player of the Month award Tuesday. They are NC Dinos' starter Koo Chang-mo, Kiwoom Heroes' starter Eric Jokisch, LG Twins' first baseman Roberto Ramos and Doosan Bears' designated hitter Jose Miguel Fernandez.

Aaron Altherr is back in CF today for the NC Dinos (Box score). Aaron is hitting .269 in 23 games, 78 Abs, 21 hits, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB, 25K’s, 7BB.







Mack’s Blast from the Past comes from June 2, 2012: FLASH - Mets Cut 12.  Included in the Mets minor leaguers released 8 years ago today: Belguin-born OF Thomas DeWolf - .179 for the GCL Mets in 2011.


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New York Mets selected Pat Howell in ninth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Pete Schourek in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Tim Bogar in eighth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Anthony Young in 38th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Chris Donnels in first round (24th pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Todd Hundley in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Eric Hillman in 16th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.

New York Mets selected Paul Wilson in first round (first pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1994.

New York Mets selected Terrence Long in first round (20th pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1994.

New York Mets released Gary Thurman on June 2, 1997.

New York Mets selected Craig Brazell in fifth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.

New York Mets selected Pat Strange in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.

New York Mets selected Ty Wigginton in 17th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.

New York Mets selected Jason Tyner in first round (21st pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.

New York Mets selected Jaime Cerda in 23rd round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.

New York Mets selected Angel Pagan in fourth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.

New York Mets selected Prentice Redman in 10th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.

New York Mets selected Mike Jacobs in 38th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.

New York Mets selected Jeremy Griffiths in third round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.

New York Mets traded Bill Pulsipher to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Lenny Harris on June 2, 2000.

New York Mets released Mike DiFelice on June 2, 2005.

Toronto Blue Jays claimed Chris Schwinden of the New York Mets on waivers on June 2, 2012.


1995
Hideo Nomo, limiting the Mets to one run on two hits in 8+ innings of work, picks up his first major league win, a 2-1 decision at Dodger Stadium. L.A. signed the 26 year-old former Japanese All-Star in the off-season.
2000
Fred McGriff becomes the thirty-first player to hit 400 career homers. The Devil Rays first baseman's milestone round-tripper comes off Glendon Rusch, a two-run drive in a 5-3 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium.


2010: In San Diego, Adrian Gonzalez hits a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning to lead the Padres to a 5 - 1 win over the Mets. San Diego's David Eckstein had tied the game at 1 with a single with two outs in the bottom of the 9th against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, after 8 scoreless innings by Johan Santana. It's not the only late-game grand slam hit today: in Toronto, Carl Crawford of the Rays also hits one, capping a six-run 9th inning, to beat the Blue Jays, 7 - 3, and give David Price his American League-leading 8th win of the year.

2011: The Pirates take an early 7 - 0 lead against Mike Pelfrey and the Mets, but New York rallies for 9 straight runs. The Mets score 3 on Carlos Beltran's three-run blast in the 3rd, add a four-run inning in the 6th to even the score against Paul Maholm, then win it in the 8th with 2 more runs. Mets manager Terry Collins does some fancy maneuverings in the 8th, sending pitcher Chris Capuano to pinch-hit with pinch-runner Willie Harris on first, hoping for a sacrifice bunt; when losing P Jose Veras balks the runner over, Collins calls Capuano back, and sends in Josh Thole to finish the at-bat. In the end, four walks and a wild pitch in the inning sink the Bucs, who lose, 9 - 8, in what is the Mets' biggest comeback in 11 years.

2018 - Jacob deGrom matches a career high set just two weeks earlier by racking up 13 strikeouts in 7 innings in a start against the Cubs, but the NL ERA leader has to settle for another no-decision as the game is decided in 14 innings. Seven relievers add another 11 strikeouts to give the Mets 24, 2 shy of the all-time mark for an extra-inning game, but it's the Cubs who break through with 6 runs in the top of the 14th, highlighted by Albert Almora's two-run double off Buddy Baumann, to win, 7 - 1. Luke Farrell pitches 5 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.



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2 comments:

Tom Brennan said...

Will Citifield still be there when baseball returns, or will the looters steal it?

If looters are stealing high priced stuff, how come Citifield hot dogs are still there?

Will the Great Rebellion of 2020 overshadow baseball?

bill metsiac said...

And of A-Rod and his Chase backers actually buy the Mets, will their home still be called CITI Field?

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