John From Albany – Mets Breakfast Links 6/1/2020


Good Morning Happy Birthday Dean Chance and Rick Baldwin, today is the 8 year Anniversary of Johan Santana’s Mets No Hitter, and MLB Players make a 114 game counter proposal.

  • A 114-game season, starting June 30 and ending on Oct. 31
  • Players can opt out of the season if they don't want to play
  • Deferrals of salary if there are no playoffs for players making $10 million of more
  • Total $100 million in salary advance during spring training
  • Two years of expanded playoff (matches MLB's proposal as well).

Mets Links:  
It was eight years ago today that Johan Santana pitched a no hitter.  You can watch the entire gamehere.

If you just want to see the outs you can watch this.

Or just hear the final SNY and WFAN calls watch here.

SNY.TV: Pete Alonso says he'll be ally against discrimination: 'My heart is broken over the murder of George Floyd'.

SNY.TV: Marcus Stroman, other New York athletes address police brutality and racial injustice protests. 'To change the world we must begin with ourselves'.

NY Post: Mets prospect Andres Gimenez has chance to be ‘very special’. “Gimenez has a lot of energy,’’ Manager Luis Rojas said. “It seems like he’s everywhere there at short. He’s getting more comfortable around the bag. And you can see from years past, he’s put a little muscle on him and been able to stay back on pitches more.’’

Mike Puma NY Post: Mets hoping draft steal Matthew Allan can turn into their next ace. “Allan throws a plus-fastball and plus-curveball, generating much of his power from a developed lower-half. ‘Matt understands the demands of being a starting pitcher, so he works hard in the gym to prepare his body,’ Mets executive director of player development Jared Banner said. ‘His training also allows him to use his legs well in his delivery and get the most out of his arm.’”


MLB.com: This is how each club's highest Draft pick fared. Mets: Steve Chilcott, 1966; Tim Foli, 1968; Darryl Strawberry, 1980; Shawn Abern, 1984; Paul Wilson, 1994 (No. 1). The leader of “Generation K” for the Mets, along with Jason Isringhausen and Bill Pulsipher, Wilson was rushed to the Majors in 1996, with disastrous results: A 5-12 record, a 5.38 ERA and an injury that required surgery. That was it for him with the Mets, though he did end up hanging around the big leagues until 2005.

MLB.com: Best 2020 Draft prospect from each state. New York: Alex Santos, RHP, Mount St. Michael Academy (No. 56); A projection project at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Santos, a tall and lean right-hander, flashes an intriguing three-pitch mix that is highlighted by a low-90s fastball that should improve velocity-wise in lockstep with his physical gains. The Maryland recruit complements his heater with a solid slider and already knows how to turn over his changeup.

Asian Baseball:

Lotte Giants 8 Doosan Bears 3. Chris Flexen pitched 5 innings and gave up 2 unearned runs in the loss on 3 hits, 2 Ks, 5 BBs. (Box score). In 5 games this year Chris is 2-1, 2.61 ERA, 31 innings, 24 hits, 11 runs (9 earned), 13 BB, 28 Ks.

NC Dinos 18 Samsung Lions 7 Aaron Altherr went 3 for 5 with a walk, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. (Box score). Aaron is hitting .269 in 23 games, 78 Abs, 21 hits, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB, 25K’s, 7BB.

LG Twins 13 Kia Tigers 5 Drew Gagnon 4 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 BB, 6 Ks in the loss. (Box Score). In 5 games this year Drew is 2-3, 3.99 ERA, 27.1 innings, 24 hits, 12 earned runs, 6 BB, 37 Ks.

Born on this date:

New York Mets selected Kevin Baez in seventh round of free agent draft on June 1, 1988.

New York Mets selected Preston Wilson in first round (ninth pick overall) of free agent draft on June 1, 1992.

New York Mets selected Dan Murray in 10th round of free agent draft on June 1, 1995.

New York Mets selected Grant Roberts in 11th round of free agent draft on June 1, 1995.

New York Mets selected Nelson Figueroa in 30th round of free agent draft on June 1, 1995.

1964:     The exhibition game with their Williamsport farm club is rained out, much to the delight of the Mets. Yesterday, the team finished a ten-hour marathon at 11:25 p.m., dropping a twin bill to the Giants, 5-3 and 8-6, which included a 23-inning nightcap.

2012:     Johan Santana, who did not pitch last year because of shoulder surgery performed at the end of the 2010 season, no-hits the Cardinals at Citi Field, 8-0, with the help of third base ump's blown call on a fair ball and an outstanding defensive play by outfielder Mike Baxter. The 33 year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner's 134-pitch effort ends the Mets' streak of over fifty seasons, spanning 8,020 games, without a no-hitter.

1968 - Joe Hoerner of the St. Louis Cardinals ties the National League record for most consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher. Horner strikes out the final six batters he faces and earns the win in a 6 - 5 victory over the New York Mets.

2017 - The first-place Brewers defeat the struggling Mets, 2 - 1, behind a strong pitching performance by Chase Anderson who tosses seven scoreless innings. There is an unusual play in the 4th inning: with the bases loaded and one out, Milwaukee's Eric Sogard lifts a pop-up near the third base line. The Mets' batboy tries to get out of the way, taking his chair with him, but in doing so impedes 3B Wilmer Flores' path to the ball. Third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth first calls the batter out, but the umpires reverse themselves after conferring, as there is no provision in the rules for "batboy interference". Manager Terry Collins comes out to argue and is ejected, but he shouldn't have bothered, as Sogard then grounds into an inning-ending double play.

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Tom Brennan said...

Dean Chance was an extraordinary pitcher whose career, according to Wikipedia, seems to have been brought to an early demise due to injuring his back after a hold out in the late 1960s with a jerk of an owner wanted to cut his salary a lot %-wise after another very good year. He did pitch for the Mets for a few innings after that and allowed 3 earned runs.

In 1965, he had a season Jake deGrom would envy: 20-9, 1.65, 11 shutouts.

Jake no doubt could relate to Dean's inability to win despite pitching great - in his career, he was just 128-115 with a 2.92 ERA, and just 95-115 in games where he didn't throw a shutout.

I asked Ralph Kramden about the weekend - he said I was a regular riot.

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