Well it looks like that there is no doubt that by the time midnight tonight rolls around, John Maine will not be a New York Met. And it is a shame because John Maine is and always has been a fighter. When the Mets first acquired him in the middle of the ’06 season , he was the throw in to the deal that sent Kris ( and Anna) Benson packing to the Baltimore Orioles for Armondo Benitez clone , Jorge Jullio.
Maine was assigned to the Norfolk Tides – the Mets minor league affiliate, where he pitched well enough to get a mid season call up when Orlando Hernandez went on the disabled list. Maine pitched well , at times looking brilliant, but he was far from being considered as a replacement option for the starting rotation. That mindset changed when he pitched during the post season that year after both Pedro Martinez and ” El Duque” went down with injuries . Maine manned up to the occasion and he was lights out against the Dodgers and in game six of the NLCS ( I was there) he mowed down the Cardinals for the victory .
During the spring training of ’07 Maine looked as dominant as a pitcher could look,. He was getting raves from both the local and national media alike. He pitched extremely well in the first half of the ’07 season. There were even whispers of him being a candidate for the Cy Young award. But he was not chosen to pitch in that years All Star Game and John went of the rails soon after that. He was shut down that August with arm discomfort and needed season ending surgery.
He would come back that next season but his mechanics seemed to be off . His velocity was still there but he could not locate his pitches well and in most games he couldn’t get past the fifth inning. In the next two season Maine would be a frequent visitor on the disabled list , It got ugly last season when Jerry Manuel pulled him from a mid May game after five pitches. Maine fought him tooth and nail to keep him in the game and Dan Warthern said the infamous words in regards to Maine’s health ” He’s a liar “. Maine would later undergo yet another surgery on his arm – missing the rest of the season.
I consider Maine a hard luck pitcher. He could have and should have been an elite pitcher , but unfortunately chronic injuries impeded that ascension. He is kind of like Craig Swan in that respect.
If Maine is non-tendered by the Mets , I do hope he catches on with another team whether it is a invite to spring training or a minor league deal, because he is a good man – I am just not sure if he has any gas left in that arm of his
Here are John’s career stats as per BaseballReference.com
|162 Game Avg.||13||11||.532||4.35||34||34||1||1||1||0||187||166||97||90||25||85||3||157||6||0||8||806||98||1.339||8.0||1.2||4.1||7.6||1.86|
|NYM (5 yrs)||39||32||.549||4.17||97||96||1||2||2||0||542.0||473||271||251||70||238||9||467||17||0||23||2322||102||1.312||7.9||1.2||4.0||7.8||1.96|
|BAL (2 yrs)||2||4||.333||6.60||11||9||1||0||0||0||43.2||46||34||32||9||27||0||25||1||1||1||203||67||1.672||9.5||1.9||5.6||5.2||0.93|
|NL (5 yrs)||39||32||.549||4.17||97||96||1||2||2||0||542.0||473||271||251||70||238||9||467||17||0||23||2322||102||1.312||7.9||1.2||4.0||7.8||1.96|
|AL (2 yrs)||2||4||.333||6.60||11||9||1||0||0||0||43.2||46||34||32||9||27||0||25||1||1||1||203||67||1.672||9.5||1.9||5.6||5.2||0.93|
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are:
Today would have been back up catcher from the ’76 team, Jay Kleven’s 61st birthday (1949) .
Recent Mets managerial candidate and current third base and their coach, Chip Hale is 46 (1964) .
New York Mets purchased catcher, Hawk Taylor from the Milwaukee Braves on December 2, 1963.
Mets drafted relief pitcher, Jerry Hinsley from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 2, 1963.
Mets drafted third baseman, Wayne Garrett from the Atlanta Braves on December 2, 1968.
New York Mets signed free agent Bobby Bonilla of the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 2, 1991.This signing ranks as one of the worst Mets free agent signings o all time ( somewhere Oliver Perez is breathing a hard sigh of relief !)
New York Mets signed free agent pitcher – Not the drummer from Pink Floyd , Roger Mason on December 2, 1992.
Cleveland Indians signed first baseman,Eddie Murray of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 1993. Eddie gets a raw deal about his time in New York. But when you look at his number – over forty home runs in two years while batting a combined .274, He was clearly one of the better players on those horrible Mets teams.
New York Mets signed free agent third baseman, Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox on December 2, 1998. Robin is quite possibly one of the best free agent signings the Mets has ever made.
Arizona Diamondbacks signed starting pitcher, Armando Reynoso of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 1998.
Cleveland Indians signed reliever, Roberto Hernandez of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 2006.
And while you are braving the chilly cold breath of Old Man Winter – don’t forget that there are just 120 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 127 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaugn has embedded himself at the Swiss Colony at your local mall !!