Okay my fellow Mets fans it’s time to break out your crystal balls and don your wizards hat because I am going to ask you a question that is based solely on your opinion. No stats needed here, you won’t need your Bill James handbook or P.E.C.O.T.A stats in order to successfully answer this query.
The question I pose for you is – Who do you think will be the biggest surprise for the Mets this season ?
For me the answer is simple. I think that Chris Young will be able to revive his once promising career. So far during this Grapefruit Season he has shutdown the competition. He has allowed more than one run in a game just twice so far. His surgically repaired elbow so far has shown no signs of betraying him and he has been adapt at deceiving the opposition with a fast ball that has been clocked in the mid to high ’90′s. I honestly feel that if he gets run support, Chris will easily with 12- 15 games this season.
So who is your candidate for the Mets biggest surprise this season ?
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets Director of Amateur Relations during the late ’80′s,Tommy Holmes would have been 94 today (1917) .
Mets number one pick in the 1980 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Billy Beane is 49 (1962). He never did pan out for the Mets, appearing only briefly with the team in ’84 and ’85. He did become one of Sandy Alderson’s biggest acolytes, becoming the successful G.M for the Oakland A’s.
Mets middle reliever from ’94-’95, Eric Gunderson is 45 (1966) .
One time “5 tool” outfield prospect, Alex Ochoa is 39 (1972) .
The New York Mets traded reserve catcher, J. C. Martin to the Chicago Cubs for for minor league catcher, Randy Bobb on March 29, 1970.
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Leo Foster to the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher, Jim Burton on March 29, 1978.
The New York Mets released third baseman, Lenny Randle on March 29, 1979.
The New York Mets traded minor league pitchers, Jody Johnston and Steve Walker to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reserve outfielder, Mark Bradley on March 29, 1983.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Juan Acevedo to the St. Louis Cardinals for middle reliever, Rigo Beltran on March 29, 1998.
The New York Mets released outfielder, Joe Orsulak on March 29, 1998. This was the end of Joe’s comeback attempt with the Mets. He was a fan favorite with the team in the early ’90′s but he showed that he had nothing left in the tank.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Rich Rodriguez on March 29, 2001. Rich was the Scott Schoeneweis of the ’90′s. Whenever he came into games he was booed mercilessly by the fans. The fact that he was once roommates with then G.M Steve Phillips didn’t help his cause either.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Kelly Stinnett on March 29, 2005.
And while you try to catch up on sleep from last night because you pondered the fate of Pat Misch, just remember that there are just 3 Bud Harrelson Days left until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and only 10 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn predicts that the Kansas City Royals will win it all this year !!!