Last night I woke up at around 11:45 to find that both my wife and I fell asleep in front of the t.v with the Mets/Marlins game still on. The Mets were winning 4-2 and Bobby Parnell was on the mound to tie up loose ends. As we all know Parnell – like he has done many times of late, blew the save when he surrendered a two out, two run double to former Met, Mike Cameron to tie the game.
I in my frustration went to the bathroom, and then proceeded to fall back to sleep. Thankfully the Mets came back to win in 12 by the score of 7-4. But with that said, should we Mets fans be wary of the fact that Parnell probably is our closer for the near future ?
I say no.
When I mention the names Tug McGraw, Heath Bell, Skip Lockwood, Jesse Orosco, Jeff Reardon, Jason Isringhusen and (gasp) Nolan Ryan what comes to mind ? You probably would say some of the most effective starting pitchers and closers in the past forty years right ? Well lets just remember when these guys first toed a pitching mound they were far from dominant.
Tug McGraw didn’t come into his own until the ’69 season. Ryan didn’t achieve success until after he was traded out of the organization in ’72. The same can be said about Reardon, Isringhausen and Bell. Lockwood was originally drafted by the Oakland A’s as a third baseman, but he didn’t find himself until he converted to a reliever. Jesse Orosco was mediocre in his first four season in the Mets bullpen.
So in my opinion , to say that Parnell can never be a good to great reliever is erroneous. He has pitched a very small sample as a closer, and quite possibly may need a bit more time to mature and hone his skill. The kid has raw talent. That 100 mph fast ball is just plain nasty, but he needs to get some movement on it because a good hitter ( or even a lucky one for that matter) can hit one a country mile.
All I am saying is that we have to sit back and just relax because you never know, he may be the next Reardon, Bell or McGraw.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:
Mets pitching coach from ’99-’00, Dave Wallace is 64 (1947) .
Reserve catcher from the ’82 season, Rick Sweet is 59 (1952). After his playing career ended, he managed one season for the Mets AA affiliate in Binghamton.
Reserve outfielder fom the ’01 season, Darren Bragg is 42 (1969) .
Quite possibly the feel good story of this Mets season, reliever, Jason Isringhausen is 39 (1972) . It’s good to see him finishing his career where it all started.
A player that most Mets fans would like to forget, outfielder, David Newhan is 38 (1973) .
One of the better middle relievers from the putrid bullpens of ’08 and ’09, Brian Stokes is 32 (1979). Unfortunately he was traded before last season started for that waste of roster space, Garry Matthews Jr !
Sadly on this date, the Mets lost 2 members of their extended family. Third baseman from ’66-’67, Ken Boyer passed away in 1982, and middle reliever from the ’67 season, Hal Reniff in 2004.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of spot starter/middle reliever, Galen Cisco from the Boston Red Sox on September 7, 1962.
The Cincinnati Reds claimed reserve catcher, Alex Treviño of the New York Mets on waivers on September 7, 1990. This ended Alex’s second – and thankfully final go round as a Met.
The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Guillermo Mota on September 7, 1990. Yes thats right folks, before he beaned Mike Piazza in Spring Training of ’98, before he did a decent job in the second half of the ’06 season. Before HE WAS SUSPENDED FOR STEROIDS !!!! And before he totally sucked in the ’07 season, Mota was originally a MET !!!!
The New York Mets signed free agent first baseman, Jorge Toca on September 7, 1998. Toca was one of the many highly touted power hitting prospects that the Mets had their farm system. He would only play in a grand total of 25 games from ’99-’01 ( used mostly as a pinch hitter) and batted a whopping .259 with 0 homers and 5 RBIs. He would eventually be sold to the Pirates in late August of the ’01 season, never to be seen again.
Mo Vaughn loves a good fish fry, but last nights win against the Marlins gave him agita !