Yesterday during the early afternoon Twitter blew up when word came out that Johan Santana would most likely not throw a major league pitch for the Mets this season. This came out along with the news that Johan decided not to pitch in today’s playoff for the Mets minor league affiliate, Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League. Johan felt it was unfair for him to disrupt a minor league title series - especially when he admitted that he was far from being 100 percent. According to Adam Rubin of the ESPN Mets Blog, Mets Manager – Terry Collins said that Johan would throw a simulated game near his home in Fort Myers Florida on Sunday, then he will go on to the Mets Fall instructional League before shutting down his arm for the season. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2012. To read Rubin’s column click here .
So after this story broke there were cries from the deepest depths of the Mets lunatic fringe that both Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins lied to the fans that Johan would be back either just before or right after the All-Star Break. if that was the case, I say ” WHO CARES” !?! I admit that I am disappointed that Johan will not pitch a single inning for the Mets this season, but I would rather Johan, along with the Mets medical and rehabilitation staff to be as cautious as possible – rather than rush him back to a season that has no chance to be salvaged. Take a look at pitcher Chin Ming Wang. He was out of baseball for two seasons before coming back in the middle of this season. He has looked far from the dominant Wang we remember in his days as a Yankee, but he seems to be getting stronger with every start he makes. Hopefully Johan when ( and if) he pitches again for the Mets will hopefully be light years ahead in the recovery process than Wang is
But the question here is did Sandy knowingly lie to us fans ? It is possible. Look Sandy had the difficult task to trying to sell a mediocre team to the fans. He acquired some very interesting pieces this past off season, and the Mets were extremely competitive for a while before injury and the trading of key pieces helped to sink this season. Sometimes you have to experience some pain before you can feel pleasure, and I feel that barring any major setbacks, Johan will be on that mound at Citi Field on April 5 2012 – Opening Day against the Braves.
Whether he is anywhere near the dominant pitcher he once was remains to be seen.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets utility man from ’84-’65, Charley Smith would have been 74 today (1937).
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’77-’80, John Pacella is 55 (1956). The Brooklyn born Pacella was best known for both his porno mustache as well as the fact that his baseball cap would fly off after almost every pitch. Then Mets television announcer,Steve Albert even had a “cap count” – because his cap spent more time on the field than on his head !
Middle reliever from the ’02 season, Satoru Komiyama is 46 (1965). He appeared in 25 games for the Mets that season, had a record of 0-3 with a E.R.A of 5.61, and I don’t remember him !
Middle reliever from the ’91 season, Doug Simons is 45(1966) .
Reserve infielder from ’96-’96, Jason Hardtke is 40 (1971).
The New York Mets traded minor league pitchers, Shane Young and Jeff Richardson to the California Angels for one pitcher, John Candelaria on September 15, 1987. The “Candy Man” was brought in to help stabilize the starting rotation during the ’87 playoff run. He went 2-0 in three starts, but had a bloated E.R.A of 5.84. He would go on to sign with the Yankees that off season.
Rumor has it that Mo Vaughn will be a contestant on ” Dancing With The Stars”. All I can say is I feel sorry for his dance partner’s feet, arms, legs … Well you get the point !