Today the Mets news landscape was carpet-bombed with Brian Stokes
for Gary Matthews Jr. a/k/a "Little Sarge"
acquisition items. I have found nothing in the way of "other" news to share with you this evening, so instead I will attempt to do an "away" version of what my colleague Mr. North Jersey
while maintaining the traditional style (sarcastic? annoying?) of previous "In Other News" installments. He shared with you a sampling of reaction on the trade from the Mets blogosphere. My own reaction is that the trade was done so that Philadelphia Phillies
color analyst Gary Matthews Sr.
would be nicer to the Mets. But seriously, here's a sampling of the Los Angeles Angels
- Sam Miller of the Orange County (CA) Register Angels Blog used sabermetric analysis to determine that the Angels are "nearly one win better" with Reggie Willits instead of Matthews Jr. as back up outfielder. Miller used CHONE projections to make that determination. As a Met, Matthews Jr. will become familiar with a word very similar to "CHONE" whether he likes it or not.
- Miller also covers "GMJ's Finest Moments" in an Angels uniform, noting: "Gary Matthews, Jr. played 370 games for the Angels, and they weren’t all bad. Most of them were â€” did you know, for instance, than Matthews went 0 for 10 in the playoffs as an Angel?" Really no need for me to embellish that thought.
- The Riverside Press-Enterprise Professional Sports Blog takes the Brian Stokes perspective, noting Stokes "played his high school baseball at Jurupa Valley, his college baseball at RCC and now will play professional baseball down the 91 Freeway in Anaheim." Regardless of how one feels about the trade, it's hard not to feel happy for Stokes when one reads this: "It's real exciting," Stokes said of returning to Southern California. "I've made it to the big leagues now with Tampa Bay and New York before, so my friends and family saw me on the road. Now they can follow me through the whole season. I think it'll be kind of fun, especially since my parents work long hours. It's just exciting for me and all my friends who get to enjoy it with me." I don't have any particularly snarky response to that. Congratulations on going home Brian.
- Angelswin.com sums up Matthews Jr.'s tenure with the Angels this way: "It would be safe to say that neither Matthews or the Angels got what they expected when they agreed to terms before the 2007 season. Matthews was arguably their best player during the first half of '07 but a knee injury slowed him down and "GMJ" never consistently found his stroke again as an Angel." He'll be proud to know he caused many a Met fan a stroke today.