First off I would like to congratulate the Mets and their first round draft pick Matt Harvey . May this be the start of a beautiful relationship that spans the next decade or so ( if not us fans will probably get on your case about not drafting Michael Choice or Karsten Whitson)
. I am the first person to admit that I don't follow college baseball, so for me to comment about the quality of the players we select would be as erroneous as if Mo Vaughn claimed to be a pilates expert !So here we are in the first week of June and we are in third place, just two and a half games out of first. I don't think many disenfranchised fans would have thought that the Mets would be this close this far into the season ( especially with the way this team started so slowly
). But I don't think this team is can be truly considered a contender yet. The rotation with the exception of Johan, Pelf - and to a lesser extent Jonathan Niese is pretty much a crap shoot. I like R.A. Dickey and Takahashi. but lets face it, we can only ride these two horses until the break down ( and Taka is already being figured out by the advance scouts from the other teams
). So what happens when the trade deadline comes and the Mets are still in the thick of it? Do we go after a Cliff Lee or a Roy Oswalt -risking most of our upper tier prospects? Do we try to swing a deal for either a Kevin Millwood , a Jake Westbrook or even a Francisco Carmona? Or does our front office share the same mentality as Mike Francesa and swing a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays , which we would trade Angel Pagan and a mid level prospect or two for Vernon Wells and his horrible contract along with stud pitchers Brett Cecil and Rickey Romero? I don't think the Mets even would consider that deal with over 120 million dollars committed to one player - but hey we are talking about a team that brought Bobby Bonilla back for a second tour of duty.The other question is what to do with John Maine and Oliver Perez if and when they come off from the disabled list. Maine has been throwing batting practice, but there has been no word if he has regained any of his lost velocity. I don't see the Mets cutting him mid season, but I do see them trying him in the bullpen or stashing him down in Buffalo - carefully monitoring him to see if he improving. Ollie - well is Ollie . My hopes are that they just d.l him for the rest of the season, since we know they don't have the stones to release him and the twenty million dollars that's still owed to him. Which brings me to my next question, If the Milwaukee Brewers - a team in a mid level market, can release pitcher Jeff Suppan ( a 12 million dollar bust
), why are the Mets so obstinatewhen it comes to Perez ? It seems pretty obvious that the rest of the players on our team have very little faith in him when h is on the mound, so wouldn't eating the remainder of his contract be prudent move to make ? By the way in Adam Rubin's ESPN online column, he has reported that Duaner Sanchez has most recently been pitching in the Mexican League and has recently joined the Sussex Skyhawks of the Can-Am League, where in 3 1/3 innings he has recorded four saves and has allowed only one hit. His fastball is said to be back in the low to mid '90's. Maybe we should give him another shot ? Your thoughts ? " Welcome Mr Harvey !!"
And with that said .... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Pitcher for the '67 team, Joe Grzenda is 73 (1937) .One time catcher of the future John Gibbons is 48 (1962).He was to be the Mets everyday catcher in '85 - until he broke his jaw during a game, and he was never the same.
Pitcher, Dave Mlicki is 42 (1968) Who could forget when he gave the Mets their first ever subway series victory against the Yankees !
New York Mets selected infielder,Ken Boswell in fourth round of free agent draft on June 8, 1965.New York Mets selected pitcher Jim McAndrew in the 11th round of free agent draft on June 8, 1965. He was a mainstay in the Mets rotation from '68-'73.
New York Mets selected pitcher , Don Shaw in the 35th round of free agent draft on June 8, 1965.New York Mets selected future Hall Of Fame flame thrower,Nolan Ryan in the 10th round of free agent draft on June 8, 1965. He is the ultimate " one who got away" in Mets history. Can you believe he wasn't drafted until the tenth round ?!?!
New York Mets selected pitcher, Les Rohr in first round (second pick overall) of free agent draft on June 8, 1965.New York Mets selected third baseman, Joe Moock in the third round of free agent draft on June 8, 1965.New York Mets sold pitcher, Cal Koonce to the Boston Red Sox on June 8, 1970.New York Mets selected pitcher,Rick Baldwin in ninth round of free agent draft on June 8, 1971.New York Mets selected third baseman, Rich Puig in the first round (14th pick overall) of free agent draft on June 8, 1971. All I can say is WHO !!!
New York Mets selected reliever,Neil Allen in 11th round of free agent draft on June 8, 1976. He was serviceable in his time with the Mets, but I wasn't shedding a tear when we traded him for Keith Hernandez !
New York Mets selected pitcher,Mike Scott in the second round of free agent draft on June 8, 1976. God I hated him when he sucked for the Mets - and I despised him when he was the ace of the Astros !
New York Mets selected outfielder,Terry Blocker in first round (fourth pick overall) of free agent draft on June 8, 1981.New York Mets selected outfielder, John Christensen in second round of free agent draft on June 8, 1981.New York Mets selected outfielder, Lou Thornton in the 19th round of free agent draft on June 8, 1981.New York Mets selected outfielder, Mark Carreonin the eighth round of free agent draft on June 8, 1981.New York Mets selected Lenny " Nails"
Dykstra in the 12th round of free agent draft on June 8, 1981. I hope that Lenny can get his life back in order - he's a mess !
New York Mets released outfielder,Rodney McCray on June 8, 1992. Rodney was better know and the guy who crashed through a fence during a minor league game.
New York Mets traded future admitted steroid user, first baseman, David Segui to the Montreal Expos for pitcher, Reid Cornelius on June 8, 1995.New York Mets released pitcher, Jon Nunnally on June 8, 2000. And the Mets fanbase collectively yawned
.New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder,JosÃ© Offerman on June 8, 2005.And today's Mo Vaughn tidbit - He prefers Tavis Smiley over Tyra Banks.