When I woke up this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Mets won last night. I hate the fact that West Coast games are generally scheduled to air later on the East Coast. I have to wake up at 4 a.m so the chance of me catching last nights game was nil.But I am not here to bitch about the way MLB schedules it's games, I am here to bitch about how the Oliver Perez situation has degenerated into a three ring circus. On the surface of this situation, it seems like the Mets front office is trying their best to accommodate Oliver Perez's wishes to avoid being demoted to triple a Buffalo. According to baseball insider, Jon Heyman, the Mets offered a scenario to Ollie and his agent, Scott Boras, where Ollie could simply go to Port Saint Lucie to work with Mets minor League pitching coach, Phil Regan , but Ollie refused. On yesterdays Mike Francesa's Mike'd Up radio show, Baseball analyst, Peter Gammons reported that a couple of weeks ago Boras suggested to the Mets brass to D.L Ollie so that he could work with a sports psychiatrist, But Jeff Wilpon allegedly put the kibosh on that . Hmm maybe psychiatrists aren't covered under the Mets health insurance plan ?And now one of the few possible options that the Mets had is gone! Yes folks, if you haven't heard - Dontrelle Willis was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher , Billy Buckner. So armed with the perceived knowledge that the Mets will refuse to cut Ollie and eat his 20 million dollar contract, Omar Minaya and the Mets ownership have essentially hamstrung the team financially and the bullpen physically since Ollie will only pitch in the occasional blowout.Oh yeah by the way , As per MLBTR.com, Roy Oswalt has allegedly said that he would "consider
" a trade to The Nationals ( shoot me now !) " Don't go away mad ... JUST GO AWAY !!!"
And with that said ... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to the one time Mets second baseman of the future, but became a serviceable utility man from '79 - '85 ,Kelvin Chapman (1956) .The middle reliever with the rubber arm - Mike Stanton is 43 (1967) .Utility infielder , Kurt Abbott is 41 (1969) .One of the more forgettable starting pitchers from the '95 season, Reid Cornelius is 40 (1970).Sadly on this date in 2001 , outfielder from the '62 team,Gene Woodling passed away.New York Mets selected pitcher, Eric Hillman in 16th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.New York Mets selected catcher,Todd Hundley in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987. Damn I loved Todd - until the Mitchell report came out !
New York Mets selected infielder,Chris Donnels in first round (24th pick overall
) of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.New York Mets selected pitcher,Anthony Young in 38th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987. A.Y was a tough luck pitcher if there ever was one !
New York Mets selected infielder,Tim Bogar in eighth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.New York Mets selected pitcher,Pete Schourek in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.New York Mets selected one third of Degeneration K -Paul Wilson in first round (first pick overall
) of free agent draft on June 2, 1994.New York Mets selected outfielder,Terrence Long in first round (20th pick overall
) of free agent draft on June 2, 1994.New York Mets released outfielder,Gary Thurman on June 2, 1997.New York Mets selected pitcher,Pat Strange in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.New York Mets selected first base prospect,Craig Brazell in fifth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.New York Mets selected reliever, Jaime Cerda in 23rd round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.New York Mets selected pitching prospect,Jason Tyner in first round (21st pick overall
) of free agent draft on June 2, 1998. He is one of the many pitching prospects to end up as busts in the Mets recent history.New York Mets selected third baseman,Ty Wigginton in 17th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.He was a minor folk hero in Mets history, playing on some bad Mets teams. He is currently the back up second baseman for the Orioles
New York Mets selected outfielder,Prentice Redman in 10th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.New York Mets selected catcher, Mike Jacobs in 38th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999. He has had a unremarkable pro career, and is now toiling away in Buffalo .
New York Mets selected pitcher,Jeremy Griffiths in third round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.New York Mets selected Angel Pagan in fourth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999. It's hard to believe that Angel has been playing pro ball for ten years already !
New York Mets traded one time highly touted pitcher, Bill Pulsipher to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pinch hitter supreme,Lenny Harris on June 2, 2000.New York Mets released catcher, Mike DiFelice on June 2, 2005. The Mets would re-sign him the next season
.Mo Vaughn was sighted at Sea World yesterday - Oh never mind that was Shamu !