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Archive for January, 2009

Latest Signings

According to reports the Mets have agreed with John Maine on a contract worth $2.6 million to avoid arbitration. The Mets have also signed four players to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. They are outfielder Bobby Kielty, righthanders Tony Armas Jr. and Matt DeSalvo, and lefthander Valerio de los Santos.

The Curse of Keith Hernandez?

Marty Noble’s latest column on discusses the possibility of the curse of Keith Hernandez. The idea was posed to him by one of his readers and is based on the Mets dismal final 17 games over the past three seasons (19-32). But Hernandez denies such a curse exists. Noble backs up Hernandez in his […]

Sullivan, Mackowiak Signed

The Mets signed some less heralded players last week to help fill out the roster. The two I haven’t reported on were Cory Sullivan and Rob Mackowiak. Neither of these players are going to be daily contributors but both could help off the bench. Sullivan will be a backup outfielder on the major league squad. […]

Mets Sign Garcia

The Mets signed pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal yesterday and invited him to spring training. Garcia’s name has come up several times over the last few years with regard to the Mets but an acquisition was never made for various reasons. This is a typical Omar Minaya signing. Minaya likes to stock […]

New Pics of Shea Demolition

New pics of the Shea Stadium demolition have been posted on Thanks again to traffic reporter Tom Kaminski in Chopper 880.

McGwire’s Brother Writes About Steroids

I heard a report on the news while driving this morning that I’ve been waiting to hear for years. According to a report Jay McGwire, the bodybuilding brother of former major leaguer Mark McGwire, says he introduced Mark to performance enhancing drugs in 1994. This is noteworthy because it’s a more credible source than Jose […]

Kent Retires

Former Mets second baseman Jeff Kent will announce his retirement from baseball today. Kent was acquired fromt the Toronto Blue Jays with Ryan Thompson in exchange for David Cone in 1992. He went on to become the career leader in home runs by a second baseman.

2009 Spring Training Non Roster Invitees

The following is the current list of non-roster invitees to Mets camp for spring training. This is the time of year for these invites so the list is likely to change. I’ll post an update in a few weeks when camp opens if the list changes.   Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB     — […]

Church Gets $2.8 Million, Avoids Arbitration

According to Jon Heyman the Mets and Ryan Church have agreed to a $2.8 million deal that will avoid an arbitration hearing. There are four Mets still set to go to arbitration. They are starting pitcher John Maine, reliever Pedro Feliciano and outfielders Jeremy Reed & Angel Pagan.

A Nation Watches As Power Changes Hands

Today is a great day in the United States. History is being made. A man is ascending to a position of great power. I’m talking, of course, about Rex Ryan, who was named head coach of the New York Jets last night. Ryan is the son of former longtime NFL defensive coordinator and head coach […]