Mets Interested In Hart

corey-hart1Next season, the Mets may want to wear their Sunglasses at Night.

According to the New York Post, the Mets have an interest in Brewers slugger Corey Hart to fill their middle of the lineup hole., something many online gambling sites are wondering.

Hart, 30 is coming off double knee surgery, which kept him out of the 2013 season. Because of the limited mobility, the Mets may want to play him at first base, meaning both Ike Davis’s and Lucas Duda’s days could be numbered in New York.

But if they sign Hart, the Mets would have a strong slugger in the lineup, because he hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs for the Brewers in 2012, splitting the season between first base and the outfield. But he had surgery on his right knee in January, and before returning underwent surgery last summer on the other knee, costing him the entire season. His best year in the major leagues came in 2010, when he batted .283 with 31 homers and 102 RBIs for the Brewers with a .865 OPS.

He would fit nicely in the middle of lineup and give some good protection to David Wright.

Plus, furthermore, because he is coming back from injury, Hart will cost a fraction of the $10 million he made last season in Milwaukee.

If they do sign Hart for first base, the Mets could look to trade Davis, after tendering him a contract. Or they can non-tender him making him a free agent.

But the Mets will need some outfielders. Behind Juan Lagares, who is expected to play center field on an everyday basis. Eric Young Jr. would ideally be part of a platoon in left field for the Mets and right field remains wide open.

The Mets could go internal with candidates like Matt den Dekker, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Another reclamation project, Rafael Furcal, is of interest to the Mets as they seek an upgrade at shortstop. Bronson Arroyo and Phil Hughes are among the starting pitchers the Mets could pursue seriously as they search for a veteran arm in the middle of their rotation.

 

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This post was written by JoeMcDonald on November 7, 2013

Eric Langill, Mets Bullpen Catcher Hit Hard By Media Firestorm After Arrest

If you Google “Eric Langill baseball”, you won’t find articles about his professional sports career as the New York Mets bullpen catcher. Instead, you’re likely to find dozens and dozens of hyped up take down pieces about his embarrassing arrest last year in March of 2012.

Apparently our collective digital memories are really good at remembering gossip, and really bad at recording personal achievements of those who occupy the spotlight— especially when it comes to pro athletes. Ultimately, Langill was charged with driving under the influence and property damage, and once the story hit the mainstream press, the snowball of sensationalism began, and this Canadian-born ballplayer’s online reputation was officially ruined.

An initial story from ESPN reported that, “According to the affidavit from the arresting officer, Langill’s white Honda Accord crashed into a concrete fountain in the center of a traffic circle and flipped over at approximately 11:25 p.m. ET Sunday.” The fact that his car flipped over seemed to sound especially juicy because the next newswire that picked up the story, NYDailyNews featured this detail in their headline: “NY Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill flips car, charged with DUI by Florida police according to report.”

While getting busted for a DUI is probably not the best way to kick off your first season with a major league baseball team, you almost can’t help but feel bad for guy. The press has certainly done their absolute best to make sure Langill will forever be remembered as that newbie who tossed back a few too many at the party and crashed into a fountain.

While many would insist that driving drunk is a serious criminal offense that shouldn’t be ignored—let alone condoned by the public, should a slip up like this carry so much weight that leaves a permanent scarlet letter on someone’s career? Is it possible to have such an epic fall from grace, and then turn it around and make people love you again? Maybe. But unfortunately for a bullpen catcher who struggled for years to make it to the major leagues in the first place, and is pigeon-holed as a “career minor-leaguer” that moment will most likely go down as his 15 minutes of fame. To Langill, I offer him some PR advice: Pull some crazy—yet family friendly—stunt so reporters will write about something other than your infamous drunken car flip. Might help clean up those unflattering search results in Google!

What do YOU think? Does Langill deserve to continue to have his reputation ruined for this DUI conviction that took place over a year ago? Do you think there should be an easier way for athletes and celebrities to manage their online reputations?

 

Author byline: Jessica Ruane is a San Diego blogger who covers sports, crime, and celebrities.

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This post was written by JoeMcDonald on June 6, 2013

The Dickey Problem

The New York Mets are pushing onwards in their pursuit to get the very best loot possible for beginning bottle R.A. Dickey, and their newest top target is Kansas Urban area Royals elite outfield prospect Wil Myers. ESPN New York  Adam Rubin is stating that the Mets are still incredibly considering including the soon-to-be 22-year-old prospect from Kansas Urban area in a prospective profession delivering Dickey to the Royals or even bet on the Super Bowl in 2013.

Splitting time in Double-A and Triple-A last period, Myers drove in nearly 110 runs with a monstrous.600 slugging percentage and also 37 home runs to opt for a. 314 batting average. He is debatably the best hitting prospect in softball and has all the tools to be an upper-class hitter in this game with his power and capability to strike to all industries. Myers’s pitch recognition is additionally something that is worthy of appreciation.

A prospective trade involving Myers for Dickey really isn’t the only thing the Royals and also Mets are talking about, due to the fact that the Mets greatest demand this offseason is bullpen support. They have actually been definitely going over a bargain to get a reducer from the Royals, however it is unclear just how talks have actually progressed in this regard.

The Royals have actually made it apparent that they aren’t willing to component ways with Myers effortlessly, given his huge plethora of prospective and incredible striking capacity. However I would certainly bet they would certainly be willing to review a deal with the Mets when it entails a pitcher the quality of Dickey, even if the Royals will considerably rather trade a loot of less-heralded customers.

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This post was written by JoeMcDonald on December 8, 2012

METS: I’m just sayin’

I’m up early hacking away at my new politcs blog. A glmpse at ESPN NY informed me of RA Dickey’s performance last night.

The Mets are six games back in the lost column from the wild card frontrunner. Pelfrey had his best start in two months last time out. Santana was the best guy on the field this week. Dickey’s been that way all year. Niese is really good and it’s clearly a good idea not to have traded him. Sure we need a fifth starter, but maybe Pat Misch will provide that and we can leave Takie in the bullpen.

Beltran’s back and had the key hit in the game last night. His return has essentially served to be a mid-season acquisition of a big bat for the middle of the line-up. It could turn out not letting go of Frenchy will turn out ok if we leave him or whomever plays RF in the 7 hole.

Jerry’s gotta stay with Tejeda at 2nd though. Our record is too good with him in there. He’d be guilty of over managing if he tries to keep Castillo happy at this point.

Yes, K-Rod’s a loose cannon. The assault of anyone in the family room in front of children reveals someone who needs help. Bobby Ojeda was right. What role he’ll be able to play the rest of the season is in doubt and remains the biggest question mark.

All the nonsense aside, there’s still evidence that something can still happen.

I’m just sayin’.

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 14, 2010

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This post was written by bobsikes on July 2, 2010

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This post was written by bobsikes on July 1, 2010

EDUCATION: Why won’t Florida’s Republican leaders even listen to parents about FCAT?

I have no idea, but here’s another one who doesn’t like it:

I have had an epiphany with regards to FCAT. After much thought and watching my son having to take this test for the past five years I have come to the conclusion the way FCAT is administered is overkill for our students, for our teachers and for our budget. Don’t get me wrong, we need metrics to see where we need to improve, but we need to do it smarter and cheaper.

The reason I am concerned about this is that I am a father of a son and he attends public school in Okaloosa County in Florida. My wife and I are lucky. Okaloosa County, while not one of the most densely or urbanized counties in Florida, has one of the better public school systems in the state. But make no mistake, we as a state and as a country as a whole, are going to have to spend less money on our schools. We are bankrupt as country and the free ride is over. Cost saving measures are no longer an “if” scenario, it is a “when” and “how”.

I propose the first sacred cow to go is the way we administer FCAT. Every year, every school in Florida abandons their curriculum for two (or more) weeks and cram for a standardized test. This puts pressure on students and teachers (whose fate hinges on how well their students perform). This is a sheer waste of time for my son, who is a smart kid and who is, according to Florida, “Gifted” (except when it comes to picking up after himself). It is a waste of my taxes, my son’s time and my son’s teachers time for them to waste two weeks cramming for and a week taking the FCAT every year. My son also hangs out with other kids as bright as he is and guess what, I’m pissed that my tax money is going to support a test that just interrupts these kids studies as well. It is a waste of time, money and damn expensive.

The writer is a Republican as am I. I cannot speak for him, but I am unable to accept the heavy-handed manner the barons of our party in Florida continue to shove all this down our throats. I guess they believe that, “you just don’t know what’s good for you.”

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 27, 2010

I wish that I had written this…..

…from the always wonderfully written And so it goes in Shreveport:


So things are slow but I think back to the school year when my stress level was off the charts and I had too much to do and too few hours in the day and I would have given anything for a few quiet hours to read and write and work on my blog. My goal for the summer, as it always is, is to try and get my stats up and increase readership. I’m still plugging along about where I always was with hits. I missed some major part of Stacy McCain’s How to Get a Million Hits lesson, apparently.

To steal a favorite from Curtis Mayfield, “Right on, Man.”

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 25, 2010

METS: Is Josh Thole auditioning for the Mariners tonight?

Maybe. The Mariners want a catcher in any deal for Cliff Lee. It makes the trade more palatable if they are getting one who was playing in the big leagues. Is it Jenry Mejia and Thole for Lee?

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 25, 2010

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 25, 2010