Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Although this is not a political site, I'd like to take this moment -- albeit a day late, largely because like most of the rest of the country, I was glued to the TV watching his inauguration -- to welcome President Barack Obama and on behalf of Mets Fans Forum, wish him the best of success in his stewardship of our beloved country. The office is a sacred trust and all of us will hold him to the highest of standards, the way we do for all American presidents. If he matches his unbridled youthful energy, eternal optimism, highly elevated intelligence, calm demeanor, inspirational words and lofty accomplishments with meaningful and impactful actions and deeds, he will be a remarkable president. And though he's a White Sox fan, I hope Mets fans will be able to welcome him at Citi Field if he's invited to throw out a first pitch.
Mr. President, I tip my Mets' cap to you.


The Mets have added two new players to the mix. Early this week, they have signed lefty reliever Casey Fossum, the former Rays and Red Sox hurler, to a minor league deal and have invited him to Spring Training. The team has also signed reserve outfielder Cory Sullivan, the former Colorado Rockie, to a one-year, $600K deal, with incentives that could sweeten it. The puzzling thing is, Mets' GM Omar Minaya already acquired a backup outfielder in Jeremy Reed in the megadeal that netted the Mets relievers J.J. Putz and Sean Green. With other outfielders Fernando Tatis, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Church and Carlos Beltran already on the roster, seems like the trade winds might soon be blowing someone out of Queens to somewhere else...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


The New York Times is reporting the Mets have signed utility infielder Alex Cora, who last played for the Boston Red Sox to a one-year, $2 million deal. Cora started at shortstop for Boston in last year's American League Championship Series Game 7. Last season he batted .270 in 75 games. with nine RBI.
Cora is 33, plays second base and shortstop and his career highs for games played were in the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Dodgers. He is a light hitter and best known for his glove and his bunting ability.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The Atlanta Journal and Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Braves have come to terms with free-agent starting pitcher Derek Lowe on a four-year, $60 million deal.
If those indeed are the terms, it far surpasses a reported three-year, $36 million offer the Mets made to Lowe.
The Braves' move is the third significant one they've made this off-season to upgrade their starting rotation. Lowe joins right-handers Javier Vazquez, whom the Braves acquired from the Chicago White Sox and Kenshin Kawakami, a free agent the Braves recently signed after his long career with the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League.
This week, longtime Braves' ace John Smoltz defected to the Boston Red Sox and it's not yet clear whether veteran lefty Tom Glavine will return to pitch for Atlanta.

Monday, January 12, 2009


In just more than 60 minutes from now, it's expected to be Rickey Time, as an announcement is expected to made that former Met Rickey Henderson -- who helped lead the Mets into the 1999 post-season -- has been voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The charismatic Henderson, who often refers to himself in third person, is Major League Baseball's All-Time stolen base champion, with 1,406 and established a single-season record for stolen bases in 1982 with 130. Henderson also banged out 3,055 hits and scored 2,295 runs.
The announcement will is scheduled to air live today at 1:30 p.m. on MLB Network.
Here are some other impressive notes on Henderson's resume: He was a 10-time All-Star; won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1990; won the American league Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award in 1989; won a Gold Glove Award in 1981; won three Silver Slugger Awards; finished in the top five in batting average three times and drew 2,190 walks. he also won World Series rings in 1989 with Oakland and in 1993 with Toronto.
The Mets signed him as a free agent to a two-year contract after the 1998 season and made a huge impact. At age 40, Henderson led Mets regulars with a .315 batting average, hit 12 homers, knocked in 42 runs and stole 37 bases. Arguably, it was Henderson's last strong full season before he retired after the 2003 season. Henderson turned red hot at the end of the 1999 season, swatting a home run in the Mets 5-0 Wild Card tie-breaker win over the Cincinnati Reds and then going 6-for-15 and swiping six bases to help the Mets defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks three games to one in the National League Division Series.
But it was in the National League Championship Series that year that things went sour. Henderson managed only a 4-for-23 showing at the plate and his commitment was publicly questioned by teammate Turk Wendell. Henderson's behavior during Game 6 -- an extra-inning heartbreaking loss -- further bolstered Wendell's accusation that Henderson was a selfish player. After being removed from that game, Henderson was later discovered by teammates in the clubhouse, playing cards with teammate Bobby Bonilla.
That had then-manager Bobby Valentine seething. In the 2000 season, Henderson infuriated Valentine by appearing not to hustle after hitting balls into play. It was reported that Valentine took an ultimatum to then-General Manager Steve Phillips that if Henderson wasn't released, he would resign. Henderson was released after hitting just .219 in 31 games.
Henderson returned to the Mets in 2007 as the team's first-base coach and has often been a Mets baserunning instructor in Spring Training.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Yesterday's quiz question asked which ex-Met player and current Major League manager holds the record for most home runs by a player born in France.
The correct and answer is c) Bruce Bochy
Bochy, the current San Francisco Giants’ manager, who is best known for his managing of the San Diego Padres before that, is a former New York Met. Bochy played 17 games as a Met in the 1982 season, batting .306 in 49 at-bats, with two homers and eight RBIs. Bochy was born in Landes De Bussac, France in 1955. The Mets acquired Bochy from the Astros in a minor deal. New York released him after the ’82 season.

The other options…

a) Dave Trembley
Yes, Trembley is a French name and he currently manages the Baltimore Orioles. But Trembley never played for the Mets. He was born in Carthage, N.Y.

b) Cito Gaston
The man who skippered the Toronto Blue Jays to two World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993 returned last year to once again take the team’s helm. Gaston’s last name is of French origin and he played for the Braves and Padres. But he was born in San Antonio, Tex.

d) Clint Hurdle
He was once a Sports Illustrated cover boy as a Kansas City Royals prospect, but never reached Next-Big-Thing status. He played for the Mets in three different odd years in the 1980s – 1983, 1985 and 1987. He was most productive as a Met in 1985, when he hit three homers, but batted .195. He was born in Big Rapids, Mich.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


ESPN Deportes reports tonight that free-agent pitcher Pedro Martinez, who has pitched the last four years for the Mets, is now negotiating a possible contract with the Florida Marlins.


Today's quiz question has a French connection. Which former Met -- and current Major League manager -- holds the record for most Major League homers (26) hit by a French-born player?

a) Dave Trembley

b) Cito Gaston
c) Bruce Bochy

d) Clint Hurdle

Check back tomorrow for the answer...


While they battle the Mets for the services of free-agent pitcher Derek Lowe, the Atlanta Braves made a major move today, signing right-handed starter Kenshin Kawakami to a three-year contract, according to Kawakami is 33 years old and pitched the last 11 years for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League. He was 9-5 last year with a 2.30 ERA and his repertoire includes a fastball in the low-90s, a cutter and a slow curve. Kawakami enjoyed his best seasons in 2004 and 2006, when he won 17 games in each of those years.
In 2004, Kawakami won the Sawamura Award for best pitcher and the Central League Most Valuable Player Award. Kawakami also has big-game pitching experience, having thrown games in the 2004 and 2006 Japan Series, helping lead the Dragons to the title in the latter year.


Yesterday, they pried possible future Hall of Fame right-hander John Smoltz from the Atlanta Braves after 21 seasons, signed reserve outfielder Rocco Baldelli and retained first-baseman/outfielder Mark Kotsay. Today, the Boston Red Sox added to an already deep bullpen by signing free-agent righty Takashi Saito to a one-year deal, with a club option for 2010, according to Fox Sports.
Saito, who will turn 39 next month, was a National League All-Star in 2007, when he recorded 39 of his 81 career saves. He spent a great deal of time last season on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right elbow. The BoSox had already inked free-agent starter Brad Penny, Saito's teammate the last three seasons.
The Boston bullpen, already formidable with All-Star closer Jonathon Papelbon, now has Saito, lefty Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson helping set him up.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Someone – anyone – please tell me he didn’t do it.
Please tell me those words I read as a headline: “Mets Sign Tim Redding” on was a hallucination.
I beg anyone to tell me Mets General Manager Omar Minaya didn’t take temporary leave of his senses and waste $2.2 million for one year of the services of the former Nationals’ righty, Redding, a Major League pitcher who personifies subpar.
Perhaps the last sentence should’ve read “Redding, who has been accused of being a Major League pitcher."
Did Minaya not watch his own team pound Redding only two weeks before season’s end? Did Minaya not take not of the fact that Redding lasted three innings for the Mets, giving up seven hits and four runs?
Oh, it gets worse.
Redding just can’t pitch well against the Mets. Indeed, he doesn’t discriminate. Redding’s career high for wins? Ten, twice -- including last year, when he lost 11 and posted an ERA a sliver under 5.00. He also allowed 27 jacks and 195 hits in 182 innings. And Redding in his last 10 starts was 3-5 with – get this – a 6.49 ERA.
Oh, but wait.
Redding was among the top 10 National League pitchers in two categories: earned runs allowed and wild pitches.
And in 2003, Redding distinguished himself by leading the National League in losses with 14.
With his innings pitched total last year, one could use fashionable parlance -- read "excuse" --and call him an "innings eater." But what good is an innings eater who regurgitates lousy outings every time he takes the mound?
I don't want to hear the old argument former Mets' GM Steve Phillips used to justify his signing of Steve Trachsel after the 2001 season, saying Trachsel was up until then a very good pitcher who needed more run support. I'm not sure the 1927 Yankees would've had the firepower to support Redding's giving up nearly seven earned runs per nine innings, as he did in the second half of last year. I'm not even sure America's armed forces could.
What I wrote a month ago about Tim Redding still holds true: The Mets would be better off running the late – yes, late – legendary R&B singer Otis Redding to the mound every fifth day. Give it a couple of months and we won’t be sitting on the dock of the bay, as Otis once famously sang, but wanting to jump off the dock and straight into Flushing Bay after Redding gets lit up yet again.
Look at more of Redding's history.
In 2005, Redding lost all five starts as a San Diego Padre with a 9.10 ERA. That was after the Yankees had seen enough of him after one inning – you read right, one inning – in his only start in which he allowed six runs, four hits and four walks. Redding's record that year was 0-6.
After a year on the shelf with an injury, Redding followed that with a 3-6 campaign in 2007.
What’s even more astounding than Minaya signing Redding is that other actual baseball teams were clamoring to sign a guy with a 34-51 lifetime record.
Yes, Redding is a cheap option – with damn good reason. So was an Edsel. Redding is more of a last resort. And with Minaya wielding a big market budget for player payroll anf far better options out there, it makes his latest move that much more ludicrous.
The timing of this signing couldn’t be worse, not when the heated Braves are wooing quality starter Derek Lowe and reports have them preparing to top the Mets’ three-year, $36 million offer with one for four years and as much as $48 million.
Where is it written that the Mets must have at least one member of the starting rotation with a pitching resume that's a mountain of garbage and reeks of a local landfill?
And don’t talk to me about getting cheap help for the back end of the rotation.
Could the younger, far cheaper and untested Bobby Parnell or Jon Niese be any worse than Redding? In fact, last season Niese acomplished something in his second career start it took Redding 109 starts until last July to do: pitch eight complete innings in a game.
What does that tell you?
Has Redding been signed because the Mets have a secret desire to reenact the Jorge Sosa life story, with Redding in the starring role? Maybe Minaya is pining away for Trachsel.
This may go down as the Mets' worst-ever free agent signing, right up there with Minaya's other genius recruitments of Scott Schoeneweis and David Newhan and his retentions of Guillermo Mota and currently immovable Met, Luis Castillo.
And I’m gonna say this, too: Rip the Yankees for all their worth for elbowing aside all the smaller-market clubs for big talent by signing the likes of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira if you want to. But ask yourself: Would they be content with signing someone like Redding?
Oh yeah, that’s right. They’d seen enough of Redding after one inning.
So why does Minaya think the refuse of Major League pitching is good enough for the Mets?
And more importantly, why does he think it's good enough for the fans?
Especially when this year, with the team moving into a new ballpark, it basically will cost a refinancing of a mortgage to access the product Minaya is assembling.


Free-agent starter Derek Lowe visited the Atlanta Braves today, who severed ties with longtime pitcher John Smoltz, who, according to the Boston Globe, rejected an 11th hour plea from Manager Bobby Cox to stay in the south. The Mets, according to several news reports, are considered still to be the favorites in signing Lowe to a contract. Meanwhile, the Denver Post's Troy Renck posted a one-sentence item saying the Mets have interest in Rockies' outfielder Cory Sullivan, who Colorado didn't offer a new contract. Lastly, former Washington Nationals' closer Chad Cordero is scheduled to throw for scouts from several Major League teams including the Mets. Cordero has had arm troubles plaguing him the last two seasons.


Wednesday's quiz was a statement that you had to decide if it's true or false:
The Mets have never beaten Greg Maddux in the post-season.
The correct answer is...True.
But the last time the Mets faced Maddux in the post-season -- Game 3 of the 2006 National League Division Series -- they did something to him they'd never done before. The Mets knocked out the then-Dodger, strafing him for four runs and seven hits. Several Mets hitters did something they'd never tried before against him -- taking his pitches the other way and stroking opposite field hits. The biggest Mets' hit off Maddux in that game was an opposite field RBI double by Shawn Green, scoring Cliff Floyd who badly limped home with a re-aggravation of his ankle injury, rendering him ineffective for the rest of the pot-season.
The Mets, behind pitchers Steve Trachsel, Darren Oliver and Pedro Feliciano turned a
4-0 lead into a 5-4 deficit, but the Mets eventually rallied for a 9-5 win and series sweep of the Dodgers.
In his other post-season starts against the Mets, Maddux beat them in Game 1 of the 1999 National League Championship Series and got a no-decision in the Mets' "Grand Single" win in Game 5 of that series at Shea Stadium.
The Daily Mets Quiz returns later today.


It's official, according to It'll be Trevor Time in Milwaukee, as baseball's All-Time saves leader Trevor Hoffman and the Brewers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal.



Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Red Sox are close to signing free-agent pitcher John Smoltz and free agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli, who was born in New England. Smoltz reportedly had been sought after by a variety of teams.


Today’s quiz question is actually a statement.
You choose if it’s true or false:
The Mets never beat recently retired and certain future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux in a post-season game.

Learn the answer tomorrow.


Yesterday's quiz question asked: In Tom Seaver’s career 311 wins, which team did he amass 33 victories against, more than any other opponent?

The correct answer is b) San Diego Padres

Seaver won 33 games against the Friars, including a magnificent then-record-setting 19 strikeout performance at Shea Stadium in 1970 (including 10 Ks in a row). Since the Padres joined the National League in 1969, Seaver was especially masterful at Qualcomm Stadium, going 18-5 over his career with a 1.58 ERA. At Shea, he was 15-5 against the Pads.

The other options…

a) Montreal Expos
Seaver was a career 22-12 against the Expos including six shutouts, but only 10-9 in games he pitched in the Quebec province. In fact, pitching in Canada never seemed to agree with Seaver, who went a career 0-3 pitching in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

b) Los Angeles Dodgers
The Blue Crew was always tough on Seaver, who could only manage a career 22-22 mark against them. Interestingly, Seaver logged more innings against the Dodgers (398) than against any other club.

c) Atlanta Braves
Seaver dominated the Braves throughout his career, going 32-10, with 24 complete games (the most he had against any other club) and six shutouts.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


10. Mr. Met -- I resolve to visit a specialist and find out why my head is so large.
9. Jose Reyes -- I resolve to try bunting for a hit at least once each game.
8. David Wright -- I resolve to rediscover the joy of the sacrifice fly when my team is trailing by a run.
7. Carlos Delgado -- I resolve to keep sipping from the fountain of youth.
6. Carlos Beltran -- I resolve to stay healthy for a whole year.
5. Ryan Church -- I resolve to avoid any concussions this year.
4. Daniel Murphy/Fernando Tatis -- We resolve that sharing is fun.
3. Omar Minaya -- I resolve to remember that I wanted a team built on youth, speed and agility.
2. Jerry Manuel -- I resolve to rediscover to win the manager of the year award again.
1. Johan Santana -- I resolve to win the Cy Young.


Today’s question involves The Franchise, Tom Seaver.

Before his unforgivable 1977 exile to Cincinnati and during his triumphant return in 1983 (to be followed after that season by another unforgivable blunder that allowed him to be drafted away by the Chicago White Sox), Seaver won a franchise-record 198 games as a Met.

Today’s question is: In Seaver’s career 311 wins, against which team did he amass 33 victories, more than any other opponent?




Learn the answer by logging in tomorrow...


In a shocker that bears profound implications on the Mets-Phillies National League Eastern Division rivalry, the Associated Press is reporting that Phillies' left-handed reliever J.C. Romero has today been suspended by Major League Baseball for the first 50 games of the 2009 season for violating its performance enhancing drug use policy.
Romero, who won two World Series games in last year's Series win by the Phillies, appeared in 11 of the 18 games the Mets and Phillies played in 2008, winning one, losing two and posting a 3.38 ERA. In 2007, Romero dominated New York in 10 relief appearances, compiling a 1.50 ERA.
Romero tested positive for a banned substance, but the pitcher claims it was an over-the-counter supplement he bought at a nutrition store, the Associated Press reports.
The link to the AP story is here, with quotes from Romero:
Here's more from the Philadelphia Daily News: and the Philadelphia Inquirer:


Yesterday’s quiz question was:
Which Mets pitcher, in an April 1993 game at Shea Stadium, allowed a home run to Dante Bichette—the first ever Colorado Rockies’ regular season home run?

The correct answer is c) Bret Saberhagen
The right-handed starter who at age 20 pitched the Kansas City Royals to a 1985 World Series victory, joined the Mets in 1992 in a blockbuster deal and was expected to be a mighty cog in a rock solid pitching staff. Despite his great stuff, though, injuries wrecked his first two seasons in Flushing. But on April 7, 1993, Saberhagen was on his game, handcuffing the Rockies on one run and two hits – one was Bichette’s historic homer in a 6-1 Mets win. The Mets would trade Saberhagen to those Rockies in the summer of 1995 for Colorado's playoff push. Saberhagen started and lost National League Division Series Game 4 for the Rockies in Atlanta.

The other options...

a) Eric Hillman
Like almost all other Mets pitchers, this tall lefty didn’t find much success in 1993. He went a miserable 2-9 in 27 appearances. Three more losses without any wins the next year sealed his permanent exit from Major League Baseball.

b) Frank Tanana
Longtime fans best know him from his halcyon years with the then-California Angels, from 1974 to 1980 when he teamed with Nolan Ryan to give that team a powerful lefty-righty one-two punch in its starting rotation. Tanana was a three-time All-Star during those years and three times was a Top 10 vote-getter for the American League Cy Young Award. He signed with the Mets as a free agent in 1993 at age 39 and posted an awful 7-15 mark with a 4.48 ERA. The Mets traded him to the Yankees in September, for whom he promptly lost his last two Major League decisions.

d) Anthony Young
A.Y., as he was known, turned out to be a throwback in Mets history – by being an unlucky loser. Know one quite knows how exactly Young offended the baseball gods, but they certainly unleashed their wrath upon him, beginning in 1992, when he went 2-14 as a starter and reliever. Not to be outdone, he followed the next season by going 1-16. Young suffered many indignities, but allowing the Rockies’ first-ever regular season homer wasn’t one of them.


They broke the bank in the last couple of months to sign C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira to long term deals and even re-upped with Chien-Ming Wang for one year. But the Yankees aren't willing to go above and beyond the one-year, $10 million deal they offered Andy Pettitte, who has performed so well for the team in past post-season play. With his rejection of the Yanks' offer and if the Mets' pursuit of Derek Lowe is unsuccessful, Pettitte might present an intriguing option for General Manager Omar Minaya to consider, along with other available free-agent lefties Oliver Perez and Randy Wolf and job-searching righties Jon Garland and John Smoltz.


Odd as it may seem to see longtime San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman -- Major League Baseball's All-Time saves leader -- in another uniform, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports today that it may happen. He reports that the Brewers now consider Hoffman their first choice to be their new closer. Hoffman was essentially shown the door by Padres' General Manager Kevin Towers, who reportedly made a "take it or leave it" one-year offer. It had also been reported that with Jeff Moorad, the former Diamondbacks' GM, in negotiations to buy the Padres, it might signal a re-opening of negotiations with Hoffman, arguably the franchise's most popular player in history, along with Dave Winfield, Randy Jones and Steve Garvey. "Hell's Bells," AC/DC's thunderous rock anthem, with its power guitar riffs and signature tolling bells that acompanied Hoffman's entrances into games at both Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium could, in a few months, be rattling the rafters in Milwaukee's Miller Park.

Monday, January 5, 2009


You could say Mets fans literally shmeared General Manager Omar Minaya this off-season for assembling one of baseball’s worst-ever bullpens.
That’s because at bagel shops Minaya frequented, as he revealed at the Winter Meetings after announcing he had come to terms with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, fans interrupted their noshing to push upon the GM their mandate in a three-word mantra:
“Fix the bullpen!”
Of course, observers like me had been screaming those words since late in the 2007 season – albeit with a very colorful, unprintable-in-a-family-blog word inserted between the words “the” and “bullpen.”
Now, 97 days after the (insert your own colorful word here) bullpen turned a 2-2 tie into a crushing 4-2 loss to the Florida Marlins on the last game of last season, costing the Mets a playoff spot, Minaya has nearly pulled off a complete overhaul.
Rodriguez – who last year established a new Major League single-season record with 62 saves – is now in the house, signed to a three-year, $36 million contract. J.J. Putz, a coveted two-time All-Star closer who Minaya acquired in a master-stroke three-team blockbuster is on board to set up Rodriguez. In the same trade which brought Putz, Minaya acquired reliever Sean Green, who scouts have said is a significant groundball machine upgrade over young Joe Smith, who was dealt to Cleveland.
It was Smith who – though fairly reliable last season – coughed up the Marlins’ second run in last season’s last game, with a bases-loaded walk. Minaya also exiled Scott Schoeneweis, who gave up the game’s tie-breaking home run to Wes Helms and let walk into oblivion closer-by-default Luis Ayala, who gave up an insurance run in that game via a solo home run. Minaya also sent Shea boo-birds’ favorite target Aaron Heilman to lowly Seattle – baseball’s answer to the witness protection program – where he can finally fulfill his desire of becoming a starting pitcher. Minaya also acquired journeyman reliever Rocky Cherry and youngster Darren O’Day in the Rule V Draft, and another youngster in Connor Robertson by dealing Schoeneweis to Arizona. By their colorful names alone – one sounds like a new Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor and the other is like a character James Joyce conceived, but never used in one of his novels – Cherry and O’Day are vast improvements.
In fact, the only holdovers from last year’s mess of a bullpen are lefty Pedro Feliciano and righty Duaner Sanchez, and if he has an impressive spring, Brian Stokes.
Minaya must need to add a skilled lefty to go along with Feliciano, if he wants to neutralize the powerful left-handed bats of opposing hitters such as Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez of the World Series Champion Phillies.
Minaya’s bullpen moves this off-season are almost enough to make fans forgive Minaya’s past gaffes in bullpen repair, beginning after the 2006 season with his signing of confessed steroid cheat Guillermo Mota to a two-year extension almost immediately after Mota was caught. The bullpen disrepair continued with Minaya’s foolish overpayment in dollars and years to Schoeneweis, his retention of Jorge Sosa in 2008, whose brief success with the Mets as a starter in 2007 looks like an aberration. Finally, Minaya signed damaged-goods righty Matt Wise, who lasted all of a month before succumbing to injury.
Now is one move away from transforming the bullpen from a leaky, putrid, ramshackle cesspool into an inviting room where Mets fans – and most importantly, starting pitchers – can depend on to provide real relief.
Minaya seems to have finally gotten the message from the fans.
But to get Minaya to make that one final bullpen move, it might be worth just one more trip to his favorite bagel joint for a final kvetching session.


Today’s question involves expansion franchise firsts. Only this time it indirectly involves the Mets.
In an April 1993 game at Shea Stadium, which Mets pitcher allowed a home run to Dante Bichette—the first ever Colorado Rockies’ regular season home run?

a) Eric Hillman

b)Frank Tanana
c) Bret Saberhagen

d)Anthony Young

Log on tomorrow for the answer.


Mets fans, the chance of your team's winning the National League East crown just dramatically improved, as one of the All-Time Mets killers has left the League. Free-agent outfielder Pat Burrell, who has historically worn out Mets pitching with 42 homers, 105 RBI, despite a .246 batting average in 151 games, has defected from the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies to sign a two-year deal with their Series opponents, the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Fox Sports. Burrell's 42 lifetime homers against the Mets is 16 more than his highest career total against any other club. Burrell is 31 and figures to see time in both the outfield and at designated hitter.


ESPN Radio and Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal are both reporting that the Chicago Cubs and free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley have agreed in principle to a three-year, $30 million contract, with built-in options. The switch-hitting outfielder batted a career-high .321, yet spent only 165 innings playing the outfield, spending most of his time as a designated hitter.