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ZGiants98 : 2/19/2021 7:29 am
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LOL  
pjcas18 : 2/23/2021 3:14 pm : link
not funny really but I laughed when I read this.

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Lenny Dykstra
@LennyDykstra
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Guess who hasn’t been arrested in 33 months!!!
RE: is Khalil Lee in camp?  
DanMetroMan : 2/23/2021 3:14 pm : link
In comment 15159711 KDavies said:
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hopefully between him and PCA, they can resolve CF internally the next few years.


He's on the 40 man roster so he'll be there
Rooting  
DanMetroMan : 2/23/2021 3:15 pm : link
for him to prove me wrong but I'm not sure he's on the team all-season


Anthony DiComo
@AnthonyDiComo
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Dellin Betances was focusing on his arm angle/mechanics in today's bullpen session, per Luis Rojas, rather than velocity.

That said, his fastball has dipped quite a bit from his prime. Betances said last year that he may need to learn to pitch at lower velocities.
RE: RE: is Khalil Lee in camp?  
KDavies : 2/23/2021 3:18 pm : link
In comment 15159721 DanMetroMan said:
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hopefully between him and PCA, they can resolve CF internally the next few years.



He's on the 40 man roster so he'll be there


Very interested in him. Even if he hits .250 and plays avg CF defense with some pop and his speed, could be a nice bridge to PCA starting next year if there is a DH. Just hit him #9.
In his prime... damn  
DanMetroMan : 2/23/2021 3:18 pm : link
Looks  
DanMetroMan : 2/23/2021 3:21 pm : link
like 4 players have yet to report including Cookie and Dom.
FG  
DanMetroMan : 2/23/2021 5:03 pm : link
Jaden Hill, RHP, LSU: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

When you’re seen as a sure-fire single-digit pick entering the spring, there’s not much room to move up. While it will take more than four innings against a team better than Air Force to cement that view, Hill certainly impressed in his season debut. He’s a physical beast at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, with monstrous stuff highlighted by a fastball that frequently got into the upper 90s, a low 80s power breaking ball and a more refined changeup than had been seen in the past. Between a shoulder issue in 2019 and the pandemic last spring, Hill entered the season with fewer than 25 innings under his belt. Scouts want get past the questions about his command, but if he continues to throw strikes the way he did on Saturday, he will move up on boards despite there being little room to.
DFA'ed by Oakland, Sandy had him there in 2020  
DanMetroMan : 2/23/2021 5:32 pm : link
I don't see Hill being available  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 8:46 am : link
when the Mets pick.

Any players you are particularly interested in that realistically have a good chance of being there when the Mets pick?

Ty Madden is someone I will definitely be following. Obviously, you don't draft in need in MLB, but it would be nice if BPA was a college SP. Mets could definitely use a couple cost-controlled SP in a few years.
Some love the SS from carolina  
Shecky : 2/24/2021 9:39 am : link
Need another cup of coffee before I can remember his name

Someone they love will absolutely be available when they pick. It’s a deep enough top. But I wouldn’t be averse to selecting a safe close SP like a Mace, save a ton of $$ and go absolutely wild in second and third round. Remember. This is one of the strangest drafts of all time, and an unusual number will be available later in. Should be quite interesting.

Predication, several teams will think they are smarter than everyone else, and be drafted purely based on Rapsodo, trackman and even youtube pocket radars for pull downs and Max bells LOL
I will say this  
Shecky : 2/24/2021 10:31 am : link
This is FAR from the most ‘talented’ group of pitchers in a Mets camp. But you’ve got to go a ways back to find a group of “pitchers” like this group. Hefner is going to love working with this group and more importantly, this is yep he first time in a while they have a collection of very different pitchers. Depending who comes north, in a four game series, it’s going to be real tough for opposing batters to adjust from game to game or inning to inning. Even Loup, he’s just... different. Could be interesting.
Dom  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 10:33 am : link
has arrived. So I believe 3 players remaining absent including Cookie.
RE: I don't see Hill being available  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 10:37 am : link
In comment 15160260 KDavies said:
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when the Mets pick.

Any players you are particularly interested in that realistically have a good chance of being there when the Mets pick?

Ty Madden is someone I will definitely be following. Obviously, you don't draft in need in MLB, but it would be nice if BPA was a college SP. Mets could definitely use a couple cost-controlled SP in a few years.


A lot of Mets fans are pushing for James Wood. He's polarizing. MASSIVE kid with huge power. I'm torn on him, you see the upside but 6'6 "okay" athlete seems like a pretty high bust potential. I really like Mayer, House, he'd have to pitch well to go as high as 10 but I like Jobe a ton too.
Thor  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 10:38 am : link
throwing a BP session
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DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 11:08 am : link
So 99% of the roster is there and yet here I am wondering who the 2 "missing" players are lol
RE: RE: I don't see Hill being available  
Pete in MD : 2/24/2021 11:13 am : link
In comment 15160393 DanMetroMan said:
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when the Mets pick.

Any players you are particularly interested in that realistically have a good chance of being there when the Mets pick?

Ty Madden is someone I will definitely be following. Obviously, you don't draft in need in MLB, but it would be nice if BPA was a college SP. Mets could definitely use a couple cost-controlled SP in a few years.



A lot of Mets fans are pushing for James Wood. He's polarizing. MASSIVE kid with huge power. I'm torn on him, you see the upside but 6'6 "okay" athlete seems like a pretty high bust potential. I really like Mayer, House, he'd have to pitch well to go as high as 10 but I like Jobe a ton too.

Olney, MD's own James Wood!
Wood  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 11:16 am : link
hits some BOMBS in BP. I've just learned my lesson on supersized HS prospects. I would not be upset if they took him, I just see the risk.
Thanks Dan  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 11:23 am : link
I do like Mayer. Yeah, I am leery of a 6'6" guy like that. There aren't many, outside of a Judge.
Wood  
Pete in MD : 2/24/2021 11:37 am : link
looks like a slightly shorter Tony Clark. Although Clark was a switch hitter.
RE: Wood  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 11:49 am : link
In comment 15160442 Pete in MD said:
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looks like a slightly shorter Tony Clark. Although Clark was a switch hitter.


He's a very interesting player. I remember reading comps to Vlad Sr. in terms of hitting the high fastball. From what I would read, he should be able to stay in the Corner OF.
RE: RE: the Kazmir trade  
Ten Ton Hammer : 2/24/2021 11:50 am : link
In comment 15159665 Eric on Li said:
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is oddly one of those "I will never forget where I was" moments for me. Just awful



Same. I was on a jetblue flight that was boarding and had the TV's on (I think it was JFK). Had espn on as they were announcing it and then had to watch like 5 hours of discussion of it during the flight. Brutal.


Surreal day.
one thing I am curious to see about the Mets  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 11:56 am : link
is they have been going position players in the 1st the past 3 years. Wondering if that is the strategy, or it just so happens it is the player they like the most. Past couple years they have followed in the 2nd with SP.

It really was a big part of the Cubs/Astros success going position players and supplemented much of pitching through FA. There seems to be a bit more predictability in outcome, and less injury risk, in position players.
Kazmir  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 11:57 am : link
at least with the Kelenic/Diaz trade you could say, well they need a close, and Diaz was great. Any maybe Kelenic busts, even though everyone hated the deal.

Kazmir there was no possible justification I could see for that deal
RE: one thing I am curious to see about the Mets  
Eric on Li : 2/24/2021 12:16 pm : link
In comment 15160461 KDavies said:
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is they have been going position players in the 1st the past 3 years. Wondering if that is the strategy, or it just so happens it is the player they like the most. Past couple years they have followed in the 2nd with SP.

It really was a big part of the Cubs/Astros success going position players and supplemented much of pitching through FA. There seems to be a bit more predictability in outcome, and less injury risk, in position players.


The injury risk aspect is key. And why I wouldn't trade all star position players for comparable all star level pitchers at the same age unless that player was absolutely elite. The chances players like McNeil, Conforto, and Alonso are healthy and productive for 1200 ABs over the next several years is dramatically higher than predicting any SP to throw 600 healthy innings.

Would much prefer to go after the next Wheeler/Bauer, or sign/trade for a variety of lower/mid level FA with upside while also trying to find at least 1 upside arm per year for the minors (like Allan and SWR).
RE: Walker chose #99  
pjcas18 : 2/24/2021 12:43 pm : link
In comment 15159708 Pete in MD said:
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because his #00 is reserved for Mr. Met. He has no respect for Turk Wendell?! :-)


Funny you mention this, Turk is the most famous baseball alumni from my alma mater. I always liked his idiosyncrasies - kind of fun. Wouldn't step on the foul lines, licorice in between innings and the necklace - among others.

and there's this:

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SNY
@SNYtv
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Turk Wendell made a necklace for new #99 Taijuan Walker and sent it his way: "A token of passing the torch" https://on.sny.tv/zBPdfD9


RE: Kazmir  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 12:47 pm : link
In comment 15160464 KDavies said:
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at least with the Kelenic/Diaz trade you could say, well they need a close, and Diaz was great. Any maybe Kelenic busts, even though everyone hated the deal.

Kazmir there was no possible justification I could see for that deal


Duquette once subtweeted me joking about the deal

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Daniel Wexler
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Chernoff DID however once intern for @Mets
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Jonny Kaps
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So he made the Kazmir trade?!
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Jeez I wonder what animals he included  
bhill410 : 2/24/2021 12:52 pm : link
In the necklace for walker
RE: Jeez I wonder what animals he included  
pjcas18 : 2/24/2021 12:54 pm : link
In comment 15160526 bhill410 said:
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In the necklace for walker


I didn't know really anything about Walker, but based on the recent twitter posts about him, sounds like some refined, cerebral, wine drinker, and reading about Wendell sending him a necklace made of animal teeth just seemed funny to me. I can see Walker opening it and reacting like a parent when your kid gives you the necklace they made in preschool with a string through some pasta.
RE: RE: Walker chose #99  
Pete in MD : 2/24/2021 1:48 pm : link
In comment 15160510 pjcas18 said:
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because his #00 is reserved for Mr. Met. He has no respect for Turk Wendell?! :-)



Funny you mention this, Turk is the most famous baseball alumni from my alma mater. I always liked his idiosyncrasies - kind of fun. Wouldn't step on the foul lines, licorice in between innings and the necklace - among others.

and there's this:



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SNY
@SNYtv
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Turk Wendell made a necklace for new #99 Taijuan Walker and sent it his way: "A token of passing the torch" https://on.sny.tv/zBPdfD9



Wow, that's very cool of Turk. My sister went to Quinnipiac too, back when it was just a college and the hockey team was just a club.
RE: RE: RE: Walker chose #99  
pjcas18 : 2/24/2021 1:51 pm : link
In comment 15160602 Pete in MD said:
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In comment 15159708 Pete in MD said:


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because his #00 is reserved for Mr. Met. He has no respect for Turk Wendell?! :-)



Funny you mention this, Turk is the most famous baseball alumni from my alma mater. I always liked his idiosyncrasies - kind of fun. Wouldn't step on the foul lines, licorice in between innings and the necklace - among others.

and there's this:



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SNY
@SNYtv
· 19m
Turk Wendell made a necklace for new #99 Taijuan Walker and sent it his way: "A token of passing the torch" https://on.sny.tv/zBPdfD9





Wow, that's very cool of Turk. My sister went to Quinnipiac too, back when it was just a college and the hockey team was just a club.


So did I, lol. The hockey team wasn't club, but we were D3. Otherwise I couldn't have played. We were also the Braves, not the Bobcats, but times change.
Turk was my 2nd fav reliever of that era behind only David Weathers  
Eric on Li : 2/24/2021 1:53 pm : link
who you might remember as the guy who got hit in the face with a line drive, still got the out at first, waived off the trainers, and continued pitching. Turk was a badass too though.
I was between 13 and 17  
Pete in MD : 2/24/2021 1:59 pm : link
and my brother and I would go visit her and party with the college kids. I don't think that would be allowed these days.
RE: I was between 13 and 17  
pjcas18 : 2/24/2021 2:06 pm : link
In comment 15160624 Pete in MD said:
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and my brother and I would go visit her and party with the college kids. I don't think that would be allowed these days.


I have a child who is there now as a Freshman, not much has changed in that regard (partying) but you wouldn't recognize the school otherwise, it's massive.
Some people  
pjcas18 : 2/24/2021 2:19 pm : link
on here were saying how great Alonso was last year, seems like the hitting coach disagrees.

Either way, even if you think Alonso was fine in 2020, looking forward to the bounce back.

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Ryan Finkelstein
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Chili Davis expects Pete Alonso to bounce back. Thinks last year was just a sophomore slump.
Here are Alonso's prorated 2020 power numbers  
Eric on Li : 2/24/2021 2:35 pm : link
call them whatever you want to call them. I'll take his "regression" any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

44 homeruns (2nd best single season in franchise history behind his rookie year)
100 rbis (2nd time any NYM hitter has accomplished that in a decade, the other being his rookie year)

Also cool video at link below of the top prospects in ST. Allan's build and motion look a little like JDG.
The top prospects in the Mets' system have come into spring training with a bang. 🎸 - ( New Window )
btw just for reference last year Dom's 162 pace was 136 RBIs  
Eric on Li : 2/24/2021 2:48 pm : link
not to take anything at all away from him but that would have broken the franchise record by 12 (currently Piazza, Wright both tied with 124).

He'd have also posted the 4th best OPS in team history behind Piazza (2x) and Olerud ('98).

Dom + Alonso have had back to back historical offensive seasons and in no world should those bars be considered their base level of performance. Even if they are both HOF'ers they are not going to outdo all but the best seasons from guys who also posted legitimate MVP seasons like Piazza and Wright every single year. that's just insanely unrealistic.
Matt  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 2:52 pm : link
Allan is already significantly thicker than JDG. Closer to Harvey prior to Harvey putting on some bad weight. Allan probably outweighs JDG by 30 pounds
Endy  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 2:54 pm : link
Rodriguez the kid they gave up for Lucchesi got a very positive report from FG's and they ranked him the Pirates #20 prospect (in a very good system).
Dom  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 2:56 pm : link
was their best hitter last year IMO. I had more faith in him than anyone else at the plate, including Conforto.

Just an incredible breakout performance from him.
Braves claimed  
KDavies : 2/24/2021 2:57 pm : link
G. Heredia
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DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 3:27 pm : link
Justin Toscano
@JustinCToscano
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Luis Rojas when asked if J.D. Davis will be the primary third baseman: "We'll see ... He might be the guy that gets the most playing time there. We still want to see camp going and competition going."
.  
DanMetroMan : 2/24/2021 3:39 pm : link
The Indians announced Wednesday that they’ve claimed outfielder Harold Ramirez off waivers from the Marlins. Right-hander Jordan Humphreys was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
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Eric on Li : 2/24/2021 7:27 pm : link
In comment 15160724 DanMetroMan said:
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Justin Toscano
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Luis Rojas when asked if J.D. Davis will be the primary third baseman: "We'll see ... He might be the guy that gets the most playing time there. We still want to see camp going and competition going."


He looked like he was in pretty good shape in his interviews today. I really hope he can get his defense playable. That would be a pretty amazing development for the organization.
I'm not a baseball expert like some of you guys  
Dr. D : 2/25/2021 8:50 am : link
I'm hoping that with JD concentrating on 3rd base and not working in OF, his D at 3rd will improve a little, but I'm wondering what the potential is for the presence of Lindor at SS making JD appear statistically to be a better 3rd baseman.

Could Lindor help raise JD's defense from way below avg. to near avg? Or is that dreaming?
RE: I'm not a baseball expert like some of you guys  
Metnut : 2/25/2021 10:11 am : link
In comment 15161088 Dr. D said:
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I'm hoping that with JD concentrating on 3rd base and not working in OF, his D at 3rd will improve a little, but I'm wondering what the potential is for the presence of Lindor at SS making JD appear statistically to be a better 3rd baseman.

Could Lindor help raise JD's defense from way below avg. to near avg? Or is that dreaming?


Hes unlikely to be made JD a better defender but he could cover enough range to really lessen the impact of JD’s poor to mediocre defense at 3B.
RE: RE: I'm not a baseball expert like some of you guys  
Dr. D : 2/25/2021 11:13 am : link
In comment 15161167 Metnut said:
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Hes unlikely to be made JD a better defender but he could cover enough range to really lessen the impact of JD’s poor to mediocre defense at 3B.

Yeah, that's what I meant. If Lindor's range could result in a reduction of fielding opportunities for JD and possibly allow JD to cover the 3rd baseline better (being less concerned about his left side) ..

Guess we'll see.
Lindor  
pjcas18 : 2/25/2021 11:40 am : link
wearing the Prince Akeem (Coming to America) jacket.

lol

RE: Lindor  
pjcas18 : 2/25/2021 11:51 am : link
In comment 15161315 pjcas18 said:
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wearing the Prince Akeem (Coming to America) jacket.

lol



The Mets hired  
Pete in MD : 2/26/2021 9:37 am : link
Kedeem Octave, who's somewhat of a player development guru.
RE: The Mets hired  
Eric on Li : 2/26/2021 10:20 am : link
In comment 15162144 Pete in MD said:
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Kedeem Octave, who's somewhat of a player development guru.


They have somehow sort of threaded the needle between doing exactly what all of us hoped they'd do, but in a way that hasn't created sky high hype/expectations. Pretty impressive.
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