Willie Randolph was the Captain of the Mets sinking ship last year. Most Mets fans wanted him to walk the plank for his actions or lack there of. The Mets faithful were yearning for fire in the players eyes. But those flames never showed up and the Mets were left on the outside looking in. The majority of the blame was placed on Randolph. But Randolph recently released a statement letting the fans know of his mindset coming into the 2008 season:
Our team is ready to go. That’s the message I want to send to you Mets fans as we prepare for today’s opener in South Florida. The goal this year is to make our final season at Shea something special and I think we can…We all hated the way last year ended for us. For 98 percent of the season we were the best team in our division, but we let it slip away. When I spoke to the team this spring I didn’t look backwards that much, I …
Daily News reporter Adam Rubin has some Amazin’ over/under predictions over at his blog Surfing the Mets. It looks like such fun, we’re gonna steal it!
Below you’ll find Rubin’s 10 stats-related queries, followed by Rubin’s picks as well as my own.
Chime in with your own picks in our comments section or in our Mets forum. And without further adieu…
(1) Met win total: 91.
(2) Ryan Church’s average against lefthanders: .245.
(3) John Maine wins: 16.
(4) Orlando Hernandez starts: 19.
(5) Johan Santana strikeouts: 240.
(6) Mets All-Stars: 4.5.
(7) Carlos Delgado batting average: .259.
(8) Jose Reyes steals: 70.
(9) Moises Alou at-bats: 400.
(10) Lastings Milledge average vs. Mets: .285.
Out of nowhere, Sunday became a big news day for the Giants.
Pro Football Talk reported that Chris Snee wants a new contract and may skip the “voluntary” workouts that begin today.
Boy, if he does decide to pass on the workouts that sure will be a fun story. Remember, Snee is coach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law.
You have to wonder which side the coach would be on. As coach, of course, he wants Snee at the workouts. On the other hand, a raise for Snee sure would help out TC’s daughter and his two grandsons.
All I know for sure is that a Snee contract dispute would make for some lively Coughlin family discussions around the old dinner table.
* Another bit of news reported by both PFT and by Ralph Vacchiano in his Blue Screen blog is that Osi Umenyiora might hold out looking for a new contract.
“A lot of people who know him are absolutely convinced he’s going to holdout from training camp this summer if he …
Somewhat surprisingly, Mike Pelfrey will begin the season as the Mets’ fifth starter, making his first start on April 5th in Atlanta. Pelfrey didn’t exactly pitch his way into the rotation, however the Mets evidently have decided that Orlando Hernandez will benefit from a stint on the DL to allow the pitcher more time to get healthy and build up his arm strength.
Even more unexpected, Brady Clark has made the team as a 5th outfielder after speculation had mounted that the loss of Ruben Gotay had vaulted Fernando Tatis to the front of the pack of roster hopefuls.
Joe Smith, meanwhile, will round out the bullpen until Duaner Sanchez is deemed ready to go.
Of the group, I’m happiest for Clark, who worked hard all spring despite a numbers crunch that was somewhat stacked against him. If only he could play a little bit of first…
Kim Bauer she ain’t…According to the Daily News, the Rangers’ Sean Avery is listed as a $500 client of Manhattan madam Kristin Davis’ brothel Maison de L’Amour. Avery’s name is one of more than 2,000 recovered from a computer spreadsheet detailing the high-priced hooker’s sordid operations.
When contacted about the allegations initially, Avery seemed convinced he was the victim of an April Fools’ prank, however, after later learning that the report was legitimate, the pugnacious winger issued a strong denial, calling the assertion “false and defamatory.”
Some more reaction from Avery, via the Journal News’ Sam Weinman:
“I certainly have a lot of enemies, I know that,” Avery said when asked how his name ended up on the madam’s computer spreadsheet. “But I do know if I was ever to venture into one of these establishments, I wouldn’t use my own name. I think that would probably be stating the obvious.”
Whether it’s true or not, the Avery issue does …
Disappointing news from the waiver wire today as Ruben Gotay has been claimed by none other than the Atlanta Braves, and Rule V pick Steven Register has been returned to the Colorado Rockies.
Gotay’s departure means that the role of utility man now belongs to Fernando Tatis. The New York Post has a good profile of Tatis and his road back to the majors in today’s edition.
MetsBlog’s Matt Cerrone meanwhile wonders aloud if the Mets have surrendered the next Melvin Mora. Unlikely, needless to say, however given the franchise’s blunder-filled past, it would surprise no one.
I agree with Cerrone in that while I won’t miss Gotay terribly, I’m not sure I see the logic of losing that young bat for the sake of clearing a roster spot for a guy like Fernando Tatis. The Mets hope Tatis will fair better against left-handed pitching than Gotay did, and also like his versatility. But let’s not forget, this is a guy who hasn’t gotten at-bats in the …
My biggest issue with the Jaromir Jagr contract situation is that the captain’s plea that he doesn’t wish to be a distraction to the team rings hollow when we’re reading and writing about it every day.
Yesterday it was reported that Anatoly Bardin, GM of Russia’s Avangard Omsk, would be flying to New York next week to begin negotiations with Jagr about potentially returning next season to the team for whom he played during the NHL lockout.
This comes on the heals of Jagr’s cryptic remarks to the Post earlier this month that he has “a pretty good idea” what he’s going to do next season, but he’s not going to tell any of us for fear of being a distraction. Well played, Jags.
What we should be discussing today is the Blueshirts’ seventh consecutive victory against the rival Devils this season. But instead…
Today in the Daily News, John Dellapina informs us that Jagr is open to meeting with Bardin at some point next …
Yesterday we reported on Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui’s recent nuptials and the odd press conference he held, during which he displayed a pencil sketch of his new bride in efforts to protect her identity, and showcase his burgeoning artistic talent.
Today, the local papers have caught up, though what interests me most isn’t their coverage of the press conference, but rather this line buried in an article in the Daily News:
Matsui, also known back home for his large collection of porn films, said he and his wife have been planning their wedding for a year.
Needless to say, this called for some further digging. Evidently in ’03 Matsui was featured in the Asian edition of Time Magazine. An excerpt:
Indeed, his only eccentricity, if it can be called that, is his extensive private library of adult videos. His refreshing ability to laugh self-deprecatingly about his porno collection, reporters say, is one reason why fans and even nonfans have taken to him so much.
So Hideki Matsui …
update no. 2…
ESPN’s report is indeed accurate, as Newsday’s Tom Rock is now reporting that the Jets have guaranteed the $11 million remaining on Coles’ contract, but have not negotiated an extension. Big kudos to Team Tangini on this one…
Contrary to ESPN’s report, the Post reported this morning that Coles has in fact received an extension on his deal. We’ll have to wait and see which report is accurate…
According to ESPN.com, the Jets have agreed to guarantee the remaining $11 million on wide receiver Laveranues Coles’ contract. It was thought that the team would have to go further to appease Coles, who always seems malcontent when it comes to his contract. However it seems the two sides have reached a compromise, which is good news for Gang Green.
In the same report, ESPN indicated that Coles griped earlier in the offseason about the Jets’ spending spree on outside talent while incumbent players weren’t being taken care of. In reality, Jets veterans were quoted anonymously …
Have the Dallas Cowboys offered Tennessee a player along with a 7th-round draft choice for Adam “Pacman” Jones? That seems to depend on who you ask.
Blogging the Boys has a great breakdown of the Cowboys’ apparent pursuit of the troubled former Tennessee star.
Pacman apparently wants to be a Cowboy, and Dallas seems to be at the top of the list of potential destinations for Jones — provided of course that Roger Goodell lets Pacman back in the league.
All I can is good luck controlling THAT locker room, Wade Phillips! Add Jones to Terrell “Crybaby” Owens, Tony “Mr. Simpson” Romo, Tank Johnson and some of the other personalities in that locker room and Phillips will have no chance.
There are also rumors that owner Jerry Jones is interested in enigmatic Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson. Yikes!
Personally, as a Giants’ fan, it wouldn’t bother me at all to see the Cowboys bring in all these guys. With the loss of various coaches and front office personnel, Jason Garrett waiting in …
So evidently Hideki Matsui was married in a small private ceremony in New York yesterday. The announcement caught many of his teammates by surprise, particularly Bobby Abreu and Derek Jeter, who each had a bet with Godzilla over who would get married first. Said Jeter: “He what? Seriously?…How do you say ‘sneaky’ in Japanese?”
But wait, it gets more bizarre. Matsui held a press conference today to announce the nuptials, refusing to identify his bride except to state that she “is a 25-year-old civilian and had formerly been working in a reputable position at a highly respected company. I cannot go into further details at this current time.”
Matsui, however, was willing to display a pencil sketch of the newly-annoited Mrs. Matsui. No, seriously. See below:
Don’t take this the wrong way, Japanese folks, but you guys are weird.
The always informative and indispensable Blueshirt Bulletin have a great “scoop” today, alerting fans to a report out of Russia that Avangard Omsk general manager Anatoly Bardin is coming to New York with the “main obective” of opening negotiations with Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.
If you recall, Jagr played for Omsk during the NHL lockout, and vowed to return to the Russian League one day.
Another item on Bardin’s agenda will almost certainly be to jump-start negotiations with the Rangers concerning Avangard forward Alexei Cherepanov, who fell to the Rangers in last year’s draft amid concerns about signability due to the 19-year-old’s obligation to Avangard Omsk. Evidently those concerns have proven to be legitimate, as reports indicate that talks have stalled between the two clubs. Via the Blueshirt Bulletin:
There is still an awful lot of negotiating to be done, both with Jagr and Cherepanov. How Jagr and the Rangers fare in the upcoming playoffs will have a lot of bearing on where Jagr ends up next …