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Sunday, July 13th, 2008

The Dan Warthen Project

Mets Rumors & News

When Willie Randolph and some of his henchmen were fired last month, all eyes were on Jerry Manuel. He’s been analyzed, poked and prodded ad nauseam the last month, but what about new pitching coach Dan Warthen? Brought up from Triple A New Orleans (with Ken Oberkfell, Luis Aguayo and a 30-pound vat of jambalaya), he took over for Rick Peterson and couldn’t be more different. Peterson is an eccentric philosopher, and once you listen to one of his Zen-like, metaphorical ramblings, you may think he’s from another planet, or at least California. Warthen, on the other hand, is just a down-to-earth, old-fashioned baseball man.
Warthen pitched parts of four seasons from 1975–’78, with Montreal, Philadelphia and Houston. The Nebraska native had a lifetime record of 12-21, with a 4.31 ERA. The only notable aspect of his career was probably the fact that he was teammates with people who were actually named …

Mets Rumors & News

In arguably his best start of the season, Pedro Martinez exited after the fourth inning yesterday against the Rockies.  Martinez was cruising into the fourth when he walked Matt Holliday.  After Holliday walked Pedro began to stretch his shoulder, prompting manager Jerry Manuel and a trainer to make a visit to the mound.  After Manuel elected to leave Pedro in the game, he retired Garrett Atkins, then gave up a single to Brad Hawpe (his first hit allowed).  He finished the inning by getting Chris Iannetta to ground into a double play.

When Martinez was due to bat in the bottom of the fourth, he was replaced by pinch hitter Nick Evans.  Although Pedro was replaced, he intended on going out in for the top of the fifth. 

“Jerry just kept saying no,” Martinez said. “Finally, Dan Warthen came over and agreed with Jerry, and it was two against one. So I said OK.”

The official word on Martinez is he had stiffness in his right shoulder due …

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets are hot.  Winners of their last eight, they find themselves in second place, only a half-game behind the Phillies.  Conceivably they could be in first place at the All-Star break.  It’s quite the turnaround from exactly one month ago when they were 32-34, in fourth place, seven-and-a-half games out of the division.

If you asked me a month ago, I felt the Mets should really look at packing the season in, and start trading some players away to rebuild the farm system.  I no longer hold that opinion.  The Mets are doing everything right.  Instead of selling, they need to look at buying.

If you look at the Mets right now there’s one glaring area where they can use an upgrade and that’s the outfield.  With Moises Alou’s career potentially over, and the instability of Ryan Church given the effects of two concussions in three months, a corner outfielder needs to be brought in.  Not to disrespect the likes of Fernando Tatis or Marlon Anderson, who …

Yankees Rumors & News

Bobby Murcer has passed away due to complications from brain cancer. It’s a sad day in the baseball world because Bobby touched so many people in so many different ways.

Murcer was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Dec. 24, 2006, and underwent surgery just a few days later. He returned to Yankee Stadium for Opening Day in 2007, and recieved a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 55,000 plus. On May 1st, he was back in the broadcast booth for the YES Network.

The Yankees were informed of his passing after the game. Here are some quotes regarding Bobby:

Michael Kay:

“Bobby was one of the finest human beings I’ve ever met. He handled his battle with a grace and class that was hard to fathom. For me personally, it’s an incredible loss. He was my idol growing up. I was lucky to work with him as a broadcaster, and it showed me that I had great taste as a kid. He was everything that you’d want …

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