Archive for May 27th, 2009

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

From the Scrapheap to the Top of the Heap

Mets Rumors & News

Livan Hernandez was signed to battle for the fifth starter slot. Gary Sheffield was signed to be a pinch-hitter. Omir Santos was signed probably because the Mets thought he was somebody else. But all three have been instrumental in keeping the Mets near the top of the division standings.

With Oliver Perez, Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado, Alex Cora, Jose Reyes and Ryan Church (and don’t forget about Billy Wagner; well, maybe we should) all on the disabled list, and Carlos Beltran, Ramon Martinez (what a great job of fielding he’s been doing lately), J.J. Putz and Frankie Rodriguez battling one injury or another, the performances of Hernandez, Sheffield and Santos have been nothing short of a miracle for the Mets.

Hernandez threw the team’s first complete game last night, so forget about being the fifth starter, he may now be their second best starter. He’s 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA. The team has a 6-3 record in his nine starts this season, and he’s giving the Mets …

2002 NBA Draft: Knicks could have drafted Amare

Knicks Rumors & News

2002 NBA Draft

Knicks select Nene at 7

Suns select Amare Stoudemire at 9

Honorable mention: Wizards select Caron Butler at 10

Nene turned out to become one of the better players the Knicks drafted in the first round but he did not play one game for the franchise. His draft rights were traded along with Marcus Camby to the Denver Nuggets for Antonio McDyess and the draft rights to Frank Williams. Acquiring McDyess was risky because he suffered a severe knee injury forced him to miss 72 games during the 01-02 season. However in a three year span before that he averaged 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds in 67 games per season.

McDyess did not start his Knicks tenure on a high note as he  injured that same knee in a preseason game. He appeared in only 18 games before he was involved in a eight-player trade with that Phoenix suns that brought in Stephon Marbury. McDyess has battled back through injuries and over the past five years has appeared in 76 games per season. His 9.8 rebounds per …

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