By Steve Keane at 7 January, 2014, 12:13 pm
Not much Mets news as we turn the page to 2014, but don’t forget the Queens Baseball Convention is just a mere 11 days away and as a die hard Mets fan, you do not want to miss this event.
On to some Mets-cellanous items:
I’ve been a big Ruben Tejada detractor since I see a young talented player who seems to have a piss poor attitude and work ethic. Young Ruben has been brow beaten by Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson in the media about his lack of effort as well, but maybe, just maybe the light bulb has gone off in his head that it’s time to change his underachieving ways.
Tejada along with Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith have had their presences requested by Mets management to attend a conditioning and nutritional camp in Michigan. All four have gone and completed the program to the satisfactory of the ball club but Tejada is going back for some additional work. To me that’s a real big positive as it seems that Young Ruben has had a career epiphany and I think Sandy Alderson has seen this as well which helps him hold the line of signing Stephen Drew.
The Drew market is as limited as Mr. Softee selling ice cream on Times Square today. The Mets and Red Sox seem to be the only suitors with the Red Sox not all that involved in bringing Drew back. Alderson may be a Drew buyer but at his price not Scott Boras’. I picture Alderson acting like Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison telling Boras “there really isn’t a market for your client” and Boras acting like a guy looking to sell a Colt .45 revolver that he claims was used by Jesse James, letting Alderson know that his client is quite valuable. He’s not. Picture Alderson shaking his head saying “hummmmphhh I’ll give you 1 year and $10 mil that’s my best and final offer” Does Boras/Drew take it?
I’m surprised that Ike Davis wasn’t included in the trip to Michigan, maybe his problems are more between the ears that the mid-section. It’s situations like Ike’s that separate guys who go on to have solid big league careers and those who float off into baseball oblivion. I have no problem with Ike coming to St. Lonesome for spring training and hopefully he realizes that this is the career he’s chosen and most times the business side isn’t pretty. Ike is getting an eyeful on how the sausage is made. He can go sulk and wind up as baseball road kill or he could come into camp with a more fortified mind set and work on his flaws, toughen up and grow up. If anything else this will be as interesting spring training for the Mets as we’ve seen is a long time.
Tomorrow is the announcement of the latest Baseball Hall of Fame class and unlike last year there will be no shutout tossed. I expect at least 3 players, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to make it on their first go round and unfortunately Mike Piazza will be on the outside looking in for the second year in a row which as we all know is a travesty. For what’s worth here is my ballot:
I’ve had Mike Mussina on this list but at last minute replaced him with Tim Raines. Mussina should get into the Hall either next year or the year after.
I have no problem with people who feel that Jack Morris is not a HOF’er. My problem is with the self-important jerks that never saw Morris pitch but because they can read a spreadsheet are baseball experts. This bunch would rather ridicule and belittle those of us who watched Morris pitch and appreciate that he was a top pitcher in his era. Morris was in the top 10 in Cy Young Award voting 7 times and received MVP votes 5 times in his career. He was the 1991 World Series MVP and he owns 3 World Series rings. If Morris doesn’t make it this year on his 15th and final time on the ballot so be it but spare me the intellectual bullshit that Morris is some run of the mill pitcher, you embarrass yourself if you think that way.
I’ll be interested in how many votes Jeff Kent receives. Kent made zero friends in baseball and most fans and media can’t stand him but even with all that I believe Kent is a HOF’er but if he doesn’t make it to the Hall I won’t be unhappy.