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The Mets saw Jose Reyes for the first time since Reyes joined the Marlins. The unbalanced schedule makes it particularly interesting when a player changes teams within his division, and I wonder if Reyes' frequent visits to Citi Field in a Marlins uniform will ever feel normal for Mets fans.
Johnny Damon came to Fenway Park for nine games a year with the Yankees from 2006 through 2009, right...Read more »
This was a far shorter visit than my first - three days, as opposed to 14, and I focused on the Mets, as opposed to jumping from team to team and piling up oodles miles on the rental car.
Nevertheless, spring training always affords a different, arguably closer look than once we get into the regular season, so I enjoy dissecting what I saw. Away we go:
1. Mets. If you read Terry Collins'...Read more »
Upon returning home from my first visit to spring training, I always enjoy checking in with some mental snapshots, mindful that what I took away could prove to be hugely significant or, far more likely, wholly irrelevant. Here is last year's entry. I forgot that I had Johnny Damon on the record acknowledging how important reaching 3,000 career hits was.
Some spring trainings, I'll spend almost...Read more »
As I drove around the state, switching from hotel to hotel, the judges worked diligently to find three award-winning comments.
Here they are:
--The bronze goes to FLong, who offered his or her two cents on Mariano Rivera's likely retirement after this season:
If Mariano retires, the Yanks should use Soriano as the closer in 2013. Soriano has already been successful...Read more »
The winter meetings is supposed to serve as the Hot Stove League's climax. We work our way up to that week, we have a flood of transactions during the meetings and then we ramp down for the holidays, building up toward spring training when the new year arrives.
This year? It was pretty close to that, when you consider that Albert Pujols (Angels), Jose Reyes (Miami) and C.J. Wilson (Angels)...Read more »
Well, it was a busy week for me at the winter meetings, and a busy week for commenting, as well. Which is a great thing, no matter how much work that meant for the judges.
So without further ado, here are your medalists:
--The bronze goes to Islander505, who, when informed that I attended Bobby Valentine's news conference at Fenway Park, reacted thusly: How was the chicken? Regular...Read more »
Just some quick hits this morning, as we have the Rule 5 draft. When that's done, all of the team officials sprint out of the hotel to make their flights.
I'm scheduled to fly out later tonight, so I should have time to post a wrap-up in the afternoon.
--Here's my column on Jose Reyes, who clearly and understandably was hurt by the way the Mets conducted themselves over the last couple...Read more »
Here's my proposed gameplan for the 2012 Mets, who will likely begin the season with David Wright aboard. Terry Collins addressed life without Jose Reyes.
The Yankees are indeed interested in Hiroki Kuroda.
Congratulations to the late Ron Santo, a worthy addition to the Hall of Fame. While the Veterans Committee would never admit such a thing, there had to be pressure to elect someone...Read more »
Sure, there have been a few blips during the last 12 months when we thought, "Hey, Jose Reyes might actually stay with the Mets." But we usually snapped back to our senses quickly, and now, once he passes a physical, Reyes will be a Marlin.
Here's my take, in which I contend that the Mets' recent history of incompetence failed to give them the benefit of the doubt on this decision...Read more »
Greetings, and welcome to another edition of "I'm back to work earlier than I said I would be."
Thursday's confluence of events had me in Boston, to cover Bobby Valentine's introduction as Red Sox manager.
Here's my news story on Valentine. I also wrote a column, in which I contended that the Red Sox, in hiring Valentine, validated the panic crowd of Red Sox Nation.
I've...Read more »