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Efforts to vote David Wright into the All-Star Game have ranged from a ballot stuffing initiative from popular sports talk radio hosts to an endorsement of sorts from a “cougar” dating website.
These unconventional efforts to get Wright votes are apparently working, as Wright led all National League third basemen in the latest voting results released Sunday night on MLB.com.
Wright leads...Read more »
Get ready to see Matt Harvey in a whole new way.
The Mets' fireballing phenom will pose nude in ESPN The Magazine's "The Body" issue, along with several other notable athletes, including Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Though Harvey's appearance in the magazine is certainly notable, he won't be the first member of the Mets to strike...Read more »
$25,000 - Monthly salary, in U.S. dollars, paid by the Taiwan Rhinos to Manny Ramirez, who quit the league this week despite the team’s pledge to raise it to $60,000. Ramirez made more than $206 million during his major-league career, which was abruptly cut short by a PED suspension.
500 - Hours of community service that must be performed by Lenny Dykstra, who was released from prison after...Read more »
Tuesday was a great day for America's newest pastime: comparing Matt Harvey to Zack Wheeler.
The two crown jewels of the Mets' system have been linked and advertised as a devastating 1-2 punch ever since Wheeler was acquired for Carlos Beltran at the 2011 trade deadline. Harvey got to the big leagues first and has been superb. Tuesday was the first chance to see if Wheeler would be a worthy...Read more »
1. TRAVIS D'ARNAUD, C, Las Vegas 51s (AAA)
.250 BA, .429 OBP, .472 SLG, 1 HR, 8 RBIs
Recovering from a fracture in left foot.
2. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, St. Lucie Mets (Class A)
3-3 (12 starts), 3.11 ERA, 64 K, 16 BB
Has only walked one batter and struck out 10 in last two starts.
3. RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Las Vegas 51s
7-4, 2.58 ERA, 91 K, 13 BB (AA &...Read more »
After the Mets' enthusiastic celebration of a walkoff win against the Cubs on Sunday, commentator Bob Costas quipped that the display was "another sign of the ongoing decline of Western Civilization."
Wednesday afternoon, Mets GM Sandy Alderson got his revenge. In tweet form:
.@MattHarvey33 & @Wheelerpro45 both won Tuesday. All of Western civilization was uplifted, including...Read more »
ATLANTA -- A few notes before the tag team of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler take on the Braves during this Tuesday afternoon doubleheader. Weather permitting, of course:
-- The Mets placed utilityman Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle. They also activated righthanded reliever Scott Atchison from the DL after he had been shelved with elbow inflammation....Read more »
UPDATE: The Mets and Braves finally got underway at 10:53 p.m. after a nearly four-hour rain delay Monday at Turner Field.
After announcing that the Mets-Braves game would get underway at 10:05 p.m. in Atlanta following a lenghty rain delay, the tarp remained on the field.
At 7:39 p.m., the Braves official Twitter handle tweeted that the grounds crew had just come out to work on the...Read more »
4,170: Mike Mussina's salary as the new head coach of the varsity basketball team at his alma mater, Montoursville Area High. Mussina wrapped his H.S. hoops career with 1,382 points and then went on to earn $140 million in the majors.
1,297: Number of home runs Japan’s NPB teams are on pace to hit this season, well above last year's total of 881. The shocking frequency has commissioner Ryozo...Read more »
Jack Leathersich, a 22-year-old lefthanded reliever, has been promoted to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Leathersich seemed to confirm the report, tweeting, “Flight to Vegas #GoMets.”
Leathersich has gained attention for his astronomical strikeout totals – he has 55 in 29.1 innings this season and 194 in 114 career minor league innings....Read more »