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Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.
The chronology goes like this:
- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...Read more »
How close was Mrs. Met to being a widow?
A few careless Mr. Met steps away from President Bill Clinton, according to a new book by former Mr. Met A.J. Mass, "Yes, It's Hot In Here". Mass donned the mascot suit from 1994-1997.
Clinton visited Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and, in an excerpt from the book...Read more »
Following a recent stretch of injuries for the Yankees -- injuries that grew so numerous Carlos Beltran had to spend several innings at first base on Sunday night -- reinforcements are on the way.
The Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and selected the contract of infielder Scott Sizemore. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain running to first base...Read more »
We’ll provide periodic rankings and updates of the top minor leaguers in the Mets and Yankees farm systems throughout the season. For the purposes of this list, players with significant major league experience (Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, etc…) will not be considered. All stats are current as of April 9:
1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Triple-A Las Vegas
The Mets’ top prospect, and one of...Read more »
The Yankees have called up righthanded reliever Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned catcher Austin Romine down to Triple-A, the team announced.
With backup catcher Francisco Cervelli likely not needed to play first base for awhile, the Yankees can keep him on their bench, removing the need to have Romine in New York.
Greene, 25, impressed the Yankees with his...Read more »
Mark Teixeira's stay on the disabled list has forced Joe Girardi into a peculiar position: forcing Francisco Cervelli into a peculiar position.
Cervelli has played all but six of his 202 major league games at catcher, spending four games (five innings) at third base and two games (three innings) at second base in odd, emergency situations. In 310 minor league games, Cervelli played 309 games...Read more »
Although Noah Syndergaard displays great promise, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was the key piece for the Mets in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto after the 2012 season.
Baseball America ranked d'Arnaud the No. 36 prospect in the game before the 2011 season, the No. 17 prospect before the 2012 season and the No. 23 prospect before the 2013 season.
In other words, the experts believed...Read more »
Alabama-born and North Carolina-educated, Adam Warren looks straight ahead and flashes that friendly Southern smile.
Matt Harvey, the Connecticut kid, sits expressionless, his body slightly tilted, as though he’s in a hurry to get somewhere else.
The description of Warren could come from the Yankees clubhouse where the righthander has weathered some bumps to put himself in contention...Read more »
When news began trickling out that the Mets were going to give one of their first basemen an extended look at the position, most assumed the winner would be Ike Davis.
Until it was Lucas Duda.
A team insider confirmed to Newsday’s Marc Carig that it would indeed be Duda receiving the long look, saying “we want to see what he can do for an extended period of time.”
There wasn’t...Read more »
The record after their first two games was historically bad. The record following the third won't bode well for a successful season either.
After falling to the Nationals on Wednesday, it wouldn't have been much of a stretch to say the Mets were off to their worst start since 1965.
Yes, that would be the worst start in 49 seasons.
That's because the Mets have started the season...Read more »