link Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and several members of his Cabinet took to the field on Thursday for slow-pitch softball game with some of Venezuela's past and present major leaguers. Among the players on hand were New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez .. Chavez presented the major leaguers with a medal of honour named after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda. The president then pitched two innings and allowed seven runs.
Fransisco Rodriguez gave up 11 runs during three innings.
As much as I have fun teasing Met fans, It hard to deflate them with stats from a *SOFTBALL* game. To begin with, K-Rod was throwing the ball under-hand...
Some might argue that with his declining indicator stats last year he may be better off throwing under hand in the Majors here pretty soon
How badly run are the Mets? Think about this: the Mets played in a World Series and still were the least efficient team in baseball. They spent $737.5 million more than Florida and won four more games than the Marlins.
B-Chad wrote:Pedroia's LD rate of 20% is reason to believe he'll maintain a higher BA then Cano. It should also be noted he hits more FB's then Cano, which means that even if he posts a lower HR/FB then Cano, he should come in reasonably close to Cano in HR's
There are too many times when I want to quit watching baseball because of how retarded the ownership of my favorite time is. We really do need to clean house. Keep Wright and Reyes, and throw everyone else away for prospects.
Open competition on who plays first base for the Mets...
Rob Neyer wrote:That's right, friends. Even though he already had Murphy, Minaya chose -- from among all the sluggardly sluggers looking for an invitation to spring training -- another left-handed hitter to compete with Murphy.
Against left-handed pitchers in his career, Jacobs has been utterly useless: .221/.269/.374.
Against left-handed pitchers in his career, Murphy has been slightly better: .240/.289/.442.
Granted, neither of them have been crackerjacks against right-handed pitchers, either. Jacobs hasn't reached base often enough and Murphy hasn't hit for enough power. But each might be useful against right-handers.
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While trying to ramp up his workouts in preparation for reporting to the Mets this week, reliever Kelvim Escobar felt a twinge in his shoulder. In other news, dog bites man. The Mets will proceed slowly with Escobar, who was just pointed out as a possible setup man by GM Omar Minaya Tuesday. The oft-injured pitcher had surgery on his shoulder in 2007, missed all of 2008 while recovering, and pitched only five innings last year for the Angels. If he can get healthy enough to pitch this year, he'll compete with Japanese right-hander Ryota Igarashi for the setup role. That's a big if.
I'm hoping for Omar to trade Jerry Meija and Ike Davis before he's fired. I cannot see him lasting past the all star break this year, unless they are leading the division at the time, which has about the same likelyhood as Sarah Palin opening up an abortion clinic.
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby