Monday, February 28, 2005

Port St.Lucie Summary(full article will be on RTK main page within the week)

I was lucky enough to catch the first Mets full-squad workout on Wednesday. The first surprise of the day was that Pedro Martinez arrived before Carlos Beltran. I would have figured it to be the other way around. After being let in about a half hour late because of a "team meeting", the Mets 2005 season began.

Pitchers:
Pedro Martinez- Was real entertaining, good with the fans, and is a breath of fresh air for this formerly lifeless team
Tom Glavine- I'll be honest, he looked like crap. When he was in the bullpen he didn't have much velocity on his fastball, even for Glavine standards. When he was throwing BP, he had control problems as Reyes didn't even swing at his garbage.
Kris Benson- His size really opened my eyes, he seemed to have good pop on his fastball. Look for a good year in him.
Steve Trachsel- Saw him throw BP, he was nothing special. Didn't look great, but also didn't look horrible.
Victor Zambrano- Seems to be hanging out with Pedro alot. I didn't see him pitch, but he was working on his pickoff move with Pedro.

Lineup:
Jose Reyes- He was hitting linedrives to all fields in BP. He seems to be using the opposite field more, and looked better lefthanded than I'm used to seeing Reyes hit.
Kaz Matsui- Let me be honest, he looked terrible. He hit pop up after pop up and didn't put many balls on the ground. On a positive note he hit an absoulte bomb to rightfield, and he seems like a nice guy if that counts for anything.
Carlos Beltran- Looked solid, not exactly in mid-season form, but solid overall. Like Reyes, he was hitting to both fields. He has a beautiful swing, but the power wasn't there on day one as he hit one homerun.
Mike Piazza- Impressed me the most by far. He hit about 5 homeruns in a row at a point. He was absoultely clobbering the ball. The power is apparently still there.
Mike Cameron- He was injured, but I saw him play some rightfield. He caught everything, but seemed to have trouble getting good jumps on the ball.
Cliff Floyd- I saw him hit in the cages, he seemed to have a good session. His bat speed seemed slow, but man the ball jumps off his bat. According to him, he's beem working on his lower arms over the winter, and is looking to get around the ball quicker.
David Wright- Smaller than I thought he would be. He hit a few homeruns, a few potential doubles and a few potential singles. Overall, he was hitting consistantly.
Doug Mientkiewicz- He has a nice swing, but he isn't exactly the most powerful guy. The ball just dies off his bat. He was hitting some nice line drives though, but don't expect much power.


Notables:
Andres Galaragga- Was absoutely killing the ball. Look for him to make the roster, and have a big impact.
Eric Valent- Looked very good, had power. He surprised me the most, and he seemed to impress Hojo too.
Victor Diaz- Had some decent power to leftfield. Wasn't hitting the ball much the other way though.
Mike Dejean- I didn't see him pitch, but man is he a nice guy. Spent about a half hour signing.

See more on RTK in the coming days, including pictures.

Enjoy.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Just go away!

Well, when we thought we were through hearing from David Sloane, everyone's favorite agent, he strikes back to throw Al Leiter under the bus.

I can't blame Leiter, he's now a member of the Marlins and he has the right to do whatever he thinks is necessary to help them win. But why the hell would Sloane reveal what Leiter said? He may have extended his 15 minutes of fame, but because of the way he's alienated people the clock probably won't restart any time soon.

Players talk, and I doubt Leiter is happy about this. Sloane, who's second "best" client is Mike Timlin, will probably have a hard time finding new clients.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Urbina, Baez, etc...

There is currently an insane number of tradfe rumors revolving around the Mets, and almost all involve the bullpen.

While the main piece of trade bait appears to be Mike Cameron, I'm still ambivalent about dealing him because of his vocal role in the clubhouse. While chemistry is often overrated, it also cannot be ignored. The Mets have a somewhat deep farm system, they could probably bring in a decent reliever for a package of guys like Brian Bannister and Aaron Baldiris. I'd even consider dealing Victor Diaz, if it looks like Cameron will be ready for opening day.

Monday, February 21, 2005

So far, so good

Right now, everything about the Mets seems to be going great-a nice contrast from Tampa and the Yankees.

A few things I wanted to cover:

1) Willie Randolph had a terrific start, setting down his own set of rules quickly. Respect is important, but it's also hard to command. It seems that Randolph has more respect from his players than Art Howe ever had.

2) Minaya shot down the Mike Cameron trade rumors today. Personally, I think dealing Cameron before the season starts would be a terrible idea. He's one of the few players that seems willing to take on a leadership role. With a team that should contend, that's more important than ever. Look at what happened to the Phillies and Cubs last seasons.

3) Jose Reyes isn't dead yet.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Mets turn down 3 way deal

From Ken Rosenthal:

"The Mets are balking at a proposed three-way trade in which they would send OF Mike Cameron to the Astros and receive OF Eric Byrnes from the A's, with Astros 2B Chris Burke heading to Oakland.
Byrnes plays all three outfield positions, but the
Mets are not convinced he would be adequate in right. The Astros are willing to trade Burke if they acquire a center fielder, knowing they could return Craig Biggio to second base. ..."

The deal doesn't really make sense for any of the three teams involved. The Astros probably won't win anything in the two years left on Cameron's contract. The A's have Mark Ellis and Keith Ginter battling for their second base job. Eric Byrnes wouldn't really be an upgrade over Cameron.

No reason to make a move just for the sake of making a move. Good job, Omar.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Cliff Floyd speaks

There was a great article in the NY Daily News in which Cliff Floyd finally speaks about the trade rumors, offseason moves.

This was by far the most interesting quote:

"When that came about I got a little worried," Floyd said, referring to speculation about Cameron's fate after it surfaced that he was dissatisfied with moving to right field. "I always feel like you need somebody you can connect with and tell everything to on the team. That was my boy. I was just hoping and praying he would be there. Nothing is etched in stone. But I'm glad."

Sometime I always liked about Floyd is that you can trust him to tell the truth. It's extremely refreshing, as most quote players provide are simply rehearsed rhetoric that could be applied to any situation.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Goodbye Omar, Hello Willie

With Spring Training about to start, Omar Minaya has said that he has no problem fading into the backdrop for Willie Randolph.

What a refreshing change from when Steve Phillips would be in the clubhouse after games.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Pedro and the Big Cat

Well, it seems like every article today is either about Pedro Martinez and Andres Galarraga.

Galarraga: He should be a terrific clubhouse presence and should do just as good/a better job than Todd Zeile last season.

Pedro: Apparently, he's still using a Boston Red Sox tote bag to carry his things. But what I found more fascinating is that at least three newspapers were able to write entire articles centered around this one detail.

Sometimes, the most interesting information is in the notes.

COACH SPEAK: Jae Seo found himself in the unusual position of acting as translator between pitching coach Rick Peterson and countryman Dae-Sung Koo, the team's new South Korean southpaw. It went well, as did Koo's bullpen session. "He's dirty," catcher Mike Jacobs said about Koo. "He's got that weird arm angle, kind of three-quarters. He's going to be tough on lefties, that's for sure."

FOREIGN EXCHANGE: The Mets are working with the Dominican government to get Cuban defector Alay Soler into the United States and say a resolution could come within days. ... Jose Reyes is expected in camp today, though position players don't need to report until Monday. ... Prospect Aarom Baldiris, boxed out at third base by David Wright, worked out at second base yesterday, where he played in winter ball in Venezuela. ... Top pitching prospects Yusmeiro Petit, Philip Humber, Matt Lindstrom and Blake McGinley will be in major-league camp. ... The cover of this year's media guide features Willie Randolph, Carlos Beltran and Martinez.

Encouraging news on Koo, although the Mets need one of Heredia/Koo/Stewart to step up and be a reliable set up man. There's no reason to carry two left handed specialists.

Even if Baldiris never plays for the Mets, being able to play multiple positions can only help his trade value.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

McEwing ready to fight for job

The only interesting article today is a piece in the Star Ledger about McEwing's fight for his job.

Even though McEwing sounds like a great guy, Miguel Cairo and Marlon Anderson are considerably better players. Joe McEwing is obsolete.

Perhaps he'll be back in a few years as a bench coach.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

David Wright

As a Mets fan, we haven't had many glory days lately. The closest thing we've had to a successful season recently was an 82-80 record in 2001, but even that was a disappointment, coming off of a pennant winning season. This offseason has given Mets fans the most to be excited for in a long time. However, despite the acquisitions of Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, the player that I look forward to the most next season isn't a veteran with an eight-figure contract, and hasn't even appeared in an all-star game -- yet. That player is David Wright, and he is ready to take the reigns from Mike Piazza as the Mets' new slugger.

David was always a solid prospect, but he kept a low radar and was never mentioned withthe top prospects around the league, like Andy Marte. Early in the 2003 season at single-A St. Lucie, David hit a slump in the summer. Club officials checked out David's stats, and it was soon found out that David was hitting much higher on the road than at home, where he really struggled. They approached David about it, and soon the problem was discovered: Wright was coming to Home games hours early and taking tons of extra batting practice and a lot more ground balls, and tiring himself out before games. Basically, Wright was working too hard! The problem was fixed, and David went on a tear to end the season, including leading his team to the FSL title.

The next season, Wright's stcok skyrocketed, as he posted a rediculous .363/.467/1.086 stat line in AA Binghamton in 60 games. The Mets promoted him to AAA Norfolk, his home town. David didn't disappoint his family and friend, putting up a .298/.388/.967 for 31 games before the Mets finally promoted him to the big show. Wright struggled early on while adjusting to major league pitching, but soon got into a groove, putting up big time numbers in individual games (he had a 6 RBI day against Milwaulkee) and proving that he belonged in the Majors.

Wright finished the year with a .293/.332/.857 line as a 21-year-old rookie playing in a pitcher's park. He will only get better as time goes on, and I'm looking forward to a long, successful career full of all-star apearances, gold gloves, and hopefully World Series titles!

Battle of the Fluff Pieces

With Spring Training now about half a week away, the battle of the fluff pieces is on.

The NY Post has an interesting interview with David Wright, in which he taks about Anna Benson, steroids, and hot 11 year olds.

The Star-Ledger also did an impressive job today:

The Baseball circus begins

Randolph did not return telephone calls for this story. But he has been in the game long enough and around New York long enough to know that, while they pale in comparison to the antics that often go on at Camp Steinbrenner, the Mets are capable of causing a fuss.

Remember back in 1989, when Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry squared off during the annual team picture?

In 1997, Bobby Valentine's first spring training as Mets manager, reliever John Franco and catcher Todd Hundley presented Valentine with a cake on Valentine's Day, which was also the first day of camp, and then pushed the manager's face into it. Within two years, Hundley was no longer on the team and Franco was no longer the closer.

In 1998, Bernard Gilkey was arrested for driving under the influence. When he was asked what he had learned as a result of the incident, the outfielder said, "Not to drive when your tail light doesn't work." The frazzled Mets brought Gilkey back 20 minutes later to clarify his comments.

Three springs ago, reliever Guillermo Mota, then with the Dodgers, hit Mike Piazza with a pitch at Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The next year in Port St. Lucie, Mota hit Piazza again and the enraged catcher went into the visitors' clubhouse to try to get at the pitcher.

And who can forget last season, when outfielders Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer distinguished themselves and the franchise when, in front of their wives, they were involved in a brawl. And this was immediately after Garcia had urinated outside a Port St. Lucie pizzeria.

Memories

On a more serious note, Tom Seaver is considering retirement.

I've never been a fan of Tom Seaver as an announcer, but it's been great to have a team icon having an active role in the team. Hopefully he does several games for the Mets network in 2006, like some former Yankee stars have done for the Yes Network.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Wilpon: We're Tired Of Losing

Since Pitchers and Catchers is less than a week away, it's time for all the fluff pieces.

I thought the signing of LHP Jose Rosado was an interesting remove. Rosado, who pitched for 5 years with the Kansas City Royals, is a two time all star(1997, 1999). He'll probably start the season in the minors, but perhaps he can eventually be a valuable middle reliever.

There is some bad news though, as it's become known that Cuban pitcher Alay Soler will not be able to report to camp on time.


Miami-based agent Joe Cubas has been suspended by the union
because the MLBPA concluded he withheld immigration papers that would allow
Soler to complete the visa process and enter the United States, an executive
said. Cubas purportedly told union officials he was withholding items Soler
needed because he was owed money by the player.


Soler had complained that Cubas was attempting to take a 15% cut, three times the
maximum allowed. Cubas, now suspended indefinitely, could be reinstated 30 days
after Soler's possessions are turned over, a source said.


It's a shame, but Soler didn't really have much of a chance at making the Mets. When he was signed it seemed like they wanted him to be a starter, but the rotation is full now.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Mike Piazza: A closer look

First off, my Thursday blog is coming a day late, and I want to apologize for that. It's been a hectic week up here at school. Anyways, let's get back to talking about the Mets!

I remember when I first started watching the Mets, in 1999 at the age of 13. In one particular gamein May, the Mets were losing 2-1 to the San Diego Padres, going into the bottom of the 9th. Trevor Hoffman came jogging out of the bullpen to Hell's Bells, and I slumped into my bed. I hadn't seen much Mets magic up to this point, and the announcer mentioned that Trevor Hoffman had converted a large number of saves in a row (I believe the number was 58). This made me sag deeper under my covers. I remember John Olerud getting on base, and Mike Piazza strolling to the plate. Fans cheered and hoped, and I just sighed. This was the mighty Trevor Hoffman, the best closer in the NL! He hadn't failed his last 58 times out to the mound! This time would be different, however, as Mike Piazza took an outside fastball over the right-field wall for a walk-off home run!

Ever since that day, I've been a huge Mike Piazza fan. I've seen him come up with clutch hits all over the place, carry the team on his broad shoulders, and even lead the Mets to a World Series. However, over the last few years, Mike has struggled. In 2003, he tore a groin muscle, and missed significant time. Last year, Mike struggled with a move to first base, and ended up hitting .266/.362/806 -- not bad numbers, but certainly not Piazza-esque. Seeing this decline has been painful for myself and many other Mets fans, who used to rely on Mike in close and late situations to dig the Mets out of a hole and lead them to victory.

However, a deeper look shows that maybe the old Mike Piazza isn't quite gone yet. As a first baseman last year, when he struggled to make routine plays and was criticized daily for his awful defense, Mike hit .229/.324/.707. However, as a catcher, his normal position, and a position at which Mike felt more comfortable, he hit .331/.419/.971! A difference as large as this can't be a fluke, nor should it be ignored. Mike clearly felt awkward being at first base, and he took his struggles in the field to the plate with him.

What does this mean? Well, Mike, at 36 years old, will probably never hit .320/.410/.970 again. But, to a guy like Piazza, comfort is significant. If Mike Piazza catches full-time this year, which it looks like he will, he can definitely post a .290/.390/.910. While I don't ever see him playing 140 games, him giving us this in a large stretch of the season will be much more than any team could ask for out of their catching position. Sitting out day games after night games, giving him an extra day or two to rest any scratches recieved while catching will keep Mike healthy, and a big year could very well be ahead.

Much to the dismay of Trevor Hoffman.

Straw-Man to finally return to Mets

The big news of the day is that Darryl Strawberry is finally returning to the team that he came up with.

"There were great expectations in New York. I had great expectations for myself, but I wonder if things would have been different if I'd come up the way (Ken Griffey) Junior did, in a place like Seattle."

Interesting question, although sadly the answer is probably no.

One thing to keep in mind is that Willie coached Strawberry when both were with the Yankees.

I wonder if this is paving the way for Strawberry to eventually take a coaching position with the Mets. It's about time that more prominent members of the '86 team return to the organization.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Randolph refusing to speculate on lineup

Great. The only news
of the day is that Willie refuses to provide any news.

I wonder what the chances are of Wright eventually taking over the #2 spot, with Matsui moving down to #7. Wright may actually steal more bases than Matsui, and is clearly the more patient hitter. Also, hitting in front of Beltran would be a great oppurtunity for Wright to fully reach his potential.

Or Maybe if Piazza struggles Randolph will move Wright to #3, Beltran to cleanup, with Piazza hitting 5th.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Pedro Martinez reports early for Spring Training

Pedro Martinez reports to camp early

Apparently David Wright is there too.

Another Spring Training preview

If you overlook the fact that the projected bullpen leaves off Mike DeJean and Scott Strickland, this is a pretty good overview of the Mets. It's from a fantasy sports site, so it has an added focus on how players should produce.
TalentedMrRoto.com Mets Spring Training Preview
I found this point interesting:

The Mets have had a recent history of making a splash with their moves from November through February (Mo Vaughn, Jeromy Burnitz, Roberto Alomar), so the players are now going to have to live up to the expectations the media and fans have already piled upon them. They’ll play six games in Cincinnati and Atlanta before the home opener in Flushing on April 11, and if the team is any worse than 3-3 – if not 4-2 – when they sprint out onto the Shea Stadium grass, there will already be questions. That’s New York for you.

So, would you be happy with 3-3? Would you be willing to accept a 2-4 record, understanding that this team won only 71 games last year? Or would you be upset with anything less than 4-2?

That topic can be discussed here


Monday, February 07, 2005

Yawn

Here's a fluff piece from Mets.com

Here's a nice Spring Training overview from MLB.com

Have a good day.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

My rant against the Patriots

My complaint against the Patriots is simple:

They were never meant to happen.

-Tom Brady should have never even gotten the chance to play. Drew Bledsoe should have never been injured. He should have finished his good, yet unspectacular, as the New England Patriots Quarterback.
-They never should have defeated the Oakland Raiders
-The Rams were the best team in the world. That team was as good as any other in recent history. If there was going to be a dynasty in the salary cap era, it should have been the St. Louis Rams. The Patriots were not supposed to win that game. It defied, and still does defy, all logic.
-They shouldn't have rebounded after having one of their captain's, Lawyer Milloy, unceremoniously cut before the start of the 2003 season. Any normal team would have struggled for at least half a season.
-John Kasay's kick should have never gone out of bounds.
-No secondary featuring Randall Gay, Asante Samuel, Troy Brown, Hank Poteat, and Dexter Reid, should be able to shut down elite offenses.
-Edgerrin James should have been able to score from the goal line. At least once.
When did Deion Branch become Jerry Rice?
When did Mike Vrabel?

The Lineup

Now that Omar has done his job by obtaining the pieces of the 2005 Mets, it is my turn to get to work, and try to figure out how the team is going to look this season. Well, that starts with the heart of the team, the guys that will score the runs for you, the guys that will make highlight reel catches and hit tape-measure home runs (hopefully!): the every-day players.

Now that Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Delgado have signed, and Doug Mientkiewicz has been obtained, Mets fans finally know how their team is going to look in '05. A balance of speed at the top, power in the middle, and OBP at the bottom of the lineup seems likely. Let's take a look at the every-day players for the Mets:

C Mike Piazza
1B Doug Mientkiewicz
2B Kazuo Matsui
SS Jose Reyes
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Mike Cameron
CF Carlos Beltran

The real question is, how will these guys be arranged in the lineup? Do you put Kaz Matsui 2nd, where he started going on a tear last year after adjusting to MLB pitching? Or do you put Carlos Beltran there, in the spot where he has thrived his whole career? Do you hit Wright in the middle of the lineup, as he is arguably your best hitter already, or do you put Mike Piazza ahead of Wright, to allieviate pressure and get the experienced veteran in the middle of the order?

I've compiled a starting lineup for Opening Day 2005 that is the best Willie Randolph can put onto the field.

1) Jose Reyes -- Jose has shown that, when healthy, he can hit. After adjusting to MLB pitching in his rookie season, he hit .343 in July and August before getting hurt. He has struggled with taking a walk, something that many young players do, but he has shown that he can take a walk when needed (in August of last season, his OBP was .053 points higher than his average). Even if he struggles to walk, his incredible speed and base-running instincts will cause his to be a demon on the basepaths.

2) Kazuo Matsui -- Kaz struggled early on last year, but as fellow countryman Hideki Matsui did, Kaz turned it on in the middle of the season. Since his 2 HR performance against the Yankees, Kaz turned it on, hitting .336 in July and .308 in August. Despite struggling early on and missing a significant amount of time with injury, Kaz finished the season with 32 doubles. He will do his part in letting Jose steal, or taking a fastball and poking it into a hole left by a middle infielder distracted by Jose. He should see a lot of fastballs, with Reyes diverting attention over at 1st or 2nd, and Beltran on deck.

3) Carlos Beltran -- Who to bat in the three-hole has been probably the biggest debate of the offseason. Should the Mets bat Wright, who has proven that he can hit for power and average, third, or should the power-speed combination of Beltran be put there? I for one believe that Beltran would do best in the three hole. Batting third, Beltran will see his fair share of chances to drive in runners, as two speedy guys are batting ahead of him in Reyes and Matsui. However, Beltran will also be able to maximize his speed, as once he gets on base, Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd, and David Wright will be coming up to drive him in.

4) Mike Piazza -- This has also been a big debate: should Mike Piazza or David Wright fill the middle of the order with their bat? Mike Piazza would probably be the best choice for opening day, and the beginning of the season. Mike has something to prove this year, as he has struggled to put up the type of numbers he is capable of over the last few seasons. Another interesting fact is the fact that Mike hit much, much better as a catcher (.331/.419/.971) than as a first baseman (.229/.324/.707). While I doubt that Mike will hit .330 in 2005, the dramatic difference in numbers at each position show that the switch affected Mike mentally, and putting him back behind the plate will show a dramatic increase in offensive output.

5) Cliff Floyd -- Putting Cliff at #5 will break up righties in Piazza and Wright. If he can stay healthy, Cliff is a very solid bat, capable of hitting .280 and giving you solid OBP and SLG numbers. However, health has always been a big issue for Cliff, and he's struggled to stay on the field. Even when he has, his weak body has caused his play to diminish, and he's just a shadow of himself. Here's to hoping that Cliff can bounce back and have a solid, healthy season.

6) David Wright -- Wright is arguably the best hitter on the team, and that's saying a lot when you've got a future HoF and one of the best 5-tool players in baseball in your lineup. Wright hit .293 last season as a rookie, and was on pace to hit 35 HRs with 600 ABs. He showed better plate discipline as the season wore on, and didn't crumble under pressure. In fact, as the season wears on, Willie should move Wright into the 4 spot and move Piazza back to 5. However, early on, Piazza should be fresh and putting up great numbers, and Wright shouldn't be the center of focus, and shouldn't have any added pressure placed upon him. Wright will be the Mets' best hitter for many years to come, and they shouldn't have to rush him into being that.

7) Mike Cameron -- Even with a torn ligament in his hand last season, Cameron hit 30 HRs. His season was far from productive, though, as his .231 average was the lowest he's hit since hitting .210 with the White Sox in 1998. Now with the ligament healed, and his recovery from surgery of damaged cartilidge in his wrist going by very quickly, Cameron should hit better this year. Even if he doesn't, an .800 OPS and .240 average isn't going to kill the Mets in the 7th hole.

8) Doug Mientkiewicz -- Mientkiewicz has shown the ability to hit in the past, hitting over .300 twice in his career. However, last season he struggled through injuries and was demoted to late-inning defensive replacement by the Boston Red Sox. This hurt his average greatly, as he only hit .238 last season. If he can come in healthy and hit like he has in the past, then Cameron/Mientkiewicz can provide a 1-2 punch down in the order, with Cameron's speed and Doug's ability to take pitches and line the ball into the gap.

That is the best lineup the Mets can put onto the field in 2005. If they can stay healthy (it's a big "if," unfortunately), the Mets will score a lot of runs.

Super Bowl Sunday

With not much Mets news to report today, I thought I'd spend a little time talking about the Superbowl.

As a Mets fan, I guess it's become habit for me to root for the underdog. With that said, though, I don't think the Eagles are as below the Patriots as people think. Their defense is equal to that of the Pats, and both offenses are similar in that they're good at spreading the ball around. It should be a great game.

On a baseball note, I thought this was an interesting article from the Miami Herald focusing on the changing market for players in Major League baseball. While I disagree that the Mets really overpaid for anyone this offseason (Kris Benson made over 6M last season, so a raise of around 1M was to be expected), he does make the point that for teams such as the Mets and Diamondbacks they needed to bring in high profile free agents to attract more fans.

Post your predictions for Mets players here

Post your predictions about the Mets W/L record here

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Magglio Ordonez to sign with Detroit Tigers

I honestly cannot say I'm all that upset about Maggs signing with Detroit. While he would have been great, the Mets are fine with Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron as their corner outfielders (although I would make the Mike Cameron/Preston Wilson swap assuming both players are fully healthy).
The fact that Magglio Ordonez is now making 15 million a season should eliminate all talk that Carlos Beltran was overpaid. Excluding 2004, Ordonez has averaged around 32 homeruns with 118 rbi a season. Beltran should hit somewhere around 32 homeruns, and can easily reach those rbi numbers hitting in a quality lineup. Then add in the fact that Beltran will also steal close to 40 bases and plays gold glove caliber defense.

New daily writer for RTK Blog

Hello all, I'm proud to announce that I am going to be the new writer for the Rounding Third Knight Blog. I will try to write updates daily, though right now is a slow time of the year. I will be posting all articles I find interesting, along with my own opinions. If you feel like discussing an issue further, you are welcome to join in the conversation at www.bigapplesportsforums.tk

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Today's A Big Day!

Today is a big day for Rounding Third Knight. Two years ago today, RTK was open to the public. At the time, the layout was weak, the logo was choppy, and the content questionable. I think about 50 people actually looked at the site that first month. Since then, the site has grown exponentially, so much that the past three months (November, December, and January), RTK has set 'attendance' records - and this is the 'down time' for baseball fan sites!

RTK was born out of another website, called Fonzie Online. As is obvious from the name, Fonzie Online was an Edgardo Alfonzo fan site that was alive for just over one year. Once Alfonzo signed with the Giants, I basically decided that I didn't want to spend time following the Giants, so I closed Fonzie Online and opened RTK. The rest, as they say, is history.

So, on behalf of RTK Staff, thank you Mets fans for giving us these last two years, and may there be many, many more!