Daniel Murphy out of Mets lineup due to birth of child; others battling flu


New York Mets fans are hoping their team can turn things around this season, but we all know cautious optimism is the best approach when it comes to New York’s other team. Unfortunately, the Mets had to take the field on Opening Day without several players.

For starters, second baseman Daniel Murphy was not in the lineup against the Washington Nationals because his wife went into labor with the couple’s first child. The Mets also have a handful of players who are battling the flu.

And to make matters even more interesting, the team briefly took the field for the start of the game without a first baseman.

I think this is the year a new champion is crowned in The Big Apple. Can you feel it?

Carlos Beltran was hurt by Mets’ smear campaign over Walter Reed issue

Carlos Beltran MetsCarlos Beltran was introduced on Friday as one of the newest members of the New York Yankees and, during his press conference, he addressed one of his disappointing moments as a member of the city’s other baseball team.

Beltran spent six and a half largely unappreciated seasons with the Mets. His time was marred by a sub-par first season, knee injury, conflict with the Mets over knee surgery in 2010, and an infamous called third strike in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Some Mets fans have come around and realized how good he was for the team, but the uneasiness over his time there lingers.

One of the big controversies surrounding Beltran’s time with the Mets was when the team launched a smear campaign against him in Sept. 2010. The Mets singled out Beltran to the media for missing a community service/outreach trip to Walter Reed Medical Center, even though Beltran had permission from the team to miss the event. Beltran missed the event because he was in Puerto Rico for a meeting to set up his academy in Puerto Rico, which recently helped him win the Roberto Clemente Award.

“The controversy about Walter Reed and the knee, the organization trying to prove as a player that I was a bad apple,” Beltran said, via the New York Daily News. “I was this, I was that. I can deal with 0-for-4s and three strikeouts and talking to you guys. I can deal with that. When somebody is trying to hurt you in a personal way, trying to put things out there that are not me, we have trouble. Now it’s personal, you know what I’m saying? In that point, when they say all that about myself, of course I was hurt.”

Last year, ESPN New York Mets reporter Adam Rubin said the Mets launched a whisper campaign to make Beltran look bad for missing the event, which goes along with Beltan saying the organization was trying to prove he was a bad apple. They traded him to the Giants midway through the next season, and he went on to have success over his next three seasons, leading to him signing with the Yankees.

Beltran has every right to still be upset with the Mets over the issue. That was a low move by them, and it really helps explain why Mets fans were conditioned to dislike him.

H/T Hardball Talk

Curtis Granderson signs four-year deal worth $60 million with New York Mets

curtis-grandersonOutfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets agreed today on a four-year deal worth $60 million, according to published reports.

Injuries limited Granderson to only seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 61 games and 214 at-bats last season with the New York Yankees, but his two prior seasons were his best. In 2012, Granderson hit a career-high 43 home runs and drove in 106 RBIs. He drove in a career-high 119 runs with 41 home runs in 2011. He also scored 136 runs in 2011, tops in his 10-year career. Granderson, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Yankees after playing the previous six with the Detroit Tigers.

His departure means the Yankees have lost two high-profile players in one day. Former second baseman Robinson Cano inked a deal with the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Report: Mets have had discussions about trading for Ryan Braun

Ryan BraunRyan Braun may be coming off a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, but that has not made him unappealing to some teams. According to Mets Blog, the New York Mets have had discussions about trading for the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder.

Mets Blog’s Matthew Cerrone said on Wednesday that the “Mets have had internal talks about Braun, but that’s all so far.”

Brewers GM Doug Melvin recently mentioned that the two teams could be a potential match for an Ike Davis trade, but he did not say anything about Braun. Plus, teams can talk about trying to acquire a player, but that does not necessarily mean the player is available.

New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino later poured some cold water on the rumor. Martino says the Brewers are not looking to trade Braun right now, but he “could become an interesting trade candidate at some point.”

Braun is signed through 2020 and has an option with the Brewers for 2021. The team seemed like it planned to continue building around Braun as the franchise player despite the suspension, but their thoughts may have changed after the big PR hit the former MVP took during the PED scandal.

Though it does not look like Braun will be traded any time soon, it’s interesting to note that there might be some teams interested in him, and that the Mets are one of them.

New York Mets jab Derek Jeter, A-Rod for quad injuries

New York Yankees players Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are both currently out with quad injuries. Jeter’s quad injury occurred in his season debut on July 11. A-Rod’s return to the majors was delayed by a quad injury he supposedly sustained. In light of both problems, the crosstown rival New York Mets sent this tweet on Monday:

New York Mets tweet

According to ESPN New York, the Mets actually answered questions about the tweet and denied any negative intentions.

Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said the employee who sent out the tweet was unaware of A-Rod’s quad situation and how the Mets’ language would be inferred. Horwitz added no ill-will was intended.

You actually want me to believe that a person working for a baseball team in New York tweeting specifically about stretching quads was not aware of A-Rod and Jeter? Riiiiight. Nothing wrong with a little friendly fire.

Photo via The Daily Stache
Thanks to LBS tipster David

Bob Costas: Mets celebrating represents ‘decline of Western civilization’ (Video)

Bob-CostasThe New York Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon to come back and beat the Chicago Cubs. The game ended on a three-run walk-off home run from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was greeted at home plate like a conquering hero by his teammates. This did not please Bob Costas.

The win was only the Mets’ 25th of the year and they remain 13.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Cubs are 15 games out of first place in the NL Central, so it’s not like New York had just defeated a powerhouse. That’s why Costas ripped the Mets during the US Open broadcast when recapping the game.

“The Mets with four in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 4-3, and a team 14 games under .500 celebrates as if it just won the seventh game of the World Series,” Costas said. “Another indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization.”

Let’s not get overly dramatic, Bob. Costas has been known to give a moving eulogy and entertain us by rapping Ludacris lyrics, but that comment seemed a bit much. Teams are always going to celebrate walk-off wins no matter what their division standing is, let alone a comeback that took four runs in the bottom of the ninth. I don’t think it has anything to do with western civilization.

H/T Amazin’ Avenue

New York Mets approached cougar dating site to help vote David Wright into All-Star Game

David WrightThe New York Mets are going all out in an effort to ensure David Wright is voted in as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team this year. The Mets are hosting the Mid-Summer Classic at Citi Field next month, and they don’t want to suffer the embarrassment of having their franchise player outvoted by the San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval for the second year in a row, especially when Sandoval is on the DL.

With Wright trailing Sandoval by 200,000 votes, the Mets decided to get creative in an effort to tap every single voter market possible. As reported by Deadspin, they even reached out to dating site CougarLife.com about a potential partnership that would have encouraged women to vote for Wright.

The team acknowledged on Thursday that they approached the “cougar” dating site about partnering to push Wright for the All-Star Game. The employees who explored the partnership likely got the idea after Wright won a recent vote on CougarLife.com that asked women to name the “cub” they’d most want to “round the bases with.” Wright topped Cole Hamels and Matt Kemp in the poll.

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