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Mets’ new Tom Seaver statue features ’embarrassing’ mistake

Tom Seaver statue outside Citi Field

The New York Mets unveiled a massive statue of franchise legend Tom Seaver outside of Citi Field a few weeks ago. The 3,200-pound sculpture has been well-received by fans, but unfortunately it features a historical inaccuracy.

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch heard from a longtime reader recently who pointed out that one of the numbers in the rendering of Seaver’s No. 41 jersey has a somewhat significant error. The “4” in Seaver’s jersey number does not have the small stub that extended off the right side of the numeral in his actual Mets jersey. Lukas shared a side-by-side comparison of the statue versus the real thing.

The Mets have used the same font for the numbers on the backs of their jerseys for 60 years. Lukas reached out to the sculptor who made the statue, William Behrends, and the artist said there was no explanation for the error on Seaver’s “4.” He simply missed it.

“That clay model, I worked on that for about 10 and a half months. I laid out the torso, laid out the the uniform, and blocked in the letters,” Behrends explained. “At an early stage, I know I had that little stub on the ‘4.’ But during the process of adjusting the model, you take things off and rebuild them elsewhere. So those numbers were probably built and rebuilt five or six times in the process. And in the later part of the process, I clearly was not thinking about the number — I was thinking about other things, and I just missed it. It’s embarrassing.”

Fans who attended the Mets game on April 16 were given a small replica of the statue. The replica features the correct font, which Behrends says proves he had it in an early rendering. He accidentally changed it after that. Behrends said he sent weekly photos of the sculpture to the Mets, which means they missed the error also. Though, he said he does not want to point the finger and that the mistake is “all me.”

Behrends said the error can technically be fixed but that it would be “quite a production.” It is unclear if the Mets will ask him to do that.

Seaver pitcher for the Mets from 1967-1977. He won three NL Cy Young Awards during that span and led the Mets to a World Series title in 1969. The mistake on his statue is so minor that most people would never notice. Others will say it is just standard procedure for a tortured franchise like the Mets.

Francisco Lindor made funny promise to Mets teammate

Francisco Lindor during spring training

Feb 25, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) walks from the batting cage during spring training workouts at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil is off to a hot start this season, and Francisco Lindor has added an unofficial incentive to his teammate’s contract.

Lindor told reporters this week that he promised to buy McNeil a car if the 30-year-old wins the National League batting title. There is one caveat, however — Lindor did not specify what type of car.

Will it be a new car? A used car? A Rolls Royce? A Honda? Lindor apparently did not say, which could end up saving him some money.

McNeil entered Sunday hitting .348. It will be difficult to keep that pace up, but perhaps the thought of a teammate buying him a car will serve as further motivation. McNeil is under contract for $3 million this season. Lindor is in the first year of a 10-year, $341 million deal. He better pay up if McNeil captures that batting title.

Mets pull off epic 9th inning comeback against Phillies

A Phillies fan looking sad

This season seems to be a special one for the New York Mets, and what happened on Thursday seems to be proof of that.

The Mets trailed the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 and came back to win 8-7, scoring 7 runs in the top of the 9th inning to win the game.

The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. They added two more runs in the fourth on back-to-back home runs by Bryce Harper and Nicholas Castellanos to take a 7-0 lead.

At that point, you might have figured the Mets would have been demoralized and packed it in. But Starling Marte homered in the 7th to make it 7-1. Then the Mets put it all together in the 9th.

They scored seven runs off the combination of James Norwood and Corey Knebel. Norwood allowed a 2-run home run to Francisco Lindor and exited with one out and the bases loaded. The Mets made it 7-4 on an infield single by Mark Canha. Then they got three two-out hits, including a pair of doubles, to take an 8-7 lead.

Marte bookended the comeback with his solo home run in the 7th and an RBI double in the ninth.

Edwin Diaz shut things down in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 8-7 comeback win.

All in all, the Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in 29 pitches to come back for the win in the 9th inning.

This was a historic comeback for the Mets.

Video: Security guard at Mets game hit on head by foul ball

Security guard has his hand on his head

A security guard who was working during Wednesday’s New York Mets-Atlanta Braves game at Citi Field was hit on the head by a foul ball, but the man is said to be OK.

The incident took place during the top of the second inning when Travis d’Arnaud swung at a first-pitch strike with the bases empty and two outs. D’Arnaud hit a pop up towards the third base side that drifted into the camera well before the dugout. The ball hit the security guard on the head.

The security guard had his back to the action and seemed more stunned than anything else. There was no immediate word on his status, except one report said he was OK.

D’Arnaud seemed to have great concern for the man after the incident.

Mets star reportedly disagreed with Robinson Cano move

Buck Showalter in the dugout

Apr 8, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) walks the dugout during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets apparently overrode the wishes of one of their star players by throwing in the towel on Robinson Cano.

Mika Puma of The New York Post reports this week that Mets star Francisco Lindor made a plea for the team to keep Cano around. However, the Mets still decided on Tuesday to designate the eight-time All-Star Cano for assignment, effectively ending his tenure with the team.

“Sad,” Lindor was quoted as saying after news of the move broke. “I didn’t want to see him go, but I respect the team’s decision. He’s a great guy, great teammate. I wish I [could] spend more time with him, continue to learn about the game and different things that he has been through in life. But at the end of the day, I’m with the New York Mets and I respect their decision.”

The four-time All-Star Lindor, who was acquired by the Mets last season, got very little time as teammates with Cano. The veteran slugger Cano was suspended for all of 2021 due to PEDs, meaning that he was not around the team at all. This season, Cano only lasted 12 games before getting DFA’d.

Granted, it was probably the right move for the Mets, even if they will have to eat a ton of salary by doing so. Cano was hitting an unsightly .195 with a .501 OPS in 43 total plate appearances this season. But we have seen before how widely respected the 39-year-old Cano has been a clubhouse figure, so that probably explains Lindor’s feelings here.

Mets finally give up on 8-time All-Star

Buck Showalter in the dugout

Apr 8, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) walks the dugout during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano is off to a slow start this year after being suspended for the entire 2021 season, and the New York Mets have finally given up on the slugger.

The Mets announced on Monday that they have designated Cano for assignment. Cano was owed more than $40 million at the start of the season with a contract that runs through 2023. The Mets will have to pay him that money after he clears waivers.

A team could still take a chance on Cano, as he will cost very little. However, it is entirely possible that the 39-year-old’s MLB career has unofficially come to an end.

Cano, an eight-time All-Star, has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs multiple times. He tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol after the 2020 season and was suspended for 162 games without pay. The former New York Yankees star also received an 80-game ban in 2018 when he tested positive for a different substance that he said was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic. His explanation had some inconsistencies.

Cano was very productive in 2020 with the Mets. He batted .316 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games. That now feels like a lifetime ago. This could be the last we see of him in the majors.

Edwin Diaz makes interesting history during Mets’ combined no-hitter

The Mets celebrate

Five New York Mets pitchers on Friday combined to throw the team’s second no-hitter in franchise history, and Edwin Diaz accomplished something cool during the process.

Opening Day starter Tylor Megill got the no-hitter started with five scoreless innings in the 3-0 win over the Phillies. He walked three and threw 88 pitches in the process. Then came Drew Smith for 1.1 innings; Joely Rodriguez for 1.0; Seth Lugo for 0.2; and Diaz pitched the final inning.

Diaz was the sharpest of all the Mets’ pitchers. He struck out the side on 13 pitches, 11 of which he threw for strikes.

Diaz became the first pitcher to finish a no-hitter by striking out every batter he faced.

Here is a video of the final pitch:

The Mets are now 15-6, which is the best record in MLB.

Buck Showalter takes shot at Nolan Arenado over Mets-Cardinals incident

Buck Showalter in the dugout

Apr 8, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) walks the dugout during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals may have a burgeoning rivalry on their hands after a series of hit batters during their series this week.

Tensions boiled over on Wednesday as Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado took exception to a pitch up and in and sparked a bench-clearing incident. After the game, Mets manager Buck Showalter suggested he was not too impressed with how Arenado conducted himself Wednesday.

When asked about Arenado’s reaction to the pitch from Mets reliever Yoan Lopez, Showalter simply pointed out that “our player got hit in the head” and reacted more calmly than Arenado did Wednesday.

Showalter is referring to Pete Alonso, who was hit on the helmet by a pitch Tuesday and went straight to first.

Showalter’s Mets have been hit by pitches 19 times, leading the league by a big margin. He is frustrated, as are his players, and he has made no secret of that. Clearly, he thinks Arenado has little right to complain, especially when his players aren’t reacting the same way.

Nolan Arenado, Stubby Clapp ejected for Mets-Cardinals incident

Mets Cardinals brawl

The New York Mets have once again been involved in a bench-clearing incident, this time against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The first two games of the Mets-Cardinals series featured eight total hit batters, including three Mets hit batters on Tuesday. The situation carried over into Wednesday, when New York’s J.D. Davis was hit by a pitch on the ankle and forced to leave the game.

Mets pitcher Yoan Lopez threw up and in on Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado to open the next half inning. Arenado took exception, and the benches quickly cleared. No punches were thrown, but Cardinals coach Stubby Clapp tackled Pete Alonso at one point during the altercation.

Only Clapp and Arenado were ejected from the game.

The Mets have been involved in a lot of this since the start of the season. Mets hitters had been hit by pitches 18 times on the season coming into Wednesday’s game, leading the league by a significant margin. They have been involved in one bench-clearing incident previously, and if their batters keep getting hit this often, there may be more to come.

Notably, manager Buck Showalter has said he does not think the Mets are being targeted, but urged MLB to do something about pitchers struggling to grip the baseball.

Report: Mets unlikely to pursue Aaron Judge for interesting reason

Aaron Judge running

Aug 23, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have some of the biggest spending power in MLB. For that reason alone, one might figure them to be interested in Aaron Judge if the New York Yankees outfielder hits the open market.

That is unlikely to be the case, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The Yankees and Mets have good relations at the moment, as Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Mets GM Billy Eppler are former colleagues. Perhaps more importantly, Mets owner Steve Cohen had an early backer for his ownership bid in Yankees counterpart Hal Steinbrenner. A source told Heyman that Cohen would likely be reluctant to pay Steinbrenner back by luring Judge away from the Yankees.

Practically, the Mets do not have a glaring need for an outfielder, either. Judge would bring star power, but the Mets have a greater need for pitching.

Judge is entering the final year of his contract with the Yankees, and the two sides are at an impasse that is unlikely to be solved midseason. The outfielder has high demands that the Mets could afford, but clearly, the internal politics of baseball may interfere with any real pursuit.