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47 days until spring (training)

There are 47 days until New York Mets pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie for spring training.

Hisanori Takahashi 2010 Topps Chrome autographed card from my collection

Since 1962, 14 Mets players have worn #47. Jay Hook was the first, Hisanori Takahashi was the last,  Tom Glavine was the most famous and Joe McEwing was the most versatile. But the player I associate with #47 is 1986 Mets closer Jesse Orosco. Who can forget the sight of Orosco’s glove flying up into the air as he celebrated getting the last out of the 1986 World Series?

GM Sandy Alderson made a bit of news yesterday, signing minor league free agent infielder Omar Quintanilla (as first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.) The move was widely panned by Mets fans, but for the sake of my own sanity I’m going to pretend that Quintanilla was signed to back up Reese Havens, Jordany Valdespin, or whoever else might be playing the middle infield positions for the Buffalo Bisons this year. (At least until Quintanilla ends up on the major league roster, anyway.)

ESPN New York also reported the oh-so-exciting details of the contracts given to new Mets relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. If any of the beat writers start keeping track of the number of games Rauch finishes because of his modest contract incentives, I think I’m going to end up pulling out what’s left of my hair in frustration.

The Mets have their winter blood drive scheduled for Thursday – all donors will receive a voucher for a pair of tickets to a game in April.

In hobby news, Nick Diunte profiled Chris Potter of Chris Potter Sports (the guy behind the private autograph signings I seem to be plugging just about every month.)

2 thoughts on “47 days until spring (training)

  1. Is this bunch on the 40 man roster going to be the 2012 Mets…Really? Please tell me we are not done as far as wheeling and dealing this winter!

    If this is the case there are going to be alot of perks for the 100 fans that show up each night.
    1) Everyone will get a foul ball and have their own hot dog man!

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