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Three weeks ’til spring training

signed Edgardo Alfonzo photo from my collection

We’re 21 days away from the official start of spring training for the New York Mets.

According to New York Daily News writer Andy Martino, the Mets are still in the hunt for another left-handed hitting outfielder. (Minor leaguers Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen don’t seem to inspire much confidence, even for a reserve role.)

Among the names being mentioned are Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, Rick Ankiel and Kosuke Fukudome. Martino seems to think Ankiel and Fukudome are better fits than Ibanez or Damon, but who knows if any of them will agree to a minor league contract with a probable last-place team. They’d have to be hoping for enough playing time to showcase their skills to get traded to a contender mid-season, right?

Still, I’d be entertained by the thought of Ibanez pushing Jason Bay for playing time – wouldn’t you?

Meanwhile, Steve Keane of the Eddie Kranepool Society made a strong case yesterday for adding Edgardo Alfonzo to the New York Mets Hall of Fame. Hopefully this year’s induction of John Franco signals a willingness to move beyond the 1969 & 1986 championship eras. Currently, Rusty Staub is the only player inducted who was not part of either team.

2 thoughts on “Three weeks ’til spring training

  1. Living in Florida and by now I am usually excited, but I am not this year yet. The weather has been beautiful the schedules are out, I have planned my whole schedule for the motnth (8 different ball parks so far), and yet the “Youthful entusiasium Hasn’t arrived yet.

    There seems to just be something missing this year…….Do we have HOPE?

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    1. I go into this season without any real expectations.

      My hope is that a few of the players we see in 2012 will still be here when the Mets are good again, and that the team will leave us a few fond memories of this summer.

      I’m certainly not as excited about the Mets as I was in 2005, 2006 or 2007… but I’m not where I was in 1995 when the strike combined with the early 1990s Mets’ poor play combined to make me lose interest almost completely.

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