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Signs that baseball season is getting closer

In a sign that Opening Day is getting closer, Matt Harvey became the first Mets pitcher to bat in a Grapefruit League game today in the Mets’ 8-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Matt Harvey's 2012 Topps Update Rookie Debut baseball card
Matt Harvey’s 2012 Topps Update Rookie Debut baseball card

“We decided when we started spring training that starting the 13th, against National League clubs, our pitchers are going to start hitting,” [Manager Terry] Collins said. “It’s a big part of the game. … There’s no reason why they shouldn’t get some quality at-bats because they’re baseball players once they get the bats in their hands so we got to get them ready.” (via NJ.com)

Now if only we could be rid of the designated hitter in all of the rest of the games, major and minor league.

In a less welcome sign that Opening Day is getting closer, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin explains why prospects like Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores will soon be sent over to minor league camp:

Wilmer Flores Topps 100 insert card from the 2010 Bowman baseball card set
Wilmer Flores Topps 100 insert card from the 2010 Bowman baseball card set

Generally, if 40-man-roster players remaining in major league camp become injured within 15 days of Opening Day, they earn major league service time and pay and have to land on the disabled list to open the season until they heal.

That’s too bad, because getting a look at the kids is the most interesting part of spring training. Let’s face it, we’ll see enough of John Buck and Anthony Recker beginning in April. (Though I wouldn’t mind seeing Daniel Murphy in some real spring training games soon – just how serious is a strained intercostal muscle supposed to be, anyway?)

Still, happy thoughts: we’re one week from the official end of winter, and less than three weeks from baseball games that count for something other than national pride.

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Spring training autographs: Josh Edgin & Anthony Recker

I would have enjoyed spending part of this spring in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but for various reasons that just isn’t possible.

I got a couple of autographs from players in Mets camp anyway on Tuesday. I wrote to almost a dozen players a couple of weeks ago, ones who were new to the organization or who just got their first Mets baseball cards at the end of last season. Today, the first signed cards came back.

signed Josh Edgin 2012 Bowman baseball card from my collection
signed Josh Edgin 2012 Bowman baseball card from my collection

Prior to 2012, Josh Edgin had never pitched above the Single-A level. Last year, he jumped from Double-A all the way to the major leagues and enjoyed some mixed results with the Mets. He’s considered a favorite to win a spot in the big league bullpen this year.

Signed Anthony Recker 2008 Bowman card from my collection
Signed Anthony Recker 2008 Bowman card from my collection

Anthony Recker arrived in the Mets organization via a waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs last October. Recker played in a handful of games for both Chicago and Oakland last year, but he spent most of the season in Triple-A. He’s got a good chance to win the backup catcher job for the Mets this year.

Thanks for making my day a little brighter guys.