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Some autographs & a cycle

I’ve been going to baseball games for around 25 years, but I still see new things. Last night, I got to see my first cycle (not counting games on TV.)

(Gabe Jacobo hits a first inning grand slam on his way to a cycle – video by Mike Ashmore)

Lancaster Barnstormers’ first baseman Gabe Jacobo accomplished the feat, though I must admit I didn’t realize it until I was alerted to the fact an inning later.

Jacobo told MyCentralJersey.com reporter Mike Ashmore that this was the second time he had hit for the cycle in his career – the first came in 2009 when he still played in affiliated baseball.

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Chris Schwinden, strange minor league scheduling & the longest baseball game

Chris Schwinden (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

For the past two days, much of the talk among fans and media covering the New York Mets has been about whether Chris Schwinden deserves to make another start. (I think that artist/blogger Joe Petruccio summed up Wednesday’s game rather eloquently in this cartoon.)

Schwinden has not looked like a pitcher who can win in the major leagues in his two 2012 starts, though both have taken place at hitter-friendly ballparks: one in at Denver’s Coors Field and the other at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. And as blogger Toby Hyde points out, there’s not much reason to expect Jeremy Hefner would really give the Mets a better chance to win.

Until Chris Young completes his rehab from shoulder surgery, Schwinden and Hefner are the Mets’ best in-house options… unless you really want to see Miguel Batista pitch more innings. Jeurys Familia is averaging better than one walk per inning at Buffalo;  no matter how good his stuff looks, it’s clear he’s not ready for the majors. Matt Harvey has a grand total of 165.2 professional innings to his credit… so it seems premature to bring him to the major leagues too.

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Byrdak joins list of Mets on Twitter

Tim Byrdak (@Givemethelefty) is the latest New York Mets player to join Twitter.

Sample tweet:

https://twitter.com/#!/Givemethelefty/status/181086811534266368

The veteran relief pitcher joins a list that includes fellow bullpen member Jon Rauch (@jrauch60), starting pitchers Johan Santana (@johansantana) and R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43), infielder Justin Turner (@redturn2), backup catcher candidate Lucas May (@LukedogKC), and potential relief pitchers  Garrett Olson (@Oly49), Jeremy Hefner (@JeremyHefner17), Josh Edgin (@joshedgin37), and Chris Schwinden (@CSchwinny). (Neither Olson nor Edgin have been particularly active on Twitter since the beginning of spring training.)

(Andrew Vazzano has compiled a full list of Mets players on Twitter, including several dozen minor leaguers, and has posted a page on The ‘Ropolitans that shows their latest tweets)

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson also had his own Twitter account (@MetsGM), which received a lot of notoriety before spring training got underway, but he hasn’t used it since February 28th.

Catcher Josh Thole was the first Mets player to embrace Twitter last year, but decided to delete his account last May because he was frustrated with criticism he received from fans. Let’s hope the Mets players who are on Twitter now have better experiences.

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Mets autograph of the week: Chris Schwinden

Signed Chris Schwinden 2012 Topps card from my collection

New York Mets pitcher Chris Schwinden made his major league debut last September. He made four starts, and the Mets lost all four games. Schwinden didn’t pitch too badly in three of the four, though.

To start the season, Schwinden is likely ticketed for the starting rotation in Buffalo again. I’m sure he’ll get another shot at pitching in the major leagues before the year is over.

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2012 Topps Mets cards

David Wright's 2012 Topps mini card

I finished my 2012 Topps Series I Mets team set on Sunday, though I may still try to track down the gold parallel cards. (They remind me of the 1994 Score Gold Rush cards, which were fun to collect back then. So far, I’ve got Justin Turner so I just need 13 more 😉 )

I’m not crazy about the “surfboard” design Topps chose for this year, but it doesn’t really bother me. (Except for the players’ last names being printed in hard-to-read gold foil, that is.) I love the photography, though. Not every card has a great shot, but it looks like whoever was choosing photos made a conscious effort to look for ones from games where players were wearing retro uniforms or patriotic caps, and that helps them to stand out. And I love the decision to use so many victory celebration pictures.

The inserts are forgettable, except for the 1987-style mini cards. So I’m not going to bother about them.

Click “Read More” to see the rest of the 2012 Topps Series I Mets cards.

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