Nick Diunte of Baseball Happenings talked to former Mets skipper Davey Johnson and new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson at the Baseball Assistance Team dinner in New York this week. He has a piece over at Examiner.com that raises an interesting “what if” — Dawson could have been a Met after the 1986 season.
Imagine for a moment an outfield with both Dawson and Strawberry with the 1980s Mets pitching staff. Kevin McReynolds would never have found his way to New York. Maybe with Dawson in the lineup in 1987, the Mets find a way to win a few more games and beat the Cardinals for the N.L. East title. Fun speculation, no?
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In more contemporary news, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have resigned Fernando Tatis to be Daniel Murphy’s platoon partner. I’d think it would have made more sense to give Nick Evans a shot, but Tatis should be able to do the job.
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The New York Mets have re-signed OF Fernando Tatis.
Tatis, the NL Comeback Player of the Year, was a nice surprise for the Mets in 2008. Hopefully he’s being looked at to provide some depth as a right-handed bat off the bench, rather than a starting player – but I’m happy he’s coming back next year.
(I had hoped to have a Mets card to use the next time I wrote about Tatis — Topps cooperated by including him in the 2008 Updates & Highlights set, but I haven’t gotten a copy yet.)
In other Mets-related news, LHP Oliver Perez, 2B Damion Easley and RHP Matt Wise filed for free agency.
I’d like to see Perez come back, but he’s probably headed elsewhere thanks to his expected contract demands. (I wonder if, considering the overall economy, that players might realize that they can’t have the big paydays that their agents have been leading them to expect. Nah, they’ll probably just start crying “collusion” instead.)
The Mets could do worse than Damion Easley for a role-player for their bench. On the other hand, the team needs to get younger. I wouldn’t mind seeing him back, but I won’t be heartbroken if they go in another direction.
As for Matt Wise, I barely remember that he was ever part of the team. It won’t be hard to say goodbye.
Fernando Tatis won the NL Comeback Player of the Year award. This is obviously one that you hope that you’re never even in contention for, but Tatis had a nice year and really deserved it. Way to go, Fernando!
The Mets announced their 2009 coaching staff. Guy Conti is out as bullpen coach, replaced by Randy Niemann. This is significant only because it’s a clear signal that Pedro Martinez won’t be back next season. Pedro is a sure first ballot Hall of Famer, but it’s been painful to watch him struggle the past two seasons. The Mets also brought Razor Shines to coach third base, replacing Luis Aguayo.
Razor Shines is the best name ever. 😀
The Shea Stadium scoreboard, one of the things I liked about the place, has been demolished. 😦