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The Clock is Ticking on Takahashi

Hisanori Takahashi Thanks to a clause in his contract and a relatively obscure Major League Baseball contract rule pointed out this weekend by David Waldstein, the Mets have to make a decision about Hisanori Takahashi by Halloween.

The good news is that the Mets are talking to Takahashi, who seems to want to come back. The bad news is that the Mets don’t have a general manager, so how can they really make a long-term commitment to anybody?

Takahashi earned my respect in 2010 by doing everything that was asked of him without complaint. He pitched long relief, he was a lefty specialist, he was a starter, a set-up man and a closer. He was better in some roles than others, but while he expressed a preference for starting, he fulfilled whatever job Jerry Manuel wanted him to on a given day.

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Waiting until next year…

The Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium, Lake B...
The Mets will open the Grapefruit League schedule at Disney against Atlanta on Feb. 27... just 146 days from now. (Image via Wikipedia)

It probably won’t really hit me until 7 p.m., but I have to wait 146 more days before there will be another Mets game. It won’t count in the standings, it will be played by people who are not household names and I’ll probably have to listen to in on MLB.com.

But I expect to be there, following the action regardless, just like I did today for game 162 of the 2010 season. The Mets didn’t seem to want to let the season end any more than I did – they played 14 innings, just one short of tying the record for the longest season-ending game in history. Of course they lost.

There will be changes for next season. Time will tell if they’re just going to be cosmetic or more substantive. Hopefully they’ll set the organization on the road to winning their third (and fourth & fifth) World Series title.

We’ve got all winter to see about that. Today, I want to recognize some of the positives from the 2010 season.

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Weekend Autograph Signing Appearances

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There are a few interesting area appearances by current and former Mets players this weekend.

Hisanori Takahashi will be participating in a “meet and greet” at BJ’s, 131-07 40th Rd, Flushing today from 1-2 p.m. I had thought about going, but I wasn’t able to take the time away from work.

Dwight Gooden will be at Pro Image at the Freehold Raceway Mall on Saturday from noon – 2 p.m. Autographs are $35.

Kelly’s Sports Corner at the Smithhaven Mall in Lake Grove, N.Y. will host R.A. Dickey on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Autographs are $25. I think I’m going to see if I can order an 8×10 and have it mailed to me.

John Stephenson will be at the Fall Classic Show in White Plains at the Westchester County Center on Sunday from noon-2 p.m. Autographs are $20, with free inscriptions.

I’ll have to finish going through October’s autograph shows and private signings later this weekend.

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Kiner’s Korner Revisited & Hisanori Takahashi Appearance

Ruben TejadaIt was fun to see a Mets walk-off win tonight. Never mind too little, too late – it’s a great memory for Ruben Tejada and a nice one for any Mets fans who are still watching this year.

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The latest episode of Kiner’s Korner Revisited went online today. It features a vintage interview with the late Richie Ashburn and lots of talk about the 1962 Mets.

SNY.tv will let you embed the video, but WordPress.com only likes YouTube, Google Video and DailyMotion so you’ll have to go over to TedQuarters to watch it.

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On another note, Mets closer Hisanori Takahashi will be appearing at BJs in Flushing on Friday afternoon. The Mets have had a few player appearances there over the past several weeks – has anyone gone to any of them? Do you have to have a BJs membership to get in?

I was contemplating the trip on Friday, but I’m not sure that it’s worthwhile.

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Baseball without pennant races can still be entertaining

2008 USA Baseball National Team On-Card Signatures #64 - Danny Espinosa - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
Danny Espinosa

I’m still watching the Mets — at least most of the time. Even though the season didn’t go the way I’d hoped, I will still miss baseball when it’s over.

Even though these games have no meaning for any pennant race, there’s still a good chance that you’ll see something interesting.

Monday, Danny Espinosa had one of the best games I’ve ever seen from a hitter. Four hits. Six RBI. Three extra base hits. Two home runs. A grand slam.

It would have been a lot more fun if Espinosa had done that against another team — say, maybe the Phillies. But it was still an amazing performance. I actually went looking at Espinosa baseball cards on eBay after the game, but I didn’t find any that I liked enough to add to my collection. Maybe next year when Topps can make some that show him in a Nationals uniform.

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