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Autographs of the new New York Mets

Over the past four days, the New York Mets have started the 2012 season with a three-game winning streak and added six players to their all-time roster.

Andres Torres became the 918th player in Mets history on Opening Day. Batting leadoff and playing center field, Torres went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored before leaving the game with a re-aggravated calf strain in the seventh inning. He is currently on the disabled list.

I purchased this certified autograph card from the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set during the off-season.

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Odds & Ends: David Wright, Ruben Tejada & Terry Collins

A new week brings us that much closer to the start of baseball season.

Jeurys Familia (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Yesterday, most of the beat writers picked a player to profile for the Sunday sports sections. I enjoy reading these articles during spring training – particularly the ones that focus on something other than baseball – because really, how many times do you want to see “I’m in the best shape of my life” quotes?

(Not really related to anything, but it seems strange to me every time I see pictures of Familia in his #75 spring training jersey. It’s going to be a long time before I see a Mets pitcher wearing that number without flashing back to Francisco Rodriguez.)

In actual “news” from Port St. Lucie:  Continue reading “Odds & Ends: David Wright, Ruben Tejada & Terry Collins”

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Ponies, squirrels, and alternate timelines, oh my

It’s Saturday, so I’m going to start off with a link to something silly but wonderful.

Dayf, who may be the only blogger on the internet obsessed with both baseball cards and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, has re-imagined Keith Hernandez as a pony for a one-of-a-kind art card for Sean at Condition: Poor. (After you check that out, head over to Cardboard Junkie to see another one of Dayf’s sketch cards. The new Miami Marlins logo really does look 20% cooler when it’s paired with ponies.)

Photo credit: Paul Hadsall

On to more serious subjects, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin continues to report rumors that the Binghamton Mets will be relocating to Ottawa for the 2013 season. (It should be noted that the team president denies the reports.) Toby Hyde has a more detailed explanation of the circumstances, which might make it easier to discern fact from speculation. And over at 11th and Washington, Dan weighs in with his thoughts.

My take? Economics and demographics suggest that Double-A baseball’s days are numbered in Binghamton, which is a shame. But for fans who only get to see the B-Mets when they visit Trenton, it’s not a story that’s worth paying that much attention to until facts start replacing the rumors and speculation.

In speculation of the more entertaining “what if” variety, Patrick Flood examines a potential timeline where Omar Minaya didn’t trade for Johan Santana prior to the 2008 season. For all the recent talk about whether the Mets “won” the Santana trade, Flood’s alternate history scenario seems very plausible but not necessarily better. (Spoilers: A.J. Burnett might have found his way into the Mets’ rotation in Santana’s place.) Continue reading “Ponies, squirrels, and alternate timelines, oh my”

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2008 Donress Elite Extra Edition Mets prospects

One of the dealers at today’s card show had opened a box of Donruss Elite Extra Edition and had singles, so I picked up the Mets. I was able to finish the base team set, so I’m done with this product — I’m not a huge fan of Donruss’ MLB-unlicensed efforts. Although they scanned dark grey / black, the backgrounds of these cards are silver foil. Too much foil makes the set even less appealing to me. 

#35 Eric Beaulac
#35 Eric Beaulac

Eric Beaulac was the Mets 9th round draft pick this year out of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He began his professional career at Kingsport in the Appalachian League, where he made two starts and four relief appearances. He moved up to Savannah in the South Atlantic League and made six starts there. He also made a pair of relief appearances for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York Penn League. His overall totals for 2008: 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA.  He struck out 60 in 48 innings pitched while giving up 38 hits and walking 26. He also made 8 wild pitches. 

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