Yes, Byrd had a nice year with the Mets and Pirates, but the odds of him duplicating it at age 37 are not great. But I guess the Phillies figured he’s going to be better than Delmon Young, and Byrd is younger than Raul Ibanez.
Hunter Pence‘s five-year, $90 million contract extension with the San Francisco Giants is starting to look a bit less like an aberration… who knows, maybe Scott Boras can get a Jayson Werth-type deal for Shin-Soo Choo after all. There are not a lot of power-hitting corner outfielders on the market, and they seem to be in demand.
That’s not good news for a team like the Mets that really could use an upgrade in both corner outfield spots, and has fairly limited resources to work with.
Hopefully Sandy Alderson will not be left looking at options like Manny Ramirez in his quest to add power to the Mets’ lineup.
I have not been in a store that sells baseball cards in a few weeks, so I had more or less overlooked the release of this year’s Topps Update series.
Fortunately, one of my friends gave me most of the Mets cards that are included in the basic series.
I think this is the first year I’ve ever cared about any of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby cards Topps throws into the update series. (Then again, this summer was the first time in years I actually watched any portion of the Home Run Derby.)
The mandatory All-Star Game cards are a bit cooler this year because of the game’s location, too. (Not cool enough for me to worry about chasing down the short-print variations, though.)
Juan Lagares and Zack Wheeler both get official “Rookie Cards,” though I was hoping Lagares would get a cooler photo on his.
There are two more Mets cards in the update series base set: a second one for Zack Wheeler and one for Shaun Marcum. I suppose I need to track them down at some point for completeness, along with the regular version of Young’s card.
Note: if you’re seeing the baseball card images with rounded corners, that’s because of the display theme of the blog – they have standard corners and have not been trimmed.
“If I’m on here looking at my swing,” Byrd said pointing to his iPad, “and I’m looking at everybody else’s swing, we can fix something quicker than someone else going off of feel. Because we can pinpoint right away, go back in there and fix it. It’s all about preparation every single day.”
Well, the less said about this weekend’s Mets games, the better. But I do want to share photos of some of my favorite Banner Day entries:
This was the winning entry in the Banner Day contest. It’s a simple, well-crafted and well-executed idea – the home run apple even raises and lowers – but I thought that the other finalists (and some that didn’t make it to that stage) showed more cleverness.
I made it to two of the three games that the Mets played against the Marlins this weekend, and I meant to write about them. Certainly Sunday’s improbable victory deserves to be remembered, in the all-too-likely case that it turns out to be Marlon Byrd’s one shining moment as a Met.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to settle for some pictures that I took.
Saturday, I visited the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum to see this year’s All-Star exhibit. So that’s included in the set from the April 6th game. Sunday, I took advantage of the Mets’ free ticket Twitter promo and my seat was in the Promenade. I watched the first couple of innings from standing room on the Field Level, so that’s where most of the photos were take.
The Mets start the season at 4-2 with a pair of series victories… let’s hope their good fortune continues in Philadelphia tonight and enjoy the magic for however long it lasts.
Terry Collins sure knows how to spread excitement about the 2013 New York Mets, doesn’t he?
“If you’re talking about a guy who’s in this camp who has a chance to make a huge difference besides Lucas Duda, it might be Marlon Byrd,” Collins said. “This guy was one of the best players in the National League not very long ago. If he’s the same player he was in Chicago a couple of years ago, we might have found ourselves the right fielder. I know he’s that kind of talent.” (as reported by MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo)
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to buy a Marlon Byrd jersey to go along with the Lucas Duda one I (don’t) already have.
In other Mets spring training news this week:
Jenrry Mejia hasn’t arrived in camp yet because authorities are reviewing his identity. Supposedly he was just picked for a random check… let’s hope he’s not “the pitcher formerly known as Jenrry Mejia” by the time he gets here. I’d guess that barring an injury or trade to open a door for him, the delay will cost Mejia whatever chance he had to open the season with the Mets.
Fred Wilpon said stuff, but I wasn’t paying attention. I’ll be interested in what he has to say when he’s accepting a World Series trophy or announcing plans to sell the team… until then, it’s just so much hot air.
And a couple of other stories that caught my eye:
Jose Reyes is talking about Jeffrey Loriaagain, though it seems like that’s mostly the media’s fault. We get it – Loria is the worst boss ever. (Well, unless you have to work in the real world where you don’t get paid $10 million a year – then Loria is just a rich jerk.) It’s time to see if Reyes can help the Blue Jays win – it seems like that would be the best way to stick it to Loria and the Mets front office that he believes didn’t appreciate him.
The Washington Nationals might not carry a lefty specialist. “We’re going to go with the best guys,” general manager Mike Rizzo told Nationals Insider writer Mark Zuckerman. “The amount of left-handed relievers has never been a priority to me. Mostly because we’ve got right-handers that can get left-handers out. And it coincides with Davey [Johnson]‘s managerial style.”
Think about that for a second – the defending National League East champion isn’t going to worry about having a Tim Byrdak or a Pedro Feliciano just to play lefty-righty matchups. It’s almost enough to make me a Nationals fan. (Of course, Rizzo is also the “genius” that decided to shut down his team’s best pitcher in the middle of a pennant race.)
On bright side, we’re a week away from the Mets’ first spring training game, and about six weeks from the start of the season. Baseball will probably be more fun with actual games. I hope.