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Updating my Mets autograph collection project


Monday’s mail brought an envelope with eight cool Mets* baseball cards courtesy of my friend Greg. Well, seven Mets and one Minnesota Twin. But that’s ok… the Twins player was left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin, currently a member of the Mets’ bullpen. And I needed his autograph for my All-Time Mets autograph collection.

The All-Star Break seemed like a good time to update my progress. According to the wonderful Ultimate Mets Database, 15 players have made their Mets debut in 2015:

  • Michael Cuddyer (April 6)
  • John Mayberry Jr. (April 6)
  • Jerry Blevins (April 6)
  • Alex Torres (April 9)
  • Sean Gilmartin (April 10)
  • Danny Muno (April 17)
  • Kevin Plawecki (April 21)
  • Hansel Robles (April 24)
  • Jack Leathersich (April 29)
  • Johnny Monell (May 9)
  • Noah Syndergaard (May 12)
  • Darrell Ceciliani (May 19)
  • Akeel Morris (June 17)
  • Logan Verrett (June 18)
  • Steven Matz (June 28)

(Interesting bit of trivia: the next player to make his Mets’ debut will be the 1000th to appear in a game for the franchise.)

In addition to the Gilmartin card I got Monday, I’ve recently acquired a signed Steven Matz baseball card and a number of Noah Syndergaard ones. I already had signed baseball cards for Michael Cuddyer and Jack Leathersich, and I believe I’ve gotten Danny Muno, Kevin Plawecki, Hansel Robles and Darrell Ceciliani to sign cards for me while they were playing in the minor leagues.

At worst, I am 91 signed baseball cards away from completing my project. It’s likely an unobtainable goal, but then again, I never thought I’d get this far when I started.

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Minor Mets moves

Steve Matz 2009 Bowman Draft Picks autograph card 030/500
Steve Matz 2009 Bowman Draft Picks autograph card 030/500 (If you are seeing a baseball card image with rounded corners, it is just because that’s how my blog theme displays photos)

The New York Mets added minor league pitchers Steven Matz, Jeff Walters, Jacob deGrom and Erik Goeddel to the 40-man roster today, the deadline for shielding them from this year’s Rule 5 draft.

You can check Mets Minor League Blog for more on these guys; I’m not going to spend a lot of time writing about players I’m not very familiar with.

I just thought this would be a nice chance to show off the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Steve Matz autograph card I picked up for a couple of bucks recently.

With the roster currently full, the Mets will have to remove someone before they can sign a free agent or select a player from another team in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Ruben Tejada (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ruben Tejada (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

In other news, Sandy Alderson yesterday offered a weak defense of his decision to delay Ruben Tejada‘s September call up just long enough to make sure he wouldn’t earn credit for a full year of major league service time.

“I think our position is that we have very wide discretion in how we call up players in September,” Alderson said. “In the case of all of these players, we exercised that discretion and brought some up at a particular time and some up at a later time. That was totally within our right to do.”

Somehow, I think that an arbitrator would see things differently if Tejada and his agent do follow through with the grievance process. (I also think Tejada should be focused on proving that he belongs in the major leagues, or he won’t have to worry about when he becomes eligible for arbitration and free agency.)

 Tejada, Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores are all taking part in a voluntary fitness camp for disappointing players in Michigan this month, along with several minor league prospects. Let’s see if any of them are still Mets on March 31st, 2014 and if it has any tangible benefits.

Considering some of  the hot stove chatter surrounding the Mets, I would not be shocked if Tejada and Omar Quintanilla end up sharing the shortstop position again next year, despite Alderson’s reported desire to upgrade there.

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Get well, Kid

The news about Gary Carter’s health is not good, according to reports yesterday. I’m still hoping that this story will have a happy ending, but the odds seem to be against it and getting worse all the time.

Gary Carter's 1989 Topps Record Breaker baseball card

The question of whether the Mets should retire Carter’s number eight came up again. Last summer, I supported the idea. Today, I have to ask what purpose it would serve. The organization has had years to retire Carter’s number if those in charge wanted to, and I think Carter and his family have more important concerns now. Still, if a uniform number retirement would bring a measure of happiness to Carter or his family, let’s do it.

In happier news, Toby Hyde’s Mets Minor League Blog posted an interview with 2009 top draft pick Steven Matz, who is hoping to make his pro debut this season after needing Tommy John surgery.

And the Mets announced that two highly-regarded prospects, pitcher Matt Harvey and outfielder Matt Den Dekker, have been invited to major league spring training. Even though neither player has much chance of being on the the opening day roster, I’m looking forward to getting to see them this spring.

We’re 31 days away from the beginning of spring training, when Mets pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie.