Since Sandy Alderson seems to be taking lessons from the Omar Minaya school of injury management, the Mets had no healthy backup shortstop on the roster today. Turner was playing because Ronny Cedeno is day-to-day with a calf injury, suffered in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s game. Rather than put Cedeno on the DL, Alderson is allowing the Mets to play with a 24-man roster. So David Wright got to play his second career game at shortstop. Not that it really affected the outcome of the game – Wright handled the chance that came his way without any problem.
Jonathon Niese had another odd game. While he struck out 7 over 5+ innings and limited the Phillies to just two hits, Niese walked 5 batters and one of those hits was a John Mayberry Jr. home run.
Still, the Mets came back to tie the score twice. Vinny Rottino and Scott Hairston both hit two-run homers. (Who would have guessed that Hairston would be tied with Wright, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda for the team lead in home runs on Memorial Day?)
Happy Thanksgiving-week Monday! I’m looking forward to the holiday, and I hope that everybody has a good one.
It looks like Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association will announce a new collective bargaining agreement this week. It’s reported to contain provisions to expand drug testing to include human growth hormone, and will have measures to slow the growth of contracts signed by draft picks and international free agents. I’ll have some thoughts on it when the details are officially announced, but I’m really getting tired of news articles that rely on “unnamed sources” and rumors.
Ty Wigginton is now a Philadelphia Phillie. That’s probably a good thing for him – the Phillies should give him a chance to go to the playoffs and maybe win a World Series ring. But it depresses me a bit – I always liked Wigginton when he played for the Mets, and now he’s part of a team that I can’t stand.
Not much seems to be happening with the Mets; I don’t really expect that to change anytime soon. Maybe Sandy Alderson will pick up a player in next month’s Rule 5 Draft at the winter meetings, but I will be surprised if he has any major announcements to make at all this off-season.
I’ll have some baseball card & collectible posts throughout the week, but I’m planning a reduced posting schedule as we get ready for Thanksgiving.
The 1998 Pittsfield Mets did not produce a lot of future major leaguers, but one of them is still playing 14 years after his professional debut.
Not that Ty Wigginton looked like a guy who was going to make it after his first pro season. In 70 games, he hit .239 with 8 home runs and 29 RBI while striking out 72 times in 272 at-bats. Though he never became a major league star, Wigginton has had a solid career with parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues.
The 1998 Pittsfield Mets sent one other player to the majors: Earl Snyder, who played 18 games for the 2002 Cleveland Indians and one game for the 2004 Boston Red Sox (I wonder if he got a World Series ring.)
Manager Roger LaFrancois led the Pittsfield Mets to a 35-41 record in 1998. The team, which no longer exists, was the New York Mets’ affiliate in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League from 1989 to 2000.
Ty Wigginton finished his eighth Major League season earlier this month. He first came to the big leagues in 2002 with the New York Mets. Like Daniel Murphy, Wigginton performed well in limited duty in his first year. In 116 at-bats, Wigginton hit .302 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI. Also like Murphy, Wigginton couldn’t perform at that level once he was handed the opportunity to play everyday.
Over the full season in 2003, Wigginton hit .255 with 11 home runs and 71 RBI. Although he showed signs of improvement in 2004, David Wright was knocking on the door and waiting to take over at third base. So, under the mistaken belief that they were just a trade or two away from being a part of the playoff picture, the Mets traded Wigginton and a pair of minor leaguers to Pittsburgh for Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger.
Wigginton has continued to move around, playing for Tampa Bay, Houston and Baltimore since leaving the Pirates.
Wiggy was popular in New York because he was aggressive and he hustled. He was primarily a third baseman for the Mets, though he spent some time at first and second and even a few games in the outfield. Third base was his best position, thought he was no better than average.
In July 2004, I hated to lose Ty Wigginton more than I hated to lose Scott Kazmir. Looking back, the trade helped Wigginton, who would not have had as much playing time if he had stayed in New York.
This finished off the lot of 8×10 photos I bought this month. Unless something more interesting shows up in the mail, tomorrow I’ll start looking at some recently acquired autographs of some forgotten 2009 Mets.