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Friday, July 23, 2004

It's Friday, It's Raining, The Mets Bullpen Sucks

In the spirit of marketing and creating some renewed interest in America's pastime, I suggest that MLB take some notes from the widely popular Survivor and American Idol tv shows. The idea would be to make every team their own TV show for the most part.  Major League Baseball is always trying to find away to boost TV ratings and fan interest so why not?  It could be Survivor: Mets Edition.  At maybe three or four points during the season the fans get to vote a player off the team.  Why should I be forced to see the likes of John Franco or Mike Stanton blow anymore games that I pay good money to go see or take time out of my day to watch my favorite team? Of course there has to be rules, you can't just vote people off willy nilly.   Players would have to qualify for being voted off by batting under .200 for an entire month, giving up three run homers to Endy Chavez on the first pitch, being named John Franco, etc.  You get the picture.  Then after the certain players qualify they actually have to go to the equivalent of tribal council and plead to the fans why their suckass loser selves should not be voted off.  But what about the open roster spot you ask? Easy, you fill it with another team's cast offs.  After all, one man's trash is another man's treasure and the Mets certainly have a few people that would qualify as trash. Fans would undoubtedly have an increased interest in the games now that they may actually be able to make some difference in the personnel. There are small humps to get over like salary, but who cares.  I mean, Franco getting paid to be as bad as he is should be crime.  Sadly enough, the Mets will be stuck with John Franco until the end of this year and Stanton through 2005. 

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  • Some thoughts on yesterday's game.
    The Good:
    David Wright got his first Major League hit and picked up two hits yesterday.
    Kaz going 3 for 4.
    Glavine going seven innings and giving up only one run.

    The Bad:
    Only getting one run with bases loaded and one out in the fifth.
    Orber giving up a run in the ninth allowing them to pad their lead.

    The Ugly:
    John Franco giving up two runs in the eighth.
    Kaz getting a leadoff triple and not scoring with the middle of the order coming up.
    The Mets wasting another gem from Tom Glavine.

  • Justin Huber did pretty well in his AAA debut.  He was 2 - 3 with a double and two RBI's.

  • All my hopes for Magglio in Met uni have pretty much been shot down. With this news it is safe to assume the Mets want no part of offering him a large contract. It looks like Hidalgo will be there next year, which most people would not have a problem with. I just do not trust his streakiness over his career. Overall, I just have a problem going into the next year with the same lineup that has trouble scoring runs. A shakeup needs to happen. I know Wright will be an offensive lift and a healthy Reyes is a shot in the arm, but the Mets needed a monster in the #3 hole in 2005 to make a huge difference.

  • Bob Klapish has a little write up on Wright on ESPN.com. If you are ready this, you have most likely read that, but I give you the link anyway.

  • The Mets offer of Ty Wigginton and Matt Peterson for Kris Benson probably won't trump the package of Michael Restovich plus a minor league player accoring to the Star Ledger. That makes no sense to me, but if it is written, it must be true.

  • If the Yanks had any sort of prospects worth two craps, Randy Johnson would be a Yankee. Accoring to ESPN rumor mill, when Jerry Colangelo gets back from vacation on the 27th, things may really heat up. The allure of saving 24 million may become appetizing. However, the uproar that would happen if the Diamonbacks made another stupid trade would be tremendous. Schilling for Fossum? Though this deal would not be as bad as that one, it would still be high on the crappy trade list.

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