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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Sell the Mets

The good people at FireArtHowe.com have changed direction a bit after their target had finally been eliminated. The have turned their focus to the real crux of the problem. The root evil and the common denominator of the entire equation that is this train wreck we call the Mets. SelltheMets.com has been created with one goal in mind and that is to free this team of their clueless ownership. Their mission statement? Simple:

Hello fellow Mets fans, we've created this site, the sister site to the popular, and successful, FireArtHowe.com, because as fans ourselves we cannot bear to see the Wilpons drive our beloved team into the ground anymore than they already have.

Our goal is simple, to either persuade the Wilpons to sell the team or to convince them to adopt a philosophy of hiring good baseball people and getting out of the way of these people and letting them make the decisions.

Stop by and check it out. As usual, it is amusing stuff. The picture of the Gigli movie poster in the flops section is a nice little touch.

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  • Ambiorix Concepcion was named the best prospect in the New York Penn League by Baseball America. He was the only Cyclone to make the list.

    As Jamestown manager Benny Castillo put it, "It's Concepcion, then the rest of the league." Two managers compared his strong, wiry, athletic frame to Vladimir Guerrero's.

    Concepcion has major five-tool potential. He has a plus arm that's tailor-made for right field and the plus speed to play center and steal bases. He also plays hard and is fast enough to take the extra base if you let him.

    Some managers were concerned about Concepcion's swing, saying it was long and had holes in it. But he's still just 20 and already has made considerable improvement after hitting .214-0-19 in the Rookie-level Appalachian League last year, his third as a pro. He hit for average and showed some power in the NY-P.

    "He hasn't learned to work the count, but his ability to make the adjustment and wait on breaking balls has already impressed me," Brooklyn manager Tony Tijerina said. "He's starting to fill out his body, and every day he'll win a ballgame with a different tool."

    Definitely some good news to read when the state of the major league club is so bad.

  • Reyes on his injury:

    "It still hurts a little bit," he said. "Not a lot."

    Then why bring him back? Shut him down. To bring him in for a week and half while he is not fully recovered is unconscionable. It makes zero sense.

  • From the NY Post:

    In a situation that bears watching, White Sox GM Ken Williams indicated in yesterday's Chicago Tribune that slugging right fielder Magglio Ordonez may not be ready for next spring training. Ordonez has been out since July 22 with bone marrow edema in his left knee.

    Great news!

  • Piazza makes an appearance on tonight's episode of Donald Trump's reality series, "The Apprentice."

    I thought trump only likes winners? He had on Steinbrenner last year and the fact he has anyone associated with the Mets on the show is amazing.

  • How about this piece of news?

    A London-to-Washington flight carrying Yusuf Islam — formerly known as singer Cat Stevens — was diverted and the Islam convert removed from the plane because his name was on a government terrorism watch list for allegedly donating money to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, a U.S. law enforcement official said Wednesday.


  • Golf may make an appearance in the 2012 Olympics. Golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports are all being considered for Olympic competition. IOC president Jacques Rogge has suggested that baseball and softball from the Olympics which was vetoed. The idea of baseball and softball being removed was utterly ridiculous.

  • Mike Lowell may be wearing a Marlin uniform for the last time.

    "No doubt, it could be my final series in this clubhouse," Lowell said. "I hope that it isn't, but you never know. My next decision will be more of a long-term one, and I'll be interested in being somewhere where we have as much of a chance to win as we have had in the last two years."

    In addition to himself, Lowell will want to know what the team's position is regarding high-profile free agents such as right-hander Carl Pavano and closer Armando Benitez.

  • As Rob Neyer pointed out in one of his latest columns, Carlos Delgado is punishing the ball. In August, Delgado has hit .317/.411/.653 with nine homeruns and thirty RBIs. In September, he has hit .373/.475/.716 with six home runs and sixteen RBIs. I'm still against the Mets taking a serious run at him, however if he has little interest from other clubs, and he could be signed to two year contract, he may be able to bridge the gap to a younger guy. I do not care how much he would cost, just as long as it would be two years it would be worth the risk. I doubt Delgado will be willing to accept a short contract at this time in his career, but the people vying for his services might be a short one as well. If it comes down to more money per year for less years, it just may persuade him.

    And no, this would not be my first option, but the way things are shaking out with Magglio's injury and the Mets need for a big hitter, there may be little choice.

  • Oh, the Mets won last night. Victor Diaz went 1 for 4 just missing his first major league homerun and got thrown out at second instead. Brazell went 0 for 4 and there is no reason why they do not see action in three of the four games the rest of this week.