Posted tagged ‘David Wright’

Good News for Mets fans, David Wright is back on the field and feels good

March 22, 2012

Via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com:

(Howard Simmons/New York Daily News)

For the first time since getting shut down with an abdominal strain and receiving a cortisone shot, David Wright took batting practice outdoors with teammates Thursday. Wright looked very comfortable, which a scout watching from the stands also observed.

“I thought Wright’s swing was really good,” the scout said. “Quick and compact. Drove ball. Made good sound. I would feel encouraged. That’s the best sound I heard anybody make on either team.”

Said Wright: “I’ve been in the cage for a little bit of time now. Today was the next step in going on the field, because it’s a little more energy. You exert a little more. I felt good and am headed in the right direction. I did a full day with the guys. I need to probably do that for a few more days. At least in my eyes, this was kind of like the first day for me of spring training of going through everything from stretch to the conditioning.”

Wright is even making full throws across the diamond.

“I feel about as good as I’d feel, I guess, picking up a bat for the first time in a few weeks,” Wright said. “Hopefully it gets better from here result-wise. But just being out there and being able to go through a full day and a full round of batting practice and not feeling anything, that’s pretty good.”

This is good news for the Mets. If they want to be the underdogs this season, they are going to need #5 to produce this season. I also like how his confidence is already being raised after the Citi Field renovations are finishing up. I am glad to hear he is back on the field and I think he could be the key to the Mets winning this season. Without Reyes, Wright has to be better than good. He has to be right…

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In the words of Terry Collins: “Nice going, Johan!”

March 1, 2012

In Port St. Lucie today, New York Mets ace Johan Santanathrew to live batters for the first time since the fall.

Santana threw a total of 43 pitches to Mets hitters, including David Wright, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy, during a pair of simulated innings. It was Santana’s first time in a game-like setting since being shut down for winter rest following a simulated game against Mets minor leaguers participating in the fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla.

Santana, who did not appear in the majors last season, is trying to return from Sept. 14, 2010 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

He is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Terry Collins plans for Santana to start Opening Day on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

This is some great progress. Unlike a lot of Mets fans, I expect a lot of things from Johan this year and next year. I think knowing that he has changed his pitching mechanics, it gives you hope that he won’t hurt his elbow as much and he will start focusing on his shoulder for power and consistency. When I hear people in the media say, “touch his shoulder, it’s a rock of muscle!” I know after hearing that from the coaches that Johan will be back and ready to go this Spring. Now I am not saying he will be CY Young Johan, but he will certainly be Johan with a 3.00 ERA and 13 wins. That’s what the Mets need if they want to make a miracle run this season…

Carlos Beltran will make a switch from CF to RF this season

February 28, 2011

If you are a Mets fan or a fan of reading good baseball information then definitely check out Adam Rubin who reports now for ESPN New York. He also reported for the local New York newspapers but has done a lot of New York Mets work.

Via ESPN NY:

Photo courtesy of New York Post: Anthony J. Causi

Carlos Beltran approached Terry Collins early Monday morning upon arriving at the New York Mets‘ spring-training complex and told his manager: “I need to talk to you.”

Beltran then informed his manager he wanted to initiate the long-debated move from center field to right field.

“I came today thinking in my heart, ‘I still think I can play center field,’ ” Beltran said. “But, at the same time, this is not about Carlos. This is about team.”

At 8:20 a.m., Angel Pagan was summoned into the manager’s office with Beltran and Collins for a five-minute meeting.

Pagan, who capably played center field in Beltran’s absence during the first half of last season as Beltran recovered from Jan. 13, 2010 arthroscopic knee surgery, then was informed he would be playing center field with Beltran in right field, rather than the opposite alignment.

Beltran said the preemptive move avoids a last-minute switch on the eve of the season and prevents weeks of media discussion about the potential move in between.

“In order for me to play center field, I need more time,” Beltran said. “I want to be on the same page with everyone here. I want Terry to have his time and to come to the ballpark ready to play the lineup without thinking where he is going to play Pagan, where he’s going to play me. At the same time I’m thinking about Pagan coming to the ballpark and preparing himself and focused to play baseball. I don’t want to create any distractions here. Like I said, I want to play right. I think it’s best for the team. I think it’s going to be best for me also, best for my knee. It’s going to be less active than playing center field.”

during spring training baseball Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pagan, a fellow Puerto Rican, said: “I feel really fortunate to be passed this torch from the player I always looked up to. I think having him right next to me is going to be a great plus for me. I’m going to keep looking up to him and keep trying to pick his brain. He’s one of the best center fielders out there, and I’m trying to be like him.”

Beltran, 33, is in the final season of a seven-year, $119 million contract. He has started three games in right field in his career, all in 2000 for the Kansas City Royals.

Beltran said he consulted with agent Scott Boras, his wife Jessica and former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado, who endorsed the move to prolong his career. He plans to enter Grapefruit League play in a week, after testing his right knee running the bases, and pledged to be ready for Opening Day.

Collins implied at the start of camp that he preferred Beltran play right field this season, but the manager said he respected the veteran enough to let him have an opportunity to demonstrate he can play center field in Grapefruit League games if that was his wish.

“I am impressed with the way this whole thing has been handled,” the first-year manager said.

Beltran underwent surgery to clean out an arthritic right knee last January. That began a feud with the organization, which maintained it had not approved the procedure. When Beltran returned for the second half, he had decreased mobility.

Beltran joins other high-profile center fielders who have moved to right field, including Mike Cameron and Torii Hunter. Cameron’s move actually came with the Mets after Beltran originally signed as a free agent with the organization.

“It’s going to be less active,” Beltran said about playing right field. “I’m looking forward to saving my knees for the long run.”

New York Mets' David Wright congratulates teammate Carlos Beltran on a catch in far center field for the out on Houston Astros' Luke Scott to end the 14th inning (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Third baseman David Wright was among the teammates praising Beltran’s selflessness.

“Any time you get a guy that’s accomplished what Carlos has accomplished, and done the kind of things that Carlos has done in this game, to be that guy that really sees the big picture and sees what’s best for this team and does something like that, it makes you want to go out there and really play united and play as a team,” Wright said. “That probably takes a lot coming from a guy that’s really accomplished what he’s accomplished. Carlos wouldn’t have done it if he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. I just think it’s a very selfless act.

“Like I said, baseball players have a lot of pride. To be able to kind of swallow that pride and look at what’s best for the team and make that decision, says a lot about what Carlos is trying to accomplish here.”

This is great news for Carlos Beltran and the Mets. It is great because now Carlos will play a position where he can play and have less of an injury risk while, Angel Pagan will play center field. He needs to stay healthy for the Mets to be relevant and it looks like he has realized that it is not about himself but the team. I think this is key because the Mets have always been about getting the big stars who make their decisions on what they need to do. I think Beltran is trying to change that dynamic of the culture on this team and realize that he is a leader and will need to lead by example. He also wants to play a lot more baseball in his career and when he saw how good Tori Hunter and Mike Cameron have been the past two years, he thought it would be a great idea. I think this makes him more confident and it will allow him to be healthy and be the 30 homer 110 rbi Beltran that we saw back in the early years of 2000’s. This is a huge move for the team and it will make them even better. Beltran has now become a teammate but now a mentor to Angel Pagan…

2010 All Star game helmets

July 19, 2010

What was going on in the All Star Game. Did anyone look at the helmets? They were Huge!!!! 

Players wore the big helmets during All Star Game

 

…I understand why they wore these helmets. 1. It is a great marketing time to do it. The All Star game, everyone is watching, and try something new to appeal to people. 2. To save the players from getting hit from all the pitchers in the game who threw 95-100 mph fastballs… 

…I think that it really helped the players become more safe and get more marketing of this helmet out during the All Star game but it definitely affected the players swing except for David Wright (Below) who has worn that helmet before. That is why the game was so low scoring at 3-1. If the players would have worn other helmets, then I would think the final score would be completely different… 

…Finally, these helmets may be safe but are horrible to look at and they affect the game. I like that they used them in a game where it doesn’t matter but if they used them during the regular season, I for one would be very upset. Very strange appearance in the All Star game…

MLB All Star Week: Home Run Derby

July 15, 2010

In the past few home run derby’s, the best performance doesn’t win. Examples are 2008, Josh Hamilton’s hits a record of 28 homers in the first round at Yankee stadium and the winner of the derby was Justin Morneau. In 2006, David Wright hit 16 in the first round and made a name for himself but Ryan Howard won that year. In 2003, Albert Pujols hits 14 in the second round but lost to none other than Garret Anderson. No one remembers these guys winning but everyone remembers the show that the other players put on from that home run derby. So what would happen this year?

On Monday, The Home Run Derby stuck Angel Stadium and not many big bats entered the tournament besides David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera, and Matt Holliday. The random participants were Nick Swisher, Chris Young, and Hanley Ramirez.

The first round started off with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart hitting 13 homers right off the bat. Then Swisher hit 4, Wells hit 2, C.Young hit 1. Right from there, you knew that it wasn’t going to be an interesting derby.

Then after the first round, Red Sox DH David Ortiz started to heat up and hit 13 in that round. Hanley Ramirez would follow-up with 11 homers and it would be a final between the battle of youth versus experience. However, Ortiz was too much for the young Hanley and hit 11 in the final round with a total of 32 to win the Derby.

Here is the list:

 
Player Team Round 1 Round 2 Subtotal Finals Total
David Ortiz Boston 8 13 21 11 32
Hanley Ramírez Florida 9 12 21 5 26
Corey Hart Milwaukee 13 0 13 13
Miguel Cabrera Detroit 7 5 12 12
Matt Holliday St. Louis 5 5 5
Nick Swisher New York (AL) 4 4 4
Vernon Wells Toronto 2 2 2
Chris Young Arizona 1 1 1

David Ortiz must have been using his juices to hit out those homers or he must be really good at slow pitch softball because he fisted so many out of there. Granted, he did blast some out of the yard easily but it looked like he wasn’t even trying and it was flying off his bat. To be a .183 hitter with one home run to a 17 home run guy and .280 hitter in over two months is one of the most drastic changes I have ever seen in baseball. While his swing may look sweet now,  I really think this will affect his swing come the next couple of months…

…Couple of other notes to mention is Holliday hit the farthest home run at 497, a moon shot which was extremely impressive. Give it up to Corey Hart who, like David Ortiz, struggled early but has found his stroke and is a leader. To hit 13 in a round is really impressive and that was the most in a round since his teammate Prince Fielder in 2009 had 11…