Another day, another chance for the New York Mets organization to do something stupid.
Author Howard Megdal, who is also a blogger for the Journal News’ LoHud Mets Blog, was denied media credentials for the upcoming season. He believes that he earned the ire of ownership with his recently-published book: “Wilpon’s Folly: The Story of a Man, His Fortune, and the New York Mets“
If the goal of cutting off Megdal’s access to the clubhouse before and after the game and to the field during batting practice was to punish him, it’s not going to work. He hardly needs access to Mets players to keep writing about the team’s finances. Moreover, Megdal managed to use this “story” to get mainstream media members and at least half of the Mets bloggers to mention him and his book. If you’re a Mets fan and you hadn’t heard about “Wilpon’s Folly” before, you have now.
In other Mets news, former Texas Rangers broadcaster Josh Lewin will reportedly replace Wayne Hagin on WFAN’s radio broadcasts this year. I’m not familiar with Lewin, but was not a big fan of Hagin. Hopefully this will be a positive chance – I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks.
In the Bronx, it looks like Raul Ibanez could be wearing pinstripes this season. I wanted to see the Yankees bring back Hideki Matsui – mainly because I don’t think he ever should have been forced out – but Ibanez could be a useful piece for the Yankees in a limited role.
In Can-Am League news, the Rockland Boulders have announced that Dave LaPoint will return for a second season as the team’s manager.
Finally, Sports Collectors Daily has the story of a California collector who won the iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie in the cardmaker’s 2010 Million Card Giveaway contest. Mark Davis was forced to sell the card for far less than its estimated value to meet his tax obligations. (After reading that story, I feel a lot better about not unlocking anything prize-worthy in the contest.)
Thirteen days to go before the official start of spring training for the New York Mets.