- David Wright played in his first baseball game since last September yesterday afternoon, and he got a hit in his first at-bat. Maybe this is a good omen for his 2012 season… and it least it should mark the end of stories about him taking batting practice.
- The New York Mets released nine minor leaguers on Monday, including Tobi Stoner who appeared in five big league games in 2009 and 2010. I met Stoner, Eric Niesen and Roy Merritt when they played for the Binghamton Mets. Stoner and Niesen both seemed like nice guys (or at least nice enough to sign a few baseball cards for me) and I saw Stoner pitch a seven-inning complete game shutout against the Trenton Thunder in 2009. Merritt, on the other hand, was one of the least pleasant people to ask for an autograph and I remember him giving up a walk-off homer to the Trenton Thunder’s backup catcher the first time I ever saw him pitch.
- Chris Young is once again part of the New York Mets organization, signing a minor league contract on Monday. If the Mets didn’t appear to have strict financial constraints, I wouldn’t mind this gamble. But it doesn’t seem to me that Young is all that likely to contribute this season, so I’d have preferred to see the Mets save their money to wait and see if anyone more likely to help becomes available this week.
- And in a bittersweet note, the Mets announced that Gary Carter‘s family will be throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day. I don’t know if there will be a dry eye in the house.