Terry Collins sure knows how to spread excitement about the 2013 New York Mets, doesn’t he?
“If you’re talking about a guy who’s in this camp who has a chance to make a huge difference besides Lucas Duda, it might be Marlon Byrd,” Collins said. “This guy was one of the best players in the National League not very long ago. If he’s the same player he was in Chicago a couple of years ago, we might have found ourselves the right fielder. I know he’s that kind of talent.” (as reported by MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo)
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to buy a Marlon Byrd jersey to go along with the Lucas Duda one I (don’t) already have.
In other Mets spring training news this week:
- Jenrry Mejia hasn’t arrived in camp yet because authorities are reviewing his identity. Supposedly he was just picked for a random check… let’s hope he’s not “the pitcher formerly known as Jenrry Mejia” by the time he gets here. I’d guess that barring an injury or trade to open a door for him, the delay will cost Mejia whatever chance he had to open the season with the Mets.
- Byrd called himself an “idiot” for testing positive for a banned substance last year. So at least we have something we agree on.
- We’re still talking about whether David Wright needs a “C” on his jersey for some silly reason. This is baseball, not hockey – there’s no formal role for a captain. Leaders lead, and the rest is just window dressing.
- Fred Wilpon said stuff, but I wasn’t paying attention. I’ll be interested in what he has to say when he’s accepting a World Series trophy or announcing plans to sell the team… until then, it’s just so much hot air.
And a couple of other stories that caught my eye:
- Jose Reyes is talking about Jeffrey Loria again, though it seems like that’s mostly the media’s fault. We get it – Loria is the worst boss ever. (Well, unless you have to work in the real world where you don’t get paid $10 million a year – then Loria is just a rich jerk.) It’s time to see if Reyes can help the Blue Jays win – it seems like that would be the best way to stick it to Loria and the Mets front office that he believes didn’t appreciate him.
- The Washington Nationals might not carry a lefty specialist. ”We’re going to go with the best guys,” general manager Mike Rizzo told Nationals Insider writer Mark Zuckerman. “The amount of left-handed relievers has never been a priority to me. Mostly because we’ve got right-handers that can get left-handers out. And it coincides with Davey [Johnson]‘s managerial style.”
Think about that for a second – the defending National League East champion isn’t going to worry about having a Tim Byrdak or a Pedro Feliciano just to play lefty-righty matchups. It’s almost enough to make me a Nationals fan. (Of course, Rizzo is also the “genius” that decided to shut down his team’s best pitcher in the middle of a pennant race.)
On bright side, we’re a week away from the Mets’ first spring training game, and about six weeks from the start of the season. Baseball will probably be more fun with actual games. I hope.