We’re just over a week into spring training, and I’m already getting bored with it. I’ve watched or listened to three ties, two losses and one victory from the no-names, but I’m having a hard time caring about keeping track of all of the relievers and outfielders wearing number 60 and above. There will be time enough to learn about the ones that stick in April.

Every time Mets GM Sandy Alderson opens his mouth, I like him less.

During the off-season, he cracked jokes about the outfield – and with no offense intended towards┬áCollin Cowgill, Alderson did absolutely nothing to improve it.

Johan Santana (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Johan Santana (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Saturday, his target was Johan Santana.

Was he ready to pitch when he arrived at spring training? It seems to me it’s self-evident that he wasn’t ready to pitch at the beginning of spring training, since he hasn’t pitched to this point. Beyond that, characterizing were we surprised, disappointed, unhappy, those are reactions I’m not really ready to get into. …

Look, I’m not pointing fingers at the organization or Johan. We’re dealing with the reality, which is he’s not ready to pitch. He will be at some point. We hope that’s sooner rather than later. If there are lessons to be learned, we’ll certainly consider them.

Alderson had a whole lot more to say, in the tortured roundabout sentences he seems to specialize in. You can read it all as ESPN New York.

Three things:

  1. I’m sick of the passive/aggressive┬ánonsense. If you’re going to trash one of your players to the media, come out and say what you mean. Don’t just hint around it while using weasel words and lawyer-speak to give yourself deniability later.
  2. What’s the point of trashing your players to the media in the first place?
  3. Given Santana’s recent history, who in their right mind was expecting him to make 30 starts this year anyway?
Frank Francisco (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Frank Francisco (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

In other injury-related news, it sounds like Frank Francisco could open the year on the DL… I’d rather see Bobby Parnell keep the closer’s job until he definitely loses it anyway.

And in a positive development, minor league pitcher Erik Goeddel will not require surgery after being hit in the face by a thrown baseball.

Finally, I celebrated a birthday this week. I happened to look at the ages of the players in Mets camp – LaTroy Hawkins is the only one who’s older than me. I guess I have a reason to root for him to make the team now.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

3 responses

  1. You’re right. Alderson should just shut up and do his job. His pointless comments aren’t going to make this team any better.

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  2. I actually enjoy the spring training games. It gives me a chance to see the players I’ve seen the last couple of years in the minors play, and see how they’ve progressed. Some Tigers prospects have been playing some good baseball. Fun for me!
    –Mike

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  3. MJ says:

    Baseball is like life in that you can’t control the wins and losses, only how you react to them. Being bored is a choice. If you choose to enjoy the ride, you can, no matter how bumpy it gets. This may help you…pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I don’t. I still think its a shame they traded Dickey because he guaranteed you a good time every fifth game. But I still don’t think the current dark days are anything compared to the M. Donald Grant reign of terror. Pick a couple of kids you like and root like hell for them to do good (or “well” for the grammer police).

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