March 7, 2016
Former Phillie Ken Giles gave up two runs in one inning in his debut with the Houston Astros, who lost, 3-1, to the New York Mets on Saturday. Giles is expected to take over the closer role after he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Phillies. The righthander went 6-3 with 15 saves and a 1.80 ERA in 69 games with the Phillies last year. Houston had a 1-0 lead when Giles took the mound for the fifth inning. Eric Campbell doubled and Dilson Herrera had a run-scoring triple on Giles' first two pitches.
March 7, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. The two sides of Matt Klentak's baseball mind developed at Dartmouth College, formed with equal influence from who he was and where he happened to be. In October, the Phillies hired him, at age 35, to be their general manager, and any attempt to anticipate what sort of executive he will be - what qualities he will look for in players, what decisions he will make, why he will make them - has to begin with the four years he spent...
February 13, 2015 |
Fourth in a series of NL East previews) Taking a look at the New York Mets: Manager: Terry Collins Last 5 years: 2014: 79-83, second place (tied); 2013: 74-88, third place; 2012: 74-88, fourth place; 2011: 77-85, fourth place; 2010: 79-83, fourth place Additions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF John Mayberry Jr. Losses: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, OF Bobby Abreu What to expect: The Mets haven't been to the playoffs since their 2006 NLCS loss to the Cardinals and have posted six consecutive losing seasons.
September 24, 2014 |
TOO OFTEN we in the public sphere advocate firing as a punitive final measure instead of a necessary first step preceding the decisions that truly matter. On days like yesterday, when the Atlanta Braves fired general manager Frank Wren after seven seasons at the helm, our initial reaction is to compare his track record to that of the embattled general manager of our local squad. We look at the nearly identical winning percentages of the teams they constructed: .536 for Wren, .540 for Ruben Amaro Jr. We look at their recent history, at the 13-win edge Wren's squad held over Amaro's in 2012, and the 23-win edge in 2013, and the five-win edge the Braves carried into yesterday.
March 15, 2014
Dan Warthen and the Mets have apologized after the team's pitching coach used a racial slur in describing the translator for New York pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Warthen approached translator Jeff Cutler, a Japanese-American, on Monday and apologized for jokingly calling him a "Chinaman" the previous day, The Wall Street Journal reported. Warthen's conversation with Cutler occurred in front of Journal reporter Stu Woo, who is Chinese-American. The Mets released apologies from Warthen and general manager Sandy Alderson shortly after the Journal posted its story Wednesday.
October 11, 2013 |
ONE OF THE more intriguing story lines of the upcoming offseason will be the machinations of that little ol' ballclub on Roosevelt Boulevard in Queens. Sandy Alderson has spent the last 3 years covering himself in sprocket grease and sawdust, clearcutting the Mets' roster to engender new growth. Now he has plenty of money to spend, and a boss who sounds a bit antsy to return to the days when the franchise was a significant part of the national conversation. "I want to get out of the hope business," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said recently, according to the New York Post.
July 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Let's say you are the general manager of a major league baseball team whose ownership group has delivered you a promise: Win a World Series within the next five seasons, and we'll sign you to a lifetime contract. It doesn't matter if you win the thing in Year 1 or Year 5; as long as you get them a ring, they'll give you a job for life. Question: Would you rather begin your quest as general manager of the Phillies, or as general manager of the Mets? For our purposes, your answer is irrelevant.
June 11, 2013 |
TERRY COLLINS and Sandy Alderson have seen enough. One day after watching the New York Mets lose to Miami in 20 innings, they saw them fall in 10 to the worst team in the major leagues. So after yesterday's 8-4 home defeat, the Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis to Triple A Las Vegas. And outfielder Mike Baxter. And reliever Rob Carson. "I do believe there's an honor to play here, there's a privilege to play here. It's not just, put the uniform on and be here," Collins said.
February 10, 2012
Even New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson can't resist pointing out the team's financial woes. The team tweeted Thursday afternoon that Alderson had started a Twitter account, @MetsGM. Alderson's first tweet: "Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven't left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution. " Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Alderson was playfully responding to a New York paper pointing out the GM was driving to Port St. Lucie, Fla., but Horwitz said Alderson drives because he takes his dog. Coming off their third straight losing record, the Mets have cut payroll by about $25 million since the start of 2011, and face a trial next month seeking to recover $386 million for victims of Bernard Madoff , because of claims the team's owners were net winners from their investment in the crooked financier's Ponzi scheme.
August 3, 2011 |
IT'S ANOTHER DAY, another doctor visit for New York Mets lefthander Johan Santana, who will not make his next rehab start, scheduled for tomorrow, according to ESPN.com. Instead, he will visit a doctor in New York to examine "lingering" discomfort in his left shoulder, according to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. "We want to make sure that that's checked out before we go any further with the rehab," Alderson said. "I think it's prudent to have it checked out. " Santana, who underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder last September, first reported the lingering soreness on Monday.