Posts Tagged ‘WFAN’

Mets Clubhouse Currently on High Alert

July 1, 2009

Mets manager Jerry Manuel was a guest on WFAN’s Mike’d Up yesterday when he was asked to comment on several issues concerning his team. Mike Francesa, who we all know is a die-hard Yankees fan, began by inquiring about the team’s morale after suffering through a three-game sweep this past weekend. Listening to Manuel’s reaction, you almost get the sense that Francesa has morphed into one of his irrationally-charged callers and is enjoying the fact that he has the Mets hard-luck manager right where he wants him. “So Jerry, are you still waiting for the cavalry to show up with the water-filled canteens?” Francesa quipped.

Up until last night’s loss, the Mets fifth in a row, the consensus was to play out these last few remaining games before the All-Star break as a mediocre team waiting in the wings for the big boys to show up. As the Mets began their free-fall under the five hundred mark and into third place, it has become harder and harder for Manuel to continue accepting this stance. Following last night’s 6-3 loss in the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers, Manuel decided to forego the media and directed his attention to those who needed it most, his team.

After some time, Manuel finally emerged from behind closed doors as a band of reporters eager to get the scoop hovered around him. “We got it,” was the manager’s words as he shuffled back and forth in his chair amidst a cadre of microphones and mini- voice recorders. “Everything we need is right here,” Manuel added. “That’s what I told them.”

The Mets are heading into today’s game on the verge of being swept, the same position that they were in on Sunday. Only this time, the feeling is that less is more – quite possibly the last resort for a manager that has run out of excuses.

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Evans’ Future with Mets Is on Solid Ground

March 17, 2009

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It’s too bad the National League doesn’t allow for a batter to hit for the pitcher like in the American League. If that was the case, the Mets Nick Evans would most definitely fit in nicely at that position. In fifty games last season, Evans’ first season in the big leagues, the 23-year-old California native was called on to perform within many different roles. Whether it was a platoon in right field with the left-handed hitting Daniel Murphy, or backing up first baseman Carlos Delgado on his day off, or even coming off the bench as a right-handed pinch hitter, Evans never thought otherwise.

“I’m comfortable playing in the infield. I’ll play wherever they want me to play,” Evans told WFAN’s Steve Somers this past weekend. “Honestly, I’ve never played centerfield or right field,” he added. “That would be something I’d have to work on first.”

The fact that Evans is so versatile makes for an easier choice in April when the Mets organization makes its final decision about who will be included on their opening day roster. But for now, Evans has made sure to take advantage of the opportunities he has been given this spring. Since the start of the World Baseball Classic, each major league teams’ roster has become decimated. And because of this, players like Evans have been given more playing time.

When asked if the WBC was having a positive effect on his spring so far, he responded with a very enthusiastic, “Absolutely. Having [Carlos] Delgado go to the WBC, it’s been great for me getting playing time.”

Evans has been impressive thus far. In just a few weeks down in Florida, the utility player has already played in fourteen games in which he has amassed forty at-bats. He is second on the team with a .325 batting average. And his 24 total bases and 10 RBI lead the team in those offensive categories. In such a short time, Evans also has a grand slam to his credit which tied a game on March 9th against the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth inning. The Mets eventually went on to win, 9-8.

“It’s just one of those things,” Evans said, “where I’ve been fortunate to get some playing time here in the spring and make the most of it.”

Those who follow the team have already penciled in the young prospect as a member of the 24-man roster in April. However, Evans still seems unsure of what exactly his role will be as manager Jerry Manuel has had no mention of it.

“He hasn’t really told me much. Come out here and play everyday,” Evans replied. “Worry about hitting now and playing as much as I can.”

What is Scott Boras Talking About?

January 9, 2009

“What you hear and what is reality,” Scott Boras, speaking with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on his mid-day radio show, Mike’d Up, earlier in the week, “or what are printed as offers, in fact, what we consider as offers, may be very different that what you see or hear that is written.”

When most people think of the word, free agent, the first name that comes to mind is Scott Boras. If one was to sit down and list the names of players who share in his representation, it would probably take some time. With access to so many baseball players, general managers, and chief operating officers, you may think of granting Boras a pass when he’s disputing contract information that pops up on someone’s Twitter notes. But when sports writers who work for the New York Times send out detailed reports regarding free agents, you can’t help but take it seriously.

With the current state of the economy not so good, Boras must be extra cautious in projecting the right image to help his players. But for someone on a daily basis who is involved in deals that entail millions if not, hundreds of millions of dollars, that careful planning may be irrelevant.

“The state of the game is still healthy,” Boras said.

Boras knows that in his business, it’s better to stay positive. With respect to one of several lingering free agents, Oliver Perez, who the Mets have professed interest in, the strongest selling point according to Boras is that the young left-hander last season went on to produce quality starts in 13 of his last 17 games.

“There’s a solid market for him,” Boras said, alluding to Perez.

“In free agency, teams come to you, they express interest, and they get back to you. “You then examine where does this pitcher sign, it’s the musical chairs of free agency.”

“The timing of these things is something I cannot predict,” he added.

Boras’ demeanor seems better suited for that of an insurance salesman than a guy who specializes in negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for up-scale athletes. He lets his money-hungry players generate the headlines. For example, he was asked to comment in regards to one his most popular clients, Manny Ramirez.

Prior to last year’s pennant races, Ramirez wanted out of Boston so badly that he publicly demanded a trade. He even went so far as to hold up a homemade sign while sitting in the dugout for the entire baseball world to see that read, “Trade Me.” Most commentators coughed it up as “Manny being Manny.” However, Francesa bluntly replied, “That was pretty ugly”, referring to the Manny Ramirez situation.

On Boras’ end, it instantly went silent. “I don’t know if you want to comment on that,” added Mike. Boras gained his composure and confidently began to speak of how Joe Torre, the manager of the Dodgers, boasted of Ramirez’ leadership qualities and added that he is a “player who can generate self-revenue and take a team on his back.”

Boras relayed that a top priority regarding which franchise is best for his client would come down to a team possessing a good vision of “winning currently.” This was the key breaking point in completing the blockbuster deal for the New York Yankees new first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

As reports continue to re-surface with details of on-going discussions between the New York Mets and veteran right hander Derek Lowe, who is another of Boras’ clients, we will have to trust our instincts as to what is factual and what is circumspect.