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Monday, February 24, 2014

Everyone Needs to Go Every Once in a While...

Couldn't resist taking a picture with this portapotty. I originally thought Kyle Farnsworth was trying to hide from a hitting drill.

February 18th- February 22nd Spring Training Recap

Just got home and had time to type up some thoughts from the 5 days of Spring Training I saw.

1) Do not read too much into 1 week of Spring Training, when there was only 1 day of live batting practice thrown by pitchers (and for 3/4 of those, the hitters weren't even swinging), and other batting practice is being thrown at 40 feet.

2) The Mets players were really accessible all week, doing a great job signing for the fans and interacting with them as much as possible (as you'll see below). If you wanted to, you could have gotten the entire starting line-up.
Granderson is a vibrant personality, and signs for everyone

Ike Davis

Lucas Duda signing right next to Ike

Travis dArnold was great interacting and taking pictures with everyone

D Murphy also signed for everyone, interacting with the kids

3) Frank Viola, who has worked with a lot of the minor league pitchers over the past 3 years (started with the Cyclones in 2011), really works hard, is very informative, and the pitchers listen and respond to him. I'd love to see him as the next pitching coach for the Mets (he'll serve the same role in AAA Las Vegas this year).

4) Based off the one day I was able to see, Anthony Seratelli (Old Bridge, NJ product), is a very similar player to Omar Quintanilla. Nothing flashy, but more times than not, gets the job done. Again, it's very difficult to assess a person's true talent based off of 5 minutes of infield drills.

5) Wilmer Flores bounced back and forth between 2nd base and SS, starting at 2nd base with the back up group of infielders, with assistant GM JP Riccardi, owner Jeff Wilpon, and manager Terry Collins looking on. He didn't show anything bad, but again, very difficult to make a judgment off of 5 minutes of infield.

6) C Puello continued to hit the ball hard during his round of BP, and hopefully he's able to put the biogenesis scandal behind him.

7) Ike Davis, for all the talk that he's "quieted down his swing", still has that huge hitch. He always has, and always will be able to hit BP "fastballs" for home runs, but it really will be visible when he has to try and adjust to off-speed pitches. I prefer L Duda's swing a lot better than Davis right now.

Those are some of the quick hits, if you have any specific questions on players, let me know.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

W Flores

Working out at 2nd base on field with minor leaguers for those wondering if he can play SS for the Mets this year...

Pitchers throwing live BP today

Getting ready to warm up.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Frank Viola working with LHP

Worked with young S Matz, now with Lannon and Niese

Happy Matt Harvey cleared to throw Day

First day he's been outside with the pitchers, just warming up. Doubt the common fan will see him throw today, but if that changes, I'll be sure to let you know.

Another beautiful day in port st Lucie!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Terry Collins having fun

Ripping line drive comebackers and one hops to the pitchers.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring training recap February 18th

For all who still follow this blog for some reason, you will be rewarded over the next couple days, as I'm down here once again. I didn't take any cell phone pictures today, but will post some throughout the rest of the week. Couple highlights from today, although it was a slow day.

1) Terry Collins is very excited about the potential arms in the bullpen to a couple fans, specifically naming Jeff Walters (Binghamton closer from last year), Farnsworth and Valverde.

2) In regards to Valverde, TC said he called Leyland to ask what was the story with Valverde, and he said Leyland took the blame, saying he overused him.

3) I saw David Wright, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin take bp, with nothing that impressive to note. The next group was the hard hitting Eric Young Jr., Ruben Tejada, and then Chris Young. Tejada looks slimmer than he did in years past, but still soft hitting. Chris Young did make loud contact, but not sure if that was just because EY and Tejada did nothing.

4) Z Wheeler threw a bullpen which the common fan can't tell results, but his mechanics were free and easy.

5) Bartolo Colon is very wide, but I don't think I'm the only one reporting this.

6) Pitchers were performing PFP's, with nothing too exciting to report.

If you have anything you want to specifically want to be reported about just let me know.

Let's go Mets!