Meet the Mets
Andy Martino sat down with left fielder Jason Bay in a restaurant near his home in Washington to talk about his struggles and his expectations for 2012. His performance has certainly been a massive disappointment since signing with the Mets prior to 2010 but as cliche as it is to say, it is heartening to see that he cares and that he's working hard to try to get back to his prior form. I can't say I'm optimistic that will happen but I know I'll be rooting for him to succeed. Also, his quote on ITBSOHL stories was pretty funny.
For those of you interested in
putting some more money into the Wilpons' bank account buying tickets for games at Citi Field, Mets single-game tickets go on sale Monday, March 5th at 10:00 AM.
Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) made a late night appearance on the Twitter, his fourth tweet on his third day on the social media network and he had this to say:
"Inspired by Jose & Joba, got a haircut for charity, but @MLBNetwork wasn't interested. Barber 'donated' clippings to trash can on 84th St"
You're probably wondering whether I will link to every Sandy Alderson tweet and the answer to that is a resounding YES, at least when I'm writing the Applesauce.
Around the Majors
There were some Marlins notes to pass along from Saturday. First, the fish are talking numbers with Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes and one report says that the team is offering Cespedes a 6 year contract worth $40 million. Another report says that the number is under $40 million but with all of the spending by the Marlins this offseason combined with the fact that they desperately need a center fielder (because they probably don't want Emilio Bonifacio out there), I'm just going to assume that he'll land there. The other note is that the Marlins are unretiring #5 for Logan Morrison.
Alex Remington at Big League Stew wonders whether Braves righty Julio Teheran or Rays lefty Matt Moore will win their respective Rookie of the Year awards in 2012. If you're taking bets at this point, I think Moore's a pretty good one, at least this early in the season, since it looks like he will have a guaranteed rotation spot and he was just flat out dominant in the minors and majors last season. Teheran's up there as well talent-wise but assuming everybody's healthy, it looks like he's the Braves' 6th starter right now.
The Associated Press has a preview of the upcoming baseball season, in case you were in hibernation, a coma or outer space for the entire offseason.
The Pirates and Yankees are still working on an A.J. Burnett trade and Buster Olney says that they have the framework of a deal set.
And last but not least, former Mets farmhand Mike Carp is helping to pay tribute to his close friend Greg Halman, who was killed back in November, by making shirts to give out to Mariners' teammates.