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What are we going to do with Johan Santana? Well, we aren't going to do anything -- we're likely not employees of the Mets or even affiliated with the team. But the real question is what are the Mets going to do with Johan after he got knocked around by the Nationals on Friday, en route to a 6-4 defeat? It looks like, for now, they'll do nothing but perhaps a discussion about shutting down the lefty will come in the future. There was some good news, as Johan tossed three perfect innings to open up the night. But the fourth inning turned into a disaster quickly, as Michael Morse crushed a grand slam to right center field. In other good news, Kelly Shoppach hit his first Mets home run. YAY!
Davey Johnson played some games with the Mets, having the umpires take a look at Johan Santana's glove during the third inning.
When the Mets added Ramon Ramirez, Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch to the bullpen last offseason, how many people had Rauch as the best of the three acquisitions? I'm going to guess nobody -- but that's just how unpredictable bullpens can be.
At Fangraphs, Mike Newman has a great look into hardthrowing Mets pitching prospect Domingo Tapia, whose fastball alone could get him to the big leagues. What he ultimately becomes will likely depend on his ability to add a breaking pitch of some sort.
The Twins and the Rochester Red Wings reportedly have agreed to a two year extension of their player development agreement, leaving Buffalo as the only possible available International League team. Unfortunately, it sounds like Buffalo may decide to move on from the Mets and hook up with the Blue Jays, which would send the AAA Mets back to the Pacific Coast League. Leftover options could include Las Vegas, Nashville, Oklahoma City or New Orleans, where the AAA Mets were based in 2006 and 2007.
MLB will begin testing a new instant replay system at Citi Field next week when the Mets head home. The system will be tested in the background for now but may be used by umpires beginning as early as next year. Terry Collins is all in favor of instant replay.
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Hall of Famer and ex-Met Eddie Murray was charged with insider trading, after earning over $235,000 in illegal profits.
In order to make room for recently acquired ex-Met Pedro Beato at AAA Pawtucket, the Red Sox released former Cubs' ace Mark Prior. Only 31 years old, Prior struggled with command issues this year and hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2006.
Many major leaguers think that batting practice before games is a gigantic waste of time. From the point of view of developing bad habits at the plate and such, that seems to make sense.
Everybody loves a good Ump Show and Tim Tschida provided the fans plenty of action, as he tossed out Dodger manager Don Mattingly.