Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
The newest members of the Hall of Fame will be announced today at 2 PM on MLB Network and it sounds like some player named Nobody will get a plaque in Cooperstown this summer. While the BBWAA may not vote Mike Piazza in this year, the Internet Baseball Writers of America say that Piazza is Hall-worthy. Those geeks should put down their calculators and watch some baseball games or something, amirite?
It looks like Terry Collins will go into 2013 as a lame duck on a one-year deal. TC has done a credible job but this is probably the right move. No need to lock him into a deal if they're not fully committed to him long term.
The Mets are still looking at starting pitchers, supposedly in the Young/Pavano category. They are not looking at catchers, though, meaning Anthony Recker likely backs up John Buck with Travis d'Arnaud in AAA. Finally, the Mets also have no interest in free agent Michael Bourn, since he would cost them their first round pick (11th overall) and the draft pool money that goes along with it.
The stadium formerly known as Digital Domain Park, Tradition Field and Thomas J. White in Port St. Lucie is still nameless and is currently being called Mets Stadium.
SURPRISE! All-star game tickets at Citi Field will be expensive. Who woulda thunk it?
Around the Majors
There's going to be lots of Hall of Fame stuff over the next few days, so get ready. Ken Davidoff asks whether HOF voting should be a science or an art. Grant Brisbee has some of the oddest HOF votes in baseball history.
R.A. Dickey says that he's glad to be "all-in" with the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos said that the Mets didn't show Dickey the respect that he deserved.
TRAIDS! Supposedly, the Tigers, Orioles, and Cubs have discussed a three-way trade centered around J.J. Hardy and Rick Porcello.
Welcome to the future! MLB dugouts will no longer have landline bullpen phones, as they'll be switching to cell phones for 2013. What's next – hover cars that fly a pitcher out to the mound (please let that be next)?
Yesterday At AA
Michael wonders who has the best odds of representing the Mets in the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field.
Bryan Grosnick looks at the great expectations for Josh Edgin in his first full big league season.
Ari Berkowitz says that despite the still oft-used#LOLMets narrative, Sandy Alderson's bunch are not the same old Mets.
Steve Sypa looks into the familiar lefty Hideki Okajima as a potential International Free Agent.
Chris says that it's hard to imagine a Hall Of Fame without Mike Piazza. Agreed wholeheartedly.
David remembers the January 8th when The Kid was voted into the Hall of Fame.