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Mets Morning News: November 4

Mets morning news and links for November 4, 2012

Oh, that's where I put my velocity.
Oh, that's where I put my velocity.
Nick Laham

It was another quiet day on the Mets news front, as the region continues to dig out from Hurricane Sandy. Perpetual Mets farmhand Val Pascucci managed to chip in some donations. If you'd like to help, Rockaway Relief is doing a great job of coordinating donations and volunteer work in the Mets' home borough, letting people know what's most needed and where. At the moment, the most sorely needed items are blankets, coats, and diapers, and that goes for pretty much any area that's still without power or heat. Whatever you can spare of your time, money, or goods, every little bit helps.

Speaking of worthy causes, check out today's article regarding the ongoing fundraising efforts for Shannon Forde, longtime Mets media relations director who was diagnosed with breast cancer. An online auction of some great memorabilia, tickets, and experiences runs through Wednesday at

All Mets news yesterday was peripheral and of the ex-Met variety. Everyone's favorite Oliver Perez inked a one-year deal with the Mariners, proving once again how impossible it is to be an unemployed lefty in this game. Meanwhile, another former Mets pitcher, Pedro Martinez, has some sort of instructor's role "waiting for him" with the Red Sox. So hey, good for Petey.

No movement to report yet on new contracts for David Wright and R.A. Dickey, or any concrete sign of who the Mets might pursue on the free agent market (if anyone). Mike Puma wonders if Cody Ross might fill a hole in their outfield. He's a slightly more palatable choice than Shane Victorino, anyway.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

A look back at the day Buddy Harrelson received a bill for steamrolling a chump.

Rob gave us an update on the Mets winter league action, including Jenrry Mejia's first start in the DWL.

Around Major League Baseball

Mariano Rivera announced he wants to pitch again in 2013. And the Yankees, of course, want to let him.

The A's re-signed Bartolo Colon on a one-year deal, which is good, because the game running dangerously low on people Bob Costas can tsk-tsk at.

East beat West in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, 9-4. Standouts were Nats prospect Brian Goodwin, who hit a leadoff homer, and Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton, who showed off his impressive speed. No Mets prospects appeared in the game. Frowny face emoticon. The Mets lone representative in the game was left-handed pitcher Chase Huchingson, who pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter and allowing zero hits. The 23-year old one-time non-drafted free agent from Arkansas has an 8.53 ERA through six games in the AFL.