Return of the Alderson.
“If I am fortunate enough to be approved by Major League Baseball as the next owner of this iconic franchise, Sandy Alderson will become president of the New York Mets and will oversee all Mets baseball and business operations. I am excited to have Sandy in a key leadership role with the Mets if my purchase of the team is approved. Lets’ Go Mets!” -Steve Cohen [Amazin Avenue]v
BVW with some prime business-speak.
“My daily operations remain exactly the same. My communication with Jeff and Fred is consistent the way it’s always been. Our relationship has been as close as ever and I haven’t had any new discussions with Steve since last winter. But in terms of my own job security, I’ve said it many times. I don’t think about that. I don’t give it any thought because my task is to win today.” -Brodie Van Wagnen [New York Post]
I’m not sure this is what Nelson Mandela had in mind when he said this.
“And I think that’s the approach that we want to take to our team. We want to take it today and we’re either going to win the game tonight or we’re going to learn something that’s going to give us a chance to win tomorrow.” -Brodie Van Wagnen [New York Post]
At least I can agree with Brodie’s assessment of Luis Rojas.
“I’ve gained even more respect and admiration for Luis through these 50 games and through summer camp than what I had in him previously with his career here with the Mets and also when we hired him last winter. His baseball IQ has always been strong. His communication skills have been applied to helping to get the best out of all of these players ... I’ve been very impressed with him and I can only have positive things to say about his future and I think he’s going to continue to be a great manager.” -Brodie Van Wagnen [Newsday]
How a professional deals with dumbass NY media.
“Karl Ravech, obviously, was on a podcast on ESPN and mentioned (it as) the first thing he would do [hiring away Brian Cashman to be GM of the Mets if he was the new owner]. It was a really nice compliment, I can say that. I’ve seen — there’s a lot of reports now. I think another one in the New York Post was another GM that’s going into the Hall of Fame in the National League going there: Theo Epstein. And the latest report is Sandy Alderson, who had been over there and has had an amazing career and a huge impact in the game and a world champion in his own right and obviously a veteran that we’ve all got to be thankful for his service to our country and returning from that.” -Brian Cashman [NJ]
Career 4.46 FIP. We might just have to accept he might be average at baseball.
“It’s a tough loss. From the first inning, they just started attacking Matzy. … The game got separated really early and we weren’t able to contain it like we were in the last two days before.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]
“It’s been a frustrating year for me. I came into spring training 2.0 feeling great and for is to go this way was really frustrating. … I was excited to start again tonight and for it to go this way again is just really frustrating.” -Steven Matz [New York Post]
Luis Rojas reacting to Todd Frazier pitching in a blow out.
“I thank him for going out there. We were searching for someone to do it. And he did it to save some bullets for our bullpen.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]
Cano stans David Peterson.
“Honestly, he looks like a guy that’s been in the league for so long.” -Robinson Cano [New York Daily News]
As does David Peterson.
“It’s been awesome. I’ve felt ready to contribute in any way possible and in any way the coaching staff and the team asked. It’s been a blessing for me to be up here, learn from the big guys and get some experience this year.” -David Peterson [New York Daily News]
Every game has always counted the same.
“Down the stretch, the losses hurt a little bit more and the wins feel a little bit better, just because of the situation we’re in.” -Justin Wilson [MLB]
‘Playing good baseball’ might be because you have talent.
“It’s not talent that separates you. It’s playing good baseball.” -Rick Porcello [MLB]
Nimmo might be a better judge of talent than BVW.
“You wish [Travis d’Arnaud] was on your team, so you just didn’t have to play him. He’s a great player. He’s a great catcher. Just all-around good.” - Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
A must read 9/11 remembrance by Jay Horowitz.
“After the game all of our guys stayed in the dugout to sign autographs for the families of the police and firefighters. One of the families, the Gies’ from Merrick, NY have become dear and close friends. Carol Gies’ husband Ronnie, a fireman, died in the rescue effort on 9–11. She was in the dugout with their three boys, Ronnie, Bobby and Tommy. All three would go onto carry their dad’s mantle and become firefighters themselves.
‘Before Mike’s homer I never thought I would see my boys smile again,” Carol told me recently. “That night I knew we would be okay.” -Jay Horowitz [Mets]