Saturday was one of the uglier days in the tenure of Terry Collins, now in his third and quite possibly final season as manager of the New York Mets.(1)
When accounting for the 2013 New York Mets, it is easier to focus on the things likely to go right, rather than the enormous gaps in the roster that will need to be filled by overachieving, developing or recovering players.
The Mets passed along two pieces of news on Thursday afternoon.
It has been a difficult spring for the New York Mets. Their announced Opening Day pitcher, Johan Santana, has suffered setbacks in his preparation for the season, is widely expected to begin the year on the disabled list, and is reportedly livid with team officials who pulled the patented Mets move of blaming the injured player. Their decision to partner with Amway has been... poorly received.
Now that Fred Wilpon's odd declaration of financial health is over, the Mets can concentrate on a spring training as wide-open, in personnel terms, as any they've had in years. Multiple jobs are likely to be won or lost on the strength of spring training performances.
For the better part of a calendar year now, Scott Hairston has perfectly encapsulated the limitations of the New York Mets.(2)
Back in October, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson described urgency in his desire to resolve the situations of David Wright and R.A. Dickey, the team's two best players, each with a year remaining on their contracts.(2)
Through the first 12 games of the N.B.A. season, the New York Knicks were 9-3, thanks in large part to Raymond Felton.