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Link Dump: January 18th, 2008

[05:29 AM] TCPalm: HOME GAMES
[05:29 AM] TCPalm: John McHale – 1921-2008: A true baseball guy
[03:14 AM] Newsday: Owners unanimously support Selig with new pact
[03:14 AM] Newsday: Mets can get Santana if they include Martinez
[07:54 PM] Sports Illustrated: Average MLB salary climbs to $2.82 million
[02:28 PM] Bergen Record: Owners extend Seligs contract 3 years
[01:34 PM] TCPalm: Mets Boosters plan road trips
[05:44 AM] New York Post: VALENTIN, METS CLOSE IN ON DEAL
[02:48 AM] Bergen Record: WADA hed rips MLB
[02:40 AM] Sports Illustrated: Red Sox-As opener to start at 6:07 a.m. ET

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794 Responses to “Link Dump: January 18th, 2008”

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  1. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:02 pm (#592533)

    I blame Omar! Give us something to talk about damn it!

  2. Comment posted by Kneel Before Zod! on January 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm (#592534)

    later, guys. im gonna go do a shitload of drugs!

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  4. Comment posted by Future on January 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm (#592535)

    No Omar, don’t do it. Don’t just do something so we can talk about it. The last time you did that you traded Milledge away.

  5. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm (#592536)

    We could talk about Blanton being off the market (if Shea’s source is good). Thank heaven we won’t have him to kick around in trade rumors.

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  7. Comment posted by Lunkwill Fook on January 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm (#592537)

    Okay, I’m out. Later Geeks.

  8. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm (#592538)

    Later zod , just say no

  9. Comment posted by 7 Train to Maine on January 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm (#592539)

    what? dammit

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  11. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm (#592540)

    Blanton could still be traded. that wont change anything. he just has a deal now instead of hanging in pre-arbitration limbo

  12. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm (#592541)

    Hey if could be some minor piece to the WS puzzle for all I care. At least we could disect the stats.

  13. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm (#592542)

    Later, Lunk.

  14. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm (#592543)

    Mets need a beanballer, I know we have Pedro but we need someone who we dont want booted from games.

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  16. Comment posted by Ogre on January 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm (#592544)

    Sean Estes = Beanball KING!

  17. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm (#592545)

    * who we dont care if hes booted

  18. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:10 pm (#592546)

    Desperation Topic Question:
    Do we need to pick up a backup first baseman?

  19. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm (#592547)

    Ankeil agrees with the cards, wonder how Timmay thinks about that

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  21. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 5:12 pm (#592548)

    I guess Damion Easley is going to be our backup 1B. Marlon can probly play it too.

  22. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:12 pm (#592549)

    What take delgado off the field when hes hitting .350?

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  24. Comment posted by Jessica on January 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm (#592550)

    The one issue with Easley as the backup 1B is that Willie apparently plans to use him as Church’s platoon partner in RF (at least that’s what was said during the winter meetings).

  25. Comment posted by 7 Train to Maine on January 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm (#592551)

    What take delgado off the field when hes hitting .350?

    Hitting .350 against who? His 9 month old son…….

  26. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm (#592552)

    Marlon can’t play… any position.

    Great pinch-hitter, I’m not hatin’, I’m just sayin’.

    Dude is a butcher in the field.

    Damion’s the back-up 1B unless Valentin (ugh) is.

  27. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm (#592553)

    Just you wait and see 7 train.

  28. Comment posted by 7 Train to Maine on January 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm (#592554)

    Yea, Marlon doesnt deserve to even step on the diamond unless hes hitting of course. He should have a similar role that Olmedo Saenz has with LA

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  30. Comment posted by Ogre on January 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm (#592555)

    Hitting .350 against who? His 9 month old son…….

    Ogre thinks he meant SLUGGING .350…

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  32. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm (#592556)

    Marlon played 3 games there just last year.

    I’m not saying he should, but he will be used there.

  33. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm (#592557)

    in 2006 Valentine played 1B 1 game, im sure he could do it, the guy ooozes baseballs

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  35. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm (#592558)

    If Stache makes this team, something has gone wrong somewhere.

  36. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm (#592559)

    Id rather have valentin play the infield utility, even 1B. Remember that clank that Easley had that led to that 5 run inning disaster with Ollie.

  37. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm (#592560)

    You’d like to give an aging first basemen a couple dozen games off. If he plays 130-135 games, we’re gonna have Easley/Anderson there for 30 games? Blech.

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  39. Comment posted by MetsFanSince71 on January 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm (#592561)

    Ok, folks….I gotta get ready for my date with Kayden Kross :)

    DEP- I’m gonna email you over the weekend with a question

    be back lata

  40. Comment posted by sheadenizen on January 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm (#592562)

    I’d rather have Valentin oaching 1st base…. not playing it!

  41. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm (#592563)

    Are all the PH roles taken already?

  42. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm (#592564)

    Delgado might be hitting .350 after 6 games and 22 ABs.

  43. Comment posted by 7 Train to Maine on January 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm (#592566)

    Yea, Easleys defense was pretty bad to say the least. Even his hitting was bad. Outside of his clutch homer vs Valverde against Arizona and that walkoff vs Colorado, he didnt do much

  44. Comment posted by sheadenizen on January 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm (#592565)

    coaching

  45. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm (#592567)

    Easley was doing okay before he got hurt. Then it was straight into the tank.

  46. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm (#592568)

    is 76 games easley hit 280 before he got hurt, thats pretty great off the bench

  47. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm (#592569)

    Wood is in FL’s brain. Or vice-versa.

  48. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm (#592570)

    I have no problem with easley bat. I would just rather see him shagging flys in the OF then hard line drives in the IF

  49. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm (#592571)

    Artus at Always Amazin has brought up Wilkerson and Sean Casey as possible 1B backups/PHers.

  50. Comment posted by Dave in Spain on January 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm (#592572)

    If we go with 7 relievers, then the starters + Castro leave 4 bench slots. Endy, Easley, Marlon, & Stache/Gotay/Pagan. Am I forgetting anyone? No room for a back up 1b specialist…

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  52. Comment posted by Future on January 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm (#592573)

    Woah, this guy on another board I am on just went whacko anti-abortion on every one about how rapists’ babies need to be protected.

    Thank God for Metsgeek, we all get along.

  53. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm (#592574)

    Yeah, Easley can hit more than well-enough as a bench back-up.

    The weird thing about the Mets is… they have a really good bench, there’s no doubt about that. Castro when he’s healthy, Endy when he’s healthy, Gotay, Easley, Marlon as strictly a pinch-hitter.

    They’ve got a bench that can play all the positions and can hit quite well for back-ups.

    Oh, the starting line-up is three stars and a mix of five injury-riddled-has-beens and/or never-weres but… strong bench!

  54. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm (#592575)

    Oh, so now we’re bringing logical thought into the discussion? Buzzkill.

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  56. Comment posted by tim from STL. on January 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm (#592576)

    A mill for ankiel? I will allow it….I feel dirty after reading the posts today….All it was missing was a Nazi reference and white slavery…It beats the hell out of mind-numbing trade scenarios though…

    PS, I’m pro-tiger

  57. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm (#592577)

    Hey, Timmay.

    Nazi and white slavery references are generally reserved for weekend threads.

  58. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm (#592578)

    So Dep is right valentin ony gets a chance if someone gets hurt. He will probably start the year in AAA

  59. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm (#592579)

    Wonder if Omah/Valentin have an agreement re a future coaching job in the organization…

  60. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm (#592580)

    the starting line-up is three stars and a mix of five injury-riddled-has-beens and/or never-weres

    Aw, now I’m all depressed.

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  62. Comment posted by tim from STL. on January 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm (#592581)

    I would do ludes if i wasn’t so crunked out on Ozark Opium…

  63. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm (#592582)

    Fatt we all know LFM is irrational about young players so ignore his hate.

  64. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm (#592584)

    time to eat, Im thinking sausage and peppers tonight.

  65. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm (#592585)

    Well, if the starting line up is… God help us… Reyes Castillo Beltran Wright Alou Delgado Church and Schneider… and the starting rotation is Pedro Ollie Maine El Duque and Pelfrey.

    That’s thirteen guys. Five bench spots, seven relief spots.

    Wags Feliciano Heilman Sosa Wise… God help us twice, Show… and one of Sanchez/Padilla/Smith/etc.

    So you then have Gotay backing up 3B/SS/2B, Easley backing up RF/2B/1B, Castro backing up C, Chavez backing up LF/CF if he’s healthy (God help us, Pagan if Endy’s down) and… Marlon hopefully only pinchhitting.

    I mean, that’s what we’re left with/stuck with, yeah?

  66. Comment posted by sheadenizen on January 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm (#592586)

    Later all….Go Big Blue!

  67. Comment posted by fatt lipp on January 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm (#592587)

    Go Big Blue, Shea!!!

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  69. Comment posted by Ogre on January 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm (#592588)

    Wait. Do you mean to tell Ogre that the Mets don’t have one Jeremy, Jeremi, Geremi, Jermei, Jeromy, or Jer9my on the major league roster? Oh, that’s bad…

  70. Comment posted by Ed in Westchester 2.0 on January 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm (#592589)

    Ogre – “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam will be the theme song this year.

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  72. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm (#592591)

    According to Newsday, the Mets and Aaron Heilman have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $1.2-million contract.

    Pedro Feliciano, Ryan Church, Endy Chavez, Oliver Perez and Jorge Sosa have all exchanged salary figures with the Mets and filed for arbitration, but are free to continue negotiations in an attempt to reach an agreement before a ruling is made.

  73. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm (#592592)

    i thought heilman would get at least a mill. looks like he did a little better! good for fighting irishman from logansport. he deserves every nickel of it.

  74. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 6:17 pm (#592593)

    Well, to be fair, $200,000 of that is an “admitting you’re not a starter, you big baby” bonus and so it is probaby still up in the air. Probably doesn’t get that until the end of the year, after he has behaved all season.

  75. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:17 pm (#592594)

    After 09 hes a FA, then he can try starting again if the team he goes to wants that. I say the mets lock him up after this year and buy out his last year of arbitration.

  76. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:19 pm (#592595)

    Aaron Heilman rhp
    1 year/$0.453M (2007)

    They almost tripled his salary.

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  78. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 6:20 pm (#592596)

    one more year. he hits FA in 2011 after the 2010 season

  79. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm (#592597)

    ML service: 3.123

    After this year hes at 4.123 which really means hes had 5 years right?

  80. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm (#592598)

    LFM he got that bonus because hes a premier RP and deserves it.

  81. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:25 pm (#592599)

    I always thought partial years were considered another year. Maybe im wrong?

  82. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 6:25 pm (#592600)

    heilman could still start for us. if sanchez and/or padilla have a strong spring, it could happen. it is not that far-fetched. i am well aware many (most) here do not agree. i try not to argue about it, though. only time will tell…

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  84. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm (#592601)

    the big question: will he get a parking spot?

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  86. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm (#592602)

    also, heils has got to be close to being the longest tenured met. who’s been here longer? heils or reyes?

  87. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 6:29 pm (#592603)

    No no, I’m not dissing on him as a reliever.

    He is definitely a well-above-average set-up reliever.

    My point is… what do the Mets need more? Yet another untested unproven #5 starter or a well-above-average one-inning set-up man to get from a bunch of starters who rarely go more than six innings to Wagner?

    I think the answer’s painfully clear.

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  89. Comment posted by dptydwg420 on January 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm (#592604)

    I’m not sure Wood.

    I use rotoworld as a reference for FA and that kind of stuff. I find them to be very accurate, it is possible they’re wrong.

    They have it on the individual player pages.

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  91. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 6:31 pm (#592605)

    reyes by 15 days

  92. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 6:36 pm (#592606)

    pj you ready for a HUGE ccha weekend?

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  94. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm (#592607)

    big road series for the icers. i’d love to see them sweep the wolverines, but i don’t see it happening. i’ll settle for a split. a sweep BY michigan would be devastating for the irish.

    miami has a trap series vs lake superior state. they suck this year, but always come to play against us.

  95. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm (#592608)

    Heilman story

  96. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm (#592609)

    i agree, pj. the irish need the win 2night, play with house money tomorrow. the game is on pay per view if you want to check it out…

  97. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 6:49 pm (#592610)

    A service year is awarded after a player has been on a big league roster for 172 days.

    theres your answer, .123 is less then 172 days so dep was correct

  98. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm (#592611)

    oh, and good luck to the redhawks against the lakers. they suck this year, you should have no problem with them.

  99. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 7:01 pm (#592612)

    Berg on Pelfrey to the pen.

  100. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 7:02 pm (#592613)

    how have you been feeling lately, wood? good, i hope…

  101. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm (#592614)

    Yeah pretty good Custer thasnks for asking. Im used to the chemo now, I still get days that suck but I can deal with it better now.Next tuesday I go for my 1st meeting about my transplant coming up.

  102. Comment posted by Wdwrkr35 on January 18, 2008 at 7:12 pm (#592615)

    Lets go knicks

  103. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm (#592616)

    You will thank me later.

  104. Comment posted by Mak on January 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm (#592617)

    Oh man, littlefalls. I love fatal farm’s stuff. I didn’t know they took the piss out of Garfield. This is metric tons of awesome.

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  106. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm (#592618)

    lfm, i like the idea and a few of those were funny.

    http://dfc.furr.org/archive/2.html

  107. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on January 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm (#592619)

    It reminded me a bit of the old “Arbuckle” project where people would take the animal thought bubbles out of Garfield strips and left it the story of a sad lonely man who thinks he can talk to housepets but cannot.

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  109. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm (#592620)

    custer’s irish are up 2-1 on michigan!

    the mighty miami redhawks are laying waste to the lowly lake superior state lakers 5-0.

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  111. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm (#592621)

    d’oh! jinxed em 2-2

  112. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 10:44 pm (#592622)

    it just wasn’t meant to be……………. last second goal by skunkl-pigs defeat irish 3 – 2. we will rally tomorrow.

    irish o-fer their last 41 power-plays. i saw their last power-play goal in person. maybe i jinxed’em or something…

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  114. Comment posted by pj on January 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm (#592623)

    sorry custer! get em tomorrow in the palace

    redhawks were up 6-1 near the end of the 3rd

  115. Comment posted by Lister on January 18, 2008 at 10:52 pm (#592624)

    blake is in big trouble… just went down a break in the fourth set already down a set

  116. Comment posted by bcuster on January 18, 2008 at 10:54 pm (#592625)

    thanks, pj. i had heard the redhawks were smashing the lakers. congrats on that. i hope miami crushes skunk-pigs. i despise them…

  117. Comment posted by Lister on January 18, 2008 at 11:59 pm (#592626)

    blake is close to completing a truly wonderful comeback victory

    down a set in the fourth and two breaks (4-1) he’s now able to serve for the match

    SICK

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  119. Comment posted by Lunkwill Fook on January 19, 2008 at 12:01 am (#592627)

    He’s just owning Grosjean at this point.

  120. Comment posted by TonyZam on January 19, 2008 at 11:30 am (#592646)

    Greetings all first time here

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