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Post  RedMagma on Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:17 am

From Idiot Ken Rosenthal who's Mets Fan and Yankee hater


http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7748328/Santana-deal-expensive,-but-necessary-for-Mets-
Ask yourself this: Who will be the Yankees' future ace if none of their young pitchers develops into a top-of-the-rotation starter? Heck, who will be their Josh Beckett this season? The Yankees lack such an animal. And they quickly could regret allowing the Mets to steal Santana

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:24 am

Well, like Richard Near (sp?) said this morning on the FAN...

You gotta spend money to make money. I always want the owner(s) of my favorite teams to be willing to spend "whatever it takes" to get the best product on the field...rather than just sit there and try to make a profit.

Kudos to the Wilpons. Will that contract cut into their profit? Perhaps. But when you consider the bigger home crowd Santana would draw, heck the Mets will probably not only make up for the contract but perhaps make a profit. That's something the Twins ownership has failed to realize, along with all the other cheap owners in MLB.

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:34 am

David Cone is going back to the dark side

Comments from Idiot Mets




http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/sports/baseball/29sportsbriefs-cone.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

YES Network Announcer Count:
Michael Kay (A Bob Costas-wannabe with his pseudo-intellect that is actually more like Dennis Miller on MNF with his mostly out of place diction. That and the fact he's a total homer who is such a drama queen.)

Al Leiter (He's Keith Hernandez without the resume, self-depricating humor, and a good PBP partner. Clubhouse Lawyer, how could you?)

Ken Singelton (Use to like him but his knowledge of the game today leaves a lot to be desired as an analyst. But as a PBP guy I think he's pretty solid.)

Paul O'Neill (I wonder if he knows how much of a hick he sounds like sometimes. Considering how much "Warrior"/Crybaby he was as a player I am quite surprised how calm, cool he is. He's a bit average, a bit of homer. Nothing to write about but Yankee fans love him anyway.)

Bobby Murcer (Even though he definately doesn't hide his affinity for the Yankees, he's not an arrogant ham like some of his other colleagues. I personally like him and he is probably one of the few guys I can stand.)

John Flaherty (Often mistaken with both Paul O'Neill and Joe Girardi with the light hick accent. Nothing special, but he's new at it. In the end, I think SNY really felt no signifigant loss after YES stole him from our studio two years ago after a day on the job.)

David Cone

Out:
David Justice (He won't be in the studio this season for now because according to Justice he wants to oversee the rebuilding process of his house that was damaged in San Diego fires. Something tells me that wasn't the only reason. See Radomski, Kirk.)

Joe Girardi (The actual intellectual, blase analysis will now be the manager of the New York Yankees. For now.)

source- http://www.nyfuturestars.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=17461

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:50 am

Questions for NL East contenders
http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=olney_buster

The Mets have punched their ticket to the postseason, writes Bob Klapisch. At the end of this piece, Hank Steinbrenner tells Klapisch that he just wanted to make everybody happy in pushing for the Johan Santana trade, but that doesn't mean he won't be wishing that that the Yankees had Santana. In the end, he says, "We'll see what happens."

There was a seminar at Plattsburgh State Friday afternoon, and as snow and freezing rain and then just rain gathered into a thick slush outside, about 150 baseball fans chatted about baseball. The Mets will be the clear NL favorites on paper once they finish the Santana deal, I said, and another baseball fan in the room wondered how the forecast could be so ironclad.

It isn't, of course. The NL East should be a summer-long brawl, with three talented teams mashing away at each other, and we don't know the answers to the many uncertainties in play in the months ahead. Santana may represent one extraordinary weapon to be trotted out for seven innings every five days, but what about the team's other questions?

1. What is Pedro Martinez now? Is he a good pitcher, or merely mediocre? Can he be great? Can he generate enough fastball to create separation from his changeup, and command his breaking stuff? (The Mets, by the way, may have the starting pitchers with the two best changeups in the majors, with Santana and Pedro).

2. Will the Mets' bullpen be suitably reconstructed? By last September, it was a mess, and there really haven't been a lot of off-season alterations made. Now, Santana alone will make the bullpen better, because he will throw deeper into games and allow Willie Randolph to structure his bullpen plans around the likelihood of a lengthy performance when the two-time Cy Young winner takes the mound. But will the middle relievers bounce back? Will Billy Wagner -- who really did seem rattled at times late in the year -- bounce back?

3. Will Carlos Delgado be a more significant factor, on and off the field?

What about the questions we have about the Phillies:

1. How will Brad Lidge respond to Philadelphia? If he throws the way he did in 2004 and for almost all of 2005, then the Phillies will have a suitable closer and an improved rotation with Brett Myers restored into a starter's role. But if Lidge struggles and the fans start to boo, then Charlie Manuel will again have a massive puzzle on his hands -- how to draw outs of a muddled pitching staff.

2. How much will the Phillies miss Aaron Rowand? They signed Geoff Jenkins to platoon with Jayson Werth in the outfield, and Pedro Feliz could be a nice pickup to play third base, and benefit from playing in a much smaller park. But Rowand fit the Phillies' resolute culture last year; in many ways, he and Jimmy Rollins were the heart and soul of the team through the six long months of the regular season.

3. Will the starting pitching hold up? Last year, the Phillies somehow pieced together five innings from their starters, and their bullpen carried an extraordinary load, and the team won enough to take the division, in the wake of the Mets' collapse. But that was a fragile formula, and it's hard to imagine the Phillies being able to get by, again, with so little stability in their starting pitching.

The Braves have questions, as well:

1. When will John Smoltz and Tom Glavine hit the wall? Hey, it may not happen for years; Smoltz was absolutely dominant on some days last season, and Glavine pitched well for most of the season; both take care of themselves and will give themselves the best chance for longevity. But they are both older and the end will come some day, and the Braves are relying on them to hold up for 2008.

2. Rafael Soriano is slated to be the closer, but he's had recurring arm trouble; can he stay healthy? The Braves won't get Mike Gonzalez back until midseason at the earliest, and it's unclear whether he'll give them any help at all this summer. Peter Moylan is a solid Plan B as a closer, but he was so exceptional in middle relief last year that it would be wrenching for Bobby Cox to pull him out of that role.

3. Will Yunel Escobar thrive as the Braves' shortstop, now that he's taken over for Edgar Renteria? The Braves are convinced that he will thrive, and be part of a lineup that should be prolific, again.

4. Can Chipper Jones stay in the lineup? When Chipper plays, the Braves' offense seems completely different; when Chipper plays, the Braves win. But so often in recent years, because of various injuries, he hasn't played a lot. With the Mets improved, it's hard to imagine Atlanta making the playoffs if the Braves' third baseman misses 50-60 games again this summer.

Santana's physical examination is scheduled for later today, writes Ken Davidoff.

It's easy to see why the Mets think that Santana can be the final piece to their championship dreams, writes Mike Lupica.

The Mets have found the ace they've lacked since trading away Tom Seaver, writes Mike Vaccaro.

The Mariners are still working through the issues with Erik Bedard, writes Larry Stone.

Andruw Jones took batting practice -- at Turner Field.

PED ZONE

Chuck Knoblauch met with Congressional investigators and afterward said this: "It is what it is."

LASTLY

Another day in dial-up hell, at my sister's house; I'd bet that even Daniel Boone and Ted Kaczynski had hi-speed in their shacks, but not my sister. Apologize for the number of links here. We'll be back to normal Monday.

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