Friday, March 25, 2011
Mets morning briefing 3.25.11
By Adam Rubin
Chris Young and Jason Isringhausen participate in a minor league intrasquad game at 9 a.m., so that Young doesn't face the Marlins for a third time this spring, and Izzy can test his inflamed elbow in a more controlled setting. D.J. Carrasco, the projected long man/spot starter this season, instead starts the game in Jupiter against Florida.
On to Friday's news reports:
• Well, the Mets opened their books to prospective minority investors. And, all of a sudden, there's the revelation the Mets lost $50 million in 2010. New York Times reporters Michael S. Schmidt and Richard Sandomir write:
Sales of what are known as full-season equivalents -- a mix of small and large season-ticket packages -- are projected to top out at 10,000 this year, less than half the total sold just two years ago. ... The revelations about the team’s losses come as Wilpon and Katz look to raise cash to keep the team running by selling at least 25 percent of the club. Five to eight prospective bidders are taking their first looks at the club’s recent financial history -- and examining documents that help with projections. Analysts and sports investment bankers have doubted that the team can find anyone willing to buy a minority stake. Instead, they have said, more than 50 percent of the club might have to be sold to give a buyer control. ... Bidders are being told SNY -- a reliable source of profits for the Mets’ owners -- is not for sale, and they are not being shown the network’s financial statements, said a person briefed on the sale. They are seeing documents showing that SNY is paying the vast majority of more than $60 million in media revenue to the team.
• Mike Sielski of The Wall Street Journal looks at the durability of David Wright, who has played in at least 142 games in each of the last six seasons. The lone DL trip came when San Francisco's Matt Cain beaned him with a pitch, and even then Wright did not particularly want to be deactivated. "I'm kind of a creature of habit," Wright tells Sielski. "Once I start something, I like to finish it and stick to it. I can probably count on one hand the number of times over the last four or five years I've missed an off-season workout or baseball workout."
Wright ranks fifth in the majors in most games played since the 2005 season at 935. The only more durable players: Ichiro Suzuki (954), Adam Dunn (947), Miguel Cabrera (943) and Bobby Abreu (938).
Wright sets a target of 155 games each season, and he said he understands that manager Terry Collins will give him an occasional day off to keep him fresh. "I look for it being an open line where we can talk about it," Wright said, which would be a bit of a change from last year. Jerry Manuel, Collins's predecessor, sometimes would float the idea of resting Wright during his daily sessions with reporters -- before mentioning it to Wright. "That," Collins said, "is not going to happen." If Wright has his way, something else won't happen, either: a change of positions [as he ages]. ... "I do realize that probably the way I play, the style I play, you kind of get beat up, and who knows what's going to happen 10 years down the road as far as what my body's going to feel like?" Wright said. "But ... the one move I want to make is from third to my couch."
• Carlos Beltran will repeat his simulated game activities Friday, with an eye toward entering a minor league game Saturday and being ready for Opening Day. “I absolutely can,” Terry Collins told reporters Thursday about envisioning Beltran in right field next Friday in Miami for the season opener. “There’s no question about it. He’s going to get enough at-bats, be it in the morning games, the back fields. Hopefully he participates in a game Saturday, which is going to lead to a couple games next week, if not all three of them. I think we’re in a good spot.”
Read more in Newsday, the Post, Daily News, Record, Journal and Times.
• The well-read Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger has the dialogue between Beltran and 65-year-old PR man Jay Horwitz as Horwitz situated himself at third base in Thursday's simulated game and prepared to run home.
“Well,” Horwitz said, “what do I do?”
“You never watched a game?” Beltran said. “What do you do?
• David Lennon of Newsday notes that after going 4-for-4 with a a homer Thursday, Brad Emaus' on-base percentage suddenly looks pretty good, at .396. His average went from .216 to .293.
BIRTHDAYS: Lee Mazzilli turns 56. ... Tom Glavine turns 45.