Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Mets morning briefing 9.28.11
By Adam Rubin
Jose Reyes had a two-homer game and finished 3-for-6 to lift his National League-leading average to .336 in the Mets' 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun enters the final day of the regular season a point behind, at .335. Reyes said he is committed to playing in the matinee finale, although Terry Collins may pull him after a couple of at-bats if they're hits.
"Every time I go to home plate, they make a lot of noise," Reyes said about the Citi Field faithful, which requested a curtain call after his second homer Tuesday night. "When I get a base hit, they make a lot of noise, too. So they know what's going on. I appreciate that from the fans."
Wednesday's news reports:
• Fred Wilpon and family received a favorable ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff. They have not escaped having to return profits however, but the standard for having to forfeit principal was placed very high. There is a discepancy in interpretation of Rakoff's ruling with respect to whether trustee Irving Picard is entitled to the last two years of Ponzi scheme profits from the Wilpons ($83.3 million) or an amount going back further ($295 million). Regardless of what Rakoff decides, or decided, that interpretation can be taken to the appeals court that has handed Picard a favorable ruling in the past with respect to calculating who lost how much in the Ponzi scheme. Read more in Capital New York, the Post, Times, Newsday and Daily News.
• The Mets picked up the 2013 option on Collins' contract, ensuring there is no ambiguity about the team's commitment to him next season. "It's certainly an honor," Collins said. "I'm very proud of the way the players have played. Managers, we get extended and we get contracts because your team plays well and plays hard. As I said in spring training, we asked them to come out and play the game right, and they have. Certainly we're not very happy with the wins and losses, but we've hung in there all season long and made games out of games people didn't think we would win." Read more in Newsday, the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Recently discovered spots turned out to be benign, although Gary Carter's battle with cancerous brain tumors continues.
• Pitching coach Dan Warthen will return in 2012, the Post reports. Sandy Alderson officially says he will confer with Collins on Thursday about the staff.
• Post columnist Joel Sherman fully expects Reyes to get a minimum of six years, $114 million in free agency. And he notes the Mets are in a no-win situation as a result. Writes Sherman:
In general, organizations should not make decisions for emotional reasons or to appease their fans. But just how much of their base can the Mets disenchant before it is a tipping point that sets the franchise back in support and attendance for a decade or more? How much animus can this ownership group engender before its mere presence atop the leadership flow chart drives even the most loyal fans toward dispassion? Beyond Reyes' skills, these are the central reasons why the Mets are motivated to keep Reyes. Except that is a trap door, as well. Because should a team in the Mets' current condition really be allocating big money within a dwindling payroll for a multi-talented but injury-prone player?
• Read more on Reyes' thoughts heading into potentially his final game as a Met in Newsday, the Post, Star-Ledger and Record.
• Chris Capuano, who may be re-signed by the organization, expressed content with making 31 starts in 2011. "I'm most proud of really just completing a full season, taking the ball every five days and not missing a turn," Capuano said. "That was a big positive for me. The last time I threw a real full season was '06, '07. I threw over 200 innings in '06, and had less but threw pretty much a full season in '07. That was my main goal coming in. There's some numbers things I'd like to improve on. I guess I'd like to get that ERA a little lower. But I'm just happy with having a full, healthy season."
• The Mets asked for a permanent territorial waiver to relocate a minor league team to Long Island or Connecticut in order to give their consent for a one-year relocation of the Yankees' Triple-A team to Newark, N.J., Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost told the Daily News. Said Trost: "I said, 'Permanently?' They said, 'Permanently.'" Trost declined, and subsequently offered the Mets $250,000 for the one-year waiver, the newspaper reported. The Mets declined.
BIRTHDAY: Former reliever Mike DeJean turns 41.