New York Mets: Barry Bonds


Courtesy of Wheeler FamilyThat's a young Zack Wheeler in the middle, dressed in Braves apparel and flanked by older brothers Adam (left) and Jacob (right).
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FIRST PITCH: Native Georgian Zack Wheeler, who tossed six scoreless innings in his big-league debut against the Atlanta Braves last June 18, pitches at Turner Field for the second time in his career Wednesday.

Wheeler (0-1, 4.50 ERA) opposes Ervin Santana in the former Angel/Royal’s debut with the Braves.

Santana signed with Atlanta on March 12 after the Braves lost Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen to elbow injuries.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon tossed seven scoreless innings despite a family issue on his mind Tuesday. Colon’s mother Adriana Morales, 63, was diagnosed with breast cancer last week, he told ESPNdeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas.

• With Bobby Parnell having undergone Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jose Valverde is entrenched as the closer. Valverde made things exciting Tuesday, loading the bases in the ninth before completing the shutout as the Mets beat the Braves, 4-0. Travis d’Arnaud snapped an 0-for-16 drought to start the season, although the Mets overall remain in an offensive funk.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at MLB.com.


David Goldman/Associated PressHank Aaron addresses the crowd Tuesday night at Turner Field.


• Before Tuesday’s game, the Braves offered a tribute to Hank Aaron on the 40th anniversary of homer No. 715, which moved him past Babe Ruth as MLB’s all-time home run leader. Two different speakers during the pregame ceremony identified Aaron (not Barry Bonds) as baseball’s “true” long-ball champ. Asked about that choice of words, commissioner Bud Selig said: “I’m always in a sensitive spot there, but I’ve said that myself, and I’ll leave it at that.” Read more in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Journal, Record and Newsday.

• Terry Collins said Parnell made the right decision undergoing Tommy John surgery. Read more on Valverde and Parnell in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Frank Viola was released from New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, six days after undergoing open-heart surgery.

• Rafael Montero allowed three runs in five innings and Eric Campbell had a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh as Las Vegas beat Sacramento, 7-6. Matt Clark had a tiebreaking homer and Darrell Ceciliani had three RBIs as Binghamton beat Erie, 7-2. Savannah swept Augusta in a doubleheader, winning Game 1 on L.J. Mazzilli’s walk-off walk with the bases loaded. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com implores the Mets to trade Ike Davis. Writes Heyman:

Keeping Davis gives the Mets a big bat off the bench and a little security should current starter [Lucas] Duda have an injury, but in the end the current alignment is a drawback for both players. Davis is good enough to start for someone, or at least have the opportunity to start for someone. And Duda doesn't deserve to be looking over his shoulder.

• Read more on d’Arnaud in the Journal.

BIRTHDAYS: Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill turns 35. ... Former reliever Graeme Lloyd is 47.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets trade Ike Davis ASAP?

First look: My Hall of Fame ballot

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The Hall of Fame will announce the 2014 class of inductees on Jan. 8.

Eligible voters who have been members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for 10 years may select from zero to 10 candidates.

Those candidates appearing on 75 percent of the submitted ballots are elected. Candidates may remain on the ballot for as many as 15 years, provided they continue to appear on 5 percent of the ballots cast.

Here is my Hall of Fame ballot.

Second-year candidates Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens appear on my ballot for the first time. I also voted for Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas in their first year of eligibility. Because 10 candidates is the maximum for which to vote, I could not fit Tim Raines or Lee Smith this time after voting for them a year ago.



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Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza all have been scrutinized by Hall of Fame voters.
Here are the players appearing on my ballot for the Hall of Fame:

1. Jeff Bagwell
2. Craig Biggio
3. Jack Morris
4. Dale Murphy
5. Tim Raines
6. Curt Schilling
7. Lee Smith

The overall voting results will be announced Wednesday at 2 p.m., with a player needing to appear on 75 percent of submitted ballots to be enshrined in Cooperstown and on 5 percent to remain on the ballot for the following year.

I plan to wait a year on Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza before placing them on my ballot.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.288 7 37 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 14
RBID. Wright 50
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .829
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112