New York Mets: Kimmy Bloemers

Morning Briefing: The final countdown

March, 29, 2014
Mar 29
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MONTREAL

FIRST PITCH: The Mets play their final 2014 exhibition game Saturday with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium.

Daisuke Matsuzaka opposes Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow.

The 1994 Montreal Expos, which included Pedro Martinez, Cliff Floyd, Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom and Larry Walker, will be honored pregame. That team was 74-40 and poised to make a serious run at the World Series when a strike ended the season.

Saturday’s news reports:

Jenrry Mejia, who appeared poised to get at least one big-league start during the opening week of the season, departed Friday’s game at Olympic Stadium after taking a line drive off his right forearm in the fifth inning. Terry Collins said the forearm dramatically swelled. Mejia was off to the hospital for some late-night X-rays Friday.

Collins had planned for the combo of Mejia and Matsuzaka to serve as the fifth starter and hedge against Jonathon Niese not being ready to come off the DL on April 6 to face the Cincinnati Reds. Now, assuming Mejia needs time to recuperate, Matsuzaka could be starting on April 4 instead of Mejia and John Lannan could become the insurance for Niese.

Niese, incidentally, continued to feel good the day after pitching in a minor-league game.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and MLB.com.

• Gary Carter’s widow Sandy and daughter Kimmy Bloemers were on hand for a pregame ceremony Friday honoring The Kid in Montreal. A crowd of 46,121 packed into Olympic Stadium for the Mets exhibition game against the Jays. Former Expo Warren Cromartie used the occasion to continue to lobby for MLB to return to Montreal, while acknowledging that meant the relocation of an existing team and not expansion. Read more on the Gary Carter ceremony and MLB’s future in Montreal in the Daily News, Foxsports.com, Times, Journal and MLB.com.

Bobby Parnell surrendered a walk-off single in the ninth as the Mets lost to the Jays, 5-4. Travis d’Arnaud homered against his former organization. Mejia had limited Toronto to a solo homer by Jose Bautista in four-plus innings before the liner forced him to depart.

• The Mets have released $35 standing-room-only tickets for Opening Day.

Jose Reyes called Ruben Tejada a couple of weeks ago to offer support. “They just need to let Tejada play,” Reyes told Kristie Ackert in the Daily News before Friday’s Mets-Jays game. “Don’t put so much pressure on him. He’s like 23-24 years old, so I mean the talent is still there. Let the guy play. Let the guy develop his talent. Just give him a chance.”

• Collins said Lucas Duda still may see some outfield action to get into the lineup if both Ike Davis and Duda are hitting well. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Record.

Omar Quintanilla officially has beaten out Anthony Seratelli for the backup shortstop role, according to Collins. If something were to happen to Tejada and Quintanilla, David Wright would be the primary candidate to complete the game at shortstop, the manager added.

• Minor-league teams begin play Thursday. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom highlight Las Vegas’ rotation. Double-A Binghamton’s roster should include Kevin Plawecki, Cory Vaughn, Jack Leathersich, Adam Kolarek, Dustin Lawley, Matt Reynolds and Wilfredo Tovar. Class A St. Lucie should include Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa and Steven Matz. Low-A Savannah should include Dominic Smith, last year’s first-round pick.

• Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos on Friday defended last offseason’s trade of Syndergaard and d’Arnaud to the Mets for R.A. Dickey.

“I think it’s good for both,” Anthopoulos told Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger. “We definitely need starters and we definitely need innings. We’d love to get more guys like R.A., especially since he almost led the AL in innings pitched -- I think he was just behind James Shields by five-something. He started out slow, but second half of the year put up a three-and-a-half ERA and had a great year for us.

“Ultimately, Josh Johnson got hurt, Brandon Morrow got hurt, [Mark] Buehrle’s done what he’s always done. Our offense is still a pretty good team, but guys have missed time. If we had just had a little more production out of the three, four, five in our rotation, it would have changed things for us. He’s obviously a really key part of our team.”

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets reliever Scott Atchison turns 38. ... Oakland GM Billy Beane, a former Mets first-round pick, is 52.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How concerned are you about the Mets’ bullpen?

Sandy Carter praises 'beautiful' tribute

March, 28, 2014
Mar 28
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Adam RubinWidow Sandy Carter and daughter Kimmy Bloemers address the media at Olympic Stadium after a moving pregame tribute to the late Gary Carter.
MONTREAL -- Ten years after the Montreal Expos played their final game at Olympic Stadium, Major League Baseball returned Friday night, with an exhibition game between the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

The event, which drew an announced crowd of 46,121, appropriately began with a tribute to the late Gary Carter.

With widow Sandy Carter and daughter Kimmy Bloemers on the field for the pregame ceremony, and with ex-Montreal players Steve Rogers, Warren Cromartie and Tim Raines also participating, a video tribute to The Kid played on the Olympic Stadium scoreboard. Organizers also unveiled a banner on the right-field wall that read:

MERCI! THANK YOU!

‘THE KID’ 8

GARY CARTER

1954-2012

Adam RubinOlympic Stadium was packed Friday night for the Mets-Blue Jays exhibition game.




“It was emotional. It was beautiful,” Sandy Carter said afterward about the ceremony. “It was even more special than I thought it would be, which I had [high] expectations. We just felt so much love from everyone. The city always embraced Gary, embraced us as a family. I just really felt that tonight.

“We bought a home here. Little Kimmy was born here. We learned a little French. We made it our home. We felt privileged and blessed to be here for 11 years, and he gave 100 percent.”

Said Kimmy Bloemers: “I feel so honored to be Gary Carter’s daughter, not just because of the fame at all. It’s not truly that. It’s because he treated people like people, and he loved people. I know he was on this Earth for a short time, but he was here to impact, and he was here to love people and basically teach all of us a lesson in how to treat people and how to live life, and how to live with a lot of joy.

“He played this game with a lot of joy. How can you not love baseball when you see somebody like that play the way that they do? He instilled it in me. And now I’m instilling it in my own children. And it’s because of my father.”

Carter, who died on Feb. 16, 2012 after a battle with brain cancer, played 12 seasons with the Expos before getting traded to the Mets on Dec. 10, 1984.

Sandy Carter agreed having the Mets involved in the event made the evening that much more significant.

“It makes it extra special, because we love Montreal, but when we got traded -- or when he got traded, I say we ... we were together 40 years -- that was some exciting years too with the Mets,” she said.

She appreciated the current Mets and Blue Jays players taking an interest in the ceremony, too.

“It meant so much to me when I looked over and I saw the Blue Jays standing up on the dugout [steps] and the Mets standing up, that to me was very honoring to Gary,” Sandy Carter said. “I thought that was very special.”

Cromartie, who played for the Expos from 1974 through ’83, is spearheading an effort to attempt to bring Major League Baseball back to Montreal. He acknowledged that would have to come through relocation rather than an expansion team.

“There’s no expansion in Major League Baseball any time soon,” Cromartie said. “We all know that. We know the teams that are available. Of course, we’re not talking about the teams that are available out of due respect for their team now and their franchise now. But things have changed for the better.”

Cromartie insisted the climate is different now than a decade ago, when the Expos played their final game here before relocating to Washington and becoming the Nationals. He said there is a commitment from businesses and TV to support a new team. He also cited a more favorable exchange rate between the Canadian and U.S. dollars.

“The corporate sector is stepping up. The local businesses are stepping up. And the TV are stepping up,” said Cromartie, who married a Canadian woman, and who played minor-league ball in Quebec City as well. “I can’t complain now. I’m very pleased with what’s going on.

“This here tonight is a tremendous stepping stone for Montreal. The whole world should be watching this, and I’m sure Major League Baseball will be watching as well.”

Cromartie concluded his pregame-ceremony remarks about Carter to the large Olympic Stadium crowd by saying: “And let’s bring baseball back to Montreal!”

Mets morning briefing 4.5.12

April, 5, 2012
4/05/12
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Johan Santana pitches in a major league game for the first time since Sept. 2, 2010 as the Mets open the regular season at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. against the Atlanta Braves. The Mets will honor Gary Carter, who died Feb. 16 after a 10-month battle with brain cancer, during pregame ceremonies. Carter's widow Sandy and children D.J., Kimmy and Christy will participate in the remembrance.

The Mets are 32-18 all time on Opening Day, a .640 winning percentage that is the best in the majors. The Yankees are second at 65-46 (.586), followed by Baltimore at 63-47 (.573) and Seattle at 20-15 (.571), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Read the Mets-Braves series preview here.

Before the first pitch, join me for a noon ET chat here.

Thursday's news reports:

• Team doctor David Altchek, who performed Santana's surgery, believes the southpaw is out of the woods as he returns from Sept. 14, 2010 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

Brian Costa in the Journal speaks with Santana about his signature changeup, while Michael Salfino also in the Journal notes pitchers who missed a season often struggle upon their return. Writes Salfino:

Pitchers who started the season for a team after sitting through a layoff of more than a season have combined to allow 4.22 runs per game while averaging just 137.8 innings. Excluding pitchers who missed time due to military service, Santana's absence from big league action that began on Sept. 2, 2010 will be the sixth longest since 1921, according to Stats LLC. The hurler with the longest gap between appearing in the majors and pitching on opening day, former Pirate and later Brooklyn Dodger Preacher Roe, pitched the best of this group. But Roe didn't miss all that time due to injury: He toiled in the minors for five years after pitching a couple innings in 1938.

• Read ESPNNewYork.com's breakdown of Mets pitchers here, including scout comment. There's a breakdown of the team's hitters here.

Jon Niese has agreed to a five-year, $25.5 million contract, which can be worth as much as $46 million if the Mets exercise options for 2017 and 2018. The deal will not become official until Niese undergoes a physical. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Times, Newsday and Post.

Ike Davis belted a three-run homer off Freddy Garcia, but the Yankees rallied to beat the Mets, 8-3, at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Mets completed the Grapefruit League with a 9-20-2 record, one shy of matching the franchise's most losses in a spring training. Read more in Newsday.

Bill Madden in the Daily News writes that Sandy Alderson apologized to Mets personnel for taking a detour and having to play in Tampa against the Yankees on the eve of the season. Madden faulted a profit motivation by the owners, who needed to send the team to George M. Steinbrenner Field in order to have the Yankees visit Port St. Lucie, which resulted Tuesday in the largest crowd ever at the Mets' complex for a spring-training game. Writes Madden:

According to MLB sources, when the Mets’ higher-ups learned the Yankees were scheduled to make a rare trip to the east coast of Florida at the end of spring training to open up the new Miami ballpark, they asked if they would consider extending their Sun Coast stay an extra day to play a game in Port St. Lucie. Sure, the Yankees said, as long as the Mets agreed to make it a home-and-home situation so that both teams could benefit from one additional spring training sellout.

It apparently mattered not to the Mets that the only available date left on their schedule was the last one. After all, what’s a little inconvenience to Terry Collins and his players compared to an extra million dollars in spring training revenue, derived from hiking the ticket prices for the Yankees game -- which, despite the fact the Yankees sent only three regulars, Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones, still drew a record crowd of 7,644? And weren’t the Yankees doing them an extra favor by moving up the start of Wednesday’s game to noon?

As a result of Wednesday's game in Tampa, the Mets could not have a workout at Citi Field. So their outfielders will go into the first game with revised dimensions without a rehearsal at their stadium.

• Needing to clear 40-man roster spots for Mike Baxter and Miguel Batista, the Mets placed right-handers Josh Stinson and Armando Rodriguez on outright waivers. Stinson was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to Double-A Huntsville. Rodriguez cleared waivers and will remain with the organization as a non-40-man roster player.

Andrew Keh in the Times profiles right fielder Lucas Duda. Writes Keh:

Duda’s four home runs in exhibition games and a batting average that hovered around .300 provided some additional reassurance for the Mets’ front office. “Obviously, he’s got that power, that raw power, which scares pitchers out of the strike zone,” said Dave Hudgens, the team’s hitting coach. “He reminds me a ton of Jason Giambi -- that strength, the plate discipline, he can use the whole field, make adjustments.” When told of Hudgens’s comment, Duda said: “It’s nice to be compared to good players. But I’m myself. I can’t really try to be Jason Giambi. I know that sounds bland and vanilla.”

• The Mets' minor league affiliates open their seasons as well today, with Matt Harvey on the mound for Triple-A Buffalo and Collin McHugh starting for Double-A Binghamton.

Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin speaks with top prospect Zack Wheeler, who will pitch for the B-Mets on Friday. "My mom and dad always said me and my brothers, we get our arms from our mom, because she was always breaking people's fingers and stuff when she was throwing the softball," Wheeler told Worthy. "Everyone was always scared to play catch with her."

Mike Harrington's Triple-A Bisons preview in the Buffalo News looks at manager Wally Backman and the uncertain future of the affiliation agreement with the Mets, which expires after this season. Writes Harrington:

The teams' Player Development Contract is up after this season and there will be plenty of pressure on the Bisons to look elsewhere if the 2012 Herd, which opens its season tonight in Pawtucket, flames out again. The Bisons, who have not made the playoffs since 2005, have big expectations for the 25th anniversary season of Coca-Cola Field and they're not unfounded. The Mets have done a good job stocking the club with veteran free agents -- including the return of 2011 Buffalo MVP Valentino Pascucci -- and have put their two close-to-the-majors pitching prospects (6-foot-4 right-handers Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia) at the top of the Bisons' rotation. And to top it off, they've shuffled manager Wally Backman from Double-A Binghamton to Buffalo. Backman, the beloved second baseman from New York's 1986 World Series champions, is the rising star of the organization.

• Newsday's season preview package includes a look at the rotation, explanation of the difficult task of replacing Jose Reyes, a look at stadium grass maintenance, review of Citi Field dimension changes and a position-by-position look at the Mets.

Andy Martino in the Daily News discusses Davis' left ankle (a nonissue, the first baseman says) as well as the suspected case of valley fever. Davis will get a follow-up exam of his lungs now that the team has arrived in New York. Writes Martino:

Although the ankle, which killed Davis’ sophomore year while he was batting .302, with seven home runs in 129 at-bats, has apparently healed (“The ankle is good,” Davis says. “I haven’t had a problem. Hopefully it never flares up.”), the Valley Fever lingers, and Davis cannot promise that it won’t be a problem. “I don’t know,” he said. “It could be, it couldn’t be. Obviously, it could have an effect. I feel tired, but so does everyone here.” The Mets, who issued a statement saying that Davis “likely” had Valley Fever, never went further than that, but Davis is operating under the assumption that he is indeed suffering from the desert-bred malady. “Oh yeah,” he says. “There is definitely something in there. The x-ray isn’t making stuff up.”

With spring training now over, it is difficult to say how much the condition affected Davis. He said this week that he “felt great,” ascribing his general weariness to the Grapefruit League’s unyielding schedule at the ballpark by 8 a.m., on the field for stretching and workouts by 9:30, play under sizzling sun at 1.


• The Marlins opened their season last night with Reyes at shortstop. And columnist Joel Sherman in the Post calls them the "IT" team. Writes Sherman:

There is glitz around the organization that begins with the vibrant colors and garish touches of this $634 million, retractable-roof facility, which could just as easily double as the largest disco in the world. They have a Jets-ian brash feel about them from the verbal jousts of manager Ozzie Guillen, the confident strut of owner Jeffrey Loria, the orange-dyed hair of Reyes and Hanley Ramirez, and the moon-shot abilities of Giancarlo Stanton. They will be the stars of the major leagues’ “Hard Knocks” ripoff, “The Franchise” on Showtime, and undoubtedly will end their six-year run of ranking last in NL attendance.

Jets coach Rex Ryan would look right amid the soap-opera potential and the unrestrained goal to win -- and win now. Look, it all could be ephemeral. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the stadium financing. There are questions if there is enough local passion to retain fans once the novelty of the stadium fades. But, for now, the Marlins are an “It” team.


• The Daily News has scouting reports on Mets players, while Mike Puma in the Post and Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger have general previews. Mike Kerwick in the Record says Mets players, despite the doubters, believe. "I understand the expectations," Mike Pelfrey told Kerwick. "We lost … I don't know how many games we lost. Eighty-five? We lost the National League batting champion. I understand. But we're going to be OK."

• Also read about Citi Field dimension changes in the Record and Journal.

Bobby Valentine will do a weekly Boston Red Sox radio spot with Michael Kay on ESPN 1050 right here in New York. Read more in the Daily News.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro says in the Post that 2012 might seem bleak, but it's been far worse. Writes Vaccaro:

If we can agree that the 1962 Mets were the gold standard (or the zinc standard, perhaps) for ineptitude, there are several candidates for which one comes next. The 103-loss Worst Team Money Could Buy team of 1993 makes a strong case, thanks to their bleach spraying and firecracker slinging. The 2003-04 versions, brightened by Art Howe’s personality lighting up the room, demand a spot in the team photo. As do just about any team from 1963-67, though ’63’s 111-loss team which finished 48 games out of first place (and 15th out of ninth) merits special consideration.

Still, as a representative of the franchise’s darkest, gloomiest period, it’s impossible to overlook 1979, when the team lost 99 games (and had to go on a heroic six-game winning streak to close the season), finished 35 games behind the first-place Pirates (and 17 behind the fifth-place Cubs) and drew 788,905 customers to Shea Stadium, including a nine-game homestand to close the home schedule that attracted a total of 48,960 die-hards -- 27,033 of whom came for Fan Appreciation Day.


Jason Bay did not have an RBI during Grapefruit League play. Writes McCullough in the Star-Ledger:

He is sick of this conversation. Jason Bay has had some variation of it for more than two years now, with friends, family, teammates, coaches and reporters. He has fielded questions about his mechanics, his inconsistency and his disappointing résumé as a Met. His answers are never satisfactory because his performance has never satisfied. “But I understand,” Bay said yesterday inside the visitors clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field for the Mets spring training finale. “Until you do something about it, that’s part of it.”

TRIVIA: Who was the winning pitcher in the Mets' first Opening Day victory as a franchise?

Wednesday's answer: Alex Cora is the only player to bat leadoff for the Mets other than Reyes since 2005. Cora started at shortstop and the No. 1 slot in the order two years ago, while Reyes was working back from a thyroid issue and opened the season on the disabled list.

Mets morning briefing 2.17.12

February, 17, 2012
2/17/12
7:05
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Three days until Mets pitchers and catchers officially report.

Friday's news reports:

• Hall of Famer Gary Carter's battle with brain cancer ended Thursday when he passed away at 4:10 p.m., his daughter Kimmy Bloemers indicated, leaving former teammates, other friends, family and the entire baseball community in mourning. He was 57.

Tim Kurkjian's tribute at ESPNNewYork.com included this great anecdote, as told by former teammate Ron Darling, about the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series:

"Kid never swore, never. He'd say 'Gosh darn' and 'Jeez.' Because of his religious beliefs, he never swore -- and that was rare on that team," Darling said. "But when he got to first base in the 10th inning, the late Bill Robinson, who was our first-base coach, told me that Kid told him, 'There's no way I'm making the last f------ out.' That's the competitor he was."

Columnist Bob Klapisch, who covered the '86 Mets, wrote in the Record:

Watching him go to work on a misplaced fastball was artistry. But mostly, Kid stood out because his moral scaffolding kept him drug and alcohol free. The Mets used to joke they’d be “on the pavement” 45 minutes after the last out. That was their rallying cry in ’86: in the bars, deep into the other side of midnight. But you never found Carter exploring his darker angels. He was faithful to his wife, Sandy, and unlike some of the other married Mets, didn’t have girlfriends on the side. Carter knew that he was being mocked for his lifestyle, but that never bothered him enough to seek revenge. He chose to turn the other cheek, although that’s not to say Kid was a coward.

Marty Noble, who covered Carter for Newsday, wrote at MLB.com:

The Boy Scout in him never faded. A one-time colleague who liked him acknowledged that he seemed to be auditioning for a Wheaties-box appearance at every turn. And after Carter died Thursday, the same man suggested a likeness of his former comrade on the cereal box would be a fitting testament. "A decent, decent man," he called Carter.

Check out the ESPNNewYork.com photo gallery here. Listen to Dwight Gooden on ESPN New York 1050 here. And read tributes and remembrances from Ian O'Connor at ESPNNewYork.com here as well as in the Montreal Gazette, Times, Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, Journal and Newsday.

Johan Santana will step on a mound for the first time since the end of September on Friday at the Mets' complex. It's not quite momentous, since the test of his surgically repaired shoulder will be whether Santana can withstand pitching in games every fifth or sixth day. Pitching coach Dan Warthen hopes to place Santana on that every-five-days schedule throughout Grapefruit League play. Read more in the Record, Newsday, Star-Ledger and Daily News.

Jose Reyes, participating in a Marlins caravan tour of South Florida, expressed sympathy for the Mets' plight."I understand it's a tough situation for the organization," Reyes told the Post's Dan Martin. "What they're going through isn't easy and that's why I was hurt at the beginning. But with the problems they have, I get it. I feel bad for them."

Still, Reyes would have liked an offer. "At least come to me and say, 'This is what we have,'" Reyes told Martin. "Make a push. Even if it's not what I'm looking for, show me you still want me. ... When I get to spring training next week, it's probably going to feel a little bit different. Every year I saw the same guys, like David Wright. Now I have a new team to learn."

Wally Backman officially was introduced as Bisons skipper in Buffalo on Thursday. Backman, who is being promoted from Double-A Binghamton, announced he would wear No. 8 as a tribute to Carter, Mike Harrington reported in the Buffalo News. Mark Brewer will serve as pitching coach and George Greer will serve as hitting coach for the Bisons, who host this year's Triple-A All-Star Game.

• More legal papers were filed/unsealed Thursday in trustee Irving Picard's $386 million lawsuit against Fred Wilpon and family. Writes Anthony M. Destefano in Newsday:

According to Picard's unredacted court papers filed in federal district court, co-owner Saul Katz at one point invested with Madoff to take advantage of the investment earnings rather than taking out key disability insurance on certain Mets players. The account used became known as "Saul's cookie jar," according to Picard's filing. Picard has alleged that the Sterling partners and related defendants had more than 59 percent to 87 percent of their liquid assets tied up with Madoff, an amount that reached $432 million in 2007, court papers stated.

The Wilpons' attorneys also filed a bevy of paperwork late, late last night, including trying to strike some of Picard's witnesses.

• Mets outfield prospect Sean Ratliff is making a comeback bid after getting struck late last spring training in the right eye.

• 2010 first-round pick/devout New England Patriots fan Matt Harvey arrived at camp Thursday and spoke about his need to keep the ball down in the zone if he is to have success at higher levels of the minors. Backman told Bisons fans he expected both Harvey and Jeurys Familia to begin the season with Double-A Binghamton. Read more on Harvey in the Post, Times, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

TRIVIA: Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Which player(s) were enshrined with him in that class?

(Thursday's answer: Willie Stargell is the leader in career RBIs against the Mets franchise with 182. Mike Schmidt is next with 162, followed by active-leader Chipper Jones with 154.)

Gary Carter returns to coach college

October, 28, 2011
10/28/11
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AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
Gary Carter coached his college baseball team in a pair of fall games in the past week.
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter helped coach his Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team in a pair of fall games in the past week despite battling cancerous brain tumors.

“Dad's body did not allow him to coach at 100 percent, but his mind was sharp and he enjoyed calling the plays,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote in an online journal to which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access. “Dad absolutely loves to be the skipper. After many hours coaching, dad was exhausted, but we were all proud of him for being there for his team.”

Carter helped coach the second game on Wednesday despite having just completed a third round of chemotherapy the previous day, Bloemers indicated.

Carter enters his third season as the Division II college program’s head coach. The private Christian university, located in West Palm Beach, Fla., has an enrollment of 3,659.

Former major league pitcher Kent Bottenfield is assisting Carter with the program’s coaching duties.

Bottenfield, 42, last had been paired with Carter for the final game of Carter’s Hall of Fame catching career -- a game in which Carter drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Montreal Expos victory against the Chicago Cubs at Olympic Stadium.

“I tell our players, ‘Just so you know, he’s quite a bit older than I am,’ because everyone says, ‘Oh, you played together,’” quipped Bottenfield, a rookie back in 1992 with the Expos.

Bottenfield relocated from Franklin, Tenn., where his family had lived the past six years, to join the program two months ago. He accepted the position after Carter was diagnosed with the brain tumors. The decision partly was based on loyalty to Carter, whose ability to participate with the program on an everyday basis has restricted by the cancer battle.

“I didn’t submit an application. I wasn’t looking for the job,” Bottenfield said. “But the athletic director called me and told me all about it and said, ‘Would you be interested in throwing your hat into the ring?’ I took some time to talk to my wife about it. We spent some time praying about it. And we decided.

“We were certainly familiar with what Gary was going through at that point. We thought there were a lot of reasons that we needed to be back down here. That was a big one -- to help a friend and his family walk through a tough time and help him with the program that he was in the middle of building.”

An examination at Duke University two weeks ago revealed that Carter’s tumors have shrunk to one-quarter of their original size. As a result, the doctors treating Carter have encouraged him to be around the program for about an hour every day and contribute as his energy allows.

Said Bottenfield: “I think it’s been extremely inspirational. I don’t detect any kind of, ‘Oh, no, Skip’s here. Don’t we feel bad for him?’ No. Every time they see him, they have smiles on their faces. They love to have him there. And he really is doing well. With all that he’s gone through and the tumors in his brain, you would think it could really affect his thought process. It really hasn’t done that. He’s been lucid. He’s been great.”

As for Carter’s activity during practices, Bottenfield said: “He started a few weeks ago. When we were still doing our individual workouts, he was going up to the cage at the university, and he would sit outside the cage while guys were hitting and he would talk to them and work with them. And then when we started our team workouts, he’s been out on the field. He’s got a chair that he brings out, and sits by the dugout. When we’re working on defense, he’s yelling things out and talking to me about things. He’ll pull guys aside when he sees something.

“It’s his program. And that’s the fine line I have to walk."

Mets morning briefing 9.21.11

September, 21, 2011
9/21/11
10:02
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The Cardinals roared back with a six-run seventh inning against Josh Stinson, Tim Byrdak and D.J. Carrasco to beat the Mets, 11-6, and remain 2˝ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the wild-card standings. Carlos Beltran's San Francisco Giants, by the way, lost to now-20-game-winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers to fall 4˝ games back.

Wednesday's news reports:

Sandy Alderson all but acknowledged significant dimensions changes are coming to Citi Field in 2012. He suggested the wall in left field will not remain at 16 feet, whether the distance from home plate remains the same or a new fence is erected closer. The "Mo Zone" crevice in right field looks like a goner, too. "And others," an organization source said about expected alterations. "Nothing's finalized. They haven't got an architect."

Greg Rybarczyk, founder of hittrackeronline.com, did a study for ESPNNewYork.com earlier this season that showed Citi Field could become neutral for homers compared to other MLB ballparks by making the left-field wall 10 feet high and moving it in 10 feet and extending the fence that exists to the right of the "Mo Zone" across to where it meets the bullpen, at eight feet high. "The two changes to Citi Field that I analyzed would increase home runs by 22 percent (in left field) and 9 percent (in right field), or 31 percent overall," Rybarczyk said Tuesday. "This would make Citi Field essentially neutral for home runs, or possibly slightly favorable for home-run hitting, which is precisely what I think Alderson is looking for." Read that analysis here.

Read a transcript of Alderson's postgame conversation in the Star-Ledger and more in Newsday, the Times, Journal, Post and Daily News.

Gary Carter continues to battle cancerous brain tumors, but the fight has left him often depleted of energy. His white-blood-cell count remains too low to begin a second, higher-dosage round of chemotherapy, his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in an online journal to which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access.

• Alderson indicated during Tuesday night's telecast that the Mets will go outside the organization for their 2012 closer rather than use Bobby Parnell or another in-house option. That confirmed ESPNNewYork.com's own report. Read the extensive look at the Mets' closer situation and Alderson's views on the position here.

Wally Backman joined the Mets. Watch video of him discussing some of the Mets' Double-A pitching prospects here. While Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia rightfully get hype, Backman also sings the praises for Arizona Fall League-bound right-hander Collin McHugh.

• When Art Howe was hired by the Mets, he already had been so ridiculed by the media, he deadpanned at his introductory press conference, "Thanks for the roast." Paul DePodesta similarly never was accepted by the Los Angeles media and was treated roughly during his tenure as Dodgers GM. Yet DePodesta spoke with the Los Angeles Times about "Moneyball" the movie this week. And what initially seemed a positive piece on DePodesta did get in its fair share of jabs. Writes the L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke:

He clearly wasn't ready for the job, which lasted only two years before he was fired for essentially tearing the place apart. But I clearly wasn't ready for him, and never really gave him time to implement the baseball sabermetrics that I have since come to accept and understand. "The Dodgers have a new face, and it is dabbed in Clearasil," I wrote when he was hired. "The Dodgers have a new voice, and it speaks in megabytes." Yeah, I never really gave him much of a chance, I saw him as some robot enemy brought here to destroy our blue heaven. Watching him in the movie reminded me that he was, instead, nothing more sinister than a numbers cruncher who just couldn't equate with people.

DePodesta, whose name is not used in the movie at his request, tells Mike Puma in the Post: "I can't take it seriously. And I certainly can't take it personally. We'll see when I actually see it, but I'm determined not to take it too seriously. ... Just the whole idea of somebody else portraying me to the rest of the world was unnerving, for better or worse. They could have made me look like Superman (and) it still would be just sort of odd. That was something that sat in the back of my mind. I was asked and saw some different iterations of the script, and I realized the character that was in there wasn't even me. At that point I had to remind myself, 'It's a movie. It's fiction.'"

Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with two walks Tuesday and is hitting .331. He is within a point of National League batting leader Ryan Braun, who is sitting at .332 after going 1-for-5 against the Cubs.

Jason Isringhausen still feels numbness in his right leg as the result of a herniated disc, but hopes to get on a mound in St. Louis and appear in a game during the final homestand. Izzy remains resolved to pitch in the majors in 2012.

Johan Santana is expected to pitch in instructional league games in Fort Myers, Fla., on Oct. 1 and Oct. 7.

Jason Bay missed Tuesday's game with an illness, but Angel Pagan returned after a one-game absence for a quadriceps issue. Read more on Bay from Steve Popper in the Record.

David Lennon in Newsday looks at the Mets' offensive approach. The Amazin's have left an MLB-high 1,204 runners on base.

Josh Thole tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger the biggest thing he learned this year. Said Thole: “It sounds bad, “but you really learn not to care what people say.” Thole says in a Daily News feature: "In spring training, I made too many unnecessary changes that now I know I didn't have to make. It took me two months to try to get back to my old self again. I was just trying new things out in blocking, receiving and throwing. If I had just trusted what I had, that would have been OK."

Mike Sielski in the Journal asks if the eliminated Mets have any obligations when playing playoff contenders such as the Cardinals or Braves to field a different lineup or take a different approach since there is a real impact of winning or losing for the opponent. Writes Sielski:

Sharon Stoll, the director of the Center for Ethical Theory and Honor in Competition and Sport at the University of Idaho, said that the Mets' primary obligation was to their fans, that Collins should play his most talented players each game because "when a fan buys a ticket and goes to the stadium, they want to see the best that the team has to offer. Maybe, I am too idealistic, but…the teams are there to entertain and be a business." Stoll went so far as to say that once a team is out of contention, improving its record should be a secondary consideration. But for the Mets, who were 73-80 entering Tuesday and have not had a winning season since 2008, there is value in playing to win and maintaining the perception that the team has overachieved this season, said general manager Sandy Alderson. "One of our goals for this year was to change the perspective on the franchise," Alderson said. "When you're out of it, you can go one of two directions. We don't want to go the wrong way."

Richard Sandomir in the Times notes SNY had an interesting choice of programming on Monday, the day Mariano Rivera became the all-time saves leader.

BIRTHDAYS: Joaquin Arias, the infielder the Mets acquired from the Texas Rangers for Jeff Francoeur last Aug. 31, turns 27. Arias hit .232 for Triple-A Omaha in the Kansas City Royals organization this season.

Carter ready for more intense treatment

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Gary Carter's white-blood-cell count is not at an acceptable level to begin a stronger round of chemotherapy.
Gary Carter, whose more intense round of chemotherapy had been delayed by a low white-blood-cell count, is now ready to proceed with that treatment to combat malignant brain tumors.

His daughter Kimmy Bloemers writes:

"Dad went to the doctor yesterday and received news that his white blood count was high enough to start the new stronger chemo! The blood count is still a little low; however, he got the green light to take his first pill last night. He took an anti-nausea pill at 10 p.m. and took his chemo at 10:30 p.m. and then fell right to sleep. We are so happy to report that dad is not sick and he had a good day today. There was some anxiety yesterday not knowing if this 5-day treatment would have terrible reactions. Aside from being tired, dad has no other side effects!!!"

Bloemers adds: "Dad will take his second chemo pill tonight and will take his last chemo pill Friday night. This will happen every month for one year. Five pills for one month, Avastin every two weeks and steroids everyday. ... Dad is very strong, determined and focused for our family, his fans, friends and his baseball players. I am so proud of him. He has endured a lot these last three months and without a doubt, the best is yet to come. The more we pray, the more this miracle will happen!"

Carter has small step back in cancer battle

August, 15, 2011
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Gary Carter's white-blood-cell count is low, delaying a stronger round of chemotherapy.
Nearly two weeks after an MRI revealed Gary Carter’s malignant brain tumors had shrunk by 80 percent as the result of an initial round of chemotherapy, Carter had a mild step backward. His daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, indicated a doctor’s visit Monday revealed Carter’s white blood cell could is low, “which means his body will not be ready for the stronger chemo that was supposed to start tomorrow.”

Writes Bloemers: “Since hearing the good news about dad's tumors, it actually has been a hard week on dad and the family. Dad has been more tired than any other week. Because of his lack of energy, the doctors have decided to raise the steroids (dekatron) again to 2mg in the morning and 2mg in the evening.”

Carter requires a pair of two-hour naps each day.

“This is not at all a typical day for dad,” Bloemers wrote. “Before his diagnosis in May, dad never sat still. He was traveling, coaching, golfing and doing anything else that could keep him from slowing down. He has always been very active and very goal-driven. I can't imagine how hard it has been for dad to drastically change his daily life and take these strong medicines that essentially control his body. “

Carter has another doctor appointment next Monday.

“We ask that you pray for dad's white blood cell count to be higher so he can begin taking his new chemo medication,” his daughter wrote. “You see, chemo is what brings the blood count down, but it is chemo that dad needs to continue to fight these tumors. This week will be the second week without chemo, but dad is so strong that he can go another week without it. He will continue to have his Avastin treatment every two weeks and of course, the radiation is still working in his body.”

Gary Carter gets positive cancer prognosis

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An MRI provided encouraging news about Gary Carter's battle with malignant brain tumors.
Gary Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers shares very positive news about the ex-Met's prognosis following the reading of an MRI at Duke University. She writes:

I just got off the phone with my mom and I have WONDERFUL news!

Doctor V said specifically that dad's tumors are 80% better! He is very encouraged and very very pleased with these results (as we ALL are!!) There is much less swelling and the tumors are less dense and "less angry". The size is a little smaller but the most important fact is that these tumors are starting to GO AWAY! Praise the Lord - praise the Lord!!!

The plan is now for dad to start treatment that will require 5 days of chemo in a pill form and then he will do Avastin twice a month.


On a side note, Dr. V told my parents a shocking and unbelievable story that we hadn't known until today. When my dad got his very FIRST MRI in Palm Beach County, his tumors were bad; HOWEVER, we did not realize that when he got his next MRI (only 10 days later at DUKE), Dr. V said they had doubled in size. That is how aggressive they were and so this makes the results that much MORE amazing!

Mom and dad are heading home tonight and are so encouraged! We thank you all for praying for my dad and cheering for TEAM CARTER. We rejoice and praise our Heavenly Father for this news!

Carter drives car, golf balls, progressing

July, 24, 2011
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Gary Carter drove and hit golf balls last week.
Gary Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers continued to express optimism about the progress of the Hall of Fame catcher. Carter hit 15 golf balls last week and also drove a vehicle. He is due for an Aug. 2 MRI at Duke University to determine whether cancerous brain tumors have been eradicated.

The Carter family, which was visited by Mets PR man Jay Horwitz during the weekend, expressed appreciation at the love emanating from Cooperstown during Hall of Fame weekend. Carter was unable to attend, but plans to return next year.

“Dad watched the HOF ceremony and was touched by the kind words from the inductees,” Bloemers wrote in a private online journal to which ESPN has been granted access. “He wished so badly he could have been there. My mom and dad both wanted to thank the Hall of Famers and their wives for their support, love and encouragement. They can't wait to be with you all next year!”

Carter underwent his final radiation treatment and ingested his last chemotherapy pill for the time being last Tuesday. He also is being weaned off steroid pills.

As for Carter driving, Bloemers wrote: “His mind was clear and he felt wonderful. He knows that he won't ever go behind the wheel unless he is feeling terrific. It was a great moment for him!”

She concluded: "Cancer is hard to understand. Aside from having tired moments, dad is talking, walking and acting like himself (for the most part). The only sign that shows dad is not 100 percent is his hair loss. No one could believe that there is something dangerous inside his body. We recognize the cancer, but we keep a positive mindset and we pray, pray, pray!”

Gary Carter making progress in battle

July, 18, 2011
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Gary Carter walked two miles Monday and felt great.
Gary Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers reported several positive developments in The Kid's fight against malignant brain tumors.

• Carter's MRI has been moved to Aug. 1 to determine the extent to which radiation has eradicated the tumors. The imaging will take place near Carter's Florida home, and he will head to Duke that night or the next day for analysis and consultation.

• Carter's final radiation treatment is Tuesday.

• The Kid walked two miles on Monday. Writes Bloemers: "This is the longest walk since finding out about the cancer. He said to my mom that, 'This is the best I have felt in two months!' Wow, thank you Jesus for giving my dad a great day!"

• Carter experienced cold sores in his throat last week, but that has been improving.

• Carter watched the All-Star Game on television and was touched by a tribute during the seventh inning. Writes Bloemers: "It was extra special because my brother and his best friend Phil were at the game holding signs with dad's name on it. Dad was invited to play in the celebrity softball game again and of course couldn't play this year. Our prayer and hope is that he is out there in 2012!"

Mets morning briefing 7.4.11

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Jose Reyes is not expected in the lineup for the series opener at Dodger Stadium on Indepedence Day, but the shortstop hoped to have a minimal absence after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 left hamstring strain -- the least severe grade."I think it's good," Reyes said. "Just a little bit of a strain. Nothing big." Terry Collins could not rule out Reyes missing the remainder of the first half. At the least, the manager does not intend to play Reyes on Monday, after a six-hour flight from New York to L.A.

Monday's news reports:

Joel Sherman of the Post reports Sandy Alderson has warmed to the idea of a longer-term deal for Reyes and there's virtually no chance the shortstop is traded at the deadline. Writes Sherman:

Alderson is now leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season to try to retain Reyes, a free-agent-to-be, two sources with ties to Alderson told The Post. ... Alderson has not only been swayed by the MVP-caliber play of Reyes, but also in calculating the additional worth that would come by elating the fan base if Reyes could be retained and how much it would cost to replace a switch-hitter in his prime if Reyes left. In other words, if the Mets surmise that Reyes is worth, say, five years at $100 million, is it worth it to go to, say, six years at $120 million or more and see that additional money as: 1) $10 million of advertising directed at the fans and 2) $10 million in peace of mind that they do not have to try to find replacements to make up for what would be lost, especially since they already know Reyes can play in New York and loves playing here. ... One source told me the Wilpons might be willing to approach the $20 million-a-year pricetag, but are scared of giving seven years to a player whose legs are his major asset.

My analysis: It's still hard to fathom the Mets giving Carl Crawford money (seven years, $142 million), especially after Fred Wilpon said no way Reyes gets that sum in the New Yorker article, and given Alderson had zingers about the Nationals' seven-year, $126 million deal with Jayson Werth during the winter meetings. Do the Mets go to six years in an offer for Reyes? We'll see. But you have to believe they will make some type of representative offer. Meanwhile, may I offer this reminder about a story I wrote one month ago? I reported (even though it was called "hogwash" in one publication):

The widespread public expectation has been Reyes is all but assured of getting traded at the deadline. But, the source said, the more likely scenario is for the Mets to complete the season with both Reyes and Wright. Then, if the Mets can re-sign Reyes to a deal of perhaps five years or less -- their hope is an unrealistic three years -- they may be able to come to an agreement next offseason. If not, they could offer Reyes arbitration and collect two draft picks, likely including a first-rounder.

The financial difficulties of retaining Reyes at $20 million a year are real, and may not be feasible without trading Wright. Consider next season Johan Santana (who may not pitch this year) makes $24 million, Jason Bay $16 million and Wright $15 million. And if Francisco Rodriguez finishes 55 games -- he's on pace to finish 60 -- he gets $17.5 million. Then there's R.A. Dickey at $4.25 million and Mike Pelfrey and Angel Pagan arbitration-eligible, which likely would take their salaries beyond $5 million apiece, if they're Mets. That's a heavy concentration of spending in a small group of players. It adds up to $86.75 million with K-Rod -- without Reyes factored in. Wilpon had suggested the payroll could be as low as $100 million next year, although Alderson intimated closer to $120 million. And before you suggest the Mets just backload Reyes' deal, consider Santana will get $31 million in 2013 with a '14 buyout, while Bay gets $16 million that season -- and potentially another $3 million if his contract does not vest for the following season. With Wright and Reyes, that would be an astronomical sum for four players without the overall payroll heading back upward.

• Read more on Reyes' injury in Newsday, the Record, Daily News and Times.

• Bay's walk-off single in the 10th after shortstop Ramiro Pena's error loaded the bases and prolonged the inning lifted the Mets past the Yankees to salvage the Subway Series finale, an inning after Mariano Rivera was dealt a blown save. Bay had walked on a full-count cutter against Rivera with two out to start the ninth-inning rally. Bay also had delivered a grand slam in Detroit in the past week that propelled the Mets to a win (and ended a 299-game drought without a bases-loaded homer). Rivera had converted his last 16 save chances against the Mets. The only previous blown save against the Amazin's had come July 10, 1999 -- on a two-out, two-run single by Matt Franco for a walk-off win in the ninth at Shea Stadium. Read game stories in the Record, Post, Times, Daily News and Newsday.

• Reyes overcame a 244,832-vote deficit in the final days of fan balloting to emerge as the starting NL shortstop over Troy Tulowitzki. Reyes actually beat Tulowitzki 4,707,976 to 3,932,000. Carlos Beltran also was named to the All-Star squad -- his fifth selection in seven years as a Met. Only Darryl Strawberry represented the Mets more as an outfielder in franchise history. Beltran has appeared in a team-high 82 games, which was not exactly foreseeable given his recent knee woes and inactivity during spring training. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was the one to name Beltran to the squad, over other deserving candidates such as snubbed Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post and Newsday.

Gary Carter's daughter continues to chronicle the catcher's battle with cancerous brain tumors. Writes daughter Kimmy Bloemers:

On Wednesday, dad had a great day and evening but after dinner, he had a fast heartbeat, turned pale, cramping hands, quivering lips and was very fatigued. We called Dr. Harris and he gave us some tips to make dad feel more comfortable. Thankfully, dad was okay but it truly was a very scary moment. Thursday-Sunday for the most part were good days. :) Everything else seems to be going well for the most part so we are thankful and we focus on all the positives.

• Dickey left Sunday's game after five innings. The previous inning, Dickey felt a shock run down his posterior on the left side when he slipped while delivering a pitch to Brett Gardner. The Mets identified the injury as involving the buttocks. Alderson expected Dickey would make his final start before the All-Star break as scheduled Friday at San Francisco. Dickey indictaed he had a similar issue last season in Los Angeles and was uninhibited. He did not allow a hit in Sunday's outing until the fifth. Read more in the Post.

Willie Harris returned from a three-day bereavement leave. Fernando Martinez was optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo.

• Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff highlights Bay's contribution to the victory. Writes Davidoff:

The odds of the Mets coming back to prevail were about the same as . . . well . . . Bay being as astoundingly bad as he has for the Mets since signing a four-year, $66-million deal in January 2010. But he finally has picked up his play, with 22 hits in his last 64 at-bats. And given how much his teammates respect him, his progress represents a spiritual lift in addition to the actual increased production. "This is enormous," Terry Collins said. "To have the game we had, to battle to the end and score off Mariano, it doesn't happen very often. And then you get the one guy that we need to get going and have him get a big hit for us."

BIRTHDAY: Infielder Jose Oquendo, who played for the Mets in 1983 and '84 before being traded to the Cardinals, turns 48. he went on to play 10 seasons with St. Louis, and remains with that organization on Tony La Russa's coaching staff.

Carter halfway through radiation treatment

June, 28, 2011
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Gary Carter is at the midway point of radiation treatments for cancerous brain tumors. He also has been dealing with walking pneumonia, his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in the family's online journal.

Carter watched the movie "Rudy" last weekend, which the family found inspiring.

Wrote Bloemers:

Team Carter is definitely NOT giving up. Brain cancer is the big problem but there have been many other bumps in the road for our family. Although it is not easy, we are doing all we can to stay positive and stay strong. We definitely have our sad, confusing and frustrated moments but we are giving our burdens, worries and sadness to the Lord and asking Him to take them away. We know NOTHING absolutely NOTHING is impossible for our God and wee are trusting in our Savior! We are praying for a miracle and we are praying BIG! Dad will get another MRI in August to see the activity in his brain. We pray for NO tumors and NO cancer!

Mets morning briefing 6.18.11

June, 18, 2011
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The Mets returned home and lost to the Angels, 4-3, to slip two games under .500.

Saturday's news reports:

• It may be a long shot, but the Mets want to move one of their full-season minor league affiliates to Long Island, Newsday reports. The Mets offered a statement that read: "The level of classification of the Mets-affiliated minor league team for the new ballpark is not yet determined, but it would be a full-season club. The provisions and terms of the response are not being made public." The ballpark would be at Mitchel Field, and would be part of the project to build a replacement for Nassau Coliseum, which needs voter approval, and is hardly a given. The owners of the independent Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks also bid. That league wants to put another team in Nassau County.

• Fox's Ken Rosenthal reports Jose Reyes met with agent Scott Boras about a possible representation switch. If that materialized, Reyes would be going after straight dollars, and he is likely playing elsewhere in 2012. Still, it's hard to believe Reyes would walk away from longtime agents Peter and Ed Greenberg and Chris Leible. Leible actually is the godfather to one of Reyes' children. The Greenbergs did lose Rafael Soriano to Boras last year. The original report stated Boras met last offseason with Reyes in the Dominican Republic, then again during the Mets' visit to Colorado -- and I did see Boras at Coors Field then -- but that part of the report has since disappeared.

• ESPNNewYork.com correspondent Mike Mazzeo writes: Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was rushed to the emergency room on Thursday night after experiencing a "serious coughing attack" and having "shooting pains in his back," his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a private family website Friday. During Friday's game against the Angels, the Mets placed a huge get-well card for Carter in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field so fans could sign it before it is sent to the Hall of Fame catcher.

Francisco Rodriguez did not get to face his former team Friday night, but says it will be no big deal when he does pitch against the Angels.

• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Newsday, Post and Record.

Irving Picard filed his response opposing the request of Mets owners to try to move the $1 billion-plus lawsuit out of banruptcy court, Newsday's Anthony M. Destefano reports. Writes Destaefano:

Irving Picard, the trustee trying to clean up the financial mess left by Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, said in filings Friday in federal district court that the Wilpons and their partners in Sterling Equities are trying to do an end run around the bankruptcy court because they aren't happy with the way the case is going. Picard called the move to get the case transferred to Manhattan federal court a "transparent attempt at forum shopping" that has no merit, according to the trustee's filings.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Mets outfielder Dave Schneck turns 62. ... Former catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. turns 45. Sandy Jr. was 3-for-22 for the 2007 Mets, in his 20th and final major league season. Coincidentally, Alomar’s father Sandy Sr. also had 22 at-bats for the Mets. He was 0-for-22 in 1967. -Mark Simon

Carter completes first week of radiation

June, 14, 2011
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Gary Carter's daughter continues to provide poignant updates on the status of his treatment for cancerous brain tumors. Here's a portion of what daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote Monday night:

Dad finished his 5th day of radiation today. He started last Tuesday so technically today completes his first week. We are all thankful that radiation is at 10:00am because it forces dad to wake up and get his day started. Dad's mornings have been better these last few days...not 100% but they are definitely getting better! He does everything on his own and his days are now in a routine.

Patience is a key word right now since things are very different in the household. Dad does not drive at all and does not have his "typical" busy days. Throughout the day, dad is both relaxed and frustrated...so the days can be a lot like a roller coaster. He wants to do more than he can actually do. Just like me, dad enjoys days of accomplishment so it is frustrating when he becomes tired and confused. Sometimes, he will walk into a room and not know what he wants or needs. The family is all pitching in to make each day run as smooth as possible. We are spending a lot of time as a family. There is no doubt that there is mixed emotions amongst each family member. We have a lot going on and we are taking each moment at a time. When we feel overwhelmed or sad, we turn to Scripture because we find our hope in the Lord...


On a side note, we are creating TEAM CARTER t-shirts and bracelets that will be ready for purchase very soon. I will let you all know how to go about getting one or many of your own. This is not dad's idea. He wanted to make sure all of you know that. There have been many requests for this so we are putting together something great for you all to wear as you pray for this mighty miracle! There is a link on garycarter.org to a guy in NY who is selling t-shirts that say, "We Love Ya Kid Carter." He is selling them to raise money for my dad's foundation. Just to clarify, these are not the Team Carter shirts, but feel free to purchase one if you'd like (they too are for a great cause)!

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