Every year produces one of those wild games where the box scores that scrawl down a quarter of the way down the paper and leaves the manager scratching his head for immediate solutions.
This day in 1986 generated one of those games in a 6-3 victory at Cincinnati in 14 innings. Gary Carter wound up at third base and both Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell playing right field. McDowell also briefly played left field.
Manager Davey Johnson shuffled Orosco and McDowell, depending on the Reds’ hitter, in the 10th through the 13th innings. In fact, Orosco and McDowell batted back-to-back in the 14th inning.
The Mets won it on Howard Johnson’s three-run homer off Ted Power. Scoring ahead of him was Orosco, who had walked.
The more I think of it, the less I have a problem with the Mets dealing Carlos Beltran to Philadelphia or Atlanta. Beltran is going anyway and won’t be back next year. The Mets aren’t going anywhere this year, either, so if they can get a key prospect for a player they’ll lose anyway without compensation, then go for it?
As for as Beltran signing long term with the Phillies or Braves, he’s a free agent this winter anyway and will sign with who he wants. If it’s the Phillies or Braves, or the Yankees for that matter, so be it. The only way the Mets can alleviate that scenario is for them to re-sign Beltran now to an extension, and that’s not happening.
So, it is good bye to Beltran and good luck to him.
Thanks to Ray Sadecki for noting today might be Carlos Beltran’s last home game as a member of the Mets. Will they trade him before the trade deadline or extend this out until August? All indications are the Mets will move before July 31.
Ray asked for some reflections on the Beltran Era, and what sticks out most for me is him playing with a broken face after his outfield collision with Mike Cameron. Most outfielders would have packed it in, but Beltran kept on playing while others weren’t. Beltran played hurt, and he played hurt often. He is a gamer.
In 2006, he carried the Mets like the All-Star he was. I’ll never begrudge him for Adam Wainwright because it was a nasty pitch and who wouldn’t get caught on that?
From 2006-08, Beltran hit at least 27 homers with 112 RBI, but injuries sapped his production those two seasons. I’ll remember how the Mets rushed him back for a few more at-bats rather than undergo surgery immediately. It got to the point where Beltran had surgery on his own, causing him to be late for the 2010 season. That was on Omar Minaya.
I’ll always regard Beltran as a player capable of carrying a team on his back for a week or two, but not to the point where he’d shape a game like Mark McGwire or Barry Bonds. Then again, I’ll always remember Beltran as a clean player, one who was good to the game.
It’s a shame the Mets’ financial problems forced this position. If this had been handled better during the surgery issue and the Mets’ not caught with their pants down in the Ponzi scandal, then perhaps we’d be talking about an extension for him.
Beltran had a good career here when healthy. His career is over with the Mets, but there will an extension for him somewhere.
Darryl Strawberry had a lot of monster games with the Mets, including on this date in 1985 when he homered twice – including a slam – to drive in a career-high seven runs in a 16-4 rout of the Atlanta Braves.
Strawberry compiled some impressive numbers during his career against the Braves, batting .264, but with 28 homers and 79 RBI.
The Mets never would have considered dealing Strawberry in his prime, but are faced with the prospect of trading another franchise player in Jose Reyes. Several media outlets, including ESPN today, said Reyes won’t be traded, but the team is hot to trade Carlos Beltran.
However, regardless of what ESPN says, don’t buy it hook-line-and-sinker until the deadlines passes and Reyes is signed to an extension. ESPN is notorious for throwing stuff against the wall to see if it sticks,
Boston’s ESPN outlet said the Mets are enamored with outfielders Josh Reddick and Ryan Kalish, SS Jose Iglesias, pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Felix Doubront, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
If the Mets could get two of those players for Beltran, they’ll be lucky. It would take more than that for Reyes.
Perhaps the Mets learned from Carlos Beltran’s surgery, but there appears no rush to get Ike Davis back on the field for a glimpse of “what do we have for next year.’’
DAVIS: Happier times.
The Mets delayed surgery with Beltran and forced him back, and surgery was eventually needed. This year, Davis is looking at a three-week window to have surgery otherwise his comback next season could be compromised.
Speaking today at the Coleman County Day Camp in Merrick, N.Y., on Long Island, Davis said: “I’ve been out for so long, I need another spring training. I mean, I haven’t done really leg workouts in awhile. I’d have to have another month of just playing again and practicing to be at a level that would help the team. The best-case scenario, I get a couple of weeks in, but I would say the majority odds are probably wouldn’t play this year.
“Obviously, there’s a possibility that I don’t need surgery. We just need it to hear. And, if it doesn’t heal, we have to do something to make it heal.’’
Placing the foot in a protective boot made matters worse as it decreased his blood circulation. Davis is looking at microfracture surgery, which entails drilling tiny holes to increase blood flow and enable the cartilage to regenerate.
Doctors say it is possible to that type of surgery to hear in 12 weeks.