Results tagged ‘ Johan Santana ’
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) March 2, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I remember the days when MLB Spring Training was held so players could get in shape as they prepare for the upcoming season. Until the past decade or so, players would enjoy their off-seasons, live their lives and not be engulfed by fitness and the societal (or contractual) expectation that athletes should always be in shape, 24/7, 365. I guess in those times, contracts were structured differently, where now they address weight issues during the season and off-season as well as detailing what off the field activities that players can and cannot take part in.
Which leads me to the point of this post. Johan Santana showed up to camp out of shape. A camp that revved up weeks before the norm due to the World Baseball Classic. A spring training, where Johan Santana showed up without arm or shoulder problems to rehab for the first time in nearly 2 years. Of course he was out of shape, but that does not mean he did anything wrong or that Mets fans, or media, should be in a frenzy. Is it more important for Santana to be on a mound now, the first week of March to make his Opening Day start? Or is it safer to have him start the season on the DL, possibly miss the first 2 weeks, and finish the season on the mound, which he hasn’t done in some time?
Santana is not as vital to this rotation as he has been in the past, despite being the highest paid player on the roster. Heck, the Mets highest paid outfielders are Bobby Bonilla and Jason Bay, who don’t even play for the Mets any longer. But this season is about the continued growth and maturation of Jonathan Niese and Matt Harvey and the eventual insertion of Zach Wheeler. Anything that Santana brings to the rotation will be a nice bonus as well as a potential trade opportunity if the Mets are out of the running come July.
Mets fans, and more importantly the media, need to cut Santana some slack. The guy has rehabbed for 2 years straight to get back to this point of being able to give, without taking any time off or even a negative word coming out of his mouth during the rehab and recovery process. Whether he is on the mound or not come opening day, he is someone who young pitchers in the organization can learn from and should wish to emulate in their careers, sans the being able to stay healthy towards the end part.
Santana, like Beltran, is a player that fans have under appreciated while he has been here in New York donning the orange and blue, but will be greatly missed when he is gone. Santana is forever a part of Mets history, thanks to June 1st 2012 and his pitching the franchise’s first ever No-Hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite whether he lived up to the dollar value of his contract, as fans we have to remember, aside from Carlos Gomez, who is a decent major league outfielder and a likely target of Alderson next off-season, not much was really given up in acquiring him back in 2008.
But don’t worry, uber positive Mets beat reporter to the rescue:
Do we all realize how idiotic critricism of johan is? This is a guy that worked his butt off last year to return and oh btw pitch a no no
— Rich Coutinho (@coutinho9) March 3, 2013
Anyone who doesn’t follow Rich on Twitter really needs to do so ASAP!
— New York Mets (@Mets) November 14, 2012
I don’t know why the Mets would choose to make this announcement today, as we are all anxiously awaiting the MLB announcement for the NL Cy Young Award this evening, but maybe they know something the rest of us will soon find out. Maybe they have heard whispers of R.A. Dickey not winning the award, which, aside from Santana’s No-Hitter, was the only other thing the Mets had going for them in the 2012 campaign. While Dickey is the clear cut winner for anyone who knows anything about the game of baseball, weirder things have happened and so it goes, but until the winner is officially announced, Mets fans have two new beauties to admire and spend their money on.
While the jersey pictured above is believed to be the home alternate, below you can find the road alternate;
I must admit, they are two sexy looking jerseys, and if Wright is re-signed, I will surely be purchasing one.
With the news coming yesterday that Johana Santana is being shut down to let his entire body heal and recover from all the work that he has put in to rehab from major shoulder surgery, Terry Collins has provided even more details to reporters.
The current plan for Santana is to rest his throwing arm until January, when players would typically start preparing for Spring Training.
While some people are taking a pessimistic approach to the whole Santana being shut down news, I am not one of them. I was encouraged by what we saw from Santana. Aside from the no-hitter, which was unbelievable, he still featured an 88-91 mph fastball and a good change. He did struggle at times with location, his slider, and his body breaking down, but he has also been working to come back for 2 years now.
I think, as long as the body holds up, Santana will be a big part of the 2013 Mets, although as opposed to recent years, won’t be depended upon in the same manner.
According to an update on WFAN from Sandy Alderson, Johan Santana has inflammation in his lower back and needs rest. He will be placed on the disabled list, which most likely shuts him down for the rest of the season as we have all expected.
Taking Santana’s spot in the rotation will be Collin McHugh, as expected, since he joined the team’s Taxi Squad yesterday.
I am glad Santana will receive the rest needed to come back strong for 2013 and I am also interested in seeing what Collin McHugh can do with the Mets as he has been talked about this season based on his success in the minor leagues.
“The Mets have added Triple-A starting pitcher Collin McHugh to their taxi squad for Thursday in the event Johan Santana is unable to make his scheduled start.
The Mets have received the results of the MRI on Johan Santana’s back, but said they will not announce the results until Wednesday morning.
It looks like Collin gets the nod over Mejia if the news on Santana is bad.”
via Mets Merized Online.