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Jerry Seinfeld To Call Mets Game: Will He Follow Up On Stern Lady Gaga Comments?

Jerry Seinfeld is scheduled to appear in the SNY booth and provide commentary with Keith Herandez tonight.

Seinfeld could tell Mets fans how he really feels about Lady Gaga.

Seinfeld initially wanted to dodge talk about Gaga’s un-lady-like act on June 10, when she made a spectacle of herself at Citi Field during a Met-Padres game.

But WFAN’s Steve Somers egged him on, pointing out during Monday night’s show, “They didn’t escort her out of Citi Field, they escorted her to your luxury box!”

Sein took the bait and tore into Gaga with a barrage of putdowns.

“You know, I changed my mind, you’re right,” he said. “This women is a jerk!”

Apparently, it wasn’t enough for Gaga to make an idiot of herself in Citi Field. She then took her boorish act to Yankee Stadium, where she crashed the Yanks’ clubhouse on Friday night.

Seinfeld has every right to be pissed off about this issue. Gaga has no class about her, and she went to Catholic school.

Viewers thought she was a Mets fan. Then she bum rushed the Yankees clubhouse.

The Mets should ban Gaga from Citi Field. Stay at Yankee Stadium, and get all your attention in the Bronx.

Jerry Seinfeld would agree with me on this.

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2010 MLB Draft: Results: New York Mets Draft J.J. Franco, Son of John Franco

New York native John Franco had a dream come true when his son was drafted by the team he played on.

J.J. Franco was drafted in the late rounds of today’s MLB draft. Franco enjoyed a stellar career at Poly Prep as a four-year contributor to the standout baseball program. Last year he went 8-0 on the mound and batted .472 in the leadoff spot, leading the Blue Devils to a third consecutive Ivy League regular season crown.

He was named as Class B Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association, and he was recently named an Under Armour preseason All-American.

With his superstar dad by his side, Franco has made a name for himself in four years as Poly Prep’s ace right-hander, standout shortstop, and leadoff hitter.

Recently, he took another step into carving his own legacy: committing to play baseball at Brown University.

Franco was recruited by several Ivy and Patriot League programs. Stanford, Boston College, and St. John’s—his father alma mater—also expressed interest.

But Franco fell in love with Brown during his official visit in September. He must make a decision to play in the Major Leagues on his father’s former team or go to Brown University and sign with the New York Mets later. 

John Franco must be a proud pops right now. Great drafting by the Mets.

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2010 MLB Draft Results: Mets Draft Greg Vaughn’s Son, OF Cory Vaughn

The New York Mets drafted the son of former Major Leaguer Greg Vaughn.

Cory Vaughn is a power hitting outfielder for San Diego State. Cory has good size like his father—6’3″ and 225 lbs. Vaughn could be a good replacement for Carlos Beltran when he becomes a free agent next year.

Vaughn can play both right and left field and was named the top prospect in the Northwoods League by Baseball America. Vaughn was selected in the 43rd round of the 2007 Major League Draft by the Phillies. He was a first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection as an outfielder in 2009.

He was named MVP of the League’s All-Star game after going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He also had 20 multiple-hit and 11 multiple-RBI games.He hit .365 with three triples, four home runs, and 22 RBI. Defensively, he recorded eight assists from the outfield.

If Cory can play like his dad, or better, this will be a tremendous long term pick up for the New York Mets.

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Daniel Murphy, New York Mets Infielder, Out Four To Six Months With MCL Tear

The New York Mets received bad news today on Daniel Murphy, finding that he will be lost for the season.

Daniel Murphy, who the Mets were prepping as a utility infielder in Triple-A Buffalo, suffered a “high-grade” tear of the cruciate ligament in his right knee, the team announced today.

Murphy was hurt while attempting to turn a double play.

The Mets say no surgery is required, but he is expected to be out four to six weeks.

With Luis Castillo undergoing tests for his injured foot today, The Mets should consider a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for Ty Wigginton.

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Mets Should Get Rid of John Maine and Ollie Perez Now

 It looking more and more like John Maine’s and Ollie Perez days as Mets are numbered. With Hisanori Takahashi making batters look like fools with his double-pump leg-kick motion and deceptive change-up, and R.A. Dickey’s ability to throw a knuckleball harder than Tim Wakefield, a new class of Mets pitchers are emerging and taking the reigns.

Takahashi (4-1) threw another six scoreless innings for the second straight game against the Yanks and Phillies. R.A. Dickey has come on like a gangbuster since the Mets promoted him from Triple-A Buffalo. Dickey has a 1.50 ERA in two major league starts this season. On Tuesday at Citi Field, Dickey threw six scoreless innings, tying a career high with seven strikeouts.

What I like most about Takahashi and Dickey is that both throw strikes to hitters. When Maine gets behind on the count he tends to panic on the mound. And after getting the early hook from manager Jerry Manuel after throwing five pitches in the start, Maine angrily relayed that sentiment to his manager.

Sometimes it not good to hold in information. Maine not telling Mets management about pitching with pain and Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has reportedly called Maine a habitual liar.

Ollie Perez seems as if his head is not in the game all the time. Last year when Perez was pitching for Mexico during spring training, he pitched out of shape for the Mets. During the offseason he worked hard to get himself back into shape.

Ollie does not have the pitching sense or the art of pitching. He still can’t find the strike zone. Which is why he should be in the bullpen for good.

The Mets finally have new pitchers who hit the strike zone, and the Mets are playing much better because of this.

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Option Daniel Murphy of New York Mets to Triple-A Buffalo, Second Base Next?

Last week, Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York said the Mets plan to have Murphy play a variety of positions at Triple-A to make him more versatile. Daniel Murphy’s rehabilitation assignment has ended in Port St. Lucie, and they optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Murphy was placed on the disable list during the final week of Spring Training, and spent almost two months rehabilitating the injury.

With Luis Castillo recovering from a bone bruise in left foot, the Mets could look at Murphy’s for second base. He was a third baseman in the minors. Murphy’s bat would be big plus to the Mets lineup. Daniel Murphy look more like a middle infielder than an outfielder or first baseman. The Mets bench would be stronger with Murphy’s there.

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Mets-Yankees: K-Rod Rules the Ninth Inning

Can someone tell me why Jerry Manuel put Ryota Igarashi (fresh off the DL) in for the ninth inning?

K-Rod is one of best closer’s in the game, so why would Manuel put someone else in?

“He’s quite a competitor,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel would say later, a statement that somehow managed to contain both truth and irony at the same time.

Igarashi almost blew the game, and this should bring more pressure for Manuel to be fired. In the end it was Francisco Rodriguez living up to his K-Rod moniker with an epic strikeout of A-Rod that gave the Mets the series and bragging rights throughout the city.

“In that type of situation you don’t even feel your body,” K-Rod said.

Former Jets coach Dennis Edwards would tell the press, “You play to win the game.”

Manuel should wake up and smell the coffee.


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New York Mets’ COO: Talks About Moving and Possibilly Buying Islanders

Mets COO, Jeff Wilpon, said Tuesday he has talked with Islanders’ owner Charles Wang, about building an arena in Queens as a possible home for the hockey team.

Wilpon told Newsday in an exclusive interview that he has had recent discussions with Wang about relocating the team to a new Queens arena and also said that it remains a possibility that he could buy the team.

“I’ve had conversations with Charles,” Wilpon said by phone Tuesday, “and we’ve talked about Queens. We’d like to be helpful and I think Queens is an option. We built Citi Field well under budget and on time. I have all my guys ready. We haven’t really discussed ownership. It has been more of “can we get something synergistic with CitiField and a hockey arena,” what can happen here?”

Although, the majority of their conversations have focused on building a new arena, Wilpon has not ruled out the possibility of owning the Islanders.

Charles Wang has lost an average of $23 million a year since buying the team 10 years ago.

This would a great business move by the Wilpon’s. The public thought because of the Madoff situation, the Mets were tight on money.

Seems like the government returned some of the money the Mets owners lost. A new Islanders arena and CitiField would generate big profits to both teams.

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Good Night and Good Luck? For Sleepy Ken Griffey Jr., the End Is Near

Ken Griffey, Jr.’s baseball career is about to come to an end, probably within the next month, according to this column in the Tacoma News Tribune . According to the column, Griffey, 40, who is hitting .208, with no home runs and five RBI in 23 games this season as the left-handed-hitting DH for the Seattle Mariners, will be asked to retire or will be released after he apparently could not be used as a pinch hitter in a game last week because he was sleeping in the clubhouse.

“He was asleep in the clubhouse,” one player said. “He’d gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn’t come back. I went back in about the seventh inning—and he was in his chair, sound asleep.”

The other player, who knows Griffey a little better, tried to rationalize. “He doesn’t sleep well at night, he’s away from his family, he’s comfortable in the clubhouse,” he said. They could have awakened him…”

It’s hardly a capital offense, but it’s a telling piece of anecdotal evidence. This isn’t the Griffey of 2009.

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Arizona Immigration Law Critcized By Mets’ Rod Barajas

The parents of Mets catcher Rod Barajas came to the United States from Mexico, and he lives in Arizona. So Naturally, the new immigration law passed in that state has drawn his attention, and his ire.

Barajas was born in Ontario, Calif., three years after his parents moved there from Mexico. His father is from Mexicali and mother is from Michoacan, and his older brother was born in Mexico, too.

“It’s disappointing,” Barajas said. “I have a lot of family born in Mexico. You would like to hope there is no stereotyping going on, but it’s hard to see that there would not be. If they happen to pull someone over who looks like they are of Latin descent, even if they are a U.S. citizen, that is the first question that is going to be asked. But if a blond-haired, blue-eyed Canadian gets pulled over, do you think they are going to ask for their papers? No.”

Barajas addressed an issue that is important to him and his family. As a U.S. citizen, Barajas has less to worry about than many other major league players who came here from other countries to work legally as baseball players.

Some have not been in the U.S. very long and do not speak English fluently. Barajas wonders if they, too, could be singled out or harassed along with illegal immigrants. On Friday, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement criticizing the law.

That made Barajas very proud. “I’m 100 percent behind the union,” he said. “There’s got to be a better way than this. It’s just not fair. It’s not fair to us.”  Or no group at all.

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