Tag:Jose Reyes
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:33 pm

Josh Hamilton's struggles due to blue eyes?


By Evan Brunell

Josh Hamilton thinks he knows why he struggles in day games.

It's his blue eyes.

"I ask guys all the time" as to whether they struggle in day games, Hamilton told ESPN 103.3 FM" "Guys with blue eyes, brown eyes, whatever ... and guys with blue eyes have a tough time."

Hamilton is hitting .297/.360/.513 in his follow-up campaign to his MVP season, which is an impressive mark but quite a bit off his line from 2010. Yet, if you look at just his night numbers, he's tossing up silly numbers with a .376/.415/.661 line in 118 PA. His day numbers are a different story, as he's flailing to the tune of a .112/.246/.184 mark in 57 PA. Hamilton had a wide split in 2010 too, but it wasn't as severe: .286/.345/.474 in the day and .384/.433/.688 at night.

"It's just hard for me to see [at the plate] in the daytime," Hamilton said. "It's just what it is. Try to go up [to the plate] squinting and see a white ball while the sun is shining right off the plate, you know, and beaming right up in your face."

The solution could be in a pair of sunglasses that he used in the field last season, but could not find. Until now.

"Hopefully that'll help my eyes relax enough to take them off and bat and put them on again," Hamilton said.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:31 pm

Pepper: No pinstripes for Reyes?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller joins Lauren Shihadi to talk about a pair of struggling aces, the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter and the Giants' Tim Lincecum.

REYES WON'T BE A YANKEE: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team would not acquire Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, either in a trade or as a free agent.

"That's just not going to happen," Cashman told Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News.

"We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter," he added. "And I think we have an everyday shortstop that would be playing for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees don't have a need now or in the future for a shortstop.

"But we do need a setup man."

Like Rafael Soriano, another player Cashman said the team didn't have any interest in signing?

SPEAKING OF: I understand baseball memorabilia, I really do. I mean, I own a game-worn Dick Pole jersey. But a dirt keychain? After Jeter's 3,000th hit, five gallons of dirt will be dug up from the batter's box and shortstop patch and sold off in various forms. The "DJ 3K" merchandise line will include not just dirt (which will be infused into key chains, plastic disks paired with photos and in bats among other items), but also the usual T-shirts, hats, jerseys, bobbleheads, patches, balls and even necklaces. [New York Times]

TEAM PLAYER: Mark Ellis understands Jemile Weeks is a talent who will help the A's, and that's why he's volunteered to step away from his second base spot.

"He made it very easy on me," A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters, including Jane Lee of MLB.com. "You would, to an extent, expect that, but to the extent and the level he went, for me, was off the charts. The first thing I said to him was, 'OK, the second-base situation,' and he said, 'That's an easy one, you gotta play him.'"

Ellis is known as one of the good guys of the game, and this is another piece of evidence in that case. Ellis will play first and third for the A's, but the team's longest-tenured player won't be penciled in every day as he has been.

The 34-year-old Ellis is hitting just .210/.244/.286 in 60 games. Weeks has made the most of his opportunity when Ellis went not he DL, hitting .321/.357/.509 in the first 14 games of his big-league career.

Ellis has pride, but he understands that Weeks is a talent. In the end, that's the biggest thing -- players recognize talent. If his replacement was just someone hot, Ellis would unlikely step aside so easily, but Weeks is someone who can help the team in the long term. Ellis knows it. It can't be easy to put the ego aside like that, but he did. Hats off to Ellis.

As a side note, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle cites an "industry insider" as saying there's a "very good chance" Ellis will be traded across the San Francisco Bay to the Giants. Ellis is a free agent after the season, and with Weeks on board, it's unlikely he'll be back in Oakland next season.

PHANATIC HURT: Tom Burgoyne, the man inside the green Phillie Phanatic costume, was released from a Pennsylvania hospital Wednesday night after being hit in the head by a batted ball during a minor-league appearance at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. [Allentown Morning Call]

WELCOME BACK: The surging Twins will add DH Jim Thome and former closer Joe Nathan on Friday. Thome had five at-bats Wednesday in a simulated game at the team's complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Nathan struck out three Wednesday and allowed an unearned run, a walk and a hit in one inning for Triple-A Rochester. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

EL TIANTE JR.: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto added a little tweak to his delivery for Wednesday's start against the Yankees, turning his back to the hitter more than he has in the past. It worked, as he held the Yankees to two hits and one run in seven innings.

"I've been doing it, but I did it a little more tonight," Cueto told reporters, including the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen. "I'm trying to make it tough to see the baseball, so I'm hiding it real good now."

How good? Cueto improved to 5-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.63 this season. Batters are hitting just .193/.261/.297 against Cueto this season.

PEAVY, PIERZYNSKI OK: White Sox starter Jake Peavy and catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a heated argument that was caught on live TV in the dugout, and the two headed into the tunnel to escape the cameras. Afterward, both joked about the incident and said they were OK. [MLB.com]

ROX SEEK ARMS: Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said the team -- 3 1/2 games out of first in the NL West -- will look for pitching to help fill the void left by the loss of Jorge De La Rosa. Good luck finding someone like that. [MLB.com]

END OF THE LINE?: Veteran right-hander John Maine left the Rockies' Triple-A team after a bad start Monday and will use the time to decide whether he will retire or continue his comeback from shoulder surgery last season. The 30-year-old is 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in 11 starts this season. [InsidetheRockies.com]

GLOVE STORY: Last week Yankees starter Brian Gordon became the first Major League player to use a non-leather glove in a game. Gordon uses a synthetic glove handmade by a guy in Cooperstown, N.Y. [MLB.com]

THREE TRUE OUTCOMES: You hear that phrase pretty often, especially talking about Adam Dunn, as a player who seems to either hit a home run, strike out or walk in every plate appearance. Thanks to the beauty of computers, the Baseball-Reference.com blog has the 25 players (ranked by plate appearances) whose total homers plus walks plus strikeouts were at least 60 percent of their career plate appearances. Dunn is on the list, as are Thome, Carlos Pena, Ryan Howard and Rob Deer.

MLB EXPANSION?: No, not of teams -- of rosters. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN looks at both sides of the proposition. While Crasnick writes mostly about an extra position player, I can't imagine Tony La Russa not wanting another reliever in his bullpen just so he could make another pitching change in the sixth inning.

YANKEE STRIPPER, PART 2: The other man in a vintage photo of Joe DiMaggio has been identified, so we can put that to rest. Rugger Ardizoia said the picture was taken in spring training of 1941 when he was a minor leaguer with the Yankees and his fellow San Francisco native, DiMaggio, "took care" of him. [San Francisco Chronicle]

EXPOS BOOK: Jonah Keri, the author of the excellent book about the Tampa Bay Rays, The Extra 2%, will next tackle The Definitive History of the Montreal Expos. The book won't drop until 2014 -- the 10-year anniversary of the Expos' move -- but that doesn't mean it can't go on my Amazon wish list now. Or, well, as soon as Amazon has it listed. [JonahKeri.com]

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:07 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:09 am

Mets may view Jose Reyes as long-term piece


By Evan Brunell

Sandy Alderson appears to be changing his tune on Jose Reyes, and could be coming around to making the shortstop a part of the Mets' long-term future.

Speaking to the New York Post, Alderson gave his strongest indication yet that Reyes would not be traded even if the team is far out of the race by the trading deadline. 

“If we’re in it, it would be hard for me to see us trading Jose Reyes," Alderson said. “I don’t think being out of it dictates anything. Whether we’re winning or losing, I think, is a lot less relevant in Jose’s case."

The only reason winning or losing wouldn't be relevant for Reyes is if New York was considering trying to keep Reyes. It's unlikely that both sides will come to an accord before Reyes actually hits free agency, but if the Mets are serious about keeping Reyes, they will have as good a shot as any team -- if not more -- to keep the 28-year-old.

Reyes could beat Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million deal if he keeps playing the way he is. Reyes leads all of baseball in at-bats and triples, while pacing the NL in runs scored, hits and batting average. That's a lot of leaderboards to show up on, and Reyes is doing it on the strength of a .336/.380/.508 line. It's no wonder, then, that Alderson is open to keeping Reyes in New York.

“Jose’s situation is not a function of whether we’re winning or losing on a short-term basis in July,” Alderson added. “His future with us is not gonna be dictated by how we play, good or bad over the next month. . . . I just don’t want there to be any nexus between how we play in the next month and what disposition occurs with Jose. I don’t want anyone to have that misconception. It’s not how I view it.”

I think this is the first time the word "nexus" has ever been used in baseball circles.

That aside, while Alderson's intentions with Reyes are admirable, can the GM really afford to ignore what could be a tantalizing offer? San Francisco has been mentioned in connection the most with Reyes, especially given how weak their offense has been and the black hole that represents shortstop.

“They have sold out every home game, they have lost their best offensive player [Buster Posey] for the season and they can repeat as champs, especially if they add someone like Reyes," a NL personnel man said. If the Giants are willing to give up [left-handed starter] Madison Bumgarner, [top hitting prospect] Brandon Belt or [top pitching prospect] Zack Wheeler to front a package, how do the Mets not consider that strongly?”

Answer: they do. Any deal with the caliber of these three players mentioned, and New York almost has to make the deal and hope they can draw Reyes back in the offseason, especially Bumgarner or Wheeler. Belt would have to play left field given the presence of Ike Davis, and Belt's defense in left is not pretty. Besides, Jason Bay has that position on lockdown for a while thanks to his bloated contract. But the pitchers? That's what Alderson wants badly for the Mets.

That's all pure speculation, however. The odds remain that the Mets will keep Reyes, fight to finish .500 and then throw money at him in the offseason to entice him to stay. And he just might.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:45 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fred WilponIf the Mets find themselves in contention a month from now, adding payroll won't be an issue, or so says team chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Wilpon, speaking to Dan Martin of the New York Post, says Sandy Alderson won't have his hands tied by ownership when it comes to adding players.

"He'll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in," Wilpon said. "The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we'll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We'll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis."

Alderson, publicly at least, says that sounds well and good and he'll be looking. But a lot can change between now and the trade deadline. The Mets are 35-37 and 9 1/2 games out of first in the NL East and five games back in the wild card, with five teams ahead of them and tied with Pittsburgh and Washington.

"Tied with Pittsburgh and Washington" is usually not a phrase used by teams looking to make a playoff push with trades, even if the Pirates and Nationals are improved this season.

The good news for Mets fans may be that the same philosophy appears to be in place for the players currently on the roster, including shortstop Jose Reyes, who is a free agent after the season.

When asked if the Mets still have hope that they can re-sign Reyes, Wilpon told the Post: "Why wouldn't we?"

Well, if you have to ask ...

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:51 pm

Votto, Fielder to battle for NL starter at 1B

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Although St. Louis' Albert Pujols still leads the voting at first base for the All-Star Game, the race for first base will likely come down to two other National League Central first basemen, Cincinnati's Joey Votto and Milwaukee's Prince Fielder.

Even if Pujols hangs onto his lead over Votto and Fielder, he went on the disabled list on Monday with a forearm fracture and is unlikely to be available for the July 12 All-Star Game at Phoenix's Chase Field. However, All-Star rules stipulate if a voted starter in unavailable, the honor goes to the second-place finisher at the position.

In the next-to-last National League balloting update before the July 3 announcement of roster, Pujols is second in total votes for NL players behind Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. Braun leads the voting with 3,034,057 votes while Pujols has 2,806,864 votes.

Joey Votto is second in balloting among first basemen, narrowly edging the Brewers' Prince Fielder 2,270,211 to 2,066,327. Both Votto and Fielder certainly have convincing arguments. Votto, the reigning NL MVP, leads the NL in on-base percentage (.449) and is third in batting average (.327), while Fielder is second in the league in OPS (1.031), is tied for the league lead with 20 home runs and leads the league with 61 home runs.

The second base spot has a similar split between a Red and a Brewer, with Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips leading Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks 2,286,378 to 2,094,502 with Weeks closing in.

Philadelphia's Placido Polanco leads Atlanta's Chipper Jones by more than a million votes at third base, while Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki has a respectable lead over the Mets' Jose Reyes at shortstop. The Braves' Brian McCann leads the Cardinals' Yadier Molina by nearly half-a-million votes. The outfield's top three are Braun and the Cardinals' duo of Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday. The Dodgers' Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, along with the Reds' Jay Bruce, are the next three in line.

Complete balloting is up at MLB.com.

The American League update will be released tomorrow.

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Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 4:47 pm

'No chance' Reyes leaving his agent for Boras

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ReyesYesterday there was some consternation among Mets fans and those who see Scott Boras as evil because, as FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports, Boras had spoken with New York shortstop Jose Reyes.

Reyes is represented by Peter Greenberg and last year Rafael Soriano switched from Greenberg to Boras and got a three-year, $35-million deal to set-up for Mariano Rivera. With Reyes eligible to enter free agency this offseason, speculation ran wild.

Saturday, Reyes told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that there's "no chance" he's leaving Greenberg (via Twitter). Reyes said he talked with Boras twice on the phone -- which is permitted -- but isn't leaving his current agent.

These things could change, but for now it seems to be a non-story.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:37 pm

Braves deny watering down field

Turner Field

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mother Nature sometimes has a wonderful sense of humor.

The Mets complained to Major League Baseball following Tuesday's game in Atlanta about the field being too wet and manager Terry Collins insinuated the field was watered down to help slow the Mets and Jose Reyes, who slipped three times on the field in Tuesday's 4-3 New York victory.

The response came not from Bud, but from above, as rain has delayed the start of Wednesday's game. The game began at 8:30 p.m., an hour and 20 minutes after the original scheduled start time.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez denied the Braves watered down the field.

"Absolutely not. There's a whole infield. Usually if you're going to do that, you'll do it right there at first base," Gonzalez told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There was absolutely no gamesmanship being played."

Reyes still had two stolen bases on the night despite the dirt, but Collins still believed the Braves were trying to slow down his team.

"You alter the field according to your team," Collins told the New York Times. "These guys do not steal bases. They are not a big base-stealing team, [Jordan] Schafer is about the only guy. They are a fly-ball-hitting team, not a ground-ball-hitting team, so the field was overly wet. I don't know what to say except, I'd like to move the fences in when we play against [Mike] Stanton. You can't."

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 11:55 pm

Wet infield can't slow Mets' Reyes

By Matt Snyder

The Braves entered Tuesday night's game against the Mets with only 19 stolen bases -- in 37 attempts -- and five triples as a team. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes entered with 20 stolen bases and 11 triples. Suffice it to say, slowing baserunners down would benefit the Braves much more than the Mets. And the Mets believe that's exactly what the Braves tried to do by allowing the infield to be too wet.

Leading off the game, Reyes got on base with an infield hit. He then barely made it back to first base on pickoff attempts from Braves starter Jair Jurrjens, as the dirt around first base was so wet he couldn't get any footing. It was bad enough that the game was delayed and the umpiring crew called upon the Turner Field grounds crew to get some dry dirt on the area.

At least one Mets player believes this was no accident.

"That was definitely done on purpose," one unnamed Mets player told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. "You think the infield is that wet if they had a big base stealer?"

If true -- and the circumstantial evidence is on the Mets' side -- it's nothing illegal. Maybe a bit Bush League in the eyes of some, but not against the rules.

Reyes and the Mets had the last laugh, though. Reyes was 3-5 with two runs and two stolen bases, and the Mets won 4-3. That moved them to within a game of .500, and they passed the Marlins for third place in the NL East.

As for Reyes himself, he doesn't care. Just ask him.

"It is what it is," Reyes said (ESPN New York). "We're not at Citi Field. We're playing in Atlanta. So I don't care."

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