Tag:Johan Santana
Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 9:57 pm

Mets ace Santana out with muscle strain

Mets left-handed star Johan Santana left his start Thursday after five innings and 65 pitches with a strained pectoral muscle. He left with a 2-1 lead over the Braves and was replaced by Elmer Dessens.

Santana has been a workhorse, and an effective one (3.02 ERA), but has been a victim of lousy offensive support and is just 10-9 -- with just one win when allowing more than one run. He entered the game having lost three straight starts for just the fourth time in his career.

The Mets list Santana as day-to-day, but keep an eye on this one -- pectoral injuries sometimes turn out to be shoulder issues.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:59 am

Woman files civil suit against Mets' Santana

Johan Santana A woman who claimed Mets pitcher Johan Santana raped her in October has filed a civil suit against Santana, the New York Daily News reports .

The woman, who is identified as "Jane Doe", claims she became pregnant after their encounter and had a miscarriage and lost the child. Santana has acknowledge he had sex with the woman on a Fort Myers, Fla., golf course, but claimed it was consensual.

"I had thought I was going to play tennis with a man who up to that point had been nothing but friendly to me and my kids," the woman said in a statement. "After 10 months of emotional turmoil from the assault, losing the baby and watching him go unprosecuted, I have realized this difficult step is the only way Mr. Santana will be held accountable."

The Daily News says a Lee County Sheriff's Department spokesman told the paper that deceives dropped the case in December.

"It looks like a 'he said, she said' type of thing," Tony Schall told the paper. "There wasn't enough evidence to prove a lack of consent."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:02 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 9-15

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- Rita Rudner bobblehead. I don't even know what to say about this one. I'm not sure I'd make the effort to get to the ballgame for this one.

Wednesday, Aug. 11
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Hambone mini bobblehead. I'm all for mascot races, especially when they feature pork. Lehigh Valley's features a hot dog, bacon and a side of ham. Everyone's doing them and I don't think it's a bad thing.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- Nutzy bobblehead. Mascot bobbleheads always go for more on eBay, and I think Nutzy the Flying Squirrel will be out of my price range, sadly.
Lancaster JetHawks (California League) -- Hawkette bobblehead. Another mascot, but not one I'll be searching for on eBay.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Lou Merloni bobblehead. The Spinners are honoring a local legend.

Thursday, Aug. 12
Erie SeaWolves (Eastern Leagie) -- Al E. Gator bobblehead. It must be the week of the
Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) -- wearable blanket

Friday, Aug. 13
Tampa Bay Rays -- t-shirt. Come for the T-shirt, stay for the Village People postage concert.
Atlanta Braves --  t-shirt
New York Mets -- Johan Santana koozie
Washington Nationals -- beer and pItcher cup set. Nats try to one-up their NL East foes by going all classy with an actual cup for beer drinking.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- travel mugs.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- floppy cap.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead. That bobblehead may accidentally bobble and hit the umpire and get a bobble suspension.
Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League) -- Phil Vassar bobblehead. I had to Google him. He's apparently a country music artist. Go figure.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- playground ball. No pegging.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Cincinnati Reds -- garden gnome. Let's just say my wife has been bugging me about this one for a while. She loves garden gnomes. I don't get it either. That said, I've seen one and it's pretty cool.
Chicago White Sox -- Miller Lite Beer vendor bobblehead. Now that's an MVP.
Kansas City Royals  -- 1980 A.L. Champion coaster set. I was hoping for a U.L. Washington toothpick holder.
Minnesota Twins -- mini Target Field
New York Mets -- green cap. You know, because Aug. 14 is St. Declan's Day. He was St. Patrick's younger brother.
San Francisco Giants -- Bruce Bochy bobblehead. The rare bobblehead that is in its proper proportion.
Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) -- Parker bobblehead. Another mascot.
Oklahoma City RedHawks (Pacific Coast League) -- RedHawks skateboard. This is one of the cooler promo items of the year, several teams have done them. However, I worried about some people when the Reds had a skateboard deck giveaway and someone dropped one from the upper deck. Luckily it didn't hit anybody.
Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) -- Logan Morrison bobblehead.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas) -- pillow cases. Somehow, I don't think my wife would let me use these.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) -- Judy Johnson book, "Judy Johnson Delaware's Invisible Hero." Really cool to educate fans about a former Negro Leaguer.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- fleece blanket
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- superhero cape. A really cool giveaway for kids.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- Tyler Colvin bobblehead. The Hawks apparently knew Colvin would have a good rookie season.

Sunday, Aug. 15
New York Mets -- metal lunchbox
Tampa Bay Rays -- Matt Garza bobblehead
Cleveland Indians -- Mustard (hot dog) plush doll
Cincinnati Reds -- kids chest protector backpack
Washington Nationals -- back-to-school supply kit
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- metal lunchbox. Again, I gotta give the Flying Suqirrels the nod. The Mets have Jose Reyes, the Flying Suqirrels have Nutzy. Advantage Nutzy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:13 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 5:27 pm

Ace Santana accused of sexual battery on woman

Johan Santana Mets ace Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery on a woman on October 28, 2009, according to reports obtained by TMZ.

The police report states that Santana had intercourse with an unidentified woman on a golf course despite the woman repeatedly saying no. The woman's clothes were collected as evidence.

After police and the state prosecutor reviewed the evidence, the case was dropped. "There was not enough evidence to prove lack of consent, the alleged victim's statement is not consistent with other witnesses," the prosecutor notes in a Sheriff's document.

Santanta's representative said that the pitcher denied the charges and considers the case closed. He is 5-4 with a 3.31 ERA over 15 starts on the season for the Mets, who are 1 1/5 games behind the Braves for first place.

UPDATE : Johan Santana issued a statement prior to Wednesday's game:

"I will make a statement and hopefully, I will make myself clear. I'm aware of this situation. What I can tell you is that police had investigated these claims last year and I was never charged with anything and the case is closed. Unfortunately, at this time, that is all I can say. I have no further comments."

The Mets also stated they were aware of the incident, and that it was of a personal nature.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 6:51 pm

Mets happy to make way for another ace

Cliff Lee Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey apparently are willing to check their front-of-the-rotation egos if the Mets want to bring in another big gun.

It seems like a no-brainer that players would welcome a teammate who could help them win a championship, but the Mets' top two starters were unusually open in comments to the New York Daily News about their desire to see the team add Cliff Lee (pictured) or Roy Oswalt.

"There's no question, what we're looking for is a championship," Santana said. "You get into that category of pitchers, that's what they do. To go along with what we have, there's nothing wrong with getting better."

"We've been playing great, but to go out and add a guy like [Oswalt or Lee], it might put us over the top," Pelfrey said. "You would definitely love to have those guys on your team. I think those are some of the elite pitchers in the game. It definitely can help if you go out and get them."

Both pitchers were sure to praise the other members of the current rotation, Jon Niese, Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey. All three have been integral to the Mets being where they are (the Mets would be the National League wild-card team if the playoffs started today), but one would have to be sacrificed if Lee or Oswalt came on.

Tuesday, manager Jerry Manuel added his voice to the chorus.

"The more aces you can put out on the mound obviously the better your chances," Manuel said.

The comments don't really rise to the level of pressuring the team to get Lee or Oswalt, but it does make you wonder what these guys will have to say if the trade deadline passes without any action by the Mets.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 10:14 pm

The great NY slam divide

Marty Noble of MLB.com lays out some interesting numbers regarding grand slams in New York. Mark Teixeira's grand slam Sunday in the Subway Series finale was the Yankees' seventh of the season, as well as the seventh allowed by the Mets this year. No other major-league team has hit or allowed more than four grand slams this season.

The Mets hit a franchise-high 10 slams in 2006, then none in 2007. In fact, they've hit a total of eight in the 3 1/2 seasons since their 2006 outburst. Johan Santana allowed Teixeira's slam Sunday, the third he's allowed this season. That's more than 23 teams have allowed. Santana had given up two grand slams in his entire career prior to this season.

The Yankees are on pace to shatter their franchise record of 10 in 1987 (Don Mattingly hit six of those), and their current total of seven is more than they've had in any full season since 2004.

Of course, hitting grand slams is a matter of getting opportunities with the bases loaded, and nobody has had more chances (87) than the Yankees.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 7:31 pm

Mets-Padres rained out too

The Mets-Padres game at Citi Field has been postponed. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

The teams had a 1:10 p.m. game scheduled for Thursday, and added the nightcap to make up tonight's game. Wednesday's scheduled starters, Mat Latos and Johan Santana will start the early game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
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