“I respect the fans immensely,” Collins said. “I tell everybody that it’s about the fans. I don’t care who you’re a fan of. If you’re a baseball fan, you’re a fan, and certainly I meant no harm, no disrespect to them.”
The Mets selected the contract of outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and sent down Collin Cowgill to take his spot.
The back end of New York’s rotation has been predictably abysmal. Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey — the current No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 starters — have a combined 6.23 ERA in 23 2/3 innings pitched.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are continuing to “monitor the situation” surrounding Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez.
For the first time since 2006, the Mets have won their first two series of the season thanks to Marlon Byrd’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
Eric Stults gritted his way through five scoreless innings of three-hit ball, combining with five relievers on a five-hitter and 14 strikeouts to lead the Padres over the Mets 2-1 Thursday for their first win of the season.
Nothing about the New York Mets on Monday resembled the second half of last season. Then again, opening day has often been their biggest highlight of the year.
SportsNet New York, better known as SNY, announced on Thursday that it has hired Valentine as an analyst for the Mets’ pre- and postgame shows before and after game telecasts.
“Right now, the way Valdespin has been swinging the bat in that spot, we’re leaning towards him,” Collins told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Wednesday. “As of right now, that’s what we’re looking at.”
The Yankees and Mets are among teams that are interested in outfielder Brennan Boesch, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN insider Jon Heyman.
“I would love to (return to the Mets),” Rodriguez said. “They’ve got a great coaching staff over there. To come back and redeem myself would be great … To be able to get one more shot and get it done would be great.”
Mejia required 30 pitches to get through his one inning and allowed five runs. The right-hander, battling for a spot on the roster, was making his first appearance of spring training.
There’s potential there. There’s a chance. There’s a job to be won for a player who was once a threatening major-league hitter — and could be again. And with the current state of this outfield, that hope and belief is all that Mets fans have right now.
Johan Santana will not make his first spring training appearance for the New York Mets this year until mid-March. Sandy Alderson said he didn’t think Santana will miss the start of the regular season, but said it was a possibility.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has a strained muscle on his right side and is day to day after receiving a cortisone shot in New York.
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