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Update: Not so fast on that Luis Hernandez-is-the-Mets-second baseman stuff

Mar 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Andy Martino asked around and he says that Collins has not named Hernandez his second baseman. He’s merely in the mix, as they say.  We could parse this I suppose — Martino is reporting peoples’ “sense” of the matter while Mike Puma says he got it from someone who has “direct knowledge” of the matter, but at some point the news is so small that if you parse the crap out of it you don’t have anything left to parse. It’s a job battle in which the established favorite is Luis Castillo. That is, by definition, small potatoes.

8:43 AMMike Puma of the New York Post reports that Terry Collins has settled on a starting second baseman for the Mets. And it’s not Luis Castillo. Or Daniel Murphy. Or even Brad Emaus. No, it’s Luis Hernandez:

Disenchanted with what he has seen from Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner this spring, manager Terry Collins is preparing to name Luis Hernandez the starter at second base, a source with direct knowledge of Collins’ plans told The Post yesterday. The move will be contingent upon Collins convincing the front office to find roster space for Hernandez.

Hernandez has only had 12 plate appearances this spring, so it seems that Collins has made his choice by default rather than on the merits of Hernandez himself.

Not that Hernandez has much of a track record to begin with. He’ll be 27 this year and has spent parts of four seasons in the bigs, but has never had more than 91 plate appearances.  His highest OBP was an even .300 in 2007 with the Orioles.  He has 3,324 plate appearances in the minors, however, where his career OBP is … .302. And his career high in home runs was six, which he did back in 2004 while bopping around the Braves system. One hopes that with such a demonstrated inability to hit that he’s a whiz with the glove, but if he was all that you’d think he’d be a shortstop or something.

Baffling move if true.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 15, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Please sign petition here to keep Castillo on second

    6/12/09

    • sdelmonte - Mar 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      Actually, Castillo hasn’t been any better or any worse than the other options. I suspect that Collins has been told that Castillo is being let go no matter what. Otherwise, all things being equal, I’d say to stick with the guy who at least acquits himself well off the field and could provide a little clubhouse leadership.

      Clearly, this is something else to lay at the feet of Omar. The Mets’ farm system is so thin that this is the best it can do.

  2. aschwartz2011 - Mar 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    This is purely a motivational tool… work harder or get beat out by a scrub

  3. sdelmonte - Mar 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    He is a shortstop, actually. Another baffling part of this apparent decision.

  4. BC - Mar 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Castillo is going to be released. Murphy is NOT a second baseman. And I don’t even know who the heck Brad Emaus or Justin Turner is. So Hernandez wins by default.

  5. mrznyc - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    SELL, Fred, SELL!!!!

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  6. xnumberoneson - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    another completely fabricated story from the bored-to-tears New York media. Has anyone even bothered to ask, you know, the people in charge of making these decisions? Nope. Just “anonymous sources.” I’ve seen more accurate and better-researched stories in the Onion.

  7. Jonny 5 - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

  8. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 15, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    the Mets are broke, really hehehehhehehehehh

    Bernie M-

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    They have to pay him anyway, and they don’t have anyone better…why release him now? If he stinks up the joint, you can release him later, but with the Phillies needing a cheap steady average-ish 2B, why hand them Castillo unless the Mets have an obvious upgrade?

  10. Old Gator - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Sorry, it’s already springtime in Macondo and I’ve been down at the pond slapping the water with my tale and booming for females, so I don’t know what’s happened to Ollie Perez. Is he being thrown to us or what?

    • Old Gator - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM

      Heh – sorry. Tail. Just been in a bit of a cloaca trance, you know?

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