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  1. Marlins sign Jordany Valdespin to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:50 AM EST

    Jordany Valdespin Getty

    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have signed Jordany Valdespin to a minor league contract. This confirms a report from Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper yesterday and also proves that Valdespin’s fashion sense is rather prophetic. Possibly the most-talked about .219 career hitter ever, Valdespin wore out his welcome in New York after a…

  2. Jordany Valdespin wasn’t happy about his demotion

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    Jordany Valdespin

    Mets manager Terry Collins informed outfielder Jordany Valdespin, sitting on a .566 OPS this season, that he was being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Valdespin, known in the past for being emotional and sometimes immature, did not take the news well. As Jorge Castillo of The Star Ledger describes it, Valdespin threw a temper tantrum:…

  3. The time Matt Harvey threatened to kick Jon Rauch’s butt

    Jun 19, 2013, 9:13 AM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Fun story from Jeff Passan at Yahoo!. In the course of his Matt Harvey/Zack Wheeler feature he passes along a tale from last year when Matt Harvey was a rookie and Jon Rauch was a reliever for the Mets. It seems that Harvey was trying to take a nap in the clubhouse and Rauch tried…

  4. Shocker: Yunel Escobar does something kinda jerky

    May 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    I know it’s hard to believe that a guy who alienated his entire clubhouse in Atlanta and then made headlines buy putting homophobic slurs on his eyeblack in Toronto did something douchey, but in this case it actually happened. Yunel Escobar, ladies and gents, playing Jedi master to Jordany Valdespin‘s padawan, strutting after a home…

  5. Terry Collins: “I don’t answer to fans”

    May 15, 2013, 8:51 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    He doesn’t. But it’s one of those things that you tend to do better never actually saying. But Collins said it anyway yesterday, in response to the flap in which Mets players did not appear to have Jordany Valdespin‘s back after he got plunked by a Pirates pitcher on Saturday night: “I don’t answer to…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 13, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

    Wrap

    What you missed while you were beating on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, while watching 23 straight showings of a most silly and inappropriate film adaptation: They imposed a No Mo Zone in Kansas City Roy Halladay apologized The Marlins should apologize Just when you thought you were rid of Chris Carpenter Just…

  7. Jordany Valdespin isn’t making many friends

    May 11, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    Jordany Valdespin

    Jordany Valdespin has been productive in on-and-off playing time with the Mets this season, memorably hitting home runs in the clutch on April 24 and May 1. Valdespin also plays, as manager Terry Collins describes, “with flair”. The 25-year-old hit a home run in the ninth inning last night against the Pirates and admired his…

  8. Mets demote Collin Cowgill to minors, add Andrew Brown

    May 3, 2013, 2:48 PM EST

    Collin Cowgill AP

    Collin Cowgill was the Mets’ starting center fielder on Opening Day, but he quickly took on a lesser role and today they demoted him back to Triple-A. In his place the Mets called up Andrew Brown, a 28-year-old journeyman who played 46 games for the Rockies last season. Brown is a corner outfielder, which means…

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EST

    Mets Marlins Baseball

    Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seat! No he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter … Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally…

  10. Jordany Valdespin: from flake to hero in one night?

    Apr 25, 2013, 9:12 AM EST

    New York Mets v Milwaukee Brewers

    Doesn’t work that way I suppose, but last night’s walkoff grand slam probably covers for a lot of past transgressions by Jordany Valdespin.  Who I vaguely understood was unpopular with his teammates due to some immature antics and lackadaisical play, but I had no idea just how unpopular and how lackadaisical it was until I read…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:54 AM EST

    New York Mets' Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Wall in MLB game in New York

    Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Jordany Valdespin with a walkoff grand slam. See, good things happen when he doesn’t try to bunt. Reds 1, Cubs 0: Mat Latos tossed seven shutout innings and Broxton and Chapman finished it off. Tough luck for Jeff Samardzija who struck out eight in six innings, but he’s gonna have to get used…

  12. Mets get a walkoff grand slam to beat Dodgers in 10

    Apr 25, 2013, 12:14 AM EST

    New York Mets Jordany Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run to beat Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB game in New York

    Jordany Valdespin‘s first homer of 2013 was memorable; he delivered a grand slam off Josh Wall in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday. It was the second walkoff slam of the year, with Baltimore’s Matt Wieters collecting the other. Valdespin, who earlier entered the…

  13. Mets name Collin Cowgill their starting center fielder

    Mar 30, 2013, 4:56 PM EST

    Collin Cowgill AP

    After being acquired from the Athletics during the offseason, Collin Cowgill will open 2013 as the Mets’ full-time center fielder. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement following this afternoon’s Grapefruit League finale against the Orioles. He’s planning to go with Cowgill in center field, flanked by…

  14. David Wright swings bat for first time since intercostal strain

    Mar 23, 2013, 1:47 PM EST

    David Wright AP

    After running, fielding grounders and playing catch yesterday, David Wright took some swings off a tee in the cage this morning for the first time since a strained left intercostal muscle caused him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic last week. Wright said that he felt no pain during his workout and still hopes…

  15. The Mets outfield could be historically bad

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:01 PM EST

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Rob Brantly

    ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Mets GM Sandy Alderson doesn’t have any plans to bolster a very weak outfield: Sandy Alderson said there is no cavalry coming to the rescue in the outfield. That means it will be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield in some configuration…

  16. Jordany Valdespin wasn’t wearing a cup when he was hit … there yesterday

    Mar 12, 2013, 6:18 AM EST

    Jordany Valdespin

    If you’re surprised or disappointed that I’ve managed to squeeze three posts out of a guy getting hit in the do-re-mi with a Justin Verlander fastball, well, you’re just not familiar with my work. But really, this needs to be highlighted: The Mets utilityman exited yesterday’s exhibition game against the Tigers after he was hit in the…

  17. Photo of the Day: Where did you get hit, Jordany Valdespin?

    Mar 11, 2013, 5:26 PM EST

    Camera

    Jordany Valdespin said in words where he was hit by a Justin Verlander fastball earlier today. Here he’s saying it in pictures: Just, man.

  18. And you think you’re having a bad day?

    Mar 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    New York Mets v Milwaukee Brewers

    Meanwhile, down in the Mets-Tigers game, Jordany Valdespin homers off Justin Verlander in the first inning, then has his day go downhill fast later in the game: Bizarre game continues. Valdespin turns to bunt, gets nailed by 94 mph fastball from Verlander in really bad spot. New runner, new pitcher. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) March…

  19. Kirk Nieuwenhuis diagnosed with bone bruise in knee

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:44 PM EST

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis left yesterday’s game against the Marlins after he hurt his left knee on a head-first slide into second base, but he received some encouraging news today. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Nieuwenhuis was diagnosed with a bone bruise and doesn’t have any ligament damage. While it appears that Nieuwenhuis managed…

  20. Kirk Nieuwenhuis suffers knee injury

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EST

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, battling for a job in spring training, suffered a knee injury this afternoon during a game against the Miami Marlins. In the seventh inning, Nieuwenhuis attempted to steal second and came up limping. The 25-year-old says he simply bruised his left knee badly, but he had to be transported via cart…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 24, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    Eight Men Out

    It was a light schedule and my Braves played a late game, so I watched “Eight Men Out” last night. For, like, the 5th or 6th time. And that just made me want to watch “Matewan” again for, um, the 20th time or thereabouts. Maybe tomorrow night. Anyway, damn you John Sayles, damn you. As…

  22. Change of plans: Lucas Duda to stay in majors for now

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Lucas Duda Getty

    UPDATE: It looks like Pedro Beato‘s poor performance tonight saved Duda from a demotion. Beato gave up four runs over one-third of an inning in the 10th inning tonight against the Nationals, after which he was sent to the minors. 9:30 PM: The Mets need to clear a spot on their roster for top prospect…

  23. The umpires in the Mets-Braves game are having a tough inning

    Jul 14, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Terry Collins

    And what a surprise…. it’s Dan Iassogna’s motley crew. In the top of the fifth today in the game between the Mets and Braves in Atlanta, C.B. Bucknor missed a very obvious play at first base, calling the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin out on his attempt for a bunt single. It wasn’t even a bang-bang play;…

  24. David Wright can’t play, might go on disabled list

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    David Wright

    David Wright was cleared to play by a hand specialist Thursday, but he was held out of Friday’s lineup and might yet land on the DL with a fractured pinkie finger. Wright made it clear he doesn’t want anyone questioning his pain tolerance while he sits out: It’s not about me sucking it up and…

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