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Duque and More

Mike SteffanosTuesday, March 4, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Sorry, today was another crazy day. Still, I'm here to try to keep my pledge going to post every day during the season.

Interesting news from Florida that El Duque is working on cutting down his leg kick, with the idea that it would take pressure off his aching right foot. Although in this piece Rick Peterson believes that eliminating the kick won't hurt the veteran Cuban's ability to deceive batters, I'm not convinced. Still, it's obvious that he has to do something to be able to pitch this season.

Pelfrey has been looking good in two starts so far, and he seems to have a more aggressive attitude this spring. Still, I'd love it if El Duque could find a way to start 20-25 games -- but not as the second coming of Lima time. This bears watching.

Jack Lang Tribute
MetsGal over at Hotfoot has some information on a special day at Shea to honor the legendary sportswriter Jack Lang.

Firefox Extension for Mets Fans
If you surf the Internet with the Firefox Browser, you may be interested in this email I recently received:

Hello! I wanted to make you aware of a Firefox extension that I created just for Mets fans. It is a convenient bookmark extension that has bookmarks to tons of Mets sites in a drop down menu. It is similar to one that was created by a White Sox fan some time ago. It has links to blogs (including yours), forums, news, and tons of other Mets-related webpages. I think that it's the ultimate extension for a Mets fan, but I'm of course biased. You can download it from my site www.sportsfanbookmarks.com (I registered the domain name because I plan to make a lot more of this is a success, the Mets are my first one because they're my favorite team).

I do use Firefox sometimes, so I tried it out. The extension's developer certainly wasn't kidding. It added a new menu to the browser with links to literally tons of sites. Well worth checking out.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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Comments (4)

I see the name Thames for Sosa in the news.Thames in 2006 was .256 26/60, not bad but in 2007 was .242 18/54 not a good sign. And he can only play 1st base and l/f. So he couldn't rest Church in r/f. I say pass on this one. For mich of the same reasons I would pass on Brandon Inge( 1st/ 3b/lf only.)If we are to get a r/h bat, some of it should be for r/f and 1st base fill in's. I think Omar is shopping, and I trust him; so I'll go take my nap now.

With all the Mets being hurt, this spring so far. If I could erase the trades of Santana and Church and Scnider and still have Gomaz and Milledge and the young arms would I do it? Hmmmmm.

Just a chat. Gomaz went 0 for 5, today against the Yanks. Mets won 3-2 playing little ball, they look good doing that.Maybe a sign of the season to come?I would like that. We were looking for that type of play for a while now,and all these injurys could force Willie to play N.L. ball. The Straw man looks good enough to jog out and play the outfield. Man I loved his swing when he was in his right place of mind and body. I still miss him and Kieth. The Kid F/Mart Looks like he is not far from playing in Shea or Citi field. I think he will become a poster Met to watch and enjoy. The kind you wait for thier turn at bat is over before you go for a break.

Wow, Al, lots of stuff here.

I don't know a ton about Thames, but he's a possibility. If they could get him for just Sosa I'd probably do it.

I hear you on the trades. I didn't like the Milledge deal, but I think I'd do the Santana trade again given the chance. I'd really like to see this club get younger now -- it's time to show some patience rather than trading any more prospects for vets.

Funny what you said in your last comment. It's similar to what I said in the piece I just posted. Great minds think alike.

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