Bob Feller, on pitching in yesterday’s inaugural Hall of Fame Classic at the age of 90:
I had a great time. I almost broke a sweat. I needed a faster
outfield. I didn’t clock [his fastball] because the radar screen
wouldn’t have accepted it. I threw as hard as ever. The ball, I think,
was going about eight or nine miles per hour.
Feller, who was working on four decades of rest for the first time in
his career, induced a pop up from Paul Molitor that dropped in for a
single (hence the “faster outfield” comment), retired Bobby Grich, and
gave up a hit to Steve Finley.
Not bad considering that Grich and Molitor are 30 and 38 years
younger than Feller, and Finley played in the majors two seasons ago.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.
Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.
Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.