* With his next save
Mariano Rivera will join Trevor Hoffman as the only members of the
500-save club. And it’ll be a while before there’s a third member,
because the active leaders after Rivera are Billy Wagner (385), Troy
Percival (358), Jason Isringhausen (293), and Armando Benitez (289).
The next guy to reach 500? Francisco Rodriguez is eighth on the active list with 228 and he’s the only guy in the top 10 who’s under 34 years old.
* Alex Rodriguez’s homer last night
tied him with Reggie Jackson for 11th place on the all-time list at
563. Next up for Rodriguez is Rafael Palmeiro with 569 and and Harmon
Killebrew with 573, but he’ll likely have to wait until next season to
pass Mark McGwire at 583.
* And just to show how different milestones are in New York compared to Tampa Bay, Jason Bartlett set a Rays franchise record last night by extending his hitting streak to … 19 games. Quinton McCracken held the previous record at 18. Of course he did.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.