Responding to fans who felt the new
Citi Field wasn’t a tribute to the blue ‘n’ orange as much as it was a
baseball field with a neat little entrance way dedicated to Jackie
Robinson, the Mets announced plans to expand the presence of club history throughout the ballpark for its second season.
– The Mets will rename the park’s
VIP entrances after Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver and Casey Stengel, while the
outfield bridge will be called Shea Bridge, in honor of William A.
Shea, the man who was instrumental in bringing National League baseball
back to New York.
– The team will install the Mets
Hall of Fame & Museum adjacent to the Jackie Robinson
Rotunda. Additionally, a re-formed Mets Hall of Fame Committee,
including members of the media and front office, will evaluate
– Finally, the team will incorporate
the team colors, logos and full-color banners of Mets players at
various entry points of the park. They’ll also add a few more bells and
whistles, including staircases painted with team colors and blue and
orange flowers in the gardens at Mets Plaza in front of the
Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Wow. These alterations are so darn
reasonable that it’s almost embarrassing they weren’t implemented from
day one. While the Mets did their fans right today, thankfully these
announcements didn’t include any silly plans to tweak the actual
Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. At least, that’s the word from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, who says the 32-year-old is still “throwing and getting ready for the season” (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News).
Lincecum may not be ready to enter retirement, but another quote from Thurman suggests that he’ll be picky about where he pitches next. He doesn’t appear open to pitching overseas, and despite not having a contract for 2017 (or even any serious suitors), the right-hander is set on pitching in the big leagues this year. Whether or not he’s willing to take a bullpen role to do so remains to be seen.
While Baggarly predicts some interest in the veteran righty, there’s not much in Lincecum’s recent history to inspire faith in him as a starter, or even a reliever. He picked up a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels following his hip surgery in 2015, and went 2-6 in 2016 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings. At this point, a minor league contract seems like the surest path back to major league success, though he’s unlikely to find an open spot on the Giants’ or Angels’ rosters anytime soon.
Free agent right-hander Jeff Manship has reportedly signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The righty was non-tendered by the Indians in December.
Manship, 32, completed his second season with Cleveland in 2016. He delivered a 3.12 ERA, 4.6 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 rate over 43 1/3 innings, a slight decline after posting an 0.92 ERA with the club the year before. During eight years in the major leagues, Manship carries a 4.82 career ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 6.4 SO/9 in multiple stints with the Twins, Rockies, Phillies and Indians.
The right-hander will be joined by fellow MLB transplants Eric Hacker and Xavier Scruggs, each of whom took one-year deals with the Dinos last month. Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors notes that each KBO team is allowed up to three foreign players, so Manship will round out the trio when he joins the roster. Any salary terms have yet to be disclosed.