This is pretty special. A fan who was in attendance for Gary Carter’s final game at Shea Stadium in a Mets’ uniform has uploaded his 8mm camcorder footage.
The game below took place on September 27, 1989 against the Phillies. Carter, who was limited to just 50 games that season due to injuries, entered the game in the top of the ninth inning as a defensive replacement for Mackey Sasser. He came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth and doubled off right-hander Jeff Parrett before being taken out of the game for pinch-runner Craig Shipley. You can’t see where the ball landed, but it’s not really important.
The title of the video says that this was Carter’s last at-bat as a Met, but he actually went 0-for-5 in the season finale against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium a couple of days later.
Anyway, this video truly captures what it must have felt like to be at Shea Stadium on that special night. It’s almost like opening a time capsule. Great stuff.
Colby Rasmus isn’t ready to take outfield reps just yet. According to Rays’ manager Kevin Cash, that’s a red flag, one that could potentially postpone Rasmus’ debut as the club’s designated hitter and outfielder in 2017. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rasmus will need to prove he can play a defensive position before getting cleared for the active roster, something which the veteran outfielder has yet to do this spring.
Rasmus, 30, signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Rays following his two-year run with the Astros. He batted a meager .206/.286/.355 with 15 home runs and a .641 OPS in 2016 and was shut down in late September with an unspecified hip/groin issue. Entering the 2017 season, he’s expected to work his way back to a full-time role after undergoing surgery to repair his core muscle and left hip labrum last October.
It’s close to the six-year, $52.5 million extension Jason Kipnis netted with the Indians in 2014, a sum Odor was rumored to be seeking during contract negotiations over the last two years. Granted, the circumstances are a little different this time around. Both players signed extensions on the cusp of their fourth year in the major leagues, but at 27 years old, Kipnis was coming off of an All-Star campaign and a career-high 4.5 fWAR performance. Odor, meanwhile, saw mixed results in 2016, batting 33 home runs and putting up 2.0 fWAR while struggling to stay consistent at the plate and exhibiting poor defense.
According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Odor previously agreed to a $563,180 salary for 2017. Depending on when the extension kicks in, it should cover all three of Odor’s arbitration-eligible seasons and two seasons of potential free agency. The team has yet to confirm the extension.