People who I totally forgot about since last season: Mets’ pitcher Jenrry Mejia. Who, once upon a time, was mentioned in every Mets trade rumor around, but who then had his season derailed with Tommy John surgery last May.
Well, he’s on the mend and, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, is scheduled to return to the mound today for the first time since his surgery. Of course, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so he’ll only throw 15 pitches from the front of the mound.
Before his surgery last season Mejia posted a 2.86 ERA and 21/14 K/BB ratio over his first four starts with Triple-A Buffalo, and in five minor league seasons has struck out 271 batters in 280 innings. He’s still only 22 years-old, so there’s every reason to believe that he remains a big part of the Mets’ future.
Derek Jeter, part-owner of the Marlins, met with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park, Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports. They discussed potentially removing the home run sculpture from the ballpark, something that has been on Jeter’s to-do list since he took over.
Gimenez said of the sculpture, “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it. I’m not a fan. We’re looking at it. … We’ll see if anything can be done.”
According to Hanks, the sculpture is public property because it was purchased as part of the Art in Public Places program, which requires art to be installed for the public in county-owned buildings. Michael Spring, the cultural chief for Miami-Dade who was present with Jeter and Gimenez on Tuesday, had previously said that the sculpture was “not moveable” and was “permanently installed” because it was designed “specifically” for Marlins Park. On Tuesday, Spring said, “Anything is possible. But it is pretty complicated. And I wanted the mayor and the Marlins to understand how complicated it really was. We got a good look at it today, and they saw how big it was. There’s hydraulics, there’s plumbing, there’s electricity.”
With Jeter having traded Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon this offseason, the home run sculpture is arguably one of the last remaining interesting things about the Marlins in 2018. Naturally, he wants to get rid of it.