Some unfortunate news for an ex-big leaguer. Anthony Young, who pitched for the Mets, Cubs and Astros from 1991 through 1996, has an inoperable brain tumor. It is not clear if the tumor is malignant. The Mets said the other day that Young is undergoing treatment and is doing well, but there aren’t really any further details.
While Young’s MLB career was not illustrious, it was memorable. Young made headlines when he dropped 27 straight decisions as both a starter and a reliever with the Mets from 1992-93. He was not a bad pitcher, though. Just profoundly unlucky and cursed with terrible run support. Between 1992 and 1994 he was stuck with 27 no-decisions. For his career he had an ERA of 3.89 which amounted to an ERA+ of exactly 100, which is league average.
Best wishes to Young as he contends with this unfortunate diagnosis.
(h/t to reader sawxalicious, who gave me the heads up in a comment)
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.