Bob Klapisch is tweaking Mets fans

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2993.jpgHe thinks the Mets should let other GMs know that Johan Santana is available:



Of
course, the Wilpon family will do no such thing. They invested $137.5
million in the great lefthander and aren’t about to admit failure. But
the current Mets core is beginning Year 5 of a golden era that wasn’t
and considering how poorly Omar Minaya has done this winter, the
drought isn’t about to end.




…Still, the Mets have to make peace with the idea that the Santana
experiment has failed, just as the Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and
Billy Wagner gambles all turned to vapor. Yet, they continue to chase
The Next Great Star as if this was 2006 and they were one player away
from greatness.




Pretty rich stuff, huh? Want more?



Actually if the
Mets were capable of making a cold business decision, they’d even
dangle David Wright and Jose Reyes. Wright, in particular, could bring
a bundle of
prospects in return — and who knows, he might just welcome a trade
since he’s playing in a new ballpark he obviously hates.




Harsh. Coming off a 70-92 season, the Mets
are the big apple-shaped pinata this winter, so it’s no surprise to see
Klapisch take a swing, but the Wilpons might as well pack it in if they
were to deal Santana, Wright or Reyes. I’ll give Klapisch some credit
for emulating Wallace Matthews, though. Nice try.

53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro homers in independent league ball

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It was announced earlier this month that 53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro signed a contract with the Cleburne Railroaders of the independent American Association, joining his son, former minor leaguer Patrick Palmeiro. The four-time All-Star went 0-for-8 to begin his stint with the club before launching a solo homer in the fifth inning last night. Check it out below.

If we’re being technical here, that was his first home run since July 30, 2005. He hit the homer off 28-year-old Trey McNutt, former prospect with the Cubs and Padres. Palmeiro made his major league debut in 1986, three years before McNutt was born.

Palmeiro told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic last December that he was thinking about a comeback, but he understandably didn’t garner any serious consideration from MLB teams. This comeback attempt might not lead anywhere, but hey, he gets to show that he can still mash while hitting in the same lineup with his son. Palmeiro did that once before with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015, though it was just a one-game thing. As for the Railroaders, the national media attention can only help them.

Palmeiro is one of just six players in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, but he’s been a disgraced figure in the game since a failed drug test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2005. He dropped off the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014.