Did Staying With The Mets Cost Rusty a Shot At 3,000 Hits?

Rusty Staub retired with 2716 hits.

What if Rusty had signed with an AL team?  Might he have found 300 more hits.

In 1980, Rusty had 102 hits in 340 at bats.  A nice even .300

Coming back to the Mets in 1981 (strike year) he only played 70 games.  51 hits.

The year that catches my eye is 1983.   Rusty was the Mets pinch hitter.  Only 115 ABs on 104 games.  What if Rusty had played in the AL that year as a DH.   He hit .296 as a Met, let’s say he hits .296 for someone else and gets 300 ABs.   That would create another 54 hits.

On to 1984.  .264 but only 72 at bats.   Should we give him 300 ABs again?   There’s another 60 hits for Rusty.

Now he’d be 41 years old with 2830 hits.

3000 probably wasn’t meant to be for Rusty but it’s fun to think about.



I Wish Reyes Was A Yankee

No that's not me saying that about the Mets overrated shortstop* it was the always entertaining A-Rod.

A-Rod is God's gift to baseball bloggers. Instead of trying to make something out of Santanagate (and I'll do that later today don't worry) or handing in a random "John Stearns" article, A-Rod is the gift that keeps on giving.

First: the hip. A-Rod has a sore hip and is heading to Denver (?) to have it looked at. He "might" miss the WBC.

Might? At the first sign of injury he should be back at Steinbrenner Field sitting in the hot tub.

I don't know how you help a hip injury but someone on the radio suggested you might need a steroid injection. Wouldn't that be priceless?

A-Rod is so much fun that he can't even say something nice and not get in trouble. He should have said something like "Jose Reyes is a great player and it will be fun to play with him (in the WBC)."

Instead he said, "I wish he was leading off on our team, playing on our team (the Yankees)."

Oops. You see A-Rod if Reyes were on the Yankees he'd probably be the shortstop and drat Alex just dissed Jeter again. Jeter plays the public stoicism as well as DiMaggio did but we all know he thinks A-Fraud is a douche.

Now to OverReyes. People get very mad at me when I accuse Jose of being overrated. You can still be very good and overrated.

Most Mets fans think he's a Hall of Famer. I know what the fantasy is – he walks and steals two bases and scores on a sac fly. He apparently does this 4 times a game from what I hear up in the 500 seats (we have those now, learn the new nomenclature.).

Best shortstop in Mets history? Probably. Smart baseball player? Not yet and he has coasted on "he's young" for quite some time. He's good, he's just not one of the top players in all of baseball.

Yeah I'm "knocking" a guy with 200 hits last year (I am A-Rod like). Reyes may have better stats and better talent but I'm pretty sure Jimmy Rollins (he of the MVP and the ring) is a better player. The same way I know Mike Schmidt was the best third baseman of all time or that I know how good Dale Murphy was – the stats don't always tell the full story. The same way I know how good Keith Hernandez was.

Reyes is good but not irreplacable on this team. Santana is not replacable. You can find someone to play short if you have to.

I hope he goes out and wins an MVP. I hope Jerry can teach him to play station to station ball rather than see Jose try to boost his home run totals.

Reyes "hopped around in pain" after stealing third base yesterday (says Newsday) while playing for the not-Mets for a tune up game for a made up tournament.

I hope you're ok Jose. Go out there and prove me wrong.

Alex I hope you're OK too, it would have been a long February without you – and don't forget, if you hadn't asked the Mets for your own store and a 24+1 deal you could be at C-Field standing at SS next to second baseman Jose Reyes come opening day. Enjoy the Bronx, they love you.

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Excerpts From Strawberry’s Book

Deadspin has excerpts from Strawberry’s new book.
Nothing that exciting.  They drank beer etc. and Kevin Mitchell was a thug.  Maybe Cahsen was right?
Kevin Mitchell was a thug. There’s no other way to put it. He grew up in the ghetto of San Diego, where real gang warfare was an everyday thing on the streets. Mitch was shot in the back when he was a teenager, and a stepbrother was shot and killed in a gang throw-down. When he came into baseball, he was still basically a gangbanger in uniform. Mitch didn’t have a medium setting on his dial. When a scuffle broke out he went straight to the kill setting. … Even those of us on the same team with him were kind of terrified of Mitch. I got into a scrap with him once in the minor leagues, when a bunch of us were shooting hoops and talking trash at each other the way guys do. He exploded into a completely berserk rage at something I said, knocked me down with fists that were like sledgehammers, then went off to grab a bat to finish the job. Me and the rest of the guys didn’t wait around for him to come back.

"Who is Skillman?"

If you switch over to SNY you’ll see a microcosm of why I hate the WBC.
It’s spring training so I won’t freak too much about the lopsided score, but a coworker just glared at the TV and asked “Who is Skillman?”
#12.  Oh you mean Cory Sullivan.  Had to expalin to coworker that half the Mets aren’t there, so “Skillman” it is!
Then we took a peek at YES and saw a Team USA pitcher look awesome against some guys who won’t be on the Yankees.  We wondered who it was. 
Heath Bell.
Coworker reminded me he was on the Mets.   He was?  He looks awesome, why did they get rid of him?
November 15, 2006: Traded by the New York Mets with Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.
Mr Adkins was released by the Mets in 2007.  Mr. Johnson was granted free agency by the Mets in December 2007 although they have since re-signed him.   Mr. Bell is now the Padres closer and looks awesome against Yankee scrubs.

Strawberry Honest: Would Have Done Steroids

Strawberry must read the Mets Police.  I was just saying yesterday how I’d like to go back in time and give him steroids.  Now he goes and says:

“Hell yeah I would have used them.  Are you kidding me? I mean, c’mon. Some things are part of what athletes go through and they happen …We’re competitive creatures, and we have tremendous drive, a high tolerance, all these things. I’m not saying that it was the right thing to do. But if that was going on in the 80s, that probably would have been in my system too.”


And he would have hit the ball 600 feet….and still left us for LA (sniff).


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