05.25.09

Price : Quashing Enthusiasm For The Advent Of Fernando Martinez

Posted in Baseball at 8:44 am by

Mets RF Ryan Church is said to be headed for the disabled list after injuring his right hamstring during Friday’s 5-3 defeat of Boston, hence reports New York will promote the highly toured Fernando Martinez from Buffalo in time for tonight’s encounter with Washington.  The Daily News’ Bill Price — who professes to have not attended a game at Citi Field — warns, “anyone who thinks this guy is going to show up and become a savior for the Mets is going a little overboard.”

With the Mets struggling to score runs, it appears a great time for Martinez to arrive. But I actually think it™s a bad time for him. Too many people are going to view him as a savior, and if he struggles – which he probably will – his stint may be viewed as a huge disappointment. I™m not saying he doesn™t have a future with the Mets, I™m just not sure he™s ready yet. Hopefully I™m wrong (it happens every once in a while).

My real question is will he have F. Martinez on his jersey and will our wonderful shortstop have R. Martinez on his jersey? Sounds like a busy day for Charlie Samuels.

Though I appreciate the nod towards Ramon, whose throw to rob Mike Lowell from deep in the hole Saturday was one of the Mets’ highlights of the season thus far, I’m not sure I understand the cautionary tone.  Barring a miracle, F-Mart’s promotion will be understood by most thinking persons to be an emergency measure. And ready or not, who would Price prefer Omar Minaya summon from the bushes?  Bobby Kielty’s currently on the DL, and Wily Mo Pena — he of the .200 batting average, .232 OBP and 1 home run in 20 International League games — has little going for him besides wearing his Bisons cap at a bizarre angle.

One Response to “Price : Quashing Enthusiasm For The Advent Of Fernando Martinez”

  1. Rog says:

    I swear I was wondering where Wily Mo Pena was these days while I was showering this morning. Or was it yesterday? Anyway, good to see he still sucks just a little bit more than Chris Carter, though not as much as Bronson Arroyo.

    I don’t think that the Mets fans are dumb enough to think that any June call-up can possibly be a ‘savior.’ They’re not the same fans who were told that Hughes, Kennedy and Chamberlain where the next Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux. Mets fans are very well prepared for low expectations which, thus, makes them more fun to be around from my experience.

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