Martin Luther King III buying the Mets

A published report Sunday said Martin Luther King III is interested in buying a share of the New York Mets.

The son of the former civil rights trailblazer, Martin Luther King Jr., and television executive Larry Meli are reportedly part of a group trying to become part owners of the Mets, according to the New York Post.

The paper quotes Meli saying the group wants to purchase 50 percent of the team and that it would be “fitting with the legacy of Jackie Robinson essentially transferring to the Mets.”

Long Island businessman Martin Silver also said he wanted to meet with the Wilpons to discuss buying a piece of the franchise.

Silver, who owns the Georgi vodka brand, said he wants Mets fans to “believe again.”

“We don’t want the Yankees to get all the publicity with all the millions and millions of dollars they’re spending,” he said.

The Mets are apparently under pressure as a result of a lawsuit from the trustee trying to reclaim money for victims of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. On Friday, Owner Fred Wilpon and his son, Jeff, announced they were exploring a partial sale of the team that would raise several hundred million dollars.

Fred Wilpon said the Mets were looking to sell a non-controlling interest of 20 to 25 percent and he did not envision giving up control of the franchise, which his family first bought into in 1980.

AP

Mr. Met has made an official comment on the possible sale of the team, “I like it!”

                                                                          

McBrayer’s Five Cardinal Headlines that Might Happen

1. Pujols will sign a 10 year deal worth up to $300 mil by Feb. 9. This is my approximation. This deal will hold stock options and a promise for another Pujols 5 Restaurant at the new Ballpark Village.
2. During Spring Training a trade will happen for Michael Young when David Freese goes down with another ankle injury.
3. Lance Berkman becomes Aprils NL Player on the Month.
4. Wainwright gets his first NL Cy Young Award.
5. The Domino Effect: Cards lose to the Yankees in the World Series…..LaRussa quits…..Cardinals replace LaRussa with Joe Torre.
*this is pure speculation on my part so please do not get excited over the Joe Torre part.

Torre May Take Job with MLB

Joe Torre may not stay retired much longer.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager is leaning toward accepting a job with Commissioner Bud Selig that would allow him to stay in Los Angeles.

“He’s got a position that he thinks that I can handle,” Torre told The Associated Press on Monday. “I know we’re on the same page, and I think it’s just a matter of just sort of crossing the Ts and dotting Is at this point in time.”

Torre said he’s still resolving some questions in his own mind, but he expects to decide in the next two-to-three weeks. Selig’s office is based in New York, but Torre says the commissioner hasn’t said he couldn’t work from Los Angeles.

The 70-year-old Torre retired in September after three years managing the Dodgers, ending a career on the bench that included overseeing the New York Yankees. He played 17 years in the major leagues.

“I’ve been in the dugout forever, I know what I’m doing there,” Torre said. “When you start all of a sudden saying, `This is your job,’ it’s not necessarily fear, it’s just not sure about being able to do a job. With all the subject matter we’ve talked about, I feel good about it.”

Torre said he and Selig haven’t discussed job titles, but they have determined what responsibilities the job would entail, although he declined to be specific.

“I’d rather have that come from the league office,” he said before teeing off in his Safe at Home Foundation’s golf tournament at Wilshire Country Club.

“I want to do something that I feel useful. It really intrigues me the fact that I think this could fill the bill.”

Torre talked to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti on Monday and said he doesn’t plan to work for the team in any capacity next season. Instead, he prefers a job helping all of baseball.

“This is more all-encompassing,” he said of working for Selig. “Instead of just one team, it would involve trying to do something that would help baseball. If I can contribute in some way, I would want to do that.”

Torre already is part of the special committee for on-field matters formed by Selig a year ago to examine possible changes in the sport, along with Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

“That’s what really got my enthusiasm going because I realized how open the commissioner was to ideas,” he said. “It’s really fun to bang it around there.”

The committee met two weeks ago during owners’ meetings in Arizona, and is set to get together again next week.

“We’ve talked about scheduling and postseason scheduling and the possibility of another wild-card team, so there’s a lot of significant decisions that are going to be made,” Torre said.

Beth Harris

Shaving My Head for Cancer

Please come join the fight to cure cancer. I have had friends and famly that died to cancer. I am shaving my head for this cause but I need donations. Please visit my webpage to make donations. If your in the St.Louis area you are welcomed to watch my head get shaved at Helen Fitzsgerald March 5 at 12:00 pm.
Here is my webpage, please donate for this cause.  http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/participantid/419084

Cards Sign Free Agent Nick Punto

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the upcoming 2011 season with free agent infielder Nick Punto (pronounced POON-toh).

Punto, 33, owns a career-batting mark of .247 with 13 HR, 198 RBI and 91 stolen bases in eight-plus seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2004-10) and Philadelphia Phillies (2001-03). He enjoyed his best overall season in 2006 for the Twins, batting .290 with 21 doubles and 45 RBI.

The switch-hitting Punto began the 2010 season as the Twins’ Opening Day third baseman, but batted .238 in just 88 games while dealing with nagging hamstring injuries that forced him to make a pair of stints on the D.L. He did however post a .294 batting mark with Balls In Play (BABIP) and he continued his versatile infield play by making appearances at third base (48 games), shortstop (31) and second base (12).

The gritty 5-9, 190-pound Southern Cal native has been dubbed as one of the “Piranhas” by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for his aggressive and selfless style of play and his Minnesota teammates labeled him the “Human Highlight Reel” for his sparkling defensive play.

Punto was flawless in his 122 total chances at third base last season – making him the majors’ first player with a min. of 100 total chances to compile an errorless season at the hot corner since Wayne Garrett of the Montreal Expos in 1977.

Punto’s signing puts the Cardinals Major League roster at the maximum 40 players.

stlcardinals.com

Rockies Sign Joe Crede

Last year I blogged about the intrest the Cardinals had on possibly bringing in Joe Crede as a back up Third baseman. Well today Crede signed with the Rockies on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced Wednesday. The deal is pending a physical.

Crede, who turns 33 on April 26, last played for the Twins in 2009. He hit .224 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 90 games. Before joining the Twins, Crede played for the White Sox from 2000-08, hit .289 with four home runs in the 2005 postseason as the South Siders won the World Series and earned a trip to the 2008 All-Star Game.

However, back issues reduced Crede’s playing time with the White Sox in ’07 and ’08. With the Twins, he was solid when he was on the field, but he did not play after Sept. 13.

Thomas Harding

Holliday Stays in Left Field

Tony La Russa quickly put Matt Holliday’s(notes) concerns to rest.

Holliday said at the St. Louis Cardinals’ winter warmup Sunday that he’d play wherever the team needed him, but wanted to know by spring training so he’d have enough time to adjust to a position switch. He assumed he’d be in left field and newly acquired Lance Berkman(notes) would be in right, but said he’d be willing to move.

“Yeah, I’d like to know, I think just for repetitions sake,” Holliday said.

At his own news conference later in the day, La Russa said Holliday is his left fielder, period. And that Berkman would get the job done in right.

“Lance will make the routine play out there, there’s no doubt in my mind,” the manager said. “That’s where he’s going to play, and Matt doesn’t have to make a change.”

La Russa said Holliday first made the offer to switch positions at the trade deadline last season, if the Cardinals were able to swing a deal.

Berkman, who’ll be 35 next month, has been primarily a first baseman the last four years but has dropped 20 pounds in preparation for a return to the outfield.

La Russa dismisses the perception that the Cardinals are making a concession defensively to get Berkman’s bat in the lineup.

“We’re not giving up the routine play, that’s what you worry about,” La Russa said. “He’s got a hell of a bat and he’s going to be an average, at least, outfielder.

“I don’t feel like we’re conceding anything.”

AP

Cardinals Must Sign Pujols by Spring Training

Albert Pujols will sign autographs for $175 a pop today at the St. Louis Cardinals’ Winter Warmup. The team has until the start of spring training to get the three-time NL MVP to sign a new contract.

General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the deadline set by Pujols, but declined Saturday to characterize negotiations. The Cardinals exercised a $16 million option for next season on Pujols’ contract in October.

Both sides want to keep the negotiations private. Pujols’ two-hour autograph session, which will raise funds for Cardinal Care, is sold out.

“Really, we don’t want to sit here and handicap or guess or kind of give any type of gut feel where this thing is headed right now,” Mozeliak said. “Hopefully in the near future it’s something we can talk more about, but right now I’m not prepared to.”

Although Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt expressed confidence earlier this winter that the team could keep Pujols beyond 2011, Mozeliak said: “I don’t think it’s going to benefit anybody for me to weigh in at this point.”

AP

Cardinals, McClellan agree to one-year deal: The Cardinals and reliever Kyle McClellan agreed on a one-year contract worth $1,375,000, avoiding arbitration.

The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in 68 games in a setup role last season, going 1-4 with a career-best 2.27 ERA and two saves. He made $425,000.

                                                                                       

Cards on the Verge to sign Vazquez

Looking to augment their depth on the left side of the infield, the St. Louis Cardinals signed utility fielder Ramon Vazquez.

The minor-league deal comes with an invitation to spring training. GM John Mozeliak confirmed the deal, which was reported earlier in the afternoon here at StlToday.com.

Vazquez, 34, spent all of 2010 in Class AAA with two different organizations. Overall, he hit .257 with a .330 on-base percentage and a .363 slugging percentage. Vazquez had 14 doubles and 17 RBIs in 51 games split between Tacoma and Round Rock. Vazquez played 101 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, and he has appeared in nearly 700 games during his nine-year big-league career.

A shortstop by trade, the lefthanded-hitting Vazquez has also played more than 200 big-league games at third base and he’s played 165 games at second base.

The Cardinals have been on the lookout for depth on the left side of the infield as third baseman Dave Freese recovers from ankle surgeries. The team does not have a surefire backup at third base on the 40-man roster, with minor-league infielders Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene offering the most-obvious options. Outfielder Allen Craig, who climbed the minors as a third baseman, will see ample playing time during spring training at the corner.

Vazquez started 39 games on the left side of the infield for Pittsburgh in 2009. From 2007 to 2008, Vazquez started 120 games at third base for the Texas Rangers, where he hit .260 with a .402 slugging percentage in 600 at-bats over those two seasons.

Derrick Gould

Snell and Batista Gets Spring Training Invite by Cards

                                                                          Ian Snell

                                                                      Miguel Batista

Pitchers Miguel Batista(notes) and Ian Snell(notes) have agreed to minor league contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals and have been invited to spring training.

The Cardinals made the announcement Friday.

Batista was 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 58 games for Washington last season. The right-hander turns 40 next month. He has pitched for nine teams in the majors over 16 seasons.

Snell split last year between Seattle and Triple-A. The 29-year-old righty was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA for the Mariners.

Snell won a career-high 14 games for Pittsburgh in 2006.