Tuesday, June 9, 2009

David Wright says he was joking about frustrations

Mets third baseman says he was joking about being frustrated with the dimensions of Citi Field.

"That was me having a good time with Chipper because I saw the look on his face after, you know, hitting 800 feet worth of fly balls and no home runs," Wright said Tuesday before the Mets played Philadelphia.

Ha ha. Good one, David.

And Chipper feels sorry for Mets' players now. Unless, of course, he's just "joking."

"It is the biggest park that I have ever played in in my life. It is a huge ballpark to center and right center and right field," Jones told Sirius XM Radio on Monday. "You know, I actually feel sort of sorry for some of the guys out there because their power numbers are really going to take a hit; guys like David Wright, (Carlos) Beltran, (Carlos) Delgado. The days of them hitting 35, 40 homers -- they're over."

In 200 at bats in 2009, Wright has three home runs. He hit his last home run on May 7th.

In 2007, Wright hit 30 homers in 604 at bats. In 2008, Wright hit 33 homers in 626 at bats.

If he gets 626 at bats in 2009 and maintains his current pace, he will finish 2009 with 9.39 home runs.

Funny, isn't it?

The Hot Corner, 6/9 edition

Apparently, the White Sox Net crew have the ability to turn back the clock as Marcus Thames hit the "1st home run of career," as our friends at Detroit4Lyfe pointed out.

As expected, the Nationals drafted Stephen Strasburg with the top overall pick and the Mariners drafted Dustin Ackley with the second overall pick in tonight's MLB draft.

With the fourth overall pick, the Pirates selected Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez.

Yankees reliever Brian Bruney could return next week.

Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times believes that Erik Bedard should qualify for Type A free agency, which would net the Mariners two draft picks if he leaves via free agency.

The Sunday starter for the Detroit Tigers is will be either Jeremy Bonderman or Dontrelle Willis, according to the Detroit Free Press. The other will lose his roster spot.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asks whether Jair Jurrjens is the "real ace" of the Braves' staff.

Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch will have Tommy John surgery on Friday.

The Rays added Jorge Julio, who will pitch for Triple-A Durham.

Colin Stephenson of the Newark Star-Ledger asks the question, "Could Phil Hughes turn into the next Joba Chamberlain for the New York Yankees?"

Cardinals SS Khalil Greene started his rehab assignment.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said about Fernando Martinez: "Some believe that 250 at-bats, no matter how you get them here, are better than every day at Triple-A. So we have to find a number that we feel, whether it's three out of seven or four out of seven a week that would equate enough to warrant him staying here full time."

Liz Bonds filed for a legal separation from hubby Barry, per Lance Williams of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants would like to see Matt Cain go to the 2009 All-Star game.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira, who leads the A.L. in homers (18), says "we've crushed balls all over the place. We hit more home runs today than they did, didn't we? Someone's got to give us credit eventually.''