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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:37 am    Post subject: Adam Rubin Interview: Mets Refugees Exclusive Reply with quote

I had the chance to exchange e-mails with Adam Rubin and he was kind enough to answer some questions for us. Adam Rubin has been the Daily News' Mets beat writer since 2003. He is a Long Island native and author of ďPedro, Carlos and Omar: The Story of a Season in the Big Apple and the Pursuit of Baseball's Top Latino Stars.Ē I highly recommend his book and please check it out if you haven't done so already. It's a must read for any Mets fan.

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JD: Which Mets hitting and pitching prospects do you believe have the brightest future?

Adam Rubin: Pitching-wise, Mike Pelfrey and Joe Smith should definitely have an impact this season. Smith has really opened eyes this spring with a sharp-breaking slider and a heavy sink on his fastball that makes him a ground-ball machine. Position-player wise, Carlos Gomez seems the most exciting. He'll start the season in what should be a stellar outfield at Triple-A New Orleans with Lastings Milledge and Ben Johnson.


JD: Which signings do you think were the best and worst this offseason in all of baseball and what is you assessments of the moves the Mets made?

Adam Rubin: You have to wonder about the Royals' five-year contract to Gil Meche. And the Angels are already having reservations about the Gary Matthews Jr. signing after the latest revelations. It's hard to say anyone got great value this winter, because the top players received exborbitant contracts -- from Barry Zito to Alfonso Soriano to Carlos Lee. The best signings were extensions of players under teams' control, such as Chris Carpenter with the Cardinals at below-market value.

The Mets had a big posting bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka ($39 million), so it's hard to fault them for not foreseeing the Red Sox's bid. It was kind of a ho-hum winter. Moises Alou doesn't seem like a bad signing after the winter spending by other teams, since the commitment is minimal in terms of contract length.


JD: Assuming Tom Glavine, El Duque and John Maine have the top three spots of the rotation locked up, which pitchers do you think the Mets organization would like to see claim the 4th and 5th spots?

Adam Rubin: Oliver Perez is in, too. No doubt. All signs point to Mike Pelfrey and Chan Ho Park the primary competitors for the final slot. I'd definitely say the organization wants Pelfrey to take it, and Park is more of an insurance policy than the preference. If Park doesn't make the team and is cut by Opening Day, the Mets are only responsible for 45 days' pay, or about $100,000.


JD: What are your predictions for the Mets this season and I must also ask, which players do you see the Mets targeting in the future?

Adam Rubin: They're definitely the favorite to win the NL East, but it should be a dogfight. The Phillies are strong, with the exception of the bullpen, where Antonio Alfonseca was the major addition. It's hard to expect the Mets to make much headway getting a frontline starting pitcher at the trading deadline, since there probably won't be much available, but I'm sure they'll try, with Lastings Milledge part of the package they'd consider. We'll see. I'm sure they'd love a Carlos Zambrano type, but I can't see the Cubs parting with him even if they were out of the race, which isn't overly likely anyway. Chicago spent so much money this past winter ... how could they not make a major attempt to re-sign him?

All around baseball, because small-market teams are financially healthy, organizations are able to retain their young talent and sign them to long-term deals before they reach free agency. That means big-market teams have to do a better job of developing talent rather than relying on free agency.


JD: Spending so much time around the Mets, you must see and hear things the average fan does not. What is one of your favorite stories you had while covering the Mets?

Adam Rubin: I've enjoyed plenty. One thing that comes to mind is watching David Wright evolve from an A-ball minor leaguer to superstar who is on the cover of a video game, meeting the president and buying a $7 million penthouse in Manhattan. I still remember interviewing David when he was a teenager. There were high expectations then, but the Mets were actually high on three young third basemen at the time -- him, Aarom Baldiris and Shawn Bowman -- and you didn't know which one would truly emerge ... if any.

David really is as wholesome as advertised. I was just telling Joe Smith the story today of when David was a rookie. He had to carry beer to the team bus in Montreal from the clubhouse after a game for his teammates. In the other hand he had milk for himself. I also remember the story of David filling out a Mother's Day card on the Binghamton team bus a week before that holiday when he was in Double-A. It just shows how considerate he is/was.


Again, I would just like to thank Adam for being so helpful and giving us his insight. Let's Go Mets!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There were high expectations then, but the Mets were actually high on three young third basemen at the time -- him, Aarom Baldiris and Shawn Bowman -- and you didn't know which one would truly emerge ... if any.



sounds familiar. imagine if we had 3 OF like that
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess Adam thinks that Milledge is a lock for AAA

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If Park doesn't make the team and is cut by Opening Day, the Mets are only responsible for 45 days' pay, or about $100,000.


I did not know that. Makes that deal look even better.

Oh yeah, nice job JD!
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If Park doesn't make the team and is cut by Opening Day, the Mets are only responsible for 45 days' pay, or about $100,000.


I did not know that. Makes that deal look even better.

Oh yeah, nice job JD!


The deal for Park was a beauty by Omar even if he makes the team he only gets paid if he produces ! He is/was the perfect insurance policy and I still expect him to go north as the 5th starter and Pelfrey to join the Mets later in the year ! Just like i expect Milledge to do the same ! This is a marathon not a sprint !

And yes JD nice job bro !

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard Eduardo.

Back to Park/Pelfrey for a moment...I'm still a bit torn on it. From a talent standpoint I'd love to see Pelfrey post the kind of ST that wins him the job, but simultaneously I still worry about his MiLB experience. Guys producing at the MLB level with as much experience as him are far more the exception than the rule, and too-sudden increases in their IP totals usually end up with bad results.

Anyways I'm getting ahead of myself, Peterson will protect his arm.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it would be a mistake not to keep Park. Therefore, I think Park should start as the 5th guy to start the year. I can guarentee that we will have starters miss starts, that is when I want to see Pelf come up. If he takes the job then, you do not send him back down and instead you look at trading someone or doing some roster shuffling. I think cutting Park would be a huge mistake.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greta job JD!

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Thanks fellas. I would appreciate it if you linked this thread up on other Mets sites you guys go on nyfs, metsblog, etc. I think that may be a good way to hit up some new users and spread the Refugee word. I'm working on some other articles/interviews for this site so I hope all goes well.
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Welcome aboard Eduardo.

Back to Park/Pelfrey for a moment...I'm still a bit torn on it. From a talent standpoint I'd love to see Pelfrey post the kind of ST that wins him the job, but simultaneously I still worry about his MiLB experience. Guys producing at the MLB level with as much experience as him are far more the exception than the rule, and too-sudden increases in their IP totals usually end up with bad results.

Anyways I'm getting ahead of myself, Peterson will protect his arm.


Thanks Mike ,

my big worry about having Pelfrey start the year out with the Mets is that he will most probably be out of gas by the time the stretch run develops and surely by the playoffs . Look at Verlander's numbers by the month last year . He had a mid 5 in the playoffs and decreased in effectivity measurably the last two months of the year !

As the season goes on they lose effectiveness because they aren't strong enough to pitch 200 innings yet ! Pelfrey only pitched 120 innings last year he should be good for 150 to 160 and then the old dead arm will set in till the off season rest !

That is why I am a proponent of having Park , Sosa or Sele any one is fine with me start the year as the 5th starter and then let Pelfrey at AAA work on his secondary stuff and have him join the Mets around late June or early July then he will still be fresh come the stretch run and playoffs !

It is much easier to have him on a strict pitch count in AAA than when he is on the Mets and the games mean that much more !

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats why this should be more than just a message Board.

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Ed, although your correct..a message board is a vulnerable thing. The way to get this place big would be


1. Putting a ban on cursing. I don't mean if you curse you have a warning, another time your banned. I mean ESPN-like no cursing.

2. No more AVM fun. No more RB fat jokes. No more JMB skeet sheet jokes. No more Hojo Hot Tub jokes. No more nym sigs. It has to be all business.

3. No more trolling. Can't have HTML geniuses coming here and messing things up.

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Go to NYFS if you want that. I think there's a reason a lot of you post here over posting on that site. Either you love it or hate it here, I don't think we're going to change anytime soon. We'd probably lose a lot of posters if we did that. We are what we are.

As far as "more than just a message board," patience my friend. We're working on it.

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The best thing is for this to be a message board 1st and some extra things.

If this place is going to stand out from everyone else it needs to be a message board 1st.

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Is NYFS really strict? I never posted there, but if you want writers and all to start advertising this place, "something big"...they'll want the language to go.

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Half the people who post here would be banned on NYFS if they tried pulling some of the stuff they do over here.

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Ed, although your correct..a message board is a vulnerable thing. The way to get this place big would be


1. Putting a ban on cursing. I don't mean if you curse you have a warning, another time your banned. I mean ESPN-like no cursing.

2. No more AVM fun. No more RB fat jokes. No more JMB skeet sheet jokes. No more Hojo Hot Tub jokes. No more nym sigs. It has to be all business.

3. No more trolling. Can't have HTML geniuses coming here and messing things up.


We are called the refugees because i left to get away from that shit.

We never claimed to be an official mets site. This is a board where people come to get away from that shit.

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So whats "more than a message board"?

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Is NYFS really strict? I never posted there, but if you want writers and all to start advertising this place, "something big"...they'll want the language to go.


We have alot of smart people over here that can write. We don't need people to come from elsewhere to write here. I don't even read the paper anymore.

All the links are posted here and sometimes we even break news. I like it that way.

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When I said writers, I meant people like Adam Rubin, Bob Klappish, and maybe a Ron Darling coming here and talking Mets with us.

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