Johan Santana to Start Season Opener

by JohnBowen

The New York Mets are apparently pleased enough with the progress of their ace starter to let him start opening day.

Johan Santana, a 2-time Cy Young award winner with the Minnesota Twins, was acquired by the Mets prior to the 2008 season and signed to an extension through 2013. At first, it looked like the move was gonna pay off for New York, with Santana winning the 2008 ERA title and finishing third in the NL Cy Young race. However, injuries limited him to under 30 starts in both 2009 and 2010, with him missing the entire 2011 season.

The Mets, who cut payroll to under 100 million for this season, would love nothing more than to deal Santana but they would likely have to absorb a major portion of the 55 million dollars remaining on his contract, especially considering his past. Naturally the Mets will hope for a big first half from Santana and a collapse from Hiroki Kuroda, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, and the like.

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41 Responses to “Johan Santana to Start Season Opener”

  1. Bob Says:

    And the Red Sox will use Felix Doubrant and Daniel Bard as their 4th and 5th starters. Andrew Bailey may go on the DL with a thumb injury.

  2. Raul Says:

    I’m not sure how important or honorable being the Opening Day starter is anymore.
    The Cardinals’ opening day starter will be Kyle Lohse.

  3. Jim Says:

    Santana to start… That’s not an April Fools joke is it.

  4. Bob Says:

    LOL @3.

  5. Cameron Says:

    @2 Our Opening Day starter was Luke Hochevar. You tell me how important starting the first game really is.

  6. Raul Says:

    I really don’t care much for this Opening Day in Japan or Opening Night on ESPN.

    Just have all the damn teams open up at the same time. Err…same day.

  7. Raul Says:

    Actually,

    Just to show up stupid it is to open a season in another country, I really, really want Japan and Mexico to open their seasons in the United States.

    In fact, I want the Champions League soccer season to begin each year in Rhode Island.

  8. Chuck Says:

    Mariners fly 12 hours to Japan, play two exhibition games and two “regular season” games, then get back on the plane.

    To Seattle?

    Nope.

    Back to Peoria, where they play more exhibition games.

    I’m all for marketing the sport, but this is fucking stupid.

  9. Raul Says:

    I made that flight to Tokyo last year.
    Not fun…at all.

    I went LA to Vancouver to Tokyo.
    Tokyo to LA on the way back.

    I don’t even want to know what it’s like to fly Tokyo to LA or Seattle….and then have to fly to Phoenix….then bus it to Peoria.

    I’m pretty sure that at the end of that flight, I’d punch Bud Selig in the mouth.

  10. Chuck Says:

    You would have to pay me lottery money to go to Tokyo.

    Seriously, why the hell would anyone want to go there on purpose?

    I spent a week in Mexico City and it felt like a year, if I want crowds I’ll go to Disneyland.

    And besides, they edit their porn.

    What’s the point…you know people are fucking, so why bother?

    They might be one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, but if they don’t see the guy’s dick in the girl’s mouth, they don’t know it’s a blowjob?

    Then again, after 70 years they still can’t play baseball or fly aircraft.

  11. John Says:

    That’s gotta be the weirdest reason for hating a country ever.

  12. Raul Says:

    I found your rant hilarious, Chuck.
    And I suppose there’s a certain degree of truth there.

    That said, I really enjoyed my time in Tokyo. Nice people. Comparatively healthy (I saw 1 fat person during my time there, and by USA standards, he was chubby). Very clean city. Like, as a guy who worked in NYC, I felt ashamed by NYC. That’s how clean the city is. Public transit, while it’s super confusing, was very good. I would go back, for sure.

    It’s expensive, though. Hotel was $170 a night and it wasn’t very big.

  13. Chuck Says:

    Which one, John?

    I listed four.

  14. John Says:

    I imagine I’ll pull into Tokyo at some point in my career and I’m looking forward to it.

    How tough was the language barrier?

  15. John Says:

    Lol, the porn one @13.

  16. Chuck Says:

    If it wasn’t for the beer, you could nuke Milwaukee and no one would notice.

  17. Chuck Says:

    The NBA 2012 HOF class was announced today.

    At the bottom of the list, under “contributor”, was Phil Knight.

    The founder and CEO of a fucking shoe company is going into the Hall of Fame.

    Only in the NBA.

  18. Raul Says:

    I didn’t know any Japanese at all and I managed ok.

    The Japanese word for beer is biru and between that and “arigato”, I was alright.

    It felt like in most places there was always someone who spoke enough broken English that they could figure out what you wanted.

    If I ever go back, I’d like to venture out to the countryside. Tokyo is strange in a way. You’re in the concrete jungle and one turn and you’re in the middle of a lush green park or temple.

  19. Raul Says:

    MLB won’t elect Marvin Miller or Curt Flood.
    No way they elect the guy who invented cleats. LOL.

    Flood may not belong. I kinda think he does, but I get it if people are reserved in his case. Flood wasn’t the first guy to challenge the reserve clause. But he definitely was the guy that set the thing in motion for Miller.

    HBO’s documentary on Curt Flood is pretty good, but tragic — mostly because of what happened to Flood. Check it out sometime.

  20. Chuck Says:

    Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith had more to do with free agency than Curt Flood, and Flood wasn’t the first guy to refuse a trade.

    I’m not so sure about Miller, either. He was in the right place at the right time, and depending on what side of the fence your house is he’s either a savior or an asshole.

    Miller is directly responsible for Donald Fehr and Scott Boras, those two factors alone should put him on the banned list.

  21. Chuck Says:

    Want proof there are guys playing MLB who don’t know how to “play” baseball?

    Take that soon to be world famous pussy, Jesus Montero.

    He went postal today after being beaned on the helmet today.

    In the sixth inning.

    Of a game you’re leading 4-1.

    With the bases loaded.

    On a curveball.

    I mean, holy shit, man.

  22. Chuck Says:

    OK, so I’m watching the Yankees/Marlins game on MLBNetwork.

    I had a chance to see the Marlin’s new uni’s during the AFL, they’re really not too bad, better than the old one’s for sure.

    Anyway, when they wear their alternate black jerseys with the orange lettering, they wear orange helmets.

    Who designed this combination? I thought Gianni Versace was dead.

    My God, they’re hideous.

    And to make matters worse, their hats are orange too.

    Wear them with the white.

    Wearing them with the black makes them look like the light on top of a police car.

    Remember Adam-12?

  23. Raul Says:

    Takes a shrewd pitcher to bean a guy with an 82 mph curveball.

    What’s that? He was hit by Edgmer Escalona?
    Who the hell is Edgmer Escalona? A 25-year old reliever trying to make the Big League club in Spring Training?

    Jesus Christ, Montero…I’m sure he had it out for you.

  24. Raul Says:

    I haven’t seen it, but Orange caps isn’t a good look.
    Even Baltimore doesn’t wear orange caps.

  25. John Says:

    “I had a chance to see the Marlin’s new uni’s during the AFL, they’re really not too bad, better than the old one’s for sure”

    That’s what people always forget when talking about how ugly those uniforms are. They are (I think), but there original uniforms were bright teal, and they kept that color around even as they incorporated black into their color scheme.

    The true monstrosity though? This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urCG4A4fa6k&feature=fvwrel

  26. John Says:

    But speaking of new unis, I love the Blue Jays and Orioles going back to their classic looks.

  27. Raul Says:

    Who the hell is the camera man?
    Michael J Fox?

  28. John Says:

    Also, he was the designer.

  29. Raul Says:

    First baseman Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds agreed Monday on the framework to a 10-year, $225 million extension, a source told ESPN.com.

  30. Mike Felber Says:

    I Loved the old Athletics Kerry green & yellow uniforms as akid, still a great combination.

    My ex was Japanese, spent a couple of weeks straddling ‘89′-’09 there, a little time in 6 cities, & a week with her folks in the countryside (before we were married, she had not told them we were living together). Kyoto is the city to spend time in Raul, the ancient capital for like 700 + years, Nara more briefly, over 1,500 temples just in the city proper. Wonderful Zen aesthetic abound there.

    The porn: any very repressed society has bizarre off shoots of the damped down desire. They are huge for school girl porn, & have fetishized “tentacle sex’, since you cannot show cocks. Many of these cartoon books show girls being violated thusly. And it is everywhere are newsstands, when you immerse normal drives in shame, you get things like Bukkake, & as “punishment”.

    As a western single guy I think most would do well with girls, the exotic factor & western bias, some black guys certainly have. Guy in my gym has pro wrestled since a skinny teen, now really bulky, arguably somewhat overdone for 5′ 6″. “Quiet Storm” has gotten some tail there, & not jus’ yellowtail sushi!

  31. Chuck Says:

    Pat Bourque lives in the area and he showed up a couple of years ago to an Alumni event in that old Athletics early ’70’s uni with the gold shirt AND pants.

    It was awesome.

  32. Mike Felber Says:

    Great! The right tribal colors can get us feeling like Kids for a cause.

    I have no concern for fashion or standards of what is “good”, but a enjoyed deals like getting 75% off 2 silk jackets, 1 was green, from the defunct original Filene’s basement in Boston on a trip there. They would mark things off 75% after some weeks. Several years ago I called many thrift stores, found ones that had my size, & took the Staten island Ferry & got 2 suits for ~$33, loved the houndstooth, kind of damaged it lifting things in it.

    But the conservative biz. suit is the one intact suit I still have!

  33. Cameron Says:

    I’d think Miller should get elected into the Hall of Fame. Guy did a lot of good. Fehr… Well, not so much. After finally getting to see the Tenth Inning part of Baseball, I think he may have had more to do with baseball being completely backwards on steroids more than Selig was.

  34. Cameron Says:

    @30

    Mike, I’m pretty sure I know more about how sexually repressed Japan is more than anyone on this board. The funny thing is that while their porn is weirder and has all these coders it has to follow, it’s also fucking EVERYWHERE with what sex they can get away with. The laws for what constitutes sexual assault are pretty lax and the schoolgirls on the subway can pretty much get felt up by a random stranger and she can’t do anything about it. It’s fucked up.

    Also, disposable vagina in a can. They sell those. Shit you not.

  35. Mike Felber Says:

    I agree with you on Miller Cam. But why do you know more about Japan’s repression than anyone here? Have you spent time there, had a Japanese GF & wife for some years? That you know something about it I do not doubt.

    That effect of repression where sex is everywhere is common for places that allow a measure of freedom, a Democracy that has repression. An autocracy similarly regulated sexually would not permit the other manifestations.

  36. Chuck Says:

    Jesus Christ, who the fuck cares?

    We’re on life support, our prime season of activity is two days away, and you guys are arguing about Japanese pussy?

    Which, by the way, only one of you have ever had?

    Goddammit, stop now.

  37. Mike Felber Says:

    What are you getting so excited about Chuck? I did not even dispute “Japanese Pussy” with Cam, just asked why he thought he was most expert about it, & only you are exercised. Take a chill pill. This is not a controversial topic, & especially if on life support, why have a censorious spirit about free expression?

    Want me to put out a call elsewhere for more contributors or readers?

  38. Chuck Says:

    “Want me to put out a call elsewhere for more contributors or readers?”

    I thought you already did.

    Worked out well, so far.

    Thanks.

  39. Mike Felber Says:

    You say the darnedest things Chuck.

    It did nit work yet. I am offering to try again, like you, am busy, but want to help. Tell me if any articles are coming to use as a hooko

  40. Chuck Says:

    “It did nit work yet. I am offering to try again, like you, am busy, but want to help. Tell me if any articles are coming to use as a hooko.”

    “You say the darnedest things Chuck.”

    Um, OK

  41. Cameron Says:

    @37 Decided to study it out of morbid curiosity. Japanese culture is a fascinating study. …Just beware when you skew modern. Post-war, Japan kinda lost its shit.

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