Still Watching the Jasons

Just as we suspected: The Times’ David Waldstein with a story we imagined here (sans attribution or access) days before. Jason Bay indeed says he’ll surrender No. 44 should Jason Isringhausen makes the squad, acknowledging the digits have more meaning for Izzy than for him. And not for nothing, but doesn’t it seem like Bay, beyond his enthusiasm for Isringhusen’s chances to make the squad, is practically begging for a good reason to cash in 44 and start fresh? After a year like he had, I would. And no shame: He’d only be another casualty of the No. 44 jersey, which has brought little luck to its Mets’ wearers, particularly its outfielders.

Bay, according to the Times “said he would see what other numbers were available if he relinquished No. 44.” Let me help you out, Jason: There’d be 45 if you agree to swap with Izzy and 58 (we think) and several of the following group likely to become available as attrition and options play out in coming weeks: 4, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 35, 36, 48 and more. I associate Bay as 38 — his number with the Pirates — and as long as guys are swapping I’m sure Chris Capuano wouldn’t mind sliding along. I could also see Bay paying tribute to a fellow Canadian athlete with concussion issues, Eric Lindros in No. 88.

Here by the way is the updated Spring Roster.

1 Luis Castillo, 2B
2 Justin Turner, 2B
3 Luis Hernandez, INF
4 Russ Adams, INF
5 David Wright, 3B
6 Nick Evans, OF
7 Jose Reyes, SS
8 Vacant
9 Ronny Paulino, C
10 Terry Collins, manager
11 Ruben Tejada, INF
12 Scott Hairston, OF
13 Mike Nickeas, C
14 Retired
15 Carlos Beltran, OF
16 Angel Pagan, OF
17 Vacant
18 Ryota Igarashi, P
19 Raul Chavez, C
20 Jason Pridie, OF
21 Lucas Duda, OF
22 Willie Harris, OF
23 Blaine Boyer, P
24 Vacant
25 Chin-lung Hu
26 Fernando Martinez, OF
27 Boof Bonser, P
28 Daniel Murphy, 1B-2B-OF
29 Ike Davis, 1B
30 Josh Thole, C
31 Vacant
32 Jenrry Mejia, P
33 Taylor Buchholz, P
34 Mike Pelfrey, P
35 Dillon Gee, P
36 Manny Acosta, P
37 Retired
38 Chris Capuano, P
39 Bobby Parnell, P
40 Tim Byrdak, P
41 Retired
42 Retired
43 R.A. Dickey, P
44 Jason Bay, OF
45 Jason Isringhausen, P
46 Oliver Perez, P
47 Taylor Tankersley, P
48 Pat Misch, P
49 Jon Niese, P
50 Mike O’Connor, P
51 Chip Hale, 3rd base Coach
52 Dave Hudgens, hitting coach
53 Mookie Wilson, first base coach
54 Dave Racaniello, Bullpen Catcher
55 Ken Oberkfell, bench coach*
55 Chris Young, P
56 Jon Debus, bullpen coach
57 Johan Santana, P
58 Vacant
59 Dan Warthen, pitching coach
60 Vacant
61 Tobi Stoner, P
62 Dusty Ryan, C
63 Jordanny Valdespin, INF
64 Josh Stinson, P
65 Zach Lutz, INF
66 Armando Rodriguez, P
67 Manny Alvarez, P
68 Brad Emaus, 2B
69 John Lujan, P
69 Vacant
70 Pedro Beato, P
71 Kai Gronauer, C
72 Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
73-74 Vacant
75 Francisco Rodriguez, P
76 Vacant
77 DJ Carrasco, P
78-99 Vacant

* – Has anyone seen Ken Oberkfell in a jersey?


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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/22/2011 – 9:45pm.
    How come nobody ever wears 00. Its a great number!

    Mr. Met

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Tue, 02/22/2011 – 9:54pm.
    Tony Clark back in ’03… and Mr. Met.

    Spring training update

    Submitted by jondibrit on Tue, 02/22/2011 – 11:48pm.
    Having spent 2 days in camp this weekend, I can offer the following update:

    #0 Jeff Glenn (C) (probably will start at Kingsport this year)
    #58 Ken Oberkfell (Coach)
    #74 Valdes (didn’t find out his first name nor position)
    #81 Tim Teufel (Coach)
    #84 Rickey Bones (Coach)
    #86 Wally Backman (Coach)
    Randy Niemann was also there but wore a jacket the entire time.


    Submitted by Jon Springer on Wed, 02/23/2011 – 7:39am.
    Thanks for the update! 74 must be… Marc Valdes, a minor league coach?

    Did Glenn have a name on his

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/23/2011 – 11:34am.
    Did Glenn have a name on his jersey? I saw a nameless #0 in some pictures and I was wondering who it was.

    No name on jersey

    Submitted by jondibrit on Wed, 02/23/2011 – 11:12pm.
    No, #0 Jeff Glenn had no nameplate on his jersey and when asked by a fan as to why, his reply was that the team had run out of jerseys! I also saw #89 & #90 without names and I wasn’t able to find out who they were. Any thoughts?

    I’ve been studying this for a

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/24/2011 – 11:50am.
    I’ve been studying this for a few spring trainings. It seems like they use from #1 to about the high 70s for the 40-man roster players, non-roster invitees, and regular coaches, and then use from there up to the high 80s for special coaches/instructors (usually minor league staff like Backman, Bones, etc. this year). Then they keep the rest open with no nameplates for guys from minor league camp to use when they are “borrowed” to fill out teams during split-squad play. I guess maybe 0 falls under this category too as Glenn is in minor league camp. Unfortunately, we only get a list of the main guys in camp, but never get a list of the special instructors wearing the really high numbers. The fact that you found 4 of these guys (Valdes, Teufel, Bones, Backman) is pretty cool. I’ll usually spot only 1 or 2 in pictures each spring.

    Wearing jackets

    Submitted by jondibrit on Thu, 02/24/2011 – 10:29pm.
    I actually spotted several other “old” men (coaches/instructors) in camp but they were wearing jackets (even though it was sunny and in the mid 80’s!), including Randy Niemann. It was hard to tell who they were because their faces were unfamiliar to me.

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