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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Kazuo Matsui era is officially over

Well the day when Kazuo Matsui is not on the Mets 40 man roster has finally come, and no Matsui is not going on the 60 day DL. Eli Marrero is the newest Met and Kazuo Matsui is the new Rockie, or should I say the new Sky Sock. Matsui was shipped off to the Rockies last night with some cash and he was then sent down to AAA Colorado Springs. In 130 at bats this year with the Mets Matsui hit only .200 with an even worse .150 average with runners in scoring position. The 30 year old 2003 Jim Duquette offseason investment has always and will always be a Met bust, with the obvious exception for the first game of every season.

Eli Marrero, a 33 year old catcher/outfielder, is now on the Mets and is a significant upgrade over Matsui, a feat that is easily accomplished. In Marrero's 60 at bats thus far in the season he is hitting only .217, despite four home runs. Marrero is now third on the Mets in home runs per at bat with 15. Beltran and Delgado are first and second, respectivley. Marrero who is a former third round draft pick has never been a consistent everyday starter, and he has a career average of .244. However, over the past two seasons he has a dreadful .199 average in 84 games played. Marrero joins a crowded outfield already with Beltran, Floyd, Nady, the newly emerged Lastings Milledge, and of course we do have Victor Diaz in the minors if another injury occurs. However, Marrero is also the third string catcher and yet another veteran presence on the bench. Marrero has played for some good managers in his career such as Bobby Cox and Tony La Rusa so he should provide some good information for the youngsters. Is he better than Matsui? Only time will tell, but with the human boo machine at second base gone the Mets fans are certainly pleased. That's for sure.

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