Bobby V on Florida:
Bobby Valentine thought he would be managing the Marlins by now. Instead, he gave them a parting shot on national television after being dropped from their search. “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again,’ Valentine said on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. “It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The process might be over for Valentine, a regular commentator for ESPN who made his remarks Tuesday night. But the Marlins are left with an image problem. “They didn’t do their homework. They didn’t do their due diligence on Bobby V. It looks like you got caught with your pants down a little bit,’ said former New York Mets general manager Jim Duquette, who has a baseball show on satellite radio. - link
Mets Locker Room:
Hiram Bithorn Stadium was filled with enthusiastic Mets fans this week, but the clubhouses were less than luxurious. The ceiling in the Mets locker room was leaking water all week, and a section of it fell to the ground Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, Jason Bay, David Wright, Jeff Francoeur and Rod Barajas were forced to conduct their daily card game atop a cardboard box. The players did enjoy one element of the ballpark experience. Chris Carter stalked through the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon with a steaming cup, saying, “The coffee here is amazing." C.C. is out of control! - link
San Diego All-Star closer Heath Bell, who makes $4 million and will be arbitration eligible again, could be a piece the team could move. As reluctant as the Padres might be to break up their dynamic 7-8-9 bullpen trio (Luke Adams, Mike Adams and Bell) they could potentially land add a package of prospect/Major League ready players for Bell’s services - link
According to people familiar with the Mets’ thinking, Cliff Lee remains the team’s top choice of all potentially available starters. Therefore, the Mets’ pursuit of pitching help will accelerate along with the lefty’s availability. Despite losses by R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi this week, the Mets remain content - for the moment - with the middle of their rotation, and are not interested in Kevin Millwood, Jake Westbrook or any of the other mid-level starters available. The Mets do not know what Seattle’s asking price will be for Lee, as the two teams have not yet discussed the parameters of any specific deal. They are willing to part with top prospects in the right deal, but remain unsure of what prospects Seattle is interested in - link
Bennett is starting to emerge as the first relief pitcher from the 2010 draft to make an immediate impression. He pitched another scoreless inning, which now totals 6.0-IP for the Clones, giving up only 1-ER, while striking out two. There’s also three walks, which he’s working on, but his 1.50 ERA is impresses everyone early. Look for him to remain the first lefty out of the pen. - 13.0% BB/PA, 8.7% K/PA, .222-BABIP, 41% GB%, 0% HR/Air, 4.34-FIP, 2.30-BsRA9
RP – Bennett is a 2009 29th round draft pick by the Mets. He was immediately assigned and sent to Brooklyn for the 2009 season.
5-1-10 from: - http://www.uvawisecavs.com/article/637.php - Hamilton Bennett pitched a perfect game as the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs avenged a Friday loss by sweeping a double header from UVa-Wise on Saturday. UVa-Wise is now 26-19 overall and 11-15 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. A pitching performance not soon to be forgotten occurred in the day's first game. Hamilton Bennett's fast ball kept UVa-Wise hitters off stride all day; the left hander was consistently in the upper 80's on radar guns throughout Stallard Field. Tennessee Wesleyan's defense did not falter behind Bennett in the perfect game bid. In the seventh, Tommy Meier hit a ground ball to the hole between first and second base only to see Wesleyan first baseman Ryan Santos field the ball and throw to a covering Bennett to beat Meier by half a step. The southpaw also had to endure a 3-2 count in the game's final inning; Bennett eventually struck out Cody Bentley in that at bat.