Mets Shorts: Kiner’s Korner, Casey at the Bat, Speed Swag

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Adam Rubin spoke to a Mets official who definitely left the impression the team will do something special to honor Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who contributed to Mets telecasts all the way until his death at age 91 last week.

The source didn’t reveal any details as to if the Mets would wear a uniform patch as they did to remember Gary Carter. But the sentiment among fans is to name a nook by the foul pole at Citi Field “Kiner’s Korner,” writes Rubin. At MMO we’ve been calling for that while Ralph was still with us.

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Casey Stern is the leading candidate to host WOR’s pregame and postgame show, according to multiple sources. Stern would replace Ed Coleman who is remaining with WFAN.

Stern, who hosts “Inside Pitch” on MLB Network Radio and has a baseball show on Sirius, will join Howie Rose and Josh Lewin as the Mets broadcast team for WOR.

Let’s call the pregame show Casey at the Bat.

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Eric Young Jr. arrived for his first day at the Mets’ complex this spring wearing a new workout shirt, writes Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. In appropriate blue and orange, it had “Speed Swag” emblazoned across his chest.

Young spoke to reporters and in a short statement made clear that he doesn’t care where he plays as long as he’s in the lineup everyday and batting leadoff.

“That’s what I have been my whole life,” Young said of being the leadoff hitter. “This level, the major league level, all I can do is just play baseball and let them do their job and fit me in there.”

“Left field, right field, center field, second base, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said, “just as long as I am in the lineup.”

Young didn’t mention if he was in the best shape of his life so we’ll assume that’s a given.

Have a great day, Met fans!

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