Saturday, January 22, 2011

Signing Chris Young Will Improve Mets Spring Basketball Squad

The Apple has learned the true reason for the Mets' recent signing of the mammoth 6'10" pitcher Chris Young.

It seems that the major league teams who train in Florida have a players-only basketball league and have had one for years. Not only have the Mets had problems playing baseball but the hoops squad hasn't been good since the days of Dave Kingman and Darryl Strawberry.
Specifically the Mets have lacked a true center to clog up the middle and grab the big rebounds. With Young, Alderson feels he now can compete in the always tough Grapefruit East division.

Joining Young on the front line and now able to get back to his natural position of power forward is 6'7" Mike Pelfrey. The past few years Big Pelf has tried to be the man in the pivot and it just hasn't worked out.
The "3" is still in question. The team could go big with 6'5" Mike Hessman but he is slow as all get out. At 6'4" Bobby Parnell is an option. Unfortunately his shot comes in real fast but rarely is on target. The 6'4" newcomer D.J. Carrasco will also get a look at the position. An intriguing option at the position is Ike Davis (6'4"). Ike's game seems to be nothing special but he has the uncanniest knack for saving balls from going out of bounds!

The backcourt will be anchored by speedy point guard Angel Pagan. His claim to fame is being a switch-shooter.

Trying out for the 2-guard spot is R.A. Dickey. He amazes fans and teammates alike as his shot consistently flutters in midair but, more often than not, hits the target.

Terry Collins will start the season as head coach.  The fear in the front office is that he may pick up an inordinate number of technical fouls.

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Story by Larry Smith.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight

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