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07:37 AM ET 11.22 | If Ike Davis needed any reminders about his name in trade speculation, he need only check the texts on his cell phone. He understands there is a strong likelihood that he will be traded this winter, that he has already played his last game as a Met. Davis has come to terms with what he considers an uncomfortable situation. "I just want a chance to play," Davis said earlier this week in a telephone interview. "Honestly, I've loved my time with the Mets. I'm still a Met right now and I don't want to get traded." ... Mets officials have openly stated that either Davis or Lucas Duda will be back at first base for the team next season, but likely not both. And general manager Sandy Alderson has noted that the decision may depend as much upon how other teams view those two as how the Mets do.

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November 22, 2013  08:17 AM ET

He'll be 27 next season (should be his prime) and he sucked last season. Yeah, he hit 32 HRs one season, but with a .227 BA and .308 OBP. I don't know why this marginal ML 1Bman gets so much press...he'd probably be a decent pickup as a PH/backup for somebody.

November 22, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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He'll be 27 next season (should be his prime) and he sucked last season. Yeah, he hit 32 HRs one season, but with a .227 BA and .308 OBP. I don't know why this marginal ML 1Bman gets so much press...he'd probably be a decent pickup as a PH/backup for somebody.

Last season was a total crash and burn for Davis. Questions abound as to whether he can pull himself out of the wreckage and rebound.

November 22, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Last season was a total crash and burn for Davis. Questions abound as to whether he can pull himself out of the wreckage and rebound.

He might rise from the dead like Carlos Pena and be a valuable player...I just wonder why this guy gets press like Phat Al did when he was leaving the Cards. He just hasn't done that much, looked reasonably promising in his rookie year and had a nice 129 ABs the next season. Oh boy!

November 22, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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Last season was a total crash and burn for Davis. Questions abound as to whether he can pull himself out of the wreckage and rebound.

I do remember hearing during a Mets game broadcast that the coaches were trying to get Ike to stop dropping his hands to his belt and he was resisting. I don't think having a hitch that low is a problem, but actually trying to launch from there is something not many hitters do...I guess Eric Davis had a swing kind of like that. Ted Williams actually hitched his hands very low, but brought them up again to launch.

November 22, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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I do remember hearing during a Mets game broadcast that the coaches were trying to get Ike to stop dropping his hands to his belt and he was resisting. I don't think having a hitch that low is a problem, but actually trying to launch from there is something not many hitters do...I guess Eric Davis had a swing kind of like that. Ted Williams actually hitched his hands very low, but brought them up again to launch.

Joe D had a nice quiet swing. Not a lot of wasted motion.

November 22, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Joe D had a nice quiet swing. Not a lot of wasted motion.

You're right, had a very wide stance and didn't even stride much. Very direct path to the ball, and he also hit the hell out of it.
Ryne Sandberg was a modern guy who batting coaches pointed to as having a "quiet" swing, Paul Molitor is another (although he was more of a contact than power guy).

November 22, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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I do remember hearing during a Mets game broadcast that the coaches were trying to get Ike to stop dropping his hands to his belt and he was resisting. I don't think having a hitch that low is a problem, but actually trying to launch from there is something not many hitters do...I guess Eric Davis had a swing kind of like that. Ted Williams actually hitched his hands very low, but brought them up again to launch.

You have to have quick hands to get away with a hitch. The hitting coach should give him a different timing mechanism to work on and get him to quiet his hands down if he can't pull off the hitch. Dave Winfield was a guy that had a big hitch too.

November 22, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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You have to have quick hands to get away with a hitch. The hitting coach should give him a different timing mechanism to work on and get him to quiet his hands down if he can't pull off the hitch. Dave Winfield was a guy that had a big hitch too.

The word on the broadcast was that Ike wasn't open to change. A lot of the great old timers had huge hitches, like Foxx, Hornsby, Greenberg...I think Ruth just started low and brought his hands up, not quite a hitch. They do seem to be out of fashion these days...

November 22, 2013  11:50 AM ET

on Ike davis,its not about what you like or what you want but rather what the team expects in exchage for either player,lo duca/Ike davis,somebody would be gone by the end of the off season,,,

November 22, 2013  11:02 PM ET

Alderson and Collins have not developed any everyday player in 3 three years, they add unnecessary pressure of young guys and have them talking to themselves in the locker room, both should be fired. Management has a bad habit of trying to motivate their players using the NY Media, IT DONT WORK, they have to be patient and allow these players to develop, Davis & Tejada will do well, once their away from here, too bad, they had potential!!!!!!

November 23, 2013  01:03 AM ET

These rumors always give one the impression that the Mets expect to get a lot in return for Davis. I don't know why that would be true. Over the past two seasons he has hit a combined .219. With a very high strikeout rate. His WAR values have been barely above that of an average replacement player. Hard to imagine someone parting with a solid player or prospect for him.

November 23, 2013  08:37 AM ET

ooops, my bad - thought it said gomer! Actually gomer makes more sense

 
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