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Dan Schlossberg’s Spring Training Report: New York Clubs Worry About Age, Weather

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NEW YORK – Maybe weather will help the Mets when they start their season a week from tomorrow with a home game against the powerful Washington Nationals.

A potential nor’easter — with blizzard conditions for Boston and beyond — is expected late Tuesday with more snow due the following week.

The forecast conjures up memories of April 6, 1982, when a foot of snow forced the Yankees to postpone their opener five days. They eventually opened with an Easter Sunday doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

This year, the Mets lost pitching ace Matt Harvey early (Tommy John surgery) and infielders Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy late (a variety of nagging spring injuries). Things looked so dire that general manager Sandy Alderson even gave ancient and overweight Bartolo Colon a two-year contract. At age 41, he’s coming off an 18-6 year at Oakland but asking him to last two seasons seems a bit preposterous.

Is Bartolo Colon too old and too hefty to help the Mets?

Is Bartolo Colon too old and too hefty to help the Mets?

Then again, the Yankees are also looking to turn back the hands of time, with 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda slated to be the No. 2 starting pitcher and fragile captain Derek Jeter, almost 40, counted on to contribute a superlative season at shortstop.

Spring flings:

The Chicago White Sox should get much more out of Jose Abreu than the San Francisco Giants get out of Tony Abreu or the Philadelphia Phillies get out of Bobby Abreu . . .

Seriously? The Detroit Tigers are so desperate to replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias that they’re talking about activating 46-year-old first base coach Omar Vizquel. According to rookie manager Brad Ausmus, “He could probably be a platoon shortstop.” Hey, Brad, why not bring back Rafael Belliard too? . . .

How far they have fallen: one year after opening the season as a platoon third baseman with Chris Johnson, one-dimensional slugger Juan Francisco has been cut by the Milwaukee Brewers . . .

Also surprised to see the possible end of the line for Jeff Francoeur, who hit .286 for the Cleveland Indians this spring but failed to make the club. His strong right arm, power potential, plus personality, and youth (age 30) should fit in somewhere . . .

Ex-Met Justin Turner, whose main claim to fame is his flaming red hair, opened the season at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Repeat after me: Justin Turner . . .

Not surprised that the Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to extend the contract of exciting young outfielder Sterling Marte . . .

Cincinnati will probably replace injured closer Aroldis Chapman with former Dodger Jonathan Broxton . . .

Can Jonathan Broxton replace Aroldis Chapman?

Can Jonathan Broxton replace Aroldis Chapman?

The newest spring training facility, Wrigley Field lookalike Cubs Park, has been averaging more than 14,000 fans per game since it opened in Mesa, AZ last month . . .

Wonder what Angels manager Mike Scioscia was thinking when he traded his son for Wayne Gretzky’s son last week . . .

No surprise that the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in both of their games Down Under but a big surprise that both clubs now have to go back and play more exhibition games before they open the season again . . .

Anyone who doubts a deep well fuels Atlanta pitching need only check out the 0.45 earned run average compiled by lefty Alex Wood this spring. The former University of Georgia standout, starting his first full season, will be the No. 2 starter in a rotation that lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery.

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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