March 2nd, 2015

MetsPlus InsidePlus: Ike Davis “Valley Fever” still won’t go away; So why was he playing on the Mets the beginning of 2014?

It’s no secret that Ike Davis and first base was the biggest distraction the Mets had the past three years. The excuse for Davis low production? Injury, a bad swing, but most of all Valley Fever. 

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When the New York Post reported that Davis was still feeling the effects of the “nightmare” fever, we instantly deduced that Davis was playing through 2014 with Valley Fever. As a reminder, Davis got traded before May began, so it didn’t affect the Mets as much as the Pirates, but is Davis’ secrecy an issue that should be looked at further? Should Davis be held accountable for not telling the press of his continuous illness, so that we could have not played him, and given Duda the ball on Opening Day?

Once 2013 ended, Davis revealed that he still had lingering effects of Valley Fever, and we were all pretty shocked. Come Spring Training 2014, Davis deemed the Fever was gone. And while he wasn’t given a fair shot by the Mets, he was given regular play with the Pirates, and Pedro Alvarez kicked him out of town.


A reader sent me an email, recommending that the Mets should consider legal action against Ike Davis. While I won’t go that far, I believe that the players should have to release all medical documents that they receive. While I like Ike as a person, and I respect his professionalism on the field, I believe that when you have an X-ray done, it should be forwarded to the team that employees you. Wether it be the Mets, the Pirates or any other professional sports team in America, the team needs to know. Davis has Valley Fever? That’s too bad, but I don’t want him at first base, put him in the minors so he can build towards recovering.

Keeping Duda over Davis was one of the best managerial decisions that the Alderson/Collins era has ever made. Duda has a lot of promise at first base, and I believe we can get at least 25 home runs out of Duda again this year.

Thank you, and to new beginnings…

Hello MetsPlus readers. Baseball returns to your TV Friday. Today, I wanted to share a brand new blog headed by the astute Michael Baron. Baron is a professional photographer and worked on SNY’s for a long time. Now, Mr.Baron starts a new endeavor with “Just Mets”. A baseball blog  under the MLBlogs umbrella. I suggest following his blog, as I will. Good luck to the Just Mets, MetsBlog and all other Mets Blog teams this season!

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M BaronFirst off, I want to thank everyone for the well wishes and support over the last couple of weeks. Six years ago when I started writing for, I never could’ve imagined anyone would actually care about my opinion on the Mets, my story as a fan, and my journey to this point. I never intended to gain anything from the experience except pure enjoyment and personal fulfillment (and a nice photographic screen saver for my computer). That all of you feel the way you do is incredibly humbling, and I don’t even know how to repay each and every one of you for your support.

Let's Go MetsI also want to thank Matthew Cerrone and everyone both at SNY and the Mets for everything they’ve done for me over the last six years. I have learned so much about digital content, blogging, social media, branding and marketing, and being a member of…

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