NEW YORK -- Former Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry was at Citi Field on Saturday to unveil his All-Stars for Charities Fruit Snacks, and he had some advice for current Mets shortstop and future free agent Jose Reyes: Don't go.
Twenty years after leaving the Mets for Los Angeles in free agency, Strawberry said he wishes he'd remained and continued to play in the New York City spotlight.
"It looks good on the other side, but it's not always as good as the place that you're used to," Strawberry said. "When you're young, you don't realize that, and for me, I was young and didn't realize what New York meant to me. Tell Jose I said New York is a great place. No matter what you have to go through, how difficult it gets, this is the place you want to play."
"Being successful here, they appreciate it a little bit more than anywhere else you go. You're just another player that comes along in other places, but the fans here never forget. The legacy you leave for yourself here is incredible and Jose has a chance to do that. He's a remarkable player, he's had some wonderful years, done some wonderful things and he still has a chance to do some greater things before his career is all over."
Reyes has said repeatedly that he hopes he can stay in New York, where he has played the entirety of his nine-year Major League career. When asked if he had spoken about his upcoming decision to players who'd gone through free agency, Reyes said he has not because he wants to keep his mind clear as he finishes the rest of the baseball season.
"Everything is a consideration," Reyes said. "I think to play here in New York means a lot to me. Like I always say, I don't want to leave here. I want to stay here. But at the same time, I don't know. Everything's a consideration."
Strawberry was at the stadium to sign autographs for any fan who purchased a box of his fruit snacks, the sales of which go to the Darryl Strawberry Foundation's Fight for Autism. The Foundation has worked to help those affected with Autism in New York and St. Louis since 2006, and in 2010 opened the first daycare facility for adults with autism in St. Louis.
"I've been doing work with children affected with autism and raising money, and this is just another way to raise money for the Foundation and for the families and children affected with autism," Strawberry said.
Bay exits Game 1 early due to illness
NEW YORK -- Mets left fielder Jason Bay left the first game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. the Phillies in the third inning and was replaced in the lineup by Josh Satin. Bay had a reccurrence of the symptoms of an illness that had kept him out of the lineup since Sunday.
Satin was put in at first base, with Willie Harris moving from right field to left and Nick Evans moving from first to right field.
Isringhausen, Duda could be done for 2011
NEW YORK -- Both right fielder Lucas Duda and reliever Jason Isringhausen might not return to the Mets before the end of the season, Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday.
Isringhausen has been out since Sept. 6 due to a herniated disc in his back that causes his right foot to feel tingly and numb. Collins said Isringhausen's foot was still feeling numbness and that he wouldn't pitch until it went away. The manager said the reliever was "very doubtful for the next four days."
Duda has been out since Wednesday with headaches and dizziness sustained when he crashed into the wall in St. Louis while pursuing a fly ball. Collins said he has not seen the results of Duda's MRI, but the right fielder will not play until the headaches subside, regardless of the test results.
"The doctors have told him until those subside it doesn't matter what the MRI says," Collins said. "Then he can start to resume some type of baseball activities, which means he really can't play yet until they do some things and see how he reacts to that."
Angel Pagan will sit out the first half of the Mets' day-night doubleheader Saturday due to a headache of his own, suffered when he hit himself in the head with his bat following through on a swing. Pagan is feeling better, though, and could play in the second game, pending doctors' approval.
R.A. Dickey's start in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader will likely be his last. Collins said he expects to start Miguel Batista in the season finale Wednesday, with both Dickey and fellow starter Mike Pelfrey available out of the bullpen.
With the recent discussions about adding an extra Wild Card entry in each league, Collins said he was in favor of adding two more playoff teams.
"I think in our sport, it was a pure sport for so many years where just the two teams played," Collins said. I think more and more there's so much involved, TV-wise. I just think it's a great idea having more teams have a chance."
"If you have a real bad first couple months and they add an extra Wild Card, you can still finish strong and be in the hunt, which keeps the fans excited and keeps the players excited."
Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.