Castilllo in Philly Experiment: Over

Filed Under (Phi player news) by mrose on 30-03-2011

Tagged Under : Luis Castillo, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Zolecki

The Phillies have released Luis Castillo.
Todd Zolecki


That was quick

ESPN Picks are in

Filed Under (Braves Baseball Blog, Fish Guts blog, Nats News, Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Real Dirty Mets) by mrose on 30-03-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicaco White Sox, ESPN, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals

ESPN has posted all of their predictions for NL/AL playoff teams and wild card winners.  Not surprisingly, there is a huge amount of people picking the Red Sox to come out of the American League, with some sprinkled in Yankees a few random picks like the White Sox or the Rays.
In the National League, there are more people than I expected thinking the Braves would make it to the Fall Classic, but the Phillies are still everyone’s favorite.  I am surprised that with the love affair that is the Phillies and their potentially potent rotation, the number of people who pick them not to make it to the World Series and in some cases, not even make the playoffs.

Click here to check the picks out yourself and discuss.  One other note, in case you were delirious and were hoping, not one person picked the Mets, Nationals or Marlins to even make the playoffs.

Goodbye Spring training, hello regular season

Filed Under (Braves Baseball Blog, Centerfield Gate blog, Fish Guts blog, mrose, NL East Chatter, NLEC News, Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Real Dirty Mets, The Real Dirty Mets Blog) by mrose on 29-03-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Disney, Howard Megdal, Kenshin Kawakami, Mets Blog, Michael Baron, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Wide World of Sports

Four weekends, five spring training visits.

This year, with a tight personal life schedule, four of the five visits were to the New York Mets facility in Port St Lucie, Florida.  The New York Mets PR crew was gracious in allowing myself and some from The Real Dirty Mets Blog to have Field Passes to those games.  This allowed us to get a ton of great pictures (album links will be posted later), a couple quick player interactions, and an experience that makes any baseball fan excited for the season, no matter who you root for.

We most recently saw Carlos Beltran participating in a minor league game, playing Right Field and rehabbing his knee.  While watching how he has progressed, we were lucky enough to meet Michael Baron, who writes for MetsBlog and takes fantastic photos (much better than mine), as well as Howard Megdal a fantastic writer for multiple sites. Very enjoyable watching the game and talkin’ baseball with these two.

We made our way back to the main field to see the middle innings of a Mets Spring Training win versus a mainly B squad which traveled for the Braves, but saw some bright spots for the Mets with Emaus, and a cameo by Wilmer Flores late in the game.  He is a big guy! (pictures in album links below)

Finally, we attended another Terry Collins post game and with some help again by Michael Baron, we got a couple more great pics and heard and twitter’d some news regarding the Mets 2B situation at the time.

Not to be missed, I also made a short trip over to Wide World of Sports on Sunday to take in some Phillies and Braves baseball.  The facility is beautiful, although the traffic getting in and out was quite annoying.  Besides seeing Kawakami go for the Braves, who since has been sent to the minors , we saw a fun game and even saw what looked like regular season fan interaction.  Many Phillies fans were quite excited about Spring training play against a minor league pitcher, but hey.. its almost that time, so who can really blame them?

It was a great spring, each weekend filled with great baseball.  I will be heading down to Miami for the opening game of the Mets and Marlins season on Friday as well, armed with my camera, and my phone for some twitter posts.

Here are all the albums from this spring:

March 6, 2011 Red Sox @ Mets

March 13,2011 Cardinals @ Mets

March 19, 2011 Nats @ Mets

March 26,2011 Braves @ Mets

March 26,2011 Phillies @ Braves

I’m also looking forward to another growing year for NLEC and all the blogs underneath it.  With that said, we are still looking for new bloggers for the Marlins and Braves and additional writers for Centerfield Gate, NL East Chatter and Phillies Phandom.  Please contact me at @nleastchatter on twitter.

More Phils injury bad news?

Filed Under (NLEC News, Phillies, Phillies Rumors) by mrose on 25-03-2011

Tagged Under : Brad Lidge, Phillies Phandom, Todd Zolecki

According to Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, Brad Lidge is still experiencing shoulder pain and will begin the season on the DL.  The Phillies are still the favorites to win the NL East and potentially the NL in everyone’s minds, but questions are certainly beginning to pile up.

Check out Phillies Phandom for all your Phillies news and opinions

First pics from Spring Training

Filed Under (Dirty, mrose, The Real Dirty Mets Blog) by mrose on 11-03-2011

Tagged Under : Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, spring training

DirtySanchez of Real Dirty Mets Blog and I attended the Red Sox at Mets game in Port St Lucie on Sunday. In addition to meeting Ted Berg of TedQuarters , we got to see some great action, talk to some Mets players and take some pictures.

Dirty and I will be heading back down this Sunday and more than likely one or both of us will get to a game each weekend throughout the rest of spring training, and likely Opening Weekend in Miami.

We will attempt to report more next week, but I know at least for myself, this has been a busy week in “the real world”, but please enjoy some of the pictures we took here!

Please keep following @nleastchatter and @realdirtymets on twitter for Spring Training updates when we go!

And as always, we can always use writers for this site and all NL East teams, contact

An NL East Chatter update

Filed Under (Centerfield Gate blog,, NLEC News, Phillies Phandom, Real Dirty Mets) by mrose on 09-03-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Centerfield Gate, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, spring training, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Washington Nationals

I hope everyone is enjoying Spring Training for their teams.  I just want to send a reminder that although we are still in need of Braves and Marlins blogs, our others are going strong.

Please visit Real Dirty Mets for all your Mets News, CenterfieldGate for all Nats, and finally, Phillies Phandom to find out how the NL Favorites are fairing.

NL East Chatter will be getting ramped up again soon with editorials, NL East News and daily recaps when the season starts again.  Until then, watch our reports and pictures from Spring training and please email if you are interested in writing for any of the NL East Chatter blogs!

Mets vs Sox spring training stories and pics

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by mrose on 06-03-2011

Just wanted to update that we will be putting out pics and stories from the first trip to the Mets Spring training complex, it was a great time.

Stay tuned

To spring training nlec goes!

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by mrose on 06-03-2011

Tagged Under : Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, spring training

Today, NLEC is headed to cover the Red Sox @ The Mets via the public relations office of the New York Mets. Make sure to follow us on twitter at