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Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement

Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Before taking the field with the New York Mets, outfielder Bobby Abreu announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday. 

"I have a lot of fun," Abreu said. "These young guys here are special. Even though I'm 40, they made me feel young. But I realize now that the game is for the next generation."

The 18-year veteran made his debut in 1996 for the Houston Astros, managed by Terry Collins. His career will come to an end on Sunday, with Collins as his new manager, against the Astros at Citi Field. Adding to the symmetry of his career, Abreu's first ever hit came against Bobby Jones of the Mets. 

Since then, the 40-year-old has tallied 2,469 total hits, ranking 10th all-time. Of all active players, only Derek Jeter has played more games than Abreu's 2,423 contests. Abreu was a two-time All-Star and the active leader in career walks (1,475) and doubles (574).

"For sure, Bobby Abreu will be able to walk off the field with his head held high Sunday," manager Terry Collins said.

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Mets Shutdown 3B David Wright

Mets Shutdown 3B David WrightChristopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright was shutdown on Tuesday after being diagnosed with persistent inflammation in his rotator cuff. Wright has struggled this year at the plate and battled a shoulder ...

Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't want rehabbing pitcher Matt Harvey to overdo it as he continues to come back from Tommy John surgery.

Harvey is the key to the Mets pitching staff moving into 2015 as the team continues to work towards their goal of getting back into the playoffs.

"No. 1, he's a tremendous competitor," Collins said. "That being said, he's a bulldog at the same time. There's no backing down with Matt Harvey -- for anything. He was bound and determined to get ready. We slowed him down. It frustrated him to the max. He's feeling good."

Harvey has continuously said that he wants to pitch by the end of the season, but Collins believes he shouldn't do anything to ruin 2015.

"He wants to try to get back here to help," Collins said about Harvey. "And I explained to him, 'I understand that. But...you have got to understand the big picture. And the big picture is 2015. So back off.' ...Now, does he get it? You'd have to ask him. I mean, I can't answer that for him. I just trust him. I just trust him that he gets it. So we'll see."

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Farnsworth Named Mets Closer

Farnsworth Named Mets CloserChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets skipper Terry Collins announced Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth is the team's new closer. The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who didn't make the team out of spring training, takes over for Jose Valverde, ...

Ike Davis Leads Mets to 6-3 Win over Reds

Ike Davis Leads Mets to 6-3 Win over RedsAl Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ike Davis hit a game-winning grand slam as the New York Mets rallied to top the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Saturday. Davis, having lost his starting first base job to Lucas Duda on Friday, was called on to pinch-hit in t...

ESPN: Mets Nearing 2-Year Extension With Terry Collins

ESPN: Mets Nearing 2-Year Extension With Terry CollinsTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets have a promising future ahead of them, and it looks like manager Terry Collins will be along for the ride for a little longer as ESPN is reporting that the team the team and Collins are neari...

David Wright Lands on DL with Hamstring Strain

David Wright Lands on DL with Hamstring StrainAlex Trautwig (NEW YORK) --  If the New York Mets want to climb back into the playoff race, they will have to do so without their captain for the time being. The team placed third baseman David Wright on the disabled list Saturday with a strained ...

Wright’s Huge Day Helps Mets Blank Phillies

Wright’s Huge Day Helps Mets Blank PhilliesHunter Martin/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) --  David Wright had himself quite an afternoon. The third baseman homered, tripled, and matched a team record with four extra-base hits to lead the New York Mets to an 8-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillie...

Mets Pitchers Dazzle in Doubleheader Sweep of Braves

Mets Pitchers Dazzle in Doubleheader Sweep of BravesScott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- If Tuesday was any indication, the future seems pretty bright for the New York Mets. Matt Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Zack Wheeler dazzled in his first MLB start and the Mets took both game...

Mets Manager Terry Collins Trying to Get R.A. Dickey the Cy Young

Mets Manager Terry Collins Trying to Get R.A. Dickey the Cy YoungMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the best stories of the 2012 Major League Baseball season has been the emergence of starting pitcher R.A. Dickey. Dickey has done so well that his manager Terry Collins admitted he'll do whatever he can to pu...

Johan Santana Placed on 15-day DL

Johan Santana Placed on 15-day DLMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets placed pitcher Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled-list on Saturday with a sprained right ankle. Since throwing the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history, Santana has given up 19 earned runs i...

Johan Santana Placed on 15-day DL

Johan Santana Placed on 15-day DLMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets placed pitcher Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled-list on Saturday with a sprained right ankle. Since throwing the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history, Santana has given up 19 earned runs i...

New York Mets Appealing R.A. Dickey’s 1-Hitter

New York Mets Appealing R.A. Dickey’s 1-HitterDaniel Shirey/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The New York Mets left Tampa Bay on Wednesday night seeking their second no-hitter in franchise history. R.A. Dickey left owning the Mets' longest streak of scoreless innings in franchise history afte...

Terry Collins Takes Blame For Santana’s Rough Start

Terry Collins Takes Blame For Santana’s Rough StartMarc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Johan Santana had a week's rest before he took the ball on Friday night against the Yankees, but even with all that rest, Santana was not effective. Santana (3-3) gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in the Mets ...

Santana Named Mets Opening Day Starter

Santana Named Mets Opening Day StarterMarc Serota/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- For the seventh time in his career, pitcher Johan Santana will be a team's opening day starter. The Mets decided Sunday that Santana would start their season opener Thursday at Citi Field, when they tak...

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