NEW YORK -- SNY broadcasters Gary Cohen and Ralph Kiner each have an opportunity to be immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Mets fans can bring them to the doorstep.
Balloting is now open for fans to nominate Cohen and Kiner for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, an annual honor for baseball broadcasters. Voting runs from now through Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Each Major League club has two nominees to go along with 15 at-large candidates, with the top three vote-getters appearing as finalists on the Frick Award's 10-name ballot. A 20-member electorate will then select one winner for an award that, in the past, has gone to industry legends such as Mel Allen, Vin Scully and Harry Caray.
The last Mets broadcaster to win the award was the late Bob Murphy in 1994.
Cohen, 53, has been broadcasting Mets games on the radio and television since 1989, joining SNY for its inaugural season in 2006. Kiner, 88, has worked as a Mets broadcaster since the team's inception in 1962. Perhaps best-known for his Kiner's Korner postgame show throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Kiner is already in the Hall of Fame for his playing career with the Pirates and still appears regularly in the SNY broadcast booth.
Mets finish K-Rod trade with Rosario, Herrera
NEW YORK -- The Mets on Thursday selected right-handed pitcher Adrian Rosario and left-hander Daniel Ray Herrera from the Brewers to complete the teams' mid-July trade for reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
Rosario, a mid-level prospect who throws in the low- to mid-90s, was selected by Baltimore in last December's Rule 5 Draft and ultimately returned to the Brewers. Posting a 5.83 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances for Class A advanced Brevard County, Rosario was later demoted to pitch exclusively in relief at Class A Wisconsin (as he last did in 2010), striking out 42 batters in 33 2/3 innings. He turns 22 on Sept. 30.
Herrera, who will join the Mets in time for Friday's series opener in Washington, is a veteran of 115 Major League appearances with the Reds and Brewers, but did not distinguish himself in a brief stint with Milwaukee earlier this season. Much more effective at Triple-A Nashville, Herrera posted a 1.48 ERA and .203 opponents' batting average in 29 games. He turns 27 next month.
"Rosario has a good arm," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "And Herrera has pitched very well [at Nashville]. We had a short look with Herrera, but he was in a tough situation."
The Brewers promoted Herrera to the Majors for road series in Chicago and Boston, where he surrendered six hits and four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Because Herrera was on Milwaukee's 40-man roster, the Mets technically claimed him off waivers from the Brewers and formally traded for Rosario.
Both Herrera and Rosario were on a list of five Minor Leaguers from which the Mets could select two as compensation in the July 12 deal for Rodriguez, who is 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 14 holds in his first 19 games with Milwaukee.
Mets' Thole leaves game with bruised wrist
NEW YORK -- Mets catcher Josh Thole called for a slider. Miguel Batista threw a fastball.
The result was a contusion on Thole's left wrist, where ball met flesh in the second inning of Thursday's 7-5 win over the Marlins. Though an X-ray revealed nothing abnormal, Thole did not accompany the Mets to Washington following Thursday's game, instead remaining in New York City for an evaluation Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He plans to fly to Washington shortly thereafter.
"Obviously all the scenarios go through your mind," Thole said. "You can't help it. You just go get it checked out and go from there."
The Mets may also be forced to play without infielder Ruben Tejada, who suffered a contusion when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the eighth inning. Tejada's X-ray was also negative.
"Right now, it's fine," the infielder said late Thursday evening. "I think it's good for tomorrow and the next day."
Replacing Tejada will be straightforward, considering he was already splitting time with Justin Turner at second base. But if Thole is forced to miss multiple games, it could become an issue for the Mets. Backup catcher Ronny Paulino is currently nursing a broken toe and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties, leaving New York with just one healthy catcher: Mike Nickeas.
Though Paulino laughed and said "I think I can handle that" when asked Thursday if he was healthy enough to catch a full game, manager Terry Collins said he may ask the front office for a fourth catcher should Thole's injury linger.
Recently starting regularly behind the plate due to Paulino's injury, Thole was hitting .265 with three home runs prior to his injury. Tejada, in addition to playing strong defense at both middle infield positions, was hitting .280 with a .365 on-base percentage -- second on the team behind Jose Reyes.
Prospects Stinson, Satin join Mets
NEW YORK -- Two new Mets joined the team prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins at Citi Field, as right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson and infielder Josh Satin suited up for their first Major League games.
Manager Terry Collins is more than familiar with both players from his time coaching in the Mets' Minor League system.
"I know what to expect from them," Collins said. "Hopefully they carry over what they did to get here. That was my message to them when they walked in today. 'What got you here will keep you here.'"
Collins said Stinson will not have a defined role out of the bullpen, rather he will be used as needed. Stinson began the year as a starter at Double-A Binghamton and earned a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo. He struggled there, and was sent back to Binghamton to work as a reliever. There, Stinson went 4-3 with six saves and a 3.99 ERA in 27 games this season. A 37th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, the 23-year-old Stinson posted 39 strikeouts and 16 walks in 47 1/3 Double-A innings this year.
"Josh Stinson's got an outstanding arm," Collins said. "He's got two plus pitches, a great sinker, a good slider. He's got to throw them for strikes."
Satin might have a tough time finding playing time with the Mets seemingly set for the remainder of the year at all three positions he plays -- first, second and third base. Already 23 when he entered the Mets' Minor League system out of the University of California in 2008, Satin has worked his way through the Mets' organization despite not originally being thought of as a Major League prospect.
The 26-year-old began the year at Binghamton before being promoted to Buffalo after playing in 94 games. In 38 games at Buffalo, Satin batted .317 with a .381 on-base percentage and a .393 slugging percentage. He knocked in 16 runs at Buffalo and hit one home run in 160 plate appearances.
"I explained to him that I've made a little bit of a commitment to Nick [Evans] at first base to let him play a lot," Collins said. "I told him I'd try to get him some playing time here and there, and he understood."
"I just told him that I was very, very, very proud of the fact that he's here. I think it's one of the great stories in our game. For a guy who was pretty much maligned because people didn't like his swing and people didn't like the fact that he didn't really have a position, and yet all he's done is battled and battled and battled and got here."
Mets honor Hispanic community at Citi Field
NEW YORK -- For the second time this season, the Mets honored New York's Hispanic community with Hispanic Heritage Night Presented by Goya Foods prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins at Citi Field.
The festivities included New York salsa band "La Evidencia" performing on Mets Plaza before the game, as well as an authentic Mariachi band at the top of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15.
Goya Foods' Nicole Toro sang the national anthem before the game, and "El Bacan Bacan" Pedro Luis Garcia will make public address announcements in Spanish throughout the game. In addition, the Mets wore the same blue and orange "Los Mets" jerseys they wore on Latina Fiesta Night on Aug. 5.
For Dominican shortstop Jose Reyes, the night is an important acknowledgement of New York's large Hispanic population.
"We have a lot of Hispanic people in New York from everywhere," Reyes said. "We always [acknowledge the Hispanic community] here, so that's good to see, because I feel like we have a lot of people from Latin America."
Thursday was the third time the Mets have worn a blue jersey in a regular-season game this year, perhaps hinting a permanent blue jersey could be in the works for the future. Though Reyes said he was a fan of the bright orange and blue uniforms, and that he liked the "Los Mets" stitched across the chest, he said he ultimately has no preference on what color schemes the team adopts.
"It doesn't matter for me," Reyes said. "Whatever they put out, I'll put on and play baseball."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.