According to Adam Rubin, the Mets have an offer on the table to lefty Joe Beimel.
If the Mets are absolutely sure they need a second lefty specialist after Pedro Feliciano, Beimel’s a nice pickup. He has been, for the most part, brutal on lefties since returning to the National League in 2006 and, to boot, not absolutely terrible against righties.
Beimel actually yielded a slightly higher OPS against lefties last season than he did against righties, but since he held lefties to an on-base percentage below .300 in 2009, it was likely a blip caused by a few home runs and not any indication of a larger trend. It might be worth nothing, though, that Beimel’s fastball has been steadily losing velocity since 2006.
More importantly, Beimel is something of an Internet sensation. YouTube only yields two search results for Ron Mahay, but 91 for Joe Beimel, mostly because of this bit of West Virginian weirdness that started it all:
That video, as YouTube sensations often do, produced tons of responses, including this one that features a cameo from Joe Beimel himself:
And this catchy, weird song:
And perhaps most notably, Joe Beimel’s Wikipedia page says he warms up to Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” which is a pretty badass choice: