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MookieTheCat

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I assume that this article (from 2008) may have been posted here before, but I read it for the...

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I assume that this article (from 2008) may have been posted here before, but I read it for the first time tonight. It told me more about the mechanics of the insides of the organization than anything else I've read (except, perhaps, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are, by Dr. Seuss). Hat tip to jdon for the link. Since due to the vagaries of the internetz the link cannot be added to a link FanShot, here is the URL. It might require you to copy and paste it, but.... http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080329/SPORTS/803290333

NLDS Game Two Open Thread 10/8: Braves At Giants. Tommy Hanson vs. Matt Cain...

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NLDS Game Two Open Thread 10/8: Braves At Giants.  Tommy Hanson vs. Matt Cain...

2010 NLDS Game 2 Open Thread: Cincinnati Reds @ Philadelphia Phillies. Roy Oswalt vs. Bronson...

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2010 NLDS Game 2 Open Thread: Cincinnati Reds @ Philadelphia Phillies. Roy Oswalt vs. Bronson Arroyo

Open Thread: NLDS Game 1: Atlanta Braves @ San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct 7, 2010, 6:37...

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Open Thread: NLDS Game 1: Atlanta Braves @ San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct 7, 2010, 6:37 PM PDT AT&T Park Derek Lowe vs Tim Lincecum

Open Thread: New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins, ALDS Game 1 C.C. Sabathia vs Francisco Liriano

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Open Thread: New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins, ALDS Game 1 C.C. Sabathia vs Francisco Liriano

Open Thread: Phillies vs Reds, NLDS Game 1 Roy Halladay vs Edinson Volquez

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Open Thread: Phillies vs Reds, NLDS Game 1 Roy Halladay vs Edinson Volquez

Don't You Want a Dickey Ride?

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How in the name of all that is good and holy has no one found this thus far? I mean, all it took was a youtube search for Dickey. As a serious and long term fan of Florida bass (i.e. 2 Live Crew) I am disappointed in me most of all. LOBBY FOR THIS TO BE HIS THEME SONG AT CITI NEXT YEAR.

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Omargeddon Part 2. Omar Created That....

Tonight's entry is a take on the baseball classic "Casey at the Bat." One thing you learn while rewriting things like this is the amazing skill of the author of this seemingly simple poem. I am...

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Omargeddon Part 1.

In light of the recent news that we will no longer have our favorite general manager-slash-punching bag come Monday, I need to get my last licks in the criticism of Omar Minaya. So for the next few...

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Mets Worst Choice for GM Poll....

With all the speculation regarding who may or may not replace Omar Minaya, or whether Omar will be the next GM at all, my mind naturally came to wonder who might be the Mets worst choice for GM. I...

Just When Being a Mets Fan Could Not Get Any Worse

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Congratulations mass transit riders, Phillies and Yankees clips right where you can't shut them off and can't leave: the subway. Mark my words: this will lead to at least one delay for train v. Mets fan an heroism. And you have TBS to blame. The final revenge of Atlanta?

Since someone else was in a Nick Evans musical mood tonight--I guess secret defense is a British...

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Since someone else was in a Nick Evans musical mood tonight--I guess secret defense is a British jazz horn kind of guy--I decided to research the famous Welsh trombonist. You would not believe what I found: his album cover. I believe Larry Stabbins is a description of every Mets fan's dream occurrence should the team have kept Kevin Mitchell into the 90s.

From the "Clearly Untrue" Files: Last Night's Attendance Figure

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28,790. Were they counting people? Was the head of the production census for the Soviet Union in charge of this? Were 27,000 people in line for Shake Shack at any one time? Since we have a lot of math fans here, can anyone give a reason why this figure was what it was? I'm stumped.

K-Rod Violates Restraining Order?

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I want to think of something snarky to say, but this is pretty sad if you read it. UPDATE: ESPN just reported that K-Rod sent 56 text messages. So perhaps the quotes here were just a small sample or perhaps it was the pattern that caused his (I assume ex) girlfriend to report him.

Dickey: Not Just for Photos Anymore...

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When you Betts on Dickey, the Great Southerner, you get a Good Time Feeling.

The Evolution of a Dickey. Click here to embiggen.

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The Evolution of a Dickey. Click here to embiggen.

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Small Sample Size Theater Presents: David Wrongz and the Mets’ Success in Games He Has Not Played.

Tonight I was wondering about the Mets’ two most recent wins, which were both in games in which David Wright did not play. While reviewing his stats on Baseball Reference I came up with an...

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Congratulations Dillon Gee on a great start...

And for that, I present--bumped from the game recap with minor changes by me--"Dillon Gee" (to the tune of Let It Be).    When Johan’s arm’s in a world of troubleEven Jerry must agreeWho’s left in...

Mets Last Place Magic Number Watch: 32.

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Today it's at 32: Nats wins and Mets losses. I tried to find the old Daily News image of Davey Johnson pulling the rabbit out of a hat but with no luck. For how you calculate magic numbers, see this.

Bill Gallo: This guy gets it right when I can figure out what he's saying.

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This is an article not on the Mets, or the Yankees, or the Cardinals (more on that in a moment), but about Blll Gallo. For full disclosure, I am usually mystified by Gallo's cartoons and I find them bizarrely anachronistic at times. What caught me about this article--which is a defense by Gallo against charges of favoritism by both Mets and Yankees fans--is that the man has been a Cards fan since, get this, 1934. Since Dizzy Dean, for crying out loud. I think this article is a good read for those interested in journalism and those who want a role model for what it means to be a fan, through the good and the bad.

A grammar message from Dan Warthen to all of us.

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Mr. Warthen is apparently not a big fan of ending sentences with prepositions. Which is why he explains his pitching strategy as "correctly utilizing pitchers is something up with which I will not put." This quote also gives a glimpse of the manner of education preferred by ole Dan.

OT: Hurricane Preparedness

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Living where I do in south Florida, hurricanes are naturally on your mind this time of year. With one headed up the Eastern Seaboard, I thought I'd share the Red Cross hurricane preparedness page with everyone who lives in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The key part is to have a plan and supplies. One thing that I didn't see on this page but that we make sure of this time of year is to fill your tank with gas often, so that you never have less than a half tank at your disposal.

More from Omar! Make sure you are not holding any throwable objects.

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"As a general manager, everybody does that," [Minaya] says. "I come from a scouting mentality. I'm not afraid to make mistakes. There are people who make decisions, and there are people who are afraid to make decisions." Hat tip to Craig Calcaterra for a good article on another Minaya gem in the USA Today article.

Glad he finds this funny.

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"Wilpon was surrounded by reporters. Manuel said hello to his boss, and Wilpon said, 'They want us to have a closed-door meeting for an hour.'" No Jeff, just for the 30 seconds it takes.

Well I guess we missed that one pretty badly.

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This morning I was thinking about last month's community projection for Carlos Beltran. I went back to see how we all did now that we have passed the midpoint of his shortened season, based on results to date. Result: turrible. After 156 ABs his slash line is .217/.333/.326. We predicted, collectively, .275/.355/.455. From what I can see the halftime winner of said predictive contest was David Wrong, Jason K, Jeff Franc0-fer, who guessed .253/.303/.391. In an incredibly sad turn of events, this now-apparently optimistic guess was based on Frenchy's then slash line. There is little I can add to that observation.

The Ultimate Mets Win. Just how I feel right now.

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The Ultimate Mets Win. Just how I feel right now.

Baseball Metaphors and the Law...

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This is a law review article that I remembered while looking for the last fanshot I posted. I edited an article for the author years ago, and remember discussing this with him on one of those phone calls editors have when you're pretty sick of the prospect of reviewing typos any longer. It is an analysis of the use of baseball metaphors in the law. Off-topic, but fascinating if you're into this sort of thing. I direct this specifically to the historians in our midst, and anyone who wants to feel like baseball matters in these dark times.

More on Morality Clauses

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With all the talk about morality clauses recently, I did a little research and was able to come up with this law review article on morality clauses in entertainment in general, and sports in particular. Pay particular attention to footnote 55, which gives a link to the MLB CBA and its morality clause, found on page 217 of the CBA. If you're a nerd like me, there is a some very interesting history and legal analysis in the law review article. I hope you enjoy it (tip: when reading law review articles, do not ignore the footnotes, as much of the content is found there).

Worth a read, but I wonder why Omar and Jerry are not mentioned?

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This paragraph is one of the better I've read recently: Privately, some baseball officials from other teams say the Mets are "somewhat delusional," as one puts it, in evaluations of players. "There is a disconnect in what they think of their club and what other teams think of their club," the official adds. "They don't pay attention to detail. What do they believe in?"

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I Am the Model of the Modern General Manager..Idea and the Best Parts of the Lyrics by pologroundling...

  From the Gilbert and Sullivan Classic, the Pirates of Flushing...errr, Penzance. A continuation of the catharsis required by your 2010 New York Mets. Credit to pologroundling for coming up with...

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