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Automated foul-ball technology to be tested at Citi Field

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"Hawkeye" line-judging technology will cross the street from tennis to baseball in Flushing, and will be used in Mets games this September. The Yankees will get a new radar-based technology. Cue Santana no-hitter jokes.

Melky suspended 50 games after positive testosterone test

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Topics for discussion: 1. Was his huge BABIP jump really juice, not luck? 2. How much money did he just cost himself? 3. Who'll win the NL West?

MLB.tv Father's Day promo: rest of season, $50

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Just this afternoon, apparently, MLB.tv Premium is discounted to $50 for the rest of the season -- if you've been holding out, now might be a good time. Discount is for "gift" subscriptions only, but it's easy enough to give the gift to yourself from a backup email address.

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Harmon Killebrew, RIP

Senators/Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, the prototype of the pure power hitter, has died, and there are a number of great memorial posts around the baseball Web, including several at SBNation. As...

[O]nly 23 percent of the third-base coaches are members of minorities, compared with 67 percent of...

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[O]nly 23 percent of the third-base coaches are members of minorities, compared with 67 percent of its first-base coaches. The disparity has existed for decades but it is now about twice as large as it was in 1990, based on an analysis by The New York Times. The question is why.

The Times investigates the racial disparity between first-base and third-base coaches; includes some interesting material from Bobby Valentine, Dusty Baker, and other managers and coaches

Araton: Post-1975 HR Races Should Get Off My Lawn

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The Times once again seeks to capture the bitter, nostalgic aging-baseball-fan demographic with yet another worshipful piece about why Hank Aaron's feat is still "more impressive," because he's "ethically preferable" to Alex Rodriguez. Yes, that's an actual phrase used in the article: "ethically preferable." News flash to Harvey Araton: Rodriguez is not competing with Aaron for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bonus old-news flash: people wrote similarly mealymouthed character-assassinating stuff about Aaron when he was challenging Ruth's record. We get it: things were always better when you were young. You don't need to prove it by piddling on the most exciting parts of present-day baseball; doing so only demonstrates how little perspective you actually have.

Jerry Manuel said that if Carter continues to hit well, he might play the outfield when the Mets...

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Jerry Manuel said that if Carter continues to hit well, he might play the outfield when the Mets return to Citi Field. Manuel said Carter could play the outfield for Jeff Francoeur or Jason Bay at home, and that Bay could replace Angel Pagan in centerfield, allowing Carter to play left.

Jerry Manuel is still a lunatic, via tonight's NYT postgame recap

Braves release Glavine

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The 43-year-old Glavine...proclaimed himself ready to pitch in the majors again. Instead, the Braves cut him.

Peter Gammons on the Mets' offseason plans

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Beltran is "quixotic"? Or just Gammons reaching new heights of prolixity?

During the 8th inning of today's final Shea game. Dan Warthen's reaction (second from right) says...

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During the 8th inning of today's final Shea game. Dan Warthen's reaction (second from right) says it all. (Via ESPN.)

Delgado, who hit two home runs on Wednesday to bring his season total to 30, has said recently that...

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Delgado, who hit two home runs on Wednesday to bring his season total to 30, has said recently that veterans can learn something about hitting by watching Murphy. "He’s got a great approach," Delgado said. "You see him taking pitches, taking changeups, staying behind the ball, going to the opposite field."

Times: Rookies Murphy and Evans Complement Mets, and Each Other
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Mussina? Hall of Fame? Seriously?

I just read this piece by Jonah Keri on ESPN.com claiming that if Mike Mussina wins 20 games this year, then he's a no-doubt Hall of Famer. Help me come to terms with this and work through my...

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Don't bother fixing the bullpen

The Mets' bullpen looks bad right now, no doubt. But relief pitching is always massively overvalued in mid-season trades, and the Mets have no business making unfavorable deals for the "last...

Post: Niese Unlikely to Pitch Saturday

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Disappointing news for the play-the-kids crowd: A team source said yesterday that GM Omar Minaya and interim manager Jerry Manuel would prefer to avoid a situation where Niese is called up for just one start and then returned to Triple-A New Orleans. That would leave the Mets to choose between right-handers Claudio Vargas and Brian Stokes for Saturday, with Nelson Figueroa as a long-shot possibility.

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Mets hire Krivsky

Wayne Krivsky, who GMed the Reds until earlier this year, has been hired as a "special assistant" to Omar Minaya, presumably to work on scouting and player development stuff. While Krivsky ran the...

Throughout this bizarre ordeal, Minaya has come across as a marionette, a front office executive ...

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Throughout this bizarre ordeal, Minaya has come across as a marionette, a front office executive who doesn’t have the autonomy that was discussed before the season....What’s worse is that the organization, in its indecisiveness, seemed to be taking the blood lust of fans into consideration.

After Months of Wavering, Resolution: William C. Rhoden

When the Mets sputtered in April, the backstabbing began, with Randolph being undermined along th...

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When the Mets sputtered in April, the backstabbing began, with Randolph being undermined along the way. Words of Randolph's honest player evaluations in those staff meetings somehow made their way to the ears of players. That left the manager in a brutal position of trying to draw performance out of veterans who heard that behind closed doors the manager wasn't so sure if they had the right stuff anymore. Some on-field staff members doubted whether they could trust the front office.

Randolph victim of Mets' circus: Buster Olney

What a crowd these bums are, all of them, from the Wilpons at the top to Omar Minaya down below, ...

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What a crowd these bums are, all of them, from the Wilpons at the top to Omar Minaya down below, all of them who conspired to botch this firing worse than any firing has ever been botched. Ever. You wouldn't trust these guys to run a 7-Eleven, let alone a National League baseball team. What a joke. What a cowardly, dastardly joke.

An amazin' act of cowardice: Mike Vaccaro rants

Roster moves: Muniz demoted, Pelfrey stays in rotation

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Carlos "Not Very Good" Muniz demoted to make room for Pedro; Claudio Vargas is "rewarded" for his excellent outing last night by remaining in the bullpen as long man, while Mike Pelfrey will stay in the rotation.

Game Scores from ESPN

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ESPN has a page devoted to pitchers' Game Scores, showing this year's best performances and the scores for all of the previous day's games. Useful for getting more comfortable with this stat and for the swag contest.

Moises Alou may return sooner than expected

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The Daily News says he might be back as soon as Friday. We'll all believe it when we see it, I suppose.

Crasnick attributes Milledge "know your place" sign to Wagner

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Milledge's perceived flamboyance later prompted Mets closer Billy Wagner to hang a sign in his locker with the message, "Know your place, Rook!'' First time (that I'm aware) that this bit of clubhouse nastiness has been attributed to a specific player. Way to support your teammates, Wags. (apologies, can't get the quote to format correctly)

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Offseason OMGWTFLOL

I have no words adequate to describe this: There is a term in baseball, grinder, to describe those who bring it every day and treat each at-bat like a mini holy war. The Mets need a whole lot fewer...

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Mullah Omar

Omar Minaya's risen fast from an unheralded talent-spotter who a lot of people thought was as dumb as he looked in Moneyball to a very loudly trumpeted baseball genius.  And it looks like his...

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Diary: Trade Shawn Green

(moved from diaries. --eric)After a fantastic April, it's time to start the discussion about how long Shawn Green should remain a Met.  His hitting stats for the first full month of play are...

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Mirando en espa?ol

Following up on Doc Manhattan's excellent suggestion, I've been watching tonight's Detroit-Oakland game on Fox Sports en Español instead of subjecting myself to the idiocies of the English...

El Duque strains calf, may miss start

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ESPN is reporting that El Duque suffered a calf strain and may miss his start tomorrow. Willie Randolph announced that Orlando Hernandez might not be able to make his start in Game 1 of the...

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