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CASHEN’S OPEN LETTER TO FANS

While researching another story, I stumbled on to this "open letter" former Mets general manager Frank Cashen wrote for the New York Times. It is fascinating, to say the least, because:

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ONE PLAY, TWO FIRST BASEMAN AND THE ELUSIVE THIRD OUT

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Even in hindsight the story is hard to fathom. The New York Mets came to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, at home, trailing the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. They were three outs away from losing the Series. Hold on, this isn't the story you're thinking it is.

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING ON WRIGHT DEAL

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The Hot Stove rumors about David Wright are both true and false. True: the Mets will trade write. False: a deal with the Colorado Rockies is in the works.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an impeccable sense of timing. Moving Wright is no longer a matter of if, but when.

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HIGH RISK, HIGH REWARD FOR DARVISH

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The chess game continues. With Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson relocating to the American League West, the Texas Rangers knew they must make a bold move to keep pace and stay competitive. That move transpired Monday night when Major League Baseball announced the Rangers posted the winning bid for negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. But it was more than just a winning bid, but a record bid: $51.7 million.

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MEDIA HYPOCRITICAL OVER TEBOW, FAITH

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Howard Kurtz, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, posed a question I’ve been asking for weeks now: Are people fascinated by Tim Tebow for his athleticism or his faith?

Kurtz and his CNN producers then invite two sports journalists, seemingly non-believers, on to the stage: The XM Radio host and author Dave Zirin and CBSSportsline.com columnist Gregg Doyel.

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STOW ON CHRISTMAS

The interview didn't last long, maybe 20 seconds. A simple hello, a reply, a short exchange, a smile and it was over. It didn't seem like much to the casual sports fans, but it is truly a miracle.

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‘TEBOWING’ SHOWS IGNORANCE

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You do know that when Tim Tebow drops his knee, then his head and closes his eyes, he is praying -- not Tebowing -- right? I've never asked Tebow, but as a follower of Jesus Christ, I don't need to, to understand he is not putting on a performance for the media or fans. Tebow is honoring and speaking to God. That what prayer is, not Tebowing.

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A GONG SHOW DISGUISED AS A BASEBALL TEAM

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Howard William Cohen was labeled by peers, sports fans – even some allies – as arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose and a show-off.

Cohen, known better as Howard Cosell, agreed with every one of those infamous personal adjectives. In fact, Cosell embraced the name-calling and coveted the attention, for better or worse. The more emotional viewers would get, the more Cosell felt reassured he was doing his job.

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TWITTER ON FIRE OVER PUJOLS DEAL

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The sports world is buzzing over today's news that Albert Pujols is leaving the St. Louis Cardinals after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim offered him a 10-year, $254 million contract.

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RISKY BUSINESS IN MIAMI

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Miami Marlins president David Samson admits the team’s recent spending spree comes with its fair share of anxiety.

"We need to be right," he said. "Everything sounds good at the winter meetings but it’s the dog days of summer when it matters."

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