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VOICES PODCAST: MOM TALKS METS

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I think I found my niche. How many other Mets blogs or podcasts feature an 82-year old woman who talks (and sings) Mets baseball? Answer: Zero.

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VOICES PODCAST: GARY POMERANTZ

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Gary Pomerantz, author of Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers Then and Now, is my guest on the Voices Podcast.

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VOICES PODCAST: DAVE GOREN

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Dave Goren is the Executive Director for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame (NSSA). On this episode of Voices, Goren aanounces the winners of the 2013 National Sportswriter and National Sportscaster of the Year Award.

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QUICKCAST: SABAN’S ‘SPECIAL PRESSURE’

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Nick Saban is the highest paid coach in college football. You think he's feeling some pressure -- "special pressure" -- to win a national championship? You bet he is. Alabama is going to squeeze every single penny out of their $5,545,852 annual investment.

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VOICES: NEVER A DULL MOMENT

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In eight years as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Ozzie Guillen has had five winning seasons (including a World Series title in 2005) and three losing seasons. Win or lose, Guillen has always kept life interesting in the wonderful world of Chicago baseball.

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VOICES: DR. DOUG FELDMANN

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Dr. Doug Feldmann, author of Gibson's Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, remembers the first and only time he saw Bob Gibson pitch. It was 1974. Gibson was 38 years old, Feldmann was four.

“This Gibson guy is horrible,” Feldmann remembers telling father on the car ride home after the game.

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VOICES: DAN PAISNER

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Time magazine called the moment "the most iconic play in sports" for 2010. Veteran Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce has no explanation. "I can't even explain the feeling, because there are no words," he told ESPN.com. Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galaragga, on the other hand, calls it a perfect game -- still.

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VOICES: PITTSBURGH COCAINE 7

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Major League Baseball has had its share of troubled times. In terms of sheer dirt, three scandals rise to the top: Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox, the 1985 Pittsburgh drug trials, and the steroid era. The former and latter have been covered extensively. Yet there has never been a book detailing the biggest drug trials in baseball history. The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven tells the whole story in all its shocking details.

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VOICES: DAVE HUDGENS

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Dave Hudgens relationship with the New York Mets started in 1969 -- as a fan. Six years later, in 1975, the Mets drafted Hudgens in the fifth round of the January draft, but he never signed a contract.

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VOICES: NELSON FIGUEROA

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Nelson Figueroa started 17 games, compiling a 2.25 ERA, for the Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A) in 2009, before being promoted by the Mets in late August. Over the final six weeks of the 2009 season, he was the Mets most consistent and effective arm, despite losing five games.

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