MR. SELIG, I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN KANSAS ANYMORE

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Last night, baseballs were flying all over Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City. Tonight, there will be so many tweets and hashtags flying during the 83rd annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game it may not feel like Kansas anymore. MLB will unleash the All-Star teams from both the American and National Leagues on social media tonight. Toto too? OK, I’ll stop with the Wizard of Oz references.

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METS POST-SEASON HOPES QUIETLY IMPROVE

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Teams of equal or lesser talent than the 2012 New York Mets (a roster still undefined at the time of this post) have backed their way into the post-season. Usually, it’s a combination of one team getting hot and another going stone cold in September. In the case of Mets, a pair of non-roster moves may prove to be the most beneficial to the team’s success in 2012: revised Citi Field dimensions and another Wild Card slot.

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GO SELL CRAZY SOMEWHERE ELSE

Jose Reyes

A scout told New York Post sportswriter Kevin Kernan he believed Jose Reyes is “the measuring stick for the shortstop position.”

Hearing that assessment from an unbiased third party – not a Mets fan, a columnist or blogger – is a telling statement about what the rest of baseball thinks of Reyes. His bat is red hot. His health: never better. His stock is at an all-time high. As the Mets hopes for a post-season run wear thin, the plot thickens and the debate over Reyes’ future in New York rages on.

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EATING THE ELEPHANT

Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson knew New York would be a challenge. He knew it would take patience; he’s had to eat the elephant in Oakland and, later, in San Diego.

“We’re going to strive for consistency, but above all, excellence,” he told the media at a press conference last November.

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