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METS SHOULDN’T BE SHORT ON PATIENCE

Wilmer Flores

When has Wilmer Flores’ glove become so important?

From Day One he was touted as a major league hitter. The Mets knew it. Scouts knew it. Flores knew it.

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IKE DAVIS PLAYING FOR HIS BASEBALL LIFE

Ike Davis

Ike Davis folded his hands, grinned, then leaned into the semi-circle of microphones.

''I'm the guy you want in a big situation,'' he said.

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STOP THE INSANITY

Ike Davis

Albert Einstein defined insanity as repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. In baseball terminology this is called Ike Davis.

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SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL

Jordany Valdespin

Good baseball teams in a slump have hope. If a team has talented players there is every reason to be optimistic. It's a 162-game season and, rest assure, tomorrow could be the day things turn around and a good team gets hot. Pitchers start pitching. Hitters start hitting. Closers close. The club wins six, seven, eight in a row, 15 of their next 20 games. Confidence is restored. See St. Louis Cardinals.

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WHAT ABOUT ‘THAT’ GUY?

Michael Bourn

For better or worse, Michael Bourn fell off the New York Mets radar Monday when he agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cleveland Indians.

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COLLINS AND THE ART OF DOUBLESPEAK

Terry Collins

Just as the ink dried on Bob Raissmann's New York Daily News weekend column, the one that suggested Terry Collins is a one-of-a-kind, honest manager among the few, the proud, the New York Mets manager opened his mouth and out poured the same doublespeak every major league manager is prone too.

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FRANCISCO SAVES GAME, COLLINS SAVES FRANCISCO

frank-terry

New York Mets manager Terry Collins could have leaned on any number of reasons to remove Frank Francisco as the closer, the most obvious being the two blown saves last weekend against the Miami Marlins. Instead, Collins did what any manager who is trying to build confidence in his players would do: he gave his closer a vote of confidence.

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A DOSE OF ’86 WISDOM COULD BE IKE’S ANTIDOTE

Ike Davis

Howard Johnson can empathize with Ike Davis. The former Met player remembers what April and May were like. A notorious slow starter, over his 14-year career, Johnson hit .219 in the month of April with a .317 on-base percentage. He was a career .237 hitter in May.

Slow down. That’s what then Mets manager Davey Johnson told the young Mets third baseman Howard Johnson.

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METS POST-SEASON HOPES QUIETLY IMPROVE

wright

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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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN’S

Francisco Rodriguez

Tuesday’s late night trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers made perfect sense – or maybe cents is the more accurate term given the New York Mets financial condition. The deal came down to simple mathematics: Rodriguez was in the final season of a guaranteed three-year, $37 million contract with a vesting option for $17.5 million if he finished 55 games before the season ended. At the All-Star break, Rodriguez had finished 34 games, well ahead of pace on the option. Meanwhile, the Mets are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. You don’t need an accounting degree to do the math.

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