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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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RISK MANAGEMENT

Sandy Alderson

The suggestion that the New York Mets “intend to follow the Boston Red Sox template” is not news, but more of the same; more of what Sandy Alderson has been saying since Day One.

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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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FISH OUT OF WATER

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You didn’t really believe all that stuff, did you? The images of Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes hamming for the cameras; the aberration in May; the suggestion that Miami is a baseball town.

The Miami Marlins returned from last December’s MLB Winter Meetings with a new manager (Ozzie Guillen), a new closer (Heath Bell/3yr, $27 million), a new lead-off hitter (Jose Reyes/6yr, $106 million) and a starting left-handed pitcher (Mark Buehrle/4yr, $58 million) — $190 million — to parade  around their gaudy new ballpark. It marked the birth of The Franchise and a team-record $101 million payroll. The Marlins were certain their new stars would bring new fans, more wins and a World Series title.

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ALL-STAR APATHY

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In June Major League Baseball teams launched their team-centric All-Star Game marketing campaigns. Last week team’s stepped up their PR as the deadline closed in Thursday night. The effort generated a single-day record 3.8 million votes. But, for all the hype and hometown pride, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is pathetic.

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CASHEN’S OPEN LETTER TO FANS

John Strubel

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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