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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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A HEALTHY DOSE OF IRONY

valentine

During a recent ESPN Sunday Night broadcast former Mets manager Bobby Valentine was asked, “At what point do you have a good idea of what your team is?"

Valentine replied, “45 games.”

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THROWING A WET BLANKET ON OPTIMISM

John Strubel

The New York Mets played their final spring training game Saturday, an 11-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Just prior to the game the team announced former star rightfielder Darryl Strawberry will throw out the first pitch Opening Day. That’s because former Cy Young winner Dwight Gooden was, uh, well he was arrested.

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THE YEAR AFTER THE YEAR AFTER EFFECT

Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey is running out of rope, and maybe, out of time.

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox slapped Pelfrey around in his second spring start in an 8-2 loss in Port St. Lucie. In three innings Pelfrey allowed three runs and four hits. He worked on his forkball, which failed to, well, fork. He worked on his sinker too. The only thing that sunk were the collective hearts of Mets fans.

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