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13I don’t want to pretend I saw this day coming years ago but I always thought the Mets took the coward’s way out when, faced with the task of choosing a new closer they simply threw the most money at the biggest name out there and considered it done.

It was after all the most defensible position they could have taken. Having a Brand Name out there in the bullpen takes a lot of pressure off the manager by avoiding the kind of Quarterback Controversy the so-called bullpen-by-committee invites; and it certainly fits the bill for a Win Now team, which the Mets are forever convinced they are.

With that said, in a matter of taste I’d have preferred to see them try something a little more creative. They certainly could have handed the closer’s role to Aaron Heilman and saw what happened. Braden Looper should have taught them that anyone with a decent arm can fake it as a closer, as he did in 2004; instead they got spooked by Looper’s rotten 2005 – injury related of course – and went out and gave way too much job security to Billy Wagner, who, it should be noted wore out his welcome with two previous employers and continues to talk like a player confident he’ll outlast his manager.

And he will!

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I’ve tried to be modest about begging you to buy the book based on the website but I shouldn’t turn down the opportunity to let you know you can get a free one.

That said if you haven’t picked up a copy of MBTN for your Dad yet what are you waiting for. Do what Neil Best tells you to do!

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Gene F. (not verified) on Fri, 06/13/2008 – 9:43pm.
    Trot Nixon is en route, says SNY. While Castillo makes it impossible for us to say ‘Nixon’s the One,’ Reyes and Maine are in the numbers he wore in Boston and Cleveland.

    WANP (Wild-ass number proposal) – 47.

    delete edit reply report to Mollom
    the link for the free book

    Submitted by gored82 on Sat, 06/14/2008 – 10:40am.
    the link for the free book connects to the Daily News 6/12 edition saying that the contest has ended…why not run something like that on here with copies of the book as prizes?

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    Um… OK. I hafta get more

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Sat, 06/14/2008 – 12:06pm.
    Um… OK. I hafta get more books first…

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