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Rod Barajas getting intentionally walked in Milwaukee tonight. He was also hit by a pitch. I think...

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Rod Barajas getting intentionally walked in Milwaukee tonight. He was also hit by a pitch. I think that doubles the amount of times he got on base for us since May.

Reyes Comments

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I guess maybe I should comment it's in Spanish, but I'll translate/summarize. A little more than your usual all-politically correct answers. How do you feel about 2010 about you specifically? Last year was frustrating since I only played 36 games, but this year I've been healthy and have to be happy for that, but not happy for how the team has gone since we are not doing what we want to do, compete for a play-off spot. What happened to the Mets the 2nd half? The hitting fell off and has been inconsistent. Their was a failed experiment to hit you 3rd, do you think that will be happening again soon? After letting out a chuckle when hearing Rojas bring it up, he says that he was not ready (in general not playing any training games), and that the manager took to that and I'll do it because I'll do what's best for the team, and maybe it will be revisited in a LONG time, but right now I'm comfortable where I am. Do you have any specific part of your game you wish to improve on? My selectivity at the plate, considering I have almost 500 ABs and only 25 walks. I have to be a more selective hitter if I want to hit .320, .325 in the big leagues. You could be a free agent this year, but the Mets have an option which everyone thinks will be exercised. What would you prefer, the option being exercised or negotiate a long-term deal? I don't control that, I'm focused on playing, and then what will happen will happen, but I will tell you something. I don't want to go anywhere, I want to play here, I want to finish my career here in New York, that's the only team that I've played for and they gave me the opportunity to play in the bigs, I have my house here, I have my family here, the kids go to school, I don't want to play anywhere else but I understand this is a business and I will just play and then happen what will happen in the off-season. You do know theirs another team in New York, you wouldn't have to move? After laughing says, I know, but I'm focused on here and I want to finish my career here. Have Minaya and the Mets given you any word on contract talks? Not to me or my lawyer (I'm guessing he meant his agent), but they did make a comment about it in the paper about an extension, but nothing to me or my lawyer. If the Mets don't make the play-offs, any team you like/root to make it to the WS? Right now I'm focused on my team, maybe if we don't make it I'll pick a team, but right now I'm focused on us and happens what happens with them. This doesn't seem like my much, but their are a few interesting things that you can pick up with the tone and language he used. A) He apparently keeps tracks of his numbers. He knew his games played last year as well as his PAs and BBs this year off the top of his head. Nothing wrong with that, I just found it interesting. B) It seems like he really hated hitting 3rd. The way he says "the manager took to that" is like when I ask my parents (I'm still a teen) for something I know I won't happen, but pester them anyway. Like it was ridiculous. C) Good to see him notice he's regressed on selectivity and still needs to work on it. D) It seemed to me like he was genuine and not just be PC about wanting to finish his career here.

Small Market Team Incentivized to Lose Games

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Well, kinda sorta. This rad article by Phil Birnbaum has some interesting takeaways from his sifting through the Deadspin leaked team financial statements, chiefly that it doesn't pay for small market teams to sign free agents, even if it gets them to the World Series. At least in the short/near term. That and lots more implications worth discussing from the article.

Francoeur Critical To The Mets Success - Will Start in RF Most Of The Rest Of The Season

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I really have no explanation for Jerry's quotes on Francoeur. Maybe he has finally lost what little baseball knowledge he had, or maybe he is starting to work on a new career as a standup comic, or maybe the Mets have plans for Francoeur in 2011. I may still be scratching my head next week over this.

I know my photoshop skills suck, but I've been thinking about doing this one for a while, so I...

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I know my photoshop skills suck, but I've been thinking about doing this one for a while, so I present.... JOKECOEUR

The 7 Players on Every Little League World Series Team

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I love Sports Pickle, and this is a great read. Especially love the references to Eckstein and the speed calculation of the pitches.

I'm sorry, it's my very first.

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I'm sorry, it's my very first.

Amazin' Avenue Pictures Presents: The Dickey Knight (click here to embiggen)

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Amazin' Avenue Pictures Presents: The Dickey Knight (click here to embiggen)

Minaya Likely Reassigned, Manuel Fired At Season's End

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per :heyman: Two things I think we can all get behind.

Rubin: Meet the Mess, Part 2: Can the Mets make 2011 interesting?

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I agree with a lot of what Rubin's saying here, but when you indulge in the "Meet the Mess" narrative and you cover the Mets? Douche.

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