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Frenchie One of Joe Posnanski's 10 Worst in MLB

I am certain that regular readers of Amazin' Ave will be shocked, shocked that there is gambling going on in this establishment. Since I really only follow the Mets it was interesting to hear about other teams' awful players. Schadenfraude: it's just you and me now old friend.

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Celebrate the 1986 Mets Championship

In 1986, the New York Mets made the Big Apple turn all of their attention to Shea Stadium through their sheer talent, fun-loving attitude and swagger. This rare combination catapulted them to a World Series Championship and allowed them to "Make the Dream Work".

Posnanski On Willie Mays And Cheating In Baseball

I suspect many at AA read Joe Posnanski on a regular basis and may have already seen this. Regardless, this piece is terrific, even by Poz standards.

This is Why Joe Pos is a National Treasure

Like most readers here, I have steroid fatigue. But, for me this is less about steroids and more about someone--anyone--with the stones to discuss an issue like a grownup when other folks are content to yell and scream while sticking their fingers in their ears. The money quote: And how much of what we saw was steroid induced? Was it 90%? Was it 40% How much? We don’t know. And while some people seem endlessly interested in standing on soap boxes and shouting down at the cheaters who have been caught or have come forward for whatever reason, it seems like we don’t want to know. Yes, the era may be defined by steroids, but it’s like people don’t want to hear that steroids were not the only reason that people hit a bunch more home runs. There are a lot of reasons people hit home runs.

Joe Posnanski on Carlos Beltran

Mr. Posnanski comes to the defense of the great Mr. Beltran.

Joe Posnanski On "Clutch"

"I think that this human search for pattern is especially prevalent in baseball. What is the whole concept of "clutch hitting" but our minds searching for a pattern and a reason? This mediocre hitter comes through in the clutch a few more times than his overall numbers would suggest and our brain cannot help but insist that he has some sort of superpower and keen focus that makes him better when it counts. This great hitter fails in the clutch situation a few times more than his overall numbers would suggest and our brain cannot help but feel that he is lacking some sort of internal fortitude. Our minds simply do not deal well with what author Paul Auster called the music of chance. We need to see patterns. It’s in our DNA." Click through for more on the "human search for pattern" he mentions; it's a good one, even by his standards.

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