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Livan Hernandez may have helped Jonathan Niese's case, while killing any trade value he might have had. There is a limit to how long a guy can go on garbage and we may be reaching it. The good news is that you can read some history and learn about the 1969 Mets. The past is a Father Knows Best episode full of coziness and warmth that will distract me from this nightmare.

Meet the Mets

Sports Illustrated's Where are They Now segment turns its eyes to the 1969 Mets.

Fernando Martinez proved that he belonged with the Mets, landing on the 15-day DL with a knee injury.

Rob Neyer speaks the truth about Oliver Perez.

Jenrry Mejia and Brad Holt are starting to get some recognition, earning spots in Basebal America's Top 50.

Livan's carriage might be turning into a pumpkin. Hopefully that pumpkin will still have enough horsepower to get him out of town.

Despite two hits and a sparkling defensive play on Wednesday night, Jerry sat Daniel Murphy last night. Metstradamus has a good description of Jerry here.

Some words in praise of Pat Misch.

To add insult to injury, here's a story about Orlando Hudson dying to be a Met.

Around the NL East

The Philadelphia get out the vote campaign for Shane Victorino's All-Star bid was successful, as the center fielder earned the final roster spot for the National League. The Philadelphia Inquirer even officially endorsed the Hawaiian.

Philadelphia is also close to signing Pedro Martinez. Phillies Nation debates itself about the signing and wins.

Raul Ibanez is close to returning.

The Phillies knocked off the Reds with help from Chan Ho Park's 3 innings of scoreless relief, Jayson Werth's home run and Chase Utley's inside the parker.

The Marlins came back from a 6-0 deficit to knock off the Diamondbacks. Florida scored 10 runs in the 8th inning.

If you're interested, you can follow the construction of the Marlins' new stadium here.

The Nationals completed their 25th and 84th games of the season last night, splitting a pair against the Astros. Game one was the conclusion of a rain suspended game from earlier in the season and resulted in a win for Joel Hanrahan who doesn't even play for Washington anymore.

Colorado rallied against Atlanta's Mike Gonzalez to earn a 7-6 victory and bring their record to 26-7 since June 4.

Around MLB

The Oakland Athletics will retire Rickey Henderson's number on August 1st.

Fangraphs convinces me that Alex Rios is the answer.

The Pirates are looking to dump second baseman Freddy Sanchez before he meets an incentive clause in his contract. The Giants are a possible destination.

Moneyball: The Movie is apparently back on.

The New York Times writes about an exciting technology coming to a ballpark near you. I'm not even being sarcastic. Objective defensive analysis.