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Wallyball 2012 Applesauce: Backman sticks around, Baltimore gets desperate, Nerds take over MLB network

Let's just gloss over the generally depressing news about the Mets this weekend, shall we? We'll head right to the important stuff.

I'm sure James Kannengieser will be pleased to know that Wallyball will still be played somewhere in the Mets organization next year. I also think it's cute that Wally thinks he is next in line to manage after Terry Collins.

Dillon Gee and company are heading back to the United States after completeing their tour of Taiwan. 

The Orioles long, nightmarish search for a GM is finally over, as they have hired Dan Duquette, who hasn't worked in baseball in nine years. It could have been worse, I guess? They could have hired Jim Duquette, maybe? Sorry, I have no jokes here. I think I am just dumbfounded. Grant Brisbee is not particularly optimistic either.

Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum is the latest candidate to interview for manager of the Chicago Cubs. He's been on the shortlist of managerial candidates for a few years now, and he previously interviewed in Boston.

Rotographs takes a look at Lucas Duda's fantasy baseball prospects for 2012. Duda will actually probably be more valuable as the right fielder on your fantasy team than he will be as the rightfielder for the Mets, as I imagine his defense and baserunning will severely cut into his value.

Amazin Avenue's own Bill Petti interviews Brian Kenny over at Beyond the Box Score, and they talk about MLB Network's new advanced analytics show. Cool to see MLB Network making a serious show about advanced stats, and Kenny is the ideal candidate to host it.

This video has to be seen to believed, but make sure you don't skip the running commentary from Kevin Goldstein, which is worth the price of admission. Clearly, Angel Pagan should be non-tendered so we can sign this guy.

This is an awesome headline, and I really have nothing else to add. 

It seem like the New York Yankees are looking to make a big splash in free agency, as GM Brian Cashman has contacted CJ Wilson's agent. That is so unlike the Yankees, who have built their franchise internally while demonstrating  fiscal discpline. I have a hard time believing they would overpay for a free agent starting pitcher.

Bryce Harper has a mustache now. Meh, it's not really impressive or impressively awful, I'm kind of disappointed. He's certainly no Dale Thayer.