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Ollie's Still Here Applesauce - Perez's Met days still numbered, Izzy will retire if not on team, Citi Field dirt

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03:  Pitcher Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Digital Domain Park on March 3, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03: Pitcher Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Digital Domain Park on March 3, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Meet the Mets

A good day for the Mets as they beat the split-squad Cardinals 3-0. Oliver Perez pitched two scoreless innings, but it still seems unlikely that he will make the team; his velocity and breaking pitches are just not up to snuff. Terry Collins insists that Perez just has too much going on upstairs when he's on the mound.

Jason Isringhausen also made an appearance in yesterday's victory and it appears as though he's putting all his eggs in this Spring Training's basket.

Francisco Rodriguez appeared "sedated" after his Spring Training debut.

The Mets are trying to pamper their infielders in Spring Training by trucking in the same dirt used at Citi Field's best infield in MLB.

Jenrry Mejia was supposed to go home to the Dominican Republic to be with his mother for an important surgery, but it has been postponed.

Let's take a trip on the way-back machine to a time when the Mets were on top and the Yankees sucked: 1991. That lasted long.

How awesome was Cleon Jones in 1969?

Greg Prince teases us younger fans with what it was like being a Met fan in 1986. One word: invincible.

Around MLB

Phillies Nation throws cold water on the "Phillies' lineup is too left-handed" complaint.

The Marlins rotation is getting overshadowed by Philly's and Atlanta's.

John Thorn was named MLB's new historian which may mean that MLB will finally move on from their Abner Doubleday mythology.

Elijah Dukes in trouble again.

Billy Beane talks with Yahoo! about his contributions to the new health care legislation.

If he makes the National roster, Matt Stairs will have played for a record 12 MLB teams. Somehow, the Mets were never on that list.

Carlos Ruiz is a proud father, 9 months after Roy Halladay's perfect game.

And, finally, Pedro Martinez may have had the greatest season of all time in 2000.