THE $66 MILLION MYSTERY

Jason Bay

This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who’d hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player.

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GO SELL CRAZY SOMEWHERE ELSE

Jose Reyes

A scout told New York Post sportswriter Kevin Kernan he believed Jose Reyes is “the measuring stick for the shortstop position.”

Hearing that assessment from an unbiased third party – not a Mets fan, a columnist or blogger – is a telling statement about what the rest of baseball thinks of Reyes. His bat is red hot. His health: never better. His stock is at an all-time high. As the Mets hopes for a post-season run wear thin, the plot thickens and the debate over Reyes’ future in New York rages on.

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EATING THE ELEPHANT

Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson knew New York would be a challenge. He knew it would take patience; he’s had to eat the elephant in Oakland and, later, in San Diego.

“We’re going to strive for consistency, but above all, excellence,” he told the media at a press conference last November.

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ONE PITCH, ONE SWING, A PILE OF LOSSES

Terry Collins

No disrespect to New York Mets manager Terry Collins, who is making every effort to keep his focused amidst losing eight of their last nine games; no need to persecute Sandy Alderson, his decision to cut ties with Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez were good first steps to cleaning up the mess in New York; no point in knee-jerk reactions when the season is 13 games old. There is no need to worry – if you don’t mind the truth.

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