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While the media focuses on the controversy of Jerry Manuel’s first few proclamations this spring, I think the substance of his comments is a harbinger of good things to come in 2009.

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The big news lately is Alex Rodriguez’s admission to using steroids.  What if Major League Baseball took the MVP trophies away from all the steroid users/accused?  Then Carlos Delgado is your 2003 American League MVP.

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There are a bunch of excellent blogs out there about our favorite team.  One that I particularly enjoy is Mets Tailgate.  James Kannengieser is the brains behind that site and recently he agreed to do a Q&A with me on the upcoming season.  Here are his responses to my questions about the 2009 Mets.

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We have talked a lot about the bullpen, various free agents and potential upgrades.  But the Mets are counting on Ryan Church to hit like he did in April and May last year.  For an important person to the team, the Mets have been quiet about how they plan to handle Church this season.

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The Mets have a bunch of people vying for the fifth spot in their rotation.  The average fan looks at these guys and sees nothing to get excited about.  But they should provide better than average production for fifth starters, which will be a nice upgrade for the club.

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Quick – list the five greatest third basemen in history.  OK, now let’s see how David Wright stacks up with them.  Read on to see how the start to his career has Wright up there with the best ever at the position.

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The World Baseball Classic is like some bizarro alternate universe where every team (or most teams) are stacked with all-stars.  But as a New York Mets fan I can’t get past the idea that this alternate universe is also a place where the New York Mets and New York Yankees pull off a monumental trade.  Jose Reyes for Derek Jeter.

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What do Kevin Appier, Ken Boyer and Ellis Valentine each have in common?  They all made their names in baseball on other teams and ended up spending time on the Mets.  See how many of the following Hall of Famers and All-Stars you remember on the team.

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With the Mets following Lee Andrew’s advice and re-signing Oliver Perez, the off-season makeover is nearly done.  However, they still need a couple of players at the back of the roster.  Today I look at how Ty Wigginton might fit.

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