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Tsai in the China shop

This past spring Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Alibaba, China’s answer to Amazon, purchased the majority interest in the Brooklyn Nets from Mikhail Prokhorov.It wasn’t coincidence that the NBA, which has made a sizable investment in China, sche…

Mets can Callaway
Posted: October 10, 2019

Although he was fired as manager by New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen several days after the season ended, Mickey Callaway can hold his head high.

Yes, he made a few blunders with respect to in-game strategy, as do all managers, but there is no denying that Mets players gave it their all for him. They could easily have mailed it in when the team’s record was a lousy 40-50. Instead they rallied to finish with an 86-76 record. It was only the third time in 10 years that the Mets posted a winning record.

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A successful Mets season
Posted: October 03, 2019

The Mets’ 2019 season, which concluded in dramatic form on Sunday with Dominic Smith hitting a home run in what was his first at-bat in over two months because of a foot stress fracture, and the Amazin’s down to their last out to beat the Atlanta Braves by a score of 7-6, was overall a successful one for the Amazin’s even though they failed to make the playoffs.

In my 2019 Mets preview I wrote that the goals should be a return to respectability and a finish over .500. They accomplished that by winning a very respectable 86 games, marking only the third time in 10 years that the season ledger showed more victories than defeats.

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Alonso Five-O
Posted: September 26, 2019

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso punctuated his superb rookie season by smacking his 50th home run. No player in the 58-year history of the team had ever reached that mark.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen deserves credit for making the decision to not have him start the season in the minors in order to delay the time he could become a free agent.

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Noah’s bark
Posted: September 19, 2019

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has had a mediocre season and is understandably frustrated. According to NY Post Mets beat writers Joel Sherman and Kevin Kernan, Syndergaard went to manager Mickey Callaway and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen last week to request that catcher Wilson Ramos no longer be his battery mate.

With the Mets having their first meaningful September in three years, Syndergaard’s timing couldn’t be worse as the last thing that the Mets need is this conflict. The fact that Ramos’ bat is a key reason why they are in position to make it into the postseason, as evidenced by a recent 26-game hit streak, also indicates that Syndergaard is somewhat tone-deaf.

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Thursday 09/12/2019
Worst Gase scenario
Posted: September 12, 2019

Whatever honeymoon new Jets head coach Adam Gase was hoping for from fans and the media evaporated by 4 p.m. this past Sunday.

The Jets held a 16-0 lead over the Buffalo Bills in the third quarter and appeared to have stopped yet another Bills’ drive when linebacker Henry Anderson was called for a roughing the passer penalty. The Bills maintained possession and went onto kick a field goal. Though it only cut the lead by three points there was a foreboding feeling throughout MetLife Stadium. Somewhere Mark Gastineau, who was renowned for such bonehead penalties at the most inopportune times, had to be smiling.

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Thursday 09/05/2019
The Coco Open
Posted: September 05, 2019

Coming off her surprisingly strong performance at Wimbledon where she made it to the fourth round and defeated a number of top-ranked players, it was not surprising that most of the buzz coming into the US Open was about 15-year-old Cori Gauff, known as Coco.

Though she didn’t do as well at the Open, bowing to defending champ Naomi Osaka in a third-round match Saturday, Gauff proved that her Wimbledon success was not a fluke.

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Thursday 08/29/2019
The three-week Open
Posted: August 29, 2019

The 2019 US Open officially started Monday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park but in reality things got underway the previous Monday with the qualifiers tournament.

The word has clearly gotten out about what was once a big secret in the tennis community; namely that you can watch some of the best players around the world compete in very meaningful matches with no admission charge.

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