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  1. I cannot believe I do not know this, but who is Rocket? And who is Hancock for that matter? I don’t remember either name.
  2. Yes that’s correct, but remember just because a party concedes does not mean that they could not have won. Remember, “if we take this to court, a whole lot of things will come to light. It’s probably just better to let him take his money and go away” So the legal argument was not necessarily Because the Mets had no case, but because of other reasons. However, you are correct what done is done and Beltran is relieved...In both senses of the word.
  3. I have a comment to make about the cheating issue, but before that I want to address this beaning subject: I oppose throwing at anybody. Under any circumstances. If I were going to throw at someone it would be with a 60 mile an hour straight ball aimed at the gluteus. When a pitcher hauls off and throws a 100 mile an hour fastball at the head, that’s another thing entirely. We have frequently seen such a pitch and the guy who throws it should be severely punished. Meanwhile, I understand where corn is coming from, but he is using an extreme example to define the general rule. and its tangential to the subject at hand which is “cheating; who did what and who knew about it”? Hinch knew about it and took no steps to combat it. He says he disabled some cameras. I am highly skeptical of that because it smacks of tokenism. He didn’t say anything about calling the team together and giving a speech or a lecture about honor integrity and about how cheating isn’t necessary with this team. Wouldn’t a manager of a team do such a thing under such circumstances? And yet he didn’t. He didn’t even claim to have done so. Why not? The reasons why not are all bad, and all of them stems from the idea that cheating wasn’t bad enough to take serious action. If we grant that, then it is easy to accept that such an attitude is common throughout baseball. And if we accept that, Then in order for the sport to have any integrity at all, we must seriously investigate and severely punish anyone involved, including Jose Altuve and my own favorite Collin McHugh, who will break my heart as much as Raffy did. It is a strawman to bring up any other situation and say, “well they didn’t do anything when X happened.” That’s a foolish argument to make. Are you suggesting that because they ignored a problem then it’s OK to ignore it now? The flaws in that suggestion should be obvious to anybody with opposable thumbs, and therefore it is a waste of time to mention it at all. The investigation should be very thorough and very complete, and everybody who is remotely involved should be punished. It should start with Joey Coral who did not even feel the need to acknowledge what he did. The first step to redemption is acknowledging what you have done, and Cora hasn’t even done that, nor have the Red Sox. so it started with Houston but here’s a fervent hope it will continue with Boston and not stop till the problem is dealt with.
  4. All right, I’ll buy that. However, the Mets certainly have an argument if they were to choose to send him away empty handed. If they choose not to take that route, that’s their call.
  5. All right, I appreciate where you’re coming from, and yes we do disagree, and that’s fine I stand exactly behind what I said, and you are welcome to do so as well.
  6. It is completely uncalled for, you are insulting me because I think that Beltran should be severely punished. You’re welcome to disagree, and Yay, but you’re not welcome to insult me because I have a different take on a subject then you do. This man cheated he did so deliberately knowingly and willingly, and therefore does not deserve anything except a quick escort off of company property. It is entirely irrelevant whether other people are cheating as well because if they are they should also be escorted off the property.
  7. Don’t be insulting, Moose, it’s uncalled for. when you fire someone for cause, and “cheating” is cause, there is no severance, nor should there be. If Beltran didn’t do anything wrong, there’s no need for his departure anyway. MLB isn’t punishing Beltran, but that doesn’t mean the Mets can’t. And they certainly should.
  8. Yes, really. He’s a cheater, and now a notorious one. Letting him depart on his own terms, with a “severance” package is disgusting. Maybe you’d use a different adjective, but mine is fitting.
  9. I think it is disgusting that he is “negotiating his severance package” he is the most guilty one in the bunch, and although I can certainly understand major-league baseball taking no steps and against him for turning states evidence, the Mets should say, loudly and publicly,”The guy cheated, so we’re not gonna pay out one thin dime of his contract he’s out on his butt.”
  10. Honesty is the first thing you expect from a manager, and not the last.
  11. Yes I know. A head-scratcher. Whatever he did behind the scenes, the only statistic he really seemed interested in was time to the plate, which is curious. Also the relationship with Dan, whoever was to blame for those ridiculous personnel decisions, the Tillman situation.
  12. Buck made too many mistakes in his final years here to be worth serious consideration by any team, and given his derisive comments about stats, he seems the last person the Astros would be interested in.
  13. Actually I thought Rose WAS banned. But so what? If Cora is the only one does that mean it’s overly harsh?
  14. @Tony-OH Fair enough, so that means that Martin is bad, but we don’t know how much his badness cost us. I’m actually surprised at how disappointed I am to learn that Martin was one of the worst. Did they do historical rankings?? I was always a huge fan of buddy Bell and of course Adrian Beltre is never to be replaced, and we had a couple of pretty good guys too.
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