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Fangraphs asks where the devil Jason Bay’s power is residing.  Jack Moore provides a rather depressing conclusion for Mets fans:

What we’re seeing with Bay seems to be one of the nastiest combinations of park effects, regression to the mean, aging, and simple poor luck that I can recall a power hitter encountering. It’s certainly possible that Bay has simply lost some of his pop, but right now the most likely scenario is that Bay is working through an extended slump. ZiPS projects him to add 19 more home runs before season’s end, as opposed to the 9 that his pace suggests. It’s too early to dismiss Jason Bay as a power hitter, even if he can’t replicate his awesome 2009.

It’s June; thus, it must be Cape Cod baseball time.

And That Happened is still a must read, each and every single day.

Rob Neyer dishes on the players’ opinions on umpires and replay.

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Neyer Throws Cold Water on Hope

Perhaps the title of this post is a bit extreme, but you’ll understand when reading this.

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Its a big world out there, but…

One of the great paradoxes of American life is that a huge percentage of kids in this country (including yours truly) play organized soccer, but the game’s popularity in this country among adults pales in comparison to baseball and football. There are many competing theories on this, but most of them boil down to the notion that soccer is “foreign.” Tim Joyce at Real Clear Sports examines this phenomenon:

Many have complained about globalization these last 20 years and the harm it does to countries, leading to homogenization and distillation of culture. I fully agree. And I see that happening with the insistence that soccer is the best game, the world’s sport and the plea of “why can’t America embrace it?” and “America is the only major country that ignores soccer.”

For me, I say good that we haven’t embraced it, because we’re different. And exceptional.

First of all, baseball is … well … just better than soccer. Purely subjectively speaking, of course. It’s harder to play and involves far more thought. The nuances and narratives are so much greater than in soccer. I also hold the clichéd view that soccer is often interminably boring and filled with so many complaining players that it makes NBA coaches appear completely submissive to referees.

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TUCK on Strasburg

TUCK Hardball Times cartoon:

  • Glorifies Strasburg: check!
  • Taunts Pittsburgh Pirates: check!

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Sharp Tongued Joe Strikes Again

Mets Today may just be a better, more insightful read than Mets Blog.

Janish brings out the snark on a Monday morning when reviewing past Mets’ roster strategies.

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