On-Base Perception

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Top minor leaguers from Long Island

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award

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MARCUS STROMAN, Patchogue-Medford

RHP | New Hampshire (Blue Jays, AA)

4-1, 3.25 ERA, 37 K, 11 BB in eight starts

Has succeeded since Jays moved him out of the bullpen and into the rotation.

STEVEN MATZ, Ward Melville

LHP | Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets, Class A)

2-3, 2.57 ERA, 65 K, 19 BB in 12 starts

A big-time arm.

SEAN NOLIN, Seaford

LHP | New...

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Magic numbers: 1,623, 500, 12, 3:08, 336

From left, Atlanta Braves' Terry Pendleton, Chipper Jones

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1,623 - RBIs for Chipper Jones, the career leader among third basemen who had his number retired Friday by the Braves at Turner Field. Former President Jimmy Carter was even in attendance. As perfect a night it was for Jones, hard to believe the Braves were nice enough to not schedule the Mets for that particular homestand.

$500M - Anticipated cost of Wrigley Field renovation, part of which...

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Mets, Yankees very similar -- except for bullpen and defense

Chicago Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz scores on a

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Coming up on the halfway point of the season, statistical surprises are abundant in baseball. Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig is hitting above .400 and former MVP Josh Hamilton is barely hitting .200 with the Angels.

But perhaps the most surprising involves a comparison of the Mets' and Yankees' production, especially when the Yankees have 10 more wins than the Mets.

The Mets are averaging...

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Mets trade chips

Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell reacts after the final

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Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler aren’t going anywhere. Ditto for David Wright. So where does that leave the Mets at the trade deadline?

Well, that depends on whether general manager Sandy Alderson is willing to part with his organization’s store of young pitching.

If the Mets put the likes of Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero in play, it’s possible that they can swing a deal for an impact...

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All-Star Game to feature wide array of food and drink

THYME-SEARED LONG ISLAND STRIPED BASS Available at Citi

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When I agreed to go to Wednesday’s All-Star Game menu sampling at Citi Field, I figured it’d be a small, quick affair. They’d unveil one or two big dishes, we’d try them, the chef would answer questions at the end. Event over.

I couldn’t be more wrong. There was so much food, ranging from traditional to the exotic, that it was impossible to try it all. And if the event was any indication,...

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David Wright getting All-Star votes through unconventional methods

David Wright takes the field for a game

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Efforts to vote David Wright into the All-Star Game have ranged from a ballot stuffing initiative from popular sports talk radio hosts to an endorsement of sorts from a “cougar” dating website.

These unconventional efforts to get Wright votes are apparently working, as Wright led all National League third basemen in the latest voting results released Sunday night on MLB.com.

Wright leads...

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Alex Rodriguez responds to Brian Cashman's comments

Alex Rodriguez stands behind the batting cage before

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It wasn't really a war of words over a tweet Alex Rodriguez sent Tuesday saying he had been given the "green light" to play in games -- after all, Brian Cashman was the one using all the fire power. But something the Yankees GM got through to A-Rod, or at least the way he said it.

Rodriguez responded to harsh criticism from Cashman with a statement Wednesday morning.

"I...

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Matt Harvey to pose nude in ESPN The Magazine

Matt Harvey sits in the dugout during the

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Get ready to see Matt Harvey in a whole new way.

The Mets' fireballing phenom will pose nude in ESPN The Magazine's "The Body" issue, along with several other notable athletes, including Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Though Harvey's appearance in the magazine is certainly notable, he won't be the first member of the Mets to strike...

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Baseball magic numbers

Former MLB star Manny Ramirez poses for media

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$25,000 - Monthly salary, in U.S. dollars, paid by the Taiwan Rhinos to Manny Ramirez, who quit the league this week despite the team’s pledge to raise it to $60,000. Ramirez made more than $206 million during his major-league career, which was abruptly cut short by a PED suspension.

500 - Hours of community service that must be performed by Lenny Dykstra, who was released from prison after...

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Zack Wheeler could end up being even better than Matt Harvey

A composite image of Mets pitchers Matt Harvey,

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Tuesday was a great day for America's newest pastime: comparing Matt Harvey to Zack Wheeler.

The two crown jewels of the Mets' system have been linked and advertised as a devastating 1-2 punch ever since Wheeler was acquired for Carlos Beltran at the 2011 trade deadline. Harvey got to the big leagues first and has been superb. Tuesday was the first chance to see if Wheeler would be a worthy...

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