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Wally Backman to remain Mets' Triple-A manager

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman says he's

Wally Backman will return next season to manage Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday. Last season, Backman guided the Mets' top minor league affiliate to an 81-63 record, good enough to win a division title. Backman's future with the Mets had been in doubt. He has long aspired to manage in the big leagues, though that chance may not come with the Mets in the near future. At the end...

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Mets prospects showcase their talents in winter ball

Juan Lagares poses for photos during MLB photo

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Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:

Juan Centeno

Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...

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David Ortiz not quite a Hall of Famer

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox celebrates

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It was a predictable reaction.

As David Ortiz's one-out, two-run home run cleared the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series, the tweets proclaiming the October hero a Hall of Famer appeared fast and furious.

A two-time World Series champion -- and a key member of those teams -- Ortiz is bidding this year for the hat trick. A superb...

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Sports Illustrated brings 'Baseball's Greatest' into focus

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, left,

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Using the term "on top of his game" to describe Pedro Martinez could apply to his superb, Hall of Fame-caliber playing career or his surprisingly excellent commentary as an analyst for TBS' post-game coverage.

On the pages of Sports Illustrated's new, beautifully illustrated, coffee table book, "Baseball's Greatest," the phrase is focused on Pedro's performance during the...

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