One reason the Atlanta Braves have been the perennial National League Eastern Division champions is their ability to lock up core players with long-term contracts so they do not leave as free agents as they enter their peak years. Yes, there have been notable exceptions such as Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson, but for the most part they have kept their roster intact.

Needless to say, many Mets fans are envious, and have beseeched team CEO Steve Cohen to follow the lead of their southern rivals. On Friday, word leaked out the team had agreed to a four-year contract with second baseman and 2022 National League batting champion Jeff McNeil.

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Last Tuesday the Mets held a press conference for the man they hope will replace Jacob deGrom as their ace, newly acquired free agent Justin Verlander. While it is to be seen how well Verlander will pitch for the Mets, it is safe to say the t…

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The Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health held its annual major fund-raiser, Sportsball, for the first time in three years last Thursday.The AAIUH was founded by tennis great Arthur Ashe, who won the first-ever US Open at Forest Hills Stadium…

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As soon as the Mets were bounced from the playoffs by the San Diego Padres, SNY air personalities Gary Cohen, Gary Apple, Todd Zeile and Jerry Blevins discussed the numerous free agents who will no longer be under contract once the World Seri…

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On Sunday night Mets manager Buck Showalter and stars Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor spoke about the great season the team had, and how their loss in the Wild Card Series to the San Diego Padres would not alter that. Centerfielder Brandon N…

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All Elite Wrestling, the nation’s second-largest professional wrestling promotion behind World Wrestling Entertainment, returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium last Wednesday. More than 20,000 fans came out for its “Grand Slam” card.AEW has establish…

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Mets President Sandy Alderson announced last Thursday his plans to step down from his current role. He will do consulting work with the organization starting this off-season. Alderson, who is 74 years old and has had health issues, had been t…

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Mets Vice President of Alumni Affairs Jay Horwitz did a fine job arranging last Saturday’s Old Timers’ Day celebration; 65 Mets alumni took part. Jay told me he received numerous calls from former Mets players who were miffed they were not in…

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The 2022 US Open should resemble what life was like before Covid-19. The US Open Qualifiers, canceled in both 2020 and 2021, have returned to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The matches, which give a shot at the tournament to tho…

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Keith Hernandez is a fun listen because not only is he extremely knowledgeable about baseball, he is happy to go off on humorous tangents.He knew he was going to miss this past weekend’s Phillies-Mets series, as he was going to be in St. Loui…

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Mets General Manager Billy Eppler experienced his first trade deadline last Tuesday. Fans remembered how the Braves made several low-impact trades at the deadline in 2021 and wound up winning the World Series. It is safe to say Eppler was awa…

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The sports media were abuzz last Saturday when news filtered out that Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto had rejected a $440 million, 15-year contract from the team. Soto’s agent, the inimitable Scott Boras, told Nationals ex…

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The NBA Draft returned to Barclays Center after a three-year absence. The Knicks held the 11th selection, but team president and general manager Leon Rose was unable to trade up to get the players he wanted and was unimpressed by who was avai…

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The Sports Emmy Awards, honoring the best in televised sports, returned to New York for its first in-person ceremony in three years. The movers and shakers of sports media were on hand.Whitestone native and Bayside High School alum Mike Tiric…

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