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Is this the worst baseball card of the decade?

I chuckled over the story of Jayson Werth‘s reaction to his 2014 Topps baseball card, but I think the card company used a pretty cool photo.

Now if Chris Young had a similar response to his Topps baseball card in 2010, he had a much better case.

Chris Young's 2010 Topps baseball card

Chris Young’s 2010 Topps baseball card

In 2012, Topps told Yahoo Sports that Skip Schumaker‘s short-printed card focusing on the rally squirrel was the first time in the company’s history that a players card had not featured the player’s face.

I think Young could argue that point.

Can you think of any recent baseball cards with poorer photo choices than this one?

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A week to forget, and maybe a turnaround game for the Mets

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Aaron Laffey was designated for assignment after contributing to Saturday’s Mets loss (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Last week was one that I’m sure most of the Mets would like to forget. They were snowed out twice in Colorado, and lost all three games they did play. The bullpen mostly lived down to its worst-in-the-majors stats. Greg Burke and Aaron Laffey didn’t make it through the week on the major league roster, and it would be hard to find anyone who wasn’t related to them that’s unhappy about that.

Sure, Matt Harvey‘s better, but he can’t pitch every day. Through their first 16 games, the Mets were 7-1 when he or Jonathon Niese started and 1-7 when anyone else did.

But maybe things are starting to turn around. On Sunday, Dillon Gee earned his first win of the season and pitched into the sixth. He turned in a strong five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six and walking none. (He seemed to tire in the sixth when he walked three, but Terry Collins had a quick enough hook that it didn’t prove disastrous.)

The bullpen caused people to reach for their antacid of choice – particularly lefty specialist Scott Rice who walked lefty batter Denard Span after allowing a leadoff single – but thanks to Jayson Werth‘s over-eagerness at the plate, the Mets prevailed.

Maybe today is the start of something big. More likely, it was just a nice win for us to enjoy before heading back to the grind of another work week.

The Mets continue their homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies; neither team is playing particularly well. Let’s hope the Mets can take advantage.

Financial Frustrations

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The Mets are making headlines again for the wrong reasons today. The team’s owners are being sued by a trustee in the Bernie Madoff case who is “seeking the return of an unspecified amount of cash to pay back investors who lost billions in the Ponzi scheme.”

The Mets released a statement saying “we want to emphasize that the New York Mets will have all the necessary financial and operational resources to fully compete and win. That is our commitment to our fans and to New York.”

I don’t know how to take that statement any more. I am grateful that Fred Wilpon hasn’t instructed Sandy Alderson to start making trades to reduce the team’s payroll, which will come in between $130-$140 million next year.

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