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Canada viagra Last night I had the privilege to be invited to be part of the Mets bloggers Q & A conference call with Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Canada viagra Eric Simon and the staff at Amazin’ Avenue have done another outstanding job of putting together a transcript of the conference call (click the link and read the whole transcript it will be the most informative information you’ll get about the Mets anywhere) and I thank them very much for undertaking the chore of transcribing and crediting each blogger with a link to our sites along with our questions, canada viagra Thanks again Eric.

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Canada viagra Alderson is playing his hand in the Jose Reyes sweepstakes like a top poker player. Canada viagra In years past, canada viagra the Mets were always duped into not just setting the market price on free agents but bidding against themselves. Canada viagra His answer to the question on whether he thought of Reyes as a franchise player was 100 % spot on:

Canada viagra Do I consider him a franchise player? Yes. Canada viagra But a franchise player is only valuable as such if he is contributing to a winning franchise as opposed to simply acting as eye wash for a team that is not very good.

Canada viagra Again, canada viagra everybody loves Reyes and wants him to be a Met For Life, canada viagra yet less than 5, canada viagra000 fans showed up on the final day of the season and what may have been Reyes last game as a Met. Canada viagra That’s why Alderson doesn’t play to the lunatic fringe of Metsfandom and for that I am so grateful.

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Canada viagra {Steve Keane (The Eddie Kranepool Society): Your first year as a Mets general manager, canada viagra how would you assess your progress that you and your staff have made in the first year with the Mets? What has been the most challenging situation or thing that’s happened with you as the GM of the Mets, canada viagra and what’s been the biggest surprise on the positive side and on the negative side?

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Canada viagra My biggest disappointment going back to last year was just the way we finished the season. Canada viagra We finished poorly, canada viagra we started poorly. Canada viagra Part of that was attributable to injury, canada viagra but some of it was a result of weakening the team later for long-term benefit. Canada viagra I think for example, canada viagra if we’d kept Frankie Rodriguez, canada viagra we would have finished well over .500. Canada viagra I think that the lack of a closer cost us a number of games.

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Canada viagra I’d like to thank Danielle Parillo and Shannon Forde for putting this and all the Mets bloggers event together and of course a big thank you to Sandy Alderson for his time and insight    

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