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Wally Backman’s Future

MIKE SILVA: Since the end of the 2011 season the Mets have extended Terry Collins another year to 2013, and announced an overhaul of their coaching staff. The latter didn’t include Binghamton manager Wally Backman, who many speculate will be offered the Triple-A job in Buffalo now that Tim Teufel has been promoted to coach third base in New York. What does the future hold for Backman? With the Mets I am unsure, but inevitably it will lead to a big league managerial job.

CHRIS PUMMER: If Backman were sidelined that long because of his troubled history, a coaching job in another organization might be available. But I doubt he’ll get the call for a high-profile major league managerial job.
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The Dan Haren Trade

JASON CLINKSCALES: While this isn’t exactly Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown and others, this Dan Haren trade has quite a few baseball people upset. It’s understandable when you consider that Haren is a strikeout machine; a somewhat rare thing, even in this resurgent year for pitchers. However, it’s hard to say that this deal will immediately give the will-always-be Anaheim Angels the last piece of the puzzle to grab the Wild Card.

JESSICA BADER: Even with Dan Haren, the Angels most likely will be watching the playoffs on TV this year. Yet that shouldn’t obscure what a good trade this was for Anaheim and what an awful one it was for Arizona. Continue reading

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Home Run Derby: Kelly Johnson vs. Rod Barajas

HOWARD MEGDAL: With both Rod Barajas and Kelly Johnson among the leaders in home runs, it behooves us to consider which of these unlikely sluggers will end the season with more long balls. I submit that it will be Rod Barajas, and comfortably.

JESSICA BADER: As much as I’d love for it to be so, Rod Barajas is not going to end the season with more home runs than Kelly Johnson. Barajas has provided somemoments for my great beloved Mets over the first quarter of the 2010 season, but there are some major obstacles holding him back in the Great Unexpected Power Surge Race. Continue reading

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Diamondbacks And Offense: Hit or Miss?

CHRIS PUMMER: While I can understand how a person can be bullish on the Diamondbacks’ offense this season, consider me a bear in this market.

HOWARD MEGDAL: This simply comes down to a question of how well Arizona’s roster, filled with hitters who had down seasons in 2009, will rebound. I am bullish on nearly all of them. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post NL West Preview

Last Year’s Finish
Los Angeles Dodgers
Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
Arizona Diamondbacks. Continue reading

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NL West Discourse: Dodger Blue OR Diamondback… Red, I Guess?

CHRIS NEEDHAM: While sometimes it still feels like the Manny to the Dodgers extended foxtrot is still going on, he did, in fact, sign. And with that, the Dodgers are likely to return to the top of the division.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While we agree on most of what you said, I do take issue with a few things, particularly your team at the top. I believe Arizona will win the NL West, not the Dodgers. Continue reading

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