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September 11, 2004 12:00 am

Rational Exuberance: The Over-30 Crowd

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Jonah Keri

Two over-30 relative unknowns are putting up huge seasons, seemingly out of the blue. How'd they get here and what can other over-30 breakouts teach us? Jonah Keri takes a look.

Question 1: This player scores a higher VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) than Ichiro Suzuki, Scott Rolen, Vladimir Guerrero, Gary Sheffield or Manny Ramirez, but topped 500 at-bats in a season just once before age 30.

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Jonah Keri takes a closer look at roster construction, in search of a better way. Bobby Cox, Earl Weaver, Casey Stengel and George Stallings lend a hand.

Rarely does a game go by in which I don't see a player thrust into a situation in which he's overwhelmingly likely to fail. We're told that the talent pool is shallower than it used to be, that players don't have the same breadth of skills they used to have. Some say that for every strong major league player, there are three more on the roster who barely belong there, and there's not a thing we can do about it.

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August 13, 2004 12:00 am

Rational Exuberance: Meet the Mets: A Decade Without a Plan

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Jonah Keri

Jonah Keri breaks down the last 10 years of Mets history. Lots of ill-fated trades, questionable moves and blame to go around, but one man stands above the rest. Read on to find out who.

In jettsoning a big chunk of their future for the dishwater-dull duo of Victor Zambrano and Kris Benson, the Mets had found a way to prove yet again that they had no semblance of a plan. They're contending for the future. No, for this year. No, for somewhere in between.

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Jonah Keri launches a new column today with a look at the collapse of the Diamondbacks. Hint: "launching" played a role in their season.

I blew it.

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