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The Mets' decision to revoke Howard Megdal's press credentials is yet another worrisome misstep for the franchise.

Over the past few weeks, two relatively prominent writers have had their voices silenced for making disparaging comments about their respective teams’ owners. First, it was Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose accidental tweet about Browns owner Randy Lerner resulted in his removal from the beat. Yesterday, LoHud Mets blogger Howard Megdal learned that his book Wilpon’s Folly had put his press credentials in limbo.

Despite these parallels, there are important differences between the two cases.

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The secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA discusses the organization's purpose, its relationship with MLB, and membership eligibility.

The Baseball Writers Association of America is a big part of the game, and Jack O’Connell is a big part of the BBWAA. The organization’s secretary-treasurer since 1994, O’Connell is not only involved in the decision-making, he also serves as spokesperson and coordinates the annual awards and Hall of Fame balloting. A member of the BBWAA since 1975, he is a former beat writer for both the Mets and Yankees. O’Connell talked about the history and objectives of the BBWAA, along with a variety of the organization’s issues. Among them: their relationship with MLB, membership eligibility—including the inclusion of internet-only reporters—and the Hall of Fame voting process.

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Kevin's trained eye surveys Cal Ripken Jr., a possible trade between the Phillies and the Brewers, and a sports astrologer.

10:25 a.m.: Some guy named John takes the podium to let us now that Cal Ripken will be here at 11 a.m. to talk about his new relationship with FieldTurf--"The Greatest Turf On Earth." The day is going to start off with a bang, after all! I'm told he'll take questions on FieldTurf and the upcoming Hall of Fame voting. I consider asking him about the time he totally blew me off on my first assignment ever at Baseball America, but think the better of it.

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