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Mets surge in division; struggle with grammar

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Mets surge in division; struggle with grammar

BY JEFF SLADE   

The New York Mets have surged to the top of the NL East, chasing down the Nationals to claim a one game lead in the division. However, their recent success on the diamond has failed to carry over to achievement in the world of spelling and punctuation. 

See if you can spot the error (it’s not that difficult): 

Sending out a picture of captain David Wright taking batting practice, the Mets boastfully proclaim the photo as “the best thing your going to (see) all day.” 

Regrettably, they make the classic middle-school blunder of applying the second person possessive adjective your, instead of the correct contraction of “you are” of course being you’re

This continues what’s been a rough past week for the Mets on social media. 

On July 29, the Twitter Universe exploded when Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores cried on the field amid hearing he’d been traded to Milwaukee. The only problem – he wasn’t actually traded. Information had been incorrectly leaked to the media, eventually leading to the ensuing fiasco. 

It’s hard to tell which mistake was worse – their shortstop tearing up from falsely leaked information or forgetting a common English contraction. 

The team has since deleted the tweet and added in an edited one. So, perhaps they can mark it up to a learning experience, and their grammar will eventually catch up to the on-field product. Or maybe it will be other away around, the lineup bewildered by stadium chants relentlessly taunting the organization’s poor grammar. 

Either way – somebody will benefit. And all we’ll have to say is, “YOU’RE welcome.” 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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