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NL East Update: The one where New York likes Ike

First baseman Ike Davis and left-hander Jon Niese have been named to the Baseball America All-Rookie Team.

This was an incredible year for rookies. Davis and Niese gave Mets fans a breath of fresh air for a franchise immersed in off the field issues. I am especially impressed with Niese, who in 2009, ended his season prematurely by completely tearing his hamstring. His 9-10 record and 4.20 ERA may be mediocre to some, but having watched him pitched from beginning to end it is easy to see the improvements he has made. As for Davis, I think the Mets may have a future Gold Glover on their hands. Three times he went over the dugout railing to make a catch in foul territory.

It wasn’t too long ago the Philadelphia Phillies were considered the best team in baseball. Now they are on the brink of elimination preparing to face two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.

The Phillies look dead out there. In last nights Game 4 you just had a feeling the Giants were going to find a way to win because they were the more spirited team, especially playing at home. Roy Halladay will go tonight in Game 5. Is there anyone else you would rather hand the ball to? This is why you acquired him in the winter, for situations like this. Its win or go home. What the Phillies do in the next few days will either add to the mystique of their “dynasty” or start up talks of how their best days are behind them.

The guys at Marlins Diehards have an interesting solution as to how the team should address their managerial situation.

I understand what this article is trying to get at but I can’t say that I agree with it. If baseball shouldn’t have managers then why should the NBA have coaches. I mean, if coaching the Lakers is as easy as passing the ball to Kobe then what’s the point of putting a Phil Jackson on the bench? The thing is, professional sports teams have to have someone to take the fall if the team doesn’t win, plus the few wins or losses that managers bring to their team a year is not something to overlook. Unfortunately, there is no statistic that truly measures the value of a manager, so sorry Marlin fans, the search for a new skipper continues.

One year later, Talking Chop evaluates the Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez trade.

If there’s anything I learned from this article, it’s that it’s way too early to put a grade on this deal. Melky was terrible this season, but thanks to the several injuries that hit Atlanta this year he found himself playing in 147 games. The Braves got a young pitcher named Arodys Vizcaino from the Yankees and he currently ranks 5th in the organizations top prospects list. Definitely a player to keep an eye on.

Bryce Harper made his AFL debut with the Scottsdale Scorpions last night and did not disappoint.

It’s exciting to see Harper playing with a Nationals uniform on, even if it’s in the AFL. I can’t think of any other time in baseball where two players, Harper and Stephen Strasburg, have been surrounded by so much hype. What makes things even crazier is that they are on the same team. Expect to hear more from Harper’s progress in the desert in the next few weeks.

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