Morning MLB Links: Mets' Success, Brewers' Crowds and Joe Maddon's 500 Wins

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Morning MLB Links: Mets' Success, Brewers' Crowds and Joe Maddon's 500 Wins
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Jason Bay celebrates his first home run of the year with his New York Mets teammates.

Good morning! Here are some articles we think are worth reading as you settle in for your day.

• Is the New York Mets' 7-3 record after Monday's win over the Atlanta Braves legitimate? The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa argues that the team's success might be for real, based on three key reasons, including the current parity in the NL East.

• Tom Haudricourt reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have already sold 2 million tickets for the season. The team has never sold that many tickets this soon. Will they beat last season's record attendance total of 3,071,373?

By the way, those ticket sales are a big reason why fellow beat writer Adam McCalvy thinks that the Brewers won't trade away players at midseason in the unlikely scenario that sees the team fall out of contention.

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This just in: Joe Maddon is a fine major league manager.

• Want to impress your friends and/or co-workers with some trivia today? Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon earned his 500th win with Monday's victory over the Boston Red Sox.

As Marc Topkin writes, the other major league managers to earn 500 wins with their current teams are the Twins' Ron Gardenhire, the Angels' Mike Scioscia, the Tigers' Jim Leyland and the Phillies' Charlie Manuel. 

• Is the triple play the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off against the San Diego Padres on Sunday the controversy that won't go away or something we won't be talking about in a week or two? Fangraphs' Dave Cameron argues that the game should be replayed, beginning with Jesus Guzman's at-bat in the ninth inning with two Padres runners on base.

What's his reasoning? Home plate umpire Dale Scott held both his hands up, which signaled to the baserunners that it was a foul ball and stopped them from running. When the ball was ruled fair, the runners were sitting ducks because they had no reason to think they should run. 

(via Sweet Spot)

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What does the back of that Albert Pujols jersey say in St. Louis?

• If you were wondering how the people of St. Louis were handling their first season without Albert Pujols in a Cardinals uniform, Joe Sports Fan shows us that many fans expressed their sentiments by altering their old Pujols jerseys and shirseys with markers, duct tape and other means.  

• Another fanbase that won't let go of a grudge: Baltimore Orioles fans, who are still sore at Mark Teixeira for signing with the New York Yankees. Well, at least this lady at Camden Yards was during last week's series versus the Yanks, according to NotGraphs.

• Just in case you missed it on Monday, Ken Rosenthal details how close C.J. Wilson came to signing with the Miami Marlins instead of the Los Angeles Angels. It was literally a matter of minutes. I don't know about you, but after reading Rosenthal's account, I think I understand why Angels GM Jerry Dipoto makes the big bucks.

• Back to the Dodgers, Jon Weisman asks his readers to guess when Juan Uribe will match Matt Kemp's current totals of six home runs and 16 RBI. How about James Loney? 

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