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My god, is everything you write filled with as many half-truths, factual discrepancies, and general laziness as your 40 most regretted MLB transactions column? Where should I start? First, I guess you thought it'd be funny to make the Mets the butt of your horrible column, but most of your examples were simply way off. Oliver Perez was inconsequential by any stretch of the imagination. I hardly think the franchise is "regretting" this to this day. Bobby Bonilla was traded in 1995, it was only after he was reacquired in 1999 that they bought out his contract on deferred payment. Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver DID win a title together in 1969, and Ryan was dealt after he demanded to be traded and threatened to retire because he hated the city of NY (not hard to do in the early 70s). Vince Coleman neither broke Gooden's arm (though he did hit him in the shoulder while practicing his golf swing) or throw a firecracker into the stands (this incident occurred in the LA parking lot). Mike Hampton did not have a decent year in 2000 - he had an outstanding year capped with the NLCS MVP. He also never won a Cy Young, and Coors is not longer regarded as a place where pitching goes to die (maybe you were on a sabbatical in 2007). Mo Vaughn was hardly the reason Steve Phillips was fired, nor did it ruin the Mets franchise (His contract expired after the 2004 season, after most of it was covered by insurance) - in 2006 they were a game from the WS. Funny you mention inconsequential deals like Perez and Coleman, but the Cardinals never regretted punishing Keith Hernandez by sending him to NY for 2 scrubs, only to see him lead the Mets back to prominence as their primary rival for the rest of the 80s? The Expos never regretted shipping Gary Carter to the Mets and ensuring their continued irrelevance? The Blue Jays never regretted sending John Olerud, who almost won the 1998 batting title and led the Mets to the 1999 NLCS, to NY for Robert Person? The Mets only make stupid deals? I'm sure there are a ton more examples, but this garbage column didn't deserve any more time.
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