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Many didn't think the Saint Louis Cardinals would be in the playoff hunt without Albert Pujols, but the Cards are once again contending for the playoffs, and Carlos Beltran is having his best home run season since 2007, the third best in his 15-year career, and has tallied his most RBIs since 2008. This story was published in the July-August 2005 issue of Sports Spectrum. It would make perfect sense if Carlos Beltran were just a little uncomfortable in New York. Actually, it’s strange that he’s not. Suddenly, he’s one of the biggest names in the biggest media market in the country. When he pulled on a Mets uniform before the first day of spring training, he had about 15 reporters watching his every move—a stark contrast to the scene a year ago when he was playing the final year of his contract in Kansas City...

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey took a no-hitter through 7 innings Saturday vs. Philadelphia before Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino recorded a line drive base hit to left field. Dickey finished the day with 7 IP, 3 H, 1ER, and 1BB and no decision. The Mets went on to win the game 2-1. This was Dickey's last start on the year for the Mets, and it wraps up another solid year for the knuckleballer. Dickey finishes the year with a losing record (8-13) but a very solid ERA of 3.28, which is first among Mets starters. I had a chance to speak with Dickey in spring training, and the story was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum. The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land...

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