Where We Go From Here: Renewing the Democratic Party

Tensions have been high since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Presidential Election in November. People are coping in a number of ways. Denial, anger, bargaining have all been present in the public discourse.

But it is time to move forward. The Trump Administration is preparing for the transfer of power and, just as importantly, narratives are being set that will carry us forward to the mid-term elections and to our collision with Trump in 2020. In the meantime, tens of thousands of local and state elections will take place throughout the country each year.

Charting a course forward necessarily involves a post-mortem on the campaign of the Democratic nominee and the choices of the Democratic elite and the Democratic National Committee. It’s not “sour grapes,” or “crying over spilled milk,” as I’ve heard from both Clinton and Trump supporters. It’s not about Bernie Sanders or any other individual in the political establishment. It is about how we learn and move forward together as a party.

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The Mets Absolutely Must Re-Sign Cespedes

Mets fans. We can not rest until the Mets resign superstar slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The window of contention is now, the Mets should have room for Cespedes as a big-market team with a mid-market payroll, and there is no other viable way of improving this team right now. Cespedes is the answer.

A. Cespedes is a star and was the best player on the Mets last year.

Cespedes put up 3.2 WAR(fangraphs) and 2.9 WAR(baseball-reference) last year, placing either 1st or 2nd on the Mets in that metric despite playing only 132 games, and many of them while injured or being asked to play out of position.

How To Talk To a Donald Trump Supporter, Part 1: Immigration

I can’t believe it’s come to this, but here we are. Late September and we are gearing up for the first of three Presidential Debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Undoubtedly, the results of these debates are going to become topics of vigorous debate on Facebook, around the water cooler, and when you visit your family and talk to that one Uncle of yours.

This is no laughing matter. As things stand today, this race is far too close. 

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You Can’t Blame Sandy Alderson For This Mets Mess

We’re in the dog days of summer, and the Mets are currently 10.5 games out of first place in the NL East, treading water around .500. They sit in fifth place in the Wild Card standings, six games behind San Francisco for the first wildcard and three games behind St. Louis for the second wildcard.

At 60-59, what went wrong for the 2016 Mets?

There is certainly enough blame to go around (injuries, slumping players, lack of clutch hitting, etc.) but one place where blame is going that is not deserved is on Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

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Trading Dilson Herrera for Jay Bruce Likely a Rare Error by Alderson

Yesterday afternoon, on the day of the trade deadline, the Mets acquired slugging Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce, to varying reactions on Twitter and in the media. If you like old school statistics like RBI, in which Bruce leads the National League with 80, you liked the deal. If you have more appreciation for Wins Above Replacement, in which Bruce is 103rd in the National League with 0.7, you didn’t like the deal.

It’s fairly easy to make the case for or against given the diversity of the things that have happened to Jay Bruce in his career. As recently as 2013, Bruce posted 4.2 WAR and posted a slash line of .262/.329/.478, finishing with a wRC+ of 117 and enough votes to come in 10th for the National League MVP. He followed that up in 2014 and 2015 by being below replacement level and posting a collective .223 batting average and 85 wRC+.

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