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SBD/June 11, 2013/Franchises
Published June 11, 2013
STRAIGHT SHOOTER: In N.Y., John Harper notes Mets GM Sandy Alderson in an interview with WFAN-AM's Mike Francesa was "more forthcoming about the plight of his ballclub than usual." Harper wrote, "Alderson went so far as to describe his reaction to the 20-inning debacle on Saturday as 'near-suicidal,' which made him sound more like a fan than a GM, but I doubt if it bought him much sympathy from the suffering masses." Alderson "gave it to Mets fans straight -- maybe a little too straight, if that’s possible: essentially he went around the diamond and said there’s barely a position player other than David Wright who can be counted on to help turn this team into a contender." It all "sounded rather odd" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/11).
SILENT TREATMENT: In Phoenix, Paul Giblin notes Glendale City Council members "maneuvered around the state’s Open Meeting Law last month when they met privately" with NHL execs and potential Coyotes buyers. There has been "little public discussion about the Coyotes since the new leaders took office five months ago." The "dearth of public discussion comes despite a council-set deadline in three weeks to have the matter settled" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/11).