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RIP 'Champ

Not sure how many folks might have seen the obit for former Met Jim Beauchamp, who died earlier this week.

Beauchamp holds a special place in our blogging hearts, as he's the only Met with a rather notable walk-off distinction- he hit a walk-off home run on his birthday. So feel free to check out the link and remember one of the happier memories from this man's lifetime.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/08/quickies.html

One Wise Man

Admittedly, this is coming from someone who once thought that Carl Everett for John Hudek was a good trade, but I have to tell you that I like last week's signing of Matt Wise.

Yes, I know of Wise's struggles in the last two months of the season, but let's look at what he did in the first four months.

3-1, 2.70 ERA, 43 1/3 IP, 34 H, 30 K, 10 BB

That's better than what Aaron Heilman gives you. It's basically as good as what Duaner Sanchez gives you. And it's a hell of a lot better than what Guillermo Mota gave you. And from what I remember seeing of Wise, I liked. In six appearances against the Mets over the last three seasons, he allowed only one run in eight innings

This is a low-risk, high-reward kind of move, basically the pitching equivalent of signing Endy Chavez or Ramon Castro a couple of years ago. If the Mets are a good team this year (there seems to be a lot of doubting at this point) and Wise's mental problems are fixed, he'll be a very valuable …