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Book on Beltran, "New Mets" closing

By trading the aging slugger this week, the Mets will signal the end of an era

Updated: July 26, 2011, 9:10 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

CINCINNATI -- During the lone spring training they overlapped in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mike Piazza marveled at how Carlos Beltran effortlessly glided around center field.

"I'm kind of like a lumberjack," Piazza said. "He's like a gazelle."

The compliment came in 2005, the season after Piazza had uncomfortably shifted from catcher to first base, as his age began to show and his time in Flushing neared its expiration. Taking over center stage were "The New Mets" of Omar ...

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