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The New York Mets today unveiled the commemorative logo celebrating the 45-season history of Shea Stadium in conjunction with the final year in their long-time home. The Mets will wear this logo as a patch on the right sleeve of their uniforms during all 2008 home games.

Past commemorative patches worn by the Mets include tributes to Shea Stadium’s 40th Anniversary (2004), the 40th Anniversary of the club’s inception (2002), the first Major League game to be played in Tokyo (2000), the 50th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier (1997), the 25th Anniversary of the Mets’ 1969 World Championship (1994), the 125th Anniversary of Major League Baseball (1994), a Mets’ 25th Anniversary (1986), America’s Bicentennial (1976), the 100th Anniversary of Major League Baseball (1969), and the World’s Fair (1964, 1965).

Rejected patch designs include the 5th Anniversary of The First Time Doug Sisk Tried Mouthwash (1989), and the 30th Anniversary of Donald Manes cutting his own wrists in the Shea parking lot (1996).

While predicting Mets interest in Dan Haren and Livan Hernandez (!),’s Jon Heyman is somewhat less than blown away with the club’s recent backstop acquisition.

The Mets are going to have to do better than Johnny Estrada for catcher. That trade made sense in that Guillermo Mota’s time was up in Queens. But Estrada seems to have issues everywhere he goes, and the Mets will be his fourth team in four seasons. He may be the only player not to have gotten along with Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, well known as a prince of a guy.

The Mets have talked to the Nationals about Brian Schneider in addition to talking to the Orioles about Ramon Hernandez and the Rangers about Gerald Laird. The Mets often talk about wanting a defensive catcher. So it’s about time they get one.