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Gary Cohen

After 17 years ofproviding candid play-by-play on radio, Cohen becomes the face of the Mets' newcable-TV network, SportsNet NY. Calling games as an employee of a team-ownednetwork can be tricky, but Cohen promises he won't go soft. "I'm not surewhy a network would want anything but announcers who tell the truth," hesays. "It's not personal--it's just baseball."

Other clubs willbe studying SportsNet NY (SI's parent company, Time Warner, is part owner)--andthe Yankees-owned YES network--to see if it's a broadcast option worthexploring.