The New York Mets think this guy is worth $1 million per home run

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Slugger Yoenis Cespedes just signed a four-year, $110 million extension with the New York Mets. That breaks down to $27.5 million per year, making Cespedes the highest paid outfielder in baseball. 

A couple weeks ago, we calculated just how much Aroldis Champan — the top free agent pitcher available this offseason — is looking to make, per inning and per pitch. An international signee from Cuba, Cespedes was the premier outfielder on the market. 

What does $27.5 million look like over the course of a season?

Cespedes is known for his power, so let’s see how much the Mets value it. He’s averaged 27.4 home runs over his five-year career, meaning he’d make about $1 million every time he knocks one out of the park in the next four years. Read more…

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This ramen joint is an introverted foodie’s paradise

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Embrace your inner #ForeverAlone.

Ichiran Ramen is a Japan-based restaurant chain famous for its unique dining style. Customers eat alone, partitioned into individual sections that separate them from other diners and the staff, and orders are taken by filling out a form, all in order to limit human interaction. 

And now, there’s good news for New Yorkers: Last month, the introverted foodie’s paradise finally opened a shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Ichiran was founded in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1960. As explained by Timeline, the chain believes that eating solo “helps people focus on their food,” as it “eliminates the need for exchanging saccharine pleasantries with servers or companions.”  Read more…

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In 1908, racers attempted to drive from New York to Paris in the dead of winter. It got complicated.

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The racers line up at the starting point in Times Square.

Image: Library of Congress

On the frigid morning of Feb. 12, 1908, a quarter of a million people lined the streets of New York City to witness the start of a contest without precedent: a westward automobile race from New York to Paris.

Sponsored by the New York Times and the French newspaper Le Matin, the race featured six cars from four countries — three from France and one each from the United States, Germany and Italy

The planned route would take the racers across the United States, up through Canada into Alaska, over the Bering Strait (which race organizers hoped would be frozen solid in the dead of winter) to Siberia, through Russia and finally Europe and Paris. Read more…

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