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An accomplished entrepreneur in the ticket sales industry, Leor Zahavi advocates for the rights of season ticket holders in baseball and other sports. Leor Zahavi is an enthusiastic baseball fan himself and closely follows the New York Mets. Known throughout baseball as tied for the longest continuing streak of losing seasons, the New York Mets have much to prove in the coming season. Team owners have already begun the recovery effort with the signing of Bartolo Colon on the defensive side and Curtis Granderson and Chris Young on the offensive side, although their contracts have cost the team a combined $87.25 million. The team has hung its hopes on the pitching skills of Colon and the returning Zack Wheeler, as well as fellow starters Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee. However, Wheeler's inconsistent record may place more pressure on the team's more reliable pitchers. Fans hope that in 2014 Granderson and Young will rank among the leading National League home run hitters, despite Young's poor batting average in the 2013 season. They have more confidence in batter Daniel Murphy, a longtime team member, with batting averages ranging from .286 to .320 in the past three years. Predictions suggest that his abilities may propel him into the top ranks of hitters if he avoids long “off” stretches. Fans also have high hopes for center fielder Juan Lagares, who achieved a wins-above-replacement (WAR) record in the top five in 2013.