David Cone has given up the Mets beat for the New York Daily News after his column on Wednesday provided the inspiration for Los Angeles' 6-3 victory in Game 2 of the National League playoffs.

"My intention to write was out of respect for the newspaper business. I felt this opportunity would be an easy way to get my feet wet," Cone said Friday in his last column for the News. "Well, I got 'em wet all right - with 100-pound cement blocks attached to them."