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Former Mets on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

November 29, 2013
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Former Mets on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

Will this year be yet another shut out for the Hall by the Baseball Writers Association of America, or will some of the hardline stances get soften a bit, which may result in some of the log jam that had been created getting cleared a bit? Either way, it should be another interesting session to see how the voting will go.  This year, there are eight former Mets on the ballot.  This is Mike Piazza’s…

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Mets All-Star history: The 1980s

November 8, 2013
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Mets All-Star history: The 1980s

Picking up on a series started back in the summer on the decade-by-decade look at Met All-Star history. 1980 7/8 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles NL 4-AL 2 The Mets started what would be their most successful decade still mired in the late 1970s haze, though things would soon turn the corner. In any event, 1980 would see yet another All-Star Game appearance by catcher John Stearns, the only Met rep, who would enter the game…

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A history of Mets McFarlane toys

November 1, 2013
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A history of Mets McFarlane toys

In early October, it was revealed that in next spring’s McFarlane Toys SportsPicks MLB Series 2 lineups, that the Mets will be featured twice, though not in the base set. Look for legend Rickey Henderson to be in a Met cap version (regular version will be as an Athletic), and Matt Harvey will make his debut as a big hunk of articulated plastic, and will be a Collector Club exclusive.  McFarlane has been creating baseball…

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Mets Memorabilia Review: 2013 Program Vol. 52, Issue 5

October 4, 2013
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Mets Magazine Vol 52 (2013) No 5

This time on Memorabilia Review we will take a peek at the fifth, and final, program put out by the Mets for the 2013 season. This issue is Volume 52, Issue #5, cover price is $5.  It is the fourth of 5 different issues that the Mets produced in 2013 (April 1st, May 20th, July 19thth, August 6nd and September 9th), and it is a Professional Sports Publication production and 192 pages.  Jon Niese for…

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Coffee is for closers: A look at Mets Save leaders

September 28, 2013
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Coffee is for closers: A look at Mets Save leaders

With the retirement of arguably the greatest closer in baseball history, it might be fun to go through 50 years of Met history and determine candidates for the greatest closer in team history.  Now, determining some of the early years is difficult, especially since the role didn’t really start to take the official form that it has today until the very late 1960s, but with the Games Finished stat in Baseball-Reference.com’s team pages, it is…

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Mets TV homes through the years

September 20, 2013
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Mets TV homes through the years

As a follow up companion piece to a recent one on the radio flagship homes of Mets baseball, this one will discuss the TV homes, though a much quicker look than the radio one.  Although several different changes to the same station, both over-the-air and cable wise are interesting for those who like to follow such histories of local television. First off is the iconic WOR, Channel 9 in New York, well Secaucus, NJ to…

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Mets radio homes through the years

September 15, 2013
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Mets radio homes through the years

With the end of the Mets’ partnership with WFAN this week, it might be fun to crank up the old history machine, and take a stroll through radio flagship stations of the past. We begin with a place that could very well be the next radio home, 77 WABC of all places.  In the very early stages of their Top 40 history of 1962-1963, most of their pieces of their heyday were in place; Dan…

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Is this the worst time to be a Mets fan in lean years?

August 30, 2013
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Reading Charlie Hangley’s piece on this season seemingly turning into 1978 before our eyes made me wonder about lean eras in Met history.  Some say this is a bit masochistic of a topic, but the reasons behind the logic of it are worth pondering.  So the case can be made that the “lean eras” since the de Roulet era and first few years of the 1980s are probably the worst in team history, well from…

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Welcome to Citi Field, Daisuke Matsuzaka

August 23, 2013
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Daisuke Matsuzaka

So, Daisuke Matsuzaka. You know, on the surface, one can go on, and on about how this is the latest in a very, very, very, very long line of the Mets getting someone, specifically pitchers, whom had somewhat of a name and at pretty much the end of the line.  Names like Warren Spahn, Mickey Lolich, Dean Chance, Mike Marshall, Randy Jones, and Hideo Nomo come readily to mind.  Along with successful-ish versions of the…

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Mets memorabilia review: 2013 program volume 52 #4

August 16, 2013
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Mets Magazine Vol 52 (2013) No 4

This time on Memorabilia Review we will take a peek at the fourth program put out by the Mets for the 2013 season. This issue is Volume 52, Issue #4, cover price is $5.  It is the fourth of 5 different issues that the Mets are scheduled to produce in 2013 (April 1st, May 20th, July 19thth, August 6nd and September 9th), and it is a Professional Sports Publication production and only 160 pages.  “Wheelz…

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Mets memorabilia review: 2013 program volume 52 #3

August 10, 2013
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Mets Magazine Vol 52 (2013) No 3

This time on Memorabilia Review we will take a peek at the third program put out by the Mets for the 2013 season. This issue is Volume 52, Issue #3, cover price is $5.  It is the third of 5 different issues that the Mets are scheduled to produce in 2013 (April 1st, May 20th, July 19thth, August 2nd and September 9th), and it is a Professional Sports Publication production and only 176 pages.  Closer…

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Gearing up for another winter of discontent

August 2, 2013
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Sandy Alderson

Wait ’till next year.  That is a phrase usually associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers of a certain era.  An era when they were frequent National League champions, or constantly competing for the top spot in the NL at the very least as they were for the better part of their final 16 years in Brooklyn.  Simply put, the Brooklyn faithful could set their September and October schedules months in advance around the Dodgers being in…

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