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Carlos Torres: The steady rollin’ man

April 19, 2014
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Carlos Torres: The steady rollin’ man

“I’m a steady rollin’ man. I roll both night and day. I’m a steady rollin’ man. I roll both night and day.” —Robert Johnson So far, so good. At least as far as Carlos Torres goes this year. He has maintained a very effective approach to hitters throughout all his appearances out the New York Mets’ bullpen. He’s a steady rollin’ man. As of the end of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Torres has…

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The night Neil Allen got bad advice

April 12, 2014
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The night Neil Allen got bad advice

By the end of the 1982 baseball season, Neil Allen was arguably one of the best pitchers in New York. Yes, the Yankees had Ron Guidry, Dave Righetti, and Tommy John and yes, the Mets had Craig Swan but consider what Allen had achieved in his career by that point. By the end of 1982, Allen had become a very successful closer for the team (22 saves in 1980 and 18 saves in the strike-shortened…

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Tommie Agee is still the greatest

April 5, 2014
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Tommie Agee is still the greatest

I met Tommie Agee one time at the bar in the Charcoal Room at Shea Stadium. Most of the people had left to go to their seats but there was a rain delay at the start of the game and I had stayed back. It was probably 1987. He grabbed a paper “Met” napkin off the bar top and signed it, “Best Wishes, Tommie Agee”. It only took a minute or two and then he…

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Was Tom Seaver too sullen in 1970?

March 29, 2014
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Was Tom Seaver too sullen in 1970?

I found an old Baseball News article written between the 1970 and 1971 seasons. The premise of the article, “The Mets Under A Microscope” is that Tom Seaver’s diminished level of performance following his superlative 1969 season was a major factor in leading to a third place finish by the New York Mets. In 1969, Seaver went 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA; in 1970, he went 18-12 with a 2.82 ERA. Collectively, as a team,…

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The morning Brent Gaff ruined my day

March 22, 2014
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The morning Brent Gaff ruined my day

I was going through some old game programs and I came across one that stands out in particular. It was a doubleheader; the Mets against the Chicago Cubs on July 29, 1984. Here’s the story: I was able to obtain two Press Box seats to this game before the season even started through the Long Island Mets Boosters Hot Stove League. This sounded great when I got them but as game day drew near, nobody…

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Classic bouts between the Mets and Reds

March 15, 2014
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Classic bouts between the Mets and Reds

If you search the internet, it isn’t difficult to locate old videos of baseball games. There are plenty of interesting and noteworthy Met videos. I located an interesting grouping of these last week. These were all videos showing classic bouts between the Mets and the Reds. I use the term “bout” because all of these videos involve fisticuffs. Video one was from the NCLS in 1973: In the fifth inning of game three with the…

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Bill Burke, Sterling-Pierce and the New York Mets

March 8, 2014
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I’ve been in the book production business now for over thirty years. In the summer of 1982, my first job after college was at Simon & Schuster in New York City. I was hired as an assistant and I was put in charge of making advanced reader copies for new books being published. This was intense for a young man right out of college. Quantities, specifications, deadlines all had to be coordinated; it was the…

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What Ernie Bowman taught Tom Seaver

March 1, 2014
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What Ernie Bowman taught Tom Seaver

I picked up a 1966 Topps Ernie Bowman baseball card last week. This is an interesting card in its own right because Bowman never actually played a game for the New York Mets. In 1966, Bowman played for their minor league affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns. What also makes Bowman particularly interesting is because of how he fits into the team’s history. What makes the Jacksonville Suns particularly interesting is the list of recognizable names from…

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The 1969 Mets Daily News portraits

February 22, 2014
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The 1969 Mets Daily News portraits

I picked up a complete set of the New York Daily News 1969 Mets portraits at auction a few weeks ago. These “Portraits of the Stars” were published by the newspaper to celebrate the team’s championship. The portraits were drawn by cartoonist, Bruce Stark and are printed on oversized parchment paper. The portraits contain a facsimile autograph by each player as well as the logo of the Daily News. These black and white portraits were…

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Is too much of Carlos Torres a bad thing?

February 15, 2014
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Is too much of Carlos Torres a bad thing?

There have been some solid long relievers in the history of the New York Mets: Don Cardwell, Ray Sadecki, and Terry Leach all come to mind. A good performance by a team’s primary long reliever is a mixed blessing. A significant contribution by a long reliever (just like a team’s primary pinch-hitter) can be beneficial to a team’s winning percentage but could be the result of a lack of quality, health, or stability with the…

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Why Ed Bouchee is an important Met

February 8, 2014
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Why Ed Bouchee is an important Met

So you won’t find Ed Bouchee’s name in any list of the 50 Greatest Mets. He didn’t set any team records and he didn’t help the New York Mets win a pennant. What he did accomplish though is very significant. He was the first player to ever appear in a Mets uniform on a Topps card. In the 1962 set, most of the team’s Topps cards are head shots without caps; most of the players…

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Remembering Hall of Famer and Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner

February 7, 2014
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Remembering Hall of Famer and Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner

You could not have grown up a baseball fan in greater New York and not known that Channel 11 belonged to the Yankees and Channel 9 belonged to the Mets. Phil Rizzuto belonged to the Yankees but Ralph Kiner belonged to the Mets. Teamed up with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy, he was with the Mets since the beginning. He always had a story about one of the game’s greats and could always explain a…

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