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Articles which dive into the rich past of the Mets

Mets you’ve forgotten about: Glendon Rusch

April 14, 2014
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April 27, 2000.  On a Thursday afternoon getaway day, the Mets were set to face off against the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber game of a three game series.  Steve Parris would toe the rubber for the Reds, and the Mets would send lefty Glendon Rusch to the hill in front of the “B” squad. Soon-to-be eight-year-old Joe Vasile sat down in the loge section along the third base line to take in his first…

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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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A Mets anniversary worth celebrating

April 9, 2014
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In a beautiful ceremony last night, the Atlanta Braves honored the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth‘s career home run record. In Mets lore, 2014 holds a few important anniversaries as well, including the 50th anniversary of the opening of Shea Stadium, the 10 year anniversary of David Wright‘s major league debut, and the 20th anniversary of one of the most spectacular pitching seasons ever. It all started after the 1991 season.  The…

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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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Where are they now?

March 26, 2014
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The Mets have been around for 52 years, and will be playing their 53rd season this summer.  Throughout their history, the Mets have had some big name players, from Tom Seaver in their early years, to David Wright who is currently the face of the franchise.  Many of these big names have remained a part of the game, such as Mike Piazza, Wally Backman, etc.  But some of them have gone on to other things,…

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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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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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Ranking the greatest Mets: 1 – 10

February 26, 2014
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There are many ways to rank the greatest players in a Major League Baseball team’s history, such as ranking them by their WAR, SLG%, innings played/pitched, etc.  But the uncommon way to rank players… is by the number they wore.  In this article, I will be naming the greatest Mets ever to wear the numbers 1 through 10.  Uniform numbers date back to 1907, so every Met to ever play the game has worn a…

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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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What if David Einhorn had purchased the Mets?

February 3, 2014
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Cash strapped, embroiled in a lawsuit because of their involvement with Bernard Madoff, losing tens of millions of dollars every year and overseeing a disapointing on-field product, Mets ownership needed help.  They looked to sell a $200 million stake in the team to raise money. In May 2011, Mets ownership announced that after vetting out all interested candidates, they had agreed to sell a minority stake in the team to David Einhorn. Einhorn spent the…

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A look at potential starters and innings for the 2014 Mets

January 31, 2014
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A look at potential starters and innings for the 2014 Mets

What do James Baldwin, Scott Erickson and Geremi Gonzalez all have in common? They all started games for the Mets in the last 10 years. Congratulations if you’ve successfully put those performances out of your mind. That trio combined for 29 ER in 28 IP. And they’re hardly alone for rotten performances on the mound in the last decade. We spend so much time focusing on who will be the five starters on the Opening…

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