Which Rusty Staub trade was worse?

Rusty Staub played for the Mets from 1972-1975 and again from 1981-1985 and was a very popular player in both stints with the club. While many fans remember him as the team’s plump pinch-hitter in his second go-round, he was the driving offensive force behind the 1973 team that reached the World Series and the [...]

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Sandy Alderson and the Audacity of Hope

The Mets gave Sandy Alderson a four-year contract and during his introductory press conference, Alderson seemed to issue as many promises as a presidential candidate.  On the day before the mid-term elections, many people feel disillusioned that more of the promises of the Barack Obama campaign were not upheld.  Will Mets fans feel similarly in [...]

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Wishing Doubleday was still the Mets owner

NJ.com’s Matthew Artus wrote an article about the history of Mets general managers since Frank Cashen came aboard. He closed his piece hoping that owner Fred Wilpon would have similar luck as with Cashen when hiring the team’s next GM. Upon reading it, my first reaction was – I wish it was Nelson Doubleday who [...]

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Takahashi's value as a starter

David Waldstein of the New York Times recently reminded everyone that the Mets essentially have until the end of October to sign Hisanori Takahashi. While Takahashi is a free agent following the 2010 season, if the Mets do not sign him by Halloween they are ineligible to ink him to a major league deal before [...]

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Top seasons by Mets hitters

Throughout their history the Mets have been known as a pitching-first organization.  But the Mets have had some pretty good years by hitters, too.  Here are the top single-season performances by position in team history, ranked by the WAR calculation available on Baseball-Reference. Position Player WAR Year 1B John Olerud 8.1 1998 LF Bernard Gilkey [...]

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Brad Holt emerges from the quicksand

"I've been looking forward to [the AFL] a lot. That was the biggest thing toward the end of the year," Holt said. "I knew it, the coordinators knew it -- it was a mental year, I got caught in the quicksand and it's hard to come out of it. It was just all in my [...]

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Mets would be wise by not spending at all

While the Mets have not named a new general manager yet-and subsequently a manager-but whoever the Wilpon’s decide on, the person tabbed to be GM will have some shrewd decisions to make. One of the major challenges facing the team is how they should approach free-agency in 2011 and go about readjusting their roster. How’s [...]

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Joaquin Arias profile

Just think if the Texas Rangers had Robinson Cano in their already-loaded lineup. It could have happened. Back in the winter of 2003 the Rangers had a choice between Cano and another young infielder, Joaquin Arias, as the player to be named with Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez. The Rangers chose Arias and “Now you [...]

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End of season report card for the Mets

For a season that opened up with hope, and which was carried to the All-Star break, the Mets once again flamed out and disappointed their fans and had their second consecutive losing season (79-83). Change is now on the horizon as GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel were given their pink slips on Monday. [...]

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Tejada surges towards the end

So it looks imminent the Mets will be replacing GM Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel when the season is over. Once the new GM is hired, he will have a lot of work to do along with some interesting decisions to make in regards to the makeup of the 2011 Mets. While it may [...]

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