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October 31, 2007

Mets Lament

PREAMBLE I have not posted here for quite some time, not for lack of wanting to, but simply for lack of time. However, our intrepid publisher, Mike Steffanos, deserves kudos for the extraordinary effort he puts forth to entertain and inform his visitors on a daily basis through the longest...

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October 30, 2007

A-Rod in Queens? Bad Idea.

You get the feeling that Alex Rodriguez could be this off-season's Manny Ramirez -- at least until someone signs him. For me, it's a no-brainer as to whether I believe the Mets should sign him. I don't need Sabremetrics or the opinions of the local media or even a Ouija...

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October 28, 2007

Old Time Mets - Larry Bearnarth

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. With all the posts I've done about pitching prospects of the early years, I'm a little surprised I completely overlooked Larry Bearnarth. But then again, based on his 2-13 record...

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October 26, 2007

A Hatchet Job and a Departing Lefty

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. I had put quite a bit of time into a longish post that I finally realized wasn't going anywhere. Not the first time that's happened to me, but it's always somewhat frustrating. Anyway, after reading what I've written I decided to toss...

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October 25, 2007

Just Say No

I know this will come as a shock to all of you, but something has really been bugging me. I know it is media induced but it is still making me crazy. I'm going to try and explain it the best way I can. I am the oldest of my...

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October 23, 2007

Back to Blogging

As regular readers know, it's been a very busy year for me and I haven't had as much time as I would wish to keep up this blog. Plus, I found myself in a position of major burn out, which the Mets' at times uninspired play did nothing to alleviate....

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October 21, 2007

Old Time Mets - Jon Matlack

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Jon Matlack's career record of 125-126 may be as mediocre as you can get, but Matlack was a much, much better than average major league pitcher. In fact, he was...

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October 19, 2007

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

I know some Mets fans (and Mets bloggers) have a real bug up their a**es about the former manager of the cross-town squad, but I've never had a problem with him. I never thought he was the genius that some tried to portray him as, nor did I judge him...

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October 17, 2007

Hypocrisy

From MetsBlog I found a link to a Lisa Olson column in the Daily News about Kaz Matsui with the inference that Mets fans are unhappy with Kaz' success in Denver. Olson is definitely not one of my favorite columnists, as she is emblematic of a growing trend in sports...

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October 15, 2007

You Never Write, You Never Call...

I was somewhat shocked when I noticed today it's been 2 full weeks since I last posted to this blog. Although I felt that I needed a break from the Mets at the end of the season, I never intended to take this much time off. I've been putting a...

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October 14, 2007

Mets' Top 10 Prospects - 1981

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. When I wrote that the 1967 crop featuring Seaver, Ryan, and Koosman was probably the strongest group of prospects the Mets ever had, I was weighting it heavily on the...

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October 11, 2007

Recovery 101

I have spent the last week or so getting my equilibrium back. Baseball is so woven into the fabric of my life that it leaves a large void to fill when it suddenly disappears. I find myself with no game to go to or watch in the evening, and I...

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October 7, 2007

Old Time Mets - Greg Goossen

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Greg Goossen may have been the first "big time" catching prospect the Mets ever had. He just looked like a catcher and had some pretty strong hitting credentials. Yet today,...

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October 4, 2007

Autopsy of a Dead Met: Exhibits 1 through 8

I've been using analogies from other forms of entertainment to put the Mets' collapse this year in some kind of perspective, as I did in my last post with the movie "The Heartbreak Kid". This could be because we Mets fans have suddenly found ourselves with an unexpected gaping hole...

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October 1, 2007

Love Hurts

First and foremost, I want to thank Mike for his incredible work and insight during this entire 2007 season. The amount of time and effort it takes to keep this blog current and running is enormous and to write in addition to that, and at the level he does it,...

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Thanks for Your Support

This was a difficult year for me to blog the Mets. First, Lisa and I bought our first house back in the early spring. I spent two months working there every night after my day job was finished. This coincided with the time the Mets were playing well. Even then,...

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An Appalling September for SNY, Too

There will be plenty to say about the baseball team that let never quite seemed hungry enough to complete what they started, but I'd like to take a few moments tonight to hand out some discredit where it is absolutely due. The people that run SportsNet New York have, in...

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