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November 30, 2007

I Hate This Deal

Multiple sources are confirming that the Mets have traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for 32-year-old C Brian Schneider and 29-year-old OF Ryan Church. I understand that Milledge's stock as a prospect has taken a hit over the last couple of years, but the mediocre return on this deal...

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November 29, 2007

'Tis the Season for Ridiculous Rumors

There was a time when people didn't talk much baseball in the winter. Baseball writers covered other sports. Fans turned their attention to football, hockey and basketball. Unless a trade or signing actually happened, baseball stayed on the back burner until spring training got underway. I'm a baseball guy, so...

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November 28, 2007

2007 - The Unhappy Recap, Part 3

The Position Players As we continue in our struggle to finish our 2007 season recap before the 2008 season begins, we'll move on to the performance of the position players. The pitching staff gets the majority of the blame for the late season collapse, Jose Reyes takes a beating for...

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November 25, 2007

Trades From The Past - Millan and Stone for Gentry and Frisella

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. The Mets' recent acquisition of Luis Castillo brought to mind another Mets' second baseman with similar skills - Felix Millan. Like Castillo, Millan was a low-profile, but excellent player who...

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November 24, 2007

Catching Up On the Week

Sorry to disappear on you for a few days. Work got crazy again and then Lisa got even crazier as we prepared to have family over for Thanksgiving -- the first holiday we hosted in our new house. Although I didn't have a chance to comment yet on the Guillermo...

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November 19, 2007

Hasta La Vista

I don't have any big hatred thing going with Tom Glavine although, based on his last 3 starts, I think it's a fair argument that the veteran lefty had as much to do with the final collapse of the 2007 Mets as anyone. Glavine was a good citizen in his...

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November 18, 2007

My Polo Grounds Memories

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Before Shea Stadium was built, the Mets played 2 full seasons at the Polo Grounds, which was right across the river from Yankee Stadium. I went to a handful of...

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November 16, 2007

Clarification on Bonds

I received some great comments and e-mails on yesterday's post about Bonds' prosecution. Since I only dashed it off quickly before I knocked off for the evening, I'd like to take a moment to clarify my thoughts. In no way am I defending the use of steroids or lying to...

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November 15, 2007

Coming Soon to a Prison Ball Club Near You

Looks like Barry Bonds was indicted today on 4 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. Considering that the Feds are famous for not making high profile indictments unless they're 99.9% sure of a conviction, things are looking bad for MLB's home run king*. The Feds have been pursuing Bonds...

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Castro Back, Torrealba Close

With Ramon Castro already re-signed for 2 years and multiple reports that former Rockies' catcher Yorvit Torrealba will sign this afternoon, it looks like the Mets have their 2008 catchers locked up. I do understand the reasoning behind not trading prospects for a catcher. I'm waiting to see how many...

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November 14, 2007

Torrealba Follow Up

I've been mulling this over all day, and is still doesn't make much sense to me. By the way, keep in mind that despite all of the ink today on the Mets making an offer to Yorvit Torrealba this isn't a done deal yet. MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone has a good...

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Yorvit Torrealba?

I loved Paul Lo Duca's fire and passion, but strictly from a baseball business perspective I could understand the Mets electing to go in another direction for their catcher. But now multiple news outlets are reporting the Mets are close to a deal with the Rockies' Yorvit Torrealba. I have...

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November 11, 2007

2007 - The Unhappy Recap, Part 2

The Starting Pitchers Continuing our look back at the disappointing 2007 season, we turn our attention to the starters. They took a lot of abuse for the collapse from both fans and the media. While they did, indeed, falter down the stretch, I really don't think the starting pitching deserved...

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Old Time Mets - Luplow, Stahl, and Elliot

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. I don't remember if the mid -'60's Mets' careers of Al Luplow, Larry Stahl, and Larry Elliot overlapped at any point, because they were all virtually the same player. Lefthanded...

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November 9, 2007

Baseball America Top 10 Mets Prospects

While I try to put the finishing touches on part 2 of my 2007 season recap, I see that Baseball America has posted its Top 10 prospect list for the Mets: Fernando Martinez, of Deolis Guerra, rhp Carlos Gomez, of Kevin Mulvey, rhp Eddie Kunz, rhp Brant Rustich, rhp Philip...

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November 8, 2007

Dana's Review of Mathematically Alive

Editor's Note: Mathematically Alive, the documentary on Mets fans, is showing this weekend at the New Jersey Film Festival. Dana Brand was kind enough to share this review for those of you considering making the trek to Rutgers University. - M.S. Mathematically Alive is a new documentary film about being...

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November 7, 2007

Mathematically Alive at the New Jersey Film Festival

Back in late September, when the air was a little warmer and the Mets were still clinging to first place, I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine Foronjy at the launch party for Dana Brand's terrific book. Kathy is one-half of the team that produced Mathematically Alive - A Story...

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November 6, 2007

2007 - The Unhappy Recap

Part 1, the Bullpen Everyone seems to have a theory on what happened to the Mets in 2007. Frankly, I stopped reading those post-mortems after a while. Part of my personality has always been to focus on fixes rather than wallow in what went wrong. This has come in handy...

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November 3, 2007

Old Time Mets (1966) - Bob Friend, Bob Shaw, and Ralph Terry

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. In 1966, in the days before Seaver, Koosman, Gentry, and Ryan, when the Mets' young pitchers were named Selma, Rusteck, Sutherland, and Gardner, the Mets tried to provide some veteran...

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