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December 31, 2007

What Am I Thankful For This New Year?

I am thankful 2007 is ending and a New Year of high hopes and expectations are upon us. Nothing can be worse than the Mets last two-thirds of the season. It was not just September. They were lucky that no one caught them earlier. Frankly, the Phillies didn't even blow...

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December 30, 2007

Old Time Mets - Rod Kanehl

With all the posts I've done on the early days of the Mets, I never once mentioned the name of Rod Kanehl, who in his way symbolized the 1962-64 Mets as much as anyone. If Marv Throneberry and Choo Choo Coleman represented Mets' ineptitude, then Kanehl was the embodiment of...

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December 29, 2007

New Year, Clean Slate

I mark all the documents that go across my desk just like my boss tells me to do, with my hastily scribbled initials and today's date. For the past three months, that "07" at the end has been a constant reminder that, to me, "07" has now become the exact...

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December 26, 2007

Happy (Belated) Holidays to All

I decided to play Santa for myself this holiday season and update both my desktop and laptop computers. My former desktop was almost seven years old. It was a top of the line machine when I bought it, as things were going really for me back then. This was fortunate,...

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December 17, 2007

The Incredible Shrinking Blogger

I knew it had been a while since I last posted, but when I noticed it's been 10 days since the last time I posted, I understood why I've been receiving e-mails from some readers wondering if I dropped off the planet. When I started this blog 2-1/2 years ago,...

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December 16, 2007

I Could Write A Book (Or Read One)

My thanks to those who have suggested I write a book based on my remembrances of the Mets' early years and the many would-be prospects who played for the Mets. The problem with writing a book without judicious research, that is, one primarily based on recollection, is that unless the...

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December 14, 2007

What Does The Mitchell Report Accomplish?

Controversy swirls and speculation abounds. Some of what is being written and said is a bit off-the-wall, yet expected. The 409-page report is basically built around former Met clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski and a painfully obvious effort to limit his own legal exposure and reduce his punishment. Most importantly, these...

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December 9, 2007

Remembering The Mets

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on May 3, 2007. - M.S. On yesterday's SNY broadcast of the Mets-Marlins games, as an extension to a trivia question, Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen discussed how the long history of the Mets should be celebrated at the new CitiField. Keith said...

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December 7, 2007

Post-Winter Meetings Thoughts

The passing of Lisa's stepfather has caused me to neglect this blog for the last few days during baseball's annual winter meetings. Frankly though, if I had been able to write I'm not sure that I would have had anything worthwhile to contribute. On one hand, I'm reading story after...

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December 2, 2007

What Will It Take To Get Santana? The 1977 Seaver Trade May Offer A Clue

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. So much has been written about the 1977 trade that sent Tom Seaver, perhaps baseball's best pitcher at the time, to the Cincinnati Reds, that even those Mets fans who...

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December 1, 2007

The Milledge Deal -- The Day After

When something big happens, whether it's with the Mets or anything else in my life, I like to give it a day to percolate through my thoughts before I really try to explain how I feel about it. In the case of yesterday's trade with the Nationals, I still stand...

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Prelude to a bigger, better deal?

When the news broke at lunchtime Friday that the New York Mets traded Lastings Milledge, it was no surprise. Expecting to hear Dan Haren, Erik Bedard or Johan Santana next, Mets fans were disappointed and frustrated when it was revealed that Milledge was traded for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder...

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