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October 31, 2008

Demolition Man, Part IV - The Outfield

In many ways, the Mets' outfield is the part of their team with the most question marks. Despite the string of injuries suffered by Mets outfielders, though, it's the place where they're most likely to stand pat this winter. Fernando Tatis, the NL Comeback Player of the Year, just re-upped...

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October 23, 2008

Demolition Man, Part III - The Infield

I'm old enough to remember plenty of Mets off-seasons when the talk was not about which few parts to replace, but which few to keep. A stretch of grueling mediocre seasons in the late '70's and another round in the early '90's come to mind. Those older and wiser than...

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October 15, 2008

Fifty Years of the New York Mets: A Conference at Hofstra University

On the eve of the historic Presidential Debate at my home institution, Hofstra University, I would like to announce officially that on November 3, 4, and 5, 2011, Hofstra University will host a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets. The conference will be organized and co-chaired...

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October 13, 2008

Demolition Man, Part II - The Dreaded Bullpen

By its very nature, a major league bullpen is made up of a motley crew of assorted parts. The veteran, who's trying to hang on with what he's still got left. The young kid, who's too wild and not mature enough for a start yet, but who could be useful...

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October 12, 2008

Memories of Steve Chilcott

Editor's Note: I've been privileged for the last couple of years to run Barry's pieces on Mets history on this site. Barry isn't blogging currently, but I will rerun some of my personal favorites of Barry's writings once or twice a month for the benefit of new readers. - M.S....

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October 11, 2008

Mini Book Review: Mets by the Numbers

Mets by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Amazin' Mets by Uniform Number Authors: Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman Paperback, 304 pages, Skyhorse Publishing I always try to be objective when I'm reviewing a book or a DVD. It occurs to me that someone might purchase them based...

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October 9, 2008

The Perception of Underachievement Trumps Reality

A couple of months into the 2007 season, I grew increasingly disillusioned with a New York Mets club that seemed to lose the sharpness and fundamental soundness that made the 2006 campaign a success. Even more irritating was a series of comments from players on the team that seemed to...

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October 7, 2008

Demolition Man, Part I

It's a good thing next year's Mets changes weren't being planned while Seaver and Piazza were walking into the center field sunset a week ago Sunday. It's even better that I'll have no part in such weighty discussions, because I'm sure the words "multiple homicide" would be involved in some...

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October 5, 2008

Mets 08 Lament (with an eye to 09)

The second guessers are coming out in droves. As if its not bad enough to have experienced the pain and suffering of the past two Septembers, we now have to listen to a laundry list of reasons and less than expert fixes. Joel Sherman of the Post suggests trading Jose...

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October 1, 2008

Stop the Talk Radio-Driven Insanity

If WFAN's resident blowhard Mike Francesa ever decides to switch careers and go into marriage counseling, I predict an immediate increase in the Metropolitan area's divorce rate. Apparently, el hombre gordo feels the Mets must trade one or more of their core players or be doomed to perpetually missing out...

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