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February 7, 2009

Getting to Second Base

I'll be touching on this in more detail at some point very soon, but all of us die-hards who pay attention in the off-season understand that Luis Castillo -- barring an unlikely trade or injury -- will provide a dominant story line in spring training and into the start of...

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January 17, 2009

A History of the Mets at Second Base Part 10 - The Future

Editor's Note: This is the last in a series of ten new articles Barry has written on Mets second basemen for this site. - M.S. Most Mets' fans were pretty sure what the Mets' plans would be for filling the second base hole in 2009 and beyond. They'd dump Luis...

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January 3, 2009

A History of the Mets at Second Base Part 8 - 2004 - 2005

Editor's Note: This is the eighth in a series of new articles Barry will be writing on Mets second basemen for this site. - M.S. After disposing of Roberto Alomar, the Mets went into the 2003 off-season with Danny Garcia as the likely successor at second base. Jose Reyes looked...

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December 7, 2008

A History of the Mets at Second Base Part 6 - What Was and What Might Have Been (The Carlos Baerga era/error)

Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a series of new articles Barry will be writing on Mets second basemen for this site. - M.S. Historically, the Mets organization has not produced many major league caliber second basemen, but in the mid-'90's, it contributed no less than three. Unfortunately, the...

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May 4, 2008

Trades from the Past - Bernard Gilkey

When discussing the outstanding trades the Mets have made over the years, the acquisition of Bernard Gilkey from the Cardinals is usually forgotten. In part, this could be because Gilkey really had only one good year for the Mets - although it was a terrific one, and also because even...

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May 6, 2007

Trades From The Distant Past - Don Bosch

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Since Johnny Lewis wasn't the next Willie Mays and Billy Cowan wasn't the next Mickey Mantle, the Mets were still going to need a long-term centerfielder. Maybe the search for...

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March 19, 2006

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1981-2005)

In early November, while waiting for the hot stove to warm up, I started thinking about the Mets poor off-season performances under various GMs since the 1980s "dynasty" teams faded into "the worse team money can buy" years of the early and mid-90s. Memory is always somewhat subjective, though, so...

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March 14, 2006

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1986-1990)

Last fall I put together a list of all the key New York Mets player acquisitions through free agency and trades for the years from 1991-2005. After I finished the project, I thought it might be interesting to go back 10 more years and look at the rise and fall...

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December 18, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1981-1985)

Recently I put together a list of all the key New York Mets player acquisitions through free agency and trades for the years from 1991-2005. After I finished the project, I thought it might be interesting to go back 10 more years and look at the rise and fall of...

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November 4, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (2001-2005)

We finish our look back at important free agent signings and trades from the last 15 years. Once again, the information I used to compile this was primarily obtained from the Retrosheet web site. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, but rather a highlight of the more...

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November 3, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1996-2000)

We continue our look back at important free agent signings and trades from the last 15 years with the 5 year period from 1996-2000. Once again, the information I used to compile this was primarily obtained from the Retrosheet web site. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list,...

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November 2, 2005

Key New York Mets Free Agents and Trades (1991-1995)

While we're waiting for anything substantial to happen in the hot stove season, I thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the Mets' key free agent signings and trades from the past 15 years. The information I used to compile this was primarily obtained from the...

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