Barry Duchan

I've been following the Mets since 1962. Have to admit I was a Yankee fan as a kid, but I found it to be so much more interesting to see how a young team could build itself up rather than following a team where the season didn't really begin until October. I remember them all - Casey, Marv, Choo Choo, Don Bosch, The Stork, etc. As the years went on, I became more and more of a Mets fan, and a Yankee hater once Steinbrenner and Billy Martin entered the picture.

After retiring, I relocated with my family from Long Island to Chapel Hill, NC in 2005. I still get to watch almost all of the Mets games and writing about them on Metsmerized Online and on my new site Mets Memories.

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Ron Hunt: The Mets’ First Real All Star

An article by posted on January 13, 2017 0 Comments
Ron Hunt: The Mets’ First Real All Star

As is still the case today, every team gets to send at least one player to the All Star Game. In 1962 and 1963, the Mets sent Richie Ashburn and Duke Snider respectively, although both were well past their prime. But in 1964, for the first time, a Met was selected to start in the […]

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That Crazy 4-Team Trade That Sent Matlack To Texas

An article by posted on December 31, 2016 0 Comments
That Crazy 4-Team Trade That Sent Matlack To Texas

On December 8, 1977, the Mets were one of four teams involved in one of the most complex deals in the history of baseball. This was it : –  The Mets sent John Milner to the Pittsburgh Pirates. –  The Atlanta Braves sent Willie Montanez to the New York Mets. –  The Texas Rangers sent Adrian Devine, Tommy Boggs, and Eddie Miller to […]

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Odd Man Out

An article by posted on December 30, 2016 0 Comments
Odd Man Out

Once the Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, it became obvious that an outfielder would be traded. The logical candidate was Jay Bruce. Although he had done little since the Mets acquired him at the 2016 trade deadline, Bruce was not yet 30 years old and has been a reliable middle of the order power hitter for […]

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1967 Mets Top Prospects: Best Crop Ever?

An article by posted on December 27, 2016 0 Comments
1967 Mets Top Prospects: Best Crop Ever?

50 Years Later, A Look Back To 1967′s Top Mets Prospects With the proliferation of web sites now dedicated to evaluating minor league prospects, fans have a fairly easy time reciting their team’s top prospects, usually “in order”. Back in the ’80′s, there was only Baseball America to provide this glimpse into the future. In […]

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Dave Kingman: Flushing’s Sultan of Swat

An article by posted on December 21, 2016 0 Comments
Dave Kingman: Flushing’s Sultan of Swat

Happy Birthday to Dave Kingman who turns 68 today. Dave Kingman was one of the most fascinating players in Mets’ history. Because he played in one of the Mets’ major down periods – the mid ‘70’s to early ‘80’s, you  don’t hear his name mentioned much in Mets’ retrospectives, but for a while, he was […]

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Memorable Mets: Catcher John Stearns Was One Tough “Dude”

An article by posted on October 30, 2016 0 Comments
Memorable Mets: Catcher John Stearns Was One Tough “Dude”

In the 1973 Amateur Draft, right after the Texas Rangers selected the highly regarded and ultimately ill-fated David Clyde with the first pick, the Phillies used the second selection to take catcher John Stearns out of the University of Colorado. The next two picks both turned out to be hall-of-famers, Robin Yount and Dave Winfield. Since Bob Boone was just starting what would turn […]

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Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

An article by posted on October 23, 2016 0 Comments
Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

Every Met fan knows that the 1962 Mets were one of the worst teams in baseball history with a 40-120 record. I recall reading many articles stating that everyone knew the team would be awful and that’s why they hired Casey Stengel to divert attention from the team on the field by charming sportswriters with […]

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MMO Flashback: Mets Trade Rusty Staub

An article by posted on April 25, 2016 0 Comments
MMO Flashback: Mets Trade Rusty Staub

In 1975, Rusty Staub had his best season ever for the Mets, batting .282/.371/.448 with 30 doubles, 19 home runs and 105 RBI. Then, in the offseason, for reasons few fans could understand, the Mets traded Staub to Detroit for veteran left-handed pitcher Mickey Lolich. Actually, the trade was Staub and AAA pitcher Bill Laxton […]

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Amazin Moments: Mets Trade For Felix Millan and George Stone

An article by posted on August 30, 2015 0 Comments
Amazin Moments: Mets Trade For Felix Millan and George Stone

I was on vacation in Japan when the Mets acquired Felix Millan in the winter of 1972. I found out about the trade – Millan and lefty pitcher George Stone from the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher Gary Gentry and reliever Danny Frisella – via a tiny mention of it in the International Edition of […]

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Steve Chilcott: Because Without A Catcher You’ll Have A Lot Of Passed Balls

An article by posted on June 8, 2015 0 Comments
Steve Chilcott: Because Without A Catcher You’ll Have A Lot Of Passed Balls

There are certain names that make Mets fans cringe whenever they hear them. Scott Kazmir is one, as in “How can the Mets trade Scott Kazmir, maybe the best pitching prospect in all of baseball for Victor Zambrano, a mediocre 30-year old pitcher with arm trouble ?” Remember Gregg Jefferies, who seemed to win Minor […]

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