Welcome to Part Two of my series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. You can read Part One by clicking, The Spring Of 1968. The 1968 Off-Season The Mets had just completed their most successful year winning 73 games and finishing in 9th place under new manager Gil Hodges. Even though it wasn’t that much of an improvement over previous years, there were definitely some positive developments in ’68. Second-year man Tom Seaver and rookie […]
Welcome to Part One of my four part series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. Turn Back The Clock 45 Years – It’s the Spring of 1968. Spring training of 1968 saw the Mets coming off another last place finish but with a few glimmers of hope for the future. There was a new manager in Gil Hodges and a new center fielder in former A.L. Rookie of The Year Tommie Agee who came to […]
The 1969 Miracle Mets inspired dozens of books and for those of us who were Mets fans then, they represented an iconic team that will live in our memory forever. What made them so special was that pitching aside, they were primarily a very ordinary team of journeymen, disappointments, and discarded veterans who came together for one great and totally unexpected season. I can assume that nearly every Mets fan has at one time or […]
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 with Gilkey, the 1996 Mets weren’t a very good team. Yet, Gilkey remains possibly the only experienced hitter ever to come to the Mets and immediately […]
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 retrospect, there were many more misses than hits, but it’s fun to look back on these lists and reflect on them. Like, whatever happened to one-time Mets’ top prospects like Tito […]
While we wait to see if the Mets trade R.A. Dickey and if so, what they get in return, I thought it would be interesting to look back at a trade where the Mets acquired the previous season’s A.L. Cy Young Award winner. Of course, we know R.A. Dickey is unique because of his age, his specialty pitch, and his back story, but all along I assumed if the Mets did trade him, they could […]
Readers of this blog and all of the other Mets-related sites have been speculating on what kind of return would make it worthwhile for the Mets to trade RA Dickey at the peak of his value. Some suggest one “super-prospect”. Others suggest a package. I had my own thoughts that Dickey should bring back the kind of almost-major-leaguers-but still-prospects such as the Padres got for Mat Latos. But the more I think about it, I’m […]
In 1960 and 1961, Jesse Gonder was a good hitting young catcher in the Yankee organization who had no chance of making a team that already had two of the best catchers in the league in Yogi Berra and Elston Howard. Plus Jesse had a reputation as one of the more outspoken black ballplayers at the time. The Yankees were beginning to add some black players to their team, but they were generally quiet guys […]
Steve Henderson came to the Mets with the burden of being one of the key players coming over from the Reds in the 1977 Tom Seaver trade. In addition, since the Mets had just traded Dave Kingman to San Diego, Henderson was expected to eventually replace him in the middle of the Mets’ lineup. This was an awful lot of pressure for a kid who had never spent a day in the major leagues, but […]
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