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, ChooChoo, 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 spend a lot of my time now checking out all the various Mets blogs. Fortunately, I still get to watch almost all of the Mets games (except those that are blacked out here).

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Paul Blair, The Met Who Got Away

An article by posted on December 26, 2013 0 Comments
Paul Blair, The Met Who Got Away

Former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair died tonight at the age of 69. Blair played 13 seasons with the Orioles and four with the Yankees, winning two World Series titles with each team. Blair won eight Gold Gloves and was widely considered one of best defensive center fielders of all time. MMO sends their condolences to the Blair family. Here is […]

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Mets’ Trades Of The Past – Mazzilli Goes To Texas

An article by posted on December 15, 2013 0 Comments
Mets’ Trades Of The Past – Mazzilli Goes To Texas

While Mets’ fans wait to see if Ike Davis or Daniel Murphy will be traded and what they might bring back, here’s a look at a trade that was unpopular with many fans at the time, but turned out to be a great move for the Mets in every way possible. During the dismal years […]

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MMO Flashback: Remembering “Hot” Rod Kanehl

An article by posted on December 14, 2013 0 Comments
MMO Flashback: Remembering “Hot” Rod Kanehl

I want to thank Nick Diunte of The Examiner for reminding me of this piece that was first posted by Barry in 2007. Today is the anniversary of Rod Kanehl’s  passing. He was one of the first homegrown, fan favorites, the Mets had. Enjoy. * * * * * * * * With all the […]

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Noah Syndergaard for Jose Bautista?

An article by posted on November 4, 2013 0 Comments
Noah Syndergaard for Jose Bautista?

The Mets have multiple needs if they have any hope of being a contender in 2014 as we all know, but certainly at the top of that list is the acquisition of a legitimate power hitter to hit behind David Wright. While I certainly have no inside information on the subject, let’s just suppose that […]

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

An article by posted on October 15, 2013 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. […]

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The Original King Of Queens

An article by posted on October 5, 2013 0 Comments
The Original King Of Queens

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 clearly the Mets’ biggest star and one of their […]

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Featured Post: Let’s Just See What Happens…

An article by posted on October 3, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Let’s Just See What Happens…

It’s been quite a while since I wrote my last post. During that time, like most Mets fans, I’ve resigned myself to another season of mediocrity. The ownership is cheap, the general manager doesn’t care, the manager isn’t very good and the talent just isn’t there to compete. Well the season has come to a […]

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Mets Trades Of The Past: The Biggest One Ever

An article by posted on March 19, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Trades Of The Past: The Biggest One Ever

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 […]

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What Pitcher Won Most Games For Mets Without Ever Winning One For Another Team?

An article by posted on February 24, 2013 0 Comments
What Pitcher Won Most Games For Mets Without Ever Winning One For Another Team?

I was going to start this post with “here’s a trivia question for you” but then I remembered Art Rust Jr., the long-time sports talk host on WABC-AM who got annoyed whenever someone would start off a call with that phrase. Rust would respond “it’s history, not trivia”. So, this is my question on an […]

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Old Time Mets: Bob Friend, Bob Shaw, and Ralph Terry

An article by posted on February 10, 2013 0 Comments
Old Time Mets: Bob Friend, Bob Shaw, and Ralph Terry

In 1966, in the days before Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, and Nolan Ryan, when the Mets’ young pitchers were named Dick Selma, Dick Rusteck, Darrell Sutherland, and Rob Gardner, the Mets tried to provide some veteran presence on the staff to help carry the team to respectability while the young pitchers developed. In […]

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