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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Mets Prospects of the Early Years: Cleon Jones, LF

An article by posted on 29/01/2014 0 Comments
Mets Prospects of the Early Years: Cleon Jones, LF

Cleon Jones played both football and baseball at Alabama A&M when the Mets signed him in the summer of 1962 to report the following year. Unlike Kranepool and Swoboda, Jones was not a big-money bonus player who was touted as a surefire big leaguer from the day he signed, but in his first year in […]

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Old Time Mets: John Stephenson

An article by posted on 26/01/2014 5 Comments
Old Time Mets: John Stephenson

If John Stephenson is remembered at all by fans of the early Mets, it’s as the last out of Jim Bunning‘s perfect game. He was so overmatched in striking out, the Mets might as well have plucked a fan out of the stands at random and asked him to get a hit off Bunning. At […]

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Mets Top 20 Prospects: The Early Years

An article by posted on 22/01/2014 0 Comments
Mets Top 20 Prospects: The Early Years

Technically, this is not a list of the Mets’ Top 20 Prospects going into the 1964 season, but rather a list of the 20 most prominent prospects who were signed by the Mets between 1962 and 1964, before the first Amateur Draft in 1965. It does not include players drafted or acquired from other organizations. […]

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How The Miracle Mets Were Built: (Part 1) The Spring Of 1968

An article by posted on 15/01/2014 0 Comments
How The Miracle Mets Were Built: (Part 1) The Spring Of 1968

2014 is the 45 year anniversary of the 1969 Mets. Enjoy this special feature and welcome to Part One of my four part series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. Turn Back The Clock 46 Years – It’s the Spring of 1968. Spring training of 1968 saw the Mets coming off another last place finish […]

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Those Amazin’ Mets: Dave Kingman, OF/1B

An article by posted on 12/01/2014 0 Comments
Those Amazin’ Mets: Dave Kingman, OF/1B

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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The Mets’ First Two Great Prospects: Kranepool and Swoboda

An article by posted on 01/01/2014 0 Comments
The Mets’ First Two Great Prospects: Kranepool and Swoboda

Today, when teams discuss trades, prospects have inflated value based on what they MIGHT achieve according to scouts and also because they will be relatively cheap and under team control for several years to come. But prospects often don’t turn out to be big stars; some don’t make the major leagues at all. Even the […]

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Paul Blair, The Met Who Got Away

An article by posted on 26/12/2013 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 15/12/2013 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 14/12/2013 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 04/11/2013 6 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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