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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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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How The Miracle Mets Were Built: The Summer of ‘69

An article by posted on February 4, 2013 0 Comments
How The Miracle Mets Were Built: The Summer of ‘69

Welcome to the final chapter in my exclusive four part series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. If haven’t read the first three installments you can read here:  Part 1 - The Spring Of 1968 Part 2 – The 1968 Offseason Part 3 – The Spring Of 1969 Enjoy… At the June 15th trade deadline, the Mets were in […]

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How The Miracle Mets Were Built: The Spring Of 1969

An article by posted on February 2, 2013 0 Comments
How The Miracle Mets Were Built: The Spring Of 1969

Welcome to Part Three of my exclusive four part series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. If haven’t read my first two installments you check them out here: The Spring Of 1968 - The 1968 Offseason.  With no major acquisitions over the winter, the focus in spring training was primarily on the young players. The one exception was […]

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How The Miracle Mets Were Built: The 1968 Off-Season

An article by posted on January 26, 2013 0 Comments
How The Miracle Mets Were Built: The 1968 Off-Season

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 […]

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Mets Trades Of The Past: Dumping The Heroes of ’69

An article by posted on January 12, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Trades Of The Past: Dumping The Heroes of ’69

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 […]

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Mets Trades From The Past: Bernard Gilkey

An article by posted on January 4, 2013 0 Comments
Mets 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 with Gilkey, the 1996 Mets weren’t […]

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Turn Back The Clock: Mets Top 10 Prospects 46 Years Ago Was Best Crop Ever

An article by posted on December 19, 2012 0 Comments
Turn Back The Clock: Mets Top 10 Prospects 46 Years Ago Was Best Crop Ever

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 […]

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Mets Trades of the Past: Amazins’ Get Frank Viola

An article by posted on December 9, 2012 0 Comments

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, […]

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Another View Of Why The Mets Are Unlikely To Trade R.A. Dickey

An article by posted on December 6, 2012 0 Comments
Another View Of Why The Mets Are Unlikely To Trade R.A. Dickey

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 […]

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Old Time Mets: Jesse Gonder, C

An article by posted on November 25, 2012 0 Comments
Old Time Mets: Jesse Gonder, C

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 […]

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