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.

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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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Mets’ Memories: Bing Devine Was Always Working On Something

An article by posted on September 27, 2012 0 Comments
Mets’ Memories: Bing Devine Was Always Working On Something

In a previous post, I indicated why I was so discouraged with the Alderson regime for doing almost nothing to try to improve the ball club. Contrast what this regime has (or hasn’t) done with the work of Bing Devine whose tenure as GM of the Mets spanned the years 1965 to 1967 between stints […]

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Trades From The Past: Millan and Stone for Gentry and Frisella

An article by posted on September 25, 2012 0 Comments
Trades From The Past: Millan and Stone for Gentry and Frisella

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

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Bring Back Lastings Milledge?

An article by posted on September 21, 2012 0 Comments
Bring Back Lastings Milledge?

It is perhaps a sad commentary on the current state of the Mets and their almost non-existent production from the outfield, but I want to assure you that this post is NOT written tongue-in-cheek. I’m sure most Mets fans remember when Milledge was the highly-touted first-round Mets’ draft pick who made a big splash in […]

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Why The Alderson Regime Has Been A Failure So Far

An article by posted on September 18, 2012 0 Comments
Why The Alderson Regime Has Been A Failure So Far

When Sandy Alderson was hired as Mets’ GM, most Mets’ fans were overjoyed. Alderson had a track record of success and was also an articulate spokesman who promised to keep the fans informed of the Mets’ plans and to make every fan feel more a part of the Mets than ever before. We soon learned […]

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