Carl Aridas

Mets fan since the Wayne Garrett/Craig Swan/Joe Torre days, Carl works as a bank consultant during the day, but at night enjoys writing baseball articles for Fangraphs, Hardball Times, and Metsmerized Online. He joined as a MMO Rookie of the Year hopeful in 2016 and has been a Mets fan for more than 40+ years.

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Shoebox Memories: 1981 Topps John Pacella

An article by posted on 12/02/2017 0 Comments
Shoebox Memories: 1981 Topps John Pacella

He was 23 years old and he threw hard.  So hard, as described on the back of the baseball card (No. 414 from the 1981 Topps set) shown above. “John has the unique habit of losing his cap after each pitch.”  That was okay, because he threw hard. The card above is a perfect in-action […]

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Shoebox Memories: 1962 Topps Hobie Landrith

An article by posted on 22/01/2017 0 Comments
Shoebox Memories: 1962 Topps Hobie Landrith

Before Travis d’Arnaud, before Mike Piazza, before Gary Carter, John Stearns or Jerry Grote, there was Hobie Landrith, pictured above on card number 279 of the 1962 Topps set. The expansion draft for baseball’s two newest franchises, the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s, was held the day after the 1961 World Series […]

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The Mets’ First African-American All-Star: Cleon Jones

An article by posted on 16/01/2017 0 Comments
The Mets’ First African-American All-Star: Cleon Jones

Today, when America stops to remember its greatest civil rights leader, we thought it is appropriate to remember Cleon Jones, the team’s first African American All-Star. Cleon Jones signed with the New York Mets at the age of 20 in 1963, before baseball had initiated the annual amateur draft.  After batting over .300 for both […]

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Shoebox Memories: 1978 Topps Joe Torre

An article by posted on 08/01/2017 0 Comments
Shoebox Memories: 1978 Topps Joe Torre

It may come as a surprise to some younger Mets fans who think of Joe Torre only as the former New York Yankees manager who won four World Series with the Bombers from 1996 to 2000 – when he beat our beloved Mets. Joe Torre also served in the unique role as a player-manager for […]

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Shoebox Memories: 1978 Topps Tom Seaver

An article by posted on 25/12/2016 0 Comments
Shoebox Memories: 1978 Topps Tom Seaver

Unless you marry your high school sweetheart, it’s almost inevitable that after you break up you will see your first love in someone else’s arms.  Maybe walking the hall, maybe outside the school, but somewhere you see the first girl of your dreams with someone else. Those feelings are what many felt the first time […]

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Dwight Gooden’s Epic 1985 Season (Part 1)

An article by posted on 18/12/2016 0 Comments
Dwight Gooden’s Epic 1985 Season (Part 1)

A review of the single highest WAR pitching seasons of all time on Baseball Reference shows that Dwight Gooden had 12.1 WAR in 1985, the fourth highest single pitching season ever. That season was the highest WAR season for any pitcher post World War II. For those who prefer traditional statistics, in that magical season, […]

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Best I Ever Had: All-Time Mets Outfield

An article by posted on 12/12/2016 0 Comments
Best I Ever Had: All-Time Mets Outfield

As you read this, please think of the hit ballad “The Best I Ever Had” whether the version by Drake, Gary Allan or Grey Sky Morning, while mulling over who they consider the best Mets outfield of all time. Using the baseballreference.com database for Mets outfielders and running pivot table in excel, and sorting all […]

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Shoebox Memories: 1964 Topps Casey Teaches Kranepool

An article by posted on 20/11/2016 0 Comments
Shoebox Memories: 1964 Topps Casey Teaches Kranepool

As Casey Stengel was reported to say to reporters during the 1966 preseason, “We’ve got a couple of kids here, and they’re both 20 years old. In 10 years the first one, Kranepool, has a chance to be a star. In 10 years the other guy has a chance to be 30.”  The card above is […]

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Shoebox Memories: 1978 Topps ERA Leader Craig Swan

An article by posted on 13/11/2016 0 Comments
Shoebox Memories: 1978 Topps ERA Leader Craig Swan

1978 was a tough time to be a young Mets fan. The first full season without Tom Seaver, the Mets went 66 – 96, finishing last in the National League East, 24 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. The manager was future Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who had retired as player-manager the prior season to […]

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Was Jacob deGrom Pitching Hurt Prior to September 1?

An article by posted on 13/09/2016 0 Comments
Was Jacob deGrom Pitching Hurt Prior to September 1?

Jacob deGrom threw ten pitches off the mound in Atlanta on Saturday after playing catch on Friday. However, there is still no official target date for his return to the rotation. “We’re just going to take it day-by-day,” deGrom said. “I felt good today, so I just wanted to throw light off the mound and just […]

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