Tag: Gil Hodges

Mets Prospects of the Early Years: Cleon Jones, LF

An article by posted on January 29, 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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Where’s Our Tom Seaver Statue?

An article by posted on January 11, 2014 0 Comments
Where’s Our Tom Seaver Statue?

Is there anything better than going to your hometown ballpark and seeing all those bronze statues of iconic players or managers who meant so much to the team and more importantly, to the fans? Back in 2009, during the inaugural season at Citi Field, there was an uproar among the fan base because many of […]

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: May The Farce Be With You

An article by posted on November 27, 2013 0 Comments
This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: May The Farce Be With You

A long long time ago, in a stadium directly across from Citi Field was a place where fans were born and memories were created. That was before the dark times – BEFORE THE MADOFF… It is funny when you watch one of your all time favorite movies that you can attribute certain quotes to specific […]

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This Day In Mets History: Strawberry & Matlack Named Rookie of the Year, Agee Wins Gold Glove

An article by posted on November 21, 2013 0 Comments
This Day In Mets History: Strawberry & Matlack Named Rookie of the Year, Agee Wins Gold Glove

1970 – Mets’ outfielder Tommie Agee becomes the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in each league. The New York flycatcher also won the honor with the White Sox during his 1966 Rookie of the Year season. 1972 – Jon Matlack (15-10, 2.32) is selected by the BBWAA as National League Rookie of the […]

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Mets Double Headers: Super Tuesday and Super Saturday

An article by posted on October 16, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Double Headers: Super Tuesday and Super Saturday

The Mets had their share of postponements and suspended games in 2013 as weather wreaked havoc with them during the first few months of the season. It led to a plethora of makeup games on what were initially scheduled days off and also four double headers. The Mets were snowed out due to blizzard conditions […]

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Sprinting to the Finish: The Culture of Losing

An article by posted on September 20, 2013 0 Comments
Sprinting to the Finish: The Culture of Losing

Six weeks ago, an unidentified Mets executive – and really, how many are there – told Mike Puma of the Post that the front office was pleased with the work of Terry Collins and his staff. Then he said this: “I think they’re doing a good job of sprinting to the finish line.” Sure, if […]

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Lessons Learned From Mets Sweep Of The Rockies

An article by posted on August 9, 2013 0 Comments
Lessons Learned From Mets Sweep Of The Rockies

This week’s Met sweep of the Colorado Rockies is instructive.  In taking the broom to the Rockies at Citi Field, the Mets showcased the blueprint they hope can make them a contender as early as next season – solid pitching. In designing that building plan the Mets need look no further than their first World […]

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June 18, 2013 Was A Turning Point For The New York Mets

An article by posted on June 25, 2013 0 Comments
June 18, 2013 Was A Turning Point For The New York Mets

They say that every great run of success usually had its roots in a turning point. Looking at Mets history you can say we’ve had quite a few turning points – both good and bad. Gil Hodges and Tom Seaver were certainly turning points for the Mets – when they went from lovable losers to […]

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Frank Robinson Still Swears Miracle Mets Scuffed Ball In Game 5 Of 1969 World Series

An article by posted on June 14, 2013 0 Comments
Frank Robinson Still Swears Miracle Mets Scuffed Ball In Game 5 Of 1969 World Series

“It’s always good planning to have a baseball in the dugout with shoe polish on it, just in case.” That is the expression coined following the infamous Shoe Polish incident, when in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series, Cleon Jones hit the deck to evade a Dave McNally pitch that skidded into the Mets […]

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There Goes Willie Mays, The Best There Ever Was: Say Hey Kid Turns 82

An article by posted on May 7, 2013 0 Comments
There Goes Willie Mays, The Best There Ever Was: Say Hey Kid Turns 82

A member of the SABR once said, “There are 499 ballplayers. And then there’s Willie Mays.” It was way back in the summer of 1973. Camera Day. I was a few months shy of turning 8 years old. My dad nudged me closer to the railing along the third base line so no grown-ups would […]

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