1. Why the 1969 New York Mets Would Beat the 1986 World Champion Mets

    The New York Mets won the World Series in 1969 and again in 1986. The '69 Mets were 100-62 and finished eight games ahead of the second place Chicago Cubs ...

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  2. Mookie Wilson Returns to the New York Mets When They Really Need Him

    The New York Mets have announced that Mookie Wilson will be working in the team's front office. According to Bloomberg News , Wilson will work with major and minor league ...

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  3. Terry Collins, Johan Santana Are Realistic, Optimistic About 2012 New York Mets

    Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks surprised the sports world by not only exceeding expectations, but by winning the NL West title. This season, it could be the New York Mets that surprise everyone...

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  4. Bobby Valentine: New York Mets Allowed Him to Be Just a Little 'Crazy'

    In 1996, the New York Mets lost 91 games. With 31 games left in the season, Dallas Green was replaced as manager by Bobby Valentine. In 1997, Valentine led the Mets to 88 wins...

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  5. Ron Swoboda Showed Steve Carlton a Strikeout Is Just Another Out

    New York Mets fans knew that it would happen. So did St. Louis Cardinals fans. The Mets were involved in what was becoming the greatest miracle in sports history, so when they struck out 19 times yet won , it was exciting but not surprising...

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  6. Josh Satin: The Mets' Smooth-As-Silk Utility Player That Can Hit

    On Sept. 4, 2011, as they were completing another dismal season, the New York Mets promoted Josh Satin to the team from the Buffalo Bisons...

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  7. Willie Randolph's in-Game Move Produced His and Pedro Martinez's First Mets Win

    In 2005, no team in the National League East finished below the .500 mark. The New York Mets finished tied for third place with the Florida Marlins . Each team won 83 games...

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  8. New York Mets Best Starters vs New York Yankees Best Starters Since 1962

    The New York Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports history. They have had more outstanding players than any other franchise, but there is one important area in which the New York Mets top the Yankees...

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  9. Hank Webb's Balk Should Have Prevented 25-Inning New York Mets Loss to Cardinals

    As I was about to turn off the Nassau Expressway to enter the Van Wyck Expressway on the evening of Sept. 11, 1974, Bob Murphy announced that Ken Reitz's drive to left field cleared the Shea Stadium fence to tie the game at 3-3...

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  10. Keith Hernandez, Rafael Palmeiro and Orlando Cepeda Have a Lot in Common

    Keith Hernandez and Rafael Palmeiro have two things in common. Each was an outstanding first baseman and each was a substance abuser...

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  11. New York Mets: Johnny Murphy Didn't Want Joe Torre on the Mets

    Joe Torre became a New York Met at the end of the 1974 season. He could have joined them as early as 1969, but Mets ' general manager Johnny Murphy was too smart. Even Murphy didn't realize how smart he was going to be...

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  12. Mike Vail Was the Mets' Jeremy Lin, but the Mets Didn't Win

    The Jeremy Lin hyperbole is par for the course in 2012. It makes the enthusiasm for Mike Vail in 1975 pale in comparison. The New York Mets traded utility player Teddy Martinez to the St...

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  13. Keith Hernandez Used Cocaine and Was Forced to Name Others

    "I consider cocaine the devil on this earth," testified New York Mets ' first baseman Keith Hernandez . He described cocaine as "a demon in me...

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  14. Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry Mocked Gary Carter

    Mike Dodd of USA Today has written one of the best articles ever about Gary Carter. Gary Carter was a Hall of Fame catcher. He was a great baseball player, but Gary Carter was an even greater person...

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  15. Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry: 1 Year Before 1986 World Series

    There used to be a time when the New York Mets could be counted on to lose on opening day. Then along came Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver. In their seventh season of existence, the Mets stopped being a "joke...

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  16. 1968 St. Louis Cardinals $800,000 V. 2011 Cardinals $105 Million

    In 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series to become world champions. Entering spring training in 1968, the Cardinals had the highest payroll in baseball history ...

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  17. 2012 Mets Rally Cry: Remember How the "Experts" Wrote Us off in 1973?

    Let's get one thing straight. I don't think that the 2012 New York Mets will win the pennant. But I'm not sure. The chances are extremely slim that if there are two wild cards, the Mets will be one of them, but it might happen...

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  18. New York Mets: A Crucial Win against the Padres in May?

    The memory is as vivid today as it was on May 28, 1969. I was driving my 1962 Nova on Booth Memorial Ave near the Kissena Golf Course. The radio was tuned to 970, WJRZ , which was broadcasting the New York Mets game ...

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  19. Jerry Koosman: New York Mets Pitching Great Is Still Naive After All These Years

    Jerry Koosman was a "Tax Truther." He claimed that he had done enough research on federal tax law s to conclude they applied only to federal employees, corporate workers and District of Columbia residents...

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  20. Jerry Koosman's Pivotal Inning Against Willie Mays and His San Francisco Giants

    Jerry Koosman was disappointed when Wes Westrum was relieved of his managerial duties by the New York Mets . Koosman said that Westrum had been very kind to him "...so I was pretty disheartened when he got released...

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  21. Gary Carter, Not Mike Piazza, Was the Mets' Most Valuable Catcher

    On Aug. 16, 2002, the New York Mets ' 40th Anniversary All-Amazin' Team was announced. Mike Piazza was selected as the catcher. It is a selection that is difficult to question, so let's do just that...

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  22. Cleon Jones, Ron Swoboda and Bud Harrelson Set the Stage for the Miracle of 1969

    The 1965 New York Mets finished in 10th place. They lost 112 games, which was the fourth time in their four seasons as a major league team they lost more than 100 games. Now, I am a New York Yankees fan...

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  23. Tug McGraw: Even Yankees Fans Miss the Great Mets Pitcher

    Tug McGraw would slap his glove against his right leg on his way back to the dugout after retiring his opposition. It was something new because most players rarely showed emotion in those days...

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  24. Tom Seaver: 1967 Rookie of the Year and All-Star Closer

    It was another indication that the New York Mets were being transformed from lovable losers into feared winners. Oh, the 1967 Mets lost 101 games, but there were signs. One was that Tom Seaver was voted the National League Rookie of the Year...

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  25. Jerry Grote of the Mets Wasn't Certain About the Location of the Pitching Mound

    It was a minor trade that turned out to be significant, but not for a while. It helped to set the foundation for the miracle of 1969. On Oct...

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