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There seems to be a lot buzz in our comment threads lately about former Mets GM Frank Cashen, who many fans, rightfully so, look to as the standard bearer when it comes to building a championship. While doing a search I came across a post about the evolution of the 1986 Mets that Newsday had posted back in 2010.
The following shows exactly how all the players from the Mets post season roster that year came to be acquired.
I broke it down to further illustrate how Cashen didn’t solely rely upon hoarding prospects as his means to an end. They surely helped, but had it not been for the trades that brought in many stars of their time, 1986 may have never happened.
Lets get to the list which I present in chronological order. The first three players were acquired before Frank Cashen was named general manager.
Essentially the team he inherited already had what would be his starting second baseman and center fielder, and his closer.
The Evolution of the 1986 Mets
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It would not surprise me if someone had a database of all of the trades in MLB history and they said that it was not all that unusual for a team to make a trade and receive three minor league guys and a major league player. But my guess is that it’s quite uncommon to receive that haul in a trade and for fans to be more excited about all three of the minor league guys than the...
I seriously expected to see a 1,000 word post on this from my buddy Ed Marcus at Real Dirty Mets, but be that as it may, MLB Trade Rumors does a nice job recapping the day we traded Kevin Appier for Mo Vaughn.
On this date in 2001, the Mets acquired first baseman Mo Vaughn from the Angels in exchange for right-hander Kevin Appier. Vaughn had missed the entire 2001 season with...
Paul Lukas of ESPN, shares a glimpse of the 2013 Mets Batting Practice caps which features Mr. Met. He writes:
Mr. Met has appeared only one time on a Mets uni component (he was a sleeve patch for a fauxback that was worn three times in 2009), so it’s cool to see him on the BP cap. One quibble, though: The cap has an orange brim, but the Mr. Met shown on the cap has a blue brim...
The date is September 30, 2007. You’re sitting in the Mezzanine level of Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, getting ready to watch your beloved Mets take on the Florida Marlins in the final game of the season. Win, and you’re in the playoffs. Lose, and you’re heading home. With seventeen games left to go in the season, my Mets had held a 7-game lead over the 2nd place Phillies...
2000 PACIFIC ORNAMENTS MIKE PIAZZA
For your holiday pleasure, Card of the Week offers you a Piazza in a pear tree.
OK, actually it’s a Piazza in a 7 ft. pre-lit artificial tree, but that doesn’t scan quite as well.
Here’s wishing you and yours a holly jolly one!
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I received a question from Elliot Lowenstein that asks:
Why do you keep mentioning that the Mets have $25 million to spend this offseason. I’ve not seen that mentioned anywhere else and instead I only ready that the Sandy Alderson has little if anything to spend just like in his first two offseasons. I would appreciate a reply. Thanks.
Thanks for the question, and apologies for...
Fred and Jeff Wilpon made ESPN’s list of the 10 most loathed New York sports figures of 2012. You can click here to view the list, and here to rank them yourself.
Here are the latest rankings which has Alex Rodriguez leading in points and Fred and Jeff Wilpon leading in most first place votes.
I don’t know how ESPN determined their nominees, but I found it odd that the...
The clock is winding down on 2013, which, if you’re a Mets fan is a good thing because it was another fruitless season at Citi Field.
Before we kiss the year good-bye, or as Gary Cohen would say, “It’s outta here!’’ let’s go back and look at the top ten Mets stories of this very forgettable season:
1. TRADING R.A. DICKEY:
My argument for it being the top Mets story...
The Mets signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.
Laffey went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, including 16 starts. He also made 11 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, going 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA. Over a six-year big league career with the Indians, Mariners, Yankees...
The New York Yankees are still interested in Scott Hairston. Hairston spent the last two seasons with the Mets. Matt Diaz was signed to a minor league deal two days ago but [...]
Shortly after trading National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted that his team is still "not punting on 2013." However, the start of spring training is only six weeks away, and the Mets do not have anything even resembling a competed roster. With many top names off the market, the Mets...
The New York Mets signed left handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to a Minor League deal according to Marc Carig of Newsday's.
The 27-year old lefty went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 4.3 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 in 100.2 innings pitched for the Blue Jays in 2012.
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Despite gaping holes in the outfield and the bullpen, there has been a bunch of speculation recently about the Mets chasing another starting pitcher. Okay, it’s the offseason and I know all too well how exciting it is to have something new to write about in late December. Still, would it be too much to have these new angles, oh I don’t know, make some sense?
The latest speculation...
Was definitely a struggle to own Ike Davis in 2012. Was uncomfortable like the air in the room when you find out on Christmas Eve that your crazy aunt is going to jail for seven years. Take it from me, for Christmas, don't buy her a nail file or black and white striped pajamas. Or when she says she was railroaded, don't comment that's ironic because now you're...
Free-agent pitcher Aaron Laffey signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets, the team announced Thursday. The 27-year-old lefty logged 100 2/3 innings last season in 22 appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, posting a 4-6 record. He started 16 games.