Unlikely No-Hitters and the Pitchers Who Threw Them

Last week, a conversation with a friend spurred an investigation into the Most Unlikely 3-Homer Game Ever. A conversation about that piece with a different friend got me wondering which pitcher had thrown the most unlikely no-hitter in history. So I dug in. In the course of my research, I discovered that this question has already been answered, by no less an authority than Bill...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1977-79 Sportscaster

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER RUNDOWN Sometimes you just have to go down the rabbit hole… This particular quest started innocently enough. I was searching for oddball Mets cards and I came across a late ’70s Sportscaster card titled “Rundown.” Now, if you were a sentient being during the days of Jimmy Carter and disco, you will be at least passingly familiar with Sportscaster cards...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Perhaps History Played A Role In Mets Offseason Inactivity

On December 10, 1971, the Mets sent pitching prospect Nolan Ryan to the Los Angeles Angels for third baseman Jim Fregosi. At the time, the deal seemed reasonable. Fregosi had been an All-Star for six of the past seven seasons and was widely regarded as one of the better third basemen in baseball. Meanwhile, the Mets already had a rotation chock full of talent highlighted by Tom Seaver...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

If I Blogged In 1972 …

All right look, I know. Tom Seaver can’t win ‘em all. But this 2-0 loss exposed some flaws in this team that will hurt them long term. First off, their lefty lineup is atrocious, and now its made worse as Jim Beauchamp pulled up lame in the fourth forcing Ed Kranepool to come in and have to face Claude Osteen. (Beauchamp should be out until about August.) Later, in an attempt...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Reinventing the Mets: 1969

The Mets had become contenders in 1968. With what was, statistically, the best pitching staff in the National League, combined with an elite slugger in Dick Allen, surrounded by a group of quality hitters and solid defenders, along with a versatile and productive bench, the Mets had finally risen to the status of being a threat in the National League. Going into 1969, the Mets brain...
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets’ Numbers To Be Retired; Don’t Forget Kranepool

Well Adam, since you asked, yes I have several Mets in mind, including an iconic figure who often gets lost in the franchise’s lore, who should have their numbers retired. In his daily “Morning Briefing’’ column ESPN’s Adam Rubin proposed the question what Mets should have their uniform number retired. His piece came on the heels of an article written by The New York Post’s...
Via New York Mets Report
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Seaver, Yusmeiro Petit, Hunter Strickland and Deception

“Tom Seaver, he had the whole package. Power, deception, command, everything,” said Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti last week before FanFest. We’d been talking about tipping pitches, and deception, but any time you hear about an icon in the same sentence as Yusmeiro Petit, you put down your recording device and start looking at some […]
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

A Mets Owner For The Ages

Mrs. Payson spearheaded the return of National League baseball to New York. The Mets posted on Twitter this morning, that on this date in 1903, Mets co-founder and the first female owner in Major League Baseball, Joan Whitney Payson, was born. One SNY feature, the only one I consider to be worth watching, is Mets Yearbook. In one particular episode, the year was 1963, they showed...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Tell Them Tommie Agee Was Here

The date was Monday, January 22, 2001. The weather in New York was brisk. The Twin Towers stood proud and dominated the skyline. The city was just three months removed from the first Subway Series in over four decades and Baseball Fever still filled the air. In midtown Manhattan, a 58 year old, African-American, mortgage insurance salesman walked out of an office building. He clutched...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1970 Jack DiLauro

1970 TOPPS JACK DiLAURO In the annals of baseball cards that never were, this one ranks pretty low in terms of both execution and featured subject. First of all, it must be noted that your humble blogger has the graphic-design skills of a chimp. And we’re not talking one of those super-smart sign-language chimps, either– we’re talking your garden-variety, amused-by-throwing...
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1966 Wes Westrum

1966 TOPPS WES WESTRUM My impressions of the 1960s? Well, not to wax all “We Didn’t Start the Fire” here, but to me it’s a blur of JFK, MLK, RFK, Nixon, Vietnam, Woodstock, men on the moon, and Miracle Mets. Of course, when it comes to Topps cards, the decade can only mean one thing: the screaming-manager pose. This basic tableau is illustrated ably by the 1966 card of Wes...
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

What You Don’t Know About Baseball Hall of Fame Vote

By Sam Henry On Tuesday, January 6th, the baseball’s Hall of Fame vote was announced, which saw a trio of pitchers and a second baseman elected.  Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz each earned induction in their first year of eligibility.  As for the fourth member of the 2015 Hall of Fame class, Craig Biggio was finally elected on his third try.  The significance...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Zack Wheeler will win 20 games in 2015

Six different pitchers have won 20 games or more for the New York Mets.  Tom Seaver did it four times, and Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, David Cone, Frank Viola and R.A. Dickey each did it once.  Zack Wheeler, in his third big league season, will join them in 2015. While that might seem far-fetched to many students of the game and fans of the Mets, there is a hint of possibility...
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part VII – John Olerud vs. Dwight Gooden

Six weeks ago, the “Which Mets Season Was the Best” bracket began, and John Olerud’s 1998 season came out victorious over Jose Reyes’ 2011 season. The very next week, Dwight Gooden’s 1985 season beat out Jesse Orosco’s 1983 season. Last week, Gooden beat out Tom Seaver’s 1969 season by 21 votes. That being said, it is time for these two to go head to head in...
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part VI – Tom Seaver vs Dwight Gooden

Last week, John Olerud went up against David Wright in the semifinals of the “Which Mets season was the best” competition, and Olerud was victorious by fewer than 10 votes. Needless to say, it was a close competition, and this week may be even closer. In the first round of the bracket, Tom Seaver’s 1969 season beat R.A. Dickey’s 2012 season, so he will face Dwight ...
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part V – John Olerud vs David Wright

Last week, round one of the “Which Mets season was the best” bracket came to a completion, with Tom Seaver’s 1969 season topping R.A. Dickey’s 2012 season by 30 votes. Now, it is time to begin round two, which will be between John Olerud and David Wright. Both of these players won their respective matchups in the first round, and now they will go head to head to see...
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part IV – Tom Seaver vs R.A. Dickey

Wrapping up the first round of the “Which Mets season was the best” bracket, this matchup will feature the Cy Young seasons of both Tom Seaver, in 1969, and R.A. Dickey in 2012. Last week, there was a surprising blow out between David Wright and Darryl Strawberry, in which Wright beat Strawberry by just north of 20 votes. Wright will now face Olerud in the second round of the...
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1974 Topps Box

1974 TOPPS FACTORY SET Regular readers of this site will be forgiven if they’ve developed an impression that Card of the Week is obsessed with boxes. Alas, it is true, and for this we make no apologies… The specimen under consideration today is a bit of an oddball. Through 1973, Topps issued baseball cards in series, with a fresh run of cards hitting retailers’ shelves every...
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Franchise Turns 70

James Rosen of the New York Post, penned a worthy piece that reminds us of the remarkable career and the greatness of Mets icon Tom Seaver who turns 70 today. “His very motion was a thing of beauty: the high leg kick, the deep rearing back of his right arm, his right knee, perpetually dirtied, dragging along the mound as he lowered himself for maximum thrust, his face, even in...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

DeGrom Wins NL Rookie Award; Seaver, Gooden Impresssed

The New York Mets took another step toward relevancy today when Jacob deGrom was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He is the joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). For those believing in omens, the Mets played in the World Series within two years of each previous winner. DeGrom: Wins ROY. DeGrom, 26, made 22 starts...
Via New York Mets Report
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking News: deGrom Wins NL Rookie Award

The New York Mets took another step toward relevancy today when Jacob deGrom was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He is the fifth Met to win the award, joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). For those believing in omens, the Mets played in the World Series within two years of each previous winner. DeGrom, 26, made...
Via New York Mets Report
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets’ deGrom Should Win NL Rookie Award

The New York Mets are in the national baseball news today as the postseason awards start this afternoon. It’s just another step in the Mets’ climb toward relevancy. Pitcher Jacob deGrom could become the Mets’ fifth rookie of the year winner, joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). For those believing in omens, the Mets...
Via New York Mets Report
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets History, As Told Through Hardware

The Mets have never been big on awards. In its history, the franchise has had one Batting Champion, four Rookies of the Year, eighteen Gold Glove winners, five Cy Young Award winners, three Home Run Champions and no MVPs. That’s in the span of 53 seasons, folks. While collecting trophies is nice, winning pennants is better, and as can be seen from Mets lore, the two don’t...
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

How does Jacob deGrom measure up in Mets history?

In the 52 years of the existence of the New York Mets, they have produced four players that have won the Rookie of the Year; Tom Seaver, Jon Matlack, Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Each one was a major contributor in their rookie season and beyond, yet all but Strawberry were pitchers. The National League Rookie of the Year award for 2014 will be announced in just a few more...
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Hodges Belongs In The Hall

It’s time Gil Hodges went to Cooperstown. It’s that time of year when the Hall of Fame ballots come out, and recently the Hall of Fame released ten candidates from the Golden Era (1947-72). Joining Hodges, who is in the running for consideration for the ninth year are: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, executive Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant...
Via New York Mets Report
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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