Dan Epstein on Luis Tiant

No one who saw Luis Tiant pitch will ever forget him. Man of a hundred windups, and a “good lookeeng sonafabeech” by his own estimation, ““El Tiante”” was one of the most charismatic players of his era — and with the possible exception of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, no pitcher of the 1970s was more fun to watch. Older- (and stouter-) looking than he actually was, Tiant...
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10 most lopsided MLB trade deadline deals of all-time

Much like when amateur drafts are conducted in professional sports, you have to wait a couple years before coming to the conclusion about how MLB trades are going to impact the teams involved years down the road. These trades come together for a couple of reasons. Mainly, it’s one team that is no longer in contention looking to trade a veteran to another team that might give up...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Regner: MLB All-Star Game needs a boost

Baseball's All-Star Game is in trouble. Television viewership for the Midsummer Classic has been in a free fall for decades. reports that 28.2 million people tuned into the game in 1985. By 1997, the TV audience was down to 16.7 million, and it shrunk to 12.3 million in 2005. Last season, only 11 million watched the Amerian League shut out the National League, 3-0. There...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1984 Tom Seaver

1984 TOPPS PROOF TOM SEAVER I’m going to skip straight to the big twist here: this post ends with Tom Seaver‘s head in a box. But fear not, gentle reader, there is no Se7en-style gothic gore attached to our narrative. Oh, there’s some heartbreak, sure. Seaver returned to the Mets in a late-1982 trade with the Reds that sent Jason Felice, Lloyd McClendon, and Charlie Puleo...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The 5 Best Starting Pitchers In Mets History

Dwight Gooden Mets Hall of Fame Speech – Photo Credit: slgckgc (Flickr Creative Commons) The New York Mets are a franchise that is known for pitching, and there’s no disputing that Tom Seaver is the best pitcher in the team’s history. He’s the only player in the baseball Hall of Fame who wears a Mets cap on his plaque. Seaver is at the top of the franchise leaderboard in...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Seaver and the Alaska Goldpanners

I picked up a 1971 copy of this book written by George Sullivan and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons at auction a couple of weeks ago. The book is geared towards young adults and is part of a series of biographies written on America’s baseball heroes. Some other athletes in the series are Willie Mays (“Coast to Coast Giant”), Juan Marichal (“Mr. Strike”), and Stan...
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: Topps Candy Lids Tom Seaver

TOPPS CANDY LIDS TOM SEAVER This week we bring you the Mets360 North American Field Guide for Identifying Topps Candy/Gum Lid Reverses. This project is within the remit of the site because each of the three lids produced by Topps in the early ’70s featured a small, floating-head image of our own Tom Seaver. The first Topps Candy Lids were issued in 1970, and served as the covering...
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1972 Tom Seaver

1972 TOPPS PUZZLE TOM SEAVER The kids of 1972 piled their Topps cards high on the living-room floor. “Along Again (Naturally)” segued into “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” on the hi-fi, and off in the distance of the kitchen Archie Bunker flickered silently in black and white. The kids of 1972 flipped over their 6th series In Action cards and saw pieces of a picture– half...
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Opinion: Where’s Our Tom Seaver Statue?

In an interview on Friday morning with Boomer and Carton on WFAN, Tom Seaver said that the Mets have never approached him about erecting a statue or monument in his honor at Citi Field. “I understand that I’m a part of the history of the game of baseball, it is going to be what it is,” Seaver said, when asked about his legacy. “The wonderful thing are the memories that I...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1970 Donn Clendenon

1970 TOPPS DONN CLENDENON Back in the sixties, April was clearly the cruelest month for the Mets. Well, it was at least tied with May, June, July, August, and September… From Camelot through Woodstock, the franchise did not manage to win a single Opening Day game. Even the miracle year of 1969 started out with an ugly 11-10 loss to the expansion Expos. Twice that decade, the team...
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Was Tom Seaver too sullen in 1970?

I found an old Baseball News article written between the 1970 and 1971 seasons. The premise of the article, “The Mets Under A Microscope” is that Tom Seaver’s diminished level of performance following his superlative 1969 season was a major factor in leading to a third place finish by the New York Mets. In 1969, Seaver went 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA; in 1970, he went 18-12 with...
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What A Miracle Year For The Mets In ’69

After the Mets had gone through some lean years since the start of their existence, they started to give me a ray of hope once the latter part of the 60′s arrived. Tom Seaver was established as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s party like it’s 1985 (or 1968)

Ed Charles and Jerry Koosman, circa 1968.Photo: NY Mets How to Cook Up A Winning Team:         Ingredients 25 determined players A dash of seniority A fistful of solid pitching A spoonful of “secret sauce” — that is, a player that nobody expects to be any good, who ends up being great. Cooking Directions:   Mix well. Let simmer. Could this be the New York Mets’ year...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Why 1975 Was Such A Disappointing Season For The Mets

There was the Miracle of 1969. There was its even more unlikely cousin, the “Ya Gotta Believe” pennant of 1973, which saw a second championship fall short – just when the Mets were poised to take it — due to un-robust hitting and some managerial malpractice. What was lost on the management of the time — in the person of the execrable M. Donald Grant – was just how unlikely...
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

What Ernie Bowman taught Tom Seaver

I picked up a 1966 Topps Ernie Bowman baseball card last week. This is an interesting card in its own right because Bowman never actually played a game for the New York Mets. In 1966, Bowman played for their minor league affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns. What also makes Bowman particularly interesting is because of how he fits into the team’s history. What makes the Jacksonville...
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Fregosi Dies; Always Part Of Mets’ Lore

It was sad to hear the passing of Jim Fregosi, 71, Friday in a Miami hospital. Fregosi, a long-time All-Star shortstop with the Angels and 1,000-game winner as a manager, will always be a part of New York Mets lore. When the Mets’ worst trades are revisited, the trade to acquire Fregosi for Nolan Ryan goes down as one of the two worst, with the dealing of Tom Seaver to the Reds...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top 10 Right-Handed Pitchers In Baseball, Today

One thing there will always be in the game is a dominant right-hander on the mound. And in the lineage of Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson and Bob Feller, the best of the best change the course of an entire day from the moment they touch the mound. Entering into this summer, there are a plethora of hurlers cut from that game defining cloth, and has this list shows, they approach...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy Lasorda’s Scouting Report of Tom Seaver

After the great success of our last post about scouting, A Mariners scouts thoughts on the 1988 Mets, I have come across an even better scouting report thanks to the Diamond Mines section of the Baseball Hall of Fame website. While working as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda, the legendary former Dodgers manager and baseball ambassador, took a trip down to the University...
Via The Daily Stache
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Featured Post: Some Kiner Wonderful

It was a part of the game. Tom Seaver would allow no runs and just 3 hits through 8 innings. Tug McGraw would strikeout the side in the 9th on just nine pitches for the save. Rusty Staub and Cleon Jones each got 3 hits, John Milner went deep, Buddy Harrelson made several diving stops and Jerry Grote threw out at least 3 or 4 base runners. Okay, okay, memories get embellished and...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

We Wuz Robbed - Mets MVP's Who Weren't

The New York Mets have never had a player who was voted Most Valuable Player in the National League.  Many have come close.  What follows is a list of those who were close to being MVP (had to be in the top 5) and why those players should have been the MVP.1969 Tom SeaverThe best player on the Mets that year, and for many years to come, was Tom Seaver.  His best year in baseball...
Via Effing Mets
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Talkin’ Mets With Patrick Reusse: Ron and Ike Davis, Tom and Matt Seaver?

Sometimes things happen, sometimes they happen in such a way you figure you’ll make sense of them later. Sometimes you become a part of a story you just can’t wait to share, waiting for just the right moment. Sometimes you find yourself relegated the status of a drooling dweeb, which is more or less how I felt during my conversation with Patrick Reusse — a local sports-media...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

How The Miracle Mets Were Built: (Part 1) The Spring Of 1968

2014 is the 45 year anniversary of the 1969 Mets. Enjoy this special feature and welcome to Part One of my four part series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. Turn Back The Clock 46 Years – It’s the Spring of 1968. Spring training of 1968 saw the Mets coming off another last place finish but with a few glimmers of hope for the future. There was a new manager in Gil...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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 us believed that our new home park was not Metsmerized enough. Eventually, our...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Should be on Mets Rushmore?

Photo Credit: Four spots. 52 seasons. Who belongs on Mets Rushmore? Without a doubt, Tom Seaver. If there isn’t a Mets Rushmore without The Franchise, it’s just another rock. So how about the other three? We could go with Casey Stengel. His number is already retired and on the wall. We can go with Gil Hodges. His is as well. Both are worthy. How about Jerry...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

An Odd Yet Perfect Matchup

They are as comfortable together as you and your old Met sweatshirt. Ordinary, familiar, maybe a bit faded, frayed, and worn, like a battered ball tucked in a worn-out glove. It’s like they were made to go together, one somehow not complete without the other. Cold ice cream and hot fudge. They met forty years ago and became fast friends, a friendship steeled over time, immune to...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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