Tag Archives: Carlos Beltran

Trying really hard to craft that silver lining

As I sit here going back and forth between being frustrated at the Mets’ offseason (leading to doubts about the coming season) and letting the fan in me have hope, let’s take a look at some forced parallels and other good omens that might serve as a precursor to a successful season in 2010. Just

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Final evaluation of the 2004 Beltran blockbuster

It has been 5 1/2 years since the Royals traded Carlos Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal also involving the Oakland A’s. Houston, of course, only had Beltran through the 2004 postseason (that amazing eight homer, 14-RBI, .400+ postseason) before he signed with the Mets. The A’s got Octavio Dotel in the deal

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Shades of Mays

There’s been a lot of talk about Fred Wilpon’s dual homage to the ballpark of his youth, the Dodgers’ Ebbets Field, and Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson in the design of Citi Field. Some Mets fans hate it; some Giants fans wonder where the love is. As a fan of history — particularly baseball’s —

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Randolph fired in the middle of the night

In a move stunning and disgusting for its timing and method, the Mets fired Willie Randolph after their 9-6 victory over the Angels on Monday night. Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first-base coach/catching instructor Tom Nieto were also axed. On the one hand, the team wasn’t playing up to its potential. But on the other,

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