This week, the New Britain Bees also announced a change in their manager’s seat. Stan Cliburn, who had led the team in its first two seasons of existence, will be replaced by none other than Wally Backman. The fiery skipper had a lengthy 14-year Major League career, highlighted by a World Series championship with the Mets in 1986. He is now the third member of that team to become a full-time Atlantic League manager, joining Bud Harrelson (Ducks, 2000) and Gary Carter (Ducks, 2009). Backman’s MLB career saw
Is Dwight Gooden the best Mets player of the 1980s? Maybe.
These days discussions of Dwight Gooden tend to be framed by What Could Have Been. Let’s not worry about that and focus on What Happened.
59 wins, a ring and a Cy Young by Age 21. That’s why I eyeroll you millennials every time a Mets pitchers wins three games and gets a superhero nickname and you start making reservations at Cooperstown.
Surprisingly only 6th in innings, fewer than Darling (who came up earlier), 2nd in innings to Ronnie, first in wins, first in strikeouts, first in complete games (54….go nuts Generation 2K, let me know when you get to 5 combined.), 19 shutouts, and a 2.64 ERA.
Shea never rocked the way it did on a Friday night when Dr. K pitched.
Is Dwight Gooden the best Mets player of the 1980s? Maybe…..or is it actually Ron Darling…come back tomorrow.
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SLACKISH REACTION: The Mets formally announced the coaching staff but Mets Media Relations Intern #5 didn’t send me the release so I can’t share this info with you. I get most but not all the Mets releases – as an example I did get the Metsgiving info which I will share later – but not the coaching one. It seems to me to be a situation where it depends on who is working and that there might be two mailing lists one of which I’m not on. Whatevers. Anyway Intern #5 I am shannon at metspolice dot com. Add me. Or Ask Ethan or Will to forward it.
Fortunately there is much to discuss today! I’m even going to link!
The newspaper tells us the Mets are open to trading their starting pitchers! Of course that’s a sexy headline and when you click through it means Lugo, Gselleman and Monter – but hey your clickbait worked so You Get A Link!
The same newspaper tells us The Mets Could Sign Ike Davis as a relief pitcher! Not linking.
The same newspaper also tells us Conforto’s shoulder is doing OK and he might be ready for Spring Training. Since there is nuance to that, they get a link.
David Wright says he plans to come back! Or hopes to anyway. Another newspaper gets a link!