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John Strubel is a freelance sports reporter. His greatest passion in sports is New York Mets baseball. The following is a collection of stories written about the subject.

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THE $66 MILLION MYSTERY

This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who’d hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player...

THE SUBTLE DANGER OF TALENT

January 18, 1985 Tim Leary was quietly traded by the New York Mets to the Kansas City Royals. Leary was selected out of UCLA in the first-round (second overall) by the Mets in the June 1979 Draft. Less than two years later, at age 22, Leary made his...

LOVE OF GAME DRIVES METS FANS TO BLOGOSPHERE

Ed Ryan entered the baseball blogosphere baggage in hand – emotional baggage. As a retired Marine, he endured the psychological effects from service in Operation: Desert Storm. After returning home to New Jersey he started a career in law...

CHANCE OF RAIN: 100%

British author and statistician Dennis Lindley wrote, “We are not concerned with the matter that is uncertain; it is only the manipulation of uncertainty that interests us. Thus we do not study the mechanism of rain; only whether it will rain.” And...

LIKE SNOWFLAKES

The Mets left New York just in time. As snow pounded the northeast, players, personnel and media settled into their respective villas in sunny Florida. Then, without warning, on Day One, snowflakes started dancing in the air at the Post St. Lucie...

LASTING(S) IMPRESSION

Potential. That’s the word that may eventually haunt Lastings Milledge most. Not now. No, he is still only 24 years old, and has the time and, er, potential to silence his naysayers. Potential has two definitions in sports: one, for a prospect...