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Remembering Mets History: (1996) Mets Fire Dallas Green & Hire Bobby Valentine As Manager

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August 26th, 1996: On this day the Mets VP Joe McIlvane fired Mets manager; the 62 year old Dallas Green. Quotes: Joe McIlvane: ''We haven't done as well as we anticipated. Progress has been slower than expected. Our hope with this change is the younger players will begin to blossom some more, to come up to that major league level, to begin to make more significant contributions." Green had taken over as manager of the New York Mets, in May 1993 replacing Jeff Torborg who had taken the club to a 13-25 record. When Green took over the Mets went 46-78 the rest of the way finishing in last place. In the strike shortened 1994 season, the Mets finished third (55-58) in the newly aligned division. In 1995 they finished below .500 once again (69-75) but did end up in second place. In 1996 the club was in fourth place (59-72) at the time of Dallas Green's firing.  Green, the oldest manager in the NL at the time, was an harsh old school type of manager who was labl

An Original 1962 Mets Player: Gus Bell (1962) & His Baseball Family

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David Russell Bell was born on November 15, 1928 in Louisville, Kentucky. The six foot left handed hitting Bell became known as Gus, in honor of Italian / American catcher Gus Mancusco.  Gus Bell was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. He hit .325 at A ball Albany in 1949, followed by a huge start to his minor league season in 1950. He was batting over .400 with 6 HRs after 38 games when he got the call up to the big leagues.  He batted behind Pirate slugger & future Mets announcer Ralph Kiner for three seasons. In his rookie year, Bell hit .282 with 8 HRs & 22 doubles. In 1951 he had his best season in Pittsburgh as he led the league in triples (12) hit 16 HRs & batted .278 while driving in 89 runs with a .330 on base %. On June 12th he hit for the cycle in the first game of a double header against the Philadelphia Phillies. After the season he was sent to the Cincinnati Reds for Cal Abrams, Gil Henley & Joe Rossi. He was thrilled to return to his hom

2006 N.L. Eastern Champion Mets Reliever: Aaron Heilman (2003-2008)

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Aaron Michael Heilman was born November 11, 1978 in Logansport, Indiana. The tall six foot five right hander was a star pitcher at his Logansport high school. He was the team MVP leading the school to two regional titles. He attended the University of Notre Dame majoring in management information as well as philosophy. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2001 draft. He pitched just seven games at A ball St. Lucie in 2001 getting to AA & AAA the next year. In 2003 he was 6-4 getting promoted to the Mets staff a bit too soon. Then the team hyped him up as the starter of the future and none of this ever worked out. He made his big league debut on June 26th at Shea Stadium taking a 6-1 loss to the Florida Marlins although he only allowed one earned run. He took another loss before getting his first win on July 21st against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 2-7 in his first season, with a 6.74 ERA in 65 innings pitched. The next season he spent fine tun

Halestorm / In This Moment / New Years Day @ Hammerstein Ballroom New York City: Concert Review

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November 24th 2018- Hammerstein Ball Room New York City- Concert Review: Halestorm / In This Moment / New Years Day. An exceptional bill of some of the leading ladies on the female fronted hard rock/ Heavy Metal scene. Me, being a big fan & supporter of the genre for many years, thought this was an outstanding night & a concert for the ages.  My friend Jimmy & I were pleased to see many people beyond the millennial age in attendance as well as us. Seasoned veteran rock & roll fans know good stuff & anyone who says there's no good rock music out there today, certainly doesn't know these bands exist. In a genre that has been fading with new talents, this is the crème of the crop. Ashley Costello (NYD)  / Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) / Maria Brink (In This Moment) Halestorm: The headliner was Halestorm, a hard rock outfit from Red Lion, PA. featuring sister & brother combo, the Hales- Lzzy Hale (vocals/guitar) & Arejay Hale (drums).