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Rusty Staub (The Mets Years- Part One) From the 1973 World Series to the Trade (1972 - 1975)

The Mets Perusing Rusty Staub: The New York Mets needed a bat badly after the 1971 season & the Montreal Expos needed to fill some position players with young solid talent. In the 1971 -1972 off season even as late as Spring Training, Mets manager Gil Hodges was after Rusty Staub. He wanted him bad & even told Staub about it during a March exhibition game. The two teams got together and began talking about a blockbuster trade, just before the start of the 1972 season. Shockingly toward the end of Spring Training & during a brief Players strike, Mets manager Gil Hodges suffered a fatal heart attack in Florida. The team was devastated, upper management named Yogi Berra the popular choice as the team's manager.  On April 6, 1972, four days after Gil Hodges fatal heart attack, Staub was Traded to the Mets in exchange for Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, & Mike Jorgensen. This turned out to be a good trade for both teams. Rusty was a true hitter with power, who would

Daniel Murphy: Part Two (2015 Post Season Record Setter & Beyond)

2015: In the 2015 off season Daniel Murphy's name kept coming up in trade talks again, as the Mets continued to shop him.  They did not find a suitable buyer & it was back to Spring Training once again in a Mets uniform.  He continued to dodge the questions that came his way & went about his business as usual, like the true professional he was. No one expected the year that was ahead of Daniel Murphy.  Religious Views: During Spring Training Billy Bean was going around to baseball teams to promote Inclusion to MLB. Murphy a Religious man stated "I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. You can still accept him, but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100%."   After these comments became controversial to some, Murph said he'll stick with baseball & not tell reporters about his religious beliefs anymore. 2015 Mets NL Pennant Season : Daniel Murphy  would be the teams main