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Old 05-25-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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That awful day in 1977 when the Mets shipped Tom Seaver to Cincinnati for three young players. (Previous rookie-of-the-year Pat Zachry turned out to be somewhat less of a force than the man for whom he was dealt).

The only possible way that trade made any sense was if you considered that Seaver had spent the previous 11 years in the majors; how many more good years could he have had left? Unfortunately, the Amazin's miscalculated rather horribly, as Mr. S went on to have seven or eight more All-Star quality seasons.
Actually, Seaver was run out of New York by the acid-penned Dick Young. The writer attacked Seaver's wife in print concerning charitable activities she was involved in. Seaver confronted Young and demanded that he refrain from further attacks but to no avail. Seaver then met with Mets management and informed them that under no circumstances would he play another season in New York and it would be in their best interests to trade him rather than be left with no compensation when he retired at season's end. This was told to me by a co-worker whose friend worked in the Mets organization during that era.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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One of the worst trades ever made was when the Mets traded Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the Angels for Jim Fregosi prior to the '71 season. Fregosi was no slouch of a player but was well past his prime when the deal was made. Ryan had let it be known that he was unhappy playing in New York and was considering retirement.

Another humdinger of a deal was when the Reds traded Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson in 1966. Pappas had been a quality pitcher up to that point but did not excel afterward. Amid a storm of public criticism Reds' management called Robinson "an old 30." Robinson promptly won the AL's Triple Crown and went on to establish himself as one of the all-time greats.
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