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1986 Mets spring training photos from Jeff Marquis

Flickr can be a treasure trove of wonderful photos. All of these photos from spring training in 1986 were shared by Jeff Marquis.

NY Mets 1986

Ron Darling

Sid Fernandez

Davey Johnson

Jesse Orosco

NY Mets 1986

There are some more of Jeff Marquis’ Mets photos here and here.

It’s just about two months until pitchers and catchers report to 2012 spring training… how many of you are looking forward to it?

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Are you going to Mets Hall of Fame Day?

On Sunday, the Mets will honor four key members of their last World Championship team: pitcher Dwight Gooden, outfielder Darryl Strawberry, manager Davey Johnson and general manager Frank Cashen.

Amazingly, tickets for the game are not sold out. As of yesterday afternoon, seats were still available in the Promenade Reserved and Promenade Reserved Infield sections as well as the pricier field level ones. There were also close to 1,500 tickets on StubHub.

Didn’t we want the Mets to pay more attention to team history? We have a funny way of showing it.

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Andre Dawson Could Have Been A Met?

Nick Diunte of Baseball Happenings talked to former Mets skipper Davey Johnson and new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson at the Baseball Assistance Team dinner in New York this week. He has a piece over at Examiner.com that raises an interesting “what if” — Dawson could have been a Met after the 1986 season.

Imagine for a moment an outfield with both Dawson and Strawberry with the 1980s Mets pitching staff. Kevin McReynolds would never have found his way to New York. Maybe with Dawson in the lineup in 1987, the Mets find a way to win a few more games and beat the Cardinals for the N.L. East title. Fun speculation, no?

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In more contemporary news, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have resigned Fernando Tatis to be Daniel Murphy’s platoon partner. I’d think it would have made more sense to give Nick Evans a shot, but Tatis should be able to do the job.

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Mets Add Four To The Hall

On Aug. 1, the Mets will finally do something that’s long overdue. Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Davey Johnson and Frank Cashen will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

I can’t believe it’s taken this long to honor these four men who were at the heart of the Mets renaissance in the 1980s.

For all the talk about Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter’s contributions to the 1986 World Series champions, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry were the two most talented players on that team. I don’t know if younger fans can really appreciate how good they were — Strawberry’s stats in particular just don’t look like that big of a deal compared to modern players. Trust me, they belong in the Mets Hall of Fame.

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