Cutnpaste: – Doubleday on Wilpon, Dwight Gooden, Wilmer Flores, Ed Kranepool, and Tommy Agee

Doubleday on Wilpon:

For years as a New York Mets’ co-owner, Nelson Doubleday battled with Fred Wilpon on how to run the organization. A little less than a decade ago, their sometimes bitter union ended when Wilpon bought out Doubleday. Now, Wilpon’s ownership of the Mets may be on the brink, and Doubleday feels only pity for his former partner and sometime-adversary. “I’m just very sorry,” Doubleday said in a phone conversation. “I don’t know what they were doing. It is none of my business so I stay out of it. I’m just very sorry.”  

Dwight Gooden:
Doc didn’t just burst on to the baseball scene. He exploded with the force of super nova. At 19 years old, Gooden was utterly dominant, winning 17 games while striking out 276 batters (11.4/9 innings) and posting a 1.07 WHIP. In 1985 (or “The Summer of Doc”), the 20-year old Gooden put together one of the greatest seasons by a starting pitcher the baseball world had every seen, posting a record of 24-4, striking out 268 batters (8.7/9 innings), and compiling a WHIP of 0.956 and an ERA of 1.53 (good for an ERA+ of 229). In 1986, at 21-years old, he finished the season with 17 wins, 200 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.10 all while anchoring the starting rotation of one of the greatest single season teams ever and winning the World Series.  

Wilmer Flores:
The best shortstop prospect in the game is Manny Machado (Orioles), the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft and a potential five-tool shortstop. He probably won’t be ready until 2013 at the earliest, but he will provide offense and stay at shortstop. Almost all of the other shortstop prospects fall into one category or the other, but not both. The top offensive prospects don’t figure to remain at the position. Among players who can hit for average and power, Nick Franklin (Mariners) probably will have to move, Grant Green (Athletics) and Christian Colon (Rangers) almost certainly will and Wilmer Flores (Mets) definitely will.  

Ed Kranepool:
The fact that Ed Kranepool led the Mets in so many career categories was a testament to how bad the Mets were in their first 20 years of existence. If he had been property of any other franchise in MLB, Kranepool’s career would have lasted less than five years. But because the Mets were absolutely awful, and because Joan Payson had a creepy, illogical preference to keep Eddie under contract, he was able to spend 18 seasons as a mediocre big leaguer. OK, there was that stretch toward the end when he was a masterful pinch-hitter — albeit for a last-place team — and there was the 1971 season, when he was an adequate offensive player, but overall, Ed Kranepool symbolized the futility of the Mets franchise.  

Tommy Agee:
Tommie Agee and Cleon Jones kid about their childhood together in Mobile, and how hard things were. “We’ll be at a gathering,” says Tommie Agee, “and Cleon will remember how he came to my house to ask for something to eat, and he was so weak he could hardly knock on the door. And he says when he did, I was so weak I couldn’t open it.” Tommie Agee laughs. “It wasn’t really that bad,” he says. “In fact, we were pretty well taken care of. But it’s much better now.”  


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