The Worst Team Money Could Buy

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Overview


Even before the New York Mets began the 1992 season, they had set a critical record: the highest payroll ever for a major-league team, $45 million. With players Bobby Bonilla, Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagen, and Howard Johnson, winning another championship seemed a mere formality. The 1992 New York Mets never made it to Cooperstown, however.
 
Veteran newspapermen Bob Klapisch and John Harper reveal the extraordinary inside story of the Mets’ decline and fall—with the sort of detail and uncensored quotes that never run in a family newspaper. From the sex scandals that plagued the club in Florida to the puritanical, no-booze rules of manager Jeff Torborg, from bad behavior on road trips to the downright ornery practical “jokes” that big boys play, The Worst Team Money Could Buy is a grand-slam classic.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune

"[This] lively account of the team's trip from triumph to decline—first written in 1993, updated and reissued this year—will warm the heart of any Cub fan. . . . It's an unvarnished insider's view of what goes on within the game at many levels and a refreshingly honest exercise in self-discovery."—Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune

— Dan McGrath

Time Out Chicago

“Filled with so many insider battles between and among every faction imaginable—players, coaches, fans, reporters—it almost reads like an election tell-all.”—Time Out Chicago
Sports Literature Association

"Exquistie Pain might be an alternate title chosen by long-suffering Mets fans who relive the disastrous 1992 season in this acute, lively, funny, infuriating and well-written book."—Daniel R. Bronson, Sports Literature Association

— Daniel R. Bronson

Chicago Tribune - Dan McGrath

"[This] lively account of the team's trip from triumph to decline—first written in 1993, updated and reissued this year—will warm the heart of any Cub fan. . . . It's an unvarnished insider's view of what goes on within the game at many levels and a refreshingly honest exercise in self-discovery."—Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune
Sports Literature Association - Daniel R. Bronson

"Exquistie Pain might be an alternate title chosen by long-suffering Mets fans who relive the disastrous 1992 season in this acute, lively, funny, infuriating and well-written book."—Daniel R. Bronson, Sports Literature Association
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803278226
  • Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 5.96 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author


Bob Klapisch is a sports columnist covering major-league baseball for The Record. Klapisch has worked at the New York Post and the New York Daily News and is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. He is the author of five baseball books, including High and Tight: The Rise and Fall of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. John Harper covered the Mets for the New York Post from 1988 to 1992 before joining the Daily News, where he is a sports columnist.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    A Funny, Sad Tale of How The Mighty Fell

    Amazingly for a book written by sportswriters (the masters of condensation) this book is a well written, riveting tale from end to end. The authors, having had intimate connections with the Mets from the 1980s onward, were firsthand witnesses to the fall of the franchise from its 80s domination to a cellar dwelling laughingstock. While the subject of the book is centered around the dreadful, boring 1992 Mets, the authors show how that team came about ¿ and why the Mets, from World Champions with a robust farm system in 1986, came to such a low point only six years later. This in depth look also lets some Mets off the hook (the rape charges against Gooden were bogus, as was the infamous accusation about David Cone¿s ¿bullpen show¿) while taking others to task (Eddie Murray was every bit as bad as his reputation said, Vince Coleman was a turf monster). Every baseball executive ¿ or at least the Mets front office ¿ should consider this book required reading, as should any Mets fan. A great gift if you can get your hands on a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Lousy base team, but a great read

    The authors give an inside glimpse at the great powerful Mets teams of the late 80s (when the Mets ruled New York) and that team's sad decline. Chock full of inside tidbits and funny stories, it's a great read for every Mets fan. Despite the tabliod nature of the book, the authors go out of their way to put to rest trumped up charges- such as the famous David Cone in the bullpen story- which time has proven to be false. Highly recommended.

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