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The Worst Team Money Could Buy
     

The Worst Team Money Could Buy

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by Bob Klapisch, John Harper
 

ISBN-10: 0803278225

ISBN-13: 9780803278226

Pub. Date: 03/01/2005

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803278226
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
285
Sales rank:
1,160,969
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 5.96(h) x 0.65(d)

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The Worst Team Money Could Buy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.