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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578604737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578604739
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am surprised this book got published, what with all the errors in it.
Punisher79
As stated previously though, the book is not without its merits, there is a lot of information in there, just realize that some of it is not accurate.
William DiMarco
Snyder also states that Kenny Rogers lost Game 7 of the 1999 NLCS by giving up a single to Andruw Jones of the Braves.
Michael Marsh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baseball Fan on August 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I purchased and read Mr. Snyder's book about the Cubs and enjoyed it very much. While there were a handful of mistakes in it, they were fairly minor and failed to detract from my enjoyment of it. But with Mets Journal, Snyder seems to have merely phoned in the effort, judging by the number of errors that seem to crop up on every other page.

Beyond the mistakes listed in the previous reviews, here's a couple that cropped up inside of a handful of pages: 1) Rusty Staub cannot be the team's HR leader for the entire decade of the 70s. Snyder lists him as the decade leader with 62 HR, apparently forgetting that Dave Kingman hit 82 HR as a Met from 1975 until he was traded in 1977. 2) In a related error, in the article about the Midnight Massacre, he states that Kingman went on to lead the NL in home runs in 1978 as a Cub and 1981, again with the Mets. But it was actually 1979 that Kingman led the NL while a Cub, with 48 HR. He only hit 22 in the strike-shortened 1981 season, but did lead the league once again in 1982 with 37. That particular performance was note-worthy because he became the first Met to lead the league in a major offensive category, and he set a new low for a HR leader's batting average, .204. It was the first time in history that a league's Cy Young winner (Steve Carlton) had a higher batting average (.218) than the HR leader.

I am more than willing to recommend Snyder's book on the Cubs, but I cannot endorse this book. It's full of mistakes, and if you know anything at all about the Mets and their history, you'll find trying to read it an exercise in frustration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. WULF on July 23, 2011
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The book is a fun read, but I agree with the two previous reviews, in that there are several errors within. I couldn't believe the Kenny Rogers allowing the game winning single in Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS. Anyone who's been a Mets fan since then knows that's not accurate. A couple others I can think of right now, the Mets trading Jeff Franceour to the Braves for Ryan Church (it was the other way around), and trading Kris Benson to the O's for John Maine and Julio Jorge (should have been Jorge Julio). Edgardo Alfonzo's name is spelled Alfonso throughout his time with the Mets. Maybe the editing was done by a Yankees fan. This book is really only for huge Mets fans, who will recognize the errors, and use it to jar memories. It's not for someone who wants to learn Mets history, because you can't be sure what is and isn't accurate.
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By Punisher79 on June 7, 2012
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I am currently reading this book, and the amount of editing mistakes is atrocious. For example, for the best moment of the 1960's, it is written that it is when Cleon Jones catches the final out of the 1969 World Series. However, on October 16, 1969, the author writes that the final out of the World Series was recorded by Ron Swoboda. On May 30, 1978, it reads "...Silvio Martinez of the Cardinals pitches a one-hitter to beat the Cardinals 8-2." So Silvio Martinez pitched a one-hitter against his own team? Or how about September 3, 1978, when it mentions that Lee Mazzilli hits homers from both sides of the plate, then goes on to say they were both hit from the right side of the plate.
This book has so many mistakes and errors it is actually hard to read at times. I am surprised this book got published, what with all the errors in it.
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By Michael Marsh on June 13, 2011
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Snyder also states that Kenny Rogers lost Game 7 of the 1999 NLCS by giving up a single to Andruw Jones of the Braves. Of course every Mets fan will remember that Rogers walked in the winning run. I would call that an egregious error by the author.
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By William DiMarco on June 2, 2011
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I got the paperback version of "Mets Journal" & have mostly gotten through it, but not completely. I've been a die-hard fan since 1969 & humbly say that I have a lot of knowledge about the history of the franchise, so I was looking forward to reading this. The thing I can state about this book it is that it's okay, but nothing great. The author John Snyder has written books on other teams, so I'm not sure how much he knew first-hand on the history & how much had to be researched. The format is actually pretty good, going through each season & listing the important dates & events. It is a trip down memory lane for me & I'm sure other Met fans, particularly the avid ones. However, the research on this, without even going through the whole thing yet, is really lacking. Some examples are, it is geographically impossible for the Polo Grounds to be north of Yankee Stadium, but Snyder says this, George Foster was never "traded" to the White Sox, and Shea Stadium never had the fences moved & didn't have a matrix board in left field beginning in 1979. There are others too. I don't know what the editing process was, but terrible, terrible, terrible. Mistakes like that can not be made here. As stated previously though, the book is not without its merits, there is a lot of information in there, just realize that some of it is not accurate. Too bad because it was a good idea.
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