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Boras and La Russa together – eight nights only

If your cable or satellite package has the MSG Network, you’ll want to tune into the channel on Sunday night at 10 P.M. Eastern. MSG’s series “The Lineup” will feature a series titled “Hits & Errors – The Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball,’’ starting with the Mets.

Among panelists analyzing the top five trades in New York history are none other than agent Scott Boras and retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.  The moderator is former Mets catcher Fran Healy and author Dave Kaplan also participates.

No word on whether Boras and La Russa will be packing information binders. The agent is known for thick dossiers selling the virtues of his free agents, while La Russa relied on Dave Duncan and his binders stuffed with pitching and hitting information for over three decades.

Sadly, one of the featured trades during the special involved the Cardinals, that being Keith Hernandez’ acquisition by the Mets in 1983. Back in 2006, I ranked the trade, in which the Cardinals received pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey, as the second-worst deal made by St. Louis in the last 40 years.

The series continues for seven additional nights through Sunday, March 18 with these subjects: “Mets Best Trades, “Yankees Best Trades,” “Worst Trades – Yankees and Mets,” “Yankees Best Free Agent,” “Mets Best Free Agent,” Yankees Worst Free Agent,” and “Mets Worst Free Agent.” The final episode will feature the panel discussing the current state of the game.

Full schedule details (all times Eastern).

* Sunday, March 11: “Mets Best Trades” (10:00 p.m.)
* Monday, March 12: “Yankees Best Trades” (11:00 p.m.)
* Tuesday, March 13: “Worst Trades – Mets & Yankees (10:30 p.m.)
* Wednesday, March 14: “Yankees Best Free Agent” (10:30 p.m.)
* Thursday, March 15: “Mets Best Free Agent” (10:00 p.m.)
* Friday, March 16: “Yankees Worst Free Agent” (10:30 p.m.)
* Saturday, March 17: “Mets Worst Free Agent” (10:00 p.m.)
* Sunday, March 18: “The State of Baseball” (9:30 p.m.)

Check out the following preview of the first episode.

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5 Responses to “Boras and La Russa together – eight nights only”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    The acquisition of Gary Carter was voted the best Mets trade, with Hernandez fourth. Each of the panelists was given a bit of time to talk about each trade. Kaplan provided context. Boras offered the best insight, IMO.

  2. friendmouse says:

    Much of “what we know,” we know only because someone trusted gave us the information, or we read the facts, or see the reports, etc. Generally, we do not have first hand, eye witness information on certain things “we know.” With that said, I do not “know” that Keith Hernandez used cocaine or that he was more passionate about playing cards in the clubhouse than he was about playing as a Card on the field! Not that his playing ever was suspect; on the contrary, he WAS a great player for the Cardinals. However, I’ve heard time and again that he was NOT a good influence on his teammates, and was perceived (by some) as a cancer which had to be gotten rid of or the team would die. So, if that is even mostly true, the fact that we gave the Mets much more than we received from them, in terms of baseball talent doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad trade. I’m glad we made it.

    • crdswmn says:

      If you haven’t already, you should read “The Bad Guys Won” by Jeff Pearlman, about the ’86 Mets. Some interesting stuff about Hernandez.

      • friendmouse says:

        I’d like to read it, cw, but unfortunately I’ve got no time for pleasure reading these days. Although, one could argue that what I’m doing here is time I could use for pleasure reading, I suppose. Regardless, how about a “teaser” excerpt from said book? And is my “perceived knowledge” about Hernandez baseless and way off track? Or not?

        • crdswmn says:

          Don’t have an excerpt that really encapsulates it. Mostly just stories about Hernandez and his teammates’ exploits, drinking, womanizing, and just misbehaving,

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