What I’m Reading: Mets By The Numbers

As mentioned a few weeks ago, the winter (a.k.a., “not the baseball season”) is unbearably long for me. In an effort to fill the hole where baseball usually is, I’ve immersed myself in reading about baseball.

This week, I’m reading Mets by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Amazin’ Mets by Uniform Number, a wonderful book by Jon Springer and Matt Silverman — who, not coincidentally, also run the Mets By The Numbers website.

Each chapter of the book is devoted to a specific uniform number, headlined by the Met who is most memorable for wearing that number, and also detailing other notable players who wore it. For me, it brings back plenty of vivid memories. Also, since I’m someone who has a hard time reading a book straight through, I especially like the fact that I can jump in anywhere in the book and read a chapter.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. metsilverman.com January 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm
    Joe,
    Thanks for reading. It’s my favorite Mets book I’ve worked on. And because I’m anal–as evidenced by my part in a book on uniform numbers (I was so obsessed I helped do similar books on the Cubs and Red Sox as well)–I want to point out that Jon Springer does mbtn.net on his own and he does the Mets web thing just about as well as anybody.
    Best,
    Matt
    • Joe Janish January 25, 2011 at 12:58 am
      Matt, thanks for stopping by!

      Also thanks for pointing out that Jon is “the man” on mbtn.net. Jon’s work there over the years has been heroic, and your book has been great fun. Kudos to both of you for creating timeless, original, entertaining content for Mets fans of all ages!

  2. joel jlondon January 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    too much nonsense let the season begin w these paste up players we got. 2013 is key.