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MSG looks at '86 Mets

JULY 31, 1991: TRADED FOR RON DARLING The

JULY 31, 1991: TRADED FOR RON DARLING

The move: Acquired Ron Darling from the Montreal Expos for pitchers Matt Grott and Russell Cormier.

The story: Alderson acquired the former Met for a pair of minor-leaguers. Darling spent the last 4 1/2 years of his career in Oakland, mixing flashes of brilliance with frequent lapses. His best season in Oakland came in 1992, when he went 15-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 206 1/3 innings. The was the first of several Alderson trades in the '90s that did not work out.

Verdict: Minus (Credit: AP, 1986)

I celebrated my first full day back from Florida on Thursday by finally getting around to watching MSG's four-part documentary on the 1986 Mets.

It is a peculiar series, particularly its lack of video footage from that season, presumably to avoid paying the hefty fees MLB Productions charges to use such material.

The array of talking heads is impressive, including Bob Stanley and Bill Buckner, but there is a glaring absence in three SNY staffers who played key roles in '86: Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Bob Ojeda.

MSG did not invite Hernandez and friends to avoid putting them in an awkward position - assuming, correctly, that SNY would not permit them to participate.

SNY and MSG are not on warm and cozy terms, in part because MSG does SNY no favors in terms of access to its people for news and debate shows.

The series concludes Friday night with a look at the '86 postseason. There is plenty of talk about Game 6 of the World Series, naturally. Strangely, though, there is nothing at all about Game 7.

Tags: MSG , Mets , SNY

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