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The BaLLad of Joe MoOck and other Mets hot cornermen who weren't so hot
Steve Rushin
June 29, 1998
In their 36-year history the New York Mets have employed an astonishing 112 men at third base. In other words, the Mets change third basemen as often as most sportswriters change their underwear. Which is to say, as many as five times a year, whether they need to or not.
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June 29, 1998

The Ballad Of Joe Moock And Other Mets Hot Cornermen Who Weren't So Hot

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AMOS OTIS
Eluded the notice
Of baseball's elite Hall of Fame.
While ROD KANEHL
Caused Stengel to squeal,
"Can't anyone here play this game?"

JUNIOR NOBOA
Was not a strong throwa,
He played with the greatest of E's.
BILL PECOTA
Had a strong oda
Reminiscent of moldering cheese.

*ED BRESSOUD and ED CHARLES

MIKE CUBBAGE
Excelled at ball flubbage—
He simply could not find the handle.
But TIM FOLl—
After two shots of Stoli—
Looked almost as good as LEN RANDLE.

JOSE MORENO
(For all that we know)
Was really his big sister, Rita.
A NAPOLEON (Danny),
An ALEXANDER (named Manny)—
Neither man was a great leada.

CHICO WALKER,
Clean out your locker,
You're as versatile as a cadaver.
JERRY GROTE,
You reek like a roadie
Who's toured for a year with
Blues Traveler.

MATT FRANCO
(In Spanish, "El Ranko")
Was inexpressibly vile.
Along with BOB PFEIL
The two had a style
Historians call Rank-and-Pfeil.

SHAWN GILBERT
Not unlike Dilbert,
Simply could not please his bosses.
They knew for more wins
They'd need fewer DOUG FLYNNS,
And fewer JOE FOYS and
BOB KLAUSES.

JEFF KENT
Was prudent to rent:
He was in Queens for what seemed like a day.
PHIL MANKOWSKI
May I have your house key?
It seems you've been waived away.

A. ESPINOZA,
Like Lou (the Toe) Groza,
Was famous for booting the ball.
AARON LEDESMA
Had Al Gore's charisma
And the arm of a Gore—Gore Vidal.

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