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UnforMETable, Episode 26: Doug Flynn

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The light-hitting middle infielder won a Gold Glove for the 1980 Mets.

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Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure, but quintessential Mets players from the past.

Doug Flynn spent the first two years of his major league career as a member of one of the greatest teams in history—Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of 1975-76.

With the late-70s Mets flailing and feuding with their biggest star, Flynn would come to the Mets as a piece in one of the most infamous trades in Mets’ history—the Midnight Massacre that saw Tom Seaver sent away from the franchise.

After a rocky beginning, Flynn settled in as a light-hitting middle infielder with an impressive glove. Flynn was a favorite of both manger Joe Torre and the fans for a moribund franchise, and in 1980 became only the third player in team history to take home a Gold Glove for his work at second base.

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