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1979 Topps Willie Montanez

The Ultimate Showboat


Willie was far from his prime by the time he put on a Mets uniform.

He came over in a complicated four team deal with names like Bert Blyleven, John Milner and Jon Matlack involved. You need an advanced degree in something to figure out who traded whom.

Willie didn't do much nor last long for the Mets. But he was traded for a pitcher who would make an impact for them, albeit briefly, Ed Lynch, the man who made more money in arbitration one year than Ron Darling. Never could figure that one out.

But anyone that watched Willie loved Willie. At least if you like showboats, which he was without a doubt. And he played for six teams during his last four years in the majors. You don't see that happening very often.

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