Why don't you list players' uniform numbers?
There's already a comprehensive site that lists uniform
numbers for every player in Mets history. It's called
Mets By the Numbers,
and we include a link to the site
at the bottom of each page in The Ultimate Mets Database.
If you want to know anything at all about Mets
uniform numbers, that's the place to go.
As of March 18, 2013, we now, in association with Mets By the Numbers, do have uniform numbers incorporated into our database. Take a look, for example, at our All-Time Numerical Roster.
My neighbor/friend/co-worker once played for the Mets. Why isn't he listed?
Our database has been online since just before the 1999 season,
and we've received numerous e-mails telling us that we've missed
one player or another, almost always based on the word of the
alleged missing player. We used to check out every claim, but never
once discovered that we had, in fact missed anybody. We are now
convinced that we do have every Mets player listed on our site.
So the answer to your question is that your friend
isn't listed because, despite what he says, he really never
did play for the Mets, at least not in a regular season game.
Maybe he played in the Mets minor-league system. (You can search our database
for Mets minor leaguers on this page.)
Or maybe he even played for the big-league club in a spring training game.
Or maybe he's simply lying, in an attempt to make himself seem
more important or impressive by conjuring up an imaginary past.
We'll let you decide whether to call him on it, or to simply feel pity for him.
If you still think your friend played for the Mets, you'll have to
provide us with proof. A good place to start is at Sports Illustrated's
web site. Look for your player
here and, if you find that your guy did play for the Mets, then
write to us and let us know.
When will you list player's hobbies?
Probably never. We acknowledge that many fans are interested
in knowing player's hobbies, but we don't count ourselves
among them. We suspect that a listing of player hobbies would
end up looking like an endless repetition of hunting, fishing, and golf.
What about nicknames?
While nicknames are, in our opinion, more interesting than
player hobbies (see above), we don't think that there have been
that many interesting examples in Mets history. In the cases
where an individual's nickname is prominent enough to become
the name that he is more or less officially known by,
(Choo Choo Coleman, for example. Or Vinegar Bend Mizell or
Mookie Wilson) we do, of course, list it.
A few players have had nicknames that were colorful and
frequently heard, such as Dwight Gooden's "Doctor K" or
Dave Kingman's "King Kong" or "Sky King." Perhaps, some day,
we'll start listing such nicknames, but we have no plans to
do so in the foreseeable future. Oftentimes, nicknames are
either uninspired ("Kooz" for Jerry Koosman or "Krane" for
Ed Kranepool) or virtually ignored. (There was one reference
to Benny Agbayani as "The Hawaiian Nightmare" during the
2000 post-season.) We don't expect that we'll ever acknowledge
this category of nicknames, other than in this paragraph.
How do I add game memories?
Find the game that you remember by either selecting the season
or the opponent from the drop down lists at the top of each page,
and then scrolling through the game results. Click on the
hyperlinked number at the left of the game date, and you're on your way.
Why isn't Jerry Moses listed?
Jerry Moses, a catcher who played for the Red Sox, Yankees and
five other clubs during a ten-year major league career, was
on the Mets active roster during part of the 1975 season,
but he never appeared in a game. Some have argued that his
presence on the regular-season active roster should earn him a
spot in our database, but we disagree. Our all-time roster is
limited to players who have played in at least one official
regular-season game. We've also received questions about
Glenn Davis, Terry Puhl, and Charlie Hayes, big-league veterans
who played in Mets spring training games. We're not including
them, either, for the same reason.
Is there an Ultimate Yankees Database?
Not that we know of! If anybody wants to put
such a site together, they have our best wishes.
Given that the Yankees' history is much longer than
the Mets', and stretches back to a more
remote period of time, a Yankees database would
be a substantial task. And we're not going to be
the ones to do it. The Ultimate Mets Database is
in many ways a labor of love, and rest assured, we
have no love for the Yankees.
Do you have a list of players who have played for both the Mets and the
Do you have a list of Mets third basemen?