October 9, 2017 Can you imagine having to go through life with a surname like
"Bastardo"? This pitcher was terrible on the Mets as a relief pitcher.
Thankfully, Sanday Alderson was able to unload him back onto the
Pirates for former Met Jon Niese.
October 9, 2017 Rico led the Mets with 22 homers, 76 RBIs and a .289
batting average in 1995. In other words, he won the
team triple crown that year. Only three other Mets
(Tommy Davis â€™67, Cleon Jones â€™71 and Howard
Johnson â€™89) had accomplished this feat previously.
Since then, just Mike Piazza (in both 2000 and 2001)
has done so.
Old Fashioned Met
October 9, 2017 When Buzz was traded to Atlanta just before the start of the 1974 season, it initially looked like a sequel to the disastrous Nolan Ryan deal a few years earlier. In â€™74, Capra challenged Phil Niekro as the Bravesâ€™ ace pitcher with a 16 ace pitcher with a 16-8 record, a league-leading 2.28 ERA and a spot on the National League All-Star team. He showed signs of stardom that could have plagued the Mets once again. However, his success turned out to be temporary and he was gone after only three more seasons in obscurity.
October 9, 2017 Grote can be classified as a typical Met - all defense
and no offense. He fielded his position as well as any
catcher during his career, but didnâ€™t do very much at ba
bat. Jerry had career highs of six homers and 40 RBIs in
in the 1969 championship season while his batting av
averages through the years were no more than ac
acceptable by Mets standards, which were always low. Te
Teams have considered a productive hitting catcher to be
be an essential thing for many years, but Grote was no
not one of them.
Jerry also had a nasty attitude towards people. He
often mentioned through his adversaries in the media
that he came to the ballpark to win games and not to
make any friends. If that excuse had any validity to
it, then the Mets wouldâ€™ve had higher winning
percentages each year and appeared in more post-season
series than they actually did. Even with all of this,
he is still one of the more popular figures among Met
fans. I donâ€™t understand it.
O. B. White
October 9, 2017 Steve was among a group of players who joined the Mets in the infamous Tom Seaver trade of 1977. People say the Mets got nothing in return on the deal because it was for Seaver, but thatâ€™s not totally true. Henderson, along with Pat Zachry and Doug Flynn, actually gave the team some production. Steve finished second in the â€™77 Rookie of the Year voting and compiled a career .287 batting average (a Met record back then) over the next three years. Meanwhile, Zachry was the Metsâ€™ All-Star rep in â€™78 and named Pitcher of the Month in July of â€™80, the same season Flynn became a Gold Glove winner. Henderson and his two mates provided a bit of life at Shea Stadium during a decline stage for the team â€“ a period that had begun by the time they arrived (the Mets were in last place already on June 15) and was bound to continue, even if Seaver had stayed.
October 9, 2017 Hundley set a record for home runs in a season by a catcher in 1996. People like to relate players' offensive feats to where they play in the field, but what meaning does that really have? Todd hit those homers as a batter, not as a catcher. A player's hitting statistics have nothing to do with his defensive position. They are two completely different things.
October 9, 2017 Jeff became the first Met in history with a last name to start with the letter
I when he joined the team in 1987. At the end of his major league career
six years later, he was the all-time leader among I-named pitchers in
strikeouts with 192. Four hurlers have passed him on that list since then
(two of which were Jason Isringhausen and Kaz Ishii, who also pitched for
the Mets), but Jeff can still claim he once had possession of a career
strikeout record. I wonder if heâ€™s ever been aware of this.
October 9, 2017 Ed was a Met from the beginning, but he was not
brought through the farm system correctly. The team
impeded on his minor league progress by trying to use
him as an early drawing card. Being a local high
school standout, Kranepool was placed on the major
league roster periodically as a means of generating
income. Constant promotions and demotions were bound
to slow down his development as a player and really
did. If Ed had been given at least three or four
continuous seasons of minor league experience, he
would have been a lot more productive in the majors
later on. The Mets did him an injustice.
October 9, 2017 Dave was a college standout at the University of Alabama. He batted over
.500 and was the toughest out of all batters at the College World Series in
his senior year. When he got to the major leagues, the Mets tried to
change his style of hitting and it didnâ€™t work out too well. They probably
wanted him to be more of a slugger, but he just wasnâ€™t that type. If
Magadan had been allowed to hit in his natural way, he wouldâ€™ve had a
much more successful career.
October 9, 2017 Los Angeles, 1974: Mike is on the mound with the tying run on first base in the ninth inning of the second game of the World Series. The Oakland runner is Herb Washington, who served as a pinch-runner only and neither came to bat nor played a defensive position during the season. At the time, Charlie Finley was
trying to create a â€œdesignated runnerâ€ rule and depended on Washington to sell his new idea to baseball. Marshall made a great pickoff throw and the running specialist was tagged out by Steve Garvey to help preserve a Dodger win. After this moment, Finleyâ€™s thoughts crashed to the ground and poor Herb saw his career come to an end.
Thank you, Mike, for killing the possibility of a â€œDRâ€ and preventing further demoralization of the national pastime. The designated hitter is bad enough!
Phil A. Buster
October 9, 2017 In 1984, Juan was Dwight Goodenâ€™s biggest competitor
for National League Rookie of the Year. His league-leading 19 triples and rookie
leading 19 triples and rookie-record 72 stolen bases
made him a candidate for the award. However, Samuel
also led all N. L. players by making 33 errors and
striking out 168 times. He came up more than a bit
short in comparison to Gooden that year.
October 9, 2017 Rafael may be the least-known member of the â€™86 Mets
everyday players. He was an old-fashioned shortstop
who was an excellent fielder, but had a low batting
average with very few home runs. Raffy wasnâ€™t flashy
or the type who made a lot of diving catches. He was
simply a fine defensive player who always did his job
well. Santanaâ€™s contribution to the World Championship
was just as important as anything provided by the guys
in the upper half of the batting order. Glovework must ne
never be overlooked.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Rafael was the
only non-American that played for the Mets in their
title season. This is an amazing fact when compared to
todayâ€™s major league rosters, all of which have their
share of players from countries around the world.
October 9, 2017 In a recent article, Tom stated that he had quit
following what was happening in the baseball world. He
claimed that he was tired of looking at box scores,
mostly from Mets games, that showed the number 6 in
the IP column for the starting pitcher. Seaver was
from a generation (and there were several before his
own) in which a pitcher expected himself to be on the
mound for an entire game, win or lose. A total number
of pitches was not calculated and there was no concern
for arms getting worn out. He and his peers knew how
to take care of themselves and enhance their
durability. Thatâ€™s why they were able to reach more th
than 300 career wins.
No one can blame Seaver for not keeping track of the
game anymore. The emphasis on the starting rotation
has been reduced greatly, which hurts a teamâ€™s chances
for success with so many relievers being used from
game to game. Just continue growing grapes and
producing that great wine at your California vineyard,
Tom. Youâ€™re an all-star in that field now!
October 9, 2017 Charley was my cousin. He and his brothers Arnie,
Tommy, and Russell all loved baseball from childhood.
Arnie also played professional baseball for a while.
They were all local baseball stars in high school.
After retiring Charlie worked for the town of Sparks,
Nevada as the athletic director until his passing in
1994 from a blood clot following knee surgery.
Today I had the sad duty of attending a memorial
service for his brother Tommy, who passed away July 5,
Charley was not the best baseball player, but he was
one of the best men who ever played baseball.
October 9, 2017 John was on the National League team at four All-Star Games, three of which he got to play. These honors came his way only because of a rule that all major
league teams had to have at least one member at the Mid-Summer Classic. Stearns was considered the most respectable player of a continuously weak Mets team during his time in New York, which is what got him named to each of those N. L. rosters. His status as a multiple All-Star does not mean he was a highly-successful player. It was a case of being a big fish in a small pond.
October 9, 2017 I met Jackson in 1974. He was the roommate of my soon to be step dad in Victoria TX where he pitched for the AAA Victoria Toros. My soon to be step dad was the JV baseball coach at the high school He was very kind to my brother and I.He would come over and play catch or wiffle ball in the back yard sometimes. I was just a kid about 11 and I cried when we were told he had cancer.
We moved to Houston later that year and I collected baseball cards... There he was! Jackson beat the cancer and made the bigs for the Mets!
Not sure what compelled me to google his name after all this time, I hope he is doing well.
October 9, 2017 Robin was an outstanding college player before his career in the major
leagues. In 1987, he set an NCAA record with a hitting streak that lasted
58 games â€“ two more than a guy named DiMaggio â€“ during his sophomore
season at Oklahoma State. The streak was snapped in the College World
Series, which was televised on cable nationally. The next year, Ventura was
named the Golden Spikes Award winner (best amateur player in the
nation) and given the Dick Howser Trophy (top college player) as a junior.
He became a member of the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of
Fame in 2006. Met fans remember Robin mainly for 1999, when he hit
grand slams in each game of a doubleheader and got mobbed by his
teammates on what became a â€œGrand Slam Singleâ€ in the post-season. But
he is a college baseball legend.
October 9, 2017 I saw him strike out ten batters in a game at Binghamton in 1995. He
looked like the real deal â€“ and he probably was â€“ but injuries got in the
way of progress. Why do the Mets always have problems with the health of