Well the hot stove finally heating Â up for our beloved Mets. So I figured to helpÂ get us out of theÂ cycle of ” Who is Omar going to sign?’Â and the speculation of ” Will David Wright switch to first so that we can sign Chone Figgins?”Â that I wouldÂ highlight a Mets player from yesteryear. He might be a star or a scrub, but the player was one who was dear to our heart. Todayâ€™s Do You Remember player is no other thanÂ the best closer we ever let get away – Jeff ” THE TERMINATOR” Reardon
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Jeffrey James ReardonÂ was born on October 1, 1955,Â in Dalton, Massachusetts. He Â played College Baseball for the University of Massachusetts Amherst,and he went undrafted in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.Â Jeff eventually signed a Minor League contract with the New York Mets in 1977. In 1979 , he made his Major League debut with the Mets,, and stayed with the team until being traded in 1981Â to the Montreal Expos for outfielder Ellis Valentine.Â During his tenure with Â the Expos,Â he Â was named to the All-Star team twice ,Â in 1985 and 1986.Â He Â led the majors in saves during the 1985 season, earning the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award. Jeff was traded to the Minnesota Twins for the 1987 season, where he earned his first World Series ring. In 1988,Â Jeff was named to his third All-Star team, andbecame the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to have 40 save seasons in both the American and National Leagues. In December 1989 he signed with the Boston Red Sox, bringing him back to his home state of Massachusetts. In honor of Reardon’ssigning his town of birth, Dalton, Massachusetts named its athletic field in Reardon’s honor.Â While with theÂ Red Sox in 1991 -he was named to his 4th and final All-Star team , and broke Rollie Fingers all time saves record in 1992 with his 342nd save. Later that season he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. Reardon played for one year stints with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees before retiring in 1994.
Sadly on December 26, 2005, Reardon was arrestedÂ and charged by the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Police Department for allegedly robbing aÂ jewelry store ,while leaving his son Brendan unattended in the penthouse suite. .ReardonÂ blamed Â his actions to his use of of antidepressants that he had been taking since his son Shane Andrew Reardon died of a drug overdose on February 21, 2004.
Thankfully Reardon was found not guilty of theÂ charges by reason of insanity . The judge that presided on the case ruled that since because Reardon had been taking anti-depressants andmood stabilizers, as well as being crushed by his son’s death, there was no reasonable explanation for the robbery. Reardon was not required to be committed after the ruling. Since then Reardon has stayed out of the spotlight . I was hoping to see him at the “Shea Goodbye “ceremonies – but it was not meant to be