No I’m not referring to Jose Bautista. People who go out of their way to rag on the Mets like to note (now that Bautista has 43 home runs but not for the last 6 years when he sucked) that Bautista was once a Met. That is true, technically. They acquired him on July 30, 2004 and then traded him on July 30, 2004 – he never played a game for the Mets, so get over it.
This news is much more relevant to the Mets and their fans. It is a few days old but I just noticed it and thought it was worthy of filling space sharing. Former Met Craig Brazell, who was taken by the Mets in the 5th round of the 1998 draft and played 8 seasons in their system including 24 games with the parent club in 2004, recently hit his 40th home run for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s NPB. Hat tip to the great Japanese Baseball website NPB Tracker for alerting us to the feat. Japanese website Sanspo has a few photos one of which is below complete with google-translated caption.