A few other blogs are tackling this same subject , but they are basing it on their own observations as well as opinions. I am puting you the fan in the drivers seat here. I asking , begging, pleading ( do I have to bribe all of you ?!?) to please e-mail me your lists at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send me a list of as many players as you desire , whether it be 10 players or 75 players. The list doesn’t have to be just the greats, such as Seaver, Reyes, Wright, Piazza etc. If you feel that players George Theodore, Rusty Staub, Steve Henderson and Ron Swoboda belong on the list include them – you are in charge !! You can even count coaches and managers such as Gil Hodges, Bobby Valentine and Mel Stotelmyre. Everyone but Oliver Perez that it ( your list will be instantly deleted if his name appears !!).
I will be accepting lists until this Friday night , and I hope to tally all votes over that weekend. Hopefully next Monday I will be able to start counting down the players for 50 days.
So please send me your lists. These players fates are in your hands !!!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
Original Mets reserve outfielder from the ’62 season, John DeMerit is 75 (1936) .
Mets third base coach from ’79-’81, Chuck Cottier is 75(1936) .
Mets outfielder from ’04-’05, Mike Cameron is 38 (1973) .I was never a big fan of his , and I liked him even less when he came to the Mets.
Sadly today would have been one time Mets pitcher, Geremi Gonzalez’s 36th birthday (1975) . He was tragically killed in ’08 when he was struck by lightening on a Punta Canta beach in Venezuela .
Outfielder from ’09-10, Jeff Francoeur is 27 today (1984) . With his big smile and warm personality , Jeff was easy to root for – that is until he got upset when he was told he would be platooning in left field with Angel Pagan when Carlos Beltran came back – then he wanted out of Flushing.
Sadly on this date the Mets lost two members of their coaching staff of the ’60′s. Third base coach from ’64-65, Don Heffner in 1989 and pitching coach from ’66-’67 Harvey Haddix in 1994 .
New York Mets traded reliever, Ray Searage to the Cleveland Indians for utility infielder, Tom Veryzer on January 8, 1982.
New York Mets signed free agent catcher, Tim Spehr of the Atlanta Braves on January 8, 1998.
New York Mets released middle reliever, Joe Crawford on January 8, 1998.
New York Mets signed free agent South Korean reliever, Dae-Sung Koo on January 8, 2005.
And while you gear up for tonight’s Jets versus Colts playoff game tonight, just remember that there is just 83 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 90 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn ranked himself at number 51 on his list of the top 50 Mets of all time !!!